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Tusculum College Open House set for May 2

Posted on 27 April 2015 by

Tusculum College is offering high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn about college life and options available to them in continuing their education during open house on Saturday, May 2.

Registration will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. An official welcoming program will be held from 12:30 – 12:45 p.m., followed by a financial aid session for parents and a discussion panel for students until 1:30 p.m. A parent discussion panel will take place from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m., while students participate in mock classes.

“A visit during Open House gives prospective students and their families a chance to get to know Tusculum College and our home in East Tennessee,” said Melissa Ripley, executive director of enrollment management operations and residential admission at the college.

.A campus tour will begin at 3 p.m., with tours ending at the Pioneer Park baseball stadium, where the Pack the Park event will take place from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Pack the Park will include live performances by Austin Blaze, Michelle Leigh and Step Cousins. Food will be available and a Kids Zone, complete with inflatables, games and face painting, will also be open.

The Tusculum Baseball team will take on Bluefield State at 6:30 p.m. and a fireworks show, sponsored by Watauga Orthopaedics, will be held following the game.

To RSVP or to learn more, call the Office of Admission at 423-636-7312, or visit



By Kevin Franklin, junior, digital media major from Concord, N.C.


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Study reports success for low-income and first-generation students at small and mid-sized independent colleges

Posted on 27 April 2015 by

Students from first-generation and low-income backgrounds routinely experience better outcomes if they attend a smaller private college, according to a recent study released by the Council of Independent Colleges.

The study, “Expanding Access and Opportunity: How Small and Mid-Sized Independent Colleges Serve First-Generation and Low-Income Students,” reports that contrary to the popular myth that private colleges are only for affluent students, research clearly demonstrates that students of all academic and social backgrounds enroll in smaller private colleges, and these institutions provide a more rigorous and engaged college experience than larger public universities.

According to the report released by the CIC, in particular, first-generation and low-income students are far more likely to graduate—and to do so on time—if they enroll in a smaller private college, and these students tend to express a greater sense of satisfaction with their college education than their peers who chose public universities.

Additionally, the study findings show that first-generation and low-income graduates of smaller private colleges tend to stay more civically engaged through voting and volunteering in their communities.

Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College, said that the first college in Tennessee continues to serve the type of students identified in this study.

“Tusculum provides a rich learning environment with students from all across the country and the world who are learning, living and working together in an academic atmosphere that promotes civic responsibility and engagement and service to others.”


She added that Tusculum’s residential student enrollment this past fall was the second largest in the last 10 years at 964.  Of those, 46 percent are the first in their family to attend college and 66 percent are Pell Grant eligible, the students with the greatest financial need,” she said.

In addition, of the students served by Tusculum in the past year, 46 percent are from homes in which the average annual household income is less than $30,000 per year.

“We serve the students of our region with the partnership of our alumni and friends. More than 99 percent of residential students and 84 percent of Graduate and Professional Studies students receive some form of financial aid,” said LeAnn Hughes, vice president for marketing and enrollment management. She added that this aid comes not only from federal and state sources, but from institutional-provided discounts and scholarships.

“These students are most certainly at risk for not attaining a college degree. At Tusculum College, we consider it our mission to nurture these students and give them the best opportunity for degree completion.”

The report was prepared as a component of CIC’s public information campaign, Securing America’s Future: The Power of Liberal Arts Education. The initiative promotes the effectiveness and contributions of private liberal arts colleges and universities and the importance of the liberal arts as fields of study.

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 645 nonprofit independent colleges and universities, of which Tusculum College is one, and more than 90 higher education organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society.

CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions to improve the quality of education, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. For a copy of the full study or for more information, visit


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Tusculum College to launch newest volume of “The Tusculum Review” on April 16

Posted on 16 April 2015 by

A launch party for the 2015 edition of The Tusculum Review will be held on Thursday, April 16, preceding the Old Oak Festival. The event is free and open to the public and will be held at 4 p.m. in the Shulman Center Atrium on Tusculum’s Greeneville campus.

The Tusculum Review, the college’s literary journal, features fiction and nonfiction, poetry, drama and art. Copies of the most recent edition will be available at the launch party. Along with the launch of the new volume of The Tusculum Review, the event will feature poetry readings by Susan O’Dell Underwood and Justin Phillip Reed.

