Archive | February, 2011

‘Hiding’ to be shown Tuesday in Chalmers Conference Center

Posted on 25 February 2011 by

The film, “Hiding,” which depicts the struggle North Korean refugees must endure to find freedom, will be shown Tuesday, March 1, at Tusculum College. The film will begin at 7 p.m. in Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons. The film illustrates the struggles of North Korean refugees must go through in China to find freedom. It is being presented by LiNK and brought to Tusculum by the college’s Center for Global Studies, the Center for Civic Advancement and the Study Abroad and Global Awareness Club (SAGA).

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Mills speaks at Tusculum College about life under ‘Jim Crow’ laws and etiquette

Posted on 25 February 2011 by

mills_greatdebatersDr. Cecil Mills, above, describes how difficult life was for African-Americans in the segregated South on Thursday evening at Tusculum College. Dr. Mills, assistant district attorney general in the state’s Third Judicial District and pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Greeneville, spoke prior to the showing of the film, “The Great Debaters,” an event co-sponsored by the Andrew Johnson Debate Society and the Black United Students campus organizations. Dr. Mills shared the history of “Jim Crow” laws and described how Jim Crow extended into an etiquette dictating how the races interacted. It was difficult for the debating team from the African-American college depicted in the film to face teams from white colleges, he said, because according to “Jim Crow” etiquette, African-Americans were not show a superior intellect or knowledge over whites. As a youth growing up in Greeneville, Dr. Mills said there were not “white only” signs to be seen, but prior to integration, he knew that something was not right because his school textbooks were not in good condition and he and his friends always had to sit in the balcony of the movie theater. The struggle for racial equality was worth it, he said, as evidenced by the group of students of both races gathered to see the film. He encouraged the students to look for small acts of courage and heroism depicted in the film that show how individuals took steps toward seeking racial equality.

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Howard named ‘Student of the Block’ for Fifth Block

Posted on 25 February 2011 by

howard_studentoftheblockJohnDavid “J.D.” Howard, a senior accounting and economics major from Perry, Ga., has been named “Student of the Block” for the Fifth Block of the 2010-11 academic year at Tusculum College.

The Student of the Block Award is presented each block by the Office of Student Affairs to recognize students for academic achievement, leadership on campus and contributions to the college community. A plaque describing Howard’s accomplishments will join those describing past honorees prominently displayed in the Niswonger Commons and other campus buildings.

Howard has made an impact on the Tusculum College community, giving his best whether he is in the classroom, on the athletic field or serving in campus organizations.

“J.D. plays a vital role in the Tusculum community,” said Dr. Michelle Freeman, associate professor of business, in her nomination of Howard for the honor. “He represents the school so humbly and yet enthusiastically to those who visit through his dedication to the President’s Society. J.D. is a model accounting student as well. He is always prepared for class and participates in a lively and enjoyable manner, trying to keep it light under stressful times.

“He serves the Tusculum College Business Club as treasurer as well and participates in almost every event it sponsors. Moreover, he is a baseball player for Tusculum College and meets all of these demands responsibly. I am very proud of what J.D. accomplishes and all with a smile on his face an in his heart. Tusculum is very lucky to have him!”

Howard, a relief pitcher for the Pioneer baseball team, made the decision to come to Tusculum after a recruiting trip for baseball. “Just looking at the field and how it was taken care of, I knew this place was serious about giving its students and athletes the best it had to offer,” he said.

Expressing appreciation for those who have helped and supported him at Tusculum, Howard said, “The Tusculum College baseball coaching staff taught me what it means to work hard, not just towards your own goals, but for the betterment of the unit. I learned what it really means to be dedicated, the value of perseverance and teamwork. These coaches are a daily reminder that it’s not always about you, but how you can use your own talents to help bring out the best in others.”

Howard also noted that Dr. Antonio Bos, professor of business, and Dr. Freeman have challenged him in the classroom, expecting students to work hard to earn their grades, but also willing to work with them. “They are remarkable teachers and are truly caring individuals,” he said.

Tusculum’s Admission Counselors are another group that have helped Howard in his role as a member of the President’s Society, an elite group of students who serve as ambassadors for the college. Howard said the counselors have helped him become more comfortable in meeting new people and taking a leadership role to make sure prospective students have all they need to make the best decisions for their future.

The son of Steve and Bridget Howard, he counts his parents as major role models in his life. “They do not have glamorous jobs by any means, but they work harder than any two people you will ever meet,” he said. “The fact that they would sacrifice some of their wants and dreams to make sure I have every opportunity to achieve mine says a lot. The world would be a lot better place if there were more parents out there that cared as much as mine.”

