Archive | June, 2008

Corinne Nicolas appointed Director of the Gateway Program

Posted on 26 June 2008 by

Corinne Nicolas has been appointed the new Director of the Gateway Program, effective July 1st. With her office located at the Knoxville Center, Corinne will oversee the academic initiatives of this important component of the College’s Graduate and Professional Studies program.

Born in France, Corinne Nicolas moved to the United States in 1991 and came to Tusculum College a year later as a Fulbright visiting lecturer in French. She earned undergraduate degrees and a Master’s degree in English at the Université de Haute Bretagne, France. She also holds a Master of Arts in Education from Tusculum College, and is currently a doctoral candidate, ABD, in English and Composition Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Corinne is an associate professor of English. Over her tenure at Tusculum, she has taught writing, World Literature and Commons courses in both the residential and the GPS programs. She also served as Director of the Humanities Division for four years.

Nicolas assumes her new position while Edith Wagner, who has served ably as Gateway Coordinator for the past several years, will be continuing in her role as a faculty member in English for the Gateway program and as the coordinator for Prior Learning Assessment.

Tusculum College is grateful to Edie for the work she has done to strengthen the Gateway program as it has grown rapidly in recent years. The College also asks the community to join in wishing Corinne Nicolas well in her important new role.

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Tusculum College student participating in Miss Tennessee pageant

Posted on 20 June 2008 by

Tusculum’s Candace Babb is among the contestants in this weekend’s Miss Tennessee Pageant in Jackson.

Candace is a 20-year-old Junior majoring in Early Childhood & Elementary Education at Tusculum. She is from Greeneville and is the daughter of Curtis and Teresa Babb.

Candace hopes to go to graduate studies in the future and become an administrator in a school system.

Candace is competing for Miss Tennessee as Miss Bristol.

In an interview with The Greeneville Sun, Candace said, “”I’m having a blast! We’ve been really impressed with the amount of security. We’re treated like celebrities. They’ve very protective of us, and they take good care of us.”

In her introductions, Candace has mentioned that she is a Tusculum College student, providing valuable publicity for the College.

The pageant can be viewed each night through Saturday’s finals online at at 9 p.m.

More information on contestants can be seen at You can post messages for contestants through this site.

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Tusculum administrator to participate in summer program at Bryn Mawr

Posted on 06 June 2008 by

Tusculum College’s Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Melinda Dukes will temporarily trade her teaching and administrative roles for that of student this summer as she takes part in the prestigious HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

Dr. Dukes won a competitive scholarship to take part in the SI, as it is usually abbreviated, from the Appalachian College Association, of which Tusculum College is a member.

Each summer since 1976, the HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute has provided a month-long residential program presenting an intensive leadership and management development curriculum for approximately seventy women faculty and administrators on the campus of Bryn Mawr College.

The ACA provides scholarships to three individuals out of a field of applicants. Each summer since 1976, the HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute has provided a month-long residential program presenting an intensive leadership and management development curriculum for approximately seventy women faculty and administrators on the campus of Bryn Mawr College.

Dr. Dukes said that participants will involve themselves in such issues as “best practices in higher education, including financial concerns, trends, enrollment issues, and federal issues in higher education.

Days at SI typically start early and end late, Dr. Dukes said. They provide an opportunity for highly focused, intensive discussion and training in which education professionals can share ideas and practices.

Dr. Dukes will be involved in her Bryn Mawr experience from June 21 through July 16. She will report on her experiences to ACA and others upon her return.

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College Cable Services to offer high-speed ResNet service in all residence halls and campus houses

Posted on 02 June 2008 by

Tusculum College students living on campus will soon have the ability to upgrade their Internet connections to a broadband service provided by College Cable Services. The College Cable Services ResNet offering is coming this summer.

Under the agreement, College Cable Services will be offering an optional high speed broadband cable modem Internet service in all Tusculum College residence halls and campus houses in time for the fall semester.

The college Information Systems department says that basic Internet services that have previously been available in the residence halls will continue at no additional charge. However, the Information Systems department says that due to liability issues for the college, basic Internet service will be filtered to prevent abuse.

The ResNet offering by College Cable Services will provide the bandwidth necessary for students who play World of Warcraft, for example.

College Cable Services are in the process of adding an online signup option for students. All billing for the optional Internet service will be handled by College Cable Services, Inc. Additional information and details will be made available in the coming weeks.

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