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Tusculum College Community Chorus to present its spring concert Monday, May 2

Posted on 29 April 2011 by

The Tusculum College Community Chorus will present its spring concert on Monday, May 2.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus.  David Hendricksen is the conductor for the group and James Winfree is accompanist.

The first half of the program will feature repertoire for choir and organ.  Beginning with British composer Martin Shaw’s setting of “With a Voice of Singing,” the choir will display both reflective and jubilant moods in “Grant Us Thy Peace” by Felix Mendelssohn; “All You Works of the Lord, Bless the Lord” by American composer Kenneth Jennings; “Let Nothing Ever Grieve Thee” by Johannes Brahms; “Festival Te Deum” by Benjamin Britten, and “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” arranged by Gilbert Martin.

Following intermission, the chorus will sing a variety madrigals, folk songs and spirituals, Broadway tunes, and conclude “America the Beautiful.”

Throughout the evening, a variety of Community Chorus members will sing solo roles as well, including  Candace Babb, Beth Brimer, Patricia Chesnut, Jill Jones, Jo Knabel, John Maddux, Phil Thwing, Angel West and Martha Wiley.

The chorus expresses appreciation to Cates Music Center of Johnson City, which has provided a temporary installation of an Allen digital organ for use for concert.

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 50 singers.

For further information about the chorus, please contact conductor David Hendricksen at 638-0409 or at

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Alumni help high schoolers focus on career decisions during Junior Conference

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Alumni help high schoolers focus on career decisions during Junior Conference

Posted on 27 April 2011 by

Junior Conference keynote speaker Nathan Honeycutt shared his experiences as an architect and encouraged the eleventh graders to think about what their story will be in the future.

“What are you going to be when you grow up?”

Local high school students were given information to help them answer that question and how to get there during the Junior Conference at Tusculum College on Thursday. And Tusculum alumni were among the professionals who shared their experiences with the high school juniors. Among the alumni participating were Katie (McIntyre) Raby ’03 and Mitch Robinson ’04.

Eleventh graders from all five high schools in Greeneville and Greene County attended the second annual event at Tusculum, hosted by the College’s Office of Admission and the Alumni Executive Board.

Welcoming the high school students to campus, Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody encouraged the juniors to pursue education following graduation whether it is at a technical school, a community college, a state university or a private college.

Keynote speaker for the opening session of the conference was Nathan Honeycutt, an owner of Honeycutt Architecture who has been the lead designer on many architectural and master planning projects in the United States, the United Arab Emirates and China.

Honeycutt told the students that he was fortunate in that he knew he wanted to be an architect at an early age, and encouraged them to begin to think about their future. “Today would be a good day to begin,” he said. “What will your story be?”

Those who may be exploring that question of a career should look at what they enjoy doing and even consider the television shows, movies and other activities they enjoy. Honeycutt also told the students to not be afraid of failure, but to persist in pursuing their goals.

At top, Mitch Robinson of Coffman Oil Company led the business session and Brenda Parrish-Dickman of Parrish Property Management, below, led the real estate session.

Following the opening session, the students attended two sessions from the more than 20 college track, vocational track and career track sessions offered.

The career/professional and vocational tracks included such areas as sport management, nursing, education, athletic training, business, law, pharmacy, speech therapy, medical technology respiratory therapy and real estate.

Representatives from Mountain States Health Alliance, Laughlin Memorial Hospital, Wal-Mart Distribution Center, Coffman Oil Company, Parrish Property Management, the Tennessee Technology Center, the Greeneville School System and the Greeneville Astros volunteered their time to lead the sessions.

In the sessions, students learned first-hand about the educational requirements for various careers and positions, income levels and the daily tasks of individuals in those careers and positions.

The College Track sessions, led by Tusculum College staff members, involved sharing information about college admission test preparation, college interviews, financial aid and admission processes and college life.

