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The Band Perry rehearses at Tusculum College

Posted on 29 July 2015 by

The Tusculum College community hosted some famous neighbors on the Greeneville campus in July when Grammy® Award-winning trio, The Band Perry utilized Tusculum facilities for rehearsal space.

According to David Martin, director of facilities, Kimberly Perry, Reid Perry and Neil Perry were all in their hometown the second week of July and performed at Fun Fest in Kingsport. While in town, they spent a good deal of time on the Tusculum campus, rehearsing for an upcoming live performance.

“There’s nothing like coming home to Greeneville, Tennessee and spending time with our family, friends and neighbors,” said The Band Perry. “Tusculum College always welcomes us with open arms and gives us a great place to work and rehearse while we’re in town, and we are grateful.”

While in town, The Band Perry rehearsed at the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center, using the auditorium and other facilities there.

The trio has visited the college on several occasions, and they performed a free student concert during their formative pre-superstar years. The three were last on campus when they were recognized as Hometown Heroes by the Greeneville Astros rookie league baseball team, whose home field is on the Tusculum campus. The Perrys provided an on-campus, pre-game concert.

They also come home to recharge quite often. Kimberly’s wedding was held in Greeneville last year, and local support for the popular group was never more evident than when they performed in Downtown Greeneville in 2013 to a crowd of more than 25,000 enthusiastic fans. The college community was particularly ecstatic when the latest release from the band was announced to be titled, “Pioneer,” the mascot of the college.

“We are proud of our neighbors, The Band Perry, and they are such wonderful ambassadors for our community because of their genuine love for their hometown,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. “They will always be welcome at Tusculum as friends and as part of our community. We were happy to be a part of their visit home, and the Pioneer nation wishes them the best in all they do.”

As Neil Perry has often been quoted, “Anyone who knows us, knows how much we love our hometown.”





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Kathy May named director of Tusculum College Community Chorus

Posted on 29 July 2015 by

Kathy May has been named director of the Tusculum College Community Chorus.

She will be replacing Dr. David Hendricksen, who is retiring this year after 19 years of directing.

The Chorus began with 35 singers in 1996, when Hendricksen founded the group. Over the years, more than 300 singers have performed with the chorus. Matthew Brickey will also being joining the group as their new accompanist.

“I really appreciate and respect Dr. David Hendricksen for his establishment of the Tusculum College Community Chorus and for his generous years of service and musical expertise as our conductor,” said May. “I feel honored to continue this choral tradition in our community and look forward to working with our seasoned chorus members and wish to invite new singers who are interested to join the chorus in September.”

Kathy May

May just completed her thirtieth year as the choral director and Advanced Placement Music Theory teacher at Greeneville High School. In her 35 years of teaching, she has taught in Johnson City, Greene County Schools and Greeneville City Schools.

She received her Bachelor of Science in music education and Master of Education Administration degrees from East Tennessee State University and was selected as the 1995 Alumna of the Year by the ETSU Music Faculty. In 1996, she was the Greeneville City Schools’ “Teacher of the Year” and the Smoky Mountains Music Teachers Association “Teacher of the Year.” In May, 2015, she was awarded the Dr. Ernest W. Martin Champion for Children Award at the Greeneville City School’s personnel breakfast.

Under May’s direction, Greeneville High School choirs have performed many places, notably the 1996, 2000, and 2006 American Choral Directors Southern Conventions, the 2000 SD-ACDA Women’s Choir Festival and the 2003 TN ACDA Convention. Her choirs have appeared on several Tennessee Music Educators Convention programs. In 2014, the Greeneville High School Chorus performed in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. Recently, a choir of GHS students and alumni participated in a concert tour of Italy including a performance for Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.


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Tusculum College alliance to increase opportunities for distance learning

Posted on 27 July 2015 by

Recent acceptance into a national organization for reciprocity agreements will make opportunities for distance learning across state lines more abundant at Tusculum College.

Tusculum College has been approved to join the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a nationwide initiative of states that will make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines, as well as making it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education.

The NC-SARA agreements are being implemented by the four regional higher education interstate compacts, the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, the New England Board of Higher Education, the Southern Regional Education Board and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. The effort is funded by a $2.3 million grant from Lumina Foundation.