Howard’s plans to continue his education in graduate school after earning his bachelor’s degree and seek employment in the financial field once he obtains his graduate degree.

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2011 Housing Lottery Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on 23 February 2011 by

I want to arrive early to the Lottery.  How soon can I get there?

Doors open for students to check into the Lottery process at 5 p.m. on February 23, 2011, in the Pioneer Arena.  We advise you come early so our staff can verify your Passport and you can enter into the fun with minimal waiting!  Senior selections begin at 6 p.m., Juniors at 7 p.m., and Sophomores at 8:30 p.m.  We recommend you arrive at least 45 minutes prior to your start time.  You can follow the process of the Lottery live by following the Office of Student Affairs on Facebook.  If the line becomes long, we will give priority to the group whose turn it is to register (example: if Rising Sophomores show up to check-in at 5:45 p.m., Rising Seniors will be given priority check-in status).

What does it mean to “pull” someone?

A student with the better number can “pull” a roommate of their choice to live in a space with them in certain areas.  “Pulling” someone means that both of you select a space at the same time and the one of you with the higher Lottery number does not have to wait until their number is called, they select with the one of you with the lowest number.  Example:  John and Marcus plan to live together.  John is #14 in line to select rooms, while Marcus is #215.  When John chooses a room, Marcus will be “pulled up” to live in John’s space.  Students can pull to all spaces except the single bedrooms of the apartments.  Students can pull to double rooms in Katherine, Welty-Craig, COGs, and the “D” bedroom of the apartments.

There are already names showing on the Lottery Selection Projections?!?  What is that all about?

Resident Assistants do not get to choose their rooms, so they are placed in their space ahead of time in the Lottery.  However, Resident Assistants DO get to choose their roommate, so in every RA room you will see the roommate who has agreed to live with the RA.

What happens if I am not there when my number/name is called?

Throughout the Lottery, a up-to-the-minute list will be posted so you can see where your name is in relation to those who have already been called.  While you are enjoying the fun events that are taking place with the Lottery, you can keep track of where you are on the list.  When you are within 10 names of your own selection turn, you will be called to the “wait area” where you will have an up-close view of available spaces.   We will call your name three (3) times before we move on to the next name on the list.  If you arrive after your name has been called you will be placed in the next selection spot we are serving.

 What do I need to have completed in order to choose a room?

You must have your Passport completely stamped meaning you have no holds in the Business Office or Financial Aid, you do have a 2011-2012 class schedule entered by the Registrar, and you do have your immunization records complete with the College.  If you are missing any one of these three items, you will not be able to participate in the Lottery.

I am missing one of the three required areas to complete the Lottery.  What happens to me?

If your issues can be resolved at the Lottery, then we want to do that.  Offices from across campus will be present at the Lottery to do everything we can to help you get cleared to participate in the Lottery.  If you cannot resolve your issues to participate in the Lottery, then you can complete your business after the Lottery.  Once you have resolved your issue with either the Financial Aid Office, Business Office (account holds), Registrar (class schedule), or Student Affairs (immunizations), then you can come by Student Affairs, and we will work with you to find a space for you for 2011-2012.

What types of things are going on to keep me entertained until my Lottery number is called?

We will have card games, board games, and other activities will be available so you can pass the time enjoyably while you wait.

Some of the areas are showing as unavailable; why can’t I choose them?

It is part of our programmatic philosophy to group our students in a manner which allows our upperclassmen to live together and our freshmen to live together, but not directly intermixed with one another by floor or wing.  This allows us to provide services targeted to those populations-for example, the developmental needs of freshmen students are far different from those of upperclassmen.  To facilitate this, we have pulled areas offline across campus for incoming freshmen.  We also pull some rooms offline to accommodate students with different needs.

I got the room I wanted, but now I have changed my mind.  What do I do?

We ask that students be certain of a space when they select it.  Trying to change spaces after your turn has passed slows down the Lottery process for other waiting students and creates confusion.  So, the bottom line is BE SURE WHEN YOU SELECT A SPACE.  However, if your room must be changed immediately please find a member of the Student Affairs professional staff at the Lottery and let us know.  We will talk with you about the nature of your room change and work with you.  We cannot guarantee all changes will be immediate; some changes will be easier to facilitate than others. For example, two people wanting to mutually switch places is an easier change to facilitate than three people wanting in one apartment together when there are only two spaces left.  It is always best if you come to us with a solution in mind where all affected students are in agreement with the solution, but we will try to work with you to fashion a workable solution.

I want a single room.  There has always been a waiting list for that, how does it work now?

Single rooms are up for selection as well. 

I didn’t get the space I wanted.  What happens now?

We will begin creating waiting lists for 2011-2012 Residential Spaces at the Lottery. In the Lottery administration area, there will be a table designated “waiting lists” where you can submit your name as you come up to select your room.

