Archive | December, 2010


More than 250 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

Posted on 18 December 2010 by

Family and friends of more than 250 new graduates celebrated as they watched family members walk across the stage to receive their degrees during Tusculum College’s winter commencement ceremonies on Saturday.

One hundred and eighteen earned Bachelor of Science degrees in organizational management during a morning ceremony. During an afternoon ceremony 60 earned Master of Arts degrees in education and 73 received Bachelor of Arts degrees.

The new graduates were addressed by Dr. Nancy B. Moody, the 27th president of the college. Moody encouraged the students “to keep Tusculum College in your thoughts, prayers and in your heart.”  Adding, “You have forever changed the direction of your lives.”commencedec2010pklee_gradweb

Paul K. “P.K.” Lee of Newport and Ethan Brewer of Knoxville, who both earned bachelor of science degrees in organizational management, were chosen by the faculty as speakers to represent their classmates in the morning ceremony.

Lee talked about how he excelled as an adult student when he could not have as a young adult. He said that while he matured through work, “he was stuck in my career path because of a lack of a college degree.”

Lee said that returning to school not only developed his business acumen, but also gave him confidence and improved him as a person.

commencedec2010ethanbrewer_gradwebBrewer talked to the group about how his need for a degree became more apparent when he opened and began running his own business. He realized he needed tools to be able manage and lead his employees.

“The change in me is subtle, but even I can’t deny the boost in my own sense of self-esteem. My business is running more smoothly, and I have more confidence to meet the challenges that come my way, like speaking to you all here today.”

In the afternoon ceremony, Carolyn Tallman of Limestone, who received her master’s of arts in education, spoke about her decision to return to school despite being well into her career as an educator.commencedec2010tallman_gradweb

“The thoughts that plagued me were what if some family crisis occurs, and I can’t finish. I took the plunge, and I faced some my worst fears,” said Tallman. “My family dealt with several family crises. I struggled with emotions that I have never had to deal with before. What I feared the most had happened, but what I did not expect was that the masters program would be what pulled me through. The battles I faced were long-term, and knowing that I had class every Tuesday night and had homework before then kept me focused and moving forward.”

 comencedec2010fairbanks_gradwebTony Fairbanks of Oak Ridge, who received a bachelor’s of arts in education, encouraged his peers to be more than teachers in the classroom, to be a mentor “all day, every day.”  In addition, he encouraged continued unity as he had found in the Tusculum College program. “As educators, we need to rely on one another.”

Zach Smith of Granville, Ohio, was selected to speak as the representative of the Tusculum College residential college.  He spoke to his peers about their shared experiences on campus and set out a challenge to them to do more and be more as is expected of a Tusculum graduate.

“I want to take this opportunity to implore you invest in the lives of others,” said Smith. “Wherever you may end up in the next few years, there will be high schools, middle schools and elementary schools teeming with children who need our help and teachers who want them to take that help. Tutor, mentor, inspire. Become the influence for another young life like the ones we have had on ours. Perpetuate the investment in others.”commencedec2010zacksmith_gradweb

Also speaking was Mr. Mark Stokes, director of religious life, church and community relations at Tusculum College. Stokes presented a sermon titled, “Trail Mix.” Stokes said that while trail mix is nourishment that strengthens the body, we also need nourishment for the soul and that comes from God.

“Time with God is soul food. God provides our spiritual nourishment.”

He added that that nourishment can come from any time with God, through worship, prayer life, study of the Word or through creating a strategy for quiet time and reflection.



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Three Tusculum College students head to Salzburg, Austria, to participate in global seminar

Posted on 18 December 2010 by

Three students from Tusculum College will be heading to Salzburg, Austria, just after the first of the year to participate in the Mellon Fellow Community Initiative Student Session on Global Citizenship, part of the Salzburg Seminar program.

Sam Underwood, a sophomore business major from Muncie, Ind., Mitchell Taylor, a sophomore business major from Kodak, Tenn., and Altoine Wilson, a sophomore broadcasting major from Covington, Ga., will head to Austria on January 2 as Tusculum College’s representatives for the program.

The three were nominated by members of the faculty and then selected and approved by the Advisory Council of the Center for Global Studies. “We are pleased to have three such outstanding students who will represent the college well,” said Dr. Geir Bergvin, director of the college’s Center for Global Studies and associate professor of marketing.