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Tusculum alumni and friends enjoy a day at the races


Tusculum alumni and friends enjoy a day at the races

Posted on 27 April 2011 by

The group from Tusculum enjoyed grandstand seating for the race, offering some protection from the wind while providing a good view of the track.

About 20 alumni enjoyed a weekend in Kentucky horse country on April 16-17.

On Saturday, April 16, the group enjoyed the Derby Qualifier Bluegrass Stakes Day at Keeneland Race Track in Lexington, Ky. After the races, the group gathered for a tailgate meal.

Those who wished also could stay overnight at the Campbell House/Crowne Plaza Hotel near the race track. On Sunday, April 17, alumni enjoyed a tour of a horse farm or a round of golf, their choice. The tour gave an inside look at what goes into the training and preparation of race horses.

The event was coordinated by the Office of Alumni Relations in partnership with the Tusculum College Women’s Soccer team. For the past few years, the Women’s Soccer program has used the trip as a fundraiser, taking a bus to Kentucky from campus.

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Three alumni give students a glimpse into the accounting profession

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Three alumni give students a glimpse into the accounting profession

Posted on 27 April 2011 by

Glenn Black '06 shares his experiences working in a corporate atmosphere with current Tusculum students.

Three Tusculum College alumni visited Dr. Michelle Freeman’s Block Eight Auditing course to share their experiences thus far as accounting professionals.

The students heard from two alumni on Tuesday, April 19. Brooke  Compton ’09, an auditor with Blackburn, Childers and Steagall, PLC, shared with the students about the scope of her duties and various auditing experiences she has had. The students learned about another job option in accounting from Glenn Black ’06. He shared with the students about his position as a corporate accountant with Forward Air.

Brooke Compton '09 talks about issues she faces daily, such as the billing of time.

On Monday, April 26, Leanne Lietzke ’07 was the special guest. An assurance senior with Ernst & Young, she gave an overview of the international firm’s operations. Lietzke works in the Atlanta office of the firm and she shared with the students some of her experiences working with various clients. A triple major while at Tusculum – accounting, management and mass media, Lietzke has been able to draw on her media background in her position, which has a focus on the media and entertainment industry.

Leanne Lietzke '07 shares her experiences with Ernst & Young. In her short time with the firm, Lietzke has advanced to a supervisory position.

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What’s happening with your fellow alumni?


What’s happening with your fellow alumni?

Posted on 27 April 2011 by



Janet Scattergood Inners ’69 of Ocean Pines, MD, has been named to the Harford County Public Schools Hall of Fame. Following her graduation from Tusculum with a degree in Spanish, she began her teaching career at Park Junior High School in Knoxville, TN. In the spring of 1970, she transferred to Harford County Schools in Maryland to continue her career. During her career with the Harford school system, Janet taught Spanish at Havre de Grace High School from 1970 to 1973, at Bel Air High School from 1976 to 1977 and at Fallston High School from 1978 to 2005. In addition, she furthered her education earning her more than 30 credits by completing classes through University of Tennessee, Towson University and Loyola University and participating in Harford County workshops. As an educator, her goal was to ensure the academic success and personal self esteem of all her students by creating a positive atmosphere in her classroom. Beyond teaching in the classroom, Janet was very active in extracurricular student programs. She was the cheerleading sponsor, the Students Against Drunk Drivers (SADD) advisor, the Senior Class co-sponsor, the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) faculty representative, Middle States Evaluation co-chair, a member of the Distance Learning Pilot Program and the Foreign Language department chair. Her contributions to school improvement initiatives and curriculum revision and advancement were consistent throughout her tenure. And at the county level, she participated in instructional leadership, assessment, incentive awards and curriculum committees. In 1996, she was honored with the Distinguished High School Teacher Award from Western Maryland College after being nominated by a former student. She retired in 2005. She and husband, Ron, enjoy traveling and are trying to visit every state.  Janet also spends time reading, exercising and being with good friends and family. She has two sons, Tom and David Pomilla, and three grandsons, Chase, Cole and Caleb.


