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Two Events Set for September at the Doak House

Two Events Set for September at the Doak House

Posted on 08 September 2014 by

Join staff and volunteers at the Doak House Museum on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Fall Fun Day. The museum is hosting this family-friendly event featuring make-and-take learning stations, live animals, living history and more.

There will be art demonstrations, costumed historic interpreters, a dance performance, a booth sponsored by Hands On! Museum and several interactive learning stations. There is no charge to attend the event; donations will be accepted for make-and-take activities.

Later in September, the museum will host a Volunteer Appreciation Picnic for all who have given their time to the museum in the past and those who would like to volunteer in the future. The picnic will be Thursday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 p.m. Food and drinks will be provided and RSVPs are requested.

For more information about either event or to RSVP to the picnic invitation, contact the museum’s Facebook page, call 423-636-8554423-636-8554 or email


Children learn how to write with a quill pen at the Doak House Museum.



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‘Pioneer Pete’ tailgate Sept. 4 to feature live music, activities for all

‘Pioneer Pete’ tailgate Sept. 4 to feature live music, activities for all

Posted on 26 August 2014 by

Live music, games, food and activities for all will be part of the Pioneer Pete Tailgate Party Thursday, Sept. 4, prior to the Tusculum football team’s home opener.

The community is invited to come and be part of the fun, which includes a performance by Carson Peters, the 10-year-old fiddler who has appeared on the Jay Leno Show and performed at the Grand Ole Opry. The tailgate will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the area just outside the Niswonger Sports Complex and Pioneer Field.

Carson Peters

The Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band also include his father, Jamie Peters, and two Greene Countians, Tom and Bobbie Dier. Carson, who began playing fiddle at three, says his main inspiration is using “the talent God gave me to make people smile!”

The tailgate will include games, inflatables, face painting and other activities for all ages.

Tasty food will also be plentiful as Creamy Cup, Auntie Ruth Donuts and Soft Pretzels and other concessions will be part of the tailgate.

There is no charge for any of the activities except for food and a ticket to the game. Tusculum  will be taking on the College of Faith with kickoff scheduled at 7 p.m. Fireworks will follow the game.

The Pioneer Club will also be having a tailgate on Thursday with information available about how to become a member and support Tusculum student-athletes and athletic programs.

Games and inflatables will be part of the Pioneer Pete Tailgate Party.

The Thursday night game is the first of six home games for Tusculum this season. The other home games include against North Greenville (Sept. 20), Newberry (Oct. 11), Carson-Newman (Oct. 18), UNC Pembroke (Nov. 1) and Brevard (Nov. 6).

Tusculum hosts North Greenville on Saturday, Sept. 20, as the Pioneers will be celebrating Local Heroes Night and Take-A-Kid the Game Night at Pioneer Field.  Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free.  It will also be Youth Football Night as all players of the Boys & Girls Club, Greene County YMCA Flag Football League, and the Greeneville/Greene County Youth Football Association will  be admitted free.  All youth players are asked to wear their game t-shirt or game jersey to gain free admittance. (All youth must have adult supervision).  All youth football players will lead the Tusculum team out onto the field prior to kickoff.

As Local Heroes Night, the College is inviting all law enforcement, fire and emergency medical professionals and members of the Armed Forces to attend the Sept. 20  game free of charge. Members of the aforementioned agencies may either present their ID badge or be in uniform for free admission to the game. The ID badge admits the public servant and one (1) guest.

Tusculum hosts South Atlantic Conference foe Newberry College on Saturday, Oct. 11, for Breast Cancer Awareness Day and Local Church Day.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month as the Pioneers and their fans will be donning pink and will be raising funds and awareness in the battle against breast cancer.  Tusculum will also be recognizing and honoring churches in the community as the Pioneers take on the Wolves at 2:30 p.m.

The Pioneers will take on arch-rival Carson-Newman on Saturday, Oct. 18. for Homecoming 2014 as the game is slated to begin at 2:30 p.m.  Be there for all the pageantry and tradition of homecoming weekend with the parade, alumni reunions and the homecoming court.  It is also Sports Hall of Fame weekend as members of the 2014 induction class will be honored.


Tusculum hosts 2013 NCAA Playoff participant UNC Pembroke at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, for Senior Day.  The Pioneers will honor its senior members of the football team as well as the senior members of the cheerleading squad and the Pioneer Marching Band prior to kickoff.  It is also Family Weekend on the Greeneville campus.


The Pioneers will host South Atlantic Conference foe Brevard for a rare Thursday night battle on Nov. 6, at 7 p.m.  Following the regular-season home finale, there will be a fireworks show.


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“Grills Gone Wild” barbecue cook-off and festival coming to campus Sept. 12-13

“Grills Gone Wild” barbecue cook-off and festival coming to campus Sept. 12-13

Posted on 26 August 2014 by

Going for the hardwood smoked, tasty goodness prize, those who think they know barbecue will be on the Tusculum College campus in September for the first-ever Grills Gone Wild barbecue cook-off and festival.