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New display highlights notable early Tusculum alumni

Posted on 23 February 2011 by

alumnidisplayDo you know which Tusculum alumnus treated President James A. Garfield as he struggled to survive an assassin’s bullet? Or which Tusculum alumnus served as the 19th speaker of the United States House of Representatives? Or which Tusculum graduate became a prominent editor, killed a man for slander and then was appointed the U.S. minister to Bolivia?

These Tusculum graduates – John Harvey Girdner, John White or Allen A. Hall – are all part of a new display in the Thomas J. Garland Library that highlights the contributions these and other Tusculum College alumni made to the early development of the United States.  The display is located on the main floor of the Library in the Reference/Information Commons Room near the staircase.

Featured in the display are James Dixon Black, class of 1872; Samuel A. Coile, class of 1879; Julia A. Doak, class of 1879; John Harvey Girdner, class of 1886; John Gloucester, who graduated before 1810; Newton Hacker, class of 1860; Allen A. Hall, who graduated before 1830; Oscar B. Lovette, class of 1893; Frank I. Milligan, who attended in 1869; Samuel Milligan, class of 1843; John Holt Rice, who graduated before 1847, and John White, who graduated before 1830.

Black served as the 39th governor of the state of Kentucky. His political career began four years after his graduation from then Greeneville and Tusculum College when he was elected to Kentucky’s House of Representatives. He also served as Knox County superintendent of schools for two years and president of Union College for three years. In 1915, he became the state’s first assistant attorney general and served as lieutenant governor for four years.

Dr. Coile was one of the young graduates that attracted the attention of Tusculum’s first benefactor, Nettie Fowler McCormick, to the school.  A preacher and teacher, Coile served as president of his Alma Mater from 1901-1907. During his presidency, the College experienced significant student enrollment growth and Virginia Hall was constructed.

Doak was the first woman to graduate from Tusculum College. A  descendent of Tusculum College’s founders, she worked as personal secretary to the state superintendent and taught for several years. She also broke societal norms in marrying at age 42 in a time period when women were considered “old maids” if not married by their mid-20s.

Dr. Girdner was one of the most distinguished surgeons of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was one of the four surgeons to treat President Garfield after he was shot. Girdner’s experience in treating the president led to his invention of the telephonic bullet probe, which was widely used in the removal of bullets prior to the development of X-ray technology. He also invented the phymosis forceps used in the circumcision procedure. Dr. Gardner was the first person to successfully graft skin from a cadaver onto living skin. He was also a prolific writer on medical and social subjects.

John Gloucester was the first African-American to graduate from college in Tennessee and the first African-American to be ordained as minister in the Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Gideon Blackburn purchased Jack, a slave, for the purpose of setting him free. Blackburn gave Jack the name of John Gloucester and granted him manumission papers. As a free man, Gloucester pursued a life of ministry. When he appeared before the Union Presbytery, it was determined he needed more education and was sent to Greeneville College. Later, Gloucester and the Evangelical Society of Philadelphia established the First African Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pa.

Hacker served in the Civil War rising from private to captain in the 4th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry Regiment (USA). He was captured and was a prison of war for several weeks. After the war, Hacker studied law and in 1867, was elected to the Tennessee legislature. Hacker also served as district attorney and circuit court judge in Washington County.

Hall was an accomplished lawyer and editor who graduated from Greeneville College. Known as a prominent editor, Hall shot and killed a man who accused him of being an abolitionist. In 1863, Hall was appointed the U.S. minister to Bolivia.

After graduating from Tusculum, Lovette earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University while serving in the Tennessee House of Representatives. He then served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish American War. After leaving the military, he returned to Greene County where he served as the county court clerk and clerk and master of Chancery Court. In 1912, he became president of Citizens Savings Bank of Greeneville, one of the leading local financial institutions. His reputation in the community led to political success as he was elected as attorney general, and in 1930, became the only person to defeat the popular Carroll Reece for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Frank Milligan was a student at Greeneville and Tusculum College in 1869 when he received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. During his career in the Navy, he accompanied President Ulysses S. Grant in his tour of the world. Milligan also served as an officer on the U.S.S. Dolphin’s around-the-world tours of duty and later served as a squadron trainer.

Samuel Milligan was elected to the state legislature while still a student at Tusculum College. He served as a major in the U.S. Army during the Mexican-American War. He was founder and first editor of The Greeneville Spy newspaper. He was selected as a commissioner to settle the conflict over the boundary line between Tennessee and Virginia. He served as Tennessee Supreme Court Judge from 1864 to 1868. He was then appointed by President Andrew Johnson as Judge of the United States Court of Claims in Washington, D.C., a position in which he served until his death in 1872.