Because the college has participated in the Salzburg Seminar program for the past two years while working to expand the global studies program at Tusculum College, the institution was given the opportunity to send student participants to the session being held this January. Students will be gone from January 3-10, returning back just in time to begin the spring semester at Tusculum.

The Mellon Fellow Community Initiative Student Session provides an intensive international experience for participants to explore issues of worldwide concern and to view them from a perspective both literally and figuratively outside the borders of the United States. Students will be helped to develop the tools to be more discerning in their assessment of information pertaining to world affairs and to understand what it means to be a “global citizen.”

And, with the exception of Taylor who has been out of the country on a trip to Nicaragua, this will be a first-time global experience for the others.

“I think it will be a great experience to advance our global awareness and come up with ways to get Tusculum more globalized,” said Underwood.

Taylor added, “We are expecting to learn a lot, and I’m looking forward to the small group sessions and participating with students from other colleges.”

Each of the students also received a $500 travel scholarship to help with expenses that they incur on their trip.

And while they will be working and learning, there are also excursions planned and several opportunities for them to learn more about Salzburg and its culture.

“I’m looking for a culture explosion,” said Wilson. “It will be a real experience to see a whole other nation and way of life.”

According to Bergvin, in addition to participating in the program, the three students will be preparing a presentation to share with the campus community upon their return.

Anyone interested in more information on the Salzburg Seminar program or who would like to find out about Tusculum College’s Center for Global Studies should contact Bergvin at 423-636-7300.

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Administrative offices open limited hours over Holiday break

Posted on 17 December 2010 by

Several administrative offices at Tusculum College will be open on an abbreviated schedule over the Christmas Holiday in order to meet the last minute needs of our students, alumni and friends.

Campus Safety will continue to provide 24-hour on-site coverage.

The offices of Institutional Advancement, Admissions, Financial Aid, the Business Office, Graduate and Professional Studies (Greeneville only), Information Systems and Student Affairs will have staff coverage on an abbreviated schedule from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following days during the College’s Christmas Holiday, December 22 through January 2:

  • Monday, December 20
  • Tuesday, December 21
  • Wednesday, December 22
  • Thursday, December 23 (Admissions and GPS will be closed this day)
  • Monday, December 27
  • Tuesday, December 28
  • Wednesday, December 29
  • Thursday, December 30

The Office of the Registrar, Maintenance and Housekeeping staff will be on-call over the break if an emergency arises. Should an emergency arise relating to one of these areas, please contact security at Ext. 5318. There will be limited trash pickup on the morning of December 20, 22, 27 and 29.

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Holiday carolers on campus

Posted on 16 December 2010 by


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Tusculum College is closed Thursday, December 16, 2010

Posted on 16 December 2010 by

Tusculum College, all sites and all campuses, will be closed for the day on Thursday, December 16, 2010. No evening classes will be held. The Faculty-Staff Holiday Luncheon will be rescheduled to Friday, December 17, at 11:30 a.m.

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Tusculum College program creates global classroom

Posted on 16 December 2010 by

A new program developed by the Tusculum College Center for Global Studies has resulted in the creation of a global classroom for discussing global business issues with other college students from around the world.

“The new program is based on the technology that Tusculum College has invested in that allows us to link up to classrooms across the globe for one coordinated classroom discussion,” said Dr. Geir Bergvin, director of the Center for Global Studies and associate professor of marketing at Tusculum College.

Along with Tusculum’s technology, a partnership with the Greeneville City Schools that allows for other universities across the world to link with Tusculum has provided a unique opportunity on campus to participate in worldwide interactive discussions and other shared classroom activities, according to B.J. Roberts, instructional technology specialist at the College.

“To begin the program we have coordinated with the college’s Business Club, the Study Abroad and Global Awareness organization, as well as other interested students,” said Bergvin.  Also working with the students in a mentoring capacity is Dr. Tom McFarland, director of the college’s School of Business, associate professor of business administration and advisor for the Business Club.

In the first session, the connection was made to HIH University in Harstad, Norway, and included students from that university who were studying abroad from several countries, including Ghana, France, Germany and China. Students from Tusculum College also included study abroad students from Chile and Venezuela.

During the second session, held on Monday, December 6, the videoconference classroom was expanded further, with four classrooms connecting: Tusculum College, with 10 students participating; Norway, with 11 students participating; Russia with 12 students participating and Ghana with 10 students participating.

