Archive | November, 2010

Tusculum wreath part of “Festival of Trees” at Niswonger Performing Arts Center

Posted on 30 November 2010 by

A wreath representing Tusculum College was among the Christmas decorations featured in the recent “Festival of Trees” at Niswonger Performing Arts Center.

The beautifully designed wreath was decorated by Deborah Davis, associate athletic director, compliance officer and senior women’s administrator. The theme for the wreath was “A Tapestry of Pioneer Pride,” reflecting the theme of the recent inauguration of Tusculum’s president, Dr. Nancy B. Moody.

Wellington Place Assisted Living and the Niswonger Performing Arts Center hosted the Festival of Trees, which featured trees, wreaths, swags, topiaries center pieces and gingerbread houses all decorated for the holidays.

The Festival of Trees was open to the public from November 15 through 22. Admission was a can of food to be donated to the Greene County Food Bank. A silent auction was held of the various items with proceeds benefitting the Niswonger Performing Arts Center and A Safe Harbor Home, Inc., a transitional shelter for victims of domestic violence.

Both the Food Bank and Safe Harbor Home have received the assistance of Tusculum students in the past. For example, students have volunteered at the Food Bank and painted murals for Safe Harbor Home’s new consignment store during the last Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day.

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Doak House Museum to host Christmas Open House on Saturday, Dec. 4

Posted on 30 November 2010 by

dhm_christmasopenhouseThe Doak House Museum will be open for a special Christmas event on Saturday, Dec. 4.

The museum will host a Christmas Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with special activities for all ages. The museum is located on the Tusculum College campus at 690 Erwin Hwy.

For the open house, there will be games and toys for children and free tours on the hour of the home of the 19th century home of the Rev. Samuel Witherspoon Doak, a co-founder of Tusculum College. The home has been decorated for an early 1800s Christmas.

A storyteller will perform in the central hall of the Doak House at 1 p.m.

Discounts on a variety of items, including toys and Christmas decorations, will be available in the museum’s gift shop, located inside the Doak House.

For more information about the open house, contact the Doak House Museum at 423-636-8554 or

The Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library 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 student-athletes raise money to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness

Posted on 30 November 2010 by

Tusculum College student-athletes raised nearly $1,400 to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness and Research.
Members of the Pioneer Student Athlete Advisory Council (PSAAC) raised the funds in October to benefit the efforts of breast cancer awareness and research.  Numerous sporting events during the month were designated by the student-athletes, including the Tusculum volleyball team as their “Dig for the Cure” match raised over $1,000 to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The PSAAC serves as the voice for student-athletes at Tusculum College to institutional leaders in matters of NCAA rules, regulations and policies that directly affect the student-athlete experience at Tusculum. 

The PSAAC works diligently to give back to the local community, most notably its support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Since 2003, NCAA Division II student-athletes have raised more than $1 million for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.



From left to right, students Bo Cordell, Taylor MacDonald and Simon Holzapfel help at Dig For the
Cure fundraiser.

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Community Band to play concert on Tuesday, November 30

Posted on 29 November 2010 by

The Community Band will hold a Christmas Concert on Tuesday, November 30, at the Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium on the Tusculum College campus.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Special guest for the performance will be Jimmie E. Self. Self is a retired Chief Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force Band Program. He has performed for four U.S. Presidents and many foreign heads of state in over 20 countries. 

The concert is set to be enjoyable for the whole family with a variety of music and styles.

Self teaches tuba and euphonium at East Tennessee State University and is the principal trombonist with the Symphony of the Mountains.

 ”The music is from almost every style and time period, from Bach to Sinatra” said Mike May, director of the Community Band.  “It should be an enjoyable concert for all, not to mention the amazing euphonium performance of Jimmie Self.”

  The Community Band is a musical group that consists of amateur musicians from the local area and includes all age groups. The group has regular practices each week at the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus.

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Alumnus returns to campus to tell current students about career in environmental science

Posted on 19 November 2010 by

William Kelly, a 2009 graduate of Tusculum College, returned to his alma mater on Thursday to tell current students about his career in the field of environmental science.

Kelly, who earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and creative writing from Tusculum, is a chemist for Triumvirate Environmental, one of the leading environmental firms in the New England region.

