Archive | May, 2007

Several Tusculum College faculty members receive promotions

Posted on 29 May 2007 by

Bos promoted to professor at Tusculum College

Dr. Antonio Bos, who has taught at Tusculum College for 11 years, has been promoted to professor of business administration.

Dr. Bos’ promotion was approved by the college’s Board of Trustees during its meeting on May 19.

He earned his doctorate at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and was a post-doctoral fellow in Health Economics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Md.

He has research interests in health economics, especially concerning the relationship between the social-economic circumstances and the health status of the elderly in Brazil, his home country.

“I provide a unique perspective based on my international background, personal experiences and research endeavors,” Dr. Bos says. “In all my years at Tusculum, I have always been able to maintain a good rapport with students and I enjoy teaching at our college.”

Professional organizations in which he is involved include the American Economics Association, International Health Economics Association, and American Health Economics Association.

Casteel promoted to associate professor at Tusculum College

Dr. DiAnn Casteel, who has taught in both the traditional and adult programs at Tusculum College, has been promoted to associate professor of education.

Dr. Casteel’s promotion was approved by the college’s Board of Trustees during its meeting on May 19.

She taught in Tusculum’s Graduate and Professional Studies program for eight years and began teaching traditional classes in the fall 2004 semester.

Dr. Casteel has 30 years of experience as a teacher and administrator in the Greene County School System. She has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Intermont College, Walters State Community College, and for Tusculum in the early 1990s.

She earned her doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis at East Tennessee State University and also received an M.A. as a reading specialist from ETSU. She is also a Certified Novell Administrator, has written book review articles for a professional journal, “The School Administrator,” and presented a paper to the Mid-South Educational Research Association.

Dr. Casteel has also served as a grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education and the Tennessee Department of Education. Active in the community, Dr. Casteel has served and provided leadership in such organizations as 4-H, the Girl Scouts, and USS Greeneville Inc, the organization that helped work for a naming of a U.S. Navy submarine for Greeneville and provides support for the sailors on the boat. She was a member of Rotary International’s first Women’s Group Study Exchange Team to visit India. As a result of this trip, she began to contribute books and materials that led to the formation of a Library/English Medium School in Chirala, India, and also obtained sponsors for more than 20 cases of materials and books for use in the library/school.

Darko promoted to associate professor at Tusculum College

Dr. George Darko, who has taught at Tusculum College since 2003, has been promoted to associate professor of economics.

Dr. Darko’s promotion was approved by the college’s Board of Trustees during its meeting on May 19.

He teaches organizational management courses, primarily Finance and Economics, in the Organizational Management program.
Previously an instructor at Mid-Continent College in Kentucky, Dr. Darko earned his Doctorate of Arts in economics from Middle Tennessee State University, and also received his master’s degree from that school. He completed undergraduate studies at Arkansas State University.

He is involved in a number of community service projects in the Knoxville area. He recently published an article in the Journal of International Trade and Economic Development entitled, “The gains from trade in a small monetary economy” (with Richard Dusansky & Pankaj Maskara & Nadeem Naqvi).

McCallister promoted to associate professor at Tusculum College

Ron McCallister, who has taught at Tusculum College since 2000, has been promoted to associate professor of computer science.

McCallister’s promotion was approved by the college’s Board of Trustees during its meeting on May 19.

McCallister was born in Alaska but grew up in Nashville. He attended Middle Tennessee State University and received a B.A. in history. He earned a master’s in history at East Tennessee State University, then later a second master’s, this time in computer science.

He joined Tusculum College’s history department in 1994-95, served there two years, then became Director of Institutional Research, the Director of Advising, the Director of Registration, and the Coordinator for the Society of Cicero. After leaving administrative work he rejoined the Tusculum faculty in computer science and served as program chair for three years. He is currently serving as Chair of the Admissions & Standards Committee, and is working on a doctorate from the University of Tennessee. He is an avid pilot and motorcyclist and enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughter.

McCallister was recently appointed the Director of the School of Arts and Sciences at the college. He will assume these duties beginning July 1. As school director, he will serve as the key coordinator for all academic programs in the Arts & Sciences disciplines, both in the traditional college programs and the Gateway program of the Graduate and Professional Studies program.

Paulling promoted to professor at Tusculum College

Dr. John Paulling, who has taught at Tusculum College for 12 years, has been promoted to professor of mathematics.

