Archive | March, 2008


Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on 28 March 2008 by admin

What’s the Student Alumni Association?

The goal of S.A.A. is to facilitate interaction between students and alumni, and to enhance the student experience by providing opportunities that strengthen their lifelong loyalty to Tusculum College.


Don’t I have to graduate first?

Nope! The Tusculum College Student Alumni Association knows that students are the reason it’s great to be a Tusculum Pioneer! So why shouldn’t you be able to take advantage of the same great benefits and services offered to alumni?


Does it cost anything to join S.A.A.?

It does not cost anything to be in S.A.A. All you have to do is fill out and application. You will be asked to attend meeting and help out at Alumni events.


What are some of the past events S.A.A. has done?

S.A.A. helped piloted the Tusculum College’s Pioneering Mentoring Program (more). During that program our members help mentored local third graders. They worked with the Museums Studies Department and cleaned up The Arch, a historic structure on the main campus. They have help set out Pioneer Spirit signs out along the Andrew Johnson Highway for Homecoming, and help set up the campus wide Chili Cook-Off held at Homecoming.


Why should I join the S.A.A.?

Because the S.A.A. gives you opportunities that you cannot find anywhere else. The SAA is partnered with the Tusculum College Alumni Association and gives special invites to SAA members to participate in their programming. Being a member of the S.A.A. is the only way you can go to these great events and meet the successful alumni mentors who attend them. Not to mention, you get to attend all of these events for free!




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Nathan Baker stepping down as head volleyball coach

Posted on 28 March 2008 by

nathanbaker.jpgTusculum College volleyball coach Nathan Baker will be stepping down as head coach at the Greeneville, Tenn. school announced Director of Athletics Frankie DeBusk.

Baker has accepted the head coaching position at the University of West Alabama, located in Livingston, Ala. Baker replaces former UWA head coach Ron Arenz, who accepted a similar position at the University of Akron.

In his two seasons in Greeneville, he led the Pioneers to a 48-20 record, including a 20-8 worksheet in the South Atlantic Conference.

In 2006, he led TC a 23-10 showing, a 14-win improvement from the previous season. Tusculum also posted a 9-5 SAC record to finish fourth in the league. Baker followed that effort with a 25-9 mark this past season, while establishing a new TC mark for SAC wins in a season (11). Tusculum went 11-3 in league play, while finishing second in the conference, its best-ever finish since joining the conference in 1998.

“We are saddened that Coach Baker has decided to leave us, but we wish to thank him for the phenomenal job he has done with our volleyball program,” said DeBusk. “Nathan has been instrumental in re-starting the winning tradition for Tusculum volleyball and wish him and his family all the best for the future.”

Baker mentored 2007 SAC Player of the Year Vivian Lacy, who became the first Tusculum volleyball player to garner NCAA Division II All-America distinction. His teams have consistently done well in the classroom, including Alexis Rowles, who was tabbed the 2007 SAC Scholar Athlete for volleyball. Last season, Tusculum ranked second in the nation in blocks per game and ninth in team hitting percentage.

The Phil Campbell, Ala. native also orchestrated the “Dig For the Cure” matches, which raised proceeds and awareness for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

“I want to thank (former Tusculum AD) Ed Hoffmeyer and Frankie DeBusk for giving me this opportunity to become a head coach at such a fine institution as Tusculum,” said Baker. “I feel it’s time to pursue another opportunity. I will always remember my time at Tusculum College, thanks to the many people that made it a wonderful place to work. It was very difficult to leave this group of players. They have accomplished amazing things in just two short years and they should all be proud of what they have accomplished.”

Baker came to the Greeneville, Tenn. campus after serving three years as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Campbell University. During his tenure at the Buies Creek, N.C. school, he coordinated all recruiting and travel activities while also serving as academic coordinator. The Fighting Camels had a 12-win turnaround in 2004 and posted 14 victories in 2005 for the Atlantic Sun Conference affiliated school

Prior to his three seasons at Campbell, he served as the head volleyball and softball coach at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangley, Colo. At CNCC, Baker started the volleyball program for the Spartans in the Scenic West Athletic Conference, known as one of the toughest junior college leagues in the country. He laid the foundation for what has prospered into a solid program, both athletically and academically. His 2002 squad posted a 3.2 cumulative grade point average.

