Archive | August, 2010


Register today for Parent Weekend, October 29 and 30!

Posted on 31 August 2010 by

parent_photo1Parents will be Tusculum College’s special guests for the weekend of October 29 and 30. The College is inviting all parents to visit campus for Parent Weekend 2010.

On Friday, October 29, parents are invited to enjoy dinner with your son(s) or daughter(s) at a favorite local restaurant. Parents who pre-register will receive discount coupons to favorite local restaurants for dinner on Friday and Saturday.  Coupons are available from such restaurants as Applebee’s, Stan’s Bar-B-Q, Ella’s, the Creamy Cup, the Tusculum Eatery and Brumley’s, the restaurant at the General Morgan Inn.

On Saturday, October 30, activities begin with registration between 7:30 – 8 a.m. in the Hurley Room, which is located inside the cafeteria in the Niswonger Commons. Breakfast will follow at 8 a.m. in the Hurley Room. Cost is $5 per person. Students can attend at no charge with their parents.

Representatives from Student Affairs and the Academic Resource Center as well as current students will share information about the academic resources available on campus, how students can get involved in campus activities and other information about life at Tusculum during a panel discussion, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Hurley Room.

Enjoy some friendly competition as part of the Cornhole Tournament, which will start at 10 a.m. in the quad area between Niswonger Commons and McCormick Hall. Registration for the tournament begins at 9:45 a.m. The cost is $5 per two-man team. The winning team will receive a $50 Applebee’s gift certificate.

Meet Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody and join other parents, alumni and supporters of the College at a Tailgate Party prior to the football game. The tailgate party begins at 11:30 a.m. on the concourse of Pioneer Park (the baseball stadium). Cost is $10 per person. Students can attend at no charge with their parents.

Cheer on the Pioneers as they take on the Brevard College Tornados in a football game at 1:30 p.m. at Pioneer Field. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased at the tailgate or the stadium.

In addition to the discount coupons to local restaurants, parents who pre-register will receive a 20 percent discount card to the Tusculum College bookstore for Saturday, October 30, only.

To register, please call 800.729.0256 ext. 5303, e-mail or register online.

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Dr. Angela Keaton named director of Tusculum Honors Program

Posted on 30 August 2010 by

Dr. Angela Keaton, assistant professor of history, has been appointed the new director of Tusculum College’s Honors Program, according to Ron McCallister, director of the School of Arts and Sciences.  Dr. Keaton is starting her fifth year at the College and has served in a variety of faculty leadership positions, including serving as the director of the Warren W. Hobbie Center for Civic Advancement and as a member of the College Council, the Teaching and Professional Growth Committee and the QEP Implementation Team.  In 2008-2009, she received the Tusculum College Excellence in Teaching and Campus Leadership Award. keatonangelaheadshotweb

 A graduate of the University of Tennessee, in her time at Tusculum College Dr. Keaton has focused on gender history, modern history, as well as African and Asian history.  In addition to her faculty leadership at the College, Dr. Keaton continues her scholarship with the upcoming publication of an article, entitled “Backyard Desperadoes: American Attitudes Concerning Toy Guns in the Atomic Age, 1945-1963,” to be published in the “Journal of American Culture.” 

 As director of the Honors Program, Dr. Keaton will continue the work done by predecessors Dr. Nancy Thomas and Dr. Barry Sharp in establishing criteria for membership in the Honors Program, setting goals for the program, developing Honors courses (in close coordination with academic departments throughout the College) and assuming overall leadership in this important academic endeavor.

 The College welcomes Dr. Keaton to her new role.

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Museums of Tusculum College to offer two new homeschool enrichment programs