Brenda Clarke ’86 of Johnson City, TN, has been named president and principal broker of The Clarke Commercial Real Estate Group. She has been in commercial real estate for 14 years and previously served as broker for the TCI Group in Johnson City for 11 years. Brenda is a member of the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission and sits on a number of advisory boards and councils in the region.

Stephanie L. Lebitz ’88 of Woodhaven, NY, is celebrating the birth of her first nephew, Robert Franklin. He was born on March 19, 2011, and weighed 6 lbs. and 1 oz. Stephanie is looking forward to spoiling him.


Lesley Murray ’04 of Greeneville, TN, has been named the Head Girls’ Basketball Coach at Greeneville High School. She is a physical education teacher at Greeneville High and will also continue to serve as the school’s tennis coach. She had served as the basketball team’s assistant coach for the past seven years.  Lesley played for three years on the Lady Pioneer basketball team and also led the Pioneer Tennis Team to four NCAA tournament appearances while being named conference player of the year for all four years. She was inducted into the Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.



Dr. David Edward Reiber ’41 of Mount Desert, ME, passed away March 23, 2011. After graduating from Tusculum in pre-medicine as an honors student, he was briefly employed by New Jersey Esso printing credit cards. He then enrolled at Temple University Medical School at the behest of the dean. At the end of his first year at Temple, in 1942, he became a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Administration Corps and was deferred from active duty for medical training. Supporting himself and his family through medical school was a challenge and he worked in the hospital kitchen for meals and a small salary and also worked for Reading Railroad after-hours loading baggage cars. After graduation from medical school, he became a resident in medicine at the Germantown Hospital in Philadelphia. When joined Army Company B Unit, he was able to give up his extra jobs and devote more time to study, enabling him to graduate with honors. Following an internship at the Germantown Hospital, he opened his own practice in internal medicine in Germantown, continuing in it until he retired. During this time, he was active in the First Presbyterian Church in Germantown. Dr. Reiber continued his Army service in the National Guard, serving 39 years and rising through the ranks to full colonel. He received the Governor’s Commendation for his leadership as Surgeon General during the riots and floods of the 1960s and 1970s in Pennsylvania. Upon retirement from the National Guard, he was awarded the rank of brigadier general in Pennsylvania. In 1983, he moved to his beloved vacation spot in West Tremont, serving in the Southwest Harbor Medical Clinic. His first wife, Shirley, passed away in 1978, and in 1985, he married Gail Meier and moved to Somesville. For the next 26 years, he devoted himself to statewide volunteer work, working with medical outreach teams to migrant workers in Maine, the Ellsworth Free Clinic and the work of his church, the Somesville Union Meeting House. He traveled to the Dominican Republic on several medical mission trips and served on the board of Colegio Moriah, a school established for impoverished Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Reiber sang with the Acadia Choral Society and the Acadia Summer Chorale. An avid reader and lifelong learner, he studied at the War College in Washington, D.C., at Bangor Theological Seminary and was active in the Acadia Senior College.


George S. Scott III ’68 of St. Augustine, FL, passed away April 3, 2011. Mr. Scott was a graduate of the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School and served his country in Vietnam. He received several accolades for bravery and valor while serving in Vietnam, including the Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster and two Air Commendation Medals. After his military service, Mr. Scott was an insurance agent for 30 years. During retirement, he was active and volunteered in his community. Mr. Scott enjoyed spending time with his friends playing golf, appreciated and respected unspoiled nature and relaxed by solving all types of puzzles in the company of his special pets, Kitty and Buster.


