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Old Oak Festival at Tusculum this weekend

Posted on 17 April 2017 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Featuring a wide variety of music and food and fun, the Old Oak Festival will be held at Tusculum this weekend, April 21-23. The event will span across three days, featuring something for everyone, be it live music, theater, arts and crafts or fabulous festival food.

“The Old Oak Festival is a fun, family event,” said David Price, director of music and band programs at Tusculum and coordinator of the festival. “With all the performances, crafts and activities, it’s the kind of event to bring the family and stay all day.”

Several bands and musicians have announced plans to perform and include the Brother Boys, My New Favorites, Shiloh, Ashley Bean, Sigean, the Dread Scots, Poplar Hill Reunion, the Tusculum Jazz Band, the Tusculum Marching Band, the Tusculum Concert Band, the Tusculum Handbell Choir, Jimmie D, Abel Brown, the Color 7, Shimmy and the Burns and the Bluegrass Outlaws.

There will also be jam sessions during the festival and visitors are encouraged to bring their instrument and join for a weekend of fun with other musicians.

In addition to music, workshops for high school students will be held on Friday and include sessions on the Math and Science of Tree Identification, Contemporary Poetry, Instrumental Master Class (Band), Vocal Master Class, Introduction to Programming with Python, Drawing, the Brief Essay or Prose Poem, Medieval Siege Warfare, Songwriting, Playwriting, Political Jeopardy, Flash Fiction, SM-Art! Sensational Mathematical Art, as well as Animation.

Workshops are presented by faculty of Tusculum and other experts in the field.

There is no charge for students to participate in the workshop sessions and lunch will be provided. To reserve a spot, contact Kelsey Trom, assistant professor of English at ktrom@tusculum.edu or (423) 636-7420 ext. 5420.

The Museums of Tusculum will be hosting the Old Oak’s second annual LEGO contest, “LEGO® Historians!” Participants, using their own LEGO® or other compatible plastic bricks, design and build a unique creation (not from a designed kit) based on any historical topic. Registration is open now. Deliver completed projects to the Doak House Museum, 690 Erwin Highway, Greeneville 37745. Projects may be dropped off through April 20, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The museums will also operate a Family Photo Preservation Station during the Old Oak Festival. The public is invited to bring up to 20 family photographs or 20 pages of family documents (letters, certificates, etc.) for digital scanning and preservation. Documents or photos will be scanned and saved to a writable CD which we will provide, or bring a personal thumb drive. Participants will also receive a handy guide to caring for their family heirlooms according to best archival & museum standards. RSVP to dboyd@tusculum.edu or 4123-636-8554 to sign up for an appointment time.

Authors participating in signing sessions at Authors’ Row include Beth Fine, Claudia Ware-O’Hara, David Brannock, Emory Rhea Raxter, Jim Hartsell, Joe Tennis, Keith Bartlett, Patricia Horton, Sheila Sowards, Shirley Butler, Sylvia Nickels, Tom Fugate, Tom Yancey and Clem Allison.

Theatre-at-Tusculum, in conjunction with the Tusculum English Department, will present the “5×10” plays beginning April 20 with an additional four performances during the annual Old Oak festival at Tusculum.

The “5x10s” are a collection of five, ten minute plays written by Tusculum students and produced as part of the Acts, Arts, Academia Performance and Lecture Series. The “5x10s” offer Tusculum student playwrights the opportunity to see their dramatic works brought to the stage as part of the festival’s offerings. Show times during festival will be 7 p.m. on Friday, April 21; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 23.

All the performances will take place in the Behan Arena Theatre in the lower level of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts building on the Tusculum campus. There is a $7 per person admission charge.

Other special events planned for this year’s festival include an art show at Allison Gallery, featuring Professor David Frazier’s photography. Saturday will also feature the Launch Party for The Tusculum Review, the literary magazine of Tusculum. The event is free and open to the public and will feature returning alumni reading original works beginning at 4 p.m. in the atrium of the Shulman Center.