“Tusculum College is hard at work expanding our distance learning programs and being accepted into NC-SARA will make implementation of the courses much less difficult in terms of making it available for persons outside of Tennessee to participate,” said Dr. Carl Larsen, assistant to the president for institutional planning and effectiveness.

Dr. Larsen said that with Tusculum College becoming part of NC-SARA, it will increase administrative efficiency and lower the costs of obtaining authorization to provide postsecondary distance education. This will allow Tusculum College to more widely distribute academic programs and accept enrollments from students in many other states.

As a member of NC-SARA, Tusculum will be able to seek approval for distance learning programs and courses through the State of Tennessee, regardless of what state enrolled students may be located and will not need to seek approval from each state in which they would like to offer students the opportunity to enroll.


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Two named department chairs at Tusculum College

Posted on 20 July 2015 by

Two new department chairs have been named in the School of Arts and Sciences for the 2015-16 academic year at Tusculum College. Dr. Deborah Bryan has been appointed chair of the department of fine arts, and Dr. Melissa Keller has been appointed chair of the department of natural sciences.

Dr. Bryan has been with Tusculum College since 2007, first as a visiting assistant professor, then assistant professor and finally associate professor in the department of fine arts. From 2012 to 2015, she served as the art and design concentration program coordinator.

“Dr. Bryan has been, for years, the person most instrumental for many of the successes in art and design,” said Wayne Thomas, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, “But she’s done so primarily from behind-the-scenes. I’m grateful Dr. Bryan has agreed to serve as the leader of those programs. She works hard for her students, and they revere her.”

Dr. Deborah Bryan

She has been elected to membership in the Society of American Graphic Artists, the American Color Print Society and the Boston Printmakers. Her work has been exhibited in dozens of juried national and international art exhibitions, and while at Tusculum, she has completed four solo exhibitions of prints, photographs, drawings and artist’s books in the Allison Gallery on the Greeneville campus. She also has completed several solo exhibitions in various national settings.

In 2012, she received the National Living Faculty Award from Tusculum College. She has served on the Assessment Committee, the Admissions and Standards Committee, the Commons Advisory Committee and the Honors Advisory Committee, in addition to her responsibilities for advising students and for teaching drawing, painting, printmaking, book arts, art history, service learning in the arts, introduction to art and basic design courses.

Professor Bryan received her doctorate in clinical psychology in 1989 from Kent State University and a Master of Fine Arts in studio art in 2000 from East Tennessee State University. Her work may be viewed at

Dr. Keller joined Tusculum College in Fall 2013 as an assistant professor of biology. Dr. Keller holds a Bachelor of Science in environmental science from Roanoke College and a doctorate in plant pathology from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

While in graduate school, Dr. Keller said she fell in love with teaching biology laboratory courses to freshman and chose to complete an education certification. Her graduate research focus was in agriculture, and she continued this research as a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University. She returned to education and to Tennessee, where she works with the students and faculty of Tusculum College.

“Dr. Keller is an impressive scholar, academic and teacher,” said Thomas. “In her short tenure at Tusculum, she has already tackled major initiatives and carved out tremendous successes. She’s a popular teacher amongst the students and admired by her colleagues. I’ve no doubt that she’ll be tremendously successful as the new Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences.”

Dr. Keller continues to publish in agriculture journals and her most recent articles include “Evaluation of Entomopathogenic Nematodes for Biological Control of Plum Curculio,” “Aerobiology of Fusarium graminearum,” and “Aerobiological sampling efficiency of Petri plates for use in lower atmosphere spore collection.”

Dr. Melissa Keller

She is currently collaborating with Dr. Richard Thompson and eight students on a $20,000 Appalachian College Association grant for the collection of fungal specimens in Rocky Fork State Park to be analyzed for possible bioactive compounds. While at Tusculum College Dr. Keller has served on various committees, overseen the ASafeHarborHome, Inc. Meditation Garden and is currently assisting with the installation of the arboretum on the Greeneville campus.

“Dr. Bryan and Dr. Keller are both phenomenal leaders at the college and in the community,” said Thomas. “I anticipate both of the programs thriving under their leadership for the betterment of our students, school and the East Tennessee region.”


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Wayne Thomas named Dean of Arts and Sciences at Tusculum College

Posted on 10 July 2015 by

Wayne Thomas has been named dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tusculum College.

