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Tusculum College names Coughlin chairman of Pioneer Club 2011-2012 campaign

Posted on 30 June 2011 by

Larry Coughlin of Greeneville has been announced as the chairman of Tusculum College’s 2011-2012 Pioneer Club Campaign. This is Coughlin’s second year as sole campaign chairman, and he served as co-chairman for the 2009-2010 campaign.

Coughlin has been actively involved with Tusculum College and its student-athletes and is respected in the Greeneville community as a member of Notre Dame Catholic Church and the Foundation Board of the Greeneville Exchange Club. He serves on the Board of Directors of Consumer Credit Union and on the Laughlin Hospital Health Care Foundation Board.

He and his wife, Donna, have for many years been dedicated to supporting Tusculum College student-athletes and their programs. In 2010, Coughlin was recognized with the Sports Benefactor Award, which recognizes an individual for their contributions toward the Pioneer athletic programs.

Larry Coughlin

The Pioneer Club is the college’s vehicle to provide athletic scholarships and program support to all athletic programs. The program began in 1991, and with the help and support of alumni and friends of the college, each year the goals have been met in both membership and dollars raised.

The goal for the 2010-2011 campaign is $100,000 and 350 members. Members of the Pioneer Club, depending on their level, are invited to tailgates, hospitality suites or other special events prior to selected home games, matches or tournaments. Members may also receive discounts at the Tusculum College Bookstore, game passes and public address announcement recognition during games.

Athletics at Tusculum College are a big part of campus life; in fact, nearly 50 percent of the students are student-athletes.

“On campus, student-athletes have a higher graduation rate and higher GPA than those who are not student-athletes. They have seen quite a bit of success on the field and court as well,” said Coughlin.

During the 2010-2011 athletics season Tusculum College exemplified academic and athletic achievement. Tusculum Football led the nation in passing yards per game and Volleyball recorded the program’s 700th win. Men’s Soccer’s Andy Goellner of Denver, Colo., finished ninth in the nation in saves per match and Women’s Soccer posted 13 consecutive winning seasons. Men’s Cross Country runner Simon Holzapfel, from Nuremberg, Germany, was named South Atlantic Conference Runner of the Year for the second straight season.

“What an exciting program to be a part of, and as a Pioneer Club member, you can help student-athletes enjoy the unique Tusculum College experience,” Coughlin added.

Since the beginning of the Pioneer Club, Tusculum athletics programs have totaled 27 South Atlantic Conference Championships, 17 SAC Tournament championships, four NCAA Region championships, 68 All-Americans, 13 Academic All-Americans and 35 NCAA tournament appearances. Tusculum has also had four of the last five SAC Presidents’ Awards, the most prestigious honor presented by the conference. For more information about the Pioneer Club, visit the Tusculum College website at or contact Kim Kidwell at 423-636-7303 or at

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‘Up, Up and Away’ event set for Saturday, Aug. 6


‘Up, Up and Away’ event set for Saturday, Aug. 6

Posted on 26 June 2011 by

Tethered hot air balloon rides will be featured in the “Up, Up and Away” event on Saturday, Aug. 6. The rides at last year’s event, above, were popular, providing a unique view of the surrounding mountains.

Up, Up and Away,” an event featuring dinner, live music and tethered hot air balloon rides, will be Saturday, Aug. 6.

The event, a benefit for the Andrew Johnson Heritage Association, will be 6 to 9 p.m. at the home of Richard Scull in Ripley Island Road in eastern Greene County. The fun, festive dinner will feature live music by the JB and the Honeybeans and the Smooth Sounds of Route 66. The event will also feature free tethered hot air balloon rides and a live auction.

Proceeds from “Up, Up & Away” will be used to support the National History Day program in ten counties of Northeast Tennessee, one of the educational programs supported by the Andrew Johnson Heritage Association.

“Our region has one of the most successful National History Day programs in the state, thanks in part to this fundraiser,” said Joyce Doughty, president of the association. The National History Day program impacted more than 700 middle and high school students in the region last year, and is growing annually.

Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library on the Tusculum College campus, Popcorn Video, the downtown location of Chocolate Café and at the Main Street Greeneville office. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Kathy Cuff at (423)636-7348 or

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Master of Arts students make research presentations

Posted on 23 June 2011 by

On June 22, eight students in Tusculum College’s Master of Arts in organizational training and education presented their research projects to an audience of College faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the public.