Susan O'Dell Underwood

Underwood directs the creative writing program at Carson-Newman University. She and her husband, artist David Underwood, recently started Sapling Grove Press, devoted to discovering new writers and visual artists in the Appalachian region.

She has published two chapbooks, “From” and “Love and Other Hungers.” Her poems are included in a variety of journals and in “The Southern Poetry Anthology Volume VI: Tennessee,” and she has new work forthcoming in “Blue Fifth Review,” “One” andStill.”

J. Phillip Reed

Reed is a South Carolina native and the author of the “YesYes Books” chapbook, “A History of Flamboyance,” which has been finalized for the Vinyl 45 Chapbook Contest and will be released this fall. His poems will appear in future editions of “Boston Review,” “Vinyl Poetry,” “joINT,” “PLUCK!,” “Muzzle” and in other publications.

His work has been anthologized in the “Best Undergraduate Writing,” section of “plain china” and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He received his bachelor’s degree in English at Tusculum College in 2013, where he served as assistant managing editor of “The Tusculum Review.” He lives in Saint Louis, Mo., where he is a Master of Fine Arts candidate in the writing program at Washington University.

The event is part of the Old Oak Festival, featuring fine arts and crafts on the Tusculum College campus, April 17-19. The festival offers something for everyone, including music, art, theater and creative writing, as well as gallery and museum exhibits on the Tusculum College campus.

In addition to the launch of “The Tusculum Review,” contributing editors Brent House and Charles Dodd White will be reading on Saturday, April 18, alongside this year’s Curtis Owens Prize winners, Cynthia Conte, a senior creative writing major from Chattanooga; Carnes White, a senior creative writing major from Pike Road, Ala., and Jennifer Frost, a sophomore creative writing major from Friendsville. The Saturday readings will take place at noon and 4:15 p.m. on the Old Oak Festival main stage.

House is an editor for “The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast” and a contributing editor for “The Tusculum Review.” He is a native of Necaise, Miss., where he raised cattle and watermelons on his family’s farm. Slash Pine Press published his first collection, “The Saw Year Prophecies,” and his poems have appeared in journals such as “Colorado Review,” “Cream City Review,” “Denver Quarterly,” “The Journal” and “Third Coast.” New poems are forthcoming in “The Kenyon Review” and other publications.

White was born in Atlanta, Ga., and grew up in both the city and the woods. He is the author of the novels “A Shelter of Others” and “Lambs of Men,” as well as the story collection “Sinners of Sanction County.” White is currently working on a new novel called “Hurt River” and serves as assistant professor at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville.


By Ryan M. Barker, senior creative writing and history major from Laurens, S.C.


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Scholarships prizes to be awarded for arts workshop participation on Friday during Old Oak Festival

Posted on 16 April 2015 by

High school students have the opportunity to win one of five, $500 college scholarships through participation in one of the fine arts workshops at Tusculum College’s Old Oak Festival on Friday, April 17. The workshops will include digital media, playwriting, drawing, flash fiction, poetry, acting, papermaking, music theory and song writing, music improvisation and music business.

The digital media workshop will be an introductory to intermediate level workshop focused on the professional use of Adobe Photoshop. Projects will include working with high frequency separation for photo retouch and photo repair, achieving high quality looks with low quality pictures, and using Basic Digital Illustration techniques. Sam Crowe, visiting professor of fine arts, will be hosting the workshop and will provide all files. Space is limited to 15 participants only.

The playwriting workshop will be located in the Behan Arena, below the Annie Hogan Byrd Theater, and will be taught by Wayne Thomas, interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and associate professor of English, and Forrest Richards, who has performed in many prestigious venues around the country. Participants will have the opportunity to work on scripts together with the help of senior college playwrights.

Ashley Gregg, a senior art major at Tusculum, will host the drawing workshop focused on the elements and principles of compositional balance, form and shape. It will be located at the Shulman Center, and participants in this workshop will create still life images using charcoal.

The flash fiction workshops will consist of a brief lecture, and the participants will have the opportunity to complete a full flash fiction piece. This will be taught by Jan Matthews, the author of the fiction chapbook, “Hush,” and will be located in the Hurley Room in the cafeteria with the contemporary poetry workshop, which will be taught by Dr. Clay Matthews, assistant professor of English and author of three poetry collections.

Frank Mengel, Arts Outreach technical director, and Brian Ricker, assistant director of the Arts Outreach program, will teach an acting workshop located in the Behan Arena, beneath the Annie Hogan Byrd Theater.

