Archive | June, 2010


Architectural styles of Tusculum College’s historic structures explored in exhibit at President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library

Posted on 30 June 2010 by

ajexhibit1From Richardson Romanesque to Colonial Revival, the variety of architectural styles found on the Tusculum College campus are the focus of a new exhibit at the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library.

“Century of Style: The Historic Buildings of Tusculum College” exhibit is now on display in the entrance hall of the museum, located on the Tusculum College campus. “Century of Style” explores the buildings through the creative eye of architectural photographer Ron Chory and provides glimpses into their creation and early days through architectural drawings and photos.

Structures featured in the exhibit include the Arch, Doak House, Thomas J. Garland Library, Haynes Hall, McCormick Hall, Rankin Hall, Tredway Hall, Virginia Hall, Welty-Craig Hall and “Old College,” the building that houses the museum itself. All of the buildings are part of the National Historic District on campus.

Featuring structures constructed between 1830 and 1930, the exhibit reflects a century of style in American architecture with the examples of Neoclassical and Federal as well as the aforementioned Richardson Romanesque and Colonial Revival.

Chory’s photography provides perspectives of the buildings that even those who are familiar with campus may not have ever noticed. His colorful, artistic photographs include close-ups of the intricate brickwork of the Georgian-influenced Doak House and the Federal block-style Old College to rounded arches and the tower of the Richardson Romanesque style of McCormick Hall to the minimalist, modern look of Sullivan’s Virginia Hall to the Neoclassical columns of Tredway Hall.

Virginia Hall is believed to be the only building in the South designed by noted Chicago architect Louis Sullivan. The display includes architectural blueprints by Sullivan in designing the striking four-story building.

Some original decorative features of McCormick Hall are part of the exhibit. On display are several ceramic tiles from a fireplace surround and a heating vent illustrating the style of the Victorian period. A rendering by architect A. Page Brown provides a glimpse of the plans for the building, completed in 1887, and how an initial design can be changed in the finished project.

ajexhibit2How some of the buildings appeared once completed are revealed in old photographs that show the campus in earlier, less tree-lined days.

The exhibit has been made possible through the support of the Office of the Secretary of State of the State of Tennessee, the Niswonger Foundation, Andrew Johnson Memorial Association and Copies Unlimited.

Please call (423) 636-7348 for more information about the exhibit and to check the hours of the museum on the Tusculum campus. The museum is generally open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, but observes college holidays and block breaks.

The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library and the Doak House Museum 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.

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Greeneville campus administrative offices to be closed Monday, July 5

Posted on 29 June 2010 by

Tusculum College administrative offices on the main campus in Greeneville will be closed on Monday, July 5, as part of the College’s observance of the Independence Day holiday.

All offices will reopen as scheduled beginning at  8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6.

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Congressman Phil Roe visits Tusculum College to learn more about TRIO college-preparation programs

Posted on 23 June 2010 by

Tusculum College welcomed Congressman Phil Roe to campus on Monday, June 21. Roe visited the campus to learn more about the college preparation programs offered by Tusculum College through the TRIO programs.

TRIO includes three federally funded programs, Talent Search, Upward Bound and Student Support Services (SSS). These programs serve regional students who are from low-income backgrounds and if they attend college, will be first-generation college students.

Roe represents Tennessee’s First District and currently serves on the federal Education and Labor Committee. He expressed a great deal of interest in programs that encourage young people to continue their education.

“The answers to our education issues are complicated,” said Roe during a meeting with Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody and Jeanne Stokes, director of TRIO programs. “It is even more important now for young people to get a higher education or some skill in order to be successful.”

Of the three programs, Talent Search begins the earliest, with students entering the program in the sixth grade.

“We begin monitoring the courses that they take, work with students on attainable goal setting, and we recently took 60 of our Talent Search students on a trip to Nashville,” said Stokes.

The student trip allowed for an educational experience, but they also visited several college campuses as part of the program’s effort to encourage students to begin thinking of college as an option at a young age.

“Whenever I talk to these students,” said Moody, “I don’t talk about Tusculum College specifically, we just want them to believe that college is a genuine option for them and begin working toward it now.”

Upward Bound, which serves high school students and is currently in summer session on the Greeneville Tusculum College campus, brings the students to the college to learn and experience life on a college campus. Students take courses and live on campus. They learn to deal with roommates and experience eating in the cafeteria.

