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Library Director Jack Smith publishes 86th book

Posted on 02 March 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Professor Myron J. “Jack” Smith, Jr., has written a new book, “Civil War Biographies from the Western Waters: 956 Confederate and Union Naval and Military Personnel, Contractors, Politicians, Officials, Steamboat Pilots and Others.” This is the 86th volume published by the director of Tusculum College’s Thomas J. Garland Library.

From 1861 to 1865, the Civil War raged along the great rivers of the Ohio and Mississippi valleys. While various Civil War biographies exist, none have been devoted exclusively to participants in the Western River War, which was waged down the Mississippi to the mouth of the Red River, up the Ohio, the Tennessee and the Cumberland.

Based on the official records, county histories, newspapers and internet sources, this is the first work to profile Union and Confederate naval officers down to the rank of mate. These include enlisted sailors who won the Medal of Honor, or otherwise distinguished themselves or who wrote accounts of life on the gunboats; army officers and leaders who played a direct role in combat along Western waters; political officials who influenced river operations; civilian steamboat captains and pilots who participated in wartime logistics; and civilian contractors directly involved, including shipbuilders, dam builders, naval constructors and munitions experts.

Each of the biographies includes (where known) birth, death and residence data; unit organization or ship; involvement in the river war; pre- and post-war careers; and source documentation. Hundreds of individuals are given their first historic recognition or are recognized as having a role in the river war, including Gen. John Hunt Morgan and Greeneville’s Andrew Johnson. Some 200 portraits are included, while the cover art features a well-known painting of Western waters naval action.

The librarian’s latest volume is the seventh in his eight Civil War title series. The volume is available from the Tusculum College book store or through McFarland & Company, which is located in Jefferson, N.C. or Amazon.com.

Smith is currently penning “His Honor’s Ironclads,” the first biography of Joseph Brown, the 21st mayor of St. Louis, Mo. (1871-1875) and also one of the best known steamboat captains of his era. Brown was also mayor of Alton, Ill. (1856-1857) and a Democrat friend of Lincoln’s. Brown built more Civil War Union gunboats than any other contractor.

Smith has been a professional librarian and historian since 1966. In 1993, he received the Nelson Ross Award and in 2006, was the first Greene Countian to publish an e-book. He is the only American to have received the Richard Franck Preis for history from the German Government. Smith and his wife Dennie reside in northern Greene County.

 

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ETSU, Tusculum to collaborate on History Day competition

Posted on 12 February 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

East Tennessee State University and Tusculum College have announced their joint sponsorship of an annual National History Day (NHD) competition for the Northeast Tennessee district.

This year, that competition will take place on the campus of ETSU on Wednesday, March 4, in the D.P. Culp University Center ballroom at 10 a.m.  The theme is “Leadership and Legacy in History.”

Middle and high school history teachers in Northeast Tennessee will be provided information and guidance to help them support their students in preparation for the event.  After conducting research on chosen topics related to the year’s specific theme, participating students will create original papers, websites, exhibits, performances or documentaries that illustrate their conclusions regarding their topics’ historical significance.

These projects will be presented and evaluated by historians and educators in competitions during the spring at the local, state and national levels.  The culminating event is the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest, held each June at the University of Maryland at College Park.

According to the NHD website (www.nationalhistoryday.org), more than half a million students across the United States take part in the event each year, and millions of previous participants “have gone on to careers in business, law, medicine and countless other disciplines where they are putting into practice what they learned through NHD.”

Tennessee is divided into six districts for the NHD competition: Northeast, East, Southeast, North Middle, Middle and West.

The 10 Northeast Tennessee District counties are further divided into East and West.  The East Division, assisted by ETSU, consists of Carter, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties, and the West Division, assisted by Tusculum College, is made up of Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Hancock and Hawkins counties.

This partnership between ETSU and Tusculum College will allow for greater participation by area students in this national event.  The Northeast District event is funded in part by a grant from the Niswonger Foundation, along with Sally Harbison and Jones Publishing Co. and various other sponsors.  It is endorsed by Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett and by the Tennessee Historical Society, which hosts the state-level competition in April.

“History Day is a wonderful and powerful way in which students, teachers and the community can become involved to not only celebrate history but to promote our children’s future,” said Dr. Daryl A. Carter, an associate professor and graduate coordinator in the ETSU Department of History.  Carter is serving as coordinator of the Northeast Tennessee District for NHD.