The event is scheduled for September 12-13 on the Tusculum College campus. The Grills Gone Wild Barbecue Festival is organized by the Inferno Group of Harrogate, Tenn., and will feature top-flight barbecue masters competing for the $5,000 competition prize.

This is the first year for the event, and organizers hope to draw people from around the region to participate and attend the festivities. The event has previously been held in London, Ky.

Grills Gone Wild is a family-friendly event, which will include a barbecue cook-off, a car show, a 5K fundraiser run and many other activities. The event will be held in front of Pioneer Park.

The public is cautioned that professional barbecuers will not be offering samples of their barbecue, but there will be food vendors available during the Festival.

On Saturday, the car show begins at 2 p.m. and will include awards for Best of Show, Best Engine, People’s Choice and many others.  The “Run in Glow Motion” 5k Run/Walk begins at 8 p.m., with registration beginning at 6:30 p.m.  A post-race party will be held at 9:30 p.m. Registration for the race includes a gift bag with t-shirt, glow glasses and various glow products.

Other weekend activities include vendors, inflatable attractions for children, live music and a cornhole tournament.

This is a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event, where the teams will prepare their best ribs, chicken, beef brisket and pork.

Grills Gone Wild activities will be tied in to Orange Rush weekend on campus, a series of events on the Tusculum campus to encourage engagement among new students joining Tusculum as freshmen or as transfer students.

“We are very excited to blend the events of this festival with those set for Orange Rush Weekend,” said Dr.  Lisa Johnson, interim vice president for Academic Affairs. Encouraging our students to become part of the community is a big part of what the Orange Rush Weekend wants to achieve.”

For more information on the event, contact David Martin, director of facilities at Tusculum College at 423.636.7300.


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Andy Stoll’s travel adventure presentation to kick-off annual series

Andy Stoll’s travel adventure presentation to kick-off annual series

Posted on 11 August 2014 by

Andy Stoll

A presentation by Andy Stoll on Monday, Aug. 25, about his 40-country journey of self-discovery is the first event in the 2014-15 Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series at Tusculum College.

The performance and lecture series is a program of Tusculum College Arts Outreach and will feature 14 events throughout the academic year. Acts, Arts, Academic is supported by the late Dr. Sam Miller in memory of his wife Agnes Ault Miller, Arts Outreach, Hearts for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Andy Stoll’s presentation, “How (and Why) to Travel Around the World” will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum campus. The cost is $6 per person.

After finishing college, Stoll set off on a four-year, 40-country trip in search of experiences far off the beaten path in order to get a better understanding of how the world works. During his travels, he handed out micro-loans in China, played a 19th century British soldier in a Bollywood movie, worked in a dress factory in Bangkok for 60 cents an hour, lived in a mud hut village in Zambia and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with 10 Tanzanian street kids.

Stoll’s presentation is much more than a travel slideshow. It is an insightful, inspiring, entertaining and often hilarious look at what it takes to find one’s place in the world and achieve one’s dreams.

The schedule for the remainder of the 2014-15 academic year includes:

“Birding in Northeast Tennessee: Quite an Earful,” a presentation by Don Miller, will be Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Behan Arena Theatre (lower level side entrance of the Annie Hogan Byrd building). The cost is $6 per person.

Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of “The Addams Family” musical comedy will be Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 20-23. All performances will be at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium except the Sunday shows, which will be at 2 p.m.

The Tusculum College Band Christmas Concert will be Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. There is free admission to the concert

The holiday events continue with Tusculum College Community Chorus’ annual Christmas concert on Monday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. This year’s performance, which is free and open to the public, will be “Gaudete! A Christmas Concert.”

Central Ballet Theatre returns to the stage in January with “Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale.” Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16, 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18. All the performances will be in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

“Lincoln at Gettysburg” with Chris Small of the Lincoln Project will be 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, in the Behan Arena Theatre. The cost is $6 per person.

“Kaleidoscope of Indian Classical Dance,” featuring Bharatha Natyam, Kuchipudi and Kathak classical dance, will be 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

The Tusculum College Band Winter Concert will be Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. Admission is free.

Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of the musical comedy, “How to Eat Like a Child,” will be 7 p.m. Feb. 27-28 and March 5-7 in the Behan Arena Theatre. Sunday matinees will be presented at 2 p.m. on March 1 and 8.

“Back on Broadway,” dazzling production numbers performed by the next generation of Broadway stars, will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

“5 x 10,” five 10-minute plays by Tusculum students under the direction of English professor Wayne Thomas, will be presented at 7 p.m. on April 17-18 and 24-25 with Sunday matinee performance at 2 p.m. on April 19 and 26. Admission for the plays, to be presented in the Behan Arena Theatre, is $6 per person.

The Tusculum College Band Spring Concert will be Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

The series will conclude with the Tusculum College Community Chorus Spring Concert on Monday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. Admission is free.

Unless otherwise noted, admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (60 years of age and older) and $5 for children 12 and under.

For more information on these events, please contact Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or visit its website at


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Make reservations today to attend Tusculum College Night at the Astros

Make reservations today to attend Tusculum College Night at the Astros

Posted on 11 August 2014 by

The Astros will be taking on the Bluefield Blue Jays at 7 p.m. in Appalachian Minor League conference play. The Astros will have a special promotion that night – fans arriving early will receive a free Greeneville Astros stadium blanket as they enter the gates.