Larry Williams ’87 of Newport, TN, passed away March 8, 2011, following a lengthy battle with cancer. A career educator, he is remembered as touching the lives of many children and going above and beyond the call of duty with his hard work to make his school better.  His teaching career began at Parrottsville High School in 1972. Mr. Williams then transferred to Cocke County High School after the two schools were consolidated in the 1970s. In 2009, he was named the school’s principal and served in that capacity until his death. Over the years, Mr. Williams became widely known throughout Tennessee as a stellar coach in football and softball. In 1985, he became Cocke County High School’s athletic director. Mr. Williams received Coach of the Year awards in football and softball, and in 2009, he was named Athletic Director of the Year for the State of Tennessee. In December 2010, he was awarded the first ever IMAC (Inter Mountain Athletic Conference) Lifetime Legend Award. He was a member of Memorial Baptist Church.

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Maltese Ambassador visits Tusculum, meets with students

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Maltese Ambassador visits Tusculum, meets with students

Posted on 27 April 2011 by

Malta’s Ambassador to the United States visited the Tusculum College campus at the end of March.

Alumni, friends and special guests of the College were greeted at the entrance to the Thomas J. Garland Library by, from left, Dr. Ken Bowman ’70, chair of the Tusculum Board of Trustees; his wife, Jo Ellen; Dr. Bruce Shine ’60, a former member of the board of trustees; his wife, Betsy; Maltese Ambassador to the U.S., Mark Miceli; Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum, and her husband, Tom Moody.

Ambassador Mark Miceli was the guest of honor at a reception on Sunday, March 27, for the international photography exhibit, “Malta’s Magnificent Megalithic Monuments,” which was displayed in the Thomas J. Garland Library lobby during the month of March. The photographic exhibit featured a photographic study of the Mediterranean island nation”s prehistoric temples and artifacts, the work of artist Daniel Cilia.

Ambassador Miceli also spent time sharing about Malta’s history and its role in the European Union with students on Monday, March 28.

The college is appreciative of the assistance of or Dr. and Mrs. D. Bruce Shine of Kingsport for coordinating the loan of this exhibit to Tusculum. Dr. Shine is a 1960 graduate of Tusculum College and a 15-year member of its Board of Trustees and former Chairman of the Board.

Ambassador Miceli gave a presentation to students about Malta's history and its place in the European Union.

Dr. Shine 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 the ambassador’s visit.

The exhibit and visit also garnered Tusculum some publicity in Malta. An article about the exhibit was posted on Malta’s U.S. Embassy website . The exhibit is now on display in California.

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Tusculum Band Program to present Sprint Concert on May 1

Posted on 27 April 2011 by

Three new band groups will be featured in the Tusculum College Band Program’s Spring Concert on Sunday, May 1.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum campus.

Featured will be performances by three new band groups at the college, the Pioneer Jazz Band, the Handbell Choir and the Concert Band. The concert will also feature a performance by the percussion section and a special performance by vocalist Russ Crum. The bands are under the direction of David Price, director of the music program and special events at the college. This is the first year for the band program at the college.

Starting the program will be the Pioneer Jazz Band, which will make its premier at a dinner/dance on April 28 at the General Morgan Inn. The band will be performing some well-known favorites: “In the Mood” arranged by Michael Sweeney, “Caravan” arranged by John Berry, “Save the Last Dance for Me” arranged by W. Scott Ragsdale, “Sing, Sing, Sing” arranged by Victor Lopez and “God Bless the USA” arranged by Mark Taylor.  The jazz band will conclude its performance with “Hey Jude” arranged by John Berry.

Next on the program will be the Tusculum College Handbell Choir.  This group, which will be making its premier at the concert, will play: “Enter With Joy” by Kathleen Wissinger, “Hymn of Promise” arranged by Martha Lynn Thompson, and “I’m Just a Poor Wayfaring Stranger” by Tammy Waldrop.  Joining forces with the Concert Band, the choir will conclude its program with “America!  God Shed His Grace on Thee” arranged By Douglas Wagner.

The Tusculum College Concert Band, which first played at the Inauguration Ceremony of Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody last fall, will play: “Tailspin” by Rob Romeyn, “The Witch and the Saint” arranged by Matt Conaway, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” arranged by Michael Brown, “Primeval Stormfront” by Matt Conaway, “With Each Sunset (Comes the Promise of a New Day)” by Richard Saucedo and “Music from Glee” adapted for band by Ted Ricketts.  The Concert Band will conclude the performance with a Karl King march titled “Prestissimo” arranged by James Swearingen.