Rice was a noted journalist and editor in southeastern Kansas and also excelled in law and politics in Georgia and Kansas. In 1856, he was elected major general of the 12th Division of the Georgia State Militia. Soon thereafter, he founded Franklin Publishing Company. He was a primary promoter of the construction of a railroad to link Natchez, Miss. to Bastrop, Ark. He also served on the Interstate Mississippi River Improvement and Levee Association and successfully lobbied Congress to increase federal funds devoted to levee construction along the Mississippi.

A distinguished attorney and politician, White was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1835 and served as Speaker of the House from 1841 to 1843. He was then appointed as federal judge in the 19th District of Kentucky, serving until his death in 1845.

The display was created by five students as a project for a “Theory and Practice of Citizenship” course. The students were Vinton Copeland, a sophomore political science major from LaGrange, Ga.; Adrienne Jones, a freshman pre-medicine major from Bristol; Catherine Kolb, a a senior psychology major from Greeneville; Kyle Smith, a sophomore sport management major from St. Petersburg, Fla., and Luis Zamora, a sophomore business management and economics major from Santiago, Chile.

Over the course of the block, they developed a spreadsheet that tracked the accomplishments of alumni from 1794-1929. What they discovered amazed the class and instilled a pride in knowing that they were walking in the footsteps of such fascinating individuals.

To share their information, the students wrote 12 mini-biographies that also will be shared over the next several blocks of the spring semester.

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Tusculum professor, administrator discover diverse South Africa in recent trip

Posted on 23 February 2011 by

sa_tablemount3Friendly people, breathtaking scenery and exotic wildlife exemplify South Africa, a Tusculum College professor and administrator found in a recent trip.

They also found extreme poverty and a lingering undercurrent of guardedness in a country that has emerged from a divisive system of apartheid and is still learning to live together.

Dr. Nancy Thomas, associate professor of English, and Jacquelyn D. Elliott, vice president for enrollment management, traveled for two weeks earlier this year in South Africa with a class from Bridgewater College.

The venture provided the Tusculum representatives insight on planning international, academic trips for the college’s students in the future. In March, Dr. Thomas and Dr. Joel Van Amberg, assistant professor of history, will be leading a group of Tusculum students to Italy and Germany. It will be Dr. Thomas’ first experience leading a group of students on an international trip.

“It is good to go someplace very different than your own country,” Thomas said. “I enjoyed seeing the students’ reactions. For some of them, it was their first time out of country and they were wide-eyed.”

South Africa is increasingly becoming a tourist destination, and tourism is a major industry for the country, Thomas said. “Before the (2010) World Cup, few traveled to South Africa, but now people want to go. Our tour guide told us that his schedule is booked through the end of 2012.”

While the country’s scenery and wildlife attracts tourists, the country is a study of contrasts as the group also saw extreme poverty and reminders of the country’s apartheid.

Thomas said that she and her fellow travelers saw mixed groups of races everywhere and the people seemed friendly with each other. “They are learning to get along,” she said. Overall, she continued, the country had a feeling of progress and a genuine friendliness among the people.

“One of the most amazing things about the country is its diversity,” Thomas said. “Everyone we met was extremely friendly. Fortunately, all spoke English, many were bilingual and some were trilingual.”

sa_tribalceremonyDiversity can be found in the people themselves from the nine tribes of the indigenous people to the white descendents of European settlers. Thomas said people were genuinely welcoming and hearing personal stories from the people they met made the trip that much more enjoyable and meaningful.

“I came back different, listening to people’s personal stories and how people are working to change,” she said. “The poverty there is so different than our own and worse. It changes your world view.”

The groups’ tour guide was white while their driver was black. The two had not met before the trip but became fast friends. The group had the opportunity to talk to the two men for about an hour one evening, Thomas said, and the South Africans explained that under apartheid their friendship would have not been possible.

sa_robbenislandThe group visited Robben Island to see the prison where Nelson Mandela was held for 27-years because of his anti-apartheid stance. “It was one of the highlights of the trip, seeing where Mandela was imprisoned in person,” Thomas said, adding that both black and white South Africans regard Mandela as a saint. At the prison, they heard the personal story of a political prisoner jailed at Robben Island.

Elliott added a personal story that impacted her was told by a Robben Island tour guide; a junior in college.  In a personal conversation, Elliott asked the guide to share one story about his life that depicted South African culture. “My life has been impacted because my mother was imprisoned when I was a child,” Elliott said he told her. “My family was not told where she was taken, and I lived with my grandmother.  It wasn’t until my mother was transferred to another facility that I finally reunited with her.  I was sixteen when that happened. My mother was a stranger to me in my own country.”