One of the best characteristics of his job is that it varies from day to day, Kelly told a group of students, faculty and staff attending the presentation.

While the title “chemist” may bring images to mind of a person working in a lab, he said, his position is very different as a majority of his time is spent in the field at customer sites.

His responsibilities vary depending on the assignment, Kelly said. He has inspected the waste handling and disposal procedures at university research labs, driven a truck of waste to a disposal site, cleaned up hazardous material spills and directed the implementation of better waste disposal procedures by a hospital following an inspection by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Kelly, who is from Sevierville, said his classes at Tusculum provided a good base of knowledge for him in his position although he has received much on-the-job training. In his job interview, Kelly said it was beneficial to him to be able to note that he had taken a course in industrial hygiene.

Another key, he said, to his hiring by the firm was the people skills he was able to learn through his leadership roles in the Upward Bound program and as an editor for the student newspaper at Tusculum, as well as his experience working in a retail store.

Triumvirate Environmental focuses on customer service, Kelly said, so the ability to relate to people and be able to handle a variety of situations including those in which people may not be receptive to what you have to say or challenge what they are directed to do is crucial.

The company also provides opportunities for advancement to a variety of positions in its various divisions, he said, noting that each person at the firm, even the accountants and the president, has served at some point as a chemist so each person has an understanding of the scope of the work the firm handles.

Kelly advised students to serve in an internship while in college if possible as employers want applicants who have had some experience in the field.


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Twenty-two students inducted into Alpha Chi National Honor Society

Posted on 17 November 2010 by

Twenty-two Tusculum College students were inducted into one of the most prestigious organizations on campus, the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, during a ceremony before family and friends Saturday (November 13) in the Chalmers Conference Center on campus.

To be eligible to join Alpha Chi, students must be either juniors and seniors who rank in the top 10 percent of their classes academically. Members are admitted to the honor society from all academic disciplines. The invitation to join the honor society, extended by the college’s faculty, recognizes previous accomplishments and provides opportunity for continued growth and service.

Inducted were:

  • Kelly Dixon, a junior from Chuckey, Tenn., majoring in elementary education.
  • Kirstie Gust, a junior from Hartford, Tenn., majoring in accounting and business management. Gust is president and founder of the Pioneer Green Team, vice president of the Business Club, a Bonner Leader and SOS (Service on Saturday) coordinator. She has been nominated for membership in the Professional Women of America. She is a volunteer at the Middle Nolichucky Watershed Alliance, at which she served in an internship last summer, and multiple community programs. Gust is also active in campus ministries.
  • Michelle Hoover, a junior from Murfreesboro, Tenn., who is majoring in English.
  • J. D. Howard, a junior from Perry, Ga., majoring in accounting. Howard, who is a member of the baseball team, also serves as a campus ambassador as a member of the President’s Society.
  • Katie Kelley, a junior from Tellico Plains, Tenn., who is majoring in biology and pre-medicine and balancing her school work with her work at a local pharmacy.
  • Elizabeth McConnell, a junior from Memphis, Tenn., majoring in English

writing.  McConnell recently was honored with the Meacham Writers’ Conference Nonfiction Award for one of her essays.

  • Marci Moore, a senior from Parrottsville, Tenn., majoring in business and business education. Moore is a member of the Tusculum Cheerleading Squad.
  • Kaitlyn Morgan, a junior from Hartford, Tenn., who is majoring in mathematics education.
  • Derek Murrell, a junior from Bulls Gap, Tenn., who is majoring in biology and pre-medicine. Murrell has maintained a 4.0 grade point average while at Tusculum and serves as a tutor in chemistry and biology on campus as well as playing rugby.
  • Quyen Nguyen, a junior from Greenbrier, Tenn., who is majoring in biology and

pre-medicine.  Nguyen serves as a resident assistant and is a member of the Student Activity Board.

  • Erica Pomana, a junior from Pauline, S.C., who is majoring in athletic training.
  • Taylor Rakes, a junior from Norcross, Ga., majoring in international business. Rakes has been very active in community service with the Tusculum baseball team and has been named to the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Athletic Director’s Honors Roll.
  • Jordan Reams, a junior from Hampton, Tenn., majoring in education.
  • David Roncskevitz, a senior from Franklin, Tenn., majoring in English writing. Roncskevitz is a two-time winner of the Curtis Owens Literary Prize at Tusculum College. His play, “The House of Autumn Fire,” was published in October 2010 by Connotation Press.

