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Lessons added option to Feb. 14 benefit for the Band Program

Lessons added option to Feb. 14 benefit for the Band Program

Posted on 26 January 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The Tusculum College Pioneer Jazz Band will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Dinner/Swing Dance benefit on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the General Morgan Inn. The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. The event will include dinner and a performance of the Pioneer Jazz Band, along with special guests.

The event is a fundraiser to help raise money for much-needed equipment for the entire Tusculum band program, according to David A. Price, director of music at Tusculum College.

As an added bonus, swing dance lessons will be offered free of charge beginning at 5-6 p.m. Lessons will be provided by professional dancers Darian and Tiffany Chancellor. The Chancellors have been professional ballroom dance instructors and competitors for more than 12 years, and for the last 3 years have taught based out of Johnson City. They began with Fred Astaire Dance Studios and opened Johnson City Ballroom in 2012. They are finalists in the National Open Smooth division and are the recipients of a 2014 Kosbe Award for New Business this fall.

“We are thrilled to have Darian and Tiffany back as part of our program. With years of professional experience, it is a great time for beginners to learn or for more experienced dancers to pick up a few new moves,” said Price. “They were a big hit last year and we are excited to have them once again for our event.”

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.

Darian and Tiffany Chancellor

Tickets are available for purchase at the General Morgan Inn or by contacting Price at

423-636-7303 or emailing daprice@tusculum.edu. 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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Assistance in filling out FAFSA to be provided at Tusculum Kingsport, Knoxville and Morristown sites

Posted on 12 January 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Filling out the necessary financial forms for college can be challenging, and Tusculum College will be offering sessions at its Kingsport, Knoxville and Morristown sites to provide assistance with this important step in preparing for higher education.

A series of “FAFSA Frenzy” programs have been scheduled by Tusculum College to help students and their families find answers to their questions about the financial aid process, as well as receive assistance with completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) forms that are required as a first step in the process to receive financial aid, including the Tennessee Promise program.

Professionals from Tusculum College’s Financial Aid staff will provide their expert assistance at each of these “FAFSA Frenzy” events as a community service. The events are open to all high school students, not only those who may be interested in attending Tusculum. The events are also open to adult students in Tusculum’s degree programs applying for financial aid.

The first of the FAFSA Frenzy events will be held at Tusculum’s Knoxville Regional Center on Jan. 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. The Knoxville Regional Center is located at 1305 Centerpoint Blvd., near the Lovell Road exit off the Pellissippi Parkway.

Tusculum’s Kingsport site will be hosting a FAFSA Frenzy event from 4 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 3. The Tusculum site is part of the Kingsport Academic Village at 300 Market St. downtown.

In Morristown, the FAFSA Frenzy event will be on Feb. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Tusculum Morristown Center at 420 West Morris Blvd., Suite 120, inside the Medical Arts Center.

The events will have a “drop in” format, and students and their families are welcome to come by anytime during the scheduled period to receive assistance. In case of school closures due to inclement weather on any of these days, the events will be rescheduled.

“Filling out the FAFSA and other financial forms can be puzzling to students and parents who are not familiar with the process, and we are pleased to be able to offer our assistance to these families,” said Melissa Ripley, executive director of enrollment management operations and residential admission at the college. “Tusculum College is delighted to provide this service to our community and share our expertise with students and their parents as they prepare for this important step in their lives.”

Students and parents are asked to bring their 2014 tax returns if available to the event.  If the 2014 tax return is not available, students and parents should bring their year-end paystubs, w-2 forms, and their 2013 federal income tax return.

FAFSA forms are used to determine eligibility for federal and state funds such as Pell grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans, work-study programs and the Tennessee Promise program, and must be completed each academic year for which a student wishes to seek aid.

Students and parents are encouraged to apply for financial aid as soon as possible. The deadline for the Tennessee Student Assistance Award is Feb. 1 for 2015. Tusculum’s Financial Aid Office recommends that students apply as quickly as possible to assure that their applications will be considered for aid types that typically become limited or exhausted long before school begins in August.