One of the group’s destinations was Soweto, a section of Johannesburg that became known internationally after an uprising in the 1970s in protest of apartheid.

A part of the community is poor and the other is middle class. In the poorer section, Thomas recalled that the homes were shacks, built from whatever scrap materials that could be found, without electricity or running water. Each block had a spigot that provided families with access to running water.

sa_soweto2Elliott said she was invited into one of the homes, which housed eight people. In the home was a double bed, a single table with two chairs and a cook stove with some pans hanging on the wall.  “When I think about how small the space is for eight people, and the fact that over 500 people share a single toilet in these informal settlements, I remember how blessed I am, and that I should give more to others in need,” she said.

The group also visited a settlement outside Capetown where they found similar conditions. Homes did have electricity, Thomas noted, but had no running water, and residents had to pay an equivalent of 75 cents in American currency to use a restroom facility.

The group left the clothes that they took on the trip to be distributed by a church organization to the needy, she said. They also donated money and school supplies to be distributed to schools in Soweto and the settlement.

sa_soweto1In the middle class section of Soweto, Thomas noticed that all the middle class and upper class homes had six-foot fences surrounding the property. “You had to enter each home through a gate,” she said. “Perhaps it shows that there is still an undercurrent of insecurity there.”

The diversity of South Africa is also found in its scenery, which varies from savannah to desert to beach to mountainous terrain that Thomas likened to the American southwest – a rugged landscape with “scrubby” trees, not many tall hardwoods.

The Cape of Good Hope, the southernmost tip of the African continent, was another destination. “There was something really spiritual about being there,” she said.

One of South Africa’s “touristy” sites is the Table Mountain, rising a mile above Capetown. Clouds roll over the top of the mountain, which was “one of the most beautiful sites I have ever seen,” Thomas said. Elliott further commented that the “table cloth” phenomenon can only been seen in this one location in the entire world.

The nation’s wine district was a pleasant surprise. Thomas said she learned that wine and brandy are among South Africa’s leading exports. The wineries were “very upscale,” she said, and there were acres and acres devoted to the growing of grapes.

The wildlife found in South Africa also contributes to its diverse character. Many people have the misconception that wildlife is running loose in the country, Thomas said, but they found that to see the animals, tourists have to travel to reserves or national parks.

Ostrich farming is a significant sector of the South African economy, and a visit to a farm was part of the group’s itinerary. South Africans use every part of the ostrich for some purpose, whether it is the eggs for artwork, the skin for leather and, of course, the meat, which is a popular food in the country and in Europe.

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Learn the latest about your fellow alumni

Posted on 23 February 2011 by



Dorothy A. Huber ’50 of Maplewood, NJ, writes that she enjoyed attending the alumni event at Tusculum House in Princeton, meeting Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody, seeing familiar faces of her former classmates and taking the informative tour of the house.


adamsayersDr. Adam Sayers ’00 has been named the new women’s soccer coach at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. For the past two seasons, Sayers has served as the top assistant coach at the University of South Florida and helped guide the team to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and national postseason win. Prior to the University of South Florida, Sayers spent five seasons with the Middle Tennessee State University soccer program – three years as a full-time assistant and two years as a graduate assistant. While at MTSU, Sayers earned his doctorate in human performance. He has presented at national and regional conferences and he is a published author, contributing several soccer-related articles to peer-reviewed scientific journals, as well as several coaching journals and websites. Prior to MTSU, Sayers served as a youth soccer coach with U.K. Elite Soccer in New Jersey and spent two years as an assistant in football development with the Football Association of Wales. A native of Birmingham, England, Sayers lettered at Tusculum from 1996-99 and helped lead his squad to the South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship during his senior year and the College’s first season in the league. Sayers was also an excellent student, earning academic honors, as a major in sport management and business management. He also worked in the Tusculum Athletic Media Relations department as a student assistant. In addition to his coaching qualifications, Sayers is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist.   Sayers and his wife, Brandi, have two children.
Megan Hart ’09 of Loudon, TN, has completed the didactic phase of South College’s Master of Health Science Physician Assistant Program. She received her white coat during graduation ceremonies held in December at the Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville, TN.

philliplewisPhillip Lewis ’10 of Dandridge, TN, has been named “WIVK and Shoney’s Teacher of the Month” by the Knoxville radio station. Lewis, who was a student in Tusculum’s Graduate and Professional Studies program in Morristown, is a second grade teacher at Belle Morris Elementary School in Knoxville. The first-year teacher was chosen by a submission made to the WIVK-FM webpage. The recipient receives school supplies, an award plaque and a complimentary dinner at Shoney’s.