Posted on 30 August 2010 by

A reaper, a benefactor and buildings that talk – they will all be part of a new enrichment program for homeschool students this fall at the Museums of Tusculum College.
            The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library, also known as the “Old College” building on the Tusculum College campus, will have a Fall Homeschool Enrichment Day on Wednesday, September 15. The program is not the only new one for homeschool students in the coming months – the Doak House Museum on campus will host a Homeschool Day in Storytelling and Gingerbread Christmas program on Monday, December 6.
            The Fall Homeschool Enrichment Day will be from 10 – 11:30 a.m. and is designed for ages six through 18. The program will explore such questions as what connection Cyrus McCormick’s famous 19th century reaper has with Tusculum College, what is a kiln, how does a building talk and much more.
            The program will focus on the influence of Cyrus and Nettie Fowler McCormick and their legacy at Tusculum and in the region. Students will have a guided tour of the museum, a mini-tour of campus, view historic documents and photographs from the College’s Archives, learn architectural vocabulary, participate in hands-on learning activities and receive a notebook of take-home materials.
            Cost is $5 per child. One parent/chaperone can attend free per family group. Reservations are required. Please call 423-636-8554 or 800-729-0256 ext.5251 or email to reserve your spot.
            In December, the Doak House Museum will host a Homeschool Day in its Storytelling and Gingerbread Christmas program. Homeschoolers are invited to the museum from 12:30 – 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 6, for the Storytelling and Gingerbread program that makes Christmas come to life.
            Students will learn about 19th century holiday customs, listen to stories about the Doak family children and Miss Molly Mouse who lives at the Doak House. Each participant will make a 19th century ornament to take home, decorate a gingerbread man cookie and enjoy the story, “The Gingerbread Girl.”
            Cost for the program is $4 per school-age child. One parent/chaperone can attend free per family group. Reservations are required. Please call 423-636-8554 or 800-729-0256 ext. 5251 or email to reserve your spot.
            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. The two museums are also part of the National Historic District on the Tusculum College campus. Follow the museums of Facebook and Twitter to learn the latest news and upcoming events.

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Tusculum College named to Top Military-Friendly School List

Posted on 30 August 2010 by

militaryfriendlylogoTusculum College has been named to G.I. Jobs’ 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

“Tusculum College has a long history of providing programs that allow the adult student to be able to achieve their dream of higher education while balancing the responsibilities of career and family,” said Jacquelyn D. Elliott, vice president for enrollment management at Tusculum College.

 ”The Military Friendly Schools list is the gold standard in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience. It’s especially important now with so many schools competing for military students,” said Derek Blumke, president of Student Veterans of America and a member of the list’s Academic Advisory Board.

Schools on the Military Friendly Schools list also offer additional benefits to student veterans such as on-campus veterans programs, credit for service, military spouse programs and more.

Tusculum College started the Yellow Ribbon program in August 2009. Under the program, the school matches dollars put in by the Veterans Administration so veterans can work toward their advanced degree as well as qualify for money to help with housing. There are already more than 20 students enrolled in Tusculum degree programs who are receiving the Yellow Ribbon benefits.

“The Yellow Ribbon program allows the College to further fulfill her mission by acknowledging the service and commitment of those who have served our country by providing them with financial support to complete their education.” said Tusculum College President Dr. Nancy B. Moody. “With the variety of locations, programs, majors, degrees and scheduling options offered at Tusculum College, we are uniquely suited to serve those whose educational path was interrupted or who are considering beginning or continuing their higher education.”

The Yellow Ribbon program is applicable towards all Tusculum College degree programs, which include traditional undergraduate programs, as well as the Graduate and Professional Studies programs. Tuition benefits under the program are also available to both full and part-time students.

In addition, Tusculum College has a long standing relationship with United States Navy through its partnership with the U.S.S. Greeneville submarine. Since its christening, Tusculum College has partnered with the crew members, offering an annual scholarship to crewmen and/or members of their family. To date, three people benefiting from that relationship have become Tusculum College alumni and one more has applied to attend next year.

Tusculum College has long offered assistance to veterans returning to higher education and Veterans Affairs Coordinator Pat Simons is available to specifically support veterans with their admissions and financial aid questions. For more information on the Yellow Ribbon program or others assistance provided by the College, contact Simons at 423-636-7300.

The G.I. Jobs Military Friendly School List was compiled through exhaustive research starting last April during which G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Colorado State University, Dallas County Community College, Old Dominion University, Cleveland State University, Lincoln Technical Institute and Embry Riddle.

Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students and academic accreditations.

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Spirit Week Ice Cream Social “sweetens” up the campus

Posted on 27 August 2010 by

Nearly 130 people were “sweetened” up at the Spirit Week Ice Cream Social held at the Niswonger Commons on Thursday. Staff members from the Office of Institutional Advancement served up chocolate, vanilla and strawberry swirl ice cream along with toppings, nuts and whipped cream. Staff, faculty, students and a few visitors to campus all got a taste of Pioneer Spirit.













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Spirit Week Scavenger Hunt is a Success!