The papermaking workshop, which will be located in the ceramics studio in Rankin House, will be taught by 2014 graduate Kate Kolodi. Rankin House is the house next to the Whistle Stop and Three Blind Mice.

Jack Furnari will host both the music theory and song writing, and the music improvision and music business workshops. These classes will both be held in the choir room, which is downstairs in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center. Furnari holds two music degrees from UT Knoxville, He is a band director, a full time private teacher and a woodwind instrument repairman.

Morning workshops will be held from 9-11 a.m., and afternoon workshops will run from 12:30-2:30 p.m. The workshops are free and materials and lunch are provided. To sign up or for more information, contact Jan Matthews, assistant professor of English, at



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

Posted on 15 April 2015 by

The Tusculum College Old Oak Festival is a treat for the senses, with stimulation for the eyes, nose, ears and taste buds, through music, fine arts, theater poetry and a wide variety of edible treats. The festival returns to the Tusculum College campus on April 17-19.

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

“This festival is fun for the whole family. Stay for a meal or maybe two, while experiencing a wide variety of artists, including painters, craftsmen and sculptors,” said David Price, festival coordinator and director of music at Tusculum College.

Among festival offerings for the palate this year are favorites such as homemade strawberry shortcake, Philly cheese steak and Mennonite doughnuts. Food vendors will include Rural Resource’s sandwich wraps; Mr. Turkey Leg’s signature turkey legs and barbeque; Mac’s Fine Food’s potato swirls with toppings and fruited lemonade; Creamy Cup’s coffee, funnel cakes and ice-cream; TopDog HotDog’s hotdogs and polish sausages; Cold Water Farm’s deep fried Oreos, hamburgers, ham biscuits and other deep fried delights; Auntie Ruth’s pretzels and Mennonite doughnuts, 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.

Ella Price, the festival food coordinator, said, “There will be a tremendous variety of food, including sweets, hamburgers and fruited lemonade. Enjoy kettle korn or deep fried Oreos while you stroll around the festival and then stay for a meal with your family and ours.”

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.

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

Handcrafted wood items from the Evergreen Woodcarvers are among the items on display during this year’s Old Oak Festival at Tusculum College. The Evergreen Woodcarvers will be demonstrating their craft during the festival.

Musician Sharon Babb will be hosting mountain dulcimer workshops each day of the festival outside of Old College. 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. in the lobby of the Pioneer Arena. 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.

Anyone with dulcimer in need of strings or minor repair may stop by the blacksmith/dulcimer booth before class. There will be a small fee for repairs and strings. For those wishing to participate who do not have a dulcimer, there will a few available for loan; however, supply is limited. For more information, contact Babb at 865-919-7214.

Several fine arts-related workshops will be hosted at the festival on Friday, April 17, and will be held at various locations on campus. Morning workshops will be held from 9-11 a.m. and afternoon workshops will run from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

High school students will have the opportunity to win one of five, $500 college scholarships through participation in one of the fine arts workshops. The workshops are free and materials and lunch are provided.

Drawing workshops will also be held at the Shulman Center. The poetry and fiction workshop will be in the Hurley Room in the cafeteria. The playwriting and acting workshops will be held in the Behan Arena, below the Annie Hogan Byrd Theater. The papermaking workshop will be held in the Rankin House Ceramics Studio (house across from the Tusculum Arch and next to the Whistle Stop). Music classes will be held in the choir room, which is downstairs from Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center. To sign up or for more information, contact Jan Matthews, assistant professor of English, at

Dr. Clay Matthews, assistant professor of English and author of three poetry collections, will teach a contemporary poetry workshop, and there will be a music theory and songwriting workshop. The session will be taught by Jack Furnari, who holds two music degrees from the University of Tennessee. He is a band director, a full time private teacher and a woodwind instrument repairman. Ashley Gregg, a senior art major at Tusculum, will teach a drawing workshop.

Wayne Thomas, interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and associate professor of English, and Forrest Richards will teach a playwriting workshop. Thomas’ plays have been produced in various community, collegiate and professional settings. Richards has performed in many prestigious venues around the country.

