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Crafting vendors, workshops and demonstrations to be featured during the Tusculum College Old Oak Festival, April 17-19

Posted on 30 March 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Watercolors and woodcraft and everything in between will be featured as part of this year’s Old Oak Festival, returning to the Tusculum College campus April 17-19.

The arts and music festival will span three days and will feature something for everyone, including crafts, music, art, theater, storytelling and area authors, as well as gallery and museum exhibits.

The festival will feature an extensive variety of crafted products, from walking sticks and wooden puzzles to Christmas ornaments, soft sculpture, pencil drawings and llama fiber products. Other crafts include scrollsaw wood art, dolls, baby items, tobacco stick art and signs, polymer jewelry, lotions and soap, quilts, needlework, baskets, stained glass, crochet items, bath and body products, handmade ironworks and dulcimers, gourds, rustic art, herbs, handprints, photography, bows, scarves and purses.

“We are expecting a wide variety of artists, including painters, craftsmen and sculptors, whose work will be available for purchase. Arts will include pottery, woodcrafts and folk art,” said David Price, festival coordinator and director of music at Tusculum College.

Demonstrations will also be conducted in pottery, blacksmithing and carving by the Evergreen Woodcarvers.

Musician Sharon Babb will be hosting mountain dulcimer workshops each day of the festival. Babb has been teaching dulcimer for many years, and there is no fee to attend the workshops. The workshop schedule will be Friday, April 17, 2-3:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 18, 10-11:30 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 19, 2-3:30 p.m. She will be teaching traditional and modern songs, with some in-between. Babb also builds mountain dulcimers, which she will have available for purchase at the festival.

If you have a dulcimer in need of strings or minor repair, stop by the blacksmith/dulcimer booth before class. There will be a small fee for repairs and strings. If you do not have a dulcimer, you may sign up to borrow one for class. Supply is limited.  If you have questions, call Babb at 865-919-7214.

The Walnut Ridge llamas, previous favorites of the festival, will visit the Tusculum College campus over the weekend, and products made from llama fiber will be available.

The Doak House Museum will sponsor a batik workshop during the three days of the festival. Participants will learn how to make stunning designs on natural fiber cloth using the wax-resist dyeing method. Reservations and advance deposits are required. The workshop will be held in the heart of the festival on the main campus. Contact Leah Walker at 423-636-8554 or lwalker@tusculum.edu for reservations and more information.

There are limited spaces still available for artisan and crafter booths. Deadline for reserving a booth is Wednesday, April 8, or until all spaces are filled.

“With three stages and special performances at the Doak House Museum, the musical acts this year will provide a wide variety to suit all musical tastes, with some top rate performances on all three days,” said Price.

The Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band and the Old Time Travelers, a duo from Chattanooga Tennessee, will perform on the Doak House lawn on the Saturday of the festival, and will be featured during the festival on the main stage.

Other scheduled performers include Richard and Eva, Stem Winder, Charles Tunstall, Thursday Night Boys, Steve Brown, Mike Joy, Shiloh Road, the Tusculum College Alumni All-Star band, My New Favorites, the Threetles, the Tusculum College Jazz Band, the Tusculum College Concert Band, the Tusculum College Handbell Choir, Jim and Curtis Moneyhun, John Vandiver, the Step Cousins, Fuse Worship, Josh Miller and Joyce Carroll.

In addition to artist vendors and music performances throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, there will be three performances during the festival of “5X10,” presented by Tusculum students under the direction of Wayne Thomas, the interim dean of the arts and sciences, Frank Mengel, Arts Outreach technical director and instructor, and Brian Ricker, Arts Outreach and assistant.

Performances will be held in the Behan Arena Theatre in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. To reserve tickets, contact Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620.

The college’s Allison Gallery will be open throughout the weekend, featuring a faculty and family spotlight exhibition by Dr. Deborah Bryan, associate professor of art at Tusculum.

Several writers will be presenting works throughout the festival weekend. Authors include Carolyn Gregg, Emory Rhea Raxter, Joe Tennis, Keith Bartlett, Lisa Hall, Matilda Green, Shirley Butler, Claudia Ware, James Campbell, Tom Yancey, Rick Toomey, Charles Tunstall, Bill Nance and George Ryan.

Both the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library and the Doak House Museum will be open to visitors during the festival and will have special activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.