For more information about FAFSA Frenzy, please contact Ripley at 636-7374 or mripley@tusculum.edu or contact one of the Financial Aid counselors at 636-7377 or financialaid@tusculum.edu.

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Professional assistance in filling out FAFSA to be offered by Tusculum at local high schools in January

Posted on 05 January 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Filling out the necessary financial forms for college can be challenging, and sessions are planned in January to provide assistance to high school students and their parents with this important step in preparing for higher education.

A series of “FAFSA Frenzy” programs have been scheduled by Tusculum College to help families find answers to their questions about the financial aid process as well as receive assistance with completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) forms that are required as a first step in the process to receive financial aid, including the Tennessee Promise program. Sessions are scheduled at each of the local high schools in Greene County.

Professionals from Tusculum College’s Financial Aid staff will provide their professional assistance at each of these “FAFSA Frenzy” events as a community service. The events are open to all high school students, not only those who may be interested in attending Tusculum.

The FAFSA Frenzy events are scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 13, at South Greene High School from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 15, at Chuckey-Doak High School from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 20, at West Greene High School from 3:30 to 6 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 22, at North Greene High School from 4 to 6 p.m., and Monday, Jan. 27 at Greeneville High School from 5 to 7 p.m.

The events will have a “drop in” format, and students and their families are welcome to come by anytime during the scheduled period to receive assistance. In case of school closures due to inclement weather on any of these days, the events will be rescheduled.

“Filling out the FAFSA and other financial forms can be puzzling to students and parents who are not familiar with the process, and we are pleased to be able to offer our assistance to these families,” said Melissa Ripley, executive director of enrollment management operations and residential admission at the college. “Tusculum College is pleased to provide this service to our community and share our expertise with students and their parents as they prepare for this important step in their lives.”

Students and parents are asked to bring their 2014 tax returns if available to the event.  If the 2014 tax return is not available, students and parents should bring their year-end paystubs, w-2 forms, and the 2013 federal income tax return.

FAFSA forms are used to determine eligibility for federal and state funds such as Pell grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans work-study programs and the Tennessee Promise program, and must be completed each academic year for which a student wishes to seek aid.

Students and parents are encouraged to apply for financial aid as soon as possible. The deadline for the Tennessee Student Assistance Award is Feb. 1 for 2015. Tusculum’s Financial Aid Office recommends that students apply as quickly as possible to assure that their applications will be considered for aid types that typically become limited or exhausted long before school begins in August.

For more information about FAFSA Frenzy, please contact Ripley at 636-7374 or mripley@tusculum.edu or contact one of the Financial Aid counselors at 636-7377 or financialaid@tusculum.edu.

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Tusculum to present dramatization of “Lincoln/Johnson: The Winning Ticket in Time of War”

Posted on 14 November 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Through first-person interpretations, award-winning presenters Chris Small and Daniel Luther will bring President Abraham Lincoln and Vice President-elect Andrew Johnson to life on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. The performance will be held in the Behan Arena in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center on the Tusculum College’s Greeneville campus.

Presented by Tusculum College’s history and museum studies department and the Andrew Johnson National Historical Site, the lively first person interpretations will reveal the two politicians’ thoughts and opinions regarding the 1864 election, the impending end of war and the possible abolition of slavery, as well as their opinions about re-joining the nation after the uproar of the Civil War.

In addition, Lincoln and Johnson will be interviewed by the Tennessee Technological University Professor William Hardy. Lincoln was a Northern Republican and Johnson was a Southern Democrat who joined forces on the overwhelmingly successful National Union Party ticket in the 1864 elections. This was the one and only time in history that the National Union Party ticket was named in a presidential election.

The program is free of charge and open to the public.

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Dr. Ron May named vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum College

Dr. Ron May named vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum College

Posted on 06 November 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Dr. Ron May, who has been serving as interim vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum College since Aug. 11, has accepted the appointment of vice president of academic affairs.  Dr. May and his wife, Joan, have accepted an invitation to serve Tusculum College at least through June 30, 2016.