“For more than 10 years, Tusculum College has sponsored the National History Day district competition on our Greeneville campus,” said Dr Moody, president of Tusculum College. “We are pleased that this partnership with ETSU will give more students in our region the opportunity to learn history while developing valuable research, writing and public speaking skills that will greatly benefit them throughout their lives.”

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Regions Riding Forward Scholarship

Posted on 11 February 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

To celebrate Black History Month, Regions Bank is sponsoring the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest in conjunction with Black History Month. Regions will be awarding a $3,500 scholarship to 16 current college freshmen, sophomores or juniors. Students can apply on the Regions website at www.regions.com/ridingforward. The due date is Thursday, Feb 26.

The essay for the scholarship should be 500 words or less and address how an African-American has been an inspiration in your life and discuss the contributions of the African-American individual who has served to inspire and motivate you.  See website for more information.

 

 

 

By Corrine Absher, senior digital media major from Kingsport

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Tusculum professor to serve on state committee to review academic standards

Posted on 11 February 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Terri Tilson, assistant professor of education at Tusculum College, has been named by Governor Bill Haslam to serve on one of the eight statewide review committees for academic standards.

Tilson came to Tusculum in 2011 from the Greeneville City School System where she had acted as the chief human resources officer. She has also served as assistant principal for curriculum and instruction for Greeneville High School.

Each committee has a different subject and grade level concentration. Tilson is a part of the English Language Arts Advisory Team, grade levels six through eight.

The academic standards committees will review the current standards of Tennessee’s educational system, as well as collect and analyze input and data to make recommendations for possible changes. These recommendations will be submitted to two committees who will review the recommendations and propose possible changes to the State Board of Education.

Academic standards are typically reviewed in Tennessee every six years

“One thing we’ve all agreed on is the importance of high standards in Tennessee,” said Governor Bill Haslam. “This discussion is about making sure we have the best possible standards as we continue to push ahead on the historic progress we’re making in academic achievement.”

 

 

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

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Library director addresses Civil War group

Posted on 10 February 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College’s Library Director Myron J. “Jack” Smith will be speaking at the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable in Knoxville on Tuesday, Feb 10.

The Knoxville Civil War Roundtable is a registered non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the knowledge, commemoration and preservation of our American Civil War heritage.

Smith will be presenting six of the 980 profiles from his book, “Civil War Biographies from the Western Waters.” These profiles follow the lives of Confederate naval captains who served on the Mississippi River above Vicksburg from 1861 to the end of the war: Capt. Marsh Miller, Capt. Gus Fowler, Capt. John Julius Guthrie, Capt. Jonathan H. Carter, Capt. Isaac Newton Brown and Capt. A. D. Wharton.

Prior to coming to Tusculum College in 1990, Smith served as a library director and professor of library science and history at Salem College for 15 years. He has authored over 80 volumes of history and bibliography, such as “The Timberclads in the Civil War,” “The Tinclads in the Civil War” and “Fight for Yazoo, 1862-1864.” He has also written profiles on the ironclads USS “Carondelet” and CSS “Arkansas,” as well as a biography of the Union naval officer Lt. Cmdr. Le Roy Fitch.

Smith has been a professional librarian and historian since 1966. He has worked to improve library resources and access opportunities throughout the Tusculum community. A component of this approach centers mostly on cooperation and collaboration with other local libraries. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Ashland University and his master’s degree in history from Shippensburg University.

In 1993, he received the Nelson Ross Award. In addition, Smith is the only American who has received the Richard Franck Preis for the historical bibliography from the German Government.

 

 

By Corrine Absher, digital media major from Kingsport

 

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Dr. Nancy Dishner named to Tusculum College Board of Trustees

Posted on 09 February 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Dr. Nancy Dishner has been elected to the Tusculum College Board of Trustees. Dr. Dishner serves as executive vice president of the Niswonger Foundation in Greeneville.

After 30 years of service in education, she retired as vice provost for enrollment services and director of the Roan Scholars Leadership Program at East Tennessee State University. Prior to this position she was a tenured professor in the department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. She served five years as a full-time faculty member. She has also served as a public school teacher in Unicoi County.

“We were very pleased Dr. Dishner accepted our invitation to join our Board of Trustees,” said Kenneth A. Bowman, a 1970 graduate of the college and chair of the Board of Trustees. “She has extensive experience in education and leadership, and we look forward to her insight and influence as the college grows.”

Dr. Dishner is an alumna of East Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in supervision and administration, and a doctorate in administration. She holds elementary teaching and principalship certifications in Tennessee.