Ryan and Brooke (Boyd) Priest ’00 and ’01 of Cypress, TX, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Allison Boyd, on January 3, 2011. Allision was 5 lbs and 7 oz. and 18 inches long. Jackson (5) and Mason (3) are proud big brothers.



W. A. Maloney ’38 of Johnson City, TN, formerly of Telford, passed away February 20, 2011. Mr. Maloney was the retired owner and operator of Eureka Roller Mill. A veteran, Mr. Maloney served in the U.S. Army Air Corp in Panama during World War II. He was a member of Telford United Methodist Church, where he served in numerous positions. Mr. Maloney was a charter member of the Telford Ruritan Club and served on the Administration Board of Washington College Academy.


Elbert T. Creamer ’42 of Greeneville, TN, passed away February 12, 2011. Mr. Creamer was retired from the Greeneville Light and Power System, where he served as a purchasing agent. He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, where he served as treasurer for 25 years. Survivors include Tusculum alumnus and brother-in-law Glenn Renner ’48.

Dr. Walter Dunkel ’47 of Atlanta, GA, passed away January 5, 2011. A native of New Jersey, Dr. Dunkel served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and retired as a captain. After graduating from Tusculum, he later completed his master’s and doctoral degrees in physics and chemical engineering at the University of Missori.  Dr. Dunkel spent his entire career with Standard Oil (Exxon/Mobil) working in both chemical research and marketing.


Bruce Robert Miniat ’60 of Dandridge, TN, formerly of Greeneville, passed away February 20, 2011, after a courageous four-and-a-half year battle with cancer. Mr. Miniat was a veteran, having served as a sergeant in the U.S Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. He was a lifetime member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 1990 in Greeneville and Post 2372 in Newport. Mr. Miniat was retired from Magnavox/Phillips as director of parts and service.  He was a volunteer coach for the Greeneville Recreation Department for more than 20 years. He coached the winning Greeneville Junior Pro basketball  team that won a state championship and was runner-up in the national championship. Mr. Miniat also coached junior league bowling teams for more than 40 years. He was an avid fisherman and bowler. Mr. Miniat was the president and secretary of the Newport Bowling Association and continued to bowl until five months ago when his health worsened. He was a member of Hills Union United Methodist Church in Dandridge where he worked as volunteer and participated faithfully in the weekly afternoon Disciple Bible Study class and served as treasurer of the Methodist Men’s Club.  His survivors include granddaughter and Tusculum alumna Barbie (Ricker) Ishii ’04 and her husband, Thomas Ishii ’03, and stepson Travis Crabtree and his wife, Robin Crabtree ’07. Travis serves as webmaster at Tusculum and Robin is records, resources and communications manager in the Office of Admission.

Edward E. Waggoner ’62 of Greeneville, TN, passed away suddenly on January 28, 2011. Mr. Waggoner served his country for 35 years, first as a U.S. Marine Corps reservist, later with NASA and then with the CIA, from which he retired in 1998. During his career, Mr. Waggoner served in the Washington, D.C. area and all over the globe as an intelligence professional. After retiring, he raised cattle on a small farm in Greene County where he lived with his wife, Sammy, until his passing. His survivors include son and daughter-in-law and Tusculum alumni Eric and Janet (Greenlee) Waggoner ’88 ’89.


Mary I. “Missie” Wright Parker-O’Toole ’75 of Louisville, KY, passed away February 6, 2011. Ms. Parker-O’Toole had moved back to her native Louisville after living in Tennessee for 48 years.

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Board of Trustees hear reports about College’s enrollment, financial situation

Board of Trustees hear reports about College’s enrollment, financial situation

Posted on 23 February 2011 by

tclogoandsealThe Tusculum College Board of Trustees met on Friday and Saturday, February 11-12. Several reports were given reflecting the college’s improved financial situation, due in part to the continuing trend of increased enrollment on the residential campus.

Dwight Ferguson, chairman of the Finance Committee, reported that Tusculum College is in a much improved financial position over a year ago, attributed to steady enrollment on the residential campus and steps that have been taken to improve many administrative processes, including the budgetary process. Additionally, the total endowment of the college is up by 4 and one-half percent.

According to Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody, the financial position has improved, all while the college has made an increased investment in academic programs of more than $200,000 over the prior fiscal year.

“We have invested in the heart of Tusculum College, our academic programs and our students, and we have still improved our financial situation considerably in the past year,” said Dr. Ken Bowman, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “We are very pleased with the efforts of not only the leadership, but of faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the college who helped get us to this point.”

Dr. D. Larry Brotherton, chairman of the Enrollment Committee, reported that deposits for the upcoming academic year are ahead of this time last year and currently residential admission is ahead 436 applications in comparison to the same period last year. Additionally, while housing occupancy is at 98 percent, all students have now been moved back to campus, reducing the need for housing at the Comfort Inn that was utilized during fall semester.