The second session focused on the role of energy in the global environment, with students led by faculty moderators at each site. The four groups held an open dialogue regarding issues such as standardization of environmental policies and laws, as well as the economic drivers that affect the economic policies of individual countries.

According to Bergvin, each group of students was able to speak and interact as part of a group discussion based on previous work and an international dialogue was able to occur. The class, despite the varied locations, operated like a discussion group in a regular classroom setting.

“This has been a good first step,” said Bergvin, who hopes to continue the video conference discussions, as well as expand the program to use for other classroom and community purposes.

“Being in the United States, I have seen how much easier it is to have a global viewpoint,” said Luis Zamora, a Tusculum College sophomore international student majoring in management and economics. Zamora was born in Germany and later moved to Chile. “Being a multicultural country helps with global competencies.”

Added McFarland, “For all of us who participated, it has been an exercise in becoming more globally competent, and we want to continue to advance the understanding of the world’s cultures and encourage more active dialogues like we have had here.”

Several more sessions are planned for the spring semester, and as the program develops, Bergvin and McFarland said they would like to be able to expand the number of students who are able to participate.

Anyone interested in more information on the program or who would like to find out about Tusculum College’s Center for Global Studies should contact Bergvin at 423-636-7300.



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GED Testing for Thursday, December 16 has been canceled

Posted on 16 December 2010 by

GED Testing scheduled for Thursday, December 16, on the Tusculum College campus has been canceled.

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Tusculum receives reaffirmation of accreditation

Posted on 15 December 2010 by

tclogoandsealTusculum College officials are pleased to announce that the College has received reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges for the next 10 years.

The announcement was made at the SACS-COC annual meeting on Tuesday, December 7,  in Louisville, Ky.

“I am pleased to report that the SACS-COC has approved the reaffirmation of accreditation for Tusculum College,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of the college. “The college has been an accredited institution through the SACS-COC since 1926, and the recent review was the best in the history of the college,” she added.

“Our reaffirmation is the result of the hard work of our faculty and staff. It speaks highly of the strength of the college in academic programs and support units. It will be very exciting to build upon these strengths as we add programs and expand our offerings,” said Dr. Kim Estep, provost and academic vice president, who also served as the accreditation liaison.

“I would like to commend everyone who contributed to any aspect of the SACS-COC report or the visit,” said Moody. “These efforts have included many members of the Tusculum College family including students, faculty, staff and members of the Board of Trustees. As President of Tusculum College, I am proud to be a member of the Tusculum College team.”

Tusculum College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Tusculum College.

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Vital returns to Alma Mater to coach soccer

Posted on 15 December 2010 by

vital_pressconferenceAllen Vital has been named the new men’s soccer coach at Tusculum College announced Frankie DeBusk, TC director of athletics.  Coach Vital was officially introduced at a press conference on December 8 at the Pioneer Perk, located in the Scott M. Niswonger Student Commons on the Greeneville campus.

Vital, a 1992 Tusculum graduate, returns to his alma mater after 14 seasons as the head coach at Carson-Newman College.  While at the Jefferson City, Tenn. school, Vital amassed one of finest coaching careers in South Atlantic Conference and NCAA Division II history.  In his 14 seasons, he led the Eagles to an impressive 165-85-19 worksheet, which is the best coaching record at Carson-Newman, making him the second winningest coach in league history.  His 165 victories are ranked 28th amongst NCAA II active coaches, while his .649 winning percentage is 27th in the nation.

“There are not many times as an athletic director that you have a chance to hire one of the best coaches in the South Atlantic Conference and maybe one of the best in the country,” said DeBusk.  “For him to be an alumnus, a great recruiter, and a good person… Allen Vital fits that mold to perfection and we are fortunate to have him as our men’s soccer coach.”

Vital led the Eagles to eight South Atlantic Conference championships (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010) and seven consecutive trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009).  He has been named SAC Coach of the Year five times (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009) and NCAA II Region Coach of the Year on two occasions (2003, 2005).

“This is an exciting and unique opportunity for me to do what so many in my profession dream of; coaching the team that you once played for,” said Vital.  “It’s my hope that my tenure here at Tusculum will be used to advance the legacy of excellence that this men’s soccer program has long been associated with.”

In 2010, Vital guided C-N to a 12-5-1 record, including 8-1 in the league to capture the program’s third straight SAC championship and seventh in the last eight seasons.  It was also C-N’s eighth consecutive winning season with Vital’s teams going 115-31-14 (.763), including 49-6-4 in South Atlantic Conference play (.864) during that eight-year span.