Posted on 25 August 2010 by


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Register Today for Homecoming 2010 and the Inauguration of Dr. Nancy B. Moody

Posted on 25 August 2010 by

homecominggraphic2The Tusculum College community is making final preparations for Homecoming 2010, which will include the celebration of the historical inauguration of Dr. Nancy B. Moody, Tusculum College’s first female president.

All alumni are  cordially invited to attend what will be a Homecoming to remember. As the time grows near, alumni are encouraged to  register online as soon as possible!

The theme for both the inauguration and Homecoming is “A Tapestry of Pioneer Leadership,” celebrating the lives of all the students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the College who have contributed to making Tusculum what it is today.

Homecoming will feature special events celebrating the inauguration of Dr. Moody, Tusculum’s 27th president.  Register Online

Registration for Homecoming will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 7, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, October 8, and 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 9. Registration will take place in the Living Room area inside the main entrance of Niswonger Commons. The location is also where the Hospitality Suite for Homecoming will be located.

The preceding week also includes several special inaugural activities. A complete listing of the events follows:

Monday, October 4

Homecoming Chili Cook-off – A popular event for Tusculum College faculty, staff and students continues for its third year. Come taste the chili recipes prepared by various departments and offices on campus and vote for the best tasting and the best theme. The Chili Cook-off will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center in Niswonger Commons.

Inauguration Art Exhibit Reception – The Inaugural Student Art Exhibit will open with a reception for the student artists from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibit features some of the best prints, paintings, ceramics and sculptures completed by students in art courses during the past academic year. The exhibit in the Allison Gallery in the Rankin House (beside Three Blind Mice on the Erwin Highway) will be open weekdays noon to 4 p.m. through the month of October.

Tuesday, October 5

Acts, Arts, Academia/Cicero Lecture Series – Dr. Bill Garris, assistant professor of psychology, will explore the ties between Tusculum College and Cicero in a presentation at 7:00 p.m. in the Behan Arena Theatre in the lower level of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building. With a dynamic approach, Dr. Garris will explore the themes and values present in Cicero’s life and explain how they form the foundation of a Tusculum education. Named for a hilltop city in ancient Rome, the city’s history is intertwined with the lives of its residents. Two thousand years ago, one of its most notable residents, Marcus Tullius Cicero, found in Tusculum a sanctuary where thoughtful statesmen could find refuge, study, and write, while governmental breakdown and societal dissolution ravaged the population centers of Rome. Although the original buildings and amphitheater of ancient Tusculum lies in ruins, Tusculum College carries forward the spirit of refuge, study, and civic engagement as it develops students in Cicero’s virtues and practical wisdom. Cost is $6 per person.

Wednesday, October 6

Mother Church Inaugural Dinner – Join the College Community for dinner at the College’s mother church, First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville. Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $6 per person. The church is located at 110 N. Main Street.

Inaugural Church Service – First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville, the mother church of Tusculum College, will have a special service in celebration of the Inauguration at 6:15 p.m. The church is located at 110 N. Main Street.

Thursday, October 7

Homecoming 2010 Golf Tournament – Enjoy an afternoon of friendly competition at Link Hills Country Club. Alumni, spouses, faculty, staff and friends are invited to participate. A scramble format will be used with the handicap system applied for a net division and a gross division. First place will be awarded for each division. A luncheon prior to the tournament will begin at 11 a.m. at the country club with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Beverages and goody bags will be provided. Cost is $50 per person.

Friday, October 8

Inaugural Art Exhibit – Visit the Allison Gallery inside the Rankin House (adjacent to the parking lot beside Three Blind Mice on Erwin Highway) for this special art exhibit of student work in celebration of the Inauguration. The Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Presidential Portraits Exhibit – Find out about Tusculum’s presidents in this special inaugural exhibit. Portraits and photographs of all of Tusculum’s presidents are featured in this display along the running track on the upper level of the Thomas J. Garland Library.  Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Inaugural Luncheon – All those participating in the Inauguration ceremony are invited to this luncheon at 11 a.m. on the lawn in the “bowl” outside the Garland Library.

Inauguration Ceremony – You are cordially invited to the ceremony to inaugurate Tusculum’s 27th president, Dr. Nancy B. Moody. The ceremony, to begin at 2 p.m. in the Pioneer Arena inside the Niswonger Commons, will feature representatives from each graduating class, beginning in the 1930s, as part of the procession.

