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Military Assistance Group formed by Tusculum College Graduate and Professional Studies students has success

Posted on 31 March 2011 by

Jordan Eggleston, left, and Wes Baessler, students in the Graduate and Professional Studies program.

Tusculum College Graduate and Professional Studies students Jordan Eggleston and Wes Baessler, both of Knoxville, who created The Military Assistance Group (TMAG) at Tusculum College in 2009, are pleased with the groups success in its first few years.

TMAG was created when Eggleston saw the need for veteran students to have assistance with their GI benefits. He enlisted Baessler’s help and, with the support of Tusculum College staff, the group and its activities have grown and evolved. It is the first certified Graduate and Professional Studies student organization at Tusculum.

“A lot of veterans are out of their element and have to adjust to a new environment when they come into the college environment,” said Eggleston. “Tusculum is very military friendly, and we can provide that extra bit of guidance and feeling of acceptance as they work to better themselves through education.”

Eggleston has spoken at student events to provide information on the military to educate the student body as a whole.

TMAG has provided care packages to deployed service members and assisted at a recent “Stand Down” event for homeless veterans as well.

Both Eggleston and Baessler are SPO II Bearcat Operators at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., as well as students at Tusculum. Both also served five years in the U.S. Army as Military Police.

The group is currently focused on implementing its “Blue Star Program.” They are working with Tusculum on this program, which could eventually allow for a tuition discount for veterans’ family members. Veterans who have exhausted their GI benefits would also be eligible for this program.

“Families serve in the military as well, just in a different way,” said Baessler. “A distracted solider is a dead soldier and the family members ensure that things are maintained at home so the solider can focus on his or her duties. The family members are not thanked enough and this is one small way we can try to do that.”

WSI Oak Ridge Security Police Officer Brad Carter is also involved with TMAG and serves as its treasurer. Lauren Venable, is also very active with the group and serves as Secretary. Eggleston and Baessler credit Venable with being the driving force of the group. Carter served in Security Forces in the U.S. Air Force and Venable’s husband Ben served in the U.S. Army as Military Police.

The group has been successful in communicating its efforts to Tusculum students and has a page of the college’s internal website. Sixty students are currently members. TMAG is actively working to expand the group to include the other Tusculum campuses in Morristown, Greeneville and Gray, Tennessee.

Companies, organizations or individuals interested in donating to TMAG can do so by designating a donation to Tusculum College for the cause. For more information contact Tom McKay, Assistant Director/Academic Coordinator for Tusculum College at 865-693-1177 ext. 5020 or

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Smooth Sounds of Route 66 to perform favorites from jazz’s swing era Thursday, April 14, at Tusculum College

Posted on 30 March 2011 by

The Thomas J. Garland Library Lobby at Tusculum College will be filled with the sounds of one of the most popular periods of jazz music on Thursday, April 14.

The Smooth Sounds of Route 66 will perform favorite songs from jazz’s swing era at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the library on the Tusculum campus. Admission is free and the public is welcome. The swing era was the most popular form of music in the country from the 1930s and the 1940s. Some of the most well-known swing musicians include Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Louis Armstrong.

The musical duo of Marsha Griffith, public services librarian at Tusculum, and locally known artist Amy Saxonmeyer are the Smooth Sounds of Route 66. The duo plays a repertoire of jazz and standards as easy on the ear as its name suggests.

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Tusculum College Bonner Leaders to hold ‘tag sale’ April 16 to benefit victims of Japanese earthquake/tsunami

Posted on 30 March 2011 by

Tusculum College’s Bonner Leader student service organization will hold a “Tag Sale” on Saturday, April 16, to benefit the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

The Bonner Tag Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Pioneer Gym in the Niswonger Commons on the Tusculum campus. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the American Red Cross’s Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief fund.

A car wash to collect donations will also take place at the same time as the tag sale.

Donations such as clothing and household items for the tag sale are being accepted by the college’s Center for Civic Advancement through Monday, April 11. Please call (423) 636-7327 for more information about making donations.

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McDonnell honored as ‘Student of the Block’ for Block Six

Posted on 28 March 2011 by

mcdonnell_studentoftheblockElizabeth McDonnell, a senior majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing, was named “Student of the Block” for the Sixth Block at Tusculum College.

