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Old Oak Festival to feature fine arts and crafts, music and more, April 25-27

Posted on 11 April 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The 2014 Old Oak Festival will feature fine arts and crafts from more than 80 vendors as the revived festival makes its return to the Tusculum College campus on April 25-27.

The arts and music festival will span three days and will feature something for everyone including music, art, theater and creative writing, as well as gallery and museum exhibits.

The juried arts and crafts show will feature more than 80 vendors and will offer everything from watercolor painting to handmade quilts to stained glass.

“Visitors will have a wide variety of items to choose from, including an assortment of handmade jewelry and wood crafts, chainmail jewelry by Marci Million, paper-mache sculptures by Fran Church, candle accessories by W & J Scents and wind chimes. Demonstrations will also be conducted on pottery, blacksmithing and cooking,” said David Price, director of music at Tusculum College and festival coordinator.

A parade, hands-on activities, impromptu performances and other surprises are planned throughout the festival. A new event will be the opportunity to step up and test your conducting skills. The Tusculum College concert band will be set up on Saturday afternoon from 1-1:20 p.m. and will play for any conductor willing to try his or her hand at directing the musicians.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, there will be pizza dough tossing lessons, and local celebrity chef Jan Charles will be conducting a cooking workshop at 3 p.m. in Chalmers Conference Center. She will be providing tips on cooking high-quality family meals on a fixed budget.

The festival will also feature a number of local and regional writers, including Barry Blair, Emory Rhea Raxter, Joe Tennis, Keith Bartlett, Matilda Green and Peggy Dorris. There will be two literary readings during the festival. The first will feature Wayne Lee Thomas, associate professor of English and chair of the Fine Arts Department at Tusculum College. Joining Thomas on the Thursday evening program will be Joseph Borden, senior creative writing major at Tusculum from Lyles. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Shulman Center. Borden is the winner of this year’s Curtis Owens Literary Awards for poetry, fiction and script writing.

On Friday, April 25, at 4 p.m., poet Richard Greenfield will be the featured reader. He will be joined by Britany Menken, a senior creative writing major from Maryville. Menken is this year’s Curtis Owens Literary Award winner for non-fiction.

In addition to artist vendors and music performances throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, there will be three performances during the festival of “Twelve Angry Men,” presented by Theatre-at-Tusculum under the direction of Frank Mengel, the technical director of the Arts Outreach program. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Performances will be held in the Behan Arena Theatre in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center.

A new event for this year’s festival will be the Tusculum College Old Oak Festival Annual Bed Race. The event, which features decorative, competitive racing beds, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Two trophies will be conferred, one for most creative entry and the other for the winner of the speed competition. For more information, contact Barb Sell at bsell@tusculum.edu.

The college’s Allison Gallery will be open throughout the weekend, featuring the Tusculum College print collection, “Under the Old Oak.” A closing reception for the exhibition will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.

The festival will present the sounds of the region, with a wide variety of music from bluegrass to jazz to local vocalists and musicians. Pickin’ at the Doaks, which is a traditional music jam session, will be held at the Doak House Museum on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at noon. Saturday’s performance will be a special session with a surprise guest.

Highlights of the performance schedule will be Americana band Annabelle’s Curse and Appalachian Reggae artists Ras Allen and the Lions who will perform on Friday evening. Saturday evening will feature two classic rock bands, Shiloh and the Kevin Wilder Group.

Other performers will include Tusculum College student groups, Capgun Alliance, fiddler Carson Peters, Charles Tunstall, Claxton Creek, Curtis and Jim Moneyhun, Fire Cry, Frankie B. & the New Chronic Dream, Jessica Koenig, Hinkle & Cable, Jimmie D. and the JDB, Joyce Carroll, the Kevin Wilder Group, Living Testament, Lonesome Pine, the Madisons, the Matt Sanders Group, Mike Joy, Shiloh Road, Step Cousins, Steven Brown, the Thursday Night Boys, Think Floyd and Zack Wampler.

Both the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library and the Doak House Museum will be open on Friday and Saturday to visitors during the festival and will have special activities planned for adults and children.

At 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, there will be a lantern-lit tour of the Tusculum College buildings listed on the National Historic Register. From 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library will feature the “Reaper: Nettie Fowler McCormick and the Machine that Built Tusculum College” exhibit. This exhibit explores the changes wrought by the mechanical harvest and explores the context through which Mrs. McCormick viewed her philanthropic mission.