Dr. May, a 1968 graduate of the college, has had a distinguished career in higher education, retiring in June 2014 as president of Ancilla College in Donaldson, Ind. In his career he has taught public school, as well as served as a college professor, department head, dean, vice president and twice as a college president, at Ancilla and at Louisburg College in Louisburg, N.C.

Dr. Ron May

 

“Tusculum College is fortunate to have the opportunity to continue to benefit from Dr. May’s leadership in academic affairs,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. “His professional background provides a vast experience in higher education administration to keep Tusculum first.”

While his primary responsibilities will be leading the academic programs of the college, Dr. May will also hold faculty rank as professor of education.

In his career, Dr. May has been recognized by numerous organizations, including by the Leadership Marshall County program with their Leader of the Year Award in 2011. He served Tusculum College as dean of faculty from 1985 to 1988. He also served for a time as the president of the Tusculum College Alumni Association.

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Tusculum College professor publishes manuscript

Posted on 28 October 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College’s Dr. Stephen Nettelhorst, assistant professor of psychology, has co-authored a research manuscript titled “Be Careful What You Wish For: The Impact of Advertisement Choice on Viewers’ Expectations,” which has been accepted for publication in the scholarly journal “Computers in Human Behavior.”

In this work, Dr. Nettelhorst, who joined Tusculum College in 2013, collaborated with colleagues at Kansas State University, where he received his doctorate in psychology. This research focuses on the change of viewer expectations of online advertisements before and after watching them.

“Computers in Human Behavior” is an interdisciplinary journal that focuses on the impact computer use has on individuals in their everyday lives.

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Tusculum College to host a Remote Area Medical clinic on Nov. 8-9

Posted on 28 October 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

More than 600 people are expected to turn out for free health care services being offered at the upcoming Remote Area Medical clinic hosted by Tusculum College on Nov. 8-9.

Responding to a regional need, Tusculum College will bring the free clinic to Greene County for the first time this fall. The event is expected to draw those in need of services from all over the region and more than 200 volunteers are gearing up to pull off this significant event.

RAM is a Knoxville-based organization providing free medical care for the uninsured and underinsured.

“This is an event that suits the Civic Arts mission of Tusculum College. It’s a documented need in the area, with more than 600 people expected over the weekend,” said Mark Stokes, Tusculum chaplain and organizer of the event. “We are hosting the event in conjunction with the community. We have hundreds of volunteers, not only from the RAM organization but from Greeneville and Greene County.”

Stokes added that he hopes anyone in need of basic health care services will take advantage of this opportunity through RAM

During the two-day, weekend clinics, RAM volunteers provide basic medical services, dental work and optometry services and glasses on-site free that day. Health care services provided include comprehensive screening for diabetes and hypertension, procedures such as mammography, colon cancer screening, retinal screening using telemedicine technology, chest x-rays, pulmonary function studies and some gynecological procedures.

On both days, the parking areas will open at midnight and RAM will begin handing out numbers for patient order at 3 a.m. The doors open at 6 am.

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 website at http://www.ramusa.org/ or email RAM@tusculum.edu, or call (423) 636-7450.

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Harkleroad, Wedding named to marketing staff at Tusculum College

Posted on 23 October 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Laralee Harkleroad and Brooke Wedding have joined the staff of Tusculum College’s Office of Marketing. Harkleroad has been named assistant director of marketing and Wedding will serve as graphic designer.

“With the expanding capabilities in marketing today, we are very pleased to have added two top-notch professionals to our team,” says Jamie Hamer, the director of marketing. “Both Laralee and Brooke bring skills and talents to the team and will help us accomplish our marketing goals.”

Laralee Harkleroad

Harkleroad was formerly executive assistant to the president of King University in Bristol. Prior to her experience at King, she worked for the law office of Baker Donelson, overseeing the marketing and recruiting efforts of their Johnson City office.

In her new position, she will be responsible for implementing the marketing initiatives of Tusculum College, which includes developing and maintaining the integrated marketing plan, strategies and campaigns, overseeing the use of the College’s logo and seal and providing assistance with internal communications, retention and students engagement activities. In addition, she will be preparing promotional and recruitment materials, as well as coordinating and planning key events.