McDonnell, who is from Memphis, Tenn., was recognized in a ceremony on March 24. 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 McDonnell and her accomplishments will be displayed in the Niswonger Commons and then rotated through other academic buildings on campus.

An academically gifted student who also devotes much time to community service, McDonnell’s accomplishments, quiet and modest demeanor and reflective personality have made her a favorite among the Tusculum English Department faculty and staff. She received an unprecedented four nominations for the award.

“Elizabeth has lived up to every hope I had for her,” said Wayne Thomas, assistant professor of English and journalism. “I have asked Elizabeth to facilitate a class or two in my Intermediate Creative Writing course this spring. I asked Elizabeth to do this for me because I’ve noticed that students look forward to the days she’s up for a workshop as much as I do.”

“In addition to her hard work and intelligence, Ella (as Elizabeth is known to many on campus) has many other stellar qualities,” said Dr. Shelia Morton, assistant professor English. “She has won several awards … with all of this, however, one of the things that further impresses me about Ella is her very real consideration of ethics and her responsibility to a world in need.”

“Early in her time at Tusculum, Elizabeth set her goals and her primary focus remained aimed at reaching those goals,” said Pat Stansberry, administrative assistant to the Academic Resource Center. “And four years later, she has reached them with excellence … she is articulate, dependable, creative and an all around example of what a Tusculum graduate is expected to be.”

Noting that McDonnell won the Meacham Workshop Creative Nonfiction Award in 2010, Assistant Professor of English Dr. Desirae Matherly said that in addition to doing promising work in non-fiction, “she is dependable and dedicated to her craft and her dedication to service learning at projects at Tusculum College represents her commitment to helping other people.” McDonnell was also recently named winner of the non-fiction category of the Curtis and Billie Owens Literary Awards, which recognizes Tusculum students for excellence in creative writing, and was a presenter at the Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference.

McDonnell is heavily involved in student organizations, participates in service-learning opportunities on campus and enjoys playing a large role in the English Department writing publications, including the Tusculum Review literary magazine and The Pioneer Frontier student newspaper. “These experiences have heavily influenced the person I am today, in so much that they are in many ways the foundation of growth in all areas of my life,” she said.

That involvement includes being a member of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Association of Writers and Writing Programs, English Student Organization, The Pioneer Frontier staff, Sweatshop Press, Residence Hall Association and the Open Door Society.

Balancing her busy schedule of classes, writing assignments and student organization involvement is not easy, but McDonnell finds time to volunteer to help better her community. She has worked as a tutor at Chuckey-Doak High School to help students improve their writing skills and take an active interest in their school work and worked with Common Ground Relief in rebuilding homes in New Orleans as part of a service-learning course. In her native Memphis, she has served as a day care counselor with Cooper Cottage Daycare and served breakfast to the homeless at the Calgary Church soup kitchen.

The daughter of James and Donna McDonnell, she chose to attend Tusculum because she loved the campus and considered the college’s block schedule, which involves taking one course at a time, a good way to become immersed in classes. Though she originally was interested in education and a career in working with the kindergarten age group, she quickly realized that her passion lay in writing and changed her major to creative writing.

McDonnell lists Heather Patterson, assistant professor English; Robin Fife, assistant professor of social science; Dr. Angela Keaton, assistant professor of history; Dr. Troy Goodale, assistant professor of political science; Deborah Bryan, assistant professor of art; Dr. Matherly; Dr. Thomas and Dr. Morton as her favorite and most influential professors.

“The entire English Department has been a family to me throughout my years at Tusculum, including Ms. Stansberry,” she said. “They have offered me support, insight, opportunity, encouraged me to do what I love, and they have been there for me through challenging moments in my life … as both friends and family.”

McDonnell said her proudest moment will be when she graduates in May as the first member of her immediate family to obtain a college degree. “When I graduate, I think I will feel good because I have worked and put everything into the time I have had at Tusculum,” she said. “I am proud of myself for being self-driven, my own motivator and sometimes my own worst critic because it has gotten me where I want to be.”
After graduation, McDonnell plans to attend graduate school. She has received early acceptance into Chatham College’s prestigious non-fiction master of fine arts program.

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Tusculum College student selected as delegate to the national assembly of professional organization

Posted on 28 March 2011 by

Simon Holzapel, a senior at Tusculum College majoring in sports science, has been selected as one of the three student delegates to the Alliance Assembly of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).

