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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

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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Tuition, other fees at Tusculum College will not see increase in 2015

Tuition, other fees at Tusculum College will not see increase in 2015

Posted on 17 October 2014 by

There will be no increase in tuition and room and board rates for Tusculum College students in the 2015-2016 year, as members of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees voted to freeze fees for the upcoming year at their fall meeting on the Greeneville campus, October 15-17.

The board met for three days, which included the kick-off celebration for the Tusculum First Capital Campaign held on Thursday night.

“We are pleased to announce that tuition, room and board at Tusculum College will remain at the same rate,” said President Nancy B. Moody. “It is our challenge and our duty to control costs for our students to the best of our ability.”

The tuition freeze will be applied to both the residential and the Graduate and Professional Studies programs.

In other business, the board approved revised floor plans and construction budget for the Dr. Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math.

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

The building features the environmental science wing with a loading dock, as well as larger general classroom spaces and classrooms equipped for distance learning programs. A large lecture hall will also be included on the ground floor. Additional space is earmarked for new yet-to-be-determined academic programs.

“We are ready to see this vision become a reality,” said Dr. Ken Bowman, chair of the Board of Trustees and a 1970 graduate of Tusculum College. “With the announcement Thursday night of the Tusculum First campaign and approval today on a construction budget for the science building, we have made giant strides in moving Tusculum College forward.”

Upon the recommendation of the faculty, the board approved changes in the number of credit hours required for graduation and credit hours earned per course for a large number of offerings in the academic program. Students will be required to earn 120 credits to graduate, down from 128. It is anticipated that this change will be implemented with the input of faculty, staff and administration by fall 2016.

Also approved was a fully-online degree program for the Bachelor of Science in management program.

In other action, the board gave approval to the 2014-2015 operating budget, approved December graduates and elected officers.

Officers elected included: Chair, Dr. Bowman; Vice Chair, Dr. Jerry Ward; Treasurer, Dwight Ferguson, and Secretary, Mark R. Williams.

Bowman, who currently resides in Apollo, Pa., has been a member of the board since 1998 and chair since 2006.

Dr. Ward resides in Greeneville and has served on the board since 2009.  He has served as assistant principal, principal and superintendent of schools in the Greeneville City School System. Dr. Ward served on the faculty of Tusculum College from 1994 until 2004, serving as distinguished service professor of education, department chair and division chair.

Ferguson joined the board in 2009. He is retired from Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc., located in Erwin, where he served as president and chief executive officer from March 1992 until January 2009. Williams, of Greeneville, joined the board in 2001. He is a broker with Century 21 Legacy.

Also re-elected for an additional term as board members were Dr. Ward, Dr. Alan B. Corley, Dr. Judith Domer, Anna Gamble, Dr. Paul E. Stanton, Frank Horsman and Dr. Angelo Volpe.

The next meeting of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees will be in February 2015.


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Tusculum College receives Hawkins Memorial Fund Grant for RAM Clinic

Posted on 10 October 2014 by

The Dr. J. G. Hawkins Memorial Fund of the East Tennessee Foundation has awarded a $12,000 grant to Tusculum College to support a two-day Remote Area Medical clinic on the Greeneville campus scheduled for November 8-9.

During the two-day event RAM provides basic medical services, dental work and optometry services and glasses to the public free of charge.

“We are thrilled at the support we have received from the Dr. J.G.  Hawkins Memorial Fund of the East Tennessee Foundation to help us put on this needed event in our region,” said Michelle Arbogast, associate director of foundation and donor relations for Tusculum College.

Health care services provided at the RAM clinic 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.

RAM is a Knoxville-based organization providing free medical care for the uninsured and underinsured, said Mark Stokes, organizer of the event and chaplain at Tusculum College.

“This is an event that suits the Civic Arts mission of Tusculum College. It is a documented need in the area, with more than 600 people expected over the weekend,” Stokes said. “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.”

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


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“America’s Got Talent” winner Mat Franco appearing at Tusculum College on Oct. 15

Posted on 09 October 2014 by

This year’s “America’s Got Talent” winner, Magician Mat Franco, will be performing in Tusculum College’s Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 6:45 p.m.

Since graduating from college in 2010, Franco has become a campus favorite across the country. In early 2014, Franco decided to enter NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” competition. Competing against a wide variety of the country’s top talent, he emerged as the first magician to win the show’s top spot.

Franco became fascinated with the art of magic after seeing it on television at age four. Growing up in Rhode Island, Franco learned techniques by studying magicians he videotaped off television, and he continued to hone his craft with performances throughout his teen and college years. He now specializes in creating customized, interactive presentations for his audiences that allow for spontaneity and improvisation.

Mat Franco

“Mat really brought magic back in a big way,” said “America’s Got Talent” judge Mel B. “The audiences at home and in the theater loved him. He had a little bit of edginess to himself in performing.”

Campus Activities Magazine named him The 2013 Best Performer of the Year because of Mat’s unexplainable magic, music and spontaneous humor.