“Our programs are very much set up like a college program,” said Stokes. “We offer courses for them to choose from, including “Creative Writing,” “Forensic Science,” “Navigating Math” and “Destination Space.”

She added that the “Destination Space” program is linked directly with NASA and focuses on the study of space.

The third of the TRIO programs is Student Support Services and provides a wide array of academic support services to at-risk students once they are enrolled as a Tusculum College student. Services include tutoring and counseling, among other services.

While on campus, Congressman Roe visited several classes of Upward Bound students, encouraging them to stick with their education and continue on to higher education.

He shared with the high school students statistics regarding earning potential for college graduates that included that a high school graduate will make an average of $500,000 more in a lifetime than a non-high school graduate, and a college graduate will make an average of $1 million more in his lifetime than a non-high school graduate.

“What you’re learning now are the basics that will help you continue to learn throughout your lifetime,” he said. “Knowledge is power – it allows you to understand, to explain and to convince others of what you believe is the right thing to do.”

“We are trying to break the cycle of poverty with these programs,” said Stokes. “We are doing everything we can to let them know there is more they can do if they go on to college.”


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Tusculum College Upward Bound and Talent Search students take Washington by storm

Posted on 23 June 2010 by

Mr. Smith has gone to Washington and now so has Mr. (Alex) Smyth and two fellow Talent Search/Upward Bound participants from the programs at Tusculum College. Along with Smyth, who is an upcoming senior at West Greene High School, attending as representatives from East Tennessee were Maggie Solomon, a senior at South Greene High School and Alyssa Shepherd, a senior from Cosby High School.

The three were nominated to represent their program at the 2010 Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) National Student Leadership Congress in Washington, D.C., by their advisors and then were selected by a committee for the COE conference.

All three attended the event June 5-10 along with representatives from across the country, including territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

“We started with a Diversity Class the first day and that was really helpful for us to get started and for everyone to start off by accepting our differences,” said Solomon. “One of the best parts was getting to talk to the other students about where they were from and what their programs were like.”

According to Smyth and Shepherd, on their agenda were historical tours, including national monuments, meeting with the staffs of their congressmen and participating in a mock Congress competition (which Smyth’s team won.)

“Each team was assigned a topic and we had to write a bill,” said Smyth. Each team argued for their bill and in the end only one could pass, with all members of each team being able to vote.

“It gave me a whole new perspective on the political process,” said Smyth.

The students also participated in a political rally for their programs and attended a play at the Kennedy Center, both amazing experiences for Solomon and Shepherd who were experiencing their first visit to Washington, D.C.

“It was great to get to know people with different perspectives and to learn about their programs, said Shepherd.

Added Solomon, “It really makes you appreciate what you have. Our program here (at Tusculum College) has many components that other programs don’t have, like the summer programs.”

The Talent Search program at Tusculum College, which all three have participated in and Smyth still participates in, is a college preparatory program funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Through the program, students are encouraged to investigate a variety of postsecondary institutions, including two and four-year colleges and universities. The Tusculum program serves 1,450 students from 18 high schools and 20 middle schools in the Upper East Tennessee Region.

Talent Search program services are provided at no cost to qualified participants.

Upward Bound, which serves high school students, including Solomon and Shepherd, and is currently in summer session on the Tusculum College campus in Greeneville, brings the students to the college to learn and experience life on a college campus. Students take courses and live on campus. They learn to deal with roommates and experience eating in the cafeteria.

The programs are very much set up like a college program, offering courses for students to choose from, including “Creative Writing,” “Forensic Science,” “Navigating Math” and “Destination Space,” which is linked directly with NASA and focuses on the study of space.

For more information about Tusculum College’s TRIO programs, contact Jeanne Stokes, director of TRIO programs, at 423-636-7300.


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Nashville area alumni invited to special event July 15

Posted on 22 June 2010 by

nashville_graphic2A special event for Nashville alumni is coming Thursday, July 15.

All Nashville area alumni are cordially invited to this alumni event, which will provide an  opportunity to get together and reminisce about days on campus as well as get acquainted with Tusculum President Dr. Nancy B. Moody and other College representatives.