• Lucas Shipley, a senior from Greeneville, Tenn., majoring in mathematics education.

  • Alex Smith, a senior from Greeneville, Tenn., majoring history. Smith was scheduled to graduate in spring of 2010, but was called to by the U.S. Army to active duty overseas. He served in Iraq and Kuwait and has been nominated for the Purple Heart award. He has served in Tusculum’s Student Government Association as a senator and chief justice.

• Jessimine Strauss, a junior from Walterboro, S.C., majoring in psychology. Strauss is a member of the Psychology Club. A research study, “Predicting the Quality of Romantic Relationships,” which Strauss completed with two other Tusculum students was presented at the general session of the Southeastern Psychology Association Convention in Chattanooga in March 2010.

  • Katy Stuckwish, a junior from Friendsville, Tenn., who is majoring in biology and pre-medicine. Stuckwish is a member of the softball team.
  • David Terrell, a junior from Saltillo, Tenn., majoring in biology and pre-medicine.
  • Storm Vance, a junior from Elizabethton, Tenn., majoring in accounting.
  • Priscilla Wampler, a junior from Greeneville, Tenn., majoring in mathematics education, and
  • Kayla Watts, a junior from Greeneville, Tenn., majoring in elementary education.

Tusculum College President Dr. Nancy B. Moody congratulated the new Alpha Chi inductees on their achievement. “Alpha Chi Honor Society shares many of the core values that we value and display at Tusculum – personal integrity, civic responsibility and commitment to continual improvement as a life-long enterprise,” she said. “It is the highest academic honor that Tusculum College offers its students. … Your successes are many and tonight Tusculum College is proud to recognize your hard work, efforts and commitment to excellence.”

Troy Goodale, faculty sponsor for Tusculum’s Alpha Chi chapter, presented the candidates and welcomed them into the organization. Goodale is an assistant professor of political science at the college.

Jason Seaton of Midway, president of Tusculum’s Alpha Chi chapter; shared history and information about the honor society. Alpha Chi has been a respected college honor society since its beginning in 1922 and is an active member of the Association of College Honor Societies. The society’s purpose is to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those who achieve such distinction. Its name is derived from the first letter of the Greek words meaning truth and character, and its motto is “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free,” taken from John 8:32 in the Bible.  Tusculum’s chapter was the first one established in the state.

Participating in the induction ceremony were Danielle Armstrong of Blountville, vice president of the Tusculum chapter; Brandon Gann of Newport, the chapter’s secretary/treasurer, and Dr. Kim Estep, Tusculum provost and academic vice president.


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Tusculum alumnus featured in lecture series

Posted on 17 November 2010 by

okes1From $2.40 an hour to $65 an hour, Tusculum College Duke Okes seized the opportunities of education to become a titan in his field.

Founder and president of the APLOMET consulting firm, Okes was the featured speaker for The Alumni Lecture Series: Paths to Success on November 10, at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the Northeast State Community College’s main campus.  Okes received his bachelor’s degree from Tusculum College in 1986 and a master’s degree in 1997. He received his associate’s degree from Northeast State.

The first-ever event brought an outstanding Northeast State graduate back to campus to share his journey to success with current students, fellow alumni, and the community.

Okes presented his  lecture, “The Perfect Economic Stimulus” in the morning and then spent the day visiting with students in classes around campus.  His presentation delved into his knowledge of quality manufacturing and how efficiency can revitalize an entire national economy. Okes spoke about his own path to success from Northeast State to an entrepreneur working around the globe.

Okes was earning $2.40 per hour in 1974 when he enrolled at Northeast State.  His 1976 associate degrees in electronics and mechanical engineering technology propelled him to a new job and more than doubled his paycheck with the TRW company in Rogersville.  After nine years with TRW as a quality technician and later quality engineer, Okes formed his consulting company APLOMET in 1985 where he commanded $65 per hour from companies in need of his knowledge services.

An acronym for Applied Logical Methods, APLOMET provides quality systems and organizational management consultation to Fortune 500 companies, family-owned businesses, nonprofits, and start-up firms. Okes ranks as one of the most sought-after experts in the global manufacturing industry.  He provides consultation services to companies both large and small in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom.