For Franco, magic isn’t about “tricking” or “fooling” the audience; it’s about connecting with people and bringing smiles to their faces. He has been entertaining college audiences full-time ever since the day he finished college himself,

Before approaching magic as a full time endeavor, Franco was a student of business with a concentration in marketing at the University of Rhode Island. He also minored in communication studies. Using his education as a tool, he was able to morph his hobby into a career.

This event is sponsored by the Tusculum College Office of Student Affairs.

Limited tickets are available at $15 per person and reservations may be made by calling Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620423-798-1620 or by emailing Tickets may be purchased at the box office window one-and-a-half hours prior to the performance. Tickets are payable by cash or check only, no credit or debit cards will be accepted.


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Nicole Wagner named coordinator of Tusculum Fund

Posted on 03 October 2014 by

Nicole Wagner has been named Tusculum College’s coordinator of the Tusculum Fund.

Wagner was formerly the administrative assistant for development at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Ga.

Nicole Wagner

In her new position, Wagner will be responsible for assisting with all aspects of the Tusculum Fund, supervising the student Phonathon callers and overseeing the Student Alumni Association. She will also assist with donor recognition events, the Graduate Gift and Pioneer

Club campaigns, Institutional Advancement activities and college recruitment and retention efforts.

“We are very pleased to announce Nicole as part of our team,” said Heather Patchett, vice president of Institutional Advancement. “She has already hit the ground running and is a good match for this already dynamic development team.”

Wagner has substantial experience working with fund-raising, sales, planning successful events and maintaining financial and research records.

She graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Ga., with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a minor in psychology. She is currently working on a Master of Arts degree in American history from the same university, with an anticipated graduation in spring of 2016.


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Poetry reading is Thursday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m. in the Allison Gallery

Poetry reading is Thursday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m. in the Allison Gallery

Posted on 01 October 2014 by

Tusculum College will host a poetry reading featuring poets Tim Earley and Abraham Smith at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Allison Gallery on the Greeneville campus.

The reading will be held in conjunction with the senior gallery exhibition of Jack Lampley, a graphic arts major from Clarksville. A reception for this exhibit will be held from 4-6 p.m.

Earley was born and raised in Forest City, N.C. He has authored three collections of poetry, including “Boondoggle,” “The Spooking of Mavens” and “Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery.” His work has appeared in several other publications, including the “Chicago Review,” the “Southern Humanities Review,” the “Green Mountains Review” and the “Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains.” Earley holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Alabama.

Since receiving his M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Alabama in 2004, Smith has published three full-length poetry collections, including “Whim Man Mammon,” “Hank” and “Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer.” His works have also appeared in numerous journals and publications, including the “Denver Quarterly,” the “American Poetry Review” and “The Volta Book of Poets.”

In 2012, Smith was awarded a Literary Arts Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. He currently works at the University of Alabama.

This event is part of the Humanities Series, sponsored by the Tusculum College English Department. The reading is free and open to the public. Arts and Lecture credit is available for Tusculum College residential students.

For more information, contact Dr. Clay Matthews, assistant professor of English, at 423-636-7300423-636-7300.


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Learn to knit at the Doak House Museum

Learn to knit at the Doak House Museum

Posted on 30 September 2014 by

Knitting for beginners will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 11, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Doak House Museum on the Tusculum College campus. The $25 class fee covers all materials and instruction.

The class is being offered at the museum as part of its continuing series of instruction for the public in traditional arts and crafts methods. Workshop attendees will use high-quality yarn to learn the fundamentals of knitting, take home a set of bamboo needles and a beginning project.

Space in the class is limited. Call or email the museum to make a reservation. Contact Doak House Site Manager Leah Walker at 423-636-8554423-636-8554 or email for more information.


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Mark your calendars!  Valentine’s Dinner/Swing Dance benefit for band program is Feb. 14

Mark your calendars! Valentine’s Dinner/Swing Dance benefit for band program is Feb. 14

Posted on 30 September 2014 by

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 Tusculum band program, according to David A. Price, director of music at Tusculum College.

“We have planned a wonderful, romantic night of great food, great music and dancing through the evening,” Price said. “It’s the perfect event for Valentine’s Day, with a few special

surprises included. Tickets would also make a wonderful Christmas gift for someone special.”

Ticket prices are $50 per person and include dance tickets, 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 423-636-7303423-636-7303 or emailing A hotel package special is also available by contacting the General Morgan Inn at 423-787-1000423-787-1000. Sponsorships and table packages are also available for the event 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, during pregame and half-time festivities.

A concert band was formed in the 2010-2011 academic year as well, and the newly-formed group was honored to be asked to play at the Inauguration Ceremony for the College’s new president, Dr. Nancy B. Moody, on October 8, 2010.

To date, the music program continues to grow each year and has also formed a jazz band, several small instrumental ensembles and a Handbell Choir. The program is featured in three concerts per year. The next concert is set for Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. at Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium.