President’s Inaugural Dinner and Ball – Celebrate the inauguration of Dr. Moody at the General Morgan Inn. The special speaker at the dinner with be Deborah Kapp from the McCormick Theological Seminary. Tusculum’s first benefactor, Nettie Fowler McCormick, and her husband, Cyrus McCormick, were also generous supporters of the seminary. The McCormicks learned of Tusculum through alumni who were attending the seminary. Music will be provided by the Dr. Bob Orr Trio. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Cost is $50 per person.

Saturday, October 9

Homecoming Memorial Service – Join family and friends for a Memorial Serivce to remember alumni who have passed away since Homecoming 2009. The service will be at 8:30 a.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center inside the Niswonger Commons.

Alumni Association Meeting – Learn the latest about the alumni association, hear an update about the College and meet the new alumni officers during this annual meeting at 10 a.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center.

Homecoming Parade – Watch the 7th annual Homecoming Parade along the route between the Charles Oliver Gray Complex and Pioneer Park. The Golden Pioneer Class of 1960 will serve as the grand marshals. Want to participate? Call 423-636-7303. The parade begins at 11:30 a.m.

Tailgate Party – Enjoy a Tusculum College Pioneer Tailgate Party at Pioneer Park (the baseball stadium) at noon. **Class photos will be taken at the Tailgate Party.** The cost of the tailgate is $15 per person. Class photos will be $8 each.

Football Game – Cheer on the Pioneers in a match-up against the Newberry College Wolves at 2 p.m. at Pioneer Field. At halftime, enjoy the presentation of the Homecoming Court. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, with children 5 and under free. They can be purchased at the ticket booth at the football stadium preceding the game.

Alumni Dinner and Dance/Sports Hall of Fame Induction – Join us at the Comfort Inn-Greeneville (1790 East Andrew Johnson Hwy.) for a time of fellowship and dancing with your fellow alumni. Help the College honor the accomplishments of past Tusculum student-athletes with inductions into the Sports Hall of Fame of Tusculum College. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening. Music will be provided by the McGuire Brothers Band, who have entertained at Homecoming events for several years. Cost is $25 per person.

Sunday, October 10

Worship Service – Join the congregation at First Presbyterian Church (the mother church of the College) for one of their morning worship services at either 8:30 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. Sunday School takes place at 9:30 a.m. The church is located at 110 North Main Street.

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Visit the ‘Tusculum House’ for an extraordinary alumni event on September 25

Posted on 25 August 2010 by

tusculumhouse3Join Tusculum College representatives at an extraordinary alumni event September 25 at the historical “Tusculum House” in Princeton, N.J.

Through the hospitality of the house’s current owners, the College will be having an alumni event at the regal home that is significant in both the histories of Tusculum College and Princeton University.

Tusculum House was the home of the Rev. John Witherspoon, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the sixth president of the College of New Jersey, now Princeton University. Rev. Witherspoon was a prominent evangelical Presbyterian minister in Scotland prior to accepting the presidency at the College of New Jersey. Upon his arrival, he transformed a college designed predominantly to train clergymen into a school that would equip the leaders of a revolutionary generation. Rev. Witherspoon was influential in leading the colony of New Jersey toward the revolution. But even as Witherspoon championed American liberty, he also espoused more conservative ideals such as order and national unity and was thus a strong defender of a national constitution.

In addition to managing the College of New Jersey’s affairs and preaching twice on Sundays, he bore the heaviest responsibility for instruction of the students. He taught moral philosophy, divinity, rhetoric, history and chronology and French.  He added substantially to the school’s library, securing a number of books to add to its resources, and increased the resources for teaching the sciences.

Among Rev. Witherspoon’s students at the College of New Jersey was the Rev. Samuel Doak, a Presbyterian minister who traveled to what was then the frontier and met not only the spiritual need of the settlers in the region but also established the first school in the area. Later, he traveled with his son, the Rev. Samuel Witherspoon Doak, to the banks of Frank Creek where they established a school, naming it Tusculum Academy in honor of Rev. Witherspoon. The name “Tusculum” itself goes back even further in history as a reference to the ancient Roman philosopher Cicero and the Civic Virtues he espoused. Cicero had a villa in the village of Tusculum outside of Rome.

Tusculum House is Princeton township’s most historic estate held privately. It was built in 1773 by Rev. Witherspoon and was completely restored and enlarged by its present owners in 1998 under the direction of an architect. It is located just minutes from downtown Princeton and the university. The estate consists of the main residence, a magnificent stone barn, caretakers’ cottage and numerous 18th-20th century farm outbuildings.