For the length of the festival only, the museum will open its collections storage to display never before exhibited Appalachian chairs and other furnishings, titled “Sittin’ Pretty: Selections from the Doak House Furniture Collection.” Admission is free and donations are appreciated.

The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library will sponsor a 19th Century Toys and Games booth in the children’s area. Come and play with traditional folk toys and make-and-take your very own toy as a souvenir. In addition to the museum’s activities, the education department at Tusculum College will be hosting children’s activities, which will be led by Kathryn Crumm, assistant professor of education.

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.

Food selection will include festival favorites, such as homemade strawberry shortcake, Philly cheese steak and Mennonite doughnuts. Food vendors include Rural Resources, Mr. Turkey Leg, Mac’s Fine Foods, Creamy Cup, TopDog HotDog, Cold Water Farm, Auntie Ruth’s and Carly’s Kettle Korn. Music and food will be available until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and until 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Tusculum students will be participating in a Marble Pursuit Board Game Tournament hosted by the Tusculum College Band Program. The first round begins Friday April 17, at 6:45 p.m. in the Pioneer Perk in the Niswonger Commons. Spectators are welcome

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 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, contact Price at 423-636-7303.

Coolers and alcohol are prohibited during the festival.

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.

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

 

usic, arts, crafts, theater, authors, food and children’s activities will be the highlights of three-days of fun during Tusculum College’s Old Oak Festival in April.

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Tusculum College: A Degree in Three?

Posted on 26 March 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

After months of  study by students, faculty and staff, the Tusculum College Board of Trustees convened Monday, March 23, and approved changes to the general education curriculum and course delivery calendar. With the approved changes, motivated students may complete their degrees in three years.

The Board accepted recommendations, approved by a faculty committee tasked to address policy and procedural matters, to provide increased flexibility in course scheduling and improve students’ ability to transfer into Tusculum College.

“Tusculum’s faculty, staff, students and trustees have been working for more than a year to identify changes to meet the needs of today’s and future students who are impacted by the ever increasing cost of a college education. Recent changes reviewed by interdisciplinary work groups, town hall meetings, faculty and students and approved by the Board also help ensure the success of our students, the primary reason for any college or university to exist,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College.

“Preparing students to be the new leaders in our ever changing world has been the goal of Tusculum College since its founding in 1794,” said Dr. Moody. “We are excited about the opportunities for our students as we address the changes we are seeing in higher education. The Board’s approved changes will make it easier for students to transfer to Tusculum and earn their college degree. Governor Bill Haslam’s Tennessee Promise program makes it possible for more Tennessee students to begin their college careers. Tusculum’s changes are designed to help them complete their college education and compete for the jobs available in today’s world.”

“As the governing body of this institution, it is critical that we continue to reshape Tusculum College in ways that will make our students more successful while we also look after the future of the college,” said Dr. Kenneth A. Bowman, chair of the Board and 1970 alumnus of the college. “These improvements are necessary as we align Tusculum College’s curriculum with other colleges and universities in our country, while we keep the distinctiveness of the block schedule that is uniquely Tusculum’s.”

Dr. Bowman added that these changes are part of the overall strategic efforts of the college. These include the $25 million Tusculum First capital campaign launched in October and the upgrading of facilities, telecommunications and other technology at the Greeneville campus and locations in Knoxville, Morristown and Kingsport.

“As a Board, we usually meet in the summers to update and expand our strategic plan, as opportunities and threats continually arise,” said Dr. Bowman. “These changes are a result of that process.”

Also approved during the October 2014 Board of Trustee meeting was the transition to a 120-hour graduation requirement and three-hour course format as part of the overall effort to reposition Tusculum College to meet the needs of its students. A transition period is planned for current students.

“During the transition period, all students will have increased access to individualized academic advising,” said Dr. Ron May, vice president for academic affairs. “All students will have their academic plans reviewed to ensure continued academic progress toward graduation without delaying their timeline for completion. Students will also have the opportunity to maximize their course options by moving to the new 120-hour graduation requirement and the three-hour course format.”

Additionally on Monday, the Board approved changes to the general education curriculum effective no later than Fall 2016. Some former commons courses, previously required of all students, will be included in major course offerings, thus providing students with the option of taking these courses, as well as the added flexibility of selecting other electives. This general education curriculum reduces the required general education courses to 41-credit hours, as approved and recommended by the Tusculum faculty.