Afternoon workshops will include a flash fiction workshop will be taught by Jan Matthews, the author of a fiction chapbook, “Hush.” Furnari will host a music improvisation and the music business workshop. Kate Kolodi, who graduated from Tusculum in 2014, will teach a papermaking workshop. Frank Mengel, Arts Outreach technical director, and Brian Ricker, assistant director of the Arts Outreach program and a 2010 graduate of Tusculum College, will teach an acting workshop.

Sam Crowe, visiting assistant professor of fine arts, will teach a digital media workshop. This will be an introductory to intermediate level workshop focused on professional use of Adobe Photoshop. Projects will include high frequency separation for both photo retouch and photo repair, how to work with low quality images to achieve a high quality look and Basic Digital Illustration techniques. Crowe will provide all files. Space is limited to 15 participants only.

In addition to these workshops, 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, site and events manager, at 423-636-8554 or for reservations and more information.

“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, 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 – a 2003 graduate of Tusculum College, 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.

The Acoustic Jam Session will be in the Shulman Center on Saturday at 7 p.m. where students, faculty, staff and community members can come together and bring their acoustic instruments for an informal jam session.

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 Thomas, Mengel and Ricker. 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.

Thursday, April 16, writers Susan O’Dell Underwood and Justin Phillip Reed, a 2013 graduate of Tusculum College, will present poetry on stage to launch the eleventh volume of “The Tusculum Review.” Readings will start at 4 p.m. in the Shulman Atrium.

On Saturday, “The Tusculum Review” contributing editors Brent House and Charles Dodd White will be reading poetry and fiction with Curtis Owens Undergraduate Literary Award winners, selected by Julija Šukys. Charles Dodd White will be reading with student Cynthia Conte at 12 p.m. and Brent House will be reading with students Jennie Frost and Carnes White at 4:15 p.m. These readings will take place on the main stage.

In addition to these literary presentations, several other 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.

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.

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.

According to Price, corporate and VIP sponsors are still being sought. On opening night of the Old Oak Festival a dinner for corporate sponsors and VIP supports will be featured. Along with the opening dinner, sponsors will receive an Old Oak lanyard, Old Oak t-shirt, recognition on the Old Oak website and program, announcements on Friday night and premium seating on Friday night during festival entertainment. To learn how to become a corporate sponsor or VIP supporter, email Blake Cantrell at or call 423-636-7303.

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


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USDA Official Visits Tusculum College

Posted on 15 April 2015 by

Lisa Afua Serwah Mensah, Rural Development Undersecretary of the United States Department of Agriculture, visited Tusculum College on April 15, to tour the campus and visit the site of the proposed new science and math building.

Mensah toured the Greeneville campus and visited the site of the proposed Dr. Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math. Mensah met with student representatives, the building’s architect and several Tusculum officials, including Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of the college, and members of the administration.

“USDA partners with communities across the country to create greater economic opportunity for rural Americans in a variety of ways,” said Mensah. “These projects are examples of our StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity initiative that aims to increase investments in rural communities through intensive outreach and strong partnerships with community leaders, businesses, foundations and other groups that are working to combat poverty. Investing in local and regional food systems is one of four pillars of USDA’s work to help revitalize the rural economy and create jobs.”

A $4.7 Million USDA Community Facilities loan will help Tusculum College complete the new science and mathematics building.

“The Tusculum College community is very pleased with our partnership with Rural Development and what this partnership means to our faculty and most importantly to our students. The Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math will provide every student who attends the Greeneville campus an opportunity to study in a state-of-the-art facility that will only be excelled by the excellence of the faculty. It will be particularly good for students in math, the sciences and health-related programs to participate in faculty research, attend classes, lectures and other functions. This is a project long overdue,” she said.

Mensah leads three USDA agencies charged with improving the economic well-being of rural America: the Rural Housing Service, the Rural Utilities Service and the Rural Business-Cooperative Service. These agencies provide agencies and non-profits with loans and grants for critical infrastructure, such as utilities and housing, they would otherwise not be able to access.

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.

Construction is expected to begin late spring.

USDA’s Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.

The Rural Business Enterprise Grant and Rural Business Opportunity Grant programs have recently been combined into the Rural Business Development Grant program. RBDGs may fund a broad array of activities to assist with business development such as targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas, help funding distance learning networks and employment related adult education programs.

USDA Rural Development is moving investments to rural America with housing, business and infrastructure loans and grants to create jobs and strengthen rural economies with an emphasis to assist areas of persistent poverty. Since 2009, the agency has assisted more than 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses in 230 communities in all 95 counties of Tennessee, investing more than $5.4 billion through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.