The festival will feature children’s activities on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Throughout the weekend there will be storytelling performances on stage and around the festival grounds by Judy Butterfly Farlow, Jim Foote, Gregg Harrell, Saundra Kelley, Sherril Miller, Marci “The Entertainer” Nimick, Majorie “Mother Goose” Shaefer and Libby Tipton.

Llamas from the Walnut Ridge Llama Farm, previous favorites of the festival, will visit the Tusculum College campus over the weekend, with Walnut Ridge Llama Farm products available for purchase.

A Sunday highlight will be an outdoor chapel service beginning at 11 a.m. designed to re-create the feel of the frontier church experience. The service is open to the public and will be followed by traditional and contemporary gospel music performances throughout the day.

Food selection will include festival favorites, such as homemade strawberry shortcake, Philly cheese steak, and Amish doughnuts.

The festival is being coordinated by a committee of college and community representatives who are working to promote arts and music in the East Tennessee region. There are limited spaces still available for artisan and crafter booths. There is no fee to attend the festival. Artisan vendor hours will be Friday from noon until 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10-4 p.m. For more information, contact Price at 423-636-7303.

Service animals are welcome; however, no pets allowed. Coolers and alcohol are also prohibited during the festival.

For updates and more information, visit the website at www.oldoakfestival.org or on Facebook at www.facebook/OldOakFestival.

 

Talon Kidwell, a visitor at the 2013 Old Oak Festival, found the llamas from the Walnut Ridge Llama Farm a highlight of the weekend attraction.

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Old Oak Festival returns to Tusculum College April 25-27

Posted on 03 April 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The 2014 Old Oak Festival will feature fine arts and crafts from more than 60 vendors as the revived festival makes its return to the Tusculum College campus on April 25-27.

The arts and music festival will span three days and will feature something for everyone including music, art, theater and creative writing, as well as gallery and museum exhibits.

The juried arts and crafts show will feature more than 60 vendors and will offer everything from watercolor painting to handmade quilts.

“Visitors will have a wide variety of items to choose from, including custom jewelry, wood crafts, handmade furniture and sculptures. Demonstrations will also be conducted on pottery, blacksmithing and cooking,” said David Price, director of music at Tusculum College and festival coordinator.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, there will be pizza dough tossing lessons, and local celebrity chef Jan Charles will be conducting a cooking workshop at 3 p.m. in Chalmers Conference Center. She will be providing tips on cooking high-quality family meals on a fixed budget.

The festival will also feature a number of local and regional writers, including Barry Blair, Emory Rhea Raxter, Joe Tennis, Keith Bartlett, Matilda Green and Peggy Dorris. There will be two literary readings during the festival. The first will feature Wayne Lee Thomas, associate professor of English and chair of the Fine Arts Department at Tusculum College. Joining Thomas on the Thursday evening program will be Joseph Borden, senior creative writing major at Tusculum from Lyles. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Shulman Center. Borden is the winner of this year’s Curtis Owens Literary Awards for poetry, fiction and script writing.

During the weekend of the Old Oak Festival, there will be roving entertainment including storytellers such as Mother Goose (Marjorie Shaefer), as well as musicians, re-enactors, puppeteers and more.

On Friday, April 25, at 4 p.m., poet Richard Greenfield will be the featured reader. He will be joined by Britany Menken, a senior creative writing major from Maryville. Menken is this year’s Curtis Owens Literary Award winner for non-fiction.

In addition to artist vendors and music performances throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, there will be three performances during the festival of “Twelve Angry Men,” presented by Theatre-at-Tusculum under the direction of Frank Mengel, the technical director of the Arts Outreach program. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Performances will be held in the Behan Arena Theatre in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center.

A new event for this year’s festival will be the Tusculum College Old Oak Festival Annual Bed Race. The event, which features decorative, competitive racing beds, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Two trophies will be conferred, one for most creative entry and the other for the winner of the speed competition. For more information, contact Barb Sell at bsell@tusculum.edu.

The college’s Allison Gallery will be open throughout the weekend, featuring the Tusculum College print collection, “Under the Old Oak.” A closing reception for the exhibition will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.  Throughout the weekend, the Tusculum Digital Media Department will be hosting video game competitions.