New this year will be archery tag, sponsored by the Tusculum Office of Student Affairs. Archery tag is played similar to dodgeball with our bows and patented foam-tipped arrows. This exciting, action-packed game offers the ultimate family-friendly experience that engages everyone.

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. – 4 p.m. Entertainment and food continues into the evening, with the final performances ending at 10 p.m.

Service animals are welcome; however, no pets allowed. Coolers, firearms and alcohol are also prohibited on the Tusculum campus property during the festival. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.

The event is being sponsored by the Old Oak Tap Room, Artistic Printers, The Greeneville Sun and Radio Greeneville.

For updates and more information, visit the website at www.oldoakfestival.org or on facebook. For more information on registering as a vendor or performer or volunteering at the festival, contact Price at 423-636-7303.

 

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Garland Library, Lacrosse teams host Children’s Story Time

Posted on 05 April 2017 by srichey@tusculum.edu

On March 23, 2017, the Thomas J. Garland Library at Tusculum hosted a children’s story time entitled “Learning about Lacrosse, The Oldest Sport in North America” in partnership with the Greeneville-Greene County Library.

The event was led by members of the Tusculum men and women’s lacrosse teams including Ross Parsons, Claire Stanton, Christen Craig, Brooke Wagner and Hayley Bartlett.   Local children were treated to a fun book about lacrosse, a question and answer session, the opportunity to try on some of the player’s lacrosse equipment, a craft and a treat bag from the Tusculum library staff.

Tusculum library director Kathy Hipps said, “This was a great chance for the attendees to learn about a sport not well known in the area.  I think the adults in the audience enjoyed the evening as much as the kids did.”

 

 

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German Women and the Long Shadow of National Socialism lecture to be presented at Tusculum

Posted on 27 March 2017 by srichey@tusculum.edu

A lecture on “German Women and the Long Shadow of National Socialism” will be held at Tusculum on Wednesday, April 5.

The lecture, presented by Christine Nugent, will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center in Niswonger Commons on the Greeneville campus. The event is sponsored by the Thomas J. Garland Library and the Tusculum Honors Program.

Nugent’s multimedia presentation presents insights from several interconnected research projects she recently conducted in Germany. The topic of the first portion of her lecture is her oral history interviews of non-Jewish German women who grew up in Nazi Germany, specifically her examination of their memories of the Hitler Youth and the war.

As part of her research, Nugent also interviewed women of the daughter generation, born in the 1950s and 60s, asking them about recollections their mothers had shared with them and the young women of the third generation. In contrast to her earlier interviews, Nugent concentrated this study on immigrant women from Africa, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East.

Excerpts from those interviews shed light on the young women’s perspectives on Germany’s approach to dealing with its National Socialist past.Christine Nugent

Nugent will also share her own impressions of Germany’s present day welcoming culture, exemplified by the refugees and asylum seekers that have flocked to the country since 2015.  The presentation will conclude with remarks about the anti-refugee, right-wing protest movement PEGIDA that Nugent studied in 2016.

In summary, Nugent’s presentation weaves the various strands of her research together for a multifaceted perspective on what she calls “the long shadow of National Socialism.”

Nugent, who grew up in Hamburg, West Germany, is the director of the Pew Learning Center and Ellison Library at Warren Wilson College.  She holds degrees in library science and history from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Western Carolina University.

Her research focuses on memory studies, concentrating on the transmission of memory from mothers to daughters, and on public memorial culture in Germany.  Her research projects were supported by a fellowship from the Appalachian College Association and by Warren Wilson College.

This event is open to the public and free of charge. This lecture is an Arts and Lecture Series credit event for residential students.

 

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Tusculum’s Dollie Boyd elected Tennessee Association of Museums president-elect

Posted on 23 March 2017 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Dollie Boyd, director of Museum Program and Studies of Tusculum, has been elected president-elect of the Tennessee Association of Museums. After a two-year term, she will become president of the statewide organization.

