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Doak House Museum to host history camp

Posted on 04 May 2016 by

The Doak House Museum, located on the campus of Tusculum College, will be offering a history camp for area children this summer.

History Camp will be held June 13-17 and is designed for children ages 6-12.

In History Camp, children will explore the Tusculum College campus and the Doak House Museum site through a variety of interactive games, crafts and activities. The camp will feature a new instructor with all new activities and curriculum.

Tuition for each camp is $85 with all materials and a daily snack included. Camp hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Sibling and Tusculum College employee discounts are available. A deposit and registration are required.

“We pride ourselves on having fun, engaging, affordable camps for the families in our community,” said Dollie Boyd, director of Museum Program and Studies at Tusculum College.

Space is limited. For more information, contact Boyd at or by phone at 423-636-8554.

Students learn through fun during the Doak House Museum’s History Camp on the Tusculum College campus.

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Home school conference to be held at Tusculum College

Posted on 02 May 2016 by

Heritage Home Scholars will host a regional home-school conference at Tusculum College on Monday, May 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The goal of the day is to promote college readiness and provide valuable information to current and prospective homeschoolers. There will be a variety of home-school related vendors, including education materials and textbooks.

“We are sponsoring this conference to provide support and resources for home-schooling families in the Greene County region. This free conference is open to all home-schoolers and prospective home-school families,” said Jennifer Jenkins, coordinator for the conference. She added that there will also be vendors on site with used home-school curricula, as well as speakers on various home-school related topics.

Informational sessions will be provided on topics such as financial aid information related to Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation, how to prepare for college and navigate the application process and home schooling through high school, which will be presented by Taylor.

Special guests from HomeLife Academy will be in attendance and available to answer questions regarding home schooling in Tennessee. They will also be presenting sessions on “How Does Your Child Learn Best” and “Homeschool Organization.” They will present on organizational methods for homeschooling as well as different methods of homeschooling and the resources available. Conference attendees will be offered a 20 percent discount by HomeLife Academy for umbrella school registration.

Other topics of discussion will include the Hope Scholarship, preparation for high school, what high school credits can be received, graduation requirements, college admission requirements, duel enrollment, testing, beginning a resume, Eta Sigma Alpha National Homeschool Society, the different extracurricular activities available, as well as athletics, beneficial items and driving courses. Visit Heritage Home Scholar’s website at for a schedule of speakers.

Tusculum College, which is hosting and supporting the event, will have a table setup at this event, as will Walters State Community College and East Tennessee State University.

Heritage Home Scholars is a nonprofit corporation formed in 2014 in Greeneville. HHS is a home-school support group that operates a co-op that meets on Mondays from August through April, with more than 120 families participating.

The purpose of HHS is to serve and support Christian home-schooling families. This includes families who are anticipating home schooling, families who are currently home schooling one or more children and families who may no longer be home schooling but are still interested in ministering to home-schooling families. For more information contact the HHS by email at


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Tusculum College student Matt Pierce receives fellowship for research project

Posted on 27 April 2016 by

Tusculum student Matt Pierce has been awarded a research fellowship for his achievements in the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program at East Tennessee State University.

Pierce, a senior creative writing and political science major from Elizabethton, served as a McNair scholar this past summer, and having completed the program, applied and received the advanced research fellowship to further efforts on the research proposal he developed during the summer program.

The preliminary research proposal he developed last summer earned him the advanced research fellowship that will enable him to continue the research. Ideally, the project would be a direct follow-up of the summer proposal; however, Pierce simplified the project to something more personal for his academic year research.

Matt Pierce

The summer McNair program at ETSU allows first-generation undergraduates who meet income requirements to participate in graduate-level research to better prepare them for graduate school. During the summer of 2016, Pierce developed an idea of analyzing the correlation of language skills, particularly the English language, and how those skills affect an individual’s idea of social power.

“My hypothesis was that people who had less developed language skills would be less able to conceive themselves as having agency, so they were less able to imagine themselves as having control over their own lives because their language skills were less developed. If you don’t have power over your own language, you’re going to have to rely on other people to create your narrative for you,” said Pierce

“Ultimately what I decided to do was to investigate the presence and significance of Appalachian English in Carter County, which is where I’m from,” said Pierce. “I found some research that looked into the affect on students’ experience in classrooms and on standardized testing when they speak nonstandard English, which is what really sparked this direction of the project. Usually it has a negative impact, and speakers of dialect—of Appalachian English, in particular—tend to internalize the negative stereotypes about themselves from cultural signals they receive. I wanted to build this narrative of what Appalachian English is in Carter County.”