Under the new course delivery system, students may continue to take one course per day scheduled to meet two days a week. Students may also take a course over the entire semester on Wednesday morning with the afternoons being reserved for academic and student engagement activities, including service projects and special topic lectures. The new calendar will allow two to five classes to be taken in each eight-week period, up to 18 hours per semester for those receiving financial aid.

“The culminating effect of these changes in credit hours per course, credit hours required for graduation, change in the general education requirements, the modified delivery format and more opportunities for online courses will allow students the option of completing their baccalaureate degree in three years should they choose that option,” said Dr. Bowman.

“Throughout her 220-year history, Tusculum College has continually transformed herself. The transformations have included name changes when merging with other institutions, creating programs to meet the needs of non-traditional adult students, adopting a unique focused calendar and even how we teach,” said Dr. Moody. “Recent actions by the faculty and Board allow Tusculum College to once again adapt to change and move forward while continuing to make an impact on the world through the success of her graduates.”

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Tusculum College’s Pioneer Fishing Club wins Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Tournament

Posted on 25 March 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The Tusculum College Pioneer Fishing Club traveled to the Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tenn. from March 14 and 15, for the Cabela Collegiate Big Bass Bash and brought home the top prize.

Corban Rood, a junior, business administration major from Knoxville, led the team to victory. Rood and his boat mate Corey Neece, a freshman, environmental science major from Bristol, and their teammates Nick Hatfield, a junior, business administration major from Greeneville, and Justin Reagan, a junior, computer science major for Johnson City, beat more than 200 boats from both Division II and Division I schools in the southeast competition.

Rood’s bass weighed in at 8.58 pounds and was in the number one spot overall on Day 1 and 2 of the competition.

In addition to pleasure outings, this is the club’s second year of competing in collegiate tournaments. This competition is the second out of 10 events that they will be competing in this year.

“We are excited to be participating in competitions now,” said Hatfield. “If we do well enough, we can build up points toward the School of the Year title.”

Members of the fishing club are hoping to build the program to where it would become a club sport competition team. “I have fished all my life and really love it,” said Hatfield. “I wanted to continue on the college level and maybe one day see this club transition into a sports team.”

The club sponsor is Dr. Jason Jones, assistant professor of physical education. Anyone  interested in the club should email nickhatfield.nh@gmail.com.

 

Tusculum College’s Fishing Club took top honors in the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing tournament. From left are Corey Neas, Justin Reagan, Coban Rood and Nick Hatfield.

 

 

By Corrine Absher, senior digital media major from Kingsport

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Posted on 23 March 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Newsletter – March 2015

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Tusculum College students recognized for literary works

Posted on 23 March 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College students Jennifer Frost, Carnes White and Cynthia Conte are the winners of the 2015 Curtis and Billie Owens Literary Awards.

The awards, which are given annually to recognize the literary achievements of the college’s students, are open to all Tusculum College students.

Frost, a sophomore creative writing major from Friendsville won both the competition’s drama and poetry categories. The drama piece she submitted was “Psy-cho-ther-apy in Yazoo, County, Mississippi” and the poetry piece was “For the Birds.”

White, a senior creative writing major from Pike Road, Ala., won the competition’s fiction category, for his work, titled “Conservation.”

Conte, a senior creative writing major from Chattanooga, won the competition’s nonfiction category with the submission of “Time Travelism.”

Honorable mentions were given in the fiction, poetry and nonfiction categories. Four students received an honorable mention for original works. Sarah Holly, a junior creative writing major from Johnson City, was recognized for “But Resist the Devil, and “He Will Flee From You” and Laine Callahan, a sophomore creative writing major from Morristown, was recognized for “Languish” in the fiction category. Emily Waryck, a sophomore creative writing major from New Concord, Ohio, was recognized for “’86” in the poetry category. Holly was also recognized for “Forking the Tongue” in the nonfiction category.

The winners’ works will be included in a publication to be released during the 2015 Old Oak Festival, April 17- 19.

The Curtis Owen Literary Award was established by Curtis Owens, a 1928 graduate of Tusculum College who went on to a teaching career at what is now Pace University in New York, and his wife, Billie. He and his wife established the Owens Award at his alma mater to encourage and reward excellence in writing among Tusculum College students.