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‘Tusculum College Night at the Astros’ set for Monday, Aug. 25

‘Tusculum College Night at the Astros’ set for Monday, Aug. 25

Posted on 15 July 2014 by

Alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff members are all invited to enjoy an evening at the ball park Monday, Aug. 25, “Tusculum College Night at the Astros.”

Each Tusculum alumnus,  parent, faculty member and staff member to RSVP will receive free tickets to the Greeneville Astros baseball game that night at Pioneer Park on campus (limit two per family). Additional tickets will be available at a discounted rate, $4 per person. Admission for Tusculum students is $1 with a student ID.

The Astros will be taking on the Bluefield Blue Jays at 7 p.m. in Appalachian Minor League conference play. The Astros will have a special promotion that night – fans arriving early will receive a free Greeneville Astros stadium blanket as they enter the gates.

Please RSVP by Monday, Aug. 18, by calling 423-636-7303 or emailing


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High school students participate in first ‘Success and Self-Sufficiency’ summer institute

High school students participate in first ‘Success and Self-Sufficiency’ summer institute

Posted on 14 July 2014 by

A group of 18 high school students on Friday finished the first “Women’s Search for Success and Self-Sufficiency” Summer Institute at Tusculum College.

Students from Carter, Cocke and Greene counties attended the program, which was hosted and coordinated by Tusculum College’s Talent Search program. The summer institute was funded through an $11,000 grant from the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee.

The “Women’s Search for Success and Self-Sufficiency” Summer Institute was designed as a first-generation college student mentoring program. The week-long program was filled with activities providing the participants a holistic view of what is needed for success in careers and life.

The students arrived on Monday, July 7, and spent the entire week living in one of the residence halls at Tusculum, providing some insight in what it is like to live away from home and the intrapersonal skills needed to get along with others in a non-family setting.

Participants in the summer institute are all part of the Talent Search program, which helps prepare potential first-generation college students to pursue higher education. This emphasis continued throughout the institute as the students not only toured Tusculum but also toured the East Tennessee State College of Pharmacy.

Personal habits and choices that affect future success were addressed in such activities as a health and nutrition session and a seminar about personal finance and budgeting. The high schoolers had the opportunity to put their new knowledge into practice when they went grocery shopping and then cooked a meal using healthy foods.

The participants learned about diversity and career preparedness from professionals at Tusculum. One of the topics of career preparedness session was what to wear to an interview and the type of dress expected in a professional environment. Two of the fun activities for the participants were related – students learned hair and make-up tips from local professionals and went shopping for a professional outfit.

Another of the sessions focused on proper etiquette and manners, and the participants worked with staff of Tusculum College Arts Outreach to improve their presentation and public speaking skills. The participants had the opportunity practice their etiquette and manners (and wear their new outfits) at a dinner at the Martha Washington Inn and a play at the Barter Theatre.

The participants in the summer institute take a moment to pose for a group photo before traveling to the Martha Washington Inn and Barter Theatre.

On the messier end of the practical lessons, one session focused on car maintenance and how to fix minor problems such as a flat tire.

The importance of teamwork was emphasized on the group’s visit to a challenging ropes course. The students also provided three hours of community service at local non-profits such as the Humane Society.

At the closing ceremony, Jeanne Stokes, director of the TRIO programs that include Talent Search, said that the Niswonger Foundation will be providing mentors from its Niswonger Scholar program for each of the participants. Stokes added that some money from the grant remained and would be used to bring the participants back for some more activities in the fall.

Each of the participants will continue to be served through the Talent Search program in the coming year as well, she said.

A video was shown during the ceremony chronicling the week’s activities. Each participant expressed their gratitude for the program during the video and students also got up during the ceremony to express their thanks to the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee for the grant and for the Talent Search staff that had worked with them through the week.

Teamwork was one of the lessons taught by the activities at the ropes course.


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2014 spring semester Dean’s List announced

2014 spring semester Dean’s List announced

Posted on 09 July 2014 by

The Tusculum College academic honors lists have been announced for the spring 2014 semester.

Tusculum College students are recognized for their academic achievement through three academic honors lists.

The Dean’s List includes full-time students who have earned a 3.5 grade point average or higher during a semester.

The President’s List includes those students who have earned a 4.0 grade point average during the semester. These students are also included on the Dean’s List.

The Charles Oliver Gray Scholars List recognizes students who have been named to the Dean’s List for two or more consecutive semesters.

Below are the listings for the the spring 2014 Dean’s List for the Residential (traditional) program and the Graduate and Professional Studies program for working adults. Students named to the President’s List are denoted with an *. Those who are listed on the Charles Oliver Gray Scholars List are noted with a +.