The festival will present the sounds of the region, with a wide variety of music from bluegrass to jazz to local vocalists and musicians. Pickin’ at the Doaks, which is a traditional music jam session, will be held at the Doak House Museum on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at noon. Saturday’s performance will be a special session with a surprise guest.

Highlights of the performance schedule will be Americana band Annabella’s Curse and Appalachian Reggae artist Ras Allen who will perform on Friday evening. Saturday evening will feature two classic rock bands, Shiloh and the Kevin Wilder Group.

Other performers will include Tusculum College student groups, Capgun Alliance, fiddler Carson Peters, Claxton Creek, Curtis and Jim Moneyhun, Fire Cry, Frankie B. & the New Chronic Dream, Jimmie D., Joyce Carroll, Living Testament, Lonesome Pine, Mike Joy, Shiloh Road, Step Cousins, Steven Brown, the Madisons, the Matt Sanders Group, the Thursday Night Boys, Think Floyd and Zack Wampler.

Both the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library and the Doak House Museum will be open on Friday and Saturday to visitors during the festival and will have special activities planned for adults and children.

At 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, there will be a lantern-lit tour of the Tusculum College buildings listed on the National Historic Register. From 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library will feature the “Reaper: Nettie Fowler McCormick and the Machine that Built Tusculum College” exhibit. This exhibit explores the changes wrought by the mechanical harvest and explores the context through which Mrs. McCormick viewed her philanthropic mission.

The festival will feature children’s activities on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Through out the weekend there will be storytelling performances on stage and around the festival grounds.

Llamas from the Walnut Ridge Llama Farm, previous favorites of the festival, will visit the Tusculum College campus over the weekend, with Walnut Ridge Llama Farm products available for purchase.

A Sunday highlight will be an outdoor chapel service beginning at 11 a.m. designed to re-create the feel of the frontier church experience. The service is open to the public and will be followed by traditional and contemporary gospel music performances throughout the day.

Food selection will include festival favorites, such as homemade strawberry shortcake, Philly cheese steak, and Amish doughnuts.

The festival is being coordinated by a committee of college and community representatives who are working to promote arts and music in the East Tennessee region. There are limited spaces still available for artisan and crafter booths. There is no fee to attend the festival. Art vendor hours will be Friday from noon until 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. For more information, contact Price at 423-636-7303.

Service animals are welcome; however, no pets allowed. Coolers and alcohol are also prohibited during the festival.

For updates and more information, visit the website at www.oldoakfestival.org or on Facebook at www.facebook/OldOakFestival.

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Tusculum College names LeAnn Hughes vice president of enrollment management and marketing

Posted on 31 March 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

LeAnn Hughes has been named vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Tusculum College, officials announced today. Hughes has held a similar position for the past two years at King University.

Hughes comes to Tusculum College with experience in marketing, fundraising, strategic planning and working with students through the enrollment process. She will take over responsibilities at Tusculum College on April 7.

“We are very pleased that LeAnn Hughes will be joining us at Tusculum College,” said Moody. “Her experience and success in enrollment management and marketing will support continuing success at the college in recruiting both adult and traditional age students. She will also bring expertise to our rejuvenated branding and marketing efforts in both traditional and emerging venues.”

Hughes began her career at King University in July 2002 in the position of director of communications. She served as vice president of marketing and development and most recently as King’s vice president of marketing and enrollment management, where she was heavily engaged in efforts to expand the Graduate & Professional Studies and online programs.

She was also instrumental in King’s 14 years of record enrollment. At King she served as a member of the president’s five-member cabinet, responsible for the strategic visioning process of the college and implementing policies and procedures.

“I am delighted to be a part of Tusculum College and look forward to applying my skills and background to such an exceptional institution,” said Hughes. “It is an honor to have been selected for the position, and I anticipate a mutually exciting and rewarding opportunity as we work to reach Tusculum’s enrollment and marketing strategic goals.”

Hughes has previously served as the director of marketing and sports development for the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce; marketing and events director for the Downtown Kingsport Association and computer instructor/publications director for Bailey Computing Technologies, Inc. She was a member of the 2001-2002 Leadership Kingsport Class.