Boyd was elected at this year’s annual conference held in March. She also presented at several sessions at the event.

Boyd’s duties at Tusculum include overseeing the operations of the museums, the Doak House Museum and President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library and the College Archives. She is also responsible for the development and implementation of on-site and outreach curriculum-based school programs offered through the Doak House Museum.

“I am honored to represent East Tennessee in our state organization. TAM does great work supporting and facilitating the work of wonderful museums state-wide. I am looking forward to working with the TAM board in this new role,” said Boyd.

Boyd joined the Tusculum staff in September 2009 as the manager of school programs. In this position, she developed several new curriculum-based offerings for the public and home-school audiences. A native of Franklin County, Tennessee., Boyd taught grades 9-12 from 1994 to 2007, served as a graduate research assistant at the Albert Gore Research Center and was an interpretive ranger at Tims Ford State Park.

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She earned her bachelor’s degree in speech and theater with minors in education and history from Middle Tennessee State University and earned her master’s in history/public history in 2013. Boyd has also made several professional presentations at the National Council of Public History, the Southeast Museums Conference, the Tennessee Association of Museums, and Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference.

She has also conducted research and an oral history project on three lost communities in Franklin County, which were inundated through the creation of a Tennessee Valley Authority lake.

The Tennessee Association of Museums was founded in 1960 and fosters communication and cooperation between museums, cultural societies, and other members of common interests. The goal of the association is to inform the public on the importance of understanding and preserving Tennessee’s cultural, historical, and scientific heritage.

 

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Tusculum Fishing Club secures gift with win

Posted on 14 March 2017 by srichey@tusculum.edu

 

Nick Hatfield and Corey Neece accept a check along with Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody for $2,000 from Fishing League Worldwide. The money will be put into the Tusculum Fishing Club program. The financial gift came as a result of the team being one of the top 10 qualifiers at the February 25 YETI FLW College Fishing Southeastern Conference bass tournament on lake Guntersville.

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Old Oak Festival accepting vendor registrations through March 31

Posted on 13 March 2017 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The deadline for vendors to register to participate in the Tusculum Old Oak Festival is Friday, March 31.

There are limited spaces still available for artisan and crafter booths, and the deadline for reserving a booth is March 31, or until all spaces are filled. The Old Oak Festival returns to Tusculum campus April 21-23.

Featuring a wide variety of music and food and fun, the Old Oak Festival will span across three days, featuring something for everyone, be it live music, theater, arts and crafts or fabulous festival food.

Throughout the weekend on stage, the festival will present the sounds of the region, with a wide variety of music from bluegrass to jazz featuring local vocalists and instrumentalists.

“We are very excited about the wide variety of art and craft vendors that we have committed to this year’s festival,” said David Price, director of music and band programs at Tusculum and coordinator of the festival.

“This year’s vendors offer something for everyone and show off amazing artistic talent from folks in our region and beyond.”

While the list of musical performers is not complete, currently several bands have announced plans to perform and include the Brother Boys, My New Favorites, Shiloh, Ashley Bean, Sigean, the Dread Scots, Poplar Hill Reunion, the Tusculum Jazz Band, the Tusculum Marching Band, the Tusculum Concert Band, the Tusculum Handbell Choir and the Bluegrass Outlaws.

There will also be jam sessions during the festival and visitors are encouraged to bring their instrument and join for a weekend of fun with other musicians.

Workshops for high school students will be held on Friday and include sessions on the Math and Science of Tree Identification, Contemporary Poetry, Instrumental Master Class (Band), Vocal Master Class, Introduction to Programming with Python, Drawing, the Brief Essay or Prose Poem, Medieval Siege Warfare, Songwriting, Playwriting, Political Jeopardy, Flash Fiction, SM-Art! Sensational Mathematical Art, as well as Animation.

Workshops are presented by faculty of Tusculum and other experts in the field.