The Alliance Assembly is a governing body of AAHPERD with approximately 250 representatives from all states, districts, territories and national associations. The student delegates will represent all student members, both graduate and undergraduate, of the AAHPERD with the authority to vote on behalf of these students.

This is the first time that a Tusculum College student has been chosen as a delegate. In addition to Holzapfel, one student from Purdue University and another from the University of Washington will serve as delegates. They will serve a term ending Dec. 31, 2011.

Tusculum Professor of Education Dr. Kirpal Mahal encouraged Holzapfel, a native of Nuremberg, Germany, to apply for the tremendous learning opportunity that a delegate position would bring. Dr. Mahal said that it is a great honor for the college and the Department of Physical Education and Sport Studies to have Holzapfel selected as one of only three students nationwide. “Although we are small, we have taken long strides because of the brilliance of our students and support of our administration,” he said.

As a delegate, Holzapfel is required to attend the Alliance Assembly Session to be held in San Diego on April 2 during the 126th National AAHPERD Convention, which starts on March 30. The session, lasting four hours, will be preceded by a number of preparation and discussion forums during the convention.

Delegates have a duty to cast votes in the election of the Alliance’s president-elect and to take action on proposed motions that include adding the District of Columbia as a  different structure from a state or territorial association to the Alliance, recognizing overseas associations as affiliated organizations and not as integral parts of the Alliance. Delegates can also bring forward motions on which the Assembly must take action.

Dr. Mahal will accompany Holzapfel and a group of other Physical Education, Sports Science and Sport Management students to the convention. Also attending the convention will be Elisa Andriano of North York, Ontario; Calvin Britt of Augusta, Ga.; Dean Hopewell of Leicester, England; Cassandra Melnike of Pickering, Ontario; Angie Michaud of Surgionsville, Tenn., and Katie Prisco of Rogersville, Tenn.

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Honor Roll of Donors now online

Posted on 25 March 2011 by

The Honor Roll of Donors is now online. The Honor Roll of Donors is an annual publication paying tribute to the many generous alumni, friends, parents, foundations, businesses and organizations that support the mission of Tusculum College. We gratefully acknowledge gifts received during the 2009-2010 fiscal year, which began July 1, 2009 and ended June 30, 2010.

As donors to Tusculum College, we hope that you take great pride in your contribution. Your dedication and generosity play a vital role in the success of all of our programs. We hope you will continue to invest in Tusculum. Please consider making a gift online at or by calling the Office of Institutional Advancement at 423-636-7303.

Please note that a donor may be included in more than one category and that some donors have requested to remain anonymous. Those names bearing the symbol † are deceased.

2009-2010 Honor Roll of Donors

Despite our efforts to contact each donor prior to publishing the Honor Roll to ensure we proivde an accurate and complete listing, occasionally an error may occur in producing the Honor Roll. If your name has been inadvertently omitted or reported incorrectly, please accept our sincere apologies and notify us at or call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 423-636-7303.

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Tusculum students recognized for literary works

Posted on 24 March 2011 by

Tusculum College students Brittany Connolly, Elizabeth McDonnell, David Roncskevitz and Ben Sneyd are the winners of the 2011 Curtis and Billie Owens Literary Awards, annually given to recognize the literary achievements of the college’s creative writing students.

Brittany Connolly was the award recipient in the scriptwriting category with an excerpt from “Chateaux en Espange.” Connolly, a junior from Greeneville, Tenn., is majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing.

Elizabeth McDonnell was named the award recipient in the non-fiction category with “Little Ballerina.” McDonnell, a junior from Memphis, Tenn., is majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing.

David Ronckevitz received the award in the fiction category for his story, “Should Dogs Have Dreams.” This is third year that Roncskevitz has been recognized with one of the literary awards. Previously he has been the award winner in the poetry and scriptwriting categories. Roncskevitz is a senior from Franklin, Tenn., majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing.

Ben Sneyd was the recipient in the poetry category for his work, “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” Sneyd, a junior from Unicoi, Tenn., is majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing.

The literary award was named for Curtis Owens, a 1928 graduate of Tusculum College who went on to a teaching career at what is now Pace University in New York.  He and his wife established the Owens Award at his alma mater to encourage and reward excellence in writing among Tusculum College students.

