Archive | August, 2007

Theatre-at-Tusculum announces cast list for ‘Brigadoon’

Posted on 24 August 2007 by

Theatre-at-Tusculum has announced the cast list for their production of ‘Brigadoon.’ The production will be presented in the Annie Hogan Byrd Theatre on November 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 7PM and on November 11 and 18 at 2PM.

A message from Theatre-at-Tusculum:

Thank you for auditioning for “Brigadoon!”  As usual, we were excited with all the talent.  Please do not be discouraged if you have not been cast.  We had to keep the show to a certain number due to space (sets, offstage, etc).   NOTE:  Many of you have been listed more than once – this is to help you know which specific scenes you are in.

View the complete cast list for “Brigadoon”

Cast Call:

We will see you this Monday, August 27th at 6:00pm downstairs (Annie Hogan Byrd) in the Behan Arena for scripts, schedules and measuring for costumes.  Please call 798-1620 if you are unable to attend.

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Tusculum College taking part in new emergency notification/messaging service

Posted on 23 August 2007 by

Tusculum College is taking part in an emergency notification/group messaging service that will allow the college to share emergency information with faculty, staff and students via a mobile and online messaging service using phone, Short Message Service (SMS) and email portals on a relatively immediate and simultaneous basis.

The system Tusculum is using is offered by Jyngle, a Brevient Technologies LLC company. After the massacre at Virginia Tech earlier this year, Brevient began offering the service free to colleges and universities wishing to use it for emergency communication purposes.

Using the system, a college or university can send group notification via text messaging regarding emergency situations that might arise on a campus, including instruction to avoid the campus if the critical situation is ongoing.

On Thursday, a college-wide email from the director of campus security invited students, staff and faculty to register on-line to take part in the program free of charge.

The messaging option is part of an effort at Tusculum College to plan appropriate responses to potential critical or emergency situations that can happen on college campuses. Also being created at the college is a Critical Incident Response Team that will include Building Coordinators assigned to oversee response within their individual administrative buildings to critical situations that might arise on the campus.

These efforts are being overseen by Dr. David McMahan, vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

Other colleges or universities interested in learning more about the Jyngle service may visit the company’s web site at

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‘Evolution of Dance’ creator to appear at Tusculum College on Tuesday, Aug. 28

Posted on 20 August 2007 by

laipply.jpgJudson Laipply, who is most well known for his “Evolution of Dance” Internet video clip, will perform Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Tusculum College. “Life is Change: Comedy and Content with Judson Laipply” will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on campus. The event is the first in Tusculum College Arts Outreach’s Acts, Arts, Academia 2007-08 performance and lecture series and is being presented in partnership with the college’s Office of Student Affairs.

Laipply’s “The Evolution of Dance” video clip is the most viewed all-time video on with more than 55 million views. It is also the top rated video and the third most discussed video on the popular video Web site. But, what many may not realize is that “The Evolution of Dance” is part of the way Laipply delivers his inspirational and motivational messages. His performances have been described as “down to earth and highly motivational, creative and appealing, humorous and thought provoking, and lively and enriching.”

The creation of “the dance” came as Laipply was developing his own speaking style and creative content. “I had already begun to explore the understanding that life is change,” Laipply says on his Web site. “I felt that this was a first step to creating the life you want by understanding the simple idea that life is change. So I wanted to do something to make sure that message stuck in the minds of my audience. I milled this over in my head for about six-nine months when I was hit with the idea of how much dancing had changed. I began to think how funny it would be to visually see all of the dances and thus the idea was born. I quickly wrote down the first several that came to mind, 12 to be exact – and listed them out.”

The dance has evolved and changed since its beginning, and Laipply says he is working on another that will be ready in a few months. The video has resulted in appearances by Laipply on “Good Morning America” and the “Today Show,” and features on CNN and in the Rolling Stone and USA Today.

Laipply describes himself as an “inspirational comedian.” “It is the thought that someone can be so funny that you might catch them on Comedy Central, Letterman, or the Tonight Show, but also wise enough to give you pause for thought and open you eyes to the world around you,” he says.

For inspiration for his programs, Laipply draws on his vast array of experiences that include working on a cruise ship, working at a camp in Colorado, being a certified aerobics instructors, teaching college courses, and being a published poet, part-time auctioneer and weekly columnist as well as on lessons learned from observing others.
Admission is $12 for adults; $10 for senior citizens (age 60 and above) and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Arts Outreach Office at (423) 798-1620 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. All unpaid, unclaimed reserved tickets will be released for general sale if needed. The box office will open at 6 p.m. for ticket sales on the 28th.For more information, please contact Arts Outreach or visit

Acts, Arts, Academia is supported by Dr. Miller in memory of Mary Agnes Ault Miller, Tusculum College Arts Outreach, the Society of Cicero, Hearts for the Arts, The Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Tusculum College faculty and staff pause at beginning of academic year for annual picnic

Posted on 20 August 2007 by

college_picnic.jpgTusculum College Interim President Dr. Russell Nichols, at left, talks with Assistant Professor of English Richard Greenfield, facing camera, and Associate Professor of Education DiAnn Casteel, back to camera, during the 2007 Annual Staff and Faculty Picnic held behind Tusculum College’s Doak House Museum on Thursday, Aug. 16.