There is no charge for students to participate in the workshop sessions and lunch will be provided.  Students need to register by Wednesday, April 12. To reserve a spot, contact Kelsey Trom, assistant professor of English at ktrom@tusculum.edu or (423) 636-7420 ext. 5420.

Other special events planned for this year’s festival include an art show at Allison Gallery, student theater productions and literary readings.

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. – 4 p.m. Entertainment and food continues into the evening, with the final performers ending at 10 p.m.

Service animals are welcome; however, no pets allowed. Coolers, firearms and alcohol are also prohibited on the Tusculum campus property during the festival. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.

For updates and more information, visit the website at www.oldoakfestival.org or on facebook. For more information on registering as a vendor or performer or volunteering at the festival, contact Price at 423-636-7303.

 

The Old Oak Festival returns to Tusculum campus April 21-23.

 

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A note to parents from the President

Posted on 06 March 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

 

 

Biology professor Melissa Keller teaches in one of the new classrooms inside the Meen Center for Science and Math.

 

On Monday, January 10, our first classes were held in the new Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math. The opening of the Meen Center for Science and Math has created a strong sense of anticipation and excitement particularly for the students, faculty and staff who are the first to experience this 100,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility. Returning students couldn’t wait to see the new building and faculty began settling into their new spaces a week earlier. This is just the beginning.

The Meen Center for Science and Math is a four-story structure of approximately 100,000 square feet. Interiors include wings for biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, environmental science, and nursing, both BSN and MSN programs. There are laboratory spaces and research areas for both faculty and students. The ground floor features the environmental science wing with a loading dock, as well as large general classroom spaces and classrooms equipped for distance learning programs. A large lecture hall is included on the ground floor.

Tusculum has a reputation for producing science graduates that have gone on to great success within their respective fields. Now, with the completion of the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Mathematics, we expect enrollment in these programs to expand.

The Meen Center will impact students in the areas of math, science, computer science, biology, chemistry, environmental science and nursing for generations to come. This is an extremely historic event for an institution founded in 1794 by two Presbyterian ministers, who had the desire and foresight to bring education and religion to the area south of the Ohio River.  Verna June and Ron Meen’s legacy will live in perpetuity through the lives of the countless number of people who pass through these doors, graduate and serve communities throughout the United States and the world.

Nancy B. Moody, PhD

President

 

While there was snow on the ground in the first week that the Meen Center was open, trees are beginning to bloom now and landscaping around the new facility will get underway as the weather continues to improve.

 

 

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Tusculum Board of Trustees encourage unity and diversity through resolution

Tusculum Board of Trustees encourage unity and diversity through resolution

Posted on 21 February 2017 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The Tusculum College Board of Trustees approved a Resolution of Unity at their meeting held Saturday, Feb. 18, on the college’s Greeneville campus. This was the 688th meeting of the Board of Trustees.

The resolution, signed by Board of Trustees Chair Kenneth A. Bowman, Secretary Mark Williams and President Nancy Moody, addressed “recent national actions taken to promote national safety and security which have resulted in concern for members of the Tusculum College community due to the impact on individuals and the uncertainty at hand.”

Dr. Bowman, a 1970 graduate of Tusculum, stated that the college’s practice of diversity and inclusion have enriched the college’s ability to achieve the mission to provide “a liberal arts education in a Judeo-Christian and civic arts environment, with pathways for career preparation, personal development and civic engagement;” and “the attainment of each of the elements of our mission is enhanced by the contributions of each member of our Tusculum community, our students, staff, faculty, alumni, board members, donors and others within the broader community. He added that each member of the Tusculum community enriches the ‘Tusculum Experience,’ and the loss of any member of our community is seen as a thread pulled from the college’s rich tapestry.”

The resolution encouraged every member of the Tusculum Community to look to the civic arts tradition in daily interactions and that each individual take personal responsibility for preserving this inclusive environment where respectful exchange and the exploration of ideas not only contribute to knowledge, but also to social, physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual growth and development.