Spring 2014 Residential Program Dean’s List

James Lee Abbott+

Corrine Amelia Absher

Cynthia Paige Adkins+

Irim D. Aiken

Brian J. Alexander+

Andrea Jane Amettis

Benjamin A. Arnold+

Cheyene Leigh Arnold*+

Robert Britton Arrowood*+

Grace Ann Rose Arthur+

Nicole C. Arthur+

Juan Avendano Granda+

Sarah Ann Baker*+

Angela Nicole Ball

Toni Lyn Bates+

Elizabeth Ashley Bell

Patrick Allen Benson

Hannah Marie Berling+

Maggie Leigh Bernabei+

Emily Rae Bernin

Paige Nicole Bible

Thomas James Bitner+

Deaundra Pauline Bowker+

Andrew Tyler Bown*

Cheyenne Renee Bray

Katelyn Marie Brennan*+

Ashley Caroline Brooks

Kim Caroline Brown+

Alison Mae Buck+

Paige Buirch

Blakeley E. Burleson

Christopher Diquone Burns+

Justin Burnworth+

Lindsay Ann Butler

Ryan James Byars*+

Zachery Allen Carlson+

Callie S. Casteel*

Katharine Marie Chadwick

Mitchell Frank Lewis Chapman

Warren Henry Cheney

Sarah M. Clabo*+

Elizabeth Gail Coberly+

Denise Nicole Coffey+

Aisha Noelle Collins

John Zach Conlon+

Cynthia J Conte

David W. Cooper*+

Jacob William Countiss+

Tripper Denby Crisson+

Alec Cunningham+

Jarrod Daniel Cupp

Ricardo Alexandre Rodr Da Silva+

Eliza Lucille Davis+

Samuel George Davis*+

Derrian Danielle Debusk*

Kyle Joseph Dickson

Ashleigh Rose Dorrbecker+

Samantha M Durham+

Samantha Elizabeth Eldridge

Madilyn Joyce Elliott+

Joseph Elphingstone+

Brandon Joshua Evans

David Hamilton Fernandes

Hettige Joseph Michael Ruksha Fernando*+

Lia Theresa Fiore+

Lindsay Nicole Firster+

Thomas Codie Fleming+

Nicholas Larry Forsberg+

Kelsey Lynae Freeman+

Jennifer Michelle Frost+

Kaela MacKenzie Gardner+

Rachel Eileen Garnett*+

Zachary Joel Gass+

Sean Michael Gilbane

Megan Niquole Gililland

Kayla Leigh Gillispie+

Elizabeth Dawn Gray

Ashley Danielle Gregg*+

Amanda Marie Grempel+

Courtney Danielle Hackney+

Brock Daniel Hakalmazian

Carolee F Hale

Allison Marie Hall+

Macey Leann Hance+

Addie M. Hancock+

Edward Oliver Moore Hancock+

Paris Tanashia Hardnett

Shaquita Renee Harris*+

Tamara Denee Harris*+

Michala Katherine Hash+

Megan K Hasse*+

Mamie Britt Hassell+

Victoria Emily Hayes+

Logan Michael Haynes

James Owen Hensley+

Kristin Marie Hensley

Rachael Bethany Hensley

Dameon Franz Herring+

James Cameron High

Victoria Lael Hill+

Mindy Lee Hirsch

Carol Elaine Hogan

Zoe Elizabeth Holcomb+

Sarah Elizabeth Holly*+

Jacenta Chyeata Holtsclaw+

Kelly M. Horrell

Sara Chesnee Howard

Courtney Lynn Hutcherson

Katherine Grace Hutchinson+

Courtney Nicole Hux

William A. Jennings

Tyler Lynn Jinks

Jeffrey Tyler Johnson*

Martin Dan Jorgensen*+

Devon Aliva Justice+

Kristen C. Kelley+

Staci Nicole Knipp*+

Katheryn Michelle Kolodi

Alixandria Kruel

Pablo Laguna+

John Landers*+

Dustin Benjamin Lane

Kristen N. Lane*

Zachary Aaron Lane+

Bailey Nicole Lawson

Calley B. Lawson*+

Guillermo Lazcano Carrera

Lindsey Danielle Lewis+

Irene Inez Librado

Isiah Maurice Lyman

Yared W. Mamo

Miriah Elizabeth Martin*+

Chelsea Rene Masters

Russell Neal Matthews+

Melissa Raye Mauceri

Kelli Lynn McCalla+

Kristen Renee McMillion+

Craig R. Mills

Erin Ashley Mills*

James Curtis Moneyhun+

AAliyah Jada Montgomery+

Amy Leigh Morford+

Matthew James Moyer

McKayla Grace Myers*+

Jonathan Michael Nash*+

Amy Michelle Neltner+

Jacob Amiel Norris+

Dakota Lee Norton

Jonathan Ryan Norton

Hilary Grace Ann Nowatzki

Cierra R. Ockstadt+

Theodore C. Oing*+

Victor Olin+

Matthew Alan Olson+

Erin Christian Osborne+

Jordan Lynn Ottinger*+

Georgia Paturalski

Carly Jeanette Payne

Shaveen Perera+

Monica F. Perez

Jalesa Janae Perkins

John Perrucci+

Matthew Ralph Pierce*+

Roberto Pimentel+

Nicolas Planchard+