For his research, Pierce created four focus groups divided by age: under 18, 19-39, 40-59, and 60 years and over. He found participants from local high schools, churches, and businesses. Each group, which contained 6-8 people apiece, would answer a survey that contained socioeconomic questions, religious questions, and questions about how they thought their language intersected with their social identity.

Pierce interviewed the groups and collected data on what common experiences people in the same age group shared, as well as their attitude towards that group identity, and then compared the answers between the age groups.

“I just wanted to see how, in this community this dialect was still alive, what it looked like and what that meant,” said Pierce. “I wanted the people of this community to have a chance to create the narrative themselves about what it means to be speakers of this dialect. I didn’t want to take data from them, I wanted them to be able to say in their own words, what it meant to them.”

Pierce was also awarded the Tennessee Association of Special Programs’ Adult-Learner Scholarship, which Pierce won through his association with the Student Support Services TRIO program on campus at Tusculum College. The scholarship asked that applicants write an essay on how TRIO programs helped the student succeed. Pierce was nominated by the Tusculum College staff of Student Support Services in recognition of his success in his undergraduate program, according to David Smith, director of the Student Support Services.

“I think I was able to win because of the true support and the thankfulness and gratefulness I have for the people that work at SSS,” said Pierce. “They do so much for us, especially for those of us that really engage and develop relationships with them. They helped me navigate the more bureaucratic aspects of college that, as a first-generation student, I wouldn’t have had the wherewithal to deal with on my own.”


By Madilyn Elliott, a senior journalism and professional writing major from Hampton


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Tusculum student Jennie Frost wins scholarship to workshop in France

Posted on 25 April 2016 by

Tusculum College student Jennie Frost has received a scholarship to attend a creative writing workshop in Auvillar, France.

Frost will leave in mid-May to attend the Auvillar Writers’ Workshop. She was introduced to the workshop through Marilyn Kallet, the director of creative writing at the University of Tennessee, who suggested she apply.

Jennie Frost

Frost’s scholarship entry was selected from the dozens of students at the University of Tennessee and other universities who applied.

The week-long workshop is titled, “O Taste and See: Writing the Senses in Deep France.” The workshop will focus on poetry writing that celebrates the sensory joys of being in Southwest France and will include a wide variety of cultural immersion experiences.

“This will be a wonderful opportunity for me, one that I could not have possibly come across without the skills and practice I have picked up from the creative writing program at Tusculum College,” said Frost.

Frost, a senior creative writing major from Friendsville who will graduate in December, added, “I can say positively that I have been given something at Tusculum College that I could not find anywhere else.”

Frost is this year’s winner of the Curtis-Owen Literature Prize for Fiction and will have poetry published later this month in the “Anomaly Literary Journal.” Two additional poems have been selected for publication by the Kudzu Literary Magazine, an Appalachian journal.


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Hodge named 2016 Lifelong Learner Award from the East Tennessee College Alliance

Posted on 22 April 2016 by

Tusculum student Amy Hodge was recently received the Lifelong Learner Award from the East Tennessee College Alliance. The Alliance hosted the annual Lifelong Learning awards ceremony and luncheon at the Foundry on the World’s Fair Site in Knoxville.

From left are Stephanie Langley, Amy Hodge and Shannon Brown

Hodge, a student member of Tusculum College’s ARCHES program, received the award after being nominated by Stephanie Langley, associate director of Student Support Services. Hodge is a native of Knox County and will be graduating from the Graduate and Professional Studies program with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education.

Founded in 1992, the ETCA is a consortium of eleven colleges and universities committed to the presentation and delivery of post-secondary educational programs and opportunities for non-traditional working adults. For more information on ARCHES please visit the website at


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Stream Clean-up of College Creek

Posted on 15 April 2016 by

On Wednesday, April 13, 29 biology/service-learning students from Tusculum College participated in a stream clean-up of College Creek and the Paul E. Hayden Educational Wetland. The Hayden Wetland is a man-made, stormwater wetland that filters out nutrients and pollutants, catches stormwater runoff and litter and helps clean the water before it goes into College Creek. The event was hosted by the Middle Nolichucky Watershed Alliance.