Vital led the Eagles to one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2003 as Carson-Newman went 14-6-3 and 6-1 in league action to win their second SAC title in four years. The Eagles advanced to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated two top 10 teams in UNC Pembroke and USC Spartanburg and advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight for the first time in school history. C-N lost a hard-fought match to eventual national champion Lynn University. The Eagles finished the season ranked 12th in the final D-II poll in 2003.

He followed that season with yet another successful campaign in 2004 as the Eagles won the SAC title again and was ranked as high as number one in the NSCAA Division II Pool during the season.  Coach Vital was named SAC Coach of the Year and Tyler Baldock was selected the SAC Player of the Year as C-N went 17-2-1 for the program’s best winning percentage in school history (.875).

Vital and Baldock repeated those honors in 2005 as the Eagles went 18-2-2 for the most wins in school history as C-N finished the year ranked sixth in the nation.  Carson-Newman captured the program’s third straight SAC Championship and its first Food Lion SAC Tournament title in school history.  Vital and the Eagles followed with the first four-peat performance in SAC history as C-N posted a 14-2-2 worksheet in 2006 and finished the year ranked 15th in Division II.

C-N’s bid for a fifth straight league crown was halted in 2007, but the Eagles still finished the season ranked 13th in the country and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for a fifth straight year.

Vital guided the Eagles to a share of the 2008 league regular season title with Tusculum and followed with the program’s seventh and eighth league crowns in 2009 and 2010.

“My decision to leave Carson-Newman was made a very difficult one, because so many good people there who have always embraced and loved us from the time Tina and I arrived in that community,” Vital added.  “I will always remain grateful for the opportunity granted to me at Carson-Newman and thankful for the support that I have always received from the Lakeway soccer community.”

While at Carson-Newman, Vital mentored 57 All-Conference honorees, including 32 All-Region selections, three All-Americans (Tyler Baldock – three times, Thomas Ostvold, Dario Carrasco), two SAC Players of the Year (Tyler Baldock – twice, Dario Carrasco), one SAC Freshman of the Year (Omar Cooke) and one SAC Scholar Athlete of the Year (Arthur Garnes).

“Our men’s soccer program has a tremendous history of success, with excellence on and off the field and with a great reputation of being successful,” DeBusk added.  Coach Vital has not only been part of that history, but will continue it with great pride.”

As a player, Vital garnered All-Conference honors as a freshman and sophomore at Lees-McRae as he led the Bobcats to a pair of NJCAA Region 10 Championships.  He played the 1990 and 1991 campaigns at Tusculum, where he was selected to the NAIA All-District 24 both seasons.  He led the Pioneers to a combined 26-16-2 record, while capturing the 1990 Tennessee Virginia Athletic Conference Championship and followed with the 1991 NAIA District title.

“It’s great to come back home,” Vital said.  “Tina and I are so fortunate that at this time in our lives we get to return to Tusculum College where our story together started some years ago.  We just can’t wait to be back visiting once again with our long time friends.

Vital spent three years as the Coordinator of Special Student Activities and Soccer Coach at Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tennessee.  He holds an Advance National license by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Vital has been very active in youth soccer development throughout the State of Tennessee.  He served for several years on the coaching staff of the East Tennessee Soccer Federation and is currently on the coaching staff of the Olympic Development Program for the State of Tennessee.  Vital is also the director of coaching and player development for the Lakeway Soccer Club as well as the Star Soccer Academy of Morristown, Tenn.

Vital not only has an outstanding soccer resume, he is also a scholar.  Along with a Business Administration degree from Tusculum, he minored in French and Art. Vital is trilingual, speaking English, French and Haitian Creole.

Vital and his wife, Christina (who earned her Masters degree from Tusculum in 1994), are the proud parents of three boys Devin Alain, Jean-Pierre and Remi.

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

Posted on 15 December 2010 by

kelly_classroomWilliam Kelly, a 2009 graduate of Tusculum College, returned to his alma mater in late November 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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Find out what’s happening with your fellow alumni

Find out what’s happening with your fellow alumni

Posted on 15 December 2010 by



Dr. Morris E. Katz  ’37 of Sarasota, FL, has celebrated his 96th birthday.


Constance Witham Higgins ’40 of Babylon, NY, and Faith Witham Robertson ’43 of Flushing, NY, write that they are thankful to be in relatively good health for their ages.