The alumni event will be held at the Hotel Preston near the Nashville Airport. A cash bar will begin at the Pink Slip at the hotel, at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:30 in the Cafe Isabella, the Preston’s restaurant that serves ““Italian comfort food with southern roots.” The menu for dinner will include chicken piccata, market fresh vegetables, baked bread, a house salad and carrot cake for dessert.

The cost per person is $35.

Please RSVP by July 8 by calling 1-800-729-0256 ext. 7303 or emailing

Register and pay for the event online.

Directions to the Hotel Preston

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Tusculum College vice president selected as presenter for Saudi Arabian conferences

Posted on 22 June 2010 by

elliott_saudiarabia1Jacquelyn D. Elliott, vice president for enrollment management, recently returned from a whirlwind trip to Saudi Arabia where she was one of four American presenters at conferences for various universities over a four-day period.

Elliott was selected to be a presenter at  “The Essential Academic Leader II” a conference sponsored by the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Higher Education and the Academic Leadership Center, which is under the auspices of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.

The Academic Leadership Center was formed to help build a high level of quality academic leadership in Saudi Arabian universities. The Middle Eastern country has experienced rapid growth in higher education in the past decade with the creation of new schools as well as expansion of existing universities.

The stateside equivalent to the Academic Leadership Center is the American Council on Education. “One reason that I may have been selected to be a presenter is the work I have done with the American Council on Education’s Office on Women in Higher Education,” Elliott said.

The group of four was led by Dr. Jeffrey L. Buller, dean of the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University. The group also included Dr. Jacqueline Fewkes, assistant professor of anthropology at the Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic, and Dr. Timothy Hatfield, professor of counselor education at Winona University.

On their first day in Saudi Arabia, May 15, all four participated in a Discussion Forum on the Academic Leadership Center Roadmap. Following keynote addresses, Fewkes and Elliott served as facilitators in a breakout sessions in discussions about what the center’s future role should be and what programs and services it should provide.

At the forum, Elliott had the opportunity to meet the Saudi Minister of Education and the Princess of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Aljoharah Fahad M. Al-Saud, who is the rector of Princess Nor Bint Abdulrahman  University. A rector’s position corresponds to that of a president of an American college or university.

The forum took place in Riyadh and would be the last time the group of four would be together during the trip. The men went to one set of universities for conferences for Saudi male higher education administrators, and the women presented at conferences for Saudi female academic leaders.

Elliott and Fewkes traveled to Jeddah for a two-day conference at King Abdul Aziz University on May 16 and 17. On May 18, Elliott was  in Taif for the Taif University conference that was held at the local Awaliv Hotel. Elliott’s  last destination was a conference at Umm Al-Qura University in Mecca on May 19.

The four presentations that Elliott made dealt with various issues faced by academic leaders. One was about effective communication in academic leadership. Another was called “Lifescripts: A Personal Approach to Office Success” that focused on such topics as mediation, conflict resolution and difficult human resource issues.

A third was called “Leading Change in Higher Education: Creating Energy through Strategic Planning and Goal Mapping.” And a fourth was called “Coping with the Stress of Academic Leadership.”

The presentations included an overview by Elliott on each topic and breakout sessions that allowed the attendees to work together as teams on projects and planning for their own institutions. A translator and interpreter accompanied Elliott for a few of the sessions to translate her presentations into Arabic and help convey her English meanings into a corresponding Arabic word or idea.

The Saudis were receptive to what she presented, Elliott said, and she has been contacted by some of the attendees since she has returned home. Mentoring of new leaders by experienced leaders is a concept being encouraged by the Academic Leadership Center, and Elliott has been asked by a Saudi administrator in enrollment to be her mentor. She is also working with another Saudi administrator to write an article for journal publication.

elliott_museumA packed schedule of presentations and travel did not leave much time for Elliott to sightsee during the trip, but she learned much about the Saudi culture through her experiences in the conferences and from the attendees.

A difference between Saudi and American is evident in the photos that Elliott brought back from the conference. Throughout their time in Saudia Arabia, Elliott and Fewkes dressed in hijab and abayas, the traditional long loose-fitting outer garment and head coverings required to be worn by all women, even in the 110-plus degree weather they experienced while there.

They also had to be accompanied by a male chaperone in public, Dr. Yasser Fallatah. He also coordinated their driver since women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, the only country in the world that does not permit the practice.