Leah Katelyn Powell

Bailee Lynn Price*+

Alisha Jean Pugh

Erica K. Ramsey+

Bryan Alonzo Ransom

Leif B. Ratliff*+

Tiffany L. Rednour*+

Chelsey Brooke Reed+

Jenna Marie Restivo

Leneice L. Rice+

Allyson Kathleen Rines+

Jeffrey Daniel Roberts

Jennifer P. Rossiter*+

Jamie L. Rossman*+

Ashley Nicole Sarmiento*+

Norman Cody Sauceman+

Jeffery Donovan Scott+

Michael Douglas Scott

Leon Seiz+

Tynan L. Shadle+

John-Austin Shepard

Roxanne Inez Shepard

Emily Grace Shipsey+

Zachary S. Shirah+

Melanie Renee Sigman

Jessyca Regina Simerly+

William James Sivyer

Christopher John Smith+

Garland Taylor Smith

John James Paul Smith+

Paige Nicole Sneed+

Gregg Aze Southerland

Perry Akeem Sparks

Jonathan Spicher*+

Danae K. Stauffer*

Kaytlin N. Stroinski+

Shannele Marjorie Sunderland

Meagan Elizabeth Talley*

Darian Dale Tipton+

Britney Nicole Turner+

Stephanie Marie Turner

Kassandra Marie Voelker+

Samantha Jean Vogt+

Rebekah Grace Voiles


Hung Jeremy Wagner

Alexandria Robin-Jean Walker+

Brooke Ellen Wallin

Courtney Lynn Ward

Jason Isaiah Ware

Nicholas Alexander Wasylyk*+

Emily Christine Waters+

Christopher Glenn Weems+

Victoria Kailand Weiss

Angel E. West+

Carly Leeanne White*+

Dorothy Shynese Whitener

Brad Michael Wight

Andrea Len Wilcox+

Ona Elisha Lynn Wilder+

Donna Nicole Wilkerson

Marissa J. Williams*+

Zachary James Williams+

Dawn Marie Winchester

Destini Shea Wingerter*+

Lukas Eiko Winkelmann+

Erica Denise Worrell+

Morgan Nicholas Wright

Rebecca Sue Wynne+

Dakota Lee Younce

Jeffery Tyler Yount


Spring 2014 GPS Dean’s List

Margot Elizabeth Abbott*+

Janet De la Caridad Acosta*+

Natalia Acosta+

Brett Michael Adams+

Scott Eugene Adams

Melissa Ann Alsip*+

Lisa Nachelle Anderson+

Robert Alexander Anderson

Kellie Marie Armstrong+

Rena Belle Arwood+

Michelle M. Autry+

Steven Leighton Ayers+

Tori Nicole Bacon

Jaime Nicole Bagwell

Ashley Diane Barger+

Melissa Anne Batson*+

Candace Angelique Baxter

Christine M Bealer+

Morgan Leschae Beckler+

Gregory Dale Belcher+

Brittney Sue Bellars+

Shelly Louise Biddinger+

Adam James Bishop

Danielle Nichole Bishop

Aretha Paige Blizzard+

Matthew David Bosse

William Scott Bowman

Fredrick Eugene Brabson+

Jennifer LeeAnn Brackett

Carrie Bradley+

Mindy Dawn Bradley

Kathryn Elizabeth Branam+

Ashton Brannon*+

David M Breeden+

Stephanie Michelle Brennan+

Crystal Dawn Brewer

Nykaya Lea Britton+

James Derek Brock*+

Terry Dean Brooks+

Charles A. Brown

David Bryan Brown

Jennifer Jeanne Broyles

Joshua Adam Broyles

Megan D. Bruce

Victoria Jacqueline Bryant+

Keith Chrisopher Buch

Seth Jay Bull

Lara Gail Burchfield*+

Peggy Jill Burgner*+

Samuel Lee Burke*+

Linda Gail Burton+

Judith Cahansa Butler

Barbara Michelle Buxton

Carrie Chae Cagle+

Jeffrey David Campbell*+

Misty Davis Campbell+

Dustin Michael Cansler*+

Emily Beth Carroll+

Felicia Waynette Carter*

Heather Lynn Carty+

Ashley Carver+

Sarah Marie Cedillo+

Erika Marie Chamberlin*+

Yvonne Sue Champlin+

Nathaniel Ross Chandler

Brent Eugene Chapman*+

Cynthia Michelle Chesney

Floyd Alden Cheyne+

Seongja Song Chung

Adam Wayne Clair+

Charlene Susie Clark

Morgan Gail Clark*

Katie Lee Clendenen+

Casey Lynnice Cline*

Candace Lee Cody+

Nathan Dale Coffman

Mandy Lachelle Colburn+

Linda Darlene Coleman*+

Kody Elizabeth Collingsworth*+

Hannah Sidney-Nicole Collins

Paula Renee Conley

Mary Beth Connard

Angela Nicole Conner

Jennifer Ann Conner

Kimberly Michelle Cook

Sarah Allison Cookenour

Amber Lawson Cooper+

Mark Houston Copas

Heather Natasha Cope

Tresa Rae Cowell+

David Michael Cox+

Lacci Nicole Cox+

Michael Adam Cox+

Olivia Cox

Stephanie Lynn Cox+

Tara A. Cox+