Thomas has served as interim dean since July 2014, and formerly as chair of the Department of Fine Arts and as associate professor of English. He also served as the chair of the English Department. He joined Tusculum College in 2005 and not only continuously worked to serve his students and grow his departments but also built several strong arts and humanities programs that have become part of the college’s culture.

“Under the leadership of Mr. Thomas, many students have successfully published, graduated and been admitted to graduate programs,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. “Through the guidance of Mr. Thomas and other faculty members, many Tusculum students have received scholarships and built relationships to pursue advanced degrees at a wide array of colleges and universities, including Columbia University, Washington University in St. Louis, California Arts Institute, Chicago Institute of Art and the University of Central Florida.”

After being named the college’s first chair of the Fine Arts Department, Thomas was instrumental in the resurrection of the tradition of the Old Oak Festival, working to bring it back with a focus on fine arts, music, theater and writing.

Wayne Thomas

During his time with the English Department, Thomas coordinated the annual Humanities Lecture Series, bringing guest authors to campus not only to share their works but also to meet with students and share their professional experiences through small panel sessions. He has previously served as editor of “The Tusculum Review,” overseeing the student-driven production of the college’s literary journal.

“I’m honored to serve our institution and President Moody in this capacity. Tusculum is a place you go to for community, individual growth and civic engagement,” said Thomas. “It’s these things that remind us of how one small college in the northeast Tennessee foothills plays such important roles in a world that needs more empathy, commitment to good and diversity of thought.”

Thomas’ essays, stories and plays have been seen in several literary journals and anthologies, including “Sudden Stories: The Mammoth Book of Miniscule Fiction” and “River Teeth.” In addition, he co-edited an anthology of Appalachian literature, “Red Holler.”

Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre history and literary criticism from Georgia College, a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing/scriptwriting from Georgia College and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing/fiction and nonfiction from West Virginia University.

Thomas is the 2012 recipient of Tusculum College’s Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award. He also received the alumni-presented National Living Faculty Award for dedicated service to students in 2013.


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Congressman Phil Roe visits Tusculum College to learn more about TRIO college preparation and success programs

Posted on 07 July 2015 by

Tusculum College welcomed Congressman Phil Roe to campus on Monday, July 6. Roe visited the campus to learn more about the college preparation programs offered by Tusculum College through the TRIO programs.

TRIO includes three federally funded programs, Talent Search, Upward Bound and Student Support Services. These programs serve regional students who are from low-income backgrounds and if they attend college, will be first-generation college students.

While on campus, Congressman Roe visited Talent Search students from across the region, encouraging them to stick with their education and continue on to higher education.

Roe represents Tennessee’s First District and currently serves on the federal Education and Labor Committee. He expressed a great deal of interest in programs that encourage young people to continue their education after high school. He shared his own educational experiences as well.

“Take advantage of this program and all that it has to offer,” he told the group of mostly high school juniors and seniors. “Going to college opens so many opportunities, almost unlimited.”

Of the three programs, Talent Search begins the earliest, with students entering the program in the sixth grade.

“We begin monitoring the courses that they take, work with students on attainable goal setting, and taking them on college visits,” said Jeanne Stokes, director of TRIO programs.

Upward Bound, which serves high school students and is currently in summer session on the Greeneville Tusculum College campus, brings the students to the college to learn and experience life on a college campus. Students take courses and live on campus. They learn to deal with roommates and experience eating in the cafeteria.

“Our programs are very much set up like a college program,” said Stokes. “We offer courses for them to choose from, including “Creative Writing,” “Forensic Science,” “Navigating Math” and “Photography.”

The third of the TRIO programs is Student Support Services and provides a wide array of academic support services to at-risk students once they are enrolled as a Tusculum College student. Services include tutoring and counseling, among other services.


Congressman Phil Roe visited students in the Talent Search program at Tusculum College learning more about the college preparation and success programs offered through Tusculum’s TRIO programs.


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Tusculum College receives grant from Women’s Fund of East Tennessee

Posted on 30 June 2015 by

The Women’s Fund of East Tennessee has awarded a $10,000 grant to Tusculum College for a first generation college student mentoring program. Representatives of the Women’s Fund presented the funds to representatives of the college at a luncheon on the Greeneville campus in June.

The Women’s Fund of East Tennessee will provide funding for the proposed program’s guest speakers and honorariums, Tusculum College student participants, interview wardrobe, supplies, meals, cultural events and transportation expenses.