Dr. Nancy Dishner

She is the recipient of the ETSU Outstanding Staff Award and was honored with recognition in the ETSU Clemmer College of Education Hall of Fame.

Dr. Dishner was named the ETSU Outstanding Alumna for 2013, and has a street named in her honor on the campus. She has also been recognized with the Outstanding Freshman Advocate Award from the Freshman Year Experience Program at the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Dishner served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Johnson City/ Jonesborough/ Washington County Chamber of Commerce, and established and chaired the Partners in Education program for Johnson City and Washington County. She served on the Johnson City Public Building Authority, as both secretary and chair of the public relations committee. She served as President of the ETSU Staff Senate and two terms as President of Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

She is a member of the ETSU Foundation and serves on the Executive Council for the Niswonger Children’s Hospital. She is vice chair of the Board of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association; a steering committee member on the State Collaborative for Reforming Education, and on the Board of the Tennessee College Access and Success Network.  She is chair of the ETSU Roan Scholars Steering Committee.  She is also an ordained Elder in the Presbyterian Church.

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Career Services to strengthen programs of Center for Civic Advancement

Posted on 30 January 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Beginning in February, Tusculum College’s Office of Career Services will become part of the college’s Center for Civic Advancement.

“I am delighted that we can join two vital departments who serve our students at Tusculum College,” said Dr. Lisa Johnson, associate vice president for student success at Tusculum College. “The Office of Career Studies is a vital element of supporting our mission through providing career preparation opportunities for our students. This merge will elevate the opportunities for student engagement through the development of new and exciting events and through community outreach.”

The mission of the Center for Civic Advancement is to engage the heart, mind and soul of Tusculum through cultivating awareness of self and of others. They aspire to do this through the establishment of meaningful relationships with our local, national and global communities.

Projects include global and mission studies, service learning, community service, internships in non-profit agencies, forums and research opportunities. Additionally, the Center for Civic Advancement supports the Center for Economic Development and its “Help Me, Help You” program and the Institute for Community Empowerment as a joint project with the college’s School of Business.

“Career Services is a natural extension of the Center for Civic Advancement,” said Ronda Gentry, director of the Center for Civic Advancement. “The Center’s goal is to engage the Tusculum community so that all become aware of and respond to the needs of others. The Career Services office meets this goal in that it strives to assist students in employment opportunities which match students’ specific passions for service with employment needs. I am excited about the ways in which the CCA and Career Services will enhance and strengthen each other.”

The mission of the Tusculum College Office of Career Services is to equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities required beyond the classroom to successfully transition from college to either graduate school or the world of work. The Office of Career Services offers assistance with career planning and employment resources for Tusculum College students and alumni. Career Services is also an important resource for employers to connect with Tusculum College students.

“Career Services is designed to support all of our students, but we also work with alumni in a variety of ways,” said Robin E. Lay, director of career services. “In addition to helping students prepare to enter the workforce, we also offer alumni similar services and provide alumni a direct link to the hiring of our students.”

Lay has worked to establish good working relationships with students, alumni, faculty, staff and employers, in order to facilitate networking connections for employment and internship opportunities.

Graduates of Tusculum College are encouraged to utilize the same career services that are available to current Tusculum students. Some of these resources include advice on updating resumes, job search strategies, networking tips, building a Linkedin profile and providing job search guides.

“It is my passion to assist others in finding their unique vocational fit and developing a career path that will lead to satisfying employment. It will be exciting to see how Career Services contributes to the overall mission of the Center for Civic Advancement,” said Lay.

Career Services offers a wide array of career support and counseling services to help students decide what careers may be right for them. A variety of available career assessment instruments may help students realize their strengths and direct them towards potential careers. The Office of Career Services discusses these assessments with students to help them interpret their results.

The career assessments measure several critical areas that are important to choosing and succeeding in a career, including personality, interest, work values and vocational skills. The Office of Career Services assists students in understanding the career assessments and deciding on career paths beyond their education at Tusculum College.

“These career assessments are only the beginning of the services offered to students,” said Lay. “The Office of Career Services also assists students in locating job and internship opportunities, career advice, resume and interview tips, graduate school resources, career search resources, an on-campus recruitment program and career workshops and fairs.”

Services are provided to all students, including those in both the Residential and Graduate and Professional Studies programs.