Timothy Scott Croft*+

Charlene Artemisa Crosby

Casey Renea Cummings*+

Susan Kaye Cutshall+

Kristen Marie Dalton+

Lindsey Nicole Daniels+

Angela Ruth Daniels-Taylor

Jamie Davenport+

Heather D. Davis+

Kelly Frances Davis+

Kayla Gabrielle Dearstone

Jamie Elizabeth Depriest+

Joy Sabrina Devault

Logan James Disney

Athena Dison

Kelsey Danielle Dockery+

Sara Len Douglas

Jessica L. Drinnon+

Stanley Edward Drozdowski+

Carolyn Sue Dudek*+

Amber Christine Duke*+

Brittney D. Dye

Matthew Shane Dyer+

Emily Rebekah Elkins*+

Melissa Jeannette Emerson

Robert Patrick Espinoza

Stormi Heather Estep+

Donna Carol Ewing+

Maria Rose Farnham+

Lisa Josephine Feezell+

Kristoffer Mykell Fernandez

Hayley Elizabeth Fields+

Brian Wayne Fletcher

Elizabeth Jean Fletcher

Nichole Marleah Fletcher

April Suzanne Floyd+

Logan Brian Foust

Rachael Beth Foust+

Gary Allen Fryman

Daniel John Gagnon

Marty Beth Gamble*+

Katrina Melissa Garcia*

Angela Gibby*

Haley Lynn Glandon+

David Allen Glasscock+

Tiffany Marie Golden*

Joel Gosnell

Mendy Lynn Goss+

Trisha Lear Gossett*+

Tyler J Govert+

Michael Anthony Graves

Jill Annette Grayson*

Heather Elaine Greene+

Kristy Gail Greene+

Emily Greenier+

Christian Grumbach+

Debra A. Hall+

Jeremy Allen Hall

Michael Harry Hall*+

Christie Lynn Hamlet*

Laurie Denise Hannah+

Matthew Joseph Harrell

Ronda Kay Harrell+

Cecil Leroy Hartline+

Karen Jane Hatfield+

Jonathan Hayes

Lindsey Brooke Hayes*+

Valerie Leeann Heater*+

Eric Lee Henderson

Todd Raymond Henrich+

David Lynn Hensley

Robin H. Herbert+

Brent Aaron Hickman

Ruth Ann Hickman*

Richard Tyler Hill+

Timothy Andrew Hill*+

Amy Darlene Hinkle

Eric Lynn Hinkle

Emily Nicole Hodge

Traci Leann Hodges+

Maggie Danielle Holbert+

Zachary Hunter Holcombe+

Steven Chadwick Holder+

Tim Holseberg+

Michelle Leigh Hoskins-Slaven

Marvin Shane House

Joseph Timothy Houser+

Rachael Jeanette Howerton*+

Ryan Wesley Hudson*

Matthew James Hughes+

Lori A. Hull*+

Adam Darren Hunley+

Steven Jerry Hutson*+

Jason Michael Hykle+

Chanc Milton Jackson+

Charlotte Nicole Jackson+

Bertrane Jarvis Jennings

Kendra Danielle Jennings*+

Barbara Ann Johnson+

Eric Barton Johnson*+

Kiana Raelene Johnson

Matthew Jerry Johnson

Sarah Lynn Johnson*+

Tammy Renee Johnson+

Valerie Marie Johnson+

Frankie Kay Jones+

Jessica Briann Jones

Shawna Jones

Tammy Louise Jones*+

Will Garrett Jones+

Wesley Justice

Kerri A. Keaton+

Melissa Sue Kelley

Steven James Kelley+

Chad Cantrell Kennedy

Sarah Kenny+

Renee Eileen Khan+

William Thomas Kidwell+

Brandon Michael King

Kevin King

Toni Michelle Kingery+

Frankie Lorine Kington

Thomas Robert Kosidowski

Christie Deanna Lamb

Tatum Elizabeth Lambert

April Michelle Lane

Daniel Quentin Lane+

Jennifer Lane+

Kandi M. Lantz+

Melissa June Lanzafame

Jason Ledford+

Gera Michele Lee+

Stephanie Nicole Lee+

Margaret Lynn Lemasters+

Tracy Marie Leonard+

Gordon Anthony Lewis+

Dale Allen Linkous+

Tokena Decia Love

Yancey Britte Lynch*+

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‘Around the World’ history camp to be hosted by Doak House Museum July 21 – 25

‘Around the World’ history camp to be hosted by Doak House Museum July 21 – 25

Posted on 03 July 2014 by

Participants in the “Around the World” history camp at the Doak House Museum July 21-25 will use their imaginations and creativity as they learn about history. A group from a previous camp, above, pose for a photo in their paper hats prior to racing their homemade boats on Frank Creek.

Children will have a chance to discover what life was like 200 years ago during the “History Around the World” history camp July 21-25 at the Doak House Museum.