The 2002 Martin Methodist graduate got his coaching career started at his alma mater where he served as an assistant coach for former Olympic and professional player Rose Magers-Powell. Coach Powell was member of the 1984 US Olympic Volleyball team that won the silver medal at the Los Angeles games, the highest finish by an American team.

Baker is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). While at Campbell he served as the Atlantic Sun Conference representative for the AVCA Assistant Coaches Committee. Baker represented the A-Sun with the NCAA Recruiting Task Force and other NCAA legislation that impacts the sport of volleyball. He is also active with community service efforts with the American Cancer Society and is advocate for youth volleyball.

Baker and his wife, the former Jessica McDougal of Pulaski, Tenn. have two daughters; Emma and Morgan.

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Graduate and Professional Studies 25th Anniversary

Posted on 27 March 2008 by

Below is a list of individuals that have already registered for one or more of the celebrations.

Name: Plan to Attend

Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Tate ’99 ’02: Tri-Cites, Morristown, Greeneville

Ms. Carol Rhinehart ’04: Knoxville

Mr. Gregory Separk ’07: Knoxville

Mr. Brad Williams ’06: Knoxville

Reverand Lester Lattany ’87 ’91: Tri-Cities

Mr. Tony Carasso ’07: Knoxville

Mr. Jamie Hamer ’98: Knoxville, Morristown, Greeneville.

Mr. Gary Evans ’06: Tri-Cities, Greeneville

Mrs. Teal McVey Simpson ’98 ’99: Morristown, Greeneville.

Ms. Joan Taylor ’02: Morristown.

Ms. Angie Gentry ’02: Morristown.

Ms. Melody Murray (Current Student):  Greeneville

Ms. Lorraine Thompson ’06: Knoxville

Dr. Cynthia Solomon: Knoxville

Ms. Cindy Necessary ’01 ’04: Tri-Cities, Greeneville

Ms. Sally E. France ’03″ Tri-Cities, Greeneville

Ms. Amparo Atenciio (Current Student): Knoxville

Mrs. Mary Sonner: Knoxville

Ms. Michelle Arbogast (Current Student): Greeneville

Mr. Daniel C. Tyler (Current Student): Greeneville

Ms. Sandy Williams: Tri-Cities

Mr. Charles Watson ’86: Knoxville

Ms. Megan Fullen (Current Student): Tri- Cities

Ms. Nita Kissick: Knoxville

Mrs. Carol Hill: Knoxville

Mr. and Mrs. Wade Grooms (Sharon Ann: Current Student): Morristown

Mrs. Suzanne Richey: Tri-Cites, Morristown, Greeneville

Mr. Cody Greene ’08: Knoxville, Tri-Cities, Morristown, Greeneville

Ms. Mandy Altum: Knoxville

Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Redwine ’03: Tri-Cites

Mrs. Karen Sheets ’06: Tri-Cities, Greeneville

Mr. Michael Boyd: Knoxville

Ms. Donna Rogers (Current Student): Knoxville

Ms. Regnia Carr (Current Student): Tri-Cities

Ms. Loralee Dalia Bryant ’08: Knoxville

Ms. Eileen Callahan (Current Student): Knoxville

Mrs. Lula Ozmun ’08: Morristown, Greeneville

Ms. Sherri Storer ’03 ’06: Morristown

Ms. Janie Perry: Knoxville

Ms. Anna Hensley ’09: Greeneville

Mr. Christopher Mckeehan (Current Student): Knoxville, Tri-Cities, Morristown, Greeneville

Ms. Kimberly West (Current Student): Knoxville

Mr. Steven Sharpe ’04: Knoxville

Ms. Becky Henderson (Current Student): Knoxville

Ms. Mary Elliott (Current Student): Knoxville

Ms. Kim Bloomfield: Knoxville

Ms. Bridget Begley ’07: Tri-Citie, Greeneville.

Mr. David Craft ’06: Morristown

Ms. Terry L. Futrell ’03: Morristown

Ms. Leslie Kelley: Morristown

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Hicks ’01 ’01: Tri-Cites

Ms. Lindsey Seal ’07: Morristown

Ms. Mary Sonner: Morristown

Mrs. Kim Squibb ’08: Tri-Cities

Dr. Katherine White: Tri-Cities, Greeneville

Mr. Dennis Waddell ’92: Morristown

Mrs. Peggy B. Brewer ’89: Morristown

Mr. Charles ’93: Morristown

Mr. David Birchfield (Current Student): Tri-Cities

Dr. Garry Grau: Tri-Cities

Mrs. Debbie Foulks: Tri-Cities, Morristown, Greeneville

Dr. Kim Estep: Tri-Cities, Morristown, Greeneville

Dr. Melanie Narkawicz: Tri-Cities, Morristown, Greeneville

Ms. Christie Hsu: Tri-Cities

Mr. J. Sam Fann: Tri-Cites, Greeneville

Mr. Steven Vinsant ’90: Tri-Cities

Ms. Melissa Brotherton Carson ’06: Morristown, Greeneville

Mrs. Ellen Myatt ’99: Tri-Cities

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Curtis ’28 and Billie Owens Literary Awards presented