Hughes earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa and a Master of Arts degree in English from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn., graduating in the top two percent of her class.

In addition, she has earned a certificate in fundraising management from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

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Tusculum to offer special topic business courses online this summer

Posted on 31 March 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Six special topic business courses will be offered this summer online by Tusculum College.

Enrollment in the courses, designed for professionals in the business field who are interested in advancing their careers, is open to both degree and non-degree seeking students. Courses will be taught by Tusculum College School of Business Faculty.

The following courses will be offered:

  • Information Management in Organizations
  • Health Care Finance
  • Business Lessons Learned from Social Media Games
  • Mediation
  • Personal Income Tax, and
  • Learning QuickBooks Accounting System.

The courses are scheduled to begin on June 23 and conclude Aug. 2. The courses are being offered at a special discount price and enrollment is limited in each course.

Interested students can apply free online at www.tusculum.edu/adult. For more information, please contact the college at 888.488.7285.

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Doak House Museum wins Tennessee Association of Museums award

Posted on 26 March 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The Doak House Museum was honored at the Tennessee Association of Museums annual meeting held recently in Greeneville. The museum won an Award of Commendation in the Temporary Exhibition category for its “Historic Textiles Popup Exhibit.” The exhibit was part of the 2013 Old Oak Festival.

The staff of the museum displayed virtually all of the Doak House’s textiles, quilts, hand-woven coverlets and fine embroidery work for the last two days of the festival. “Some of these pieces have never been viewed by the public due to their fragile nature,” said Leah Walker, site and events manager for the Museums of Tusculum.

“We were thrilled to be able to allow visitors to see the amazing handiwork of generations past.”

According to Walker, those who viewed the exhibit were astounded by the fine needle work and craft that went into the pieces of the collection.

At the conference awards dinner, Museums of Tusculum Director Dollie Boyd accepted the honor from the Tennessee Association of Museums President Adam Alfrey.

“We are very pleased to have been recognized in this way and want to thank the state association for all the work they do on behalf of Tennessee museums large and small,” said Boyd.

Adam Alfrey, president of the Tennessee Association of Museums, presents the Award of Commendation in Temporary Exhibition to Museums of Tusculum Director Dollie Boyd.

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ESL/TESOL and special education endorsement courses to be offered through Tusculum’s Summer Institute

Posted on 21 March 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Courses that will enable licensed teachers to earn endorsements in ESL/TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and special education will be offered through Tusculum College’s 2014 Summer Institute.

The Summer Institute courses will be offered at Tusculum’s sites in Greeneville, Kingsport, Knoxville and Morristown.

The ESL/TESOL endorsement includes 20 semester hours of courses with all but one course and practicum offered during the summer. Courses will be offered during three sessions during the Summer Institute. Session A courses will be May 13 through 29 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Courses in Session B will be June 9 through July 3 with courses Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Courses will also be offered Monday, Tuesday and Thursday during Session C, July 7 through 31.

Applications for Sessions A and B are due by April 18. Applications for Session C need to be submitted by June 20.

The Special Education Modified and Comprehensive endorsement includes 16 semester hours of courses, and all the courses except one are offered during the summer. The courses will be offered during three sessions. The first, Session A, will be May 13 through June 5 with classes meeting on Tuesday and Thursday or Monday and Wednesday evenings. Session B will be June 9 through July 3 with classes meeting Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Session C classes will meet July 7 through 31 Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

The application deadline for Sessions A and B is April 18. The deadline for Session C applications is June 20.

Students who complete either of the endorsements may earn a master of arts degree in curriculum and instruction by completing five additional courses offered one night a week during the school year.

For more information about the endorsement courses, please contact Jane Allen at 800-729-0256  for courses offered in Greeneville or Kingsport,  Stephanie Langley or Drew Story at 865-693-1177 for courses offered in Knoxville  and Kathy Joy at 423-581-5002 ext. 5903 for courses offered in Morristown.

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Non-profit partners sought for partnership with grant writing course at Tusculum College

Posted on 21 March 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College is seeking local, non-profit agencies to participate as community partners in a new grant writing course beginning Monday, April 14.

Any local, registered 501(c)3 non-profit interested working with students to have a grant application written for the agency during the term of the course is invited to apply to participate. Agencies that are willing to seek to become registered are encouraged to apply as well.