Reservations are still being accepted for the history camp at the museum, located on Erwin Highway and the Tusculum College campus.

The camp is open to children ages 6 -12, who will learn about different aspects of world history and explore through imaginative games, crafts and activities.

The deadline to register for the camp is Thursday, July 17. Tuition for the camp is $85, which includes the costs for all materials and a daily snack.

To make reservations or for more information, please contact the museum 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 Web site at to learn more about the variety of programs offered at the museums.


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Online, non-credit math skills modules now available

Online, non-credit math skills modules now available

Posted on 23 June 2014 by

Tusculum College is now offering online mathematics modules to remediate math skill weaknesses prior to the start of fall semester.

The non-credit hour modules are available free of charge to all currently enrolled Tusculum students, as well as new students who have submitted their enrollment deposit.

.The modules are being funded through the federal Investing in Innovation (I3) technology grant and a partnership with the National Repository of Online Coursework.

Modules are non-credit, skill-building programs that if completed successfully can eliminate the need for students to take remedial courses during the regular academic term.

After completion of the online program, students will have the opportunity to complete an assessment to demonstrate that skill weaknesses have been remediated.

For more information, contact Deborah Gietema, instructor of mathematics at


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Potential new academic offerings discussed by Board of Trustees

Potential new academic offerings discussed by Board of Trustees

Posted on 19 May 2014 by

Potential new academic offerings at Tusculum College were discussed by members of the Board of Trustees when the Board held their spring meeting at the Greeneville campus May 16-17.

The board met for two days, which included the annual President’s Dinner celebration held on Friday night to celebrate the college’s major donors.

The board approved the recommendation of the Academic Affairs Committee to proceed with research and due diligence in investigating new programs to potentially add to the college’s current academic offerings in both the residential and Graduate and Professional Studies programs.

“Tusculum College wants to continue to be the institution that is meeting the needs of its students and its future students. By continuously looking at our offerings and keeping up with what potential students are looking for in educational degrees and by anticipating what the job market will be, we will remain a relevant contributor to the economic well being of our region,” said President Nancy B. Moody.

The board also received an update on the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math from the Building and Grounds Committee. Construction is set to begin this summer, with a completion time set for January 2016.

The Meen Center for Science and Math will be a four-story structure of approximately 94,000 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 ground floor 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 on the fourth floor is earmarked for a new yet to be determined academic program.

“We have been anxious for this facility to become a reality for a long time,” said Dr. Ken Bowman, chair of the Board of Trustees and a 1970 graduate of Tusculum College. “It’s an exciting time to be a part of Tusculum College.”

The promotion of Dr. Troy Goodale to associate professor of political science was approved by the Board. Dr. Goodale joined Tusculum College in 2006 and is the author of a book, “Repealing State Legislative Term Limits: A Comparative Analysis of Legislative Statutes and Judicial Decision.”  In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Goodale serves the college as chair of the political science and criminal justice programs, as the pre-law advisor and as faculty sponsor of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society.

In other action, the board gave preliminary approval to the 2014-15 operating budget and received a report on academic and office space conducted on campus facilities. Several classrooms have been refurbished, including academic spaces in five buildings on the Greeneville campus.

The next meeting of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees is October 16-17, in conjunction with the college’s Homecoming festivities.


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More than 300 receive degrees Saturday during spring commencement exercises

More than 300 receive degrees Saturday during spring commencement exercises

Posted on 10 May 2014 by

More than 300 individuals received degrees during Tusculum College’s spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 10, including the presentation of an honorary doctorate to former Navy commander and alumnus Capt. Samuel L. Doak.

Ninety-eight students earned Bachelor of Science degrees and 152 earned Bachelor of Arts degrees. In addition, 19 graduates earned Master of Arts degrees in education, 14 earned Master of Business Administration degrees and 27 earned Master of Arts in Teaching degrees.

The new graduates were addressed by Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody, who congratulated them on their accomplishment. “Each of you made sacrifices, made adjustments and made some tough decisions along the way,” she said. “You have worked hard and you have given something of yourself to earn the right to sit in that chair this morning and to walk across this stage.”

Congressman Phil Roe addresses graduates during the morning ceremony.

The graduates were addressed during the morning ceremony by U.S Rep. Phil Roe (R-1), who challenged the graduates to keep learning all their lives. With the tremendous pace of change in the world, graduates have to be adapt rapidly to challenges, he continued.

Roe shared three secrets of career success with the graduates. “Number one, show up on time,” he said. “Number two, give your best effort every single day, and number three, be a team player.” For success in their personal lives, Roe advised the graduates to put God first in their lives, put family second, their careers third and fourth, give back to the community. Roe was introduced by respected local businessman and philanthropist Dr. Scott M. Niswonger, who is a 1987 graduate of Tusculum and received an honorary degree from the college in 2006.

Receiving an honorary doctorate of public service was Capt. Doak, who is a 1949 alumnus of the college and has served a valued and influential member of the Board of Trustees for 21 years. “Through service, leadership and lifelong support of the College, Capt. Doak exemplifies the Civic Art values that Tusculum College has promoted for 220 years,” said Dr. Moody in conferring the degree.