The announcement of the winners was made during a reading by creative nonfiction writer Juljia Šukys. Šukys was a judge for the final round of the competition. The reading was pieces from her most recent book “Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Šimaitė. “

Šukys is a creative nonfiction writer who at first studied literature and continued through her doctoral program and dissertation in literature at the University of Toronto. She began with her first book called “Silence is Death: The Life and Work of Tahar Djaout,” which is about an Algerian author that was gunned down.

Her next book, “Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Šimaitė. Epistolophilia” won the 2013 Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award for Holocaust Literature.

Šukys is currently teaching creative writing at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She publishes a blog that includes the processes of writing creative nonfiction and the life of a writer.

 

From left to right, Carnes White, Juljia Šukys, Jennifer Frost, Sarah Holly, Emily Waryck and Cynthia Conte.

 

 

 

 

By Ashley Bell, a senior journalism and professional writing major from Nashville

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Fiddlin’ Carson Peters and the Step Cousins among performers at Old Oak Festival

Fiddlin’ Carson Peters and the Step Cousins among performers at Old Oak Festival

Posted on 20 March 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Top musicians from around the region will be featured at this year’s Old Oak Festival, returning to the Tusculum College campus April 17-19.

The arts and music festival will span across three days and will feature something for everyone, including crafts, music, art, theater, storytelling and area authors, as well as gallery and museum exhibits.

“The musical acts this year will provide a wide variety to suit all musical tastes, with some top rate performances on all three days,” said David Price, festival coordinator and director of music for Tusculum College.

The Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band and the Old Time Travelers, a duo from Chattanooga Tennessee, will perform on the Doak House lawn on the Saturday of the festival. Picnic tables are available to the public to bring a lunch, tour the museum and hear great bluegrass and old-time music. Performance times will be announced at a later date.

Other scheduled performers include Richard and Eva, Stem Winder, Mamaw Mumaw, Charles Tunstall, Thursday Night Boys,

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Steve Brown, Mike Joy, Shiloh Road, the Tusculum College Alumni All-Star band, My New Favorites, the Threetles, Old Time, Carson, the Tusculum College Jazz Band, the Tusculum College Concert Band, the Tusculum College Handbell Choir, Jim and Curtis Moneyhun, John Vandiver, the Step Cousins, Fuse Worship, Josh Miller and Joyce Carroll.

In addition to artist vendors and music performances throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, there will be three performances during the festival of “5X10,” presented by Tusculum students under the direction of Wayne Thomas, the interim dean of the arts and sciences, Frank Mengel, arts outreach technical director and instructor, and Brian Ricker, arts outreach and assistant.

Performances will be held in the Behan Arena Theatre in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. To reserve tickets, contact Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620.

The college’s Allison Gallery will be open throughout the weekend, featuring a faculty and family spotlight exhibition by Dr. Deborah Bryan, associate professor of art at Tusculum College.

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.

“We are expecting a wide variety of artists, including painters, craftsmen and sculptors, whose work will be available for purchase. Arts will include pottery, woodcrafts and folk art,” said Price. Demonstrations will also be conducted in pottery, blacksmithing and cooking.

The Evergreen Woodcarvers will also be on hand providing carving demonstrations .

There are limited spaces still available for artisan and crafter booths. Deadline for reserving a booth is April 8, 2015, or until all spaces are filled.

Several writers will be presenting works throughout the festival weekend. Authors include Carolyn Gregg, Emory Rhea Raxter, Joe Tennis, Keith Bartlett, Lisa Hall, Matilda Green, Shirley Butler, Claudia Ware, James Campbell, Tom Yancey, Rick Toomey, Bill Nance and George Ryan.

Both the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library and the Doak House Museum will be open to visitors during the festival and will have special activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.

For the length of the festival only, the museum will open its collections storage to display never before exhibited Appalachian chairs and other furnishings, titled “Sittin’ Pretty: Selections from the Doak House Furniture Collection.” Admission is free and donations are appreciated.

At least five antique tractors will also be on display for the duration of the Old Oak Festival.