Dr. Jason Pierce, vice president of academic affairs, reported to the Board’s Academic Affairs Committee that there are more than a dozen approved search committees, many for positions tied to new programs approved by the Board at the October meeting.

New programs beginning this fall include the Master of Accountancy, pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Graduates of the Master of Accountancy program have multiple career options including, but not limited to, forensic accounting, public accounting, auditing and compliance accounting, government accounting, and tax and payroll accounting.  According to Dr. Michael Dillon, dean of the School of Business and associate professor of business, earning a graduate degree in accounting is a common practice for those seeking attainment of a Certified Public Accounting license.

“The Tusculum College Master of Accountancy program was developed to provide students with a deeper and broader accounting education that prepares them for advanced career opportunities and preparation for the new set of CPA exams effective spring 2017,” said Dr. Dillon. “The Master of Accountancy program will be led by faculty that are highly qualified academically, but who also bring their extensive real world experience to the classroom.”

Also beginning this fall will be the Master of Arts degree in education: talent development and the Bachelor of Arts degree in talent development. The master’s program will be offered through the Graduate and Professional Studies program, while the bachelor’s degree program will be offered in both traditional and adult student programs.

According to Dr. Tricia Hunsader, dean of the school of education, career opportunities for persons holding this degree include corporate trainers, project managers, strategic planners, team developers, process analysts and performance improvement consultants, all of which are needed by a wide variety of organizations.

“The curriculum addresses the major segments of the talent development field by focusing on concepts, models, skills and methods. Courses are designed so that theoretical foundations are complemented with practice and application that enable students to build skills and competence,” said Dr. Hunsader.

The master’s degree program will be exclusively offered in a fully-online format. The master’s level talent development program is designed to lead students to develop training materials and programs based upon curricular and instructional design best practices, assess organizational needs for enhancing performance, apply adult learning theory and the Instructional System Design model into practice for organizational learning needs, as well as evaluate learning and impact of learning and develop team behaviors and leadership.

The bachelor’s degree program will be offered in two formats, one a fully online program and the other a hybrid program composed of a combination of online coursework and in class instruction.

Other new programs include a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management and new majors in chemistry, environmental studies, environmental science and information technology.

Board members also heard a report on current and anticipated enrollment numbers. In the enrollment report, it stated that new students for spring 2017 included 42 in the residential program and 134 in the Graduate and Professional Studies program.

For the residential program, admissions representatives are currently reviewing 1,799 applications which add been received as of Feb. 8, in anticipation of an incoming fall class of approximately 425 new students.

“Tusculum College’s residential program continues to grow for a number of reasons,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody president of Tusculum College. “Our unique Civic Arts focus takes the liberal arts a step further in a nationally recognized approach to educating individuals of integrity and ideals. Additionally a wide range of majors – from museum studies to nursing – are combined with service learning and travel opportunities to create a completely unique environment.”

Two faculty promotions were approved including Dr. Peter Noll, who was promoted to the rank of associate professor of public history and museum studies, and Dr. Travis Williams, who was promoted to the rank of associate professor of religion.

The Board also approved May 2017 graduates pending satisfactory completion of programs of student and certification by the Registrar.

The next meeting of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees will be May 2017.

 

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Appointments are still available for free tax program offered through Tusculum

Appointments are still available for free tax program offered through Tusculum

Posted on 13 February 2017 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Free tax preparation and filing services, offered by Tusculum College’s new Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, are still available by appointment for residents in Greene and surrounding counties.

The IRS-certified tax preparation program currently provides two locations in Greene County, as well as a location in Gray  where trained volunteers are available to assist members of the public with the preparation of their tax returns and to answer any tax questions they may have.

Locations include: Monday nights at Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union’s community room in Gray, Thursdays at Tusculum College and Saturdays at Greeneville Power and Light. Appointments are available through April 13.

Led by Dr. Harold Branstrator, associate professor of management at Tusculum College, the VITA program offers a free alternative to the expensive services of a paid tax professional. The student volunteers of the VITA program have completed roughly 1,000 returns annually since 2014, often saving clients $200 or more that they would have spent on payments for alternative, fee-based, services.