Okes went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in adult education from Tusculum College.

A college degree coupled with personal initiative gives students the ability to create career opportunities with marketable skils, he says.

Okes wrote the book “Root Cause Analysis: The Core of Problem Solving and Corrective Action” that is now used in quality training courses throughout the country.

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Tusculum prepares to celebrate the holidays

Posted on 17 November 2010 by

communitychorusThe Christmas season is quickly approaching and the Tusculum College community will be celebrating with programs full of music.

Lessons and Carols will be at 11:30 a.m. on December 8 in the lobby of the Garland Library. The annual program combines readings of scriptures from the Christmas story and verses that foretell Jesus’ birth with hymns. This year’s program will feature congregational singing as well as solos by vocalists Jill Jones ’93 ’04 and Ann Osborne, who are both staff members of the College. Charles Tunstall, a staff member in the Garland Library, will also be playing classical guitar.

The Tusculum College Community Chorus will present its annual Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, December 13, in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building. The program will include Psalm 95 by Felix Mendelssohn and a variety of seasonal music from various countries.

There is no admission charge for either event.

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Holzapfel receives state award from professional physical education association

Posted on 17 November 2010 by

holzapfelSimon Holzapfel, a senior majoring in sports science and sport management, at Tusculum College, has been selected as the state winner of the James E. Ward Outstanding Major Award by the Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD).

The award was announced at the TAHPERD state convention on November 2. Recipients of TAHPERD awards at colleges and universities in the state are considered for the award. As the statewide recipient, Holzapfel will represent Tennessee for the national American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) award. Holzapfel is the first Tusculum student to receive the statewide TAHPERD award.

Among the areas considered for the award include a student’s academic standing, leadership in campus life, service to the college and to the community and other areas of achievement. Student nominations also had to include recommendations from the president of the college’s Physical Education and Sports Majors Club, the student’s faculty advisor and a faculty member.

Holzapfel, a native of Nuremberg, Germany, has maintained a 4.0 grade point average in his studies since entering Tusculum, and thus, appeared on both the President’s and Charles Oliver Gray Scholars college honor lists each year.

In addition to the college’s TAHPERD award, last spring Holzapfel received the Alpha Chi Academic Excellence Award, presented to the highest academically ranked junior.

A scholar-athlete, Holzapfel has twice been the recipient of the college’s Duffield Award, which is presented to the upperclassman student-athlete with the highest grade point average. He was also the recipient of the Freshman Student-Athlete of the Year academic award.

This past weekend, he was named the 2010 South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year, the second time in his career to earn this honor. He has been named to the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll each semester he has been a student at Tusculum as well as to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. He earned Academic All-American honors in 2008 and 2009.

Holzapfel is one of the most decorated cross country runners in Tusculum’s history. He owns the top 11 8,000-meter times in school history and 14 of the best 20. He has captured 16 career individual titles, including six in a row this year. He is the 2010 SAC Runner of the Year, an honor he also received last year.

A leader on campus, Holzapfel is a senior resident assistant and has such responsibilities as supervising seven resident assistants, coordinating and organizing student activities, enforcing college policy, assisting with registration of new students and student mentoring and mediating.

Holzapfel is the vice president of the Pioneer Student-Athlete Advisory Council and the Physical Education and Sports Majors Club. He is a member of the Pioneer Green Team, serves as a peer tutor and is founder and president of the Track and Field Club.

While at Tusculum, Holzapfel has also served as a senator in the Student Government Association and been a member of the President’s Society and the John Witherspoon Society.

He has volunteered in annual campus clean-ups, in set building for the Theatre-at-Tusculum program, in efforts to raise funds for the Pioneer Club that supports student athlete scholarships and the athletic program and as a volunteer for the recent Inauguration of Tusculum’s 27th president, Dr. Nancy B. Moody.

In the community, Holzapfel has helped in an effort to clean Harmony Cemetery, volunteered at the Greene County Field Day, assisted in administering fitness tests for students at Chuckey-Doak Middle School and has volunteered for fundraisers at DeBusk and Doak elementary schools and at a local nursing home.