Michelle Arbogast ’09 discussed factors that led to delayed college entry among high school students, while Anna Hensley ’09 covered college faculty’s utilization of instructional technology and Jeremy Jones made a presentation about how employee training at Tennessee Boys & Girls Clubs impacts club members.

Vickie Long ’08 presented research that compared effectiveness of female versus male leaders and Cheryl McKesson’s examined the impact of patient education on reducing pre-cardiac catheterization anxiety.  Keyton Wheelon discussed the use and effectiveness of visualization training in college athletics; while Pamela Whittenburg covered fraud awareness in Greene County and Ricky Whittenburg ’05 ’08 investigated stress management techniques used by debt collectors in East Tennessee.

Dr. Melanie Narkawicz, associate professor of research, supervised the students during their investigations which took place over the past year and are a part of the accelerated master’s degree program offered by Tusculum’s Graduate and Professional Studies program for working adults. Anyone wanting further information about this or other Graduate and Professional Studies programs at the College can call 423-636-7300 or visit the college’s website at

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Nashville event coming Thursday, July 14

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Nashville event coming Thursday, July 14

Posted on 23 June 2011 by

Photo courtesy of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

Tusculum College invites our Nashville area alumni and friends to join new Vice President Heather Patchett and other College representatives on Thursday, July 14, for a wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres  reception. Patchett is the new vice president for institutional advancement.

The event will be held at the home of Jeanne and Darrell Ray, 3701 West End Avenue #6,  Nashville, TN  37205, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  The cost is $20 per person.

Please RSVP by Friday, July 8, by calling 423.636.7303 or 1.800.729.0256 ext. 5303. You may also email your RSVP to or register online.

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Alumni phonathon now under way

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Alumni phonathon now under way

Posted on 23 June 2011 by

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Tusculum, Pellissippi State sign articulation agreement


Tusculum, Pellissippi State sign articulation agreement

Posted on 23 June 2011 by

Representatives of Tusculum College and Pellissippi State Community College signed an articulation agreement on Friday, June 17, facilitating the transfer of students from one institution to the other as they pursue their educational goals.

Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College Dr. Allen G. Edwards, president of Pellissippi State, signed the articulation agreement at the Tusculum College Knoxville Regional Center on Friday morning. The agreement becomes effective immediately for Pellissippi State graduates enrolling at Tusculum College.

“We are very pleased to announce this new partnership and articulation agreement between our two institutions. This agreement simplifies the process of Pellissippi State Community College graduates transferring into Tusculum College’s program to complete their bachelor degrees,” said Moody. “This articulation agreement provides for students to continue their education without concern about matriculation.”

“We’re very pleased to have this agreement in place that will make the process of enrollment at Tusculum College for Pellissippi State graduates as seamless and simple as possible,” said Dr. Kim Estep, provost and academic vice president at Tusculum College.

The two colleges have been working out the details of the articulation agreement for several months and have come up with a program that allows for Pellissippi students who have either an Associate of Science in teaching, Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees from Pellissippi State to enter Tusculum College bachelor programs with the classification of juniors and receive transfer credit for all courses taken that correspond to or are considered equivalent to those offered at Tusculum.

Students who have earned a degree at Pellissippi will be deemed to have met Tusculum’s lower level division general education core.



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Dr. Blair Henley named vice president of information systems and chief technology officer

Posted on 17 June 2011 by

Dr. Blair Ferrell Henley has been named vice president of information systems and chief technology officer at Tusculum College.

He brings to Tusculum nearly 14 years of computer and systems experience, most recently serving as the director of technology for the Niswonger Foundation’s Northeast Tennessee College and Career Ready Consortium (NETCO) and as career and technical education supervisor at the Bristol Tennessee City School System. Through his work with NETCO, Dr. Henley directed the implementation of the technology infrastructure required in 29 high schools across Northeast Tennessee to support the goals of Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant. In addition, he designed the online course interface and learning management system used to produce the web-based curriculum used in the 29 high schools.

He will begin his new duties at Tusculum College on July 5.

“Tusculum College is ready to move forward with our vision to fully integrate technology into all aspects of the college experience,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of the college. “Dr. Henley brings not only technical expertise, but the ability to create a vision and put together the plan to bring it to reality.”