Capt. Samuel S. Doak, left, a 1949 alumnus of Tusculum and a member of its Board of Trustees, was conferred an honorary doctorate during the afternoon commencement ceremony. Presenting him the diploma and hood are Dr. Melinda Dukes, center, vice president for academic affairs and Dr. Nancy B. Moody, Tusculum president.

Doak, a direct descendent of the founders of the college, distinguished himself during his 30-year career in the Navy, and has contributed his time to building the local community through such activities as teaching senior citizen driving courses. He is an active and dedicated member of Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church and as a regular attendee of First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville. He has also served his Alma Mater as director of alumni affairs.

He and his wife, Emily, are frequently seen supporting art programs, athletic events, lecture programs and other outreach programs of the college. “Sam and Emily have been generous contributors to Tusculum College throughout their lives, supporting the growth, expansion and mission of the College at the highest levels,” Dr. Moody said. “These gifts have impacted the lives of thousands of students who lead better lives today because of the generosity of these two Pioneers who have blazed the trail that others might follow and have the opportunity for a college education. “

Graduating senior Addie Hancock of Mooresburg, center, and Cliff Ott, a member of the Class of 1964, present a combined class gift of $3,128 to Dr. Nancy B. Moody.

Walking with this spring’s graduates were 13 representatives of the Tusculum College Class of 1964 who are celebrating their 50th anniversary year. Representatives walked in the procession, clothed in golden caps and gowns and were recognized during the ceremony by Dr. Moody. The Golden Pioneers, along with the Class of 2014, presented a check to Dr. Moody for $3,128 as a gift to the college.

Four student speakers addressed the graduates, including Ashley Sarmiento, a double major in math and math education who represented her fellow bachelor degree graduates in the morning ceremony. She challenged her fellow graduates to be unforgettable. “It is our turn to give back to others, share our wisdom, show our love and leave a mark on others’ lives,” said Sarmeinto, who is from Dayton, Ohio. She encouraged her fellow graduates to always thank those who have made a significant impact in their lives and  to “go with purpose to leave an unforgettable impact on others like Tusculum College has done for us.”

Suzanne Richey, left, and Ashley Sarmiento represented their fellow graduates as speakers in the morning ceremony.

Selected to speak on behalf of the students earning master’s degrees during the morning ceremony was Suzanne Richey, who earned a graduate degree in education with a concentration in organizational training and education. Richey, who lives in Greeneville, expressed appreciation to her parents, who are also Tusculum alumni, as well as her teachers during her formative years and Tusculum professors who nurtured her love of learning and challenged her to reach goals she thought unattainable.

Congratulating her fellow graduates, Richey encouraged them to “Keep learning. Keep evaluating what you know. Keep your mind open to new ideas and diverse opinions. Read what you disagree with and understand why you disagree. Learn from anyone who will mentor you. And most importantly, keep sharing what you know and what you think with others.”

Speakers at the afternoon Tusculum College commencement service were Shalee Tipton of Maryville and Danielle Warren of Knoxville. Tipton is graduating with a bachelor science degree in organizational management. Warren is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Shalee Tipton, left, and Danielle Warren were selected as the speakers to represent their fellow graduates during the afternoon ceremony.

The first college graduate in her family, Tipton spoke about the support she has had from family, friends, co-workers, faculty and her fellow classmates. As a student at Tusculum, she said she has learned that she can accomplish her goals and that determination is the key to success.

As she has thought of graduation, Tipton said she has contemplated the meaning prosperity. While many think of that word in financial terms, she said, “I do believe that the best definition of prosperity is to thrive or flourish and my wish for each of my fellow graduates is that you leave this journey feeling prepared and energized for the next phase of your life.”

Warren recalled her educational journey began almost four years ago as she was invited to a Tusculum commencement by a close friend who was earning a degree and watching the graduates earn their degrees inspired to begin the process to achieve her own educational aspirations.

“One of the most valuable lessons that I will take with me from my time at Tusculum is the power of teamwork,” Warren said. “I have always been fiercely independent, so learning to rely on others was challenging at first. . . . If it had not been for the patience and support of my family and friends; the dedication and mentorship of the faculty and staff; and of course, my fabulous learning team, I would not be standing before you today.”

The afternoon ceremony featured a sermon by Tusculum Chaplain Mark Stokes in which he challenged the graduates to make a positive impact in the world around them. Noting the example of Tabitha in the Bible, who made clothes for needy widows, Stokes said she was placed by God in a place and time in which her skills were needed by others in her community.   Stokes challenged the graduates to allow God to guide them to the place where their skills and talents can make the lives of others better. “Can you make a positive impact?” he asked the graduates. “With God’s help, I am willing to believe you can.”

Receiving the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award for the Residential College was Dr. Bill Garris, associate professor of psychology who has led the college’s Quality Enhancement Program initiative. Receiving the award for the Graduate and Professional Studies program was Dr. Peggy Goodson-Rochelle, assistant professor of education.

10 a.m. Commencement Ceremony Program

1:30 p.m. Commencement Ceremony Program


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