Dr. Paulling’s promotion was approved by the college’s Board of Trustees during its meeting on May 19.

He serves as the Chair of the Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science at the college where he has taught all mathematics courses except for Trigonometry and basic Math.

Dr. Paulling previously held professorial appointments at the University of South Carolina, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, Wofford College, and Texas Tech University.

He is the author of 17 books and two research papers in mathematics and has translated an advanced mathematics text for Springer Verlag. Dr. Paulling has conducted workshops on the use of graphing calculators, and taught courses in programming, foreign languages (German and Spanish), culture (German, Spanish, and Caribbean), and literature. Dr. Paulling completed a doctorate in Applied Mathematics from North Carolina State University and joined the US Army, where he completed language school qualified in at least seven foreign languages, served in the Office of the Chief of Staff, Pentagon, and was a member of the team responsible for directing and advertising the transfer to an all volunteer force. Interested in many areas of knowledge, he studied German at the Universität Freiburg, and had extensive undergraduate coursework at Georgia Institute of Technology in physics, English, and German.

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Trustees Volpe, Kormondy taking on transitional presidential leadership at Tusculum College

Posted on 29 May 2007 by

volpe-kormondy.jpgOn Tuesday (May 29), Tusculum College welcomed Tennessee Technological University President Emeritus Dr. Angelo Volpe as temporary Acting President of Tusculum College in the absence of President Dr. Dolphus Henry.

Dr. Henry began a leave of absence last week. Since Monday, the president’s duties have been covered by Provost and Academic Vice President Dr. Kimberly Estep, but on Tuesday, Dr. Volpe, a member of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees, will take on the acting president role until mid-June.

When Dr. Volpe’s service period is completed, another trustee with presidential experience in higher education will act as president at Tusculum College for approximately another month. He is Dr. Edward Kormondy, retired as Chancellor Emeritus and professor of biology at the University of Hawaii-Hilo and at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu. After retirement, Dr. Kormondy served as Interim President of the University of West Los Angeles School of Law.

Board Chairman Dr. Ken Bowman, said Tusculum College is extremely fortunate to have two highly qualified, distinguished and dedicated trustees to serve the College through this transition period.

While Tusculum College is under trustee leadership, a search will be conducted for a longer-term Interim President to take over executive duties. Drs. Volpe and Kormondy will continue to share the presidential duties until a full-time Interim President can be on campus.

Tusculum College is consulting with the Registry for College and University Presidents to provide an Interim President. That organization is made up of retired college and university presidents who are willing to take on interim presidencies during transitional periods such as that now facing Tusculum College.

The Registry, according to its web site, has contracts with more than former college and university presidents and more than 50 senior administrators, all of whom have been selected for membership based upon nominations and pre-screening evaluations.


Dr. Angelo Volpe is retired President Emeritus of Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. He also taught chemistry at TTU.

In the 1980s, Dr. Volpe, a New York native, was vice chancellor for academic affairs and professor of chemistry at East Carolina University. He has also been dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at East Carolina and a teacher of chemistry at East Carolina and the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. He received his doctorate from the University of Maryland and was a research chemist in the U.S. Naval Ordnance Laboratory in the 1960s. He is active in professional organizations and is extensively published in scholarly journals.

He and his wife, Jennette, live in Cookeville. The Tennessee Tech library is named in their honor as the Angelo and Jennette Volpe Library and Media Center

Dr. Volpe joined the Tusculum College Board of Trustees in 2005. His initial interest in Tusculum College derived from his friendship with Dr. Tom Garland, himself a former Interim President of the college. Garland headed the Tennessee State Board of Regents at the time Dr. Volpe was hired as president of Tennessee Tech. Drs. Volpe and Garland today work together as trustees of Tusculum College.


Dr. Edward Kormondy lives in Los Angeles and is in his second period of service as a trustee of Tusculum College. He was a trustee previously from 1970 through 1972, then rejoined the board in 1998.

Dr. Kormondy received his undergraduate degree at Tusculum College in 1950, then earned a master’s degree and doctoral degree from the University of Michigan.

In addition to his work with the University of Hawaii system, he has served in administrative and/or academic roles at the University of Michigan, Oberlin College, the University of Pittsburgh, Evergreen State College, the University of Southern Maine and California State University-Los Angeles.