Dr. Henley has prior experience in developing online academic programs and has been very successful at other organizations in securing grant dollars for a variety of programs.

In his new position at Tusculum College, Dr. Henley will be responsible for the planning and oversight of installation and maintenance of all information systems including support of faculty, staff, students and administration at all sites and campuses of Tusculum College in both academic and non-academic functions. In addition, he will assist with the cultivation of resources to secure needed financial support for technology to support the academic programs and student success to prepare graduates who are better equipped to launch into their chosen careers.

At the Bristol City School System, Dr. Henley was responsible for the Career and Technical Education program. He was also responsible for the design and implementation of the Distance Education program, including online curriculum development and facilitation, as well as distance learning through video conferencing.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in education from East Tennessee State University and earned his master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial University. In 2009, he completed his doctoral work in educational leadership and policy analysis at East Tennessee State University.

Dr. Henley has served as an adjunct faculty member for East Tennessee State University since 2008 and has previously worked as a systems engineer at Intellithought Inc., in Kingsport. He is president of the Northeast Tennessee Technology Educators Association and is a charter member of the Tennessee Distance Learning Association.

He was awarded the Perkins Reserve grant in both 2009 and 2011, which he utilized to implement a dual enrollment program via a web-based curriculum this year and to implement distance education programs in 2009.

He has been a distance learning and e-learning presenter at numerous events across the state, including the Northeast Tennessee Technology Educators Association Conference and the Niswonger Symposium of Education Excellence.

Henley fills a newly-created position in the Office of Information Systems. He brings with him funding from the i3 grant received by the Niswonger Foundation earlier this year, where he will continue to serve as Director of Technology.  The i3 grant is a five-year, $21 million grant to the Niswonger Foundation to establish the Northeast Tennessee College and Career Ready Consortium, which serves approximately 26,100 high school students in Northeast Tennessee.

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Tusculum Fund Parent Campaign supports scholarships, academic programs

Tusculum Fund Parent Campaign supports scholarships, academic programs

Posted on 09 June 2011 by

The Tusculum College Parent Campaign provides support to all corners of the institution, keeping Tusculum on the forefront of teaching and learning.

The Tusculum fund supports scholarships, academic programs, library resources, technology, Pioneer Club and the College’s greatest needs.

As parents, you can help us reach the parent goal of $18,750. For more information, contact Kim Kidwell ’99 at 423-633-7303 or

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Tusculum College Board of Trustees supports faculty efforts to add new academic programs

Posted on 09 June 2011 by

The Tusculum College Board of Trustees met on Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, and voted to move forward on expanding academic program offerings at both its residential college and in the Graduate and Professional Studies program.

At the recommendation of the Academic Affairs Committee, chaired by Dr. Jerry Ward, the board conceptually approved three new academic programs, pending completion of feasibility studies for each.

The resolution calls for exploration of new academic programs in criminal justice and nursing in the residential college curriculum and conversion of the master’s of arts in organizational management in the Graduate and Professional Studies program to a master’s in business administration.

“The Board of Trustees at Tusculum College is extremely supportive of the faculty’s efforts to develop new academic programs in keeping with the mission of the college that will propel Tusculum College through its third century of operation,” said Dr. Kenneth A. Bowman, chair of the Board of Trustees.

Also approved at the recommendation of the Academic Affairs Committee was a recommendation to proceed with School of Education program development and delivery at a new site in Madison County, N.C.  The resolution authorizes the Office of the Provost to move forward with the submission of a self-study to the State of North Carolina and a substantive change request to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges, both required steps to assure the programs will be adequately accredited.

Upon the recommendation of Dr. Moody, the Board of Trustees passed a resolution allocating any end-of-year revenue above expenses toward salary increases and benefits for full-time faculty and staff.  The Board of Trustees approved the resolution pending the outcome of the annual audit in September.

Preliminary approval was given for the 2011-2012 annual operating budget, set at $27,802,091, up just over $500,000 from the current year’s budget.

In other action the board reviewed and accepted the audits of the employee retirement plan and the employee benefits plan. The board also approved contract extensions for property and casualty insurance and for dining services.

Also introduced at the board meeting were Ms. Heather Patchett, newly named vice president for the Office of Institutional Advancement and Dr. Thomas Stein, newly named vice president of enrollment management.