“The goal of the class is for every student to write at least one grant,” said Dr. Michael Bodary, assistant professor of English at Tusculum College. “Ideally we will have one to two students working with each community agency to get a feel of how they work, to learn their mission and goals and to learn the needs of the organization.”

Students will learn during class how to identify grants, as well as how to write them, said Dr. Bodary. He added that working with a community partner, writing an actual grant to be submitted and in the process helping an organization that serves the betterment of the community will energize the students and help them to understand the power of what they are able to do.

“Our goal is to write a minimum of $20,000 worth of grants for local organizations during the 18 days of the block program course.”

Agencies will be asked to participate in class and share information with students to help them accurately prepare grant applications. Any agency interested in participating should contact Dr. Bodary at mbodary@tusculum.edu by Friday, April 11.

All applications will be reviewed and selections of agencies will be made during the first week of class.

“Connecting the curriculum of the course to helping these agencies achieve their goals with additional funding opportunities ties in so well with the Civic Arts mission of Tusculum College,” said Dr. Bodary. “We will try to pair students with an organization with which they have a personal connection to enhance the experience even further.”

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Students travel to Barcelona for English study-abroad course

Students travel to Barcelona for English study-abroad course

Posted on 18 March 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

On January 14-25, 12 Tusculum College students studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain, alongside Heather Patterson, chair of the Tusculum College English department and associate professor of English, as a part of Tusculum’s global studies program.

As part of the course “Seminar in Literature and Society,” the class focused on how writers respond to or take the lead on topics of global importance, the complexity of world issues and the diversity of perspectives internationally.

Students participating included Meagan Talley, a junior math education major from Fairview; Jessica Kagias, a junior education major from Middlesboro, Ky.; Melissa Mauceri, a senior journalism major from Pigeon Forge; Herchell Bridges, a junior athletic training major from Fairview; Destini Wingerter, a senior English major from Bristol; Katie Capel, a senior digital media major from Waverly; Carnes White, a junior creative writing major from Montgomery, Ala.; Andrew Hollingshead, a sophomore graphic design major from Tellico Plains;  Jeffery Peck, a junior business management major from Tazewell; Trenikia Shelton, a senior journalism major from Memphis; Andrea Wilcox, a junior athletic training major from Knoxville, and Amanda Grempel, a senior athletic training major from Blakeslee, Pa.

Andrew Hollingshead of Tellico Plains visits the National Catalan Museum of Art in Barcelona, Spain. He was one of 12 Tusculum College students who participated in a study abroad English course earlier this semester.

Students visited several sites and went on many tours in Barcelona, including the George Orwell walking tour. For the class students had been assigned to read Orwell’s “Homage to Catalonia. On the tour they visited the Museum of the History of the City, as well as a cathedral during the walking tour of the Gothic Quarter. They took an excursion of Montserrat, home to the Virgin of Montserrat, and a tour of La Sagrada Familia. Other stops included a visit to the National Museum of Catalan Art and tours of Eixample, which gave students a chance to learn about Modernista architecture, and El Borne.

“Barcelona was the most beautiful place I have ever been,” said Talley. “Learning about a place while actually being there was an experience I will never forget,” added Wingerter. “Barcelona was by far the most incredible journey I have ever experienced. The city was beautiful, and I hope I get a chance to visit it again someday.”

The students all seemed to be struck by Barcelona’s beauty. Hollingshead said, “My favorite part of Barcelona was relaxing and reading in the garden and the beautiful photogenic opportunities of the city.”

After returning to Tusculum the group shared their experience with a photo presentation of their academic trip for the campus population. The students described all of the tours and talked about Barcelona’s history and culture.

Students in Tusculum College’s “Seminar in Literature and Society” course visited several sites in Barcelona, Spain that were influential to the writers they were studying, including the Cathedral at Montserrat.

 

By Melissa Mauceri, senior journalism major from Pigeon Forge

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Barnes Distribution recruiter to visit Greeneville campus March 26

Posted on 11 March 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

A recruiter from Barnes Distribution, a global logistics company, will visit the Greeneville campus, Wednesday, March 26, to meet students and alumni. Interested persons may speak with Recruiter Kerry Hill, at an information table in Niswonger Commons Living Room from 11 a.m. –  12:30 p.m.  Interviews will be scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. by reservation only.  Please contact Robin Lay to schedule a 30-minute interview, rlay@tusculum.edu.  Space is limited.