For more information on USDA Rural Development programs available in Northeast Tennessee contact the Greeneville Area Office at 423.638.4771 x 4, or 800-342-3149 x 1492. Information can be found online at


Rural Development Secretary of the USDA Lisa Mensah, front right, visited with officials and students at Tusculum College on Wednesday. Mensah was visiting to get an update on the proposed Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math, for which Rural Development provide low-interest loans.


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Students learn international law while visiting Malta

Posted on 13 April 2015 by

Taking advantage of a relationship with a Tusculum alumnus and the former U.S. Ambassador to Malta, two students from Tusculum College studied international law while visiting the country this past March.

From March 7 to March 14, two Tusculum students, Bailey Lawson, a senior psychology student from Max Meadows, Va., and Erica Worrell, a senior elementary education major from Bridgton, N.J. embarked on a trip to Malta with Dr. Troy Goodale, associate professor of political science. This is the fourth consecutive year that Tusculum faculty and students have taken this trip over spring break.

Some of the places the trio visited while at Malta include the University of Malta, Valleta campus; Birgu, a fortification originally built for the Knights Hospitaller; the Malta Financial Services Headquarters; the Citadel on Gozo, the fishing village of Marssaxlokk and the United States Embassy.

The trip’s purpose was to give the students an insight into international law, economics and history of Malta, said Dr. Goodale.

Worrell explained that the trip was a part of a political science course on international law. She said that they had to keep a journal while in Malta and attended a lecture at the University of Malta.

“The lecture on piracy and armed robbery at sea was really interesting,” said Worrell. “The sea is really important to Malta. They have two natural harbors that are imperative to the country, so it is a topic that is important to the people.”

A highlight of the trip for Worrell was visiting Ggantija. She added, “It is the oldest freestanding structure in the world even older than Stonehenge and the pyramids which is kind of mind blowing.”

Lawson explained, “We visited a few landmarks including the Blue Grotto and the Azure Window. The Azure Window is where a scene from “Game of Thrones” was filmed.”

She also added, “This trip was an amazing opportunity, and I would suggest it to anyone that was interested, even if they don’t have a political science background.”

“The responses by the students were very positive to what we saw, learned about and experienced pertaining to Malta’s history, culture, society and food,” said Dr. Goodale

Dr. Goodale added that the group had the opportunity to have dinner with the former Ambassador to the United States from Malta, Mark Miceli and his wife Josette. Miceli had previously visited the Tusculum College campus in Greeneville, where a reception was held in his honor.

Miceli came to know of Tusculum through his relationship with Dr. and Mrs. D. Bruce Shine of Kingsport. Dr. Shine is a 1960 graduate of the College and a 15-year member of its Board of Trustees. He also served 11 years as board chair.

Shine, who received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the institution in 1984, and his wife, Betsy, have developed close ties with the country of Malta through Shine’s years teaching at the International Maritime Law Institute. Shine serves as Honorary Consul of Malta for Tennessee and North Carolina.



Tusculum College Professor Troy Goodale, left, led a student trip to the country of Malta as part of a political science course on international law this past March. At right are students, Bailey Lawson and Erica Worrell. Here they are visiting the Citadel on Gozo.

By Ryan Barker, senior history and creative writing major from Laurens, S.C.




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Extended Hours for Student-focused Administrative Offices

Posted on 10 April 2015 by

In an effort to better serve students in our Residential and our Graduate and Professional Studies programs, many of our student-focused administrative offices have extended their operational hours. Please see below for operation hours:


•    The Business Office is open until 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and open until 5 p.m. on Friday.
•    Financial Aid is open until 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 5 on Friday.
•    The Information Systems Help Desk is open until 5 p.m. After 5 p.m. students, faculty and staff may call 423-470-2942 for support. Staff can remotely address issues with computer labs or classroom technology, and Moodle. Issues may also be sent to
•    GPS Academic Advising is open until 6 p.m. and later by appointment.
•    GPS Admissions is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 5 p.m. on Friday.
•    The Registrar’s Office is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 5 p.m. on Friday.
•    Residential Academic Advising is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 5 p.m. on Friday.
•    Residential Admissions is open from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday. The main phone line of 423-636-7312 will be staffed Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. After 6 p.m., Monday-Wednesday phone calls may be routed to 423-636-7495 and on Thursdays to 423-636-7374.
•    Student Affairs and the College Switchboard is open and staffed until 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and open until 5 p.m. on Friday
•    Student Support Services on the main campus is open Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.
•    Student Support Services – Arches office on the off-site locations is open Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays.
•    The Tutoring Center is open until 9 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and until 5 p.m. on Fridays. Tutoring services are available on weekends by appointment. Online tutoring options are also available through the Tutoring Center’s online interface, Tutortrac.