Students were divided into two groups, with half cleaning the creek section near the Doak House Museum and half removing debris and litter from the wetland area and along the creek between Gilland Street and Shiloh Road. Water from College Creek eventually drains into the Nolichucky River.

With College Creek being 1 of 58 impaired tributaries flowing into the Nolichucky, it is critical for members of the community to practice environmental stewardship. Students also learned about how to save on water and energy consumption in their daily lives.

Pizza, drinks, t-shirts and rakes were provided by a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency grant. Gloves and trash bags were provided by a Tennessee Valley Authority Community Clean-up grant and through Keep Greene Beautiful. For more information on adopting a local stream in your area, please contact Appalachia CARES/AmeriCorps Member Kristen Lane at


By Kristen Lane ’14



Tusculum students participate in clean-up


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Tusculum College receives grant for nursing simulation lab expansion

Posted on 14 April 2016 by

Tusculum College’s nursing program has been awarded a $116,159 grant from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation for expansion of the nursing simulation lab.

Grant funds will be used to expand the nursing programs simulation laboratory by adding an infant and a pediatric simulator for infant and pediatric nursing training.

According to Michelle Arbogast, associate director of foundation and donor relations, the purpose of this grant is to educate nursing students in practical clinical exercises without causing any harm to patients.

“It will provide an alternative to the pediatric clinical experience,” said Dr. Lois Ewen, dean of the School of Nursing, Health Sciences and Human Services and professor of nursing. “Simulation allows students an opportunity to make clinical decisions and see the consequences of those decisions. We all learn from our mistakes. With simulation, students can learn from their mistakes without harming a patient.”

The infant and pediatric simulators join two adult simulators purchased through a previous grant from the BCBS and the Tennessee Health Foundation in spring 2013.

The simulation lab provides opportunities for other academic programs at Tusculum, such as physiology courses in the science and physical education departments and the athletic training program, as well as other health care organizations in the Greeneville community.

Dr. Ewen said, “We open the lab for our community partners, which enhances the health of our community as a whole.”


From left, Michelle Arbogast, associate director of foundation and donor relations; Heather Patchett, vice president of institutional advancement; Dr. Jerry Ward, trustee; Jane Brown, nursing faculty; Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president Dawn Abel, manager of community relations and foundations for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation; Dr. Linda Garrett, assistant dean of nursing; Dr. Lois Ewen, dean of nursing, and Tammy Albright, chief nursing officer, Takoma Regional Hospital.


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Key times and dates for Old Oak Festival at Tusculum College

Posted on 12 April 2016 by

The Old Oak Festival will return this weekend to the Tusculum College campus April 15-17, featuring crafts, music, art shows, theater, children’s activities, festival food and more.

Music headliners include Fiddlin’ Carson Peters, just off his appearance on the “Steve Harvey Show.” Peters will play twice on Saturday, at the Doak House Museum at 11 a.m. and on the main stage at noon. Friday night will wrap up with Pink Floyd Tribute band, Prism beginning at 8 p.m. and Sunday will feature the Smoky Mountain Bluegrass Band playing at 12:30 p.m.

The official opening ceremony and parade will be at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, and the Old Oak Festival Church Service will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Winners of the Historical Monument Lego competition will be announced at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Doak House Museum.

GLAWPIGT (Great Literature Alive & Well, Playing In Greeneville, Tennessee) presents a one-hour showcase during each day of the Festival. Show times are Friday, April 15, at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 16, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, April 17, at 2 p.m.

Sponsors of the event include Artistic Printers, Fatz Cafe, The Greeneville Sun, Radio Greeneville and Wayne Thomas.

There is no fee to attend the festival, other than the admission fee for the GLAWPIGT performances. Art vendor hours will be Friday from noon until 6 p.m. Author Row and the food vendors will remain open until 9 p.m. On Saturday, hours will be from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. for art vendors and 9 p.m. for the rest of the festival. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, contact Price at 423-636-7303.

Coolers and alcohol are prohibited.

For updates and more information or to see the full schedule of performances and event times, visit the website at or on facebook.