The prominence of the Islamic religion in the fabric of daily life in Saudi Arabia was evident during the presentations. Elliott said the attendees would refer to their religion often, saying, “Our prophet Mohammed.,. peace be upon him said …” in discussions of an issue.

The women were eager to talk about their beliefs with Elliott, telling her that Christianity and Islam share many of the same teachings about how to treat others. The Saudi women also wanted Elliott to know they were different than a common western perception that all Muslims are like the small minority of extremists.

The Saudis were warm and gracious people, Elliott said, and told her that they in turn, found Americans to be a warm and friendly people.

Elliott said she found Saudi Arabia to be a more conservative culture than the other Islamic countries she has visited in the past such at Turkey and Egypt. She noted that the city of Jeddah is considered to be “progressive ” in Saudi Arabia as women there are known to walk and exercise in public while wearing their traditional dress.

fountain_jeddahSaudi Arabia is also a country of varying geographical regions. She traveled from the seaside to the mountainous region around Taif, which is world famous for their roses.

During their trip, the presenters stayed in comfortable hotels, she said, and the “food was amazing.” There was much fresh fruit and vegetables and for breakfast, they were treated to honey still dripping from its honeycomb.

The comfortable accommodations were a plus in the busy days. The women’s days began at around 5:30 a.m. to eat breakfast and prepare for the day before leaving to travel to the conference site. The conferences lasted from 8:30 until around 2:30 p.m., when they took a break for lunch with the attendees. Around 3:30 p.m. they traveled back to the hotel to pack and then travel to the next destination. Elliott recalled that they would arrive at their next destination in later evening, and their hosts would take them out to see the town for a few hours.

With the tight schedule, there was some time to sightsee as they were able to visit the Taif Museum after-hours and visited the world’s largest fountain at Jeddah.

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Hamer named president of East Tennessee College Alliance

Posted on 22 June 2010 by

hamerTusculum College’s Jamie Hamer has been named president of the East Tennessee College Alliance. Hamer was elected at the organization’s May meeting. He had previously served as the organization’s vice president and treasurer.

The East Tennessee College Alliance is comprised of 10 non-profit post-secondary institutions in the East Tennessee region.

Hamer, a 1996 graduate of Tusculum College who also received a master’s degree from the institution in 1998, serves as assistant director of enrollment and advising for the Southeast region and coordinator of marketing.

Hamer has worked with the Tusculum College Graduate and Professional Studies program since November 2001. He is also an adjunct faculty member and teaches courses in the GPS Gateway Program.

“It truly is an honor to have been selected by my peers from neighboring colleges to serve in this capacity.  I hope to continue our pursuit of identifying the educational needs of our workforce and community while offering our services to accommodate those needs.”

In addition to his duties at Tusculum College, Hamer has served as part-time sports broadcaster for Radio Greeneville (WSMG AM, WIKQ FM, WGRV AM), color commentator for local high school football and basketball games since 1994 and as the “Voice of the Pioneers” for Tusculum College football and basketball games.

In 1996, Hamer received the Walter T. Dette Award for outstanding contributions to Tusculum College Sports and the Senior Honor Award for Academic Achievement in the major of communications.

Hamer currently lives in Morristown with his wife, Lynn, and three children, Adam, Emmalynn and Ellagrace.

The mission of ETCA is to identify work force development needs of the business community and to provide the appropriate educational opportunities to the non-traditional working student.  For more information on ETCA visit the website at

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Class Notes – Find out the latest news about your fellow alumni!

Class Notes – Find out the latest news about your fellow alumni!

Posted on 22 June 2010 by

Peggy Carson Cheezem ’47 of Greenwood, SC, writes that her granddaughter, Sarah Henderson, is graduating with a master’s degree in hospital administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. Peggy has another granddaughter, Sylvia Abney, who is studying international relations at the University of Tokyo in Japan.

Anthony Herberton ’66 of Naples, FL, will be cruising to Canada in August and touring Montreal.

The Rev. Frank Kinney ’66 has retired as a clergyman with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is currently living in Winter Park, FL, and North Sandwich, NH. His first wife, the Rev. Roberta U. Kinney, passed away in 2006. He married his current wife, Sallie, in 2008. He has two daughters, the Rev. Elizabeth Palmer and Dr. Sarah J. Kinney, DVM. His daughter Elizabeth is married to the Rev. David Palmer and they have a son, Ethan Joseph.