During the March 2010 national AAHPERD convention, Holzapfel was co-presenter of two sessions, a Yoga Wake-up session and a Breathing-Relaxation Session. In 2009, he designed an undergraduate research study, “The Effect of Cognitive-Specific Imagery on Tennis Serve Accuracy.”

In 2007, Holzapfel was given a free membership to the German Physics Association due to outstanding achievements in physics. He has received a certificate from the Institute of German Economics for initiating and organizing a youth enterprise and been awarded a certificate from the Republic of France for his proficiency in French.

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Learn the latest about your fellow alumni

Learn the latest about your fellow alumni

Posted on 17 November 2010 by



Evelyn “Barry” (Carter) Fry ’43 and  Clifford “Windy” Fry  ’49 have moved to a retirement home. They are now living in Parkwood Retirement Center in Chattanooga, TN.


Steve Hill ’88 of Knoxville, TN, was selected to fill a vacant seat in the Tennessee State Senate to represent Knox County until the next general election.


Dianne Mitchell ’90 of Athens, TN, is now serving as president of the Optimist Club of Athens. She plans to retire next April for her position as assistant director of the Tennessee Technology Center at Athens, following a 30-year career in education. She began her career as an elementary school teacher and went to the Technology Center as a teacher before becoming an administrator at the school.


Nancy Goral Luciani ’01 has recently undergone a kidney transplant surgery. She was diagnosed with kidney failure following complications that arose after the birth of a son, now three-years-old. She and her husband, Anthony, also have a nine-year-old daughter. Anthony, who serves in the U.S. Coast Guard, was found to be a match and the transplant surgery was on November 3. With the medical expenses and caretaker expenses the family is facing following the surgery since neither Nancy or Anthony can care for their children during the recovery, fundraisers have been held for them and accounts set up to receive donations, for which the family is grateful. For more information, please visit

Jeremy S. DeVoti ’04 of Greeneville, TN, is a therapist in the physical therapy department of Laughlin Memorial Hospital’s Rehabilitation Services. DeVoti earned a master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Findlay in May.

Bryant Cook ’09, who is serving in the U.S. Army, has been stationed at Camp Casey in South Korea. Cook is a signal support systems specialist assigned to the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade. Cook is originally from Alamo, TN.


Douglas James Moore ’05 and Ariana Ramsey were married on September 3, 2010. After a wedding trip to the Dominican Republic, the couple are living in Knoxville, TN. Douglas is a sales representative with Reynolds and Reynolds.

Julia Jones ’08 and Michael Barham were married on October 2, 2010, in a ceremony at Castleton Farms in Loudon, TN. Julia is the director of the Farragut Folklife Museum in Farragut, TN, and her new husband is a senior at the University of Tennessee and employed by the Town of Farragut. Following a honeymoon in Florida, the couple is living in Knoxville, TN.



Robert L. Bingham, Sr. ’51 of Kingsport, TN, passed away August 24, 2010 after a lengthy illness. Along with his son and a business partner, Mr. Bingham owned and operated Bingham and Hensley, a financial planning firm, for 44 years. A star athlete at Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, he was a fixture at the school’s football games while his health permitted. An avid golfer, Mr. Bingham was instrumental in starting the Southern Golf Society in 1971 and organized golf trips and tournaments for the organization until 2005. In 1982, he stopped drinking, became an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous and over the years helped many other men and women struggling with alcoholism get sober and stay sober. Survivors include his brother and Tusculum alumnus Kenneth Bingham ’49.


Linda Crosson Wallen ’69 of Galloway Township, NJ, passed away on August 2, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer. Wallen had been a teacher in the Galloway Township School District for 31 years. She was a 15-year volunteer for the Miss America Organization and was the owner of Have I Told You Lately gourmet gift baskets. Her survivors include her husband of 40 years, Jerry D. Wallen ’68.

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Tusculum College signs affiliation agreement with ETSU Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy

Posted on 17 November 2010 by

Representatives of Tusculum College and East Tennessee State University signed an affiliation agreement on Monday, November 15, that gives qualifying Tusculum College graduates priority candidate status for entry into the Doctor of Pharmacy program at East Tennessee State University’s Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy.

The signing was held at 2 p.m. in the Brotherton Board Room at the Thomas J. Garland Library on the Tusculum College campus.