The Doak House Museum will sponsor a batik workshop during the three days of the festival. Participan

ts will learn how to make stunning designs on natural fiber cloth using the wax-resist dyeing method. Reservations and advance deposits are required. The workshop will be held in the heart of the festival on the main campus. Reservation and deposit are required. Contact Leah Walker at 423-636-8554 or lwalker@tusculum.edu for reservations and more information.

The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library will sponsor a 19th Century Toys and Games booth in the children’s area. Come and play with traditional folk toys and make-and-take your very own toy as a souvenir. In addition to the museum’s activities, the education department at Tusculum College will be hosting children’s activities, which will be led by Kathryn Crumm, assistant professor of education.

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.

The Walnut Ridge llamas, previous favorites of the festival, will visit the Tusculum College campus over the weekend.

Throughout the weekend, there will be everything from bed racing to surprise performances to craft workshops.

 

Food selection will include festival favorites, such as homemade strawberry shortcake, Philly cheese steak, and Mennonite doughnuts. Food vendors include Rural Resources, Mr. Turkey Leg, Mac’s Fine Foods, Creamy Cup, TopDog HotDog, Cold Water Farm, Auntie Ruth’s, and Carly’s Kettle Korn. Music and food will be available until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and until 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, contact Price at 423-636-7303.

Coolers and alcohol are 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 students spend spring break on service trip

Posted on 20 March 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

In early March, students from Tusculum College’s Bonner Leader program participated in an alternative spring break that included a focus on service, rather than surf time.

The students took a trip to Orlando, Fla., where they stayed with members of the College Park Baptist Church and took part in activities that benefited the community. Due to the onset of snow, they arrived a day late to Florida but they were nonetheless excited to start their spring break and volunteering, according to Ronda Gentry, director of the Center for Civic Advancement at the college.

“The Orlando trip was a great experience,” said Megan Buczek, a junior education major from Chattanooga, Tenn. “Through this week not only did I grow in unexpected ways, but I had the honor of watching our group grow in the ways they care about the community and each other.”

Over the duration of their stay in Florida, they worked with the church and helped paint the building and remove wallpaper from the office. They also worked with the Give Kids the World Village, which is a vacation resort run mainly by volunteers for families whose children are suffering from life-threatening illnesses. For the families, the stay is free and many of the entrances to Orlando’s famous themes parks are as well.

The volunteering students got to operate rides for the children while others served dinner at the Gingerbread House. While they were there, they also worked with several non-profit organizations, including the Mustard Seed Foundation, which provides household items for those transitioning to homes or those who have lost everything due to a disaster.

“Coming together as a group and serving others outside Tusculum was a heart-filling experience that will be long-lived,” said Denise Coffey, a sophomore graphic arts major for Reagan.

The students were able to have a recreational day at Universal Studio’s Island of Adventure. They were able to explore the World of Harry Potter at Hogwarts, ride various roller coasters, shop for souvenirs and meet their favorite characters and some dinosaurs. On their day off they were asked about their Alternative Spring Break t-shirts which gave them an opportunity to share what they were doing and their other experiences at Tusculum College.

“It was great to spend my Spring Break doing something meaningful and memorable rather than having the usual Spring Break party experience,” said Josh Suttles, a sophomore environmental science major from Seymour, Tenn.

In addition to Buczek, Coffey and Suttles, other students participating included Kelsey Freeman, a sophomore psychology major from Johnson City; Brianna Werder, a junior education major from Greeneville; Amanda Werder, a freshman from New Market, Ala.; Morgan Jones, a sophomore criminal justice major from Winston, Ga.; Torrey Klee, a nursing major from Jonesborough; Noel Reed, a freshman psychology major from Church Hill;

Miranda Ferguson, a sophomore nursing major from Church Hill; James Ducker, a freshman athletic training major from Winter Park, Fla.; Jacob Hensley, a freshman from Mosheim; Michael Emery, a sophomore education major from Bean Station; Christian Howard, a special education major from Greeneville; Nicole Wilkerson, a sophomore English literature major from Loudon.; and Charlene Garner, a sophomore creative writing major from New Market, Ala. Gentry and Jonathan Calloway, program coordinator for the Center for Civic Advancement, also participated in the trip.

 

 

Front row standing from left to right is Christian Howard, Denise Coffey, kneeling is Michael Emery, Charlene Garner. Second row from left to right is Nicole Wilkerson, Amanda Werder, Brianna Werder, Ronda Gentry, Jonathan Calloway, Morgan Jones. Third row from left to right is Josh Suttles, Miranda Ferguson, Megan Buczek, Noel Reed, Jacob Hensley, Kelsey Freeman.