The grant will provide for 18 female high school students, who come from low income families and would be their family’s first generation to attend college, to participate in a five-day residential, mentored institute at Tusculum College. Students from Carter, Cocke, Greene and Unicoi counties will be eligible. The program is called the Women’s Search for Success and Self-Sufficiency.

Tusculum College is working with its Talent Search program to expand the Women’s Search for Success and Self-Sufficiency program. The Talent Search program seeks to empower underrepresented participants with the tools to achieve academic and personal success. The program accomplishes this goal through interventions to assist low-income and first-generation participants to finish high school, enter, and complete a program of post-secondary education.

The goal of the Women’s Search for Success and Self-Sufficiency program is to help girls in East Tennessee learn various life, education, and work-related skills. Various workshops are implemented to instruct participants in areas such as financial literacy, basic social skills, cognitive skills, job- and college-searching, basic employment skills and employment transitions.

Talent Search professional staff, Arts Outreach staff, Tusculum College’s Financial Aid and Career Services staff, Student Support Services, area financial advisors, etiquette coaches, hair and make-up specialists, health department officials and law enforcement officials will conduct the workshops training and activities.

“Tusculum College has a long history of serving first generation college students and that commitment is stronger than ever with the establishment of our summer institute,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College.

According to Dr. Moody, 75 percent of Tusculum College students call Appalachia home, 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.

“These students need the mentoring and support a small college like Tusculum can provide,” said Moody.

Jeanne Stokes, director of the TRIO programs who will coordinate the new program said, “This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce our students to different career options, teambuilding activities and cultural enrichment. We plan for the students to leave with a sense of self- sufficiency that will enable them to be successful as they complete high school and enter and complete college.”

Because of the partnership with the Talent Search program, participants in the Women’s Search for Success and Self-Sufficiency will continue to be mentored, monitored, and guided throughout high school and college by professional staff and identified mentors. Skill attainments will be measured utilizing pre- and post-tests. A pre-test will be administered at the beginning of the summer institute and a post-test and the end of the week-long institute. Items on the test will cover topics including personal appearance and hygiene, personal safety, leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills, and financial literacy.

The Women’s Fund provided grants to Haven House, New Opportunity School for Women, Red Legacy Recovery, Servolution, The Next Door and Tusculum College.

For more information or to donate to the Women’s Fund, visit or call 865-524-1223.


From left are Heather Patchett, vice president of institutional advancement for Tusculum College; Legacy Member Linda Spence, research and grants committee for the Women’s Fund; Women’s Fund Founder Nita Summers, research and grants committee for the Women’s Fund; Women's Fund Founder Judy Ingala; Women's Fund Founder Cynthia Burnley, chair of the research and grants committee; Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College; Women’s Fund Founder Nikki Niswonger; Jeanne Stokes, director of TRIO program; Alisha Roberson of Hampton; Ali Giovannelli of Unicoi; Lindsey Hixson of Limestone, and Michelle Arbogast, associate director of foundation and donor relations at Tusculum College.


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Tusculum College receives grant from the Tennessee Historical Records Advisory Board

Posted on 19 June 2015 by

The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library at Tusculum College has received an $800 grant from the Tennessee Historical Records Advisory Board to purchase shelving to improve the storage for its historic collections.

The Tennessee Historical Records Advisory Board received $27,500 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to assist Tennessee’s historic record centers through a grant program called State and National Archival Partnership. SNAP Grants are available up to $2,500.

The SNAP grants are open to any Tennessee organization with historical records that are available to the public. The SNAP grants provide training and supplies for the preservation, improving access and enhancing historic record programs.

Through this grant, the museum will be purchasing new shelves for its archival collections. According to Kathy Cuff, archivist at the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library, the new shelves will provide proper storage for the Rare Books Collection and the backlog of other collections.

“This will relieve the crowding seen in the Rare Books Collection, which contains one of the most complete libraries from a post-Revolutionary frontier college,” she said.

Cuff added that the shelving will also be used to improve access to backlogged collections. The backlog shelving will remove the possibility of crushing collections through stacking boxes on top of each other.

“Tusculum College looks forward to installing the shelves soon and redressing these issues.”

The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library collects, preserves and makes available the records of Tennessee’s first college. The museum is open to the public Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information about Tusculum College’s historic collections, contact Cuff at or at 423-636-7348.