The Board of Trustees continued their Strategic Planning efforts through an update on the progress toward attainment of current year objectives and a visioning process led by President Nancy Moody titled “Vision 20/20,” in which board members looked past the traditional five-year planning span into what Tusculum College might be like 10 years from now. Input from this session, along with a strategic planning session that combined staff, faculty and board members earlier in February will be incorporated into the updated Strategic Plan 2011-2016.

“It is important that we think long-term in order to lay the groundwork for growth we want to see down the road,” said Moody. “We need to not only focus on what we need to do now, but also what we need to get in place to be ready for changes we will face 10-20 years from now.”

Dr. Jerry Ward, chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee, reported that the Graduate and Professional Studies program will be beginning a new program this spring in offering a bachelor of arts in psychology with a concentration in behavioral health. The addition of the program will provide increased options for adult students looking for a degree program that works with their schedule as working adults.

In other action the Board approved the awarding of diplomas to 320 graduates, pending successful completion of spring course work and faculty approval, for the Saturday, May 7, Commencement ceremonies.

Chairman of the Athletics Committee Mark Williams reported that since the beginning of the fall semester student-athletes on the Tusculum College campus have contributed 1,301 hours of community service through the efforts of the 14 sponsored sports. Beginning in March, student-athletes will assist with activities to enhance attendance at athletic events and to draw the community to campus through their schedule of three community engagement activities.

From the Institutional Advancement Committee, Committee Chairman Angelo Volpe reported that all fundraising goals are on track to be met this year, with some completed campaigns already ending with dollars raised above the goal.

Reporting on behalf of the Alumni Executive Board, Dr. Bob Pollock, a 1965 alumnus of Tusculum College, talked to the Board about the role of alumni in assisting with areas of need at the College. Pollock said that members of the Alumni Executive Board wanted to assist with alumni giving, as well as act as an idea exchange and provide pertinent information to the College.

The Board also heard a presentation from Dr. Bill Garris, assistant professor of psychology, that explored the relationship between the ancient Roman philosopher Cicero and Tusculum College.

Tusculum College is named for a hilltop city in ancient Rome that has a history 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.

The next meeting of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees is May 20-21, 2011.

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Gunn featured in ‘NCAA ON Campus’

Posted on 23 February 2011 by

jasminegunn1Tusculum College senior guard Jasmine Gunn is featured in the latest edition of “NCAA On Campus”.  The feature can be viewed  on at the following link:

“NCAA On Campus” is a collegiate sports show which focuses on the student-athlete. Producers from “NCAA On Campus” were on the Greeneville campus this past December as they interviewed Gunn, her teammates and head coach Adell Harris.  Senior guard Brittni Oliver (Kokomo, Ind.) also served as host of the program.

Gunn, a 4-11 native of Nashville, Tenn., has accounted for one of the greatest basketball playing careers in Division II history.  The 2010-2011 Preseason National Division II Player of the Year is second is one of only five players in South Atlantic Conference (SAC) history to score over 2,000 points in her career.

The reigning SAC and Division II Southeast Region Player of the Year has scored 2,052 points which are second most in Tusculum history and fourth in the SAC record book.  The two-time All-American currently holds school career records in free throws made (625) and free throw attempts (798).  She is also second all-time in career field goals made (691) and career assists (610), and third in career steals (262).

During her storied career, Gunn has led the Pioneers to three 20-win seasons, two SAC Championships and three NCAA II Tournament appearances.  Last year’s squad posted the best postseason run in school history, by winning the program’s first SAC Tournament title and parlayed that momentum in knocking off the top three seeds in the NCAA Regional to advance to the Division II Elite Eight in Missouri.

This year’s squad will at least share the regular season conference title. Gunn leads the Pioneers averaging 19.7 points per game, which is tops in the conference.

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Museums of Tusculum seeking volunteers

Posted on 23 February 2011 by

doakhouse3Looking for a way to get involved on campus? The Museums of Tusculum are seeking volunteers for a variety of activities, from leading tour groups to helping care and process historical documents in the archives.

The museums, which include the Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library on the Tusculum College campus, are looking for individuals with an interest in history, those who enjoy working with people and others who are looking for a way to serve the community in a unique way.

A variety of opportunities for volunteers can be found at the two museums in several areas of operations. In the area of education and interpretation, the museums need people who are willing to speak to small groups to assist in leading tours of the Doak House and teach children about the Doak family, Tusculum history and life in the 19th century.

