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

Posted on 31 October 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.

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“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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Tusculum College professor publishes manuscript

Posted on 28 October 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College’s Dr. Stephen Nettelhorst, assistant professor of psychology, has co-authored a research manuscript titled “Be Careful What You Wish For: The Impact of Advertisement Choice on Viewers’ Expectations,” which has been accepted for publication in the scholarly journal “Computers in Human Behavior.”

In this work, Dr. Nettelhorst, who joined Tusculum College in 2013, collaborated with colleagues at Kansas State University, where he received his doctorate in psychology. This research focuses on the change of viewer expectations of online advertisements before and after watching them.

“Computers in Human Behavior” is an interdisciplinary journal that focuses on the impact computer use has on individuals in their everyday lives.

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Tusculum College to host a Remote Area Medical clinic on Nov. 8-9

Tusculum College to host a Remote Area Medical clinic on Nov. 8-9

Posted on 28 October 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

More than 600 people are expected to turn out for free health care services being offered at the upcoming Remote Area Medical clinic hosted by Tusculum College on Nov. 8-9.

Responding to a regional need, Tusculum College will bring the free clinic to Greene County for the first time this fall. The event is expected to draw those in need of services from all over the region and more than 200 volunteers are gearing up to pull off this significant event.

RAM is a Knoxville-based organization providing free medical care for the uninsured and underinsured.

“This is an event that suits the Civic Arts mission of Tusculum College. It’s a documented need in the area, with more than 600 people expected over the weekend,” said Mark Stokes, Tusculum chaplain and organizer of the event. “We are hosting the event in conjunction with the community. We have hundreds of volunteers, not only from the RAM organization but from Greeneville and Greene County.”

Stokes added that he hopes anyone in need of basic health care services will take advantage of this opportunity through RAM

During the two-day, weekend clinics, RAM volunteers provide basic medical services, dental work and optometry services and glasses on-site free that day. Health care services provided include comprehensive screening for diabetes and hypertension, procedures such as mammography, colon cancer screening, retinal screening using telemedicine technology, chest x-rays, pulmonary function studies and some gynecological procedures.

On both days, the parking areas will open at midnight and RAM will begin handing out numbers for patient order at 3 a.m. The doors open at 6 am.

RAM, founded by adventurer Stan Brock in 1985, is dedicated to providing medical and veterinary access in rural and remote areas to anyone who needs it, both domestically and abroad.

For more information, visit RAM’s website at http://www.ramusa.org/ or email RAM@tusculum.edu, or call (423) 636-7450(423) 636-7450.

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Harkleroad, Wedding named to marketing staff at Tusculum College

Posted on 23 October 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Laralee Harkleroad and Brooke Wedding have joined the staff of Tusculum College’s Office of Marketing. Harkleroad has been named assistant director of marketing and Wedding will serve as graphic designer.

“With the expanding capabilities in marketing today, we are very pleased to have added two top-notch professionals to our team,” says Jamie Hamer, the director of marketing. “Both Laralee and Brooke bring skills and talents to the team and will help us accomplish our marketing goals.”

Laralee Harkleroad

Harkleroad was formerly executive assistant to the president of King University in Bristol. Prior to her experience at King, she worked for the law office of Baker Donelson, overseeing the marketing and recruiting efforts of their Johnson City office.

In her new position, she will be responsible for implementing the marketing initiatives of Tusculum College, which includes developing and maintaining the integrated marketing plan, strategies and campaigns, overseeing the use of the College’s logo and seal and providing assistance with internal communications, retention and students engagement activities. In addition, she will be preparing promotional and recruitment materials, as well as coordinating and planning key events.

Harkleroad received her Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in human resources from King University earlier this year. In addition, she holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in business management with a concentration in legal studies.

Brooke Wedding

Previously, Wedding, a 2010 graduate of Tusculum College, worked as a graduate assistant at East Tennessee State University, teaching the graphic design and the foundations of 2D design.

In her new position as a graphic designer, Wedding will be responsible for all aspects of the design and creation of campus-wide marketing and communication materials, including creating brand continuity across all media platforms and developing well-defined graphic identities for a variety of marketing, branding and advertising initiatives. She will also actively engage in on-going planning, analysis and evaluation.

Wedding has substantial experience in not only in the many forms of graphic design but in communication, marketing, photography and writing. She graduated from Tusculum College with a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design. She also holds an associate’s degree in photography from Pellissippi State Technical Community College in Knoxville. She is currently expected to graduate from ETSU with a Master of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in graphic design later this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story by Stephanie Turner, junior journalism major from Shelbyville, Tenn

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Mentors Needed for TNAchieves

Posted on 23 October 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Greene County is in need of mentors to work with TNAchieves, a partnering organization to Governor Haslam’s Tennessee Promise. TNAchieves serves primarily first generation, low income students in an effort to increase this generation’s likelihood of earning a college credential. While the funding provided by Tennessee Promise is critical to increased post-secondary access, TNAchieves data confirms that working with a mentor further enhances students’ likelihood of entering the post-secondary pipeline. In fact, UT’s Center for Business and Economic Research found that students participating in TNAchieves are nearly 21 percent more likely to enter college.