The event will be held from 5 – 8 p.m. and will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, music and a Scotch whisky tasting in Witherspoon’s stone barn. Casual attire.

There is no cost for the event. Donations will be accepted for Dr. Moody’s inauguration portrait.

Reservations are required. Please RSVP by September 18 by registering online, e-mailing or by calling 1-800-729-0256 ext. 5303. Directions to Tusculum House (166 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540) can also be found here.

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Acts, Arts, Academia series to offer variety of programs in 2010, 2011

Posted on 25 August 2010 by

kingandi_graphic“The King and I”, “Cinderella,” an appearance by an respected improvisation pioneer, and Brazilian Carnivale are all coming to the stage as part of the Tusculum College Arts Outreach’s  Acts, Arts, Academia 2010-2011 performance and lecture series.

The annual series brings a variety of performers, plays and lecturers to campus for both the College community and the region.

Mark your calendars and attend these performances and programs:

What Do You Hear?” with improvisational director Charna Halpern – Monday, August 30

“Cicero: Civic Arts, Virtue, Practical Wisdom and the Tusculum Experience,” a lecture by Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Bill Garris – Tuesday, October 5

“The Gray Fossil Site: Relics, Remnants and Resources”  with Dr. Jeanne Zavada – Tuesday, October 26

Theatre-at-Tusculum’s presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” -  November 5-7, 11-14

Tusculum College Community Chorus Christmas Concert – Monday, December 13

Central Ballet Theatre presents “Cinderella” – January 21-23

“An Iditarod Hero – 500 Lives, 600 Miles, 50 Below,” a program by Frank Mengel, Arts Outreach technical director and stage manager – Tuesday, February 1

Theatre-at-Tusculum presents “A … My Name Is Still Alice” – Feb. 18-20, 25-27

Revelry Repertory Theatre presents ” Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper” – April 14-17

“Trio Ginga,” Brazilian Carnivale! – Tuesday, April 26

Tusculum College Community Chorus Spring Concert – Monday, May 2

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Pickin’ at the Doaks’ traditional music jam session scheduled Friday, August 27

Posted on 25 August 2010 by

“Pickin’ at the Doaks,” the fun and informal traditional music jam session, will continue on Friday, August 27, at the Doak House Museum. Musicians are invited to bring their instruments and participate. Music will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until dark on the lawn of the Doak House Museum on the Tusculum College campus. Musical fans are invited to bring their lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the traditional music. There is no admission for the event. Another “Pickin’ at the Doaks” session is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 24.

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Learn the latest about your classmates!

Learn the latest about your classmates!

Posted on 25 August 2010 by



John W. Roberts ’71 is the new Dean of the University of Houston’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS). He had previously served as the Dean of Arts and Humanities and a professor of English at Ohio State University, where he earned his doctorate.

Linda Horak Scarpa ’76 of Clifton, NJ, has retired after 30 years teaching in Clifton. Her son, Dustin, has graduated  with high honors from Rutgers University. Her son, Ryan-Charlies, graduated from law school at California Western in April.


Shelly Woolsey Smith ’88 of Greeneville, TN, has been named a finalist for Tennessee Principal of the Year. Smith is principal at Greeneville Middle School.


Susan D. Crum Vance ’91 of Greeneville, TN, has been named president of the Tennessee Advancement Resource Council (TARC). Vance  is interim vice president for institutional advancement at Tusculum College and has served in the Office of Institutional Advancement at her Alma Mater since 2003. The Tennessee Advancement Resources Council was established in 1973 to promote both professional and educational excellence in the schools, colleges and universities of Tennessee. The council strives to serve as a forum for exchanging thoughts on how to build and enhance alumni and development programs and services.