Posted on 27 March 2008 by


The winners of this year’s Curtis and Billie Owens Literary Awards at Tusculum College, pictured above, were among student readers who presented works of creative fiction on Tuesday evening at Tusculum College during an English department public reading event and ceremony in which the Owens Awards were presented.

Curtis Owens was a 1928 graduate of Tusculum College who went on to a teaching career at what is now Pace University in New York. He and his wife established the Owens Award at his alma mater to encourage and reward excellence in writing among Tusculum College students.

Winners this year are, from left, Megan DuBois, Chino, Calif., who won in the poetry category; Will Chilcutt, Cross Plains, Tenn., who won for fiction; and Ashley Douglas, Clinton, Tenn., who won in the essay category. Other readers who presented were Jena Breckenridge, Val Foote, Brittany Holmes and Whittney Ransom. Presenting the Owens Award checks to the three winners was Interim President Dr. Russell Nichols.

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Museums of Tusculum College receive state grant

Posted on 03 March 2008 by

The President Andrew Johnson Museum & Library and the Doak House Museum on the Tusculum College campus have each received a Community Enhancement Grant from the State of Tennessee totaling $15,000, recently announced State Rep. David Hawk, R-5th, of Greeneville.”The Museums of Tusculum College have consistently provided excellent curriculum-based programs for school children from throughout East Tennesee as well as preserving and exhibiting the history of our community, our region, and Tusculum College,” said Rep. Hawk.

“The museums provide a critical resource to our teachers and students in addition to being an important part of our tourism development efforts,” Hawk added.

“We deeply appreciate the support of Rep. Hawk in his willingness to support our public programs through these grants and his on-going interest in our various projects,” said George Collins, director of Museum Program and Studies at Tusculum College.

“The grants will be used to develop and introduce new interactive web-pages for the use of teachers and students, as well as make improvements to the exhibits in the President Andrew Johnson Museum and aid in the preservation of important artifacts,” Collins continued.

The grants were approved by legislation passed in the 2007 session of the Tennessee General Assembly. A total of $20 million has been appropriated for over 1,000 projects managed by non-profit organizations in the state.

The Museums of Tusculum College are part of the Department of Museum Program & Studies of Tusculum College. Each year the museums serve over 10,000 school children in curriculum-based hands-on programs and are coordinators of the Regional National History Day Program and Mosheim National History Day. In addition to other programs, the Museums offer one of the few undergraduate Museum Studies degree programs in the country and manage the archives of the oldest college in Tennessee and the Andrew Johnson Collection.

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Views of the “End Times” explored during concluding session of Theologian-in-Residence lecture series

Posted on 03 March 2008 by

The Christian view of the “end times” that is the most popular eschatological perspective in evangelical, conservative churches is problematic in multiple ways, speaker Oliver “Buzz” Thomas said at Tusculum College on Tuesday (2/26).

Thomas spoke in the final session of this year’s Theologian-in-Residence lecture series, sponsored by the college and the Holston Presbytery. Thomas, a minister, author, and attorney, has spoken to capacity audiences in all of the lecture sessions, which have explored such issues as creation, the teaching of evolution and “intelligent design” in public schools, the nature of the Bible, homosexuality, and the role of women in the church. These subjects are among those addressed in Thomas’ book, “10 Things Your Minister Wants to Tell You (But Can/’t Because He Needs the Job).” In the fourth and concluding session, Thomas focused on issues of the end of the world and death.

The currently popular eschatological view of the end times called “premillennialism” focuses heavily on the “rapture” of Christians out of the world, a period of world tribulation and a literal thousand-year “millennial” reign of Jesus Christ in the world. The weaknesses of this view include failing to place the text in historic context, piecing together of unrelated scriptural passages outside of their proper contexts and reading “highly symbolic books literally,” Thomas said.