The November 1 deadline for mentor registration is rapidly approaching, and 64 mentors are still needed to support the 107 Greeneville/Greene County students that have registered for the TNAchieves Program.

TNAchieves mentors report that they spend less than ONE hour per month serving as a resource to students. The role is simple but significant as mentors help students reach their potential. At its core, TNAchieves mentors complete an application, choose their preferred high school, complete a one-hour training session, attend two one-hour meetings, and communicate with students every two weeks via email, phone or text as they transition from high school to college.

If you are willing to become a mentor to the TNAchieves Program and are at least 21 years of age, please complete the online registration by visiting www.tnachieves.org/mentor-application.

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Tusculum College to host Career Fair Nov. 3

Tusculum College to host Career Fair Nov. 3

Posted on 22 October 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College will be hosting Fall Career Fair 2014 at the Knoxville Regional Center on Monday, Nov. 3, from 4-6:30 p.m.

Students and alumni from all Tusculum campuses are invited to meet with employers from the East Tennessee region. A van has been reserved to transport Tusculum students from the Greeneville campus to the fair in Knoxville.

The Tennessee Career Coach Bus will be available on all four Tusculum campuses in the two weeks before the fair, to meet with students and alumni to review resumes and provide career advice in preparation for the fair.

The Coach Team will be providing job search and resume assistance along with career advising from staff from the local Workforce Investment Act Office.

More than 30 employers from the region will share information during the event about their firms, job positions available and skill sets they require in employees. Employers will also have information about opportunities for internships and co-ops and seasonal, part-time and full-time positions.

There is no registration fee for employers to participate in the event, and they are encouraged to register to participate as soon as possible because a limited number of tables are available. For more information about employer participation, please visit www.collegecentral.com/tusculum.

The Career Fair is open to all Tusculum students and alumni. Those attending the event are encouraged to dress professionally, as they would for a job interview, and to bring several copies of their resumes and business cards to distribute to employers.

“At last year’s Fall Career Fair, 22 employers met with 55 Tusculum students and alumni and offered 85 interviews, according to the employer survey,” said Robin Lay, director of career services. “Employers have reported hiring several candidates from that fair. Some of those hired have already received job promotions. I expect this year’s fair will be even better.”

For more information on the Fall Career Fair 2014, The Tennessee Career Coach events or to reserve transportation, contact Lay at rlay@tusculum.edu or 423-636-7447423-636-7447.

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Tusculum President Dr. Nancy Moody receives University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Nursing Alumni Award

Posted on 22 October 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Dr. Nancy Moody, president of Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn., was the fall 2014 recipient of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Nursing Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award. The award recognizes her distinguished career in higher education. Last year she received the Texas Woman’s University Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award.

“This award is so well deserved for Nancy, who throughout her career has demonstrated a consistent pattern of leadership in nursing and health care workforce development,” said University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Dean Doreen Harper. “Very few of our graduates are presidents of colleges and universities, and we are proud of all she has accomplished. Nancy is an exemplar of our distinguished alumnus at the UAB School of Nursing.”

Dr. Moody has served as president of Tusculum College since 2009.  During her tenure, she has led the college’s successful reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and secured a $45 million Community Facilities direct loan for the construction of two new apartment style residence halls and a science and math facility and to refurbish an existing academic building.  She also secured a $3.8 million gift for the naming of the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math that will be complete in 2016.  In addition, Dr. Moody has overseen the efforts to bring several new undergraduate and graduate programs to the college including nursing, chemistry, criminal justice, psychology and a master of business administration degree. The college’s board of trustees recently recognized Dr. Moody’s contributions to Tusculum by presenting her with the inaugural Founder’s Award in February 2013.

Prior to joining Tusculum College, Dr. Moody was president of Lincoln Memorial University for seven years.  Under her leadership, LMU’s enrollment increased by 90 percent.  The university also initiated the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and expanded the Caylor School of Nursing to include a master of science in nursing degree program with family nurse practitioner and nurse anesthesia concentrations.  Other programs initiated under her leadership included a master’s degree program preparing physician’s assistants and a doctorate of education degree.

A registered nurse, Dr. Moody began her academic career as a nursing instructor for Lincoln Memorial University in 1974 and advanced to hold several academic leadership positions there – including dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health –  prior to being named LMU president.  Her career also includes serving as the executive director of the Tennessee Center for Nursing, as an assistant professor of nursing in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and as associate professor and department chair in the College of Nursing at East Tennessee State University.