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Heather Patchett named vice president of Institutional Advancement

Posted on 27 April 2011 by

Heather Patchett

Heather Patchett has been named vice president of Institutional Advancement at Tusculum College and will be assuming her responsibilities on June 1, 2011.

Patchett has more than 20 years experience in all aspects of fund raising, including major gifts, capital campaigns and planned giving programs. She has also managed three departments and has extensive experience working in higher education advancement and development programs.

She has spent the past two years working at Otter Opportunities, providing services to not-for-profit organizations, including fund raising, grant writing and working with research and information systems. She has also managed advancement programs at Converse College, where she served as vice president of Institutional Advancement; at the University of the South, where she served as director of capital gifts, and Gustavus Adolphus College, where she was the director of the Office of Gift Planning.

Patchett will assume the position from Susan D. Vance, a 1991 graduate of Tusculum College, who has served as interim vice president of Institutional Advancement. Vance, who has been with Tusculum College’s Advancement Office since 2003, will continue to serve the college as associate vice president of Institutional Advancement.

“We are very pleased that our search efforts have led us to Heather Patchett. She brings a wealth of experience to the position and will provide strong leadership for an already dedicated and experienced staff,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of the college.

“Heather will be an excellent addition to our leadership team, and we are all very much looking forward to her becoming part of the Tusculum community.”

As vice president of Institutional Advancement, she will oversee the staff and its departments, including the Offices of Development, College Communications, Alumni Relations, Advancement Services, Church Relations and Special Events. She will manage a donor portfolio and will be responsible for meeting the goals of the Advancement Office in support of the goals and mission of the college. She will also serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet and will help guide the overall operation and growth of the institution.

Patchett has a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of the South and a master’s of arts in teaching from Alaska Pacific University.

In her positions with institutions of higher education she has planned budgets, served on the President’s Cabinet and worked closely with members of the Board of Trustees. She has run successful capital campaigns and worked with major gift programs.

At Converse College she participated in a very successful $87.5 million capital campaign, including securing a $15 million major gift.

She is a member of the Spartanburg Evening Lions Club, where she serves as second vice president, and is a member of Westminister Presbyterian Church. She is also a patron of the Lawson Academy of the Arts.

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Alumnus joins Tusculum staff as enrollment representative for the Tri-Cities

Posted on 27 April 2011 by

Kevin Rose '09

Kevin Rose ’09 has joined the staff of Tusculum College as an enrollment representative to serve adult learners in the Tri-Cities area.

Rose works in Tusculum’s Tri-Cities Center, located at 104 Dillon Court in Gray. He will serve career-minded working adults who wish to continue their education through Tusculum’s Graduate and Professional Studies program, providing information to help them with their decision of which degree to pursue, guiding them through the admission process and helping them explore financial aid.

In working with prospective students, Rose can draw on his own experiences as a Tusculum student. He earned an associate of applied science degree in respiratory care from Walters State Community College in 2003 and later returned to school through the Graduate and Professional Studies program to achieve his dream of earning a bachelor’s degree. In 2009, he did just that, earning a bachelor of science degree in organizational management from Tusculum.

Prior to joining the Tusculum staff, Rose worked as a respiratory therapist and registered polysomnographer. He later worked in corporate healthcare sales and marketing, promoting products and services in the healthcare setting.

Rose, his wife Autumn and their two children, Brandel and Baylyn, live in Mt. Carmel. In 2009, Rose and his wife started the Brandel Rose Scholarship Fund at Tusculum in honor of their son who has Down’s Syndrome. The scholarship helps students who are majoring in special education or early childhood development.

“Our lives have been greatly impacted from those who help teach and serve the special needs community,” he said. “It has been our honor to give back to this great institution.”