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Fabulous Cars of the 50s to be feature of lecture at Tusculum College

Posted on 07 April 2016 by

“They Don’t Make ‘em Anymore:  Those Fabulous Cars of the Fifties” will be presented by Librarian Charles Tunstall on Tuesday, April 26, at 6 p.m. in the Thomas J. Garland Library.

The event will include a presentation and discussion of the American automobile industry during the 1950s. Through a series of slides and commentary, the audience will be introduced to one of the most exciting eras in automotive history. Highlights will include the flamboyant designs and color schemes, the horsepower race and a counter-cultural movement toward compact and imported cars.

Tunstall will present a portrait of American popular culture and how tastes can suddenly and radically change.

“This period of time points up the fickleness of what Americans waned, and how they changed their minds,” said Tunstall, adding that the audience will witness the rise of “The Big Three” and the fall of a number of independent manufacturers.

Community members are invited to bring cars from this era to campus for display. Set-up will begin at 5 p.m. in the Niswonger Commons parking lot. Shuttle service will be provided from the parking lot to the library. The event is free and open to the public.


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Tusculum Service-Learning Students Lead Wetland Tour

Posted on 07 April 2016 by

On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, three service-learning students from Tusculum College conducted a student-led wetland tour of the Paul E. Hayden Educational Wetland on the Greeneville campus, under the direction of the Middle Nolichucky Watershed Alliance.

Samantha Cochran, Chris Hutson, and Preston Tucker provided attendees with information on stormwater wetlands, history of the on-campus wetland, as well as facts about the importance of wetlands in protecting water quality. All three students are juniors, with Cochran majoring in psychology and Hutson and tucker majoring in business.

“Being able to work with Kristen and work on my leadership skills was the best part,” said Cochran. Hutson added, “The wetland is an important asset to our campus and the Greene County community.”

Stormwater wetlands function to filter nutrients and pollutants from nearby runoff, with the Paul E. Hayden Educational Wetland draining runoff from the campus before it is deposited into College Creek, running alongside the wetland area. College Creek is on the Environmental Protection Agency’s 303d list of impaired streams and is one of 58 impaired streams in Greene County.

By students sharing information on the importance of wetlands, they are encouraging environmental stewardship and protection of our valuable water resources. Tucker said, “We need to do all we can for the Nolichucky; it is vital to this community.”

MNWA appreciates all the effort put in by Tusculum students in protecting our watershed. For information on scheduling a tour of the Paul E. Hayden Educational Wetland, please contact Appalachia CARES AmeriCorps Member Kristen Lane at

Tusculum students learn from leading Wetlands tour.


By Kristen Lane ’14

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Short skits by Greene County youth will be featured as part of Old Oak Festival, April 15-17

Posted on 04 April 2016 by

The Old Oak Festival will return to Tusculum College campus April 15-17, featuring crafts, music, art shows, theater, kids activities, festival food and much, much more.

As part of the entertainment, Old Oak attendees will have the opportunity to see GLAWPIGT (Great Literature Alive & Well, Playing In Greeneville, Tennessee) as they present a one-hour showcase during each day of the Festival. Show times are Friday, April 15, at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 16, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, April 17, at 2 p.m.

A truly varied hour of entertainment, the showcase includes sketch comedy, young adult fiction, poetry, amusing literary analysis, unique interpretations of fairy tales, Shakespeare and even Vaudeville style comedy.

General seating is $5 and tickets will be available one-hour prior to show time at the box office. The performance will be held in the Behan Arena Theatre in the lower level of the Annie Hogan Byrd building.

GLAWPIGT, which is celebrating its 30th year, is a literary performance group founded by Tusculum College Artist-in-Residence Marilyn duBrisk and sponsored by Tusculum College Arts Outreach. The group meets weekly during the academic year. It is comprised of students from East Tennessee ranging in ages from 10 to 17. For more information about the show case or GLAWPIGT, please contact Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620.

The Old Oak festival will span across three days and will feature something for everyone, including crafts, music, art, theater, storytelling and area authors, as well as gallery and museum exhibits.

Throughout the weekend on stage, the festival will present the sounds of the region, with a wide variety of music from bluegrass to jazz to regionally-known vocalists and musicians.