Reliable individuals interested in volunteering as a docent are needed to help staff the Doak House Museum on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May through August. Docents also need to be willing to speak to tour groups.

This summer, the Doak House will need volunteers to help with one or more of the three educational, fun camps the museum hosts. Helpers are needed to assist in preparing lessons and snacks and in supervising children.

oldcollegeAt the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library, individuals with an interest in history and a curiosity about the “stuff” of history (documents, photos, books and other artifacts) are needed to help work in the Tusculum College Archives, caring for its rare and precious contents.

People who enjoy working outdoors are welcome to volunteer in the effort to maintain the beauty of the grounds of the two museums and the structural integrity of the Doak House and “Old College” building that houses the President Andrew Johnson Museum, both of which are pre-Civil War structures.

The two museums on campus are operated by the Department of Museum Program and Studies. The Doak House Museum is the 19th century home of the Rev. Samuel Witherspoon Doak, co-founder of Tusculum College, and hosts thousands of school children from the region for a variety of educational programs related to the 19th century as well as other community programs, such as the “Pickin’ at the Doaks” monthly traditional music programs.

The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library houses a special collection of items relating to the 17th president, the college’s archives, special themed exhibits and volumes from the institution’s original library.

The two museums are also part of the National Historic District on the Tusculum College campus. Follow the museums on Facebook and Twitter to learn the latest news and upcoming events or visit its Web site at to learn more about the variety of programs offered at the museums.

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Scuba diving course to be offered in April

Posted on 23 February 2011 by

scubadivingA Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Open Water Scuba Diving Certification course will be offered at Tusculum College beginning in April.

The Scuba course, which has been off the curriculum at the college for a number of years, is being added back due to community interest.

Scuba Diving will be offered as part of the residential college schedule, beginning on Wednesday, April 13, and will run from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays and Fridays for three and a one-half weeks. The final exam will be for International Certification and college credit for the Tusculum students. The PADI Scuba Course will also be offered twice during the 2011-2012 academic year.

The primary instructor for the course will be Barry Burton of Smoky Mountain Divers, Kingsport. Students taking the course will be required to pass a simple swimming proficiency test and should be in good overall health.

Scuba Diving will be open to both full- and part-time enrolled Tusculum College students as a one credit-hour course. In addition, the course will be open to the community as an audit option for anyone wishing to take the course for an audit fee of $100. The audit fee is not applicable for full-time enrolled students.

Additional fees apply for textbooks, personal equipment and a lab fee of $75.  The first class will be specifically for orientation and a simple “Watermanship Ability Test.” Bring a bathing suit and be prepared to buy the textbook package ($74.46 w/tax) during this first meeting. Students will need the textbook package to prepare for your next class.

For PHED160 Scuba Diving registration, contact the Tusculum College Office of Enrollment Management at (423) 636-7300. For more specifics about the course content, contact Burton at Smoky Mountain Divers (423) 239-7333. All registrations will be made through the Tusculum College Office of Enrollment Management.

Several options will be provided for the four open water qualification dives locally, including options in the Knoxville area and an optional trip to the freshwater springs of North Florida (Gainesville area).

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Tusculum professor published in Journal of American Culture

Posted on 23 February 2011 by

keaton1An article by Dr. Angela Keaton, assistant professor of history at Tusculum College, has been published by the Journal of American Culture.

Dr. Keaton’s article, “Backyard Desperados: American Attitudes Concerning Toy Guns in the Early Cold War Era,” was printed in the fall 2010 volume of the journal. The Journal of American Culture combines studies of American literature, history and the arts with studies of the popular, the taken-for-granted and the ordinary pieces of American life to produce analyses of American culture with breadth and holism.

The article describes how child’s play with toy guns was not only accepted but also encouraged by parents, psychologists and other experts and society at large in the early period of the Cold War in the 1950s, Keaton said.

The article explores the popularity of children playing “cowboys and cowboys” with the toy guns. Investigated in the article are the prevalent attitude of psychologists and other experts who described toy gun play as a good way for children to vent aggression and to reinforce strong masculine traits and the reassurance that the toy gun play gave parents as they saw their children mimicking a symbol of patriotic, American heritage in a time of great uncertainty as the nation faced the rise of Communism.

The marketing and business side of toy gun play are also described as television and movies popularized cowboys and westerns and gave rise to a demand for toy guns and holsters. The article also notes the decline of popularity of toy gun play in the 1960s as parents began to be distrustful of experts and “G.I. Joe” was introduced, a toy that concentrated not on America’s past but on what was the country’s contemporary battle against Communism.

Keaton presented the paper a few years ago at the American Cultural Association Conference, where it received an award for best paper.

The article is from Dr. Keaton’s doctoral dissertation, which she is working to turn into a book for publication.

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