Dr. Kormondy is known at Tusculum College for his faithful attendance at trustee meetings and other college functions despite the long distance between Los Angeles and Greeneville. He has been active on board committees and is currently the board’s vice chairman.

He has written and edited textbooks in biology and is a noted writer/editor even beyond the field of biology. He is currently completing preparation of a book profiling college and university presidents who have transformed the institutions they served. One of those profiled is former Tusculum College President Dr. Robert Knott.

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Trustee Jim Durham receives Tusculum College Distinguished Service Award

Posted on 21 May 2007 by

durhamaward.jpgOne of Tusculum College’s most active Board of Trustee members and alumni was honored with the 2007 Distinguished Service Award Friday night, given each year to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the life and progress of Tusculum College.

James F. “Jim” Durham, a member of the class of 1979 and a trustee of the College for nearly two decades, was presented the award by President Dr. Dolphus E. Henry during the President’s Dinner in the Chalmers Conference Center of the College. Durham, 49, lives in Brentwood and is a full-time “community volunteer” who devotes his time to public service volunteerism.

Presented the framed award, Durham said he was surprised and “humbled” to receive the honor. He expressed his love for Tusculum College and “the community that supports Tusculum College.” The President’s Dinner is held annually to honor major donors of the college.

Present to see Durham honored was his wife, Lynee, who had been told of the award in advance. She provided many of the biographical details used to create the framed award document and the associated remarks given by President Henry in making the presentation.

Dr. Henry described Durham as a native Tennessean who has such a dedication to Tusculum College that he attended his first board meeting while he and his wife were on their honeymoon. Durham has missed only two meetings of the Board of Trustees in his years on the board, one of those during a major ice storm and the other because the Durhams’ daughter, Allison, was being born.

Durham is the “seven-times great-grandson of Samuel Doak, one of Tusculum’s founders,” Dr. Henry noted. He added that Durham’s father, Walter, is the official state historian for Tennessee. Durham’s mother, Anna, was a student at Tusculum College during the 1940s.

“The values of volunteerism and public service are so much a part of the spirit of this year’s honoree that he retired at a young age so he could devote his life to being a full-time community volunteer,” Dr. Henry said of Durham. “He is highly active in his church, serving in leadership roles and taking part in ministry programs to the homeless and in prison ministries.”

Durham has served as a teacher and mentor for prisoners in the Metro-Nashville Jail and the Riverbend Maximum Security Prison in Nashville, the location of Tennessee’s Death Row.

He has also been a volunteer teacher in schools in Nashville devoted to helping troubled teenagers who are in alcohol and drug recovery. He is also a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity for projects in Davidson and Williamson counties.

“In short”, Dr. Henry said, “this year’s honoree stands as a fine example of the kind of citizen Tusculum College seeks to develop. He exemplifies successful living on many important levels – success in business, community life, church life, and family life. And because he has involved his successful life with the life of Tusculum College, this College is itself a more successful enterprise than we ever could have been without him.”

Also at the dinner, incoming Student Government Association President Duane Randolph, Crossville, spoke to the group, thanking the college’s donors for their support of students. He said he looked forward to his year as SGA president and would work toward helping make Tusculum College a “healthy and happy institution.”

Dr. Kenneth Bowman, chairman of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees, brought greetings to the group from the board, calling his alma mater “a wonderful place with a wonderful future.”

Dr. Henry also addressed the group, giving an update on the college and passing along the text of an email that was recently received via the college web site from a Florida resident who met Tusculum College’s baseball team while the team took part in a tournament in Tampa.

The text of the email is as follows:

“On May 16, 2007, three colleagues and I went to Ya Ya’s for lunch in Tampa, Florida. When we got to the restaurant, we found your entire baseball team in line. They let us go first because we were a small group (and they let other small groups go before them as well). They were all as polite and well mannered as they could be. Without exception, these young men had a neat appearance. Even though they wore shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops, they were clean and neat. There were no too-baggy shorts, offensive slogans on t-shirts, or anything like that. In fact, a few of the shirts had the slogan, “It is NOT all about me”. These young men were truly wonderful representatives of your college. We chatted a bit with them in line, and they could not have been any nicer. My school-age sons love sports, and I would have loved for them to see such wonderful role models. There was no cursing to be heard, no pushing, and no loud behavior or antics in the restaurant. Their behavior is a credit to their families and to your school. Even though your team is playing a Florida team tonight in Tampa, my friends and I are all rooting for you.”