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Tusculum student named Newman Civic Fellow

Posted on 09 April 2015 by

Denise Coffey, a student at Tusculum College, has been named a Newman Civic Fellow for 2015. Coffey has provided almost 500 community service hours to ASafeHarborHome, a local agency that serves victims of domestic violence and supplies them with safe homes.

The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Coffey is one of 201 people to be named a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact.

Denise Coffey

At Tusculum College, Coffey is also the community outreach coordinator leader in the Bonner Leader program, a member of the Art Club and a house manager for the Office of Student Affairs.

“Denise embodies the qualities of a Bonner Leader. She is dedicated not just to service, but to addressing the root causes of social injustices in our world. It is an honor to work alongside a student like Denise,” said Ronda Gentry, director of the Center for Civic Advancement at Tusculum College.

Coffey, a sophomore graphic arts major from Reagan, has been an intern at ASHH since her freshman year. Coffey’s goal is to stop domestic and dating violence before it begins. Her work at ASHH has grown into something more than just giving her time; she has become a vital member of the ASHH team.

ASHH is a place of advocacy for the victims of domestic violence and seeks to educate residents of Northeast Tennessee. Coffey has designed and implemented several programs to prevent and identify domestic and dating violence through her volunteer service.

According to Daniel and Lilly Velez, who are the directors of ASHH, “Denise is a great asset in supervising others while she teaches them to become part of the team. She is dedicated and creative. Denise’s ability to interact with peers and with other groups helps her integrate and obtain a real perspective of any issue at hand.”

“Being involved in my community has been important to me as long as I can remember. When given the chance to work with ASafeHarborHome, I gladly took the opportunity,” said Coffey.

“These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can, and does, play in building a better world,” said Campus Compact Board Chairman Richard Guarasci, who is also president of Wagner College in New York.

According to Guarasci, it is through service, research and advocacy that Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.

Newman Civic Fellow Awards are made in memory of Dr. Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact. At the core of Dr. Newman’s leadership was a belief in the power of individuals to make a difference and in the power of connection with others.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of nearly 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. For more information about the organization and the award, visit


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Tusculum College now offering online management degree

Posted on 08 April 2015 by

Tusculum College will soon be offering an online bachelor’s degree in business management, according to Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody.

The college, which will begin offering the program in the fall,  was notified of its approval to offer the program by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in late March. The accrediting agency approved for Tusculum to offer 50 percent or more of the credits for the Bachelor of Science in Management degree program in an online format.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states.

According to Dr. Moody, this will be the college’s first fully-online degree program, although Tusculum has a successful history of the delivery of online coursework.

“The current trends in education and the need to provide accessible programs to adult and non-traditional students have led the college to decide that the time had come to develop a program that could be offered fully online,” said Dr. Moody. That program was developed by faculty and submitted to SACSCOC for approval.

The BSM degree program will be identical to the degree that is offered in Tusculum’s traditional program; only the delivery system will change. Course hour requirements and credits for graduation will be identical in both the online and classroom-based programs.

“Tusculum is making strong investments to offer fully online degree programs. Over the last three years, the college has spent $2.2 million dollars on technology, including software programs and data management systems, as well as the hardware to support college-wide wireless access,” said Dr. Moody.

For more information on any of Tusculum’s academic offerings or degree programs, contact the Tusculum College Admission Office at 1-800-729-0256.



By Corrine Absher, senior digital media major from Kingsport


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Tusculum College nursing program addressing needs of community and region

Posted on 07 April 2015 by

With a recent study suggesting the need for more than 1.6 million nursing professionals nationwide by 2020, Tusculum College’s nursing program is gearing up to meet the demand, according to officials at the college.

While Tusculum College’s nursing program is new, its first graduating class this May will help address the growing need for nurses in the East Tennessee region.