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Lessons added option to Feb. 14 benefit for the Band Program

Lessons added option to Feb. 14 benefit for the Band Program

Posted on 26 January 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The Tusculum College Pioneer Jazz Band will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Dinner/Swing Dance benefit on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the General Morgan Inn. The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. The event will include dinner and a performance of the Pioneer Jazz Band, along with special guests.

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

As an added bonus, swing dance lessons will be offered free of charge beginning at 5-6 p.m. Lessons will be provided by professional dancers Darian and Tiffany Chancellor. The Chancellors have been professional ballroom dance instructors and competitors for more than 12 years, and for the last 3 years have taught based out of Johnson City. They began with Fred Astaire Dance Studios and opened Johnson City Ballroom in 2012. They are finalists in the National Open Smooth division and are the recipients of a 2014 Kosbe Award for New Business this fall.

“We are thrilled to have Darian and Tiffany back as part of our program. With years of professional experience, it is a great time for beginners to learn or for more experienced dancers to pick up a few new moves,” said Price. “They were a big hit last year and we are excited to have them once again for our event.”

Ticket prices for the event are $50 per person and include 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.

Darian and Tiffany Chancellor

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.

Special table reservations are available for larger group seating by contacting Price.

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

Since that time a concert band, jazz band, marching band, handbell choir and several small ensembles have been added to the program.  The groups play several events on campus each year, as well as events in the community.

 

 

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Assistance in filling out FAFSA to be provided at Tusculum Kingsport, Knoxville and Morristown sites

Posted on 12 January 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Filling out the necessary financial forms for college can be challenging, and Tusculum College will be offering sessions at its Kingsport, Knoxville and Morristown sites to provide assistance with this important step in preparing for higher education.

A series of “FAFSA Frenzy” programs have been scheduled by Tusculum College to help students and their families find answers to their questions about the financial aid process, as well as receive assistance with completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) forms that are required as a first step in the process to receive financial aid, including the Tennessee Promise program.

Professionals from Tusculum College’s Financial Aid staff will provide their expert assistance at each of these “FAFSA Frenzy” events as a community service. The events are open to all high school students, not only those who may be interested in attending Tusculum. The events are also open to adult students in Tusculum’s degree programs applying for financial aid.

The first of the FAFSA Frenzy events will be held at Tusculum’s Knoxville Regional Center on Jan. 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. The Knoxville Regional Center is located at 1305 Centerpoint Blvd., near the Lovell Road exit off the Pellissippi Parkway.

Tusculum’s Kingsport site will be hosting a FAFSA Frenzy event from 4 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 3. The Tusculum site is part of the Kingsport Academic Village at 300 Market St. downtown.

In Morristown, the FAFSA Frenzy event will be on Feb. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Tusculum Morristown Center at 420 West Morris Blvd., Suite 120, inside the Medical Arts Center.

The events will have a “drop in” format, and students and their families are welcome to come by anytime during the scheduled period to receive assistance. In case of school closures due to inclement weather on any of these days, the events will be rescheduled.

“Filling out the FAFSA and other financial forms can be puzzling to students and parents who are not familiar with the process, and we are pleased to be able to offer our assistance to these families,” said Melissa Ripley, executive director of enrollment management operations and residential admission at the college. “Tusculum College is delighted to provide this service to our community and share our expertise with students and their parents as they prepare for this important step in their lives.”

Students and parents are asked to bring their 2014 tax returns if available to the event.  If the 2014 tax return is not available, students and parents should bring their year-end paystubs, w-2 forms, and their 2013 federal income tax return.

FAFSA forms are used to determine eligibility for federal and state funds such as Pell grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans, work-study programs and the Tennessee Promise program, and must be completed each academic year for which a student wishes to seek aid.

Students and parents are encouraged to apply for financial aid as soon as possible. The deadline for the Tennessee Student Assistance Award is Feb. 1 for 2015. Tusculum’s Financial Aid Office recommends that students apply as quickly as possible to assure that their applications will be considered for aid types that typically become limited or exhausted long before school begins in August.

For more information about FAFSA Frenzy, please contact Ripley at 636-7374 or mripley@tusculum.edu or contact one of the Financial Aid counselors at 636-7377 or financialaid@tusculum.edu.

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Professional assistance in filling out FAFSA to be offered by Tusculum at local high schools in January

Posted on 05 January 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Filling out the necessary financial forms for college can be challenging, and sessions are planned in January to provide assistance to high school students and their parents with this important step in preparing for higher education.