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Annual Tusculum/Carson-Newman Blood Drive Bowl set for week leading up to Oct. 18  Homecoming game

Annual Tusculum/Carson-Newman Blood Drive Bowl set for week leading up to Oct. 18 Homecoming game

Posted on 26 September 2014 by

Fans of the Tusculum Pioneers and Carson-Newman Eagles can support their team while aiding the East Tennessee Medic Regional Blood Center by participating in the 12th Annual Blood Drive Bowl in October.

The Blood Drive Bowl is part of the festivities leading up to the Saturday, Oct.18, homecoming game at Tusculum, where the two teams face-off on the field. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. Tusculum has been the top donor in seven of the previous 11 drives.

There will be several opportunities to donate blood.

On Tuesday, Oct. 14, Tusculum students, faculty, staff and fans may donate on the Knoxville campus from 2 – 6 p.m. Blood donations will also be taken at the following locations: Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Tusculum College Greeneville campus from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Tusculum College Morristown site at 420 West Morris Blvd., from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Donors should bring a valid driver’s license or other official photo ID in order to give blood. Medical prescreening and a free cholesterol test (no fasting necessary) will be provided at the sites. One donation a year exempts donors and their IRS dependents from paying blood supplier processing fees at any U.S. hospital.

The winning school will be announced at halftime of the homecoming football game. Tusculum leads the Blood Drive Bowl series 7-3.  The Pioneers won the inaugural title in 2003, again in 2005, and five consecutive years (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012). Carson-Newman has captured bragging rights four times (2004, 2006, 2007, and 2013).

For more information, contact the MEDIC Regional Blood Center at (865) 524-3074(865) 524-3074 or at


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Ekphrasis – Image and Word Exhibit open through Sept. 24

Posted on 23 September 2014 by

Tusculum College’s art exhibit titled “Ekphrasis – Image and Word” will be open through Wednesday, Sept. 24. The exhibition is the work product of 11 students in the senior portfolio and exhibition class in the Art and Design program.

Former Tusculum Professor Clem Allison is credited with having carefully put together a collection of etchings, wood engravings, wood cuts, screenprints and lithographs during his extensive tenure at the College. Last year, Associate Professor of Art Deborah Bryan’s class put together the first exhibition of these prints since 1998, and this year, a very special selection of work has been assembled for display.

Ekphrasis is defined as “a literary description of or commentary on a visual work of art,” according to Bryan. “The word is now used to describe not only visual art influencing words, but also words influencing visual art. It is the latter meaning that is most applicable here, as most of the prints are a response to poetry or prose.”

The exhibit features works from the “Ligature 68” series, Dame Elizabeth Frink’s “Canterbury Tales” etchings and text, screenprint imagery and screenprint annotations from Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra.”

Dr. Bryan feels that this is an effective way to teach students about professional artistry and exhibition. “The best way to learn to plan, mat, hang, publicize and host a senior exhibition is to do exactly that with a group of colleagues facing the same challenge,” she said.

The exhibit is open to the public and is being held in the Clem Allison Gallery of the Rankin House. Hours are Monday-Friday from 3:30-5 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Bryan at


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Meditation Garden dedication is Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Posted on 22 September 2014 by

A dedication of the Meditation Garden in honor of those affected by domestic violence will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23. The dedication will occur at the site of the garden at the Honors House, located across from Doak Elementary School.

Tusculum College developed the garden in conjunction with ASafeHarborHome, an agency established to aid victims of domestic violence.

The garden was completed by the Tusculum BIOL-354 class as a service-learning project. It was designed not only as a beautiful campus space, but as an ongoing project in support of ASafeHarborHome. With the help of the Office of Institutional Advancement, the class solicited donations to purchase plants and supplies. With each donation, a plant identification marker will be placed to represent organizations or departments on campus.

For more information, contact Ronda Gentry at



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Birding presentation by Ornithologist Don Miller is Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Tusculum College

Birding presentation by Ornithologist Don Miller is Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Tusculum College

Posted on 19 September 2014 by

Ornithologist Don Miller will be presenting “Birding in Northeast Tennessee: Quite an Earful,” the second event in the 2014-15 Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series at Tusculum College on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

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

Don Miller’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Behan Arena Theatre (lower level side entrance of the Annie Hogan Byrd building).

As a child, Miller’s family shared their fascination of birds with him, and after college, his interest was rekindled by friends and associates in both Blacksburg, Virginia, and Northeast Tennessee. He will share this passion not only by specifying the birds of Northeast Tennessee but by giving instruction on how to learn the language of the regional birds and how to locate them by ear.

Miller worked with Tusculum College for more than eight years before assuming the position as Director of Greeneville-Greene County Public Library and its branch, the T. Elmer Cox Historical and Genealogical Library in 2000. He is a member of the Greeneville chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society, serving as president for many years. He has contributed to the seasonal reports of “The Migrant,” participated in the North American Breeding Bird Survey and is currently authoring a book that focuses on the birds of Greene County and surrounding areas.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on these events, please contact Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620423-798-1620 or visit its website at


Written by Stephanie Turner, junior journalism major from Shelbyville, Tenn.


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