Mark Field ’96 of Corryton, TN, has been named to the Leadership Knoxville Class of 2011. Leadership Knoxville is a 10-month program that has its goal to serve as a catalyst for positive change in the greater Knoxville, TN, area. While becoming more acquainted with community issues and opportunities, the class of 2011 will focus on servant leadership principles. Field is vice president of membership at the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce. Active in the community, Field serves on the Parks Foundation board of directors, CareSpark Regional Health Information Exchange board of directors, Innovation Valley Health Information board of directors and on the Tennessee Small Business Development Centers state advisory board. He is a member of the Tusculum College Knoxville President’s Advisory Council. He has served as past chair of Knox County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. He is chair of the administrative team and is a deacon at Corryton Church.

Kathrn Whartenby ’05 began her duties as assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Denver (CO) in mid-June. Prior to the University of Denver, Whartenby served as assistant for the Yale University strength and conditioning staff. She joined the staff in 2007 and worked with the men’s and women’s basketball teams as well as the men’s soccer, women’s lacrosse, women’s swimming, women’s golf and women’s cross country programs. Whartenby served as an assistant at the University of Florida from 2005 until 2007 while she was earning her master’s degree in applied physiology and kinesiology. She worked with the university’s women’s basketball, soccer and gymnastics teams, taught classes for the Sports and Fitness Program and developed a fitness program for the Florida Department of Corrections.

Brian Lovett ’06 has been named as the head baseball coach at Central High School in Knoxville, TN. Lovett is looking to revive a once-proud program for which he played and that won state titles in 1973 and 1990. He served as an assistant coach at Central from 2006-2009 and as an assistant at Bearden this past season.  Lovett is also now currently enrolled as a student in the Graduate and Professional Studies program.

Erica Barenbaum ’08 of Chuckey, TN, has been accepted into veterinary school at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and will begin the program in the fall.


Carrie R. Miller ’06 and Joshua J. Ealy ’07 were married May 22, 2010, at Central Baptist Church in Johnson City. Following a honeymoon trip to St. Maarten of the Netherlands Antilles, the couple is living in Newport, TN. Carrie is a veterinarian at Appalachian Veterinary Hospital in Newport. Josh is an assistant basketball coach at Carson-Newman College.


Ryan Munson ’04 and his wife, Courtney, of Ogden, UT, celebrated the birth of their first child, Reese Aubrey, on April 30, 2010. She weighed 6 lbs. and was 19.5 inches long.


Dr. Samuel E. Miller ’35 H’98 of Abingdon, VA, passed away June 3, 2010. Dr. Miller was a long-time supporter of his Alma Mater, particularly the Arts Outreach program, and was presented the Distinguished Service Award by the College in 2009. A native of Greene County, he grew up on a farm not far from the Tusculum College campus. After graduating from Tusculum, he joined the military and rose to the rank of major in the horse cavalry. He was later assigned to investigate and test equipment for the motorized cavalry. He was discharged from the military after suffering an injury and during his rehabilitation, graduated with a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Miller then worked as a chemist with the Food and Drug Administration until 1941 when he wed the late Mary Agnes Ault, whom he had met at Tusculum where she had served as a dorm mother. He then attended and taught at New York University and Columbia University and also at the Virginia Military Institute while completing pre-med courses at Washington and Lee University. He continued his studies at the University of Virginia (UVA) Medical School, earning his medical degree in 1950. Dr. Miller practiced medicine in Abingdon from 1952 until 1971, when he returned to UVA and was co-founder of the Medical Family Practice Unit after becoming concerned about the decreasing number of general physicians entering the family practice field. He was the only doctor at UVA to have dual appointments in family practice and internal medicine. After teaching at the medical school, he returned to Abingdon in 1994 and began an intense study of writing. He later published a book of poetry, which includes poems about his days at Tusculum and growing up in Greene County. He was active with local writers and poets groups in Abingdon.  His support of the arts included his initiation of Arts Outreach’s Acts, Arts, Academia annual performance and lecture series, and attendance at Theatre-at-Tusculum performances as his health allowed. He was also a patron of the Virginia Highlands Festival, the Barter Theatre, the William King Regional Arts Center and the Arts Depot, all located in Abingdon. Dr. Miller taught and attended classes at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center for older adults. He was a trustee of the Library Foundation Board. Dr. Miller was an avid sports car fan, a successful racer and president emeritus of the Sports Car Club of America. He was a member of Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church. His survivors include son and Tusculum alumnus Raymond A. Miller ’62.