A series of “FAFSA Frenzy” programs have been scheduled by Tusculum College to help families find answers to their questions about the financial aid process as well as receive assistance with completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) forms that are required as a first step in the process to receive financial aid, including the Tennessee Promise program. Sessions are scheduled at each of the local high schools in Greene County.

Professionals from Tusculum College’s Financial Aid staff will provide their professional assistance at each of these “FAFSA Frenzy” events as a community service. The events are open to all high school students, not only those who may be interested in attending Tusculum.

The FAFSA Frenzy events are scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 13, at South Greene High School from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 15, at Chuckey-Doak High School from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 20, at West Greene High School from 3:30 to 6 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 22, at North Greene High School from 4 to 6 p.m., and Monday, Jan. 27 at Greeneville High School from 5 to 7 p.m.

The events will have a “drop in” format, and students and their families are welcome to come by anytime during the scheduled period to receive assistance. In case of school closures due to inclement weather on any of these days, the events will be rescheduled.

“Filling out the FAFSA and other financial forms can be puzzling to students and parents who are not familiar with the process, and we are pleased to be able to offer our assistance to these families,” said Melissa Ripley, executive director of enrollment management operations and residential admission at the college. “Tusculum College is pleased to provide this service to our community and share our expertise with students and their parents as they prepare for this important step in their lives.”

Students and parents are asked to bring their 2014 tax returns if available to the event.  If the 2014 tax return is not available, students and parents should bring their year-end paystubs, w-2 forms, and the 2013 federal income tax return.

FAFSA forms are used to determine eligibility for federal and state funds such as Pell grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans work-study programs and the Tennessee Promise program, and must be completed each academic year for which a student wishes to seek aid.

Students and parents are encouraged to apply for financial aid as soon as possible. The deadline for the Tennessee Student Assistance Award is Feb. 1 for 2015. Tusculum’s Financial Aid Office recommends that students apply as quickly as possible to assure that their applications will be considered for aid types that typically become limited or exhausted long before school begins in August.

For more information about FAFSA Frenzy, please contact Ripley at 636-7374 or mripley@tusculum.edu or contact one of the Financial Aid counselors at 636-7377 or financialaid@tusculum.edu.

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Tusculum to present dramatization of “Lincoln/Johnson: The Winning Ticket in Time of War”

Posted on 14 November 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Through first-person interpretations, award-winning presenters Chris Small and Daniel Luther will bring President Abraham Lincoln and Vice President-elect Andrew Johnson to life on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. The performance will be held in the Behan Arena in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center on the Tusculum College’s Greeneville campus.

Presented by Tusculum College’s history and museum studies department and the Andrew Johnson National Historical Site, the lively first person interpretations will reveal the two politicians’ thoughts and opinions regarding the 1864 election, the impending end of war and the possible abolition of slavery, as well as their opinions about re-joining the nation after the uproar of the Civil War.

In addition, Lincoln and Johnson will be interviewed by the Tennessee Technological University Professor William Hardy. Lincoln was a Northern Republican and Johnson was a Southern Democrat who joined forces on the overwhelmingly successful National Union Party ticket in the 1864 elections. This was the one and only time in history that the National Union Party ticket was named in a presidential election.

The program is free of charge and open to the public.

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Dr. Ron May named vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum College

Dr. Ron May named vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum College

Posted on 06 November 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Dr. Ron May, who has been serving as interim vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum College since Aug. 11, has accepted the appointment of vice president of academic affairs.  Dr. May and his wife, Joan, have accepted an invitation to serve Tusculum College at least through June 30, 2016.

Dr. May, a 1968 graduate of the college, has had a distinguished career in higher education, retiring in June 2014 as president of Ancilla College in Donaldson, Ind. In his career he has taught public school, as well as served as a college professor, department head, dean, vice president and twice as a college president, at Ancilla and at Louisburg College in Louisburg, N.C.

Dr. Ron May

 

“Tusculum College is fortunate to have the opportunity to continue to benefit from Dr. May’s leadership in academic affairs,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. “His professional background provides a vast experience in higher education administration to keep Tusculum first.”

While his primary responsibilities will be leading the academic programs of the college, Dr. May will also hold faculty rank as professor of education.

In his career, Dr. May has been recognized by numerous organizations, including by the Leadership Marshall County program with their Leader of the Year Award in 2011. He served Tusculum College as dean of faculty from 1985 to 1988. He also served for a time as the president of the Tusculum College Alumni Association.

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