The announcement of the winners was made during a reading by award-winning poet John Hoppenthaler, who served as the judge for the final round of competition. The reading was part of the annual Humanities Series, sponsored by the Tusculum College English Department.

Hoppenthaler, an assistant professor of creative writing at East Carolina University, read poetry from his two books of poetry, “Lives of Water” and “Anticipate the Coming Reservoir.” He also read some newer works.

His poetry appears in a number of publications, and he is an editor of poetry anthologies. Hoppenthaler has received numerous awards and honors, including an Individual Artist Grant from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, grants from the New York Foundation on the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.


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Tusculum student to present paper at Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference

Posted on 24 March 2011 by

elizabethwrightTusculum College student Elizabeth Wright will be among the presenters this Friday (March 25) at the Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference.

Wright, a sophomore from Powell, Tenn., majoring in mathematics with a concentration in computer science, will make a presentation about “Secure Programming in Python” during the conference, hosted this year by Maryville College.

Python is a commonly used program language and in her presentation, Wright focuses on ways to make programs written in the language more secure. She is exploring the use of pre-conditions and post-conditions on each function to make the determination if it is functioning properly. She also will be investigating the use of loop invariants, which are logical properties relating to the data that should be true at each repetition of the statements within the program as it loops.

The Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference is designed to encourage undergraduates in colleges in the Appalachian region to conduct research projects by providing a high-quality, low pressure forum for presentations. More than 80 undergraduate students from eight colleges in East Tennessee and Kentucky are expected to attend the 2011 conference. Approximately 60 separate presentations are planned.

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‘Malta’s Magnificent Megalithic Monuments’ on display at Tusculum College

Posted on 23 March 2011 by

malta1An international photography exhibit, “Malta’s Magnificent Megalithic Monuments,” opens at Tusculum College on Tuesday, March 1, and will remain on display through April 12.

The exhibit, which features the photography of Daniel Cilia, includes 31 stunning photographs that highlight breathtaking shots of Malta’s megalithic monuments dating back to 3600 BCE. In addition, photographs feature ancient pottery, prehistoric artifacts and scenic shots, all taken in the country of Malta, an island nation located in the Mediterranean.

The exhibit is on loan to Tusculum College through the month of March and is on display in the Thomas J. Garland Library lobby.

“We are extremely grateful to the assistance of or Dr. and Mrs. D. Bruce Shine of Kingsport for coordinating the loan of this exhibit to Tusculum College,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of the college.

Shine is a 1960 graduate of Tusculum College and a 15-year member of its Board of Trustees. He served 11 years as board chair. Shine, who received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the institution in 1984, and his wife, Betsy, have developed close ties with the country of Malta through Shine’s years teaching at the International Maritime Law Institute and coordinated not only the loan of the exhibit, but also a visit by Malta’s Ambassador to the United States Mark Miceli to the college near the end of the exhibition. Shine serves as Honorary Consul of Malta for Tennessee and North Carolina.

malta2A reception to honor Malta’s Ambassador Miceli will be held on Sunday, March 27, from 3-5 p.m. in the lobby of the Thomas J. Garland Library. Ambassador Miceli will also spend time on Monday, March 28, visiting with students at Tusculum College to discuss the exhibit, as well as Malta’s emerging role in the European Union.

“We have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the photographic exhibit of ‘Malta’s Magnificent Megalithic Monuments’ particularly given Malta’s recent international exposure as a refuge for citizens fleeing the crisis in Libya,” said Shine. “We are hopeful that this exhibit will serve as the first of many endeavors that will be mutually beneficial to Tusculum College and the University of Malta.”

The artist whose work is being shown, Daniel Cilia, had his first solo exhibition at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Malta. He has also received the Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain. His photos have been published in more than two dozen texts and he is especially well-known for his photographic studies of Malta, including its prehistoric temples and artifacts.

The exhibit had been shown in Newfoundland, Canada prior to coming to Tusculum. The next exhibit site will be in California.

For more information about the exhibit, please contact Barb Sell at 423-636-7303.

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Drama, music events on tap for the spring

Posted on 23 March 2011 by

The spring is going to be filled with drama and music at Tusculum College.

Stage productions “The Midnight Mind of Edgar Allan Poe” and “Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper” will performed in the coming weeks and the Pioneer band program and Tusculum College Community Chorus will be performing in April and May.