Dr. Daryl D. Green ’97 of Knoxville, TN, is the author of several books, including “Breaking Organizational Ties,” “My Cup Runneth Over” and the acclaimed “Awakening the Talents Within.” He has published more than 100 articles on the subjects of decision-making and leadership, which have been syndicated to thousands of websites. With more than 20 years of management experience, Dr. Green has been noted and quoted by such media outlets as “USA Today,” “Ebony Magazine,” “Black Pearls Magazine,” the Associated Press, American Urban Radio, and BET’s “Buy the Book.” His FamilyVision column, syndicated through Newspaper Publishers Association, has reached  more than 200 newspapers and 15 million readers across the country. Dr. Green is the former Vice President of the Oak Ridge Chapter of Blacks in Government (BIG) in Tennessee and a BIG lifetime member. Dr. Green teaches management, marketing, strategic planning and entrepreneurship at Lincoln Memorial University and Knoxville College. In 2009, the Lane College Black Executive Exchange Program presented him with an “Outstanding Leadership Award.” Dr. Green holds a doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Regent University, an M.A. in organizational management from Tusculum College, and a B.S, in Engineering from Southern University. He is a member of the Academy of Strategic Management.

Megan Hart St. Dennis ’98 of Millville, NJ, is assistant director of School Counts!/Foundation and Alumni at Cumberland County College and also serves as an adjunct professor in the Arts and Humanities Division. She has worked at the college since 2004. She married David St. Dennis in October 2009 and has two daughters, Mackenzie (7) and Emma (3). She would love to hear from her Tusculum alumni friends. She can be reached at

Tim Childers ’99 of Cleveland, TN, is serving as president of the Bradley County Association of Professional Educators. Childers is a Discovery Lab instructor at Lake Forest Middle School, teaching math to sixth grade students, language arts to seventh graders and career education to eighth graders. He was selected as one of the “Top 5″ educators nationwide to be named as a 2010 Discovery Educator Network Guru.


Lori Fellers Barkley ’00 is returning to the East Tennessee area after living in Melissa, TX, for the past three years. Lori has a seven-year-old daughter, Emma, and an 11-month-old son, Ben. Her husband, Greg, is with the Flint Group and has been transferred back to Tennessee.

Melissa Ripley ’01 ’04 ’06 of Limestone, TN, has been named to the Tennessee GED (General Educational Development) Testing Service Advisory Board. Ripley, who is chief examiner for GED testing at Tusculum, is representing East Tennessee on the Advisory Board for a three-year term. The Advisory Board was created to review the nature of the GED tests and provides guidance to the GED Testing Service staff in conducting its activities. The Board meetings each six weeks to advise, plan and discuss policy for GED Testing Services in Tennessee.

Jenette  Best ’02 of Maryville, TN, is the assistant coach for the Maryville College Scotties Dance Team. Her dance experience includes seven years with SunCoast Academy of Dance in Palm Harbor, FL, as a member of the Art in Motion Dance Troupe. Best works in the Maryville College Business Office as the coordinator of purchasing and risk management.

Jason Davis ’03 of Ashland, KY, has been named head baseball coach at Rowan County High School. He previously served as an assistant coach at East Carter High School for the past six years.  Davis is also serving as  a special education instructor at the high school, teaching resource classes in the science department.

Kenny Lawson ’03 of Kingsport, TN, and an assistant baseball coach at Tusculum College, is in Germany  this month to serve as a coach with Major League Baseball’s Envoy program, which brings the world’s best instructors and most gifted baseball communicators to needful baseball federations around the world. He served as an envoy as part of the program in the summer of 2004, working in the communities of Cologne, Neunkirchen and Heidelberg in Germany. For this year’s three-week assignment, Lawson will be serving in Frankfurt and working with the Deutsche Baseball Akademie. Germany trains its national teams at the academy. He is working mostly with the age groups of 13-20 from the German National Team. He will also work with Mainz Athletics, a professional club team in Frankfurt.

Collin Blair Adams ’05 of Columbus, OH, is a minister at Westminster Presbyterian Church there. On May 28, he married Kathryn Blair McCants.

Kathy B. Brown ’07 of Morristown, TN, has joined her Alma Mater as director of advancement services. Brown joined the Office of Institutional Advancement at Tusculum College on July 1. Brown has eight prior years of experience working in various positions in the advancement office at Carson-Newman College. In her new position, she is responsible for gift recording and prospect research, as well as data management and reporting.

Jessica Smith’10 of Greeneville, TN, has accepted a position with Mountain State Health Alliance.


LeAnn Moore ’07 ’10 and Brandon Johnson were married on June 26, 201. She is a fourth grade teacher at Mosheim Elementary School. Following a honeymoon to Cancun, Mexico, the couple is living in Greeneville.

Frankie Ottinger ’08 and Deanna Daughtry were married May 29, 2010. Frankie is employed by Greeneville Middle School.