Premillennialism is the eschatological viewpoint behind such popular works as Hal Lindsey’s “The Late Great Planet Earth” in the 1970s through the more current “Left Behind” novels by Tim LaHaye. It is the view most often embraced in conservative evangelical circles.

One weakness of the premillennial approach is that, throughout history, adherents of the view have tended to set dates for Christ’s return that have not proven out. “You have to keep moving that timeline,” Thomas said.

Difficult times in world history have tended to make premillennialists believe the end is nearing, Thomas said. “Every time we go through hard times in Christian history, people say we are going through the end times,” he continued.

Another view, postmillennialism, became popular in the late 1800s, Thomas noted. In this interpretation, Christians are believed to usher in the millennium with their good works with Jesus’ returning at the end of the period. However, he added, the coming of World War I shattered confidence in the human ability to bring about worldly peace, and today postmillennialism finds few adherents.

The view called amillennialism, which interprets the Biblical millennium in non-literal terms, is associated with Catholicism and its strengths include interpreting the book in a historical context and being consistent with statements by Jesus, Peter, and Paul that no one knows when the end of the world will come, Thomas said.

The term “millennium” in the scriptures simply indicates a long stretch of time, not necessarily a literal thousand-year period, amillennialists argue. Thomas himself compared the usage to the modern greeting “I’ve not seen you in a month of Sundays!”, which indicates a long, imprecise period rather than an exactly measured span of time.

Amillennialists view many Biblical references to what premillennialists interpret as future events as actually being symbolic or coded references to events that have already happened. For example, Thomas noted, numerically, the “mark of the Beast” referenced in the scriptures, usually as 666, can easily be tied to names associated with the Roman emperor Nero, a great persecutor of the early church. Strengthening the assertion that the “Beast” was Nero is the fact that an alternative version of the “mark of the Beast” found in some old manuscripts, 616, also ties to the Nero name.

Rather than being a detailed roadmap of future events, Revelation is a “call to faithfulness” on the part of Christians in times of persecution and difficulty, Thomas said.

As an example of “apocalyptic” literature written in a time of persecution, he said, Revelation was written in a manner that would enable Christians of its time to interpret and understand its coded references to leaders and political entities of the time, while enemies of the church would be unable to easily do so.

Thomas also addressed issues of life after death, referencing scriptural teaching and also scientific research into death and dying issues. Members of the audience joined him in relating stories involving the deaths of individuals who have had experiences that appear to provide some insight into events that occur during the death transition.

He noted that early Hebrew theology focused on the life on earth and viewed the afterlife as a shadowy state, similar to the Greek mythological concept of Hades. Hebrew theology changed over time, and in the books of the Old Testament written in later periods, there is more of the dualism that appears in the New Testament, the concept of reward for the good and punishment for the evil, Thomas continued.

In the New Testament, heaven is the destination for the followers of Christ while those who reject God are placed in “the lake of fire.” Thomas noted that the Greek word used in Revelation to refer to the lake of fire as a “second death” for those who reject God means “separated,” as in an eternal separation from God and life.

The word translated as “hell” in the King James translation of the Bible is the Greek word “Gehenna,” which referred to a valley south of Jerusalem that had been the site of pagan sacrifices in Old Testament times and was the garbage dump for the city in the time of Jesus. In his preaching, Jesus would often tell people to repent or they would end up in Gehenna, Thomas said, a powerful image to His audience that they needed to change their ways lest they end up in the garbage dump.

The parable about Lazarus and the rich man is another place in Scriptures where Jesus speaks of the afterlife. Parables were a popular teaching method of the time, Thomas explained, and those of that period had one point they were trying to relate. The parable of Lazarus and the rich man was an ancient Egyptian parable and was also used by Jewish rabbis. However, Jesus changed the ending when telling his version in that Lazarus, the beggar, was the one receiving the reward. Jesus told the parable, Thomas said, not to teach about the afterlife but to teach that material wealth was not an indicator of God’s favor as was the prevalent thought of the period. The concept of hell as a place of eternal punishment has developed over the ages, particularly in the Middle Ages when works of literature such as Dante’s “Inferno” were popular, he said. Remarking that his view of the afterlife could be incorrect, Thomas said the concept of hell as a place of eternal torture, to him, is not consistent with a loving, just God.

However, Thomas said that the bottom line for him is summed up in the word “trust.” When death comes, he said, he has full trust in God to take care of him in divine love.

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