She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and an advisory board member for the Northeast Tennessee College and Career Readiness Consortium funded through an Investing in Innovation (i3) grant funded by the U. S. Department of Education. Previously, Dr. Moody served on the NCAA DII President’s Council, was chair of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association, and a member of the Board of the Appalachian College Association.

Dr. Moody received her associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University and earned a master of science in nursing from the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center in 1978.  She also received a doctorate in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing at Birmingham.

 

 

University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Nursing Dean Doreen Harper presents Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College, with the Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award.

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CISC 100: Computer as a Tool Computer Literacy Test-Out date for Block 3 – 2014

Posted on 21 October 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

CISC 100:  Computer as a Tool Computer Literacy Test-Out date for Block 3 – 2014

Students who are proficient in the Microsoft Office 2010 applications of Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, can opt out of taking the required CISC 100: Computer as a Tool course by passing a computer literacy test-out exam. The exam involves completing a set of given tasks for each of the four aforementioned applications. A review session for the computer literacy test-out exam will be held from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Room 102 of Annie Hogan Byrd. While the review session is not mandatory, it is highly recommended that you attend so you can be registered and ensure your ability to log-on to the Moodle site for resources. The actual computer test-out exam will be held from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov.6, in Annie Hogan Byrd Hall, Room 102. You must pass the exam in order to bypass CISC 100: Computer as a Tool. In order to take the exam review session and/or the exam itself, you must be able to login to the lab computers in Room 102 of Annie Hogan Byrd and access Moodle before Tuesday, Nov.4 and/or Thursday, Nov. 6. If you find that you cannot login to the lab computers, you will need to contact Information Systems – Help Desk (extension 5346 – Niswonger fourth floor) to get your account working. Please understand that if you cannot log on on the test day you will not be able permitted to take the exam. If you have taken the CISC 100: Computer as a Tool test-out exam two times and have failed two times, you are not allowed to take the test-out exam a third time. In that case, you must take the CISC 100: Computer as a Tool course, which will count as a 4-hour credit. Knoxville, Kingsport, and Morristown students will take the exam on the same day at their registered locations.

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Tuition, other fees at Tusculum College will not see increase in 2015

Tuition, other fees at Tusculum College will not see increase in 2015

Posted on 17 October 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

There will be no increase in tuition and room and board rates for Tusculum College students in the 2015-2016 year, as members of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees voted to freeze fees for the upcoming year at their fall meeting on the Greeneville campus, October 15-17.

The board met for three days, which included the kick-off celebration for the Tusculum First Capital Campaign held on Thursday night.

“We are pleased to announce that tuition, room and board at Tusculum College will remain at the same rate,” said President Nancy B. Moody. “It is our challenge and our duty to control costs for our students to the best of our ability.”

The tuition freeze will be applied to both the residential and the Graduate and Professional Studies programs.

In other business, the board approved revised floor plans and construction budget for the Dr. Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math.

The Meen Center for Science and Math will be a four-story structure of nearly 100,000 square feet. Interiors include wings for biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, environmental science and nursing. There will also be lab space and research areas for both faculty and students.

The building features the environmental science wing with a loading dock, as well as larger general classroom spaces and classrooms equipped for distance learning programs. A large lecture hall will also be included on the ground floor. Additional space is earmarked for new yet-to-be-determined academic programs.

“We are ready to see this vision become a reality,” said Dr. Ken Bowman, chair of the Board of Trustees and a 1970 graduate of Tusculum College. “With the announcement Thursday night of the Tusculum First campaign and approval today on a construction budget for the science building, we have made giant strides in moving Tusculum College forward.”

Upon the recommendation of the faculty, the board approved changes in the number of credit hours required for graduation and credit hours earned per course for a large number of offerings in the academic program. Students will be required to earn 120 credits to graduate, down from 128. It is anticipated that this change will be implemented with the input of faculty, staff and administration by fall 2016.

Also approved was a fully-online degree program for the Bachelor of Science in management program.

In other action, the board gave approval to the 2014-2015 operating budget, approved December graduates and elected officers.

Officers elected included: Chair, Dr. Bowman; Vice Chair, Dr. Jerry Ward; Treasurer, Dwight Ferguson, and Secretary, Mark R. Williams.

Bowman, who currently resides in Apollo, Pa., has been a member of the board since 1998 and chair since 2006.

Dr. Ward resides in Greeneville and has served on the board since 2009.  He has served as assistant principal, principal and superintendent of schools in the Greeneville City School System. Dr. Ward served on the faculty of Tusculum College from 1994 until 2004, serving as distinguished service professor of education, department chair and division chair.