The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library and the Doak House Museum are operated by the Department of Museum Program and Studies of Tusculum College. In addition to the museums, the department is responsible for the College Archives and offers one of the few undergraduate Museum Studies degree programs in the country. The two museums are also part of the National Historic District on the Tusculum College campus. Follow the museums on Facebook and Twitter to learn the latest news and upcoming events or visit to learn more about the variety of programs offered at the museums.


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Greeneville native, Tusculum alumnus Nick Darnell named to Governor’s Teacher Cabinet

Posted on 18 June 2015 by

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Wednesday 18 Tennessee teachers selected to serve on the first Governor’s Teacher Cabinet.

Among those named was Nick Darnell, a native of Greeneville who graduated from Tusculum with his bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2006. Darnell is a Niswonger Scholar and while at Tusculum was inducted into the Alpha Chi National Honor Society and helped found the college’s chapter of College Republicans.

Now serving his ninth year as an educator, Darnell teaches eighth grade American history at East Ridge Middle School in Hamblen County. He is the head sponsor of the school’s Junior Beta Club, chairman of the school improvement committee, a member of the data team and a lead mentor. He earned his master’s degree in educational leadership and his specialist degree in school system leadership, as well as an administrative endorsement, from East Tennessee State University.

Darnell and his wife Emily reside in Morristown.

The cabinet will meet quarterly with Haslam and Education Commissioner Candice McQueen to share real-time information from the classroom, advise on policy considerations and provide a direct line of communication to schools and communities.

Nick Darnell

A year ago the governor traveled the state to hear from groups of teachers, and in December, he announced plans to create the cabinet in an effort to improve teacher communication and collaboration.

“We’ve had a number of conversations with teachers in a variety of settings, and this is another way to receive direct feedback from teachers who are in front of a class every day,” Haslam said. “As Tennessee continues to build on the success we’ve seen in our schools over the past four years, we want to hear from teachers about what is working and what needs improvement. These teachers have a lot on their plates, so I really appreciate their willingness to serve the state in this way.”

Directors of schools were asked to nominate one teacher from each of their districts, and 18 classroom teachers were selected from across the state based on the following criteria: focuses on student achievement, encourages collaboration among colleagues, demonstrates leadership, solutions-oriented and relentlessly pursues excellence.

The teacher cabinet includes a diverse mix of backgrounds and experience. Members represent each of the state’s three grand divisions as well as cities, suburbs and rural areas and have varying years of experience teaching first through twelfth grades.

Members of the first Governor’s Teacher Cabinet are: Elisabeth McArthur Bellah, Maryville City Schools; Melissa Bennett, Blount County Schools; Marsha Buck, Kingsport City Schools; Nick Darnell, Hamblen County Schools; Rebecca Few, Murfreesboro City Schools; Cathy Ginel, Oak Ridge City Schools; Anita Underwood Gray, Lebanon Special School District; Annette C. Johnson, Franklin County Schools; Abbey Kidwell, Clinton City School District; Wanda N. Lacy, Knox County Schools; Jessica Lindsay, Achievement School District; Schwann Logan, Bartlett Municipal School District; Lance Morgan, Union City Schools; Jessica Murray, Dyer County Schools; Kyle Prince, Rutherford County Schools; Angie Tisdale, Franklin Special School District; Karen Vogelsang, Shelby County Schools, and Catherine Whitehead, Chester County School System.

Teachers will serve two-year terms on the cabinet. The first meeting is planned for July.


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Leadership workshop for high school students scheduled for June 25-27

Posted on 04 June 2015 by

A workshop designed to help high school students develop their leadership skills will be held June 25-27 at Tusculum College.

The workshop is open to all high school students and is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, June 25 and 26, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 27. Sessions will be held all three days in Chalmers Conference Center in Niswonger Commons. The workshop is hosted by the Tusculum College Band Program.

Joel Denton, director of bands at Ooltewah High School, will be leading the workshop. Denton is also the founder of Covenant Consultants, which works with bands and organizations to help them develop leadership and team building skills among their members.

Participants will be actively engaged in developing their leadership skills during the sessions. Areas to be addressed in an active-learning environment include setting high standards of excellence, effective communication principles, behavior modification versus motivation, self-discipline fundamentals, value of risk and dealing with insecurities.