Tusculum’s Graduate and Professional Studies provides working adults the opportunity to earn a college degree through a uniquely focused and practical program offered at convenient locations and on a flexible, accelerated schedule. Undergraduate degree programs include bachelor of science degrees in business administration and organizational management and bachelor of arts degrees in education and psychology with a concentration in behavioral health. Master’s degrees are offered in education, organizational management and teaching.

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TMAG continues to grow in its services to veterans and military personnel during its first year

Posted on 27 April 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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Tusculum and LMU – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine sign affiliation agreement

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Representatives of Tusculum College and Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine signed an affiliation agreement on Wednesday, April 20, opening the door for a seamless transfer for students majoring in selected academic programs at Tusculum College.

Tusculum College President Dr. Nancy B. Moody and Dr. Ray Stowers, vice president and dean Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, signed the articulation agreement at the Tusculum College Knoxville Regional Center on Wednesday afternoon.  The agreement becomes effective immediately for students enrolled at Tusculum College.

“We are very pleased to announce this new partnership and affiliation agreement that offers Tusculum College students a seamless transition into the osteopathic medical college at LMU,” said Moody. “This affiliation agreement provides a pathway to launch our best and brightest students into a career as an osteopathic physician.”

The two colleges have been working out the details of the affiliation agreement for several months and have come up with a program that allows for Tusculum College undergraduate students who meet the guidelines to be given provisional acceptance into the LMU-DCOM.

“We look forward to working with Tusculum College students as part of this program,” Stowers said. “Through this program the two institutions are helping to address the critical health care needs of the region,” said Stowers.

“The Early Acceptance Program is designed to facilitate the admission of Tusculum College students into the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program,” said Dr. Kim Estep, provost and academic vice president at Tusculum College.

Once recommended by Tusculum College, representatives of the program will interview the student in their junior year at Tusculum. Those who have a successful interview will be offered provisional acceptance into the program.

“We are very excited about the additional options this agreement will provide for current and future Tusculum College students,” said Moody. “We will continue to strive to provide them opportunities to excel not only while they are on our campus, but also as they continue their education in professional schools such as the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine.”

Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College (left), and Dr. Ray Stowers, vice president and dean of the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, signed an affiliation agreement to provide early acceptance for qualifying Tusculum College students into the LMU-DCOM program.

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Museums of Tusculum receive two awards from state association

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musuemawardsThe Museums of Tusculum College were recently honored with two awards from the Tennessee Association of Museums.

The awards were presented during the Tennessee Association of Museums annual conference, held his year in Johnson City.

The Museums of Tusculum received an Award of Excellence for its monthly email newsletter, which was accepted by Dollie Boyd, interim director of the museums. The monthly newsletter is an attractive, full-color informational electronic publication that features the latest news and upcoming events of the two museums on the Tusculum College campus, the Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library.

Featured in the newsletter are historic tidbits about Tusculum College. For example, the March newsletter contained a feature about the college’s history of women’s education in celebration of Women’s History Month and an article about Julia Doak, who in 1879 became the first female graduate of Tusculum College.

A monthly feature in the newsletter, “Receipts from Mrs. Doak’s Kitchen” provides recipes and other cooking and housekeeping tips from the 19th century.

Also recognized was “Pickin’ at the Doaks,” the museums’ monthly free traditional music jam session, which earned the Museums’ an Award of Commendation. Leah Walker ’04, site manager for the museums who created the program, accepted the award.

“Pickin’ at the Doaks” began last summer as musicians were invited to come to the museums for a jam session of traditional music and the public was invited to come and listen to music enjoyed in this region for years.  The jam session, which takes place on the fourth Friday of each month, has attracted a number of musicians and growing number of appreciative listeners.

Most of the performances during the summer and fall were held on the lawn at the Doak House Museum, except in cases of inclement weather when they were held inside the museum.  Taking a break for the holidays, the program resumed earlier this year at the Doak House Museum and is being held indoors until the weather warms.

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.

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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