Peter J. Rossi ’42 of Richmond, IN, passed away on June 18, 2009. Mr. Rossi was a retired assistant vice president from Star Bank. His survivors include wife and Tusculum alumna, Jean Thomas Rossi ’44.

Former Tusculum College head football coach Tom Bryant passed away suddenly June 3, 2010. Bryant, a special education teacher and assistant football coach at Armuchee High School in Rome, GA, collapsed at around 7 p.m. at the school during a spring football practice. Bryant served as Tusculum’s head football coach from 1991-94, orchestrating the reinstatement of the sport at the College after a 41-year absence. After his first team went winless in the 1991 season, Bryant’s Pioneers rebounded by going 15-14 in his final three seasons combined, including a 6-3 record in 1994. He had a 15-24 record during his four seasons at Tusculum. While at Tusculum, Bryant mentored 16 NAIA All-District 24 squad players, while 56 of his players earned All Mid-South Conference honors. He also coached two All-Americans.  Upon learning of his passing, Tusculum Director of Athletics and Head Football Coach Frankie DeBusk said, “This is a sad day for all Pioneer fans. Coach Bryant led our College football program during a time of great transition at the Pioneers searched for a playing identity. He was a true ambassador of the game of football and will be greatly missed.”

Mary Jane Coleman of Greeneville, TN, who initiated the Sinking Creek Independent Film Festival which was initially held on the Tusculum College campus, passed away June 19, 2010. Coleman was a leading figure in the arts both locally and in Tennessee as a whole for three decades. Coleman founded the Sinking Creek Film Celebration in 1969 after becoming interested in the field of independent film-making, which was at the time a little-recognized area of the fine arts. She served as the film festival’s executive director and artistic director for more than 20 years. Under her leadership, the festival became nationally known and highly respected in its field, with substantial growth in entries. In the first four years of the actual competition, it was held on the Tusculum campus. The College and the Greeneville Arts Guild were the original co-sponsors of the event. Because of its growth, the festival moved to Nashville in 1972. Coleman continued to serve as the event’s artistic director until the early 1990s and retired from involvement in 1997. The festival is now known as the Nashville Film Festival. Coleman’s work with the film festival garnered her several honors including the Governor’s Award in the Arts. Tusculum faculty members, such as Clem Allison and the late Dave Behan. Helped Coleman in facilitating arrangements for the film festival-related events in the first few years. Allison, a longtime leader in the Greeneville Arts Guild/Council that Coleman almost single-handedly established, also worked with her over a period of more than 20 years, including some of the “Film Flam” gals during the 1970s and 1980s that were held to maintain a strong local connection with the film festival and raise funds to support it. Marilyn duBrisk, artist-in-residence and director of Tusculum College Arts Outreach, and her husband, Wess, who is retired from Tusculum as an associate professor mass communications, met Coleman soon after their arrival in Greeneville. The duBrisks participated in the “Film Flam” fundraisers as well as organizing the judging of films at Tusculum. Wess duBrisk served as technical assistant for the week-long Sinking Creek Film Festival and Marilyn duBrisk assisted with the judging period in Nashville in a variety of ways related to hospitality and overall facilitation of what had by then become a lengthy, multi-faceted event. Coleman served as artistic director of the “Video Tusculum” independent film festival for young film-makers that Wess duBrisk started in the 1990s.

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Northeast State and Tusculum sign articulation agreement

Posted on 22 June 2010 by

northeaststate_articulationagreementThe presidents of Northeast State Community College and Tusculum College signed a new articulation agreement on Tuesday, June 15, opening the door for a seamless transfer for students majoring in selected academic programs at both institutions.

Tusculum President Dr. Nancy B. Moody and Northeast State President Dr. Janice Gilliam signed the articulation agreement at the Northeast State at Gray teaching site on Tuesday afternoon.  The agreement becomes effective immediately for students enrolled at Northeast State.

“We are very pleased to announce the new partnership and articulation agreement with our friends at Northeast State,” said Moody. “This articulation agreement offers prospective students of all ages an opportunity to complete everything from the GED through a master’s degree through a seamless process that creates a tremendous opportunity for them to remain at home and pursue their educational dreams.”