 

 

 

 

 

By Emily Watson, freshman creative writing major from Watauga

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Tusculum College receives grant for nursing simulation lab expansion

Posted on 20 March 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College’s nursing program has been awarded a $116,159 grant from the Tennessee Health Foundation Review Committee, part of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, for expansion of the nursing simulation lab.

Grant funds will be used to expand the nursing programs simulation laboratory by adding an infant and a child simulator for infant and pediatric nursing training.

According to Michelle Arbogast, associate director of foundation and donor relations, the purpose of this grant is to educate nursing students in practical clinical exercises without causing any harm to patients.

“It’s going to provide an alternative to the pediatric clinical,” said Dr. Lois Ewen, dean of the School of Nursing, health sciences and human services and professor of nursing. “Simulation allows us the opportunity to let students make their own decisions and see the consequences of those decisions. We all learn from our mistakes, but in health care we can’t let a student make the wrong decision. With simulation, we can allow mistakes to happen.”

The infant and child simulators will join two adult simulators purchased through a previous grant from the BCBS and the Tennessee Health Foundation in spring 2013.

The simulation lab will also provide opportunities for other academic programs at Tusculum to learn, such as physiology courses in the science and physical education departments and the athletic training program, as well as other health care organizations in the Greeneville community.

Dr. Ewen said, “We’re going to use the simulators to help the community train nursing staff, too. We will open the lab to our partners, and they’ll use our simulators to help train their staff, which enhances the health of our community as a whole.”

 

 

By Corrine Absher, senior digital media major from Kingsport

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Summer online courses announced at Tusculum College

Posted on 17 March 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College will be offering online courses this summer for students wanting to begin or continue their studies off-campus.

In addition to the regular summer catalog, the college will offer more than 25 online courses including topics in business, education, English, history, human resource development, mathematics and sociology during summer term. Each course will be offered in an 8-week format and will consist of four-credit hours.

“The online course option allows students to take additional coursework during the summer months on their own time and schedule,” said Dr. Ron May, vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum College. “The curriculum is adjusted to the online format and the professors will make themselves accessible during the timeframe of the course for additional support.”

All students, including incoming freshmen, will be able to take these courses for the same cost as on-campus summer tuition courses. Courses are available to new and currently registered students and for both students in the Residential and Graduate and Professional Studies programs.

Summer online courses will include: Fraud in Organizations; Special Topic – Business Lessons in Social Media; Income Tax 1: Personal; History, Philosophy and Principals of Education; Comparative International Pedagogy; Composition and Rhetoric; Composition, Research and Rhetoric; World Literature; U.S. History Survey I; U.S. History Survey II; Organizational Performance Management; Introductory Algebra; Quantitative Applications; Elementary Statics; Compensation and Benefits; Personal Selling/Customer Satisfaction Management; Employment and Labor Law; Marketing Promotion; Sport and Society; Officiating Games and Sports; Organization, Administration and Supervision of Physical Education, Health and Wellness; Essentials of Psychology; Principles and Social Instruction, and Transition Strategies for Special Needs Students.

The deadline for registration will be the first day of each course.

For more information, contact Jill Jones, director of academic advising at jjones@tusculum.edu or Dr. Blair Henley, vice president and chief technology officer, at bhenley@tusculum.edu.

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Tusculum College organization receives Student Veterans of America designation

Posted on 17 March 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The Tusculum Military Assistance Group  has been approved as an official chapter of the Student Veterans of America, a national organization dedicated to providing veterans with the resources needed to succeed in higher education.

“Being a part of SVA will enhance veterans outreach for Tusculum College by making grants, scholarships, marketing material and other resources available to TMAG and Tusculum,” said Tom McKay, the assistant director of academic support, veteran’s advisor and adjunct faculty member.

Formed in 2009 by students Jordan Eggleston and Wes Baessler, TMAG is a student group at Tusculum College that supports student veterans and students currently active in the U.S. Armed Forces. While the veterans and active duty students have given their commitment to our country, TMAG focuses on giving back to them by making the transition into higher education easier.