Harkleroad received her Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in human resources from King University earlier this year. In addition, she holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in business management with a concentration in legal studies.

Brooke Wedding

Previously, Wedding, a 2010 graduate of Tusculum College, worked as a graduate assistant at East Tennessee State University, teaching the graphic design and the foundations of 2D design.

In her new position as a graphic designer, Wedding will be responsible for all aspects of the design and creation of campus-wide marketing and communication materials, including creating brand continuity across all media platforms and developing well-defined graphic identities for a variety of marketing, branding and advertising initiatives. She will also actively engage in on-going planning, analysis and evaluation.

Wedding has substantial experience in not only in the many forms of graphic design but in communication, marketing, photography and writing. She graduated from Tusculum College with a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design. She also holds an associate’s degree in photography from Pellissippi State Technical Community College in Knoxville. She is currently expected to graduate from ETSU with a Master of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in graphic design later this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story by Stephanie Turner, junior journalism major from Shelbyville, Tenn

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Mentors Needed for TNAchieves

Posted on 23 October 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Greene County is in need of mentors to work with TNAchieves, a partnering organization to Governor Haslam’s Tennessee Promise. TNAchieves serves primarily first generation, low income students in an effort to increase this generation’s likelihood of earning a college credential. While the funding provided by Tennessee Promise is critical to increased post-secondary access, TNAchieves data confirms that working with a mentor further enhances students’ likelihood of entering the post-secondary pipeline. In fact, UT’s Center for Business and Economic Research found that students participating in TNAchieves are nearly 21 percent more likely to enter college.

The November 1 deadline for mentor registration is rapidly approaching, and 64 mentors are still needed to support the 107 Greeneville/Greene County students that have registered for the TNAchieves Program.

TNAchieves mentors report that they spend less than ONE hour per month serving as a resource to students. The role is simple but significant as mentors help students reach their potential. At its core, TNAchieves mentors complete an application, choose their preferred high school, complete a one-hour training session, attend two one-hour meetings, and communicate with students every two weeks via email, phone or text as they transition from high school to college.

If you are willing to become a mentor to the TNAchieves Program and are at least 21 years of age, please complete the online registration by visiting www.tnachieves.org/mentor-application.

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Tusculum College to host Career Fair Nov. 3

Posted on 22 October 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College will be hosting Fall Career Fair 2014 at the Knoxville Regional Center on Monday, Nov. 3, from 4-6:30 p.m.

Students and alumni from all Tusculum campuses are invited to meet with employers from the East Tennessee region. A van has been reserved to transport Tusculum students from the Greeneville campus to the fair in Knoxville.

The Tennessee Career Coach Bus will be available on all four Tusculum campuses in the two weeks before the fair, to meet with students and alumni to review resumes and provide career advice in preparation for the fair.

The Coach Team will be providing job search and resume assistance along with career advising from staff from the local Workforce Investment Act Office.

More than 30 employers from the region will share information during the event about their firms, job positions available and skill sets they require in employees. Employers will also have information about opportunities for internships and co-ops and seasonal, part-time and full-time positions.

There is no registration fee for employers to participate in the event, and they are encouraged to register to participate as soon as possible because a limited number of tables are available. For more information about employer participation, please visit www.collegecentral.com/tusculum.

The Career Fair is open to all Tusculum students and alumni. Those attending the event are encouraged to dress professionally, as they would for a job interview, and to bring several copies of their resumes and business cards to distribute to employers.

“At last year’s Fall Career Fair, 22 employers met with 55 Tusculum students and alumni and offered 85 interviews, according to the employer survey,” said Robin Lay, director of career services. “Employers have reported hiring several candidates from that fair. Some of those hired have already received job promotions. I expect this year’s fair will be even better.”

For more information on the Fall Career Fair 2014, The Tennessee Career Coach events or to reserve transportation, contact Lay at rlay@tusculum.edu or 423-636-7447

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Tusculum President Dr. Nancy Moody receives University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Nursing Alumni Award

Posted on 22 October 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Dr. Nancy Moody, president of Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn., was the fall 2014 recipient of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Nursing Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award. The award recognizes her distinguished career in higher education. Last year she received the Texas Woman’s University Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award.