The two colleges have maintained a general articulation agreement since 1995. Both institutions reviewed all existing curriculum offerings, matching equivalency courses at both colleges and eliminating the need for students to retake courses or lose earned credit hours.

“Any Northeast State student who has earned an associate of science or associate of applied science and who meets the requirements for admission at Tusculum will receive transfer credits for all courses taken at Northeast State,” said Lana Hamilton ’87, vice president for Academic Affairs at Northeast State.

The articulation agreement includes students who have earned associate of science degrees in teaching and associate of science degrees in business at Northeast State.  These graduates may transfer all earned credit hours into the bachelor’s degree programs of education and business at Tusculum.

“This partnership demonstrates the value of how earning an associate degree can give students the opportunity to move into a bachelor’s degree program,” said Northeast State President Dr. Janice Gilliam said. “Tusculum’s reputation as one our region’s finest colleges will make this an attractive option for both traditional and non-traditional students at Northeast State.”

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Doak House Museum begins new programs for the summer

Posted on 22 June 2010 by

pickinatthedoaks1In its efforts to introduce the site to new audiences, the Doak House Museum is offering new programs this summer such as a traditional music performances and educational programs for pre-schoolers.

“Pickin’ at the Doaks” had a successful beginning on May 28 and will continue on the fourth Friday of every month through September. “Pickin’ at the Doaks” is a fun and informal traditional music jam session at the Doak House Museum, except for the upcoming one on June 25, which will take place on the lawn of the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library because of a scheduling conflict at the Doak House.

Musicians are invited to bring their banjo, fiddle, guitar, dobro, mandolin, washboard, spoons, jug and jaw harp and join in the jam session. The event is acoustic only, so musicians are asked to limit selections to traditional music. There is no cost for admission to the event, but those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

For the youngsters, the museum will be hosting a mini-camp in early July to introduce youngsters to life in the 19th century and the area’s history. The mini-camp will be from Tuesday, July 6, through Friday, July 9, and last from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

The mini-camp is designed for children ages 5 to 7, and will introduce life in the 19th century and history to the participants through a variety of fun, hands-on activities. The camp activities will engage the children and spark their curiosity about history. Cost for each of the camps is $45 per participant.

Another new program to begin in July is designed for toddlers and pre-school age children and their mothers. Called “Mommy, Me and the Museum Make Three,” the program will take place on July 13 and 27, August 17 and 31 and September 28.

For more information about these new programs, please contact the Doak House Museum at 423-636-8554 or e-mail Follow the Doak House Museum on Facebook and Twitter and get information about the latest news and events at the museum.

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Article by Tusculum president featured at

Posted on 22 June 2010 by

moody2An editorial article penned by Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody is being featured on the website for the NCAA. The article was published on June 16, and can be found at

Moody’s article discusses the NCAA presidents and chancellors summit that took place Friday, June 18, and the history of successes the past two such summits have had on Division II athletics.

The article also addresses presidential leadership, stating, “The Summit is the only national higher education meeting for presidents in a particular division where the focus is on intercollegiate athletics. Attendance has been steady at all three (about half the division’s membership), which reflects the desire for the division’s leadership to engage on national issues and to own the strategic direction of the division. That is an attribute we all can be proud to claim as our own.”

On the agenda for this year’s summit, according to the article, is “Life in the Balance,” in which the participants work to “align policy with behavior and develop principles that allow our student-athletes to live fully the college experience – an experience for success in life.”

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Article by Dr. Nancy B. Moody featured at

Posted on 17 June 2010 by

An editorial article penned by Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody is being featured on the website for the NCAA. The article was published on June 16, and can be found at

Moody’s article discusses the NCAA presidents and chancellors summit scheduled for Friday, June 18, and the history of successes the past two such summits have had on Division II athletics.moodywcutline

The article also addresses presidential leadership, stating, “The Summit is the only national higher education meeting for presidents in a particular division where the focus is on intercollegiate athletics. Attendance has been steady at all three (about half the division’s membership), which reflects the desire for the division’s leadership to engage on national issues and to own the strategic direction of the division. That is an attribute we all can be proud to claim as our own.”

On the agenda for this year’s summit, according to the article, is “Life in the Balance,” in which the participants work to “align policy with behavior and develop principles that allow our student-athletes to live fully the college experience – an experience for success in life.”

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