Fiddlin’ Carson Peters returns again to headline the Old Oak Festival, along with the Smoky Mountain Bluegrass band and a host of regional talent. Musicians kicking off the show on Friday include Bean Tree Remedy featuring Ashley Bean, Dave Nunez and the Perfect World Band, Mike Joy, My New Favorites and Prism – a tribute to Pink Floyd. Friday night will also feature Jack & Michael on the Terrace entertaining for an alumni event.

On Saturday, expect good old-fashioned fun from Shiloh and the Tusculum College Band closing out the night, but also plan to get to the festival early to hear Stem Winder, the Thursday Night Boys, Jake Keasly & Friends, New Chronic Dream, the Kevin Wilder Group, The Dandy Lions, Absinthe Gray, Jimmie D and the House Rockers and the Madisons.

The Carson Peters Band will be on the main stage on Saturday as well. Additionally on Saturday, some favorite features return, including the “Conduct Us” session with the Tusculum College Band, where anyone can step up and take over the conductor’s baton.

Sunday’s artists include Jim and Curtis Moneyhun, Steve Brown, the Tusculum College Handbell Choir, the Matthew Hurd Band and the regional favorite, the Great Smoky Mountain Bluegrass band.

“The musical acts this year will provide a wide variety to suit all musical tastes, with some top rate performances on all three days,” said David Price, festival coordinator and director of music for Tusculum College.

A new feature for the Old Oak Festival this year will be horse and carriage rides, sponsored by Tymley Travel, and a lineup of 10 workshops designed for high school students, through which five participants will be awarded a $500 scholarship.

The high school workshops will be offered in morning and afternoon shifts, from 9-11 a.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m. The morning workshops will consist of an educational wetland tour and nature writing, contemporary poetry, drawing, playwriting, and music theory and songwriting. Acting, brief essay or prose poem, tree identification, photo manipulation and songwriting will be offered in the afternoon.

Another returning favorite is Joyce Carroll, puppet master. Carroll will be a puppet troubadour, appearing through the festival with spontaneous performances.

Sponsors of the event include Artistic Printers, Fatz Cafe, The Greeneville Sun, Radio Greeneville and Wayne Thomas.

There is no fee to attend the festival, other than the admission fee for the GLAWPIGT performances. Art vendor hours will be Friday from noon until 6 p.m. Author Row and the food vendors will remain open until 9 p.m. On Saturday, hours will be from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.  for art vendors and 9 p.m. for the rest of the festival. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, contact Price at 423-636-7303.

Coolers and alcohol are prohibited.

For updates and more information, visit the website at or on facebook.


Great Literature Alive & Well and Playing In Greeneville, Tennessee will put on three shows during the Old Oak Festival, April 15-17.

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A note to parents from the President

A note to parents from the President

Posted on 01 April 2016 by

Since her inception in 1794, Tusculum College has developed into an important reflection of the greater region, where strides toward growth and excellence are balanced with a desire to remain deeply rooted in our community. In our mission to provide a liberal arts education in a Judeo-Christian and civic arts environment, with pathways for career preparation, personal development and civic engagement, we recognize that our work here affects our campus community, as well as our surrounding families, neighborhoods and businesses. We are intentionally conscious of and measured by the impact we make.

Tusculum College is committed to continuous improvement in creating a learning environment that allows her students to achieve academic excellence, as well as to grow strong in body, mind and spirit. Recently improvements were made to the Paul E. Hayden Educational Wetland that included vegetation removal and replacement, new signage and a walking tour brochure. More than 300 volunteers worked on removing cattails and reseeding the area with native plants. The cattails had become invasive and were actually preventing the wetlands from cleaning the moving stream as it was designed to do. Signage has been added to describe the habitat for those who visit the wetlands on their own. Additionally, the Tusculum College Board of Trustees was informed that a gift had been received by the college that would allow for a pavilion to be constructed as part of the wetlands project. The Paul E. Hayden Educational Wetland provides science students with an outdoor classroom and experiment center, while tending to the environment that supports campus life. Since its completion in 2014, more than 600 Greeneville and Greene County students have participated in educational programs at the wetlands.

Please continue to support Tusculum and your students in building a world-class faculty, staff, programs and learning communities that meet the needs of today and tomorrow.


Best Regards,

Nancy B. Moody, PhD


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