“There are still appointments available in Greene County at both the Tusculum and Greeneville Light and Power System sites,” said Dr. Branstrator. “We encourage anyone who qualifies to take advantage of this free, professional program with IRS-trained volunteers. There is no expense to the filer to have their federal income tax prepared and filed.”

Taxpayers eligible for VITA services include: individuals with annual incomes of less than $54,000, individuals over 55 years of age, individuals diagnosed with a physical disability and non English-speaking citizens.

Under the supervision of Dr. Branstrator, a former IRS employee, participants’ tax returns are prepared by Tusculum students who have completed a VITA-standard three-week certification process that facilitates their ability to meet the high level professional standards expected by the IRS.

Dr. Branstrator said the program has also helped students, particularly those in business-related fields of study, acquire real world experience that they could not obtain in the classroom.

Appointments are required. Sites and days of operation include:

Mondays: ACFCU, 5034 Bobby Hicks Highway, Gray, TN 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.;

Thursdays: Tusculum College, Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons, Greeneville, TN, 5:30-8:30 p.m.;

Saturdays: Greeneville Power and Light System Boardroom, 110 N. College St., Greeneville, TN 9 a.m. – noon.

To schedule an appointment, call (800) 378-3778 and wait for the operator, or register online at www.tusculum.edu/vita/.

 


 

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Tusculum College announces Master of Accountancy program

Posted on 07 February 2017 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College has announced a new Master of Accountancy program beginning fall 2017, pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Graduates of the Master of Accountancy program have multiple career options including, but not limited to, forensic accounting, public accounting, auditing and compliance accounting, government accounting, and tax and payroll accounting.

According to Dr. Michael Dillon, dean of the School of Business and associate professor of business, earning a graduate degree in accounting is a common practice for those seeking attainment of a Certified Public Accounting license.

“The Tusculum College Master of Accountancy program was developed to provide students with a deeper and broader accounting education that prepares them for advanced career opportunities and preparation for the new set of CPA exams effective spring 2017,” said Dr. Dillon. “The Master of Accountancy program will be led by faculty that are highly qualified academically, but who also bring their extensive real world experience to the classroom.”

In the State of Tennessee, the requirements for application to complete the Certified Public Accounting examination were changed in March 2016, resulting in the requirement of 150 academic credit hours being removed. To sit for the CPA exam, candidates must now have a baccalaureate or higher degree with a major in accounting or a baccalaureate or higher degree with a major other than accounting which includes at least 30 semester credit hours in accounting (at least 24 credit hours in upper level coursework) and at least 24 semester credit hours in general business. The requirement of 150 academic credit hours is still required for the CPA license.

According to Dr. Dillon, the Tusculum College Master of Accountancy program curriculum was developed based on the announced changes to the 2017 CPA testing requirements.

“The program is an excellent option for new accounting undergraduates,” he said. “The program is also an excellent option for students who earned a business degree with some accounting coursework but need additional upper level accounting hours, or students who completed an undergraduate accounting program but have been out of the classroom for many years and need an up-to-date modern accounting curriculum.”

The Master of Accountancy program will be under Graduate and Professional Studies at Tusculum College.  While most Graduate and Professional Studies are designed for non-traditional, evening students, the Master of Accountancy program will be offered during the day.  Initially, the program will be offered at the Greeneville campus and at the Knoxville Regional Center simultaneously. The program is designed to be a one-year, full-time program beginning in the fall term and ending at the end of the summer term. The curriculum will be delivered during two afternoons each week.

 

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Valentine’s Dinner and Swing Dance to benefit Tusculum College band program

Posted on 03 February 2017 by srichey@tusculum.edu

There are still tickets remaining for the Tusculum College Pioneer Jazz Band Valentine’s Day Dinner/Swing Dance benefit on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the General Morgan Inn. The reception begins at 6 p.m. and dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. The event includes dinner and a performance of the Pioneer Jazz Band, along with special guests.