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Tusculum College professor authors an article on 1 Peter 2:13

Posted on 07 March 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College’s Dr. Travis Williams, assistant professor of religion, recently published an article in the top New Testament journal in Germany.

The article, “The Divinity and Humanity of Caesar in 1Peter 2, 13: Early Christian Resistance to the Emperor and His Cult” which appeared in a recent issue of “Zeitschrift für die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft,” focuses on the translation of 1 Peter 2:13 and what it really means.

1 Peter 2:13 refers to the emperor and uses the term “ἀνθρωπίνη κτίσις,” which translates to “human creature.” Due to the time frame of this part of the Bible and Caesar’s reign, it is commonly assumed the author is drawing “an ontological distinction between Caesar’s humanity and divinity.” And, according to Dr. Williams, this assumption is, regrettably, not acknowledged nor defended by the biblical scholars.

Since this initial assumption, biblical scholars have become more knowledgeable about the history and the scriptures pertaining to the emperor and the colorful character of the imperial cults, which has altered the scholarly perspective and challenges this previous assumption.

In “The Divinity and Humanity of Caesar in 1 Peter 2:13: Early Christian Resistance to the Emperor and His Cult,” Dr. Williams seeks to resolve this problem by determining the ontological focus of “ἀνθρωπίνη κτίσις” and how its meaning relates to Caesar and his imperial cult.

 

By Stephanie Turner, sophomore journalism major from Shelbyville

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Students inducted into Psi Chi Honor Society

Posted on 05 March 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

On February 4, the Tusculum College Psi Chi Chapter inducted six new members in to its organization.  Psi Chi, an international honor society with 600,000 members, exists to “encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.”

New inductees included Victoria Hill, a senior from Moorestown, N.J.; Brianna (B.W.) Werder, Tiffany Rednour, a sophomore from Mohawk, a sophomore from New Market, Ala.; Zoë Holcomb from Knoxville,  Bailey Lawson, a junior from Max Meadows, Va.; and Hannah Lefler, a sophomore from Chapel Hill.

Members of Psi Chi are selected for extraordinary accomplishment in psychology, ranking in at the top 35 percent of their class and maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA in their major or minor in psychology.

An estimated 30 students, faculty and staff attended the event to support the newly inducted members. New members signed the official Tusculum College Psi Chi roll, which maintains the names of all Tusculum College Psi Chi members since the chapter was formed in May 2012. Members of the Tusculum College Psychology Department faculty were on hand to congratulate the new inductees on this milestone.

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Tusculum College hosts poetry reading on Thursday, March 6

Posted on 03 March 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Poets Emilia Phillips and Nick McCrae are featured readers at Tusculum College on Thursday, March 6. The event is sponsored by the Tusculum College Department of Fine Arts.

The event is free and open to the public and a part of Tusculum’s arts and lecture series. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center on Tusculum’s Greeneville campus.

“Again, we find ourselves pleased to offer the Greeneville and Tusculum communities an exciting opportunity to hear superb, up-and-coming writers,” said Wayne Thomas, chair of the Fine Arts Department. “We sincerely hope our students and also those who live in the surrounding area will come hear and meet these fine poets.”

Phillips is the author of “Signaletics” and two chapbooks including “Bestiary of Gall.” Her poetry appears in “Agni,” “The Kenyon Review,” “Narrative,” “Poetry Magazine” and elsewhere.

She is the recipient of the 2012 Poetry Prize from “The Journal,” second place in the 30 Below Contest from “Narrative” magazine and fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Phillips is the 2013–2014 Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College, the prose editor for “32 Poems” and a staff member at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Born in Chattanooga, McCrae is the author of “The Name Museum,” winner of the De Novo Poetry Prize. He has also written the chapbook “Mountain Redemption,” which won the fall 2011 Black River chapbook competition.

He is the editor of the anthology “Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poets.” His poems, essays and translations appear in “Cincinnati Review,” Hayden’s Ferry Review,”  “Measure,”  “The Southern Review,” Third Coast” and elsewhere. He serves as associate editor for “32 Poems,” assistant editor for Sundress Publications and poetry coordinator for the annual “Best of the Net” anthology.

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