The group is currently working on a program called Blue Star, which seeks to assist veterans, including those who have exhausted their GI benefits, and provide assistance with gaining a higher education. With more than sixty members, the group is also working to expand to the rest of the Tusculum College campuses and provide more opportunities to our veterans.

With the support of Tusculum College faculty and staff, TMAG is the first certified Graduate and Professional Studies student organization at Tusculum.

For additional information please call Tom McKay at Ext.5020 or email at tmckay@tusculum.edu.

 

 

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

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Naturalist David Williams to conduct workshop and artist talk at Tusculum College

Posted on 12 March 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Join artist, designer and naturalist David Williams for a descriptive tale of how to make work fun during “Wingin’ It Works – The Melding of Art and Science into a Career” sponsored by the Doak House Museum at Tusculum College on March 27-28.

The Friday artist talk will begin at 6 p.m. in Chalmers Conference Room in Niswonger Commons on Tusculum College Greeneville campus. This event is free and open to the public.

An ardent naturalist, wildlife artist and designer, Williams renders work that captures the living essence of the subject matter he portrays. He achieves a skillfully controlled blend of beauty, meticulous accuracy and educational value.

With a strong appreciation for the natural world, he decided to put that enthusiasm to work through full-time graphic/exhibit design, mural painting and scientific illustration.  His work can be seen at many prestigious museums, science centers and other facilities.

David Williams

On Saturday, March 28, the Wingin’ It Workshop will be held. The program participants will meet at the Doak House Museum at 10 a.m. Workshop participants will accompany Williams on a hike to Margarette Falls. Along the way, Williams will explain the process of keeping a field journal, making color studies, a naturalist’s notebook and how he finds inspiration in the natural world.

After the hike, the group will meet at the Doak House for further instruction on the process of keeping a field journal as the launching point for inspiration. Reservations are required as space is limited. Lunch, field journals and all materials are provided. The registration fee for the workshop is $40. To participate in the workshop, attendees must be able to make the hike to the falls, classified as an easy to moderate trail.

Contact Leah Walker at lwalker@tusculum.edu or 423-636-8554 to make a reservation.

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Rentenbach selected as general contractor for Tusculum College science facility

Posted on 09 March 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Rentenbach Constructors Incorporated recently selected by the Tusculum College Board of Trustees as the general contractor for the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Mathematics. In a called meeting, the Board of Trustees authorized President Nancy B. Moody and Steve Gehret, vice president and chief financial officer, “to negotiate, execute, sign and deliver the general contract” as noted in the resolution.

“This is a very good day in the future of Tusculum College,” said Dr. Moody. “The journey to build a state-of-the-art academic building on the campus of Tusculum College will prove to be very exciting and, along with a dynamic faculty, provide the foundation for academic programs to thrive.”

The new building is named in appreciation for a gift from Verna June Meen of Kingsport.   Meen chose to make this gift in memory of her late husband, Dr. Ronald H. Meen, who was an organic chemist for Eastman Chemical in Kingsport.

A “pioneer” from the beginning, Mrs. Meen attended college at a time when few women were encouraged to attend college.  She earned top marks and graduated with an accounting degree in less than three years while she also worked. Following graduation and still single, Verna June accepted an offer from Eastman Chemical Company and moved from Indiana to East Tennessee.

I look forward to seeing the progress of our support of Tusculum College, said Mrs. Meen. “This is another step closer to the realization of mine and my deceased husband Ron’s dream to support Tusculum College students in a way that will make a positive impact on their education and their lives. I know he would be proud.”

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.

The ground floor 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. Space is also allocated to house the bachelor of science degree program in nursing and at least one other graduate level health-related program.

“It’s an exciting time at Tusculum College. Every time we visit campus we see visible signs of growth,” said Dr. Ken Bowman, chair of the Board of Trustees and a 1970 graduate of Tusculum College. “In addition to the construction, Tusculum is also growing in enrollment, academic programs and offerings to the community.”

Founded in Knoxville in 1946, Rentenbach Constructors Incorporated has served clients throughout the United States from its offices in Tennessee and North Carolina.

“Rentenbach has a long history of constructing the facilities which serve an expanding list of institutions of higher education,” said Don Freeman, Chairman. This building will be a major asset to the Tusculum curriculum, and we welcome the opportunity to be included as a member of the project team.”

 

Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Mathematics

 

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