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

“This will be our fourth year for this event and it has proven to be a popular and enjoyable way to celebrate Valentine’s Day,” said Price. “Each year we have had tremendous feedback on the quality of the food, as well as the fun of dancing the night away to the sounds of jazz standards.”

Ticket prices for the event are $55 per person or $400 for a table of eight guests. Both ticket and table purchases provide dance tickets, free dance lessons, an opening reception, dinner and a special dessert. Please call in advance to request a vegetarian substitution. A cash bar will be available and the Tusculum College Band Booster Club will be hosting a silent auction.

The deadline for ticket purchases is Friday, Feb. 10.

Dr. Bob and Christine Thorpe will teach dance lessons starting at 5:30 p.m.  the night of the dinner dance. This year, in preparation for the event, the college is also featuring swing dance lessons on Thursday Feb. 9, in the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons on the Tusculum College campus. The lessons are free to anyone that has tickets and has signed up to attend the event or $10 per person for those who have not purchased tickets to the event.

Valentine’s Day dinner benefit tickets are available for purchase at the General Morgan Inn or by contacting Price at 423-636-7303 or emailing daprice@tusculum.edu. A hotel package special is also available by contacting the General Morgan Inn at 423-787-1000.

Contact Price for special table reservations for larger group seating.

The Pioneer Band Program at Tusculum College began in 2010, with the creation of the Pioneer Pep Band. The Pep Band quickly became a much-enjoyed feature of the 2010 Pioneer football and basketball seasons as it performed at the Pioneer Club tailgate parties before each home football game and during pregame and half-time festivities.

Since that auspicious beginning a concert band, jazz band, marching band, handbell choir and several small ensembles have been added to the college’s original band program. These groups perform on campus several times each year in addition to the community events at which they perform.

 

 

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A note from the President to parents regarding the implications of the recent immigration ban for Tusculum students

A note from the President to parents regarding the implications of the recent immigration ban for Tusculum students

Posted on 03 February 2017 by eestes@tusculum.edu

 

 

 

Dear Tusculum parents and family members:

Recent actions taken to promote national safety and security have resulted in concern and anxiety for members of our community due to the impact on individuals and the uncertainty at hand.  These actions afford all members of the Tusculum College community a special opportunity to stop and reflect on how our heritage, and current practice, of diversity and inclusion have enriched our ability to achieve our mission to provide “a liberal arts education in a Judeo-Christian and civic arts environment, with pathways for career preparation, personal development and civic engagement.”

Attainment of each of the elements of our mission is enhanced by the contributions of each member of our Tusculum community, our students, staff, faculty, alumni, board members, donors and others within the broader community. Each member of our community enrich the “Tusculum Experience.”  The loss of any member of our community is seen as a thread pulled from our rich tapestry. Therefore, while we are not aware of any students, staff or faculty connected to the immigration ban on citizens of the seven nations named, we are all anxious about this situation and are paying close attention to daily developments.

Currently, we are cautioning those considering international travel during this time of uncertainty to seek counsel and we ask that anyone experiencing difficulties can make us aware if we can be of assistance.  International students who have questions about their ongoing status should consult with Melissa Ripley in the Admissions Office, and anyone experiencing distress can contact the Student Affairs Office to speak with a counselor or discuss other means by which we can be of support.

Finally, I note that dissent and the civil exchange of differing perspectives are fundamental elements in developing critical thinking, and in expanding our understanding of and appreciation for others. The College believes in encouraging discourse and dialogue while also challenging and preventing that which evolves into discrimination and harassment. I ask that each of us look to our civic arts tradition in our daily interactions and that each of us take personal responsibility for preserving this rare environment where respectful exchange and the exploration of ideas not only contributes to our knowledge, but also to our social, physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual growth and development.

Sit Lux,

Dr. Nancy B. Moody, PhD

President

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