More than 100 visitors attended the President’s Dinner, which was catered by Sodhexo, the company that operates Tusculum College’s food services.

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Ron McCallister appointed School Director of Arts & Sciences

Posted on 15 May 2007 by

Professor Ron McCallister has been appointed the Director of the School of Arts & Sciences, upon the recommendation of Dr. Kim Estep, Tusculum College Provost and Chief Academic Officer, College president Dr. Dolpus E. Henry announced.

“Ron brings to this position a wealth of experience, as a faculty member (in two departments, history and computer science), as an administrator, as a program coordinator, and as a committee chair of Admissions & Standards. During ten years of service at Tusculum College, he has earned the respect of his colleagues for his tireless work ethic and his willingness to stand up for what is right for the college,” said Dr. Henry.

Professor McCallister will assume his duties beginning July 1. As stipulated in the Faculty Handbook, his appointment is for three years. As School Director, he will serve as the key coordinator for all academic programs in the Arts & Sciences disciplines, both in the Residential College and Gateway programs. In addition to the duties already enumerated in the Faculty Handbook for this position, Ron will be charged with:

  • Undertaking responsibilities related to the SACS Reaffirmation process
  • working with the other School Directors and Department Chairs on creating an adjunct faculty evaluation process, and
  • ensuring that our programs across the college are delivered with academic quality and integrity

For the present time, Professor McCallister has been asked to work directly with the department chairs in Arts & Sciences on institutional leadership issues, as the three division directorships will be temporarily or permanently vacant as of Fall 2007. The academic leadership team will re-evaluate the needs for division-level leadership at some point next year.

” I am delighted to welcome Ron as a member of our academic leadership team at Tusculum College! Please give him your encouragement and support as he undertakes these critical tasks,” Dr. Henry said.

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Three hundred and twenty-nine earn degrees during Tusculum College’s spring commencement

Posted on 07 May 2007 by

goldenpioneersprocession.jpgThree hundred and twenty-nine students earned degrees Saturday morning during the spring commencement at Tusculum College.

Twenty-four students earned master of arts degrees in rganizational management. Earning bachelor of arts degrees were 174 students. One hundred and ten earned bachelor of science degrees in organizational management.

Speaking on behalf of the Class of 2007 during the ceremony were Keith Graybeal and Leanne Lietzke.

Graybeal challenged his fellow graduates to show compassion in whatever career fields they pursue because that compassion and kindness are what people remember.

Leanne Lietzke, who earned a bachelor of arts degree, said she had thought about what she would say to her fellow graduates and decided she did not want to deliver the typical commencement speech offering advice to those earning their degrees.

Rather, she said, she wanted to wish her fellow graduates the best in life, but also the bad times. While the good in life is to be enjoyed, Lietzke said, the difficulties provide individuals the opportunities to learn and grow to become better people.

“It’s a story, and it’s yours, and whatever happens, just make sure you feel your life,” she said.

In his baccalaureate address, campus chaplain Dr. Stephen Weisz told the graduates that their answers to two simple questions, who are you and what are you doing, can make a significant difference in the lives of others.

Weisz read a passage of the Gospel of Matthew in which Jesus told his followers, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” He told the graduates that they can reflect God’s compassion and love to everyone they meet.

“You will always have people around you who long to know they matter and that they make a difference to someone,” he said. “If they can see in you kindness and thoughtfulness, it will make them feel much better about who they are.”

Weisz challenged the graduates to spend some time each day contemplating the questions of who they are and what they are doing. “If who we are and what we do is for the sake of others, we will be reflections of God,” he said.

Also addressing the graduates were Tusculum President Dr. Dolphus E. Henry and Susan Vance, director of development and alumni relations and acting vice president of institutional advancement at the College.

The graduates were led into Pioneer Arena for the commencement ceremony by seven members of the Tusculum College Class of 1957, this year’s “Golden Pioneer” (50-year anniversary) class. Wearing gold robes and caps, the Golden Pioneers also led the new graduates out of the arena as the ceremony ended.