The study, “Nursing: Supply and Demand Through 2020,” was published by The Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University. The report analyzes the dynamics affecting demand and supply of active nursing professionals, including changing demographics, impact of the Affordable Care Act and educational obstacles.

“We are about to graduate our first class of 14, so that’s 14 new nurses in our community,” said Dr. Lois Ewen, dean of the School of Nursing, Health Sciences and Human Services. “Our goal at Tusculum is to meet the needs of our community for baccalaureate educated nurses, which is why Tusculum has invested so much time into starting a new nursing program,” said Dr. Ewen.

New as it may be, Tusculum’s program is growing, and next year’s graduating class will consist of 26 nurses, nearly double the size of the first nursing class. “Our goal is to graduate at least 30 to 40 students each year to meet the needs of our community,” said Dr. Ewen. “We can’t address the entire shortage across the country, but we can certainly work towards addressing the needs of our community.”

The article points out the lack of adequate faculty at colleges and universities and the lack of facilities for clinical experiences. During clinicals, students are trained in local medical facilities through opportunities to work with patients. However, many colleges and universities are attracting a large number of applicants for nursing programs at all levels.

“Along with the nursing shortage is a shortage of nursing faculty. Bedside nurses need an associate’s degree or baccalaureate degree to practice nursing, but nursing instructors have to have a master’s degree if not a doctorate, so there are less instructors than bedside nurses,” said Dr. Ewen.

She added that many of the current educators are over the age of 50 and will to retire as the need for nurses rises. “If we do not fill these positions with a younger faculty then this shortage will continue to be a strain on educational programs,” said Dr. Ewen.

The other issue that impacts the shortage is the reduction in hospital beds due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, said Dr. Ewen. “There is less opportunity to train nurses at the bedside because there is less opportunity to place students in hospitals.”

As one example, Dr. Ewen noted that one Northeast Tennessee hospital has in the past allowed Tusculum to put eight to 10 nursing students in their facility for clinical experience, but now have decreased it to four. The hospitals in Northeast Tennessee and Knoxville have students in their facilities seven days a week, which can be difficult for both the staff and students.

“There are so many schools trying to admit students to meet the need for nurses, but there are only so many facilities to place students for training, and students must complete clinical experience to be eligible for licensure,” said Dr. Ewen.

“All of these issues fit hand in hand with one another. It’s not so much that schools want to turn away students, but they must,” said Dr. Ewen.

She added that currently Tusculum is not turning away students and the program is growing. For more information on the Tusculum College nursing program, contact the Office of Admission at 1-800-729-0256 or the nursing office at 423-636-7430.



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


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Fire departments hold training exercise on Tusculum College campus

Posted on 06 April 2015 by

Several fire department training sessions were held at Tusculum College in late March and early April, prior to the removal of two former residences on the campus. The buildings are being removed to make room for the planned construction of the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math.

The training will be offered through a partnership between Tusculum College and the Tusculum and Greeneville fire departments and will be offered to other municipal and county fire departments, volunteer fire departments in the region and to the Northeast Tennessee Fire Training recruit class.

The buildings slated for removal are the Dean Reed and McClain homes formerly used for student housing, said David Martin, director of facilities at Tusculum College. A smaller outbuilding located near the McClain home will be removed and relocated, he added.

According to Marty Shelton, fire chief of the Tusculum Fire Department, several training sessions were held at the buildings between March 17 and the first week of April.

“The two structures offer numerous fire departments and regional fire recruits to experience very realistic training related to residential structures,” said Shelton. “The training involved victim search and rescue, and the firefighter safety training included how to properly bail-out of a structure, thermal imaging camera training and numerous other drills.

Greeneville Fire Chief Mark Foulks said that training will conclude by the first week of April to allow for removal of the buildings.

“Training related to new structural firefighting tactics and techniques was emphasized on two of the days and utilized flow path control, fast water and thermal imaging to enhance firefighter safety and improved fire control.”

He added that the training was very similar to training that was conducted last September in a structure owned by the Town of Greeneville, and these types of training are important to the implementation of the new tactics.

He also expressed appreciation to the Oak Ridge Fire Department for providing temperature monitoring and other support for this training.

“The partnership with the Tusculum and Greeneville fire departments allows us to provide valuable training opportunities for firefighters and provides a way for the loss of these two buildings to serve an important purpose,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. “This is another step forward toward the construction of our new science and math facility that will be a signature building along the Erwin Highway.”


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