“This award is so well deserved for Nancy, who throughout her career has demonstrated a consistent pattern of leadership in nursing and health care workforce development,” said University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Dean Doreen Harper. “Very few of our graduates are presidents of colleges and universities, and we are proud of all she has accomplished. Nancy is an exemplar of our distinguished alumnus at the UAB School of Nursing.”

Dr. Moody has served as president of Tusculum College since 2009.  During her tenure, she has led the college’s successful reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and secured a $45 million Community Facilities direct loan for the construction of two new apartment style residence halls and a science and math facility and to refurbish an existing academic building.  She also secured a $3.8 million gift for the naming of the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math that will be complete in 2016.  In addition, Dr. Moody has overseen the efforts to bring several new undergraduate and graduate programs to the college including nursing, chemistry, criminal justice, psychology and a master of business administration degree. The college’s board of trustees recently recognized Dr. Moody’s contributions to Tusculum by presenting her with the inaugural Founder’s Award in February 2013.

Prior to joining Tusculum College, Dr. Moody was president of Lincoln Memorial University for seven years.  Under her leadership, LMU’s enrollment increased by 90 percent.  The university also initiated the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and expanded the Caylor School of Nursing to include a master of science in nursing degree program with family nurse practitioner and nurse anesthesia concentrations.  Other programs initiated under her leadership included a master’s degree program preparing physician’s assistants and a doctorate of education degree.

A registered nurse, Dr. Moody began her academic career as a nursing instructor for Lincoln Memorial University in 1974 and advanced to hold several academic leadership positions there – including dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health –  prior to being named LMU president.  Her career also includes serving as the executive director of the Tennessee Center for Nursing, as an assistant professor of nursing in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and as associate professor and department chair in the College of Nursing at East Tennessee State University.

She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and an advisory board member for the Northeast Tennessee College and Career Readiness Consortium funded through an Investing in Innovation (i3) grant funded by the U. S. Department of Education. Previously, Dr. Moody served on the NCAA DII President’s Council, was chair of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association, and a member of the Board of the Appalachian College Association.

Dr. Moody received her associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University and earned a master of science in nursing from the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center in 1978.  She also received a doctorate in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing at Birmingham.

 

 

University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Nursing Dean Doreen Harper presents Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College, with the Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award.

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CISC 100: Computer as a Tool Computer Literacy Test-Out date for Block 3 – 2014

Posted on 21 October 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

CISC 100:  Computer as a Tool Computer Literacy Test-Out date for Block 3 – 2014

Students who are proficient in the Microsoft Office 2010 applications of Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, can opt out of taking the required CISC 100: Computer as a Tool course by passing a computer literacy test-out exam. The exam involves completing a set of given tasks for each of the four aforementioned applications. A review session for the computer literacy test-out exam will be held from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Room 102 of Annie Hogan Byrd. While the review session is not mandatory, it is highly recommended that you attend so you can be registered and ensure your ability to log-on to the Moodle site for resources. The actual computer test-out exam will be held from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov.6, in Annie Hogan Byrd Hall, Room 102. You must pass the exam in order to bypass CISC 100: Computer as a Tool. In order to take the exam review session and/or the exam itself, you must be able to login to the lab computers in Room 102 of Annie Hogan Byrd and access Moodle before Tuesday, Nov.4 and/or Thursday, Nov. 6. If you find that you cannot login to the lab computers, you will need to contact Information Systems – Help Desk (extension 5346 – Niswonger fourth floor) to get your account working. Please understand that if you cannot log on on the test day you will not be able permitted to take the exam. If you have taken the CISC 100: Computer as a Tool test-out exam two times and have failed two times, you are not allowed to take the test-out exam a third time. In that case, you must take the CISC 100: Computer as a Tool course, which will count as a 4-hour credit. Knoxville, Kingsport, and Morristown students will take the exam on the same day at their registered locations.

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