The workshop’s activities are designed to strengthen participants’ skills in independent carry through, sensitivity to peers, development of a positive attitude, increased level of cooperation, understanding of I/Me versus We/Us, understanding the consequences of complacency and commitment to self-improvement.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday. Cost is $70 per person. A discounted rate of $65 is available to groups of 10 or more. Adult group leaders are admitted free with student registrations. The fee includes all materials and instruction, as well as snacks and lunch on Thursday and Friday and snacks on Saturday.

For more information or to register, please contact David Price, director of music programs at Tusculum, at 423-636-7303 or email


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Tusculum’s Arbogast wins Virginia Carter Smith Scholarship to persuasive development writing conference

Posted on 03 June 2015 by

Michelle Arbogast, associate director of foundations and corporate relations at Tusculum college was one of five national winners of the Virginia Carter Smith Scholarship to attend a national persuasive development writing conference in Denver, Colo.

Arbogast will attend the event, sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, in early June.

The conference is a hands-on training workshop designed to strengthen fundraising skills for professional education development staff. Featured training will include revision and review of writing samples, strengthening writing skills and an opportunity to expand writing resources networks.

“This is an amazing opportunity to hone my writing skills to and improve our future applications for grants that go a long way in helping the college meet its goals. Many of the grants we receive provide scholarships or program support for a wide variety of academic and co-curricular programs,” said Arbogast.

According to Heather Patchett, vice president of institutional advancement for Tusculum College, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education is an excellent resource for fundraising and development professionals.

“Having the opportunity to have one of our staff attend this reputable professional development experience is incredibly valuable,” said Patchett, and particularly well-timed as we are moving full-speed into our Tusculum First Campaign efforts.”

Tusculum First is designed to address the college’s areas of greatest need including a new center for science and math, growth of academic programs, endowed scholarships, student life improvements, technology, an environmental resources and facilities center and support to the Tusculum Fund.

The campaign, which follows the college’s long line of firsts, “was initiated to improve and expand Tusculum College and its programs for the benefit of both the internal and external community. It is designed to improve the areas that most affect student success and inspire them to be contributing members of society,” said Patchett.


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Doak House Museum to present ‘Drop-In’ History Camp June 8-12

Posted on 26 May 2015 by

The Doak House Museum is offering a history camp option in June for youngsters who want to attend fun, educational activities over the summer but may not be able to commit to a week-long camp.

The “Drop-in History Camp” is scheduled for June 8 -12 and will offer participants an opportunity to enjoy fun, educational and interactive games and activities each day. The camp is designed for children ages six through 12 years of age.

Each day will offer a different focus for activities. On Monday, June 8, the focus will be on cooking and crafts as participants will make baked apples, churn butter, create recycled planters and practice the art of tin punching.

Activities on Tuesday, June 9, will provide youngsters a glimpse of what school was like for their counterparts in the 19th century. They will be making their own paper, creating a marbled paper journal and writing a story using a quill pen.

Every day life in the 1800s will be explored on Wednesday, June 10, as participants will dip their own candlesticks, craft a candlestick holder, make corn husk dolls, piece together a paper quilt and play 19th century games.

On Thursday, June 11, participants will get creative as they put on a shadow puppet play, learn the art of decoupage, cut out silhouettes and make holiday ornaments.

The camp will conclude with a day of fun and games on Friday, June 12. Participants will make a mop horse and then use their creations in a mop horse race. They will go on a marble hunt and learn to shoot marbles with their finds. Youngsters will make their own checkerboards and play jackstraws.

The camp will be led by Kim Crowell, who is a second-year student in the University of Florida’s Museum Studies Master’s program. Her disciplinary focus is in education. Crowell earned bachelor of fine arts degree in fine art with a minor in business from Columbus State University.

Parents are asked to drop off their children at the museum between 9:30 and 10 a.m. on camp days and pick them up by 3 p.m. The fee is $15 per day and no sign-up, deposit or reservations are required. A snack will be provided but participants will need to bring their own lunch.

For more information contact the Doak House at 423-636-8554 or email

The Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library are operated by the Department of Museum Program and Studies of Tusculum College. In addition to the museums, the department is responsible for the College Archives and offers one of the few undergraduate Museum Studies degree programs in the country. The two museums are also part of the National Historic District on the Tusculum College campus. Follow the museums on Facebook and Twitter to learn the latest news and upcoming events or visit its website at to learn more about the variety of programs offered at the museums.


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