Christopher A. Poore ’08 and Jessica N. Jarrell were married June 12, 2010. Following a wedding trip to the Florida Keys and Cozumel, the couple is living in Knoxville, TN. Chris is a teacher and basketball coach at Scott High School.


Kari (Karns) and Timothy Perin ’05 ’06 of Sandusky, OH, celebrated the birth of Charlet Elizabeth Perin on November 8, 2009. She was 7lbs 8oz. and 20 inches long.

Glen Black ’06 and his wife Elena welcomed the birth of their first child, Emma Grace, on July 3, 2010.



David C. Cullison Sr. ’53 of Kingsort, TN, passed away July 31, 2010. Mr. Cullison was a retired social worker, having served in the Tennessee Department of Human Services for 30 years in Kingsport and Greeneville. A veteran, he was a member of the Army Security Agency and was stationed in New Jersey, Georgia and Germany. Mr. Cullison had attended and graduated from Massanutten Military Police School before attending Tusculum. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Andrew Johnson Post No. 1990, the Elks Lodge and Lions Club, all in Greeneville. He was also a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church.

William Frederick “Freddie” Shaw ’57 of Greeneville, TN, passed away August 9, 2010. Mr. Shaw had served as Greene County Clerk for 28 years. He attended Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church and was a member of Greeneville Lodge No. 3, F&AM, the Scottish Rite in Knoxville, Greene County Shrine Club and Kerbela Shrine Club in Knoxville.


Former professor Dr. Luther M. Mundy, Sr., of Laurens, SC, passed away August 5, 2010. In addition to serving at Tusculum, Dr. Mundy was also a professor at Lees-McRae College and Erskine College. He served as the executive director for the Laurens County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse from 1974 and 1993. Dr. Mundy was also an ordained Presbyterian minister and had been involved in the beginning of North Anderson Community Church in Anderson, SC.

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Alumni award nomination deadline is August 30

Posted on 25 August 2010 by

hennessen_awardTime is quickly winding down for members of the Tusculum College Alumni Association to submit nominations of individual or individuals who have made significant contributions to Tusculum College for an award in one of the following award categories:

Pioneer Award

Frontier Award

National Living Faculty Award

National Alumni Recognition Award

Sports Benefactor Award

Below you will find a description of the awards and a list of previous winners. These awards will be presented at the annual meeting of the Tusculum Alumni Association during Homecoming 2010.

Nominations must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, August 30. Names and supportive documentation submitted for the awards will be reviewed by the Alumni Awards Committee, which is nominated by the Alumni Executive Board President.

Following this process, nominations are submitted to the Alumni Executive Board. Award recipients are chosen at the discretion of the Alumni Executive Board by a vote of general consensus.

Pioneer Award

The Pioneer Award was established by the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association in

1962 and is presented each year to an outstanding alumnus or alumna, in recognition of outstanding or meritorious achievement in his or her chosen field; for distinguished service to church, community, country and humanity; and for continuing and loyal service to Tusculum College.

Frontier Award

The Frontier Award was established by the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association in

1995 and is presented each year to an outstanding alumnus or alumna in recognition of outstanding or meritorious advancement in his or her career. Consideration will be given to former students who have been graduated from the College at least five years, but no more than fifteen years.  Consideration for this award should include continuing and loyal service to Tusculum College.

National Living Faculty Award

The National Living Faculty Award was established by the Executive Committee of the Alumni

Association in 1996 and is presented each year to an outstanding member of the Tusculum College Faculty. The purpose of the Living Faculty Award is to bestow recognition on those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the College’s academic program(s). Persons shall not be eligible for consideration until they have maintained an academic relationship with the College for at least five years. To be considered for recognition, faculty members should have excelled during their service to Tusculum College by demonstrating a commitment to the students of the College and the academic program(s).

National Alumni Recognition Award

The National Alumni Recognition Award was established by the Executive Committee of the

Alumni Association in 1996 and is presented each year to an outstanding member of the Tusculum College Community. The purpose of the National Alumni Recognition Award is to bestow recognition on those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the College. Persons shall not be eligible for consideration until they have maintained an academic relationship with the College for at least five years. To be considered for recognition, Tusculum College community members should have excelled during their service to Tusculum College by demonstrating a commitment to the students of the College and the academic program(s).

Sports Benefactor Award

The Sports Benefactor Award was established by the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association in 1995 and is presented each year to an outstanding friend of the College in recognition of outstanding support of the Tusculum College athletic program. Consideration for this award should be based on the person’s contributions to the athletic program and loyalty to Tusculum College athletics.