“The Midnight Mind of Edgar Allan Poe

poe_rehearsal1“The Midnight Mind of Edgar Allan Poe” will bring some of the classics and lesser known works by the American literary giant to the stage in the Behan Arena Theatre in the lower level of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building (side entrance). Performances will be at 7 p.m. on March 30, March 31 and April 1.

The program will feature dramatic readings of Poe’s works enhanced by music, movement and innovative theatrical techniques. A historical narrative will provide interesting details of Poe’s life and times.

Poe’s works have been in print since 1827, and the versatile writer’s output includes short stories, poetry, a novel, a textbook, a book of scientific theory and hundreds of essays and book reviews. He is widely acknowledged as the inventor of the modern detective story and as an innovator in the science fiction genre. While his reputation today is based primarily on tales of terror and his haunting lyric poetry found in such classics as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven” and “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Poe made his living as a literary critic and theoretician.

The public’s imagination has also been captivated by the character of Poe himself. The legend of Poe, created primarily as a result of a biography written by one of his enemies to defame the author’s name, characterizes the writer as a morbid, mysterious figure lurking in the shadows. The true Poe was a complex man who endured many tragedies in his life while seeking success in the literary world and left one of his biggest mysteries in the nature of his death, which has prompted a score of theories over the years.

The Museums of Tusculum program to explore the works and life of one of America’s greatest writers has been funded through a grant from the Arts Builds Communities fund of the Tennessee Arts Commission administered through the Johnson City Area Arts Council.

Admission is $5 for the general public and $4 for senior citizens. Tickets will be sold at the door only. Area middle and high school students will be admitted free of charge as will Tusculum College students, faculty and staff.

For more information about the program, please call 423-636-8554 or e-mail To learn more about the Museums of Tusculum College, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

“Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper”

A mystery with a twist, “Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper,” will be coming to the stage April 14-17 at Tusculum College.

Revelry Repertory Theatre will premier the original mystery with performances at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14-Saturday, April 16 and a 2 p.m. matinee, Sunday, April 17. All performances will be in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus. The play is part of Tusculum College Arts Outreach’s 2010-11 performance and lecture series.

“Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper,” written and directed by respected local actor Doug Presley, explores the notorious, unsolved 19th century serial murders of prostitutes in the White Chapel section of London.

However, audiences should not expect a definite answer to the mystery of the identity of Jack the Ripper as each performance will have a different ending presenting one of four separate possible suspects as the murderer. Presley describes two of the suspects as probable candidates as the murderer and the other two as interesting suspects. Each performance’s ending will be a surprise to all but the stage manager, crew and the actor playing the Jack the Ripper suspect for that evening.

Presley first began to research Jack the Ripper as he was searching for a topic on which to base a scary play to be staged at Halloween. But, the deeper he researched about the murders, Presley said he realized he needed to tell the story of the victims of the crimes and their struggles to survive in the poorest section of London, which was the most prosperous city in the world at the time.

One of the victims was a widow, whose husband had died two years prior to her murder on Christmas Day, and with the low wages in jobs for women, had to resort to prostitution to provide for her family, Presley noted.

Another of the victims, Mary Kelly, was a woman of higher means than the other victims, an artist who was part of a brothel in the prosperous West End of London, Presley said, which prompts the question of what she was doing in White Chapel. An answer to that question is proposed in one of the endings.

In telling the stories of the victims, the play does not lose the edginess and scariness in depicting the vicious murders and the desperation and destitution of life in White Chapel. The play’s characters, some colorful and others unsavory, are expertly brought to life by a talented cast of actors, who include some local favorites including Wess duBrisk, Chris Greene, Seth Holt, Sandy Nienaber, Robbie Poteete, Brian Ricker ’10 and Tom Sizemore. The cast also includes a number of Tusculum College students such as Valerie Harrell, Allison Harris, Andrew Herzig, Josh Hixon, Billie Jennings, Kayla Jones and Jeffrey Peck.

Accentuating the poverty of White Chapel and the gruesome crime scenes are the sets, expertly designed for the play by Frank Mengel, technical director and stage manager of Tusculum College Arts Outreach. The revolving sets also include the insides of the homes of the suspects, providing more clues into the mindset of those who may have been Jack the Ripper.

Period attire for the actors is being provided by Barbara Holt, costume director for Arts Outreach.