Ferguson joined the board in 2009. He is retired from Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc., located in Erwin, where he served as president and chief executive officer from March 1992 until January 2009. Williams, of Greeneville, joined the board in 2001. He is a broker with Century 21 Legacy.

Also re-elected for an additional term as board members were Dr. Ward, Dr. Alan B. Corley, Dr. Judith Domer, Anna Gamble, Dr. Paul E. Stanton, Frank Horsman and Dr. Angelo Volpe.

The next meeting of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees will be in February 2015.

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Tusculum College receives Hawkins Memorial Fund Grant for RAM Clinic

Posted on 10 October 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The Dr. J. G. Hawkins Memorial Fund of the East Tennessee Foundation has awarded a $12,000 grant to Tusculum College to support a two-day Remote Area Medical clinic on the Greeneville campus scheduled for November 8-9.

During the two-day event RAM provides basic medical services, dental work and optometry services and glasses to the public free of charge.

“We are thrilled at the support we have received from the Dr. J.G.  Hawkins Memorial Fund of the East Tennessee Foundation to help us put on this needed event in our region,” said Michelle Arbogast, associate director of foundation and donor relations for Tusculum College.

Health care services provided at the RAM clinic include comprehensive screening for diabetes and hypertension, procedures such as mammography, colon cancer screening, retinal screening using telemedicine technology, chest x-rays, pulmonary function studies and some gynecological procedures.

RAM is a Knoxville-based organization providing free medical care for the uninsured and underinsured, said Mark Stokes, organizer of the event and chaplain at Tusculum College.

“This is an event that suits the Civic Arts mission of Tusculum College. It is a documented need in the area, with more than 600 people expected over the weekend,” Stokes said. “We are hosting the event in conjunction with the community. We have hundreds of volunteers, not only from the RAM organization but from Greeneville and Greene County.”

Founded by adventurer Stan Brock in 1985, RAM is dedicated to providing medical and veterinary access in rural and remote areas to anyone who needs it, both domestically and abroad.

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“America’s Got Talent” winner Mat Franco appearing at Tusculum College on Oct. 15

Posted on 09 October 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

This year’s “America’s Got Talent” winner, Magician Mat Franco, will be performing in Tusculum College’s Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 6:45 p.m.

Since graduating from college in 2010, Franco has become a campus favorite across the country. In early 2014, Franco decided to enter NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” competition. Competing against a wide variety of the country’s top talent, he emerged as the first magician to win the show’s top spot.

Franco became fascinated with the art of magic after seeing it on television at age four. Growing up in Rhode Island, Franco learned techniques by studying magicians he videotaped off television, and he continued to hone his craft with performances throughout his teen and college years. He now specializes in creating customized, interactive presentations for his audiences that allow for spontaneity and improvisation.

Mat Franco

“Mat really brought magic back in a big way,” said “America’s Got Talent” judge Mel B. “The audiences at home and in the theater loved him. He had a little bit of edginess to himself in performing.”

Campus Activities Magazine named him The 2013 Best Performer of the Year because of Mat’s unexplainable magic, music and spontaneous humor.

For Franco, magic isn’t about “tricking” or “fooling” the audience; it’s about connecting with people and bringing smiles to their faces. He has been entertaining college audiences full-time ever since the day he finished college himself,

Before approaching magic as a full time endeavor, Franco was a student of business with a concentration in marketing at the University of Rhode Island. He also minored in communication studies. Using his education as a tool, he was able to morph his hobby into a career.

This event is sponsored by the Tusculum College Office of Student Affairs.

Limited tickets are available at $15 per person and reservations may be made by calling Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620423-798-1620 or by emailing jhollowell@tusculum.edu. Tickets may be purchased at the box office window one-and-a-half hours prior to the performance. Tickets are payable by cash or check only, no credit or debit cards will be accepted.

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Nicole Wagner named coordinator of Tusculum Fund

Posted on 03 October 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Nicole Wagner has been named Tusculum College’s coordinator of the Tusculum Fund.

Wagner was formerly the administrative assistant for development at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Ga.

Nicole Wagner

In her new position, Wagner will be responsible for assisting with all aspects of the Tusculum Fund, supervising the student Phonathon callers and overseeing the Student Alumni Association. She will also assist with donor recognition events, the Graduate Gift and Pioneer

Club campaigns, Institutional Advancement activities and college recruitment and retention efforts.

“We are very pleased to announce Nicole as part of our team,” said Heather Patchett, vice president of Institutional Advancement. “She has already hit the ground running and is a good match for this already dynamic development team.”

Wagner has substantial experience working with fund-raising, sales, planning successful events and maintaining financial and research records.

She graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Ga., with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a minor in psychology. She is currently working on a Master of Arts degree in American history from the same university, with an anticipated graduation in spring of 2016.

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