Rudy Menkens ’58 of Largo, FL, recently returned home from a trip to Spain and France. “Brought home lots of great wine, photos and memories,” he writes. “Right now, Florida is cold, some snowbird left the door open. Should you come across it, please close it. Peace and prayers to you all.”


Ian and Gail (Brunner) Baird ’60 ’63 of Naples, FL, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in November.

Peggy Hayes Ottinger ’62 of Greeneville, TN, has retired from her career as an elementary teacher. She taught at Nolachuckey Elementary School.

Edward Ramm ’62 and his wife, Anna, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on November 5, 2010. The Ramms were able to enjoy the celebration with their family. The guest list included their three children – Debra, Ed and Cindy and their spouses, nine grandchildren and two great-grandsons.


Jane O’dell Bell ’78 of Greeneville, TN, is principal of Camp Creek Elementary School.


The Rev. Nell Stanton Grimm ’85 of Lillington, NC, recently graduated with a master’s degree in community counseling from Campbell University. She is now working as a court advocate for SAFE of Harnett County.

David Harris ’88, a member of the Virginia Army National Guard, has been deployed to Shindand, Afghanistan, as a non-commissioned officer in charge of a Signal and IT Section for a battalion. He was deployed in March of this year and is scheduled to return home in March 2011.


Nolan Nevels ’90 ’95 of Knoxville, TN, has been named the director of Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center in Oak Ridge. The Advanced Materials Training and Education Center will train individuals for entry-level materials technician jobs in two high growth industries – the carbon fiber and solar energy. Nevels has considerable manufacturing and training experience. He recently retired from a 12-year career at ALCOA, where he held various supervisory positions. Nevels brings an understanding of the hardships of trying to learn new skills as an adult learner. He attended a traditional college program in Alabama after high school while working full-time. He eventually turned his attention fully to the work force and spent the early part of his career in the construction industry. Constantly moving his family to keep up with the construction job market convinced him to go back to school. Nevels’ family settled in Knoxville and he entered Tusculum’s Graduate and Professional Studies program, earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in organizational management. Nevels and wife, Donna ’90, have two children, Nolan II and Jennifer.

James T. “J. T.” Vogt ’90 starts a new position as deputy director of the U.S. Forest Service, Southeastern Region Forest Inventory and Analysis Unit on January 30, 2011. Vogt and his family will be residing near Knoxville, TN, where the position is based. He would like to hear from former classmates. His e-mail is


Scott Williams ’06 ’10 of Sevierville, TN, started his own business as a consultant, Management Concepts LLC, after graduating with a master’s degree in human resource development in May. He has obtained a distributorship with Inscape Publishing in Minnesota. Many Tusculum students are familiar with the DiSC Assessment, which is a product of Inscape. Williams recently attended a new distributor class in Minneapolis, hosted by the company that highlighted the newest online learning tools used to illuminate workplace relationships and achieve organizational effectiveness.

Michelle Arbogast ’09 of Greeneville, TN, has assumed the role of executive assistant to the vice president and chief financial officer at Tusculum. Michelle previously served her Alma Mater as assistant bookstore manager and served as a student account clerk in the Business Office. Michelle took over the position from Susie Jones, who worked for the College for 19 years in a variety of administrative departments, including the Office of Institutional Advancement, where she worked closely with the College’s Church Relations program, Pioneer Club efforts and was interim director of alumni for one year. Jones is the wife of Charles Jones ’95 and mother of Eben ’95, Frank ’99 and Rustin Jones ’06.

Nikki Blankenship ’09 of Elizabethton, TN, is a math coach at Unaka Elementary School. The position is a new one for the school, created to help sixth and seventh graders improve their math skills. She has been using real world activities, such as fantasy football, to help students learn a variety of fundamental skills.