Faculty and staff paused from their preparations for the upcoming academic year to enjoy the event. Despite very hot weather, about 140 people attended the picnic, sponsored by Provost Dr. Kim Estep and her husband, Paul Adams. Staff and faculty members and their families enjoyed chicken, baked beans, potato salad, and a vegetarian past entrée catered by Diedra Haruff. The picnic was held under a large tent, and the nearby Doak House Museum remained open for guided tours after the picnic.

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Tusculum football players volunteer for residence hall clean-up

Posted on 06 August 2007 by


Members of the Tusculum College Pioneer football team were among about 50 volunteers who worked at Tusculum College on Tuesday to finish cleaning up residence halls to be ready for occupancy by football student-athletes returning to the College the next day for practice and for the upcoming fall academic semester. Others who volunteered included Resident Advisors, members of the College coaching staff and staffers from the Office of Student Affairs. In two and a half hours the group, working with the College housekeeping staff, cleaned two entire apartment-style residence hall buildings, washing down the walls and every refrigerator, microwave oven, toilet and sink in the buildings. About 50 people worked on the project, and had the residence halls ready for occupancy when football players arrived the following day. Shown above cleaning one of the rooms are, from left, Pioneer foot ball players Rashaad Montgomery, Calhoun, Ga.; Jarvis Littlejohn, Gaffney, S.C.; Altorien Reed (foreground), Brunswick, Ga.; Robbee Woodard, Mobile, Ala.; and JaMichael Caldwell, Chattanooga.

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Notable Northeast Tennessee figures among members of new Presidential Search Committee

Posted on 06 August 2007 by

Several Northeast Tennessee business, government and civic life leaders with ties to Tusculum College are among the members of a committee established to lead the historic college’s search for a new permanent president.

Membership of the committee was announced by Dr. Kenneth Bowman, chairman of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees, on July 31, one day before the college’s new interim president, Dr. Russell Nichols of Indiana, began his work at Tennessee’s oldest college. Dr. Nichols directly succeeds two acting presidents, Dr. Angelo Volpe and Dr. Edward Kormondy, who served as acting presidents this summer while the search for a longer-term interim went on. Tusculum’s previous president was Dr. Dolphus E. Henry, who resigned this summer after seven years at the college.

Among the regional leaders serving on the Presidential Search Committee are Northeast Tennessee business figure and philanthropist Scott M. Niswonger, a 1987 graduate of Tusculum College who also holds an honorary doctorate from Tusculum; Miles Burdine, president/CEO of the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Don Henard, a noted Greeneville physician and community leader; John Foster, mayor of the City of Tusculum; and Don Raber, founder and president of Aldebaran Financial in Kingsport. All but Foster are members of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees.

Dr. Bowman, a 1970 Tusculum College graduate who lives in Pennsylvania, will chair the search committee.

Also on the committee are students Duane Randolph and Landree Brotherton, Student Government Association president and vice president, respectively. Faculty Moderator Dr. Robert Davis, a professor of biology, and Assistant Professor of Management Cheri Jones are faculty representatives on the committee, while George Collins, director of the Tusculum College Department of Museum Program and Studies, represents the TC staff. On the search committee as representative of the President’s Cabinet are Tusculum College Vice President and CFO Steve Gehret and Provost and Vice President Dr. Kimberly Estep.
Serving as advisors to the committee are Drs. Ed Kormondy, Angelo Volpe, and Nichols, the interim president. Kormondy and Volpe are trustees and former acting presidents of Tusculum College, and have been presidents and/or chancellors of major universities.

Representing the alumni of Tusculum College is Judith Domer ’61, president of the Tusculum College Alumni Executive Board.

In announcing the formation of the committee, Dr. Bowman said: “The structure and membership of this Committee are parallel in many ways to our recent Interim President Selection Committee. Both have been built with strong leaders from the several groups of our larger Tusculum College community. The goals are to include the several perspectives from across our College and to hire our next president. With this shared ownership in the process, the entire Tusculum College community will be invested in the success of our next president.”

The committee is accountable to the Board of Trustees and will make reports at all regularly scheduled trustee meetings and further reports as deemed appropriate by the board chairman. The committee’s charge is to recommend to the board a candidate to serve as the next president of Tusculum College, and a supporting rationale. While this process is expected to take several months, the goal is to have a new president in place by the start of the 2008-2009 academic year.

The committee is expected to find and contract with an academic search firm, determine desirable attributes for the new president, and begin advertising the position no later than September.

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