Under the agreement, Tusculum College students who meet coursework and grade point average requirements as well as meet required scoring on the Pharmacy College Admission Test will be guaranteed an admissions interview for the next entering class of the pharmacy program at the Gatton College of Pharmacy.

“This is an opportunity to further support Tusculum College students with their goal of continuing their education in graduate school, as well as an opportunity for East Tennessee State University to keep our best and brightest students right here in East Tennessee,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College.

The agreement went into effect immediately after the signing.

“Each year during the admissions process, we are always eager to receive applications from the region’s best and brightest undergraduate students – and that makes this partnership with Tusculum College a natural for the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy. I am confident our institution will benefit through an increase in the number of Tusculum students who aspire to become pharmacy students at ETSU, and, in turn, we will provide qualified Tusculum students with a competitive boost by ensuring they will receive an interview for admissions consideration,” said Dr. Larry D. Calhoun, dean of the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy.

Tusculum College currently has two former students enrolled in the Gatton College of Pharmacy program, Brittany Bible ’10 and Stacy Parks ’09, both of whom were in attendance at the signing.

Tusculum College, the oldest college in Tennessee and the 28th oldest in the nation, is a liberal arts institution committed to utilizing the civic arts in developing educated citizens distinguished by academic excellence, public service and qualities of Judeo-Christian character. Approximately twenty-two hundred students are enrolled on the main campus in Greeneville and three off-site locations in East Tennessee. The academic programs for both traditional-aged students and working adults served through the Graduate and Professional Studies program are delivered using focused calendars whereby students enroll in one course at a time.

East Tennessee State University’s Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy is a fully accredited college of pharmacy by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. The college is guided by a mission to prepare pharmacists who can improve the health and quality of life of residents of Northeast Tennessee and the Appalachian region. To learn more about the Gatton College of Pharmacy, visit

Pictured below at the signing ceremony were, front from left, Dr. Wilsie S. Bishop, ETSU vice president for health affairs and chief operating officer; Dr. Larry D. Calhoun, dean of the Gatton College of Pharmacy, and Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College; and back row, from left, Alan Corley, a member of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees and the Gatton College of Pharmacy Advisory Council and Admissions Committee; Dr. Kim K. Estep, Tusculum provost and academic vice president; Steve Ellis, assistant dean for student affairs and director of enrollment and student services for the Gatton College of Pharmacy; Stacy Parks ’09 and Brittany Bible ’10, Tusculum alumni and current Gatton College of Pharmacy students; Dr. Debra McGinn, Tusculum assistant professor of biology, and David Hawk, state representative (R-5) and an alumni of both Tusculum and ETSU.


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New Master of Arts degree program to be offered at Tusculum College in Greeneville

Posted on 17 November 2010 by

black_creosotelogoBeginning in January, a Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Human Resource Development degree program will be offered for the first time at Tusculum College’s Greeneville campus. The program is part of the college’s Graduate and Professional Studies program.

In addition, the program will also be offered at Tusculum College off-site locations in Gray and Morristown. The Gray program is expected to launch in January as well and the Morristown program in March 2011. The program has been offered for several years at the Knoxville Regional Center.

Registration for the Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Human Resource Development in Greeneville is December 11, with an official start date of January 8. Class times for this program will be on Saturdays, with classes meeting once a week while taking one course at a time. The hours for class will be 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tusculum College offers a graduate program concentration in Human Resource Development to prepare professionals with the practical wisdom they need to be effective in helping organizations, groups and individuals work more effectively. The curriculum addresses the major segments of human resource development by focusing on concepts, models, skills and methods.

Courses are designed so that theoretical foundations are complemented with practice and application that enable students to build skills and competence.

The Human Resource Development concentration is designed to lead students to: assess organizational needs for enhancing performance; apply adult learning theory and the instructional System Design model into practice for organizational learning needs; evaluate learning and the impact of learning; apply principles and practices of human behavior in organizations to help groups work more effectively; develop team behaviors, including team leadership; develop organizational consultant skills; develop effective team communication skills; e.g., facilitation, decision-making, conflict resolution, problem-solving and support organizational development through project management, strategic planning, succession planning, process analysis and improvement, and career planning processes.

For more information or to enroll in the program, contact the Graduate and Professional Studies Enrollment staff at 1-888-488-7285.

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