Elizabeth Wilson Tallent ’36 of Greeneville, TN, passed away December 8, 2010. Mrs. Tallent was a retired educator and a leader in a variety of activities relating to history of Greeneville and Greene County.  She was the first child born at the former Greeneville Hospital, which was located in what is now the restored Dickson-Williams Mansion. Mrs. Tallent taught at the elementary level in the Greeneville City Schools for 33 years, including periods of teaching at the former Roby Fitzgerald School, the former Crescent School, the former Andrew Johnson School and EastView School. One of her proudest achievements was writing, in collaboration with her principal, the school system’s first curriculum for severely developmental disabled students. She was also noted within the school system and community for co-directing a citywide musical extravaganza that involved more than 2,000 students in grades 4-12 in the production and was told with narration, patriotic songs and folk dances. Mrs. Tallent was selected as a Leader of American Elementary Education in 1971 and was a charter member of Alpha Delta Kappa, the International Sorority for Women Educators. Patriotism and the preservation and promotion of this historical heritage of Greeneville and Greene County were major interests of Mrs. Tallent. She was a longtime member of the Greeneville Historical Zoning Commission. Mrs. Tallent was an active member and former regent of the Nolachuckey Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She was one of the individuals who spearheaded the cleanup and restoration of the Old Harmony Graveyard, where one of the College founders and a former president are buried. She received a Veterans of Foreign Wars Community Service Award for her role in the restoration. Mrs. Tallent was a former member of the board of directors of the Greene County Heritage Trust, and took a leadership role in the successful petition effort to have West Main Street included in the Greeneville Historic District. A third-generation Presbyterian, she was a life-time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville, Tusculum’s mother church. She was an active member and lay leader in the church and had served as an elder. Mrs. Tallent was also a member of the Andrew Johnson Woman’s Club, the Tuesday Book Club and the Little Theatre of Greeneville, Inc. She was a charter member of the Civic Music Association, the predecessor organization of the Community Concert Association. She was also a member of the board of directors of Oak Grove Cemetery.


Billy Don Weems ’52 of Gray, TN, passed away November 30, 2010, after an extended illness. Mr. Weems worked for a number of years as an accountant for the Magnavox Co., and retired as an accountant from BASF Corporation. A veteran, he served as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC, in the 1940s. An avid hiker, Mr. Weems had explored most of the southern region of the Appalachian Mountains. As a youth, he was involved in boxing and fought two years in the Knoxville Golden Gloves.  Mr. Weems was a private pilot and a very experienced skydiver. He served as the first East Tennessee Safety Officer representing the U.S. Parachute Association.


Marianne McCorry ’86 of Bergenfield, NJ, passed away on May 19, 2010. Ms. McCorry was a teacher, having served at the A to Z Child Development Center. Survivors include her sister and alumna Lynn McCorry ’84.

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Tusculum students give back to the community

Posted on 15 December 2010 by

With Tusculum College’s focus on instilling characteristics of good citizenship as part of its curriculum, students can often be found in activities serving others, whether it be part of a course or in a student organization.

Below are three recent examples of Tusculum students stepping forward to serve the community and help those in need.
Student-athletes raise close to $1,400 for breast cancer awareness


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.

Service-Learning class collects 1,600 pounds of food and supplies for Second Harvest Food Bank


Tusculum College students recently conducted a drive to collect food and other supplies for Second Harvest Food Bank. The students, members of a “Service-Learning in Northeast Tennessee” class, organized, promoted and conducted the drive as a way to combat hunger in the region. The two-week drive collected 1,605 in pounds of canned and boxed food as well as items such as diapers for Second Harvest Food Bank. The students placed containers to collect items in high traffic areas in a number of buildings on campus and also collected items and cash donations at athletic and theatrical events on campus. “These students really do care about helping others, and now they are learning how to take those feelings and put them into action,” said class instructor, Robin Fife, assistant professor of social sciences.

Tusculum students host Greeneville Middle School students for Christmas program


Tusculum College student Brooke Haymaker, a senior from Kettering, Ohio, leads students from Greeneville Middle School in an activity to illustrate the meaning of the Kinara candles in the Kwanzaa celebration during a recent holiday program for the GMS students at the college.  The Center for Civic Advancement hosted the holiday program that was coordinated by five students, Brittany Connolly, a senior from Greeneville; Trevor Lund, a sophomore from Andover, Conn.; Samantha Lyons, a sophomore from Rogersville; Jessica Shipley, a senior from Greeneville, and Haymaker, who are members of a service-learning course taught by Robin Fife, associate professor of social science at Tusculum. The GMS students are part of the GAME (Greeneville After-School Mentoring and Enrichment) Program, with which Tusculum students work on a regular basis. The Tusculum students shared information about the holidays of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas with the GMS students and led them through activities, crafts and games related to each of the holidays. The students also enjoyed some holiday-related snacks. The event ended with the GMS and college students playing basketball together in the Pioneer Gym.

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