Submit nominations to:

Office of Alumni Relations, Tusculum College, PO Box 5040, Greeneville, TN 37743.

You may also fax to: 423-636-7335 or email at:

Lists of Previous Award Winners:

Pioneer Award:

Roger Abramson ’64, Sanda Montgomery Abramson ’65, Arthur Argauer ’30, Robert H. Bailey ’48, Leslie W. Bateman ’42, Ray L. Bowman ’42, Peggy Brewer ’89, Frank M. Brogden ’50, Thomas F. Byrd, Sr. ’05, Oliver Burkey ’48, Marjorie Nelle Hyder Cardwell ’48, Howard E.Cole ’31, Paul W. Cordova ’50, Mabel Sheddan Faulds-Dennis ’32, Marguerite Brumley Dette ’31, Walter T. Dette, Jr. ’31, Alpha Doak ’20, Maurice J. Doak ’20, Samuel A. Doak ’16, Samuel L. Doak ’49, John H. Dugger ’21, T. Moody Dunbar ’30, James F. Durham ’79, Marion C. Edens ’30, John W. Faulds ’32, Margaret Gaut  ’40, A.B. Gilland ’26, Mary Wilson Gray ’26, Brenda Thompson Gulledge ’64, Edward L Heinz ’42, Ted J. Heinz ’68, Arthur L Hellyer ’22, Hal Henard ’30, Jack Hennessen ’45, Josephine Doughty Higgs ’29, Sarah Lippard Hoyt ’45, Thomas Gray Hull ’50, Eleanor M. Tom Jaynes ’51, Hugh O. Jaynes ’52, Charlie Justice ’33, Sarah Justice ’27, Herman C. Kennedy ’29, Josef Kolenski ’47, Ethel Steele Kuckoff ’49, Leon J.Leslie ’51, Nancy Lick ’64, Ralph Linfoot ’33, Clyde R. Lovingood ’29, H.C. McAmis ’13, Samuel E. Miller ’35, Walter M. Mitchell ’42, Roger M. Nichols ’50, Aahmes T. Overton ’38, Stella Lawing Percy ’30, L. William Pilloni ’60, Jane Shanks Pilloni ’59, Wilbur W. Piper ’20, Frederick A. Serral ’52, D. Bruce Shine ’69, Joe Stallard ’56, John B. Strange ’58, Rodney T. Taylor ’33, James V. Tomai, Jr. ’44, Joseph J. Vogt ’53, Dexter Walters ’50, Munell D. Weesner ’50, Joan Faulkner Weesner ’51, Stanley R. Welty, Jr. ’51, Jack Whitelaw ‘ 49

The Sports Benefactor Award

Joseph J. Vogt ’53 , Murrell D ’50,  Joan ’51 Weesner, Joseph L. Stallard ’56, Ralph Horne ’57, Chuck Williams, Jim Allen ’01, Scott Niswonger ’87 H’ 06,   Mark Williams, Joyce Combs, Mary Helen Paxton ’48, Dick Cooter, Jack Kilday ’57, Bill Isbell,  Ed and Linda Hoffmeyer,  Brian Stayton, Dom Donnelly

Frontier Award:

Carol Bailey ’91, Cynthia A. Gardipe ’90, H. Wayne Hughes ’90, Karen A. Jones ’94 ’97, T. Paige Malone ’87, Terry Yanish Muhlhahn ’84, Ronald D. Osborne ’93, Chris Poole ’92, Arthur B. Spell ’87, Angela D. West ’89, Beverley Lay ’94, Sean Bride ’94 ’98, Ken Earl ’98 ’00, Susan D. Vance ’91, Nick Hirschy ’02

National Living Faculty Award:

Don Sexton, Bob Davis (received the award in 1999 and 2005) , Clem Allison, Steven Weisz, Suzanne Hine, Katherine Crozier ’32, Arnold “Doc” Thomas, Ruth Thomas, Ruth Sharpe, Dr. Jim Fields, Wess duBrisk

National Alumni Recognition Award:

Mitzi Williams, Susie Jones, Sam Doak ’49, Mary Helen Paxton ’48, Nancy Kilday, Marilyn duBrisk, Mark Stokes, Dolph Henry, Melinda Dukes, Frankie DeBusk.

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