Participating in the ceremony were Class of 1957 members Mary Sue Brakebill, Ralph Horne, Jack Kilday, Zella Malone, Tessie McCorkle, and Rome Weems, Jr., who are all from the Greene County area, and Jim de Baun, from South Carolina. They were recognized during the ceremony by Dr. Henry.

Conferring the degrees to the graduates were Dr. Henry and Dr. Kimberly K. Estep, provost and academic vice president.
Tusculum College, the oldest college in Tennessee and the 28th oldest in the nation, is a civic arts institution committed to developing educated citizens distinguished by academic excellence, public service and qualities of Judeo-Christian character. Twenty-nine hundred and thirty-eight students are enrolled on the main campus in Greeneville and nine off-site locations in East Tennessee. The academic programs for both traditional-aged students and working adults served through the Graduate and Professional Studies program are delivered using focused calendars whereby students enroll in one course at a time.

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Tusculum College to hold spring commencement Saturday, May 5

Posted on 03 May 2007 by

More than 320 students are expected to be graduated Saturday morning during the spring commencement at Tusculum College.

Ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m. in the Pioneer Arena located in the Niswonger Commons.

Keith Graybeal and Leanne Lietzke will present brief student addresses on behalf of the graduating class. The baccalaureate sermon, entitled “Who are You?,” will be presented by Campus Chaplain Dr. Stephen R. Weisz. Also addressing the graduates will be Dr. Dolphus E. Henry, president of the college, and Susan Vance, director of development and alumni relations and acting vice president of institutional advancement at Tusculum.

Special processional guests this commencement include members of the Tusculum College Class of 1957, this year’s “Golden Pioneer” (50-year anniversary) class.

Conferring the degrees will be Dr. Henry and Dr. Kimberly K. Estep, provost and academic vice president.

Two bagpipers, Jon Shell and Ben Pollard, will lead the commencement processional, as is traditional at Tusculum College. Organist James Winfree will provide musical accompaniment, with vocal music led by Jill Jones of the Tusculum College staff.

Tusculum College, the oldest college in Tennessee and the 28th oldest in the nation, is a civic arts institution committed to developing educated citizens distinguished by academic excellence, public service and qualities of Judeo-Christian character. Twenty-nine hundred and thirty-eight students are enrolled on the main campus in Greeneville and nine off-site locations in East Tennessee. The academic programs for both traditional-aged students and working adults served through the Graduate and Professional Studies program are delivered using focused calendars whereby students enroll in one course at a time.

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Photos and highlights from the Critical Response Symposium

Posted on 02 May 2007 by

Christine Riser

Christine Riser, news director at WJHL-TV, describes a regional crisis communications system that is being opened up for use by higher education. The pager system allows higher education institutions and other participants the ability to instantly and simultaneously contact Northeast Tennessee broadcast media about emergency situations so that information can be communicated to the public. This communications system was previously only available to police, firefighters, and other emergency responders. Also part of the symposium were “round table” discussion groups on the issues of law enforcement/emergency response, communications, and counseling that gave participants an opportunity to ask questions and share with each other their institutional practices and procedures in emergency response.


Dr. Zdziarski also shared from his experience in working with student affairs at Texas A&M University in 1999 when a campus bonfire collapse occurred, causing 12 student fatalities and several student injuries. He emphasized that colleges need to think of crisis management as a process. While most institutions typically do well in responding to a crisis, more attention needs to be paid to planning and taking measures to prevent crisis situations, he said. Different levels of planning are needed to prepare for response to different type of problem events, whether they involve some environmental situation such as a hurricane or chemical spill, a situation involving a structure, or a human event, such as the shootings at Virginia Tech. More attention is also now being paid to the recovery of the campus from a crisis and addressing the long-term needs of students, faculty, and staff.


Dr. Eugene Zdziarski, dean of students at the University of Florida, shares his expertise in campus crisis response with participants in the regional Critical Response Symposium on Tuesday. Tusculum hosted and facilitated the symposium to allow regional colleges to learn more about planning for crisis situations and share with one another their best practices and procedures for responding to campus crisis situations. Sixty-nine people participated in the symposium, including 49 registered guests from 18 colleges and universities and 11 from emergency and law enforcement agencies and community organizations. Three non-registered participants also took part. Colleges included several from the Northeast Tennessee/Southwest Virginia region as well as from other areas in Tennessee as far west as Jackson.

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