The playwright and director also received assistance in keeping the dialogue period-appropriate from one of the cast, Wess duBrisk and his wife, Marilyn, who is artist-in-resident at Tusculum College and director of its Arts Outreach program.

Presley is a veteran of many of the Arts Outreach theatrical programs under duBrisk’s direction and first appeared on stage at age nine in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. “I never dreamed that a play I wrote and directed would be performed on the same stage where I started,” he said.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors (60 years of age and older). With the nature of the story, the violent murder of prostitutes, no children’s tickets will be sold. To reserve tickets, please call 423.798.1620 or e-mail

Pioneer Band Program Performances

band1The Pioneer Jazz Band will perform publicly for the first on Thursday, April 28, at a Swing Dance Fundraiser that will also feature special guest, vocalist Russ Crum.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to purchase a new sound system for the music program.

The fundraiser will begin at 6 p.m. at the General Morgan Inn with a reception and hors d’oeuvres and a surf and turf dinner following at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 for individuals and $140 for couples.

The ticket price includes a Swing and Latin dance lesson taught by Wess and Marilyn duBrisk at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 21, in the Behan Arena Theatre on the Tusculum College campus (lower level of Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building).

RSVP by April 22 by calling 423.636.7303 or e-mailing

On May 1, a concert will begin by the music program, featuring performances by the Pioneer Jazz Band and the Pioneer Handbell Choir. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Tusculum College Community Chorus

communitychorus2The Tusculum College Community Chorus will present its spring concert on Monday, May 2. The performance will be at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building.

The first half of the program will feature works utilizing the organ and showcasing Winfree, who is  adjunct professor of music at Tusculum and holds the CAGO degree from the American Guild of Organists.  Composers to be featured include Mendelssohn, Brahms, Benjamin Britten, Martin Shaw, and Kenneth Jennings.  The program’s second half is secular music ranging from madrigals to show tunes, to folk songs and patriotic music.

Founded in 1996 as a way to involve singers from throughout the community in a broad range of sacred and secular repertoire, the Tusculum College Community Chorus has grown to over 55 singers.

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Celebrating women’s role in Tusculum College history

Posted on 23 March 2011 by

womenhistorymonth1March is Women’s History Month and women have made a significant contribution to the continuing success of Tusculum College.

Some highlights of women’s accomplishments and roles at Tusculum include (provided by the Museums of Tusculum College):
1875 – Tusculum College becomes a co-educational institution

1882 -  Clionian Society, the first women’s debate/literary group formed

1887 – Benefactress Nettie Fowler McCormick donates money to build McCormick Hall, the first of the five campus buildings to which she contributed

1901 – Virginia Hall is built, named in honor of Mrs. McCormick’s daughter, Mary Virginia

1902 – A second women’s debating club, the Alethean Society, is chartered

1902 – Tusculum women form a tennis team, the first women’s sport to be offered at the college

1913 – McCormick Day, a day of community service, begins as a tribute to Mrs. McCormick

1920 -  Women’s basketball team added to sport offerings

1975 – Tusculum celebrates 100 years of educating women

2010 - Dr. Nancy Moody inaugurated as the 27th President of Tusculum College

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Learn the latest about your fellow alumni!

Learn the latest about your fellow alumni!

Posted on 23 March 2011 by



Charles Eames ’66 of Waycross, GA, who retired from the public library field in 2003, volunteers at the local hospital and nursing home, reads stories to pre-K children and shelves books at his local library. He serves as treasurer for his local Friends of the Library organization. Charles has travelled extensively and particularly enjoys trips to Israel and Jordan. He has participated in an archaeological dig in Bethsaida, north of the Sea of Galilee. His hobbies include reading, music and community service and working the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzles. Charles would enjoy hearing from fellow classmates. He can be reached at or at 316, Pineview Drive, Waycross, GA 31501.


Ronald Dwight McCarter ’78 of Sevierville, TN, has been named director of sales at The Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge.


Col. Donald L. Johnson ’86 of Maryville, TN, has been named the new assistant adjutant general-air and commander of the Tennessee Air National Guard. Johnson was serving as the deputy director of manpower, personnel and services for the Air National Guard in Washington, D.C. He entered military service in 1976 with the U.S. Air Force and enlisted in the Tennessee Air National Guard in 1978 with the 134th Air Refueling Wing. He was commissioned in 1986 through the Academy of Military Science at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Alcoa, TN. With the 134th Air Refueling Wing, Johnson served as the human resources manager and director of personnel, the logistics management officer, the supply management officer and logistics plans officer. He also served as the advisor to the commander of the Air Reserve Personnel Center in Denver, CO, before his current assignment. Johnson has been deployed in support of such military operations as Operations Desert Shield/Storm and twice during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He is also a 2001 graduate of Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.


Karen Sartain ’95 ’98 has been named interim vice president for enrollment management at Tusculum College. Sartain will serve in this position until Dr. Thomas H. Stein joins the College on April 18. She has served as executive director of enrollment management since 2009 and will continue to serve in this role. Sartain was previously the director of Financial Aid. Karen attended East Tennessee State University before moving to Louisiana and earning her associate degree in accounting from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. She earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in organizational management from Tusculum. Karen joined Tusculum College in 1996 as an enrollment representative for the Graduate and Professional Studies program. In 2000, she became the assistant director of Financial Aid for the College. She currently serves on several committees and professional organizations.


Dennis Lingerfelt ’03 of Clemson, SC, was awarded an International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) Ph.D. Fellowship Award. Lingerfelt, who is pursuing a doctorate in computer science at Clemson University, was one of less than 100 recipients chose from several hundred applicants for awards, which includes a $20,000 stipend and a $10,000 education allowance. Lingerfelt’s focus for the 2011-12 academic year will be I/0 System Virtualization specializing in GPU Virtualization within the context of IBM’s Virtual Computing Initiative. The fellowship will provide Lingerfelt with the opportunity for an internship with IBM and he will be able to apply for renewal of the fellowship for two more years. Lingerfelt had returned to his Alma Mater as an assistant professor of computer science prior to beginning his doctoral program last year.

Tammi Campbell ’05 of Knoxville, TN, has been selected to participate in the 2011-2012 Leadership Academy, a school principal training program. A collaborative venture between the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the Knox County Schools, the Leadership Academy prepares talented individuals to become outstanding new school principals through a full-time, intensive 15-month fellowship program. Campbell is serving as a school counselor at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville. In addition to her master’s degree from Tusculum, she has an educational specialist degree in administration and supervision and a master’s degree in counseling and guidance from Lincoln Memorial University. Campbell has been the Project GRAD facilitator for the Knox County Schools and served in several capacities with Project GRAD Knoxville. She has also been a training specialist for Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation.

Paul C. Chamberlain ’06 of Knoxville, TN, has earned a master of business administration degree from Lincoln Memorial University last year. Chamberlain is a senior network engineer at Clayton Homes.

Emory Cain ’08 of Seymour, TN, has enjoyed an exceptionally successful season for a first-year basketball coach. Cain led the Seymour Middle School girls’ basketball team to win its regular season title, the Sevier County Tournament and the Area 3 Tournament. Previously, Cain coached for two years as an assistant coach for girls’ basketball at Seymour High School.

Jeremy Jones ’08 of Greeneville, TN, a staff member of the Boys and Girls Club of Greeneville and Greene County was recognized in early March as Outstanding Part-Time Youth Development Professional for Tennessee during the 2011 All-Staff Training Awards. Jones has worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Greeneville and Greene County for two years and shared the award with fellow staff member Courtney Leifert. He also works with the Greene County School System.



Jack Emon Shaw ’53 of Baltimore, MD, passed away March 12, 2011. Mr. Shaw was a retired manager of the State Farm Foundation.


Joan Perera McGlone ’62 of Eatontown, NJ, passed away February 25, 2011. A native of New York, Ms. McGlone began in her teaching career in Keene, NH, in 1964. After teaching for 35 years, she retired from teaching in 1999. During retirement, she enjoyed traveling and Alaska and Europe were among her favorite destinations. Ms. McGlone also enjoyed outdoor activities such as skiing and gardening. She was a member of the Monmouth Ski Club and the New Jersey Education Association.

Tim Reaves ’66 of Greeneville, TN, passed away March 12, 2011. Mr. Reaves was a member of Liberty Free Will Baptist Church. He enjoyed church, his family and friends, music and frying catfish. His hobbies included bluegrass, farming, golf and Case tractors. His survivors include brother-in-law and Tusculum alumnus David Lawing ’61.

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