In addition, during Friday’s meetings, two former members of the Board of Trustees were granted Life Trustee status.

Dr. Robert H. Bailey of Greeneville is a Tusculum graduate of 1948 and has served the college as a past chair and treasurer of the Board of Trustees and was honored with an honorary Doctorate of Law degree in 1984.

Frank Brogden, a Tusculum graduate of 1950, served as a member of the Board of Trustees, as well as beginning his career at the college after graduation. The Kingsport resident has been a dedicated alumnus and has served diligently on many committees over his more than 50 years of service to the college.

Angelo Volpe, chair of the Institutional Advancement Committee, presented a resolution to the Board to establish funding levels for future named endowments. The Board approved the resolution, creating levels for Endowed Chair- $1,500,000; Endowed Professorship-$1,000,000; Endowed Faculty and Professional Development Fund-$250,000; Endowed Scholarship-$25,000; and Unrestricted Endowment-$10,000.

Four members of the faculty were approved for promotion to full professorship, including Dr. Brian Pope, professor of psychology; Dr. Melanie Narkawicz, professor of research; Dr. Greg Church, professor of biology, and Dr. Tom McFarland, professor of business administration.

Dr. Pope has been with the college since 2003 and is chairman of the psychology department. He has a Ph.D. in biopsychology from the University of Georgia, a master’s degree in experimental psychology from the College of William and Mary and a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Dr. Narkawicz began teaching at Tusculum College in 1994 in the Graduate and Professional Studies Program. She has an Ed.D. degree in educational administration and supervision in the post secondary private sector research from East Tennessee State University and has a bachelor’s degree in English from Florida Southern College.

Dr. Church has been at Tusculum College for the past 18 years. He has a Ph.D. in biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has a master’s of science degree in environmental health and a bachelor’s of science degree in biology from East Tennessee State University

Dr. McFarland joined Tusculum College in 2003 and currently is director of the School of Business. He has a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Florida, an M.B.A. with finance emphasis and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado.

Also approved for promotion was Dr. Chris Kauffman, who was named associate professor of economics. Kauffman is currently chair of the organizational management department in the Graduate and Professional Studies program.

The board also approved Frank Mengel, a staff member since 1998, as faculty instructor. Mengel is currently Theatre-at-Tusculum’s technical director and state manager and teaches several theater classes including introduction to theatre and stagecraft.

In other business, during the Friday portion of the two-day meeting, Joyce Doughty, director of the Center for Civic Advancement, and Bette Dowd, assistant certification officer and Charles Oliver Gray Office Supervisor, were recognized and commended for their years of service to the college. Both Doughty and Dowd retired at the end of the spring semester.

The next meeting of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees is September 22-23, 2011 in conjunction with Homecoming 2011.

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Ervin recognized as ‘Student of the Block’ for Eighth Block


Ervin recognized as ‘Student of the Block’ for Eighth Block

Posted on 09 June 2011 by

Presenting Kiarra Ervin, right, with the Student of the Block Award are, Student Support Services staff members David Smith, from left, Sarah Gardner and Karen Cox

Kiarra Ervin of Chattanooga was honored as the “Student of the Block” for Block Eight at Tusculum College for her academic achievements and contributions to the campus community.

Ervin, who graduated in May with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting and a minor in business administration management, was described as an individual with perseverance, motivation and ambition in the award presentation on May 3.

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 honoring Ervin’s accomplishments will be displayed in the Niswonger Commons and other campus buildings.

Ervin chose to attend Tusculum because of its block schedule and the desire to attend a small school that was away from home, but not too far. Wanting to experience the college community, Kiarra became involved on campus. She was a peer tutor for the Tusculum College Tutoring Center, helping her fellow students with accounting, business, economics, algebra and sociology courses. She was also a mentor and member of the Student Support Services, and the president of HerStory, a student organization she founded.

She excelled academically, maintaining a 3.77 grade point average and was consistently named to the college’s academic honor lists. “I am proud of becoming a member of Alpha Chi National Honor Society because it shows that my hard work in the classroom paid off,” she said. “I have worked hard to keep my grades high and to know that I am a part of a nationally recognized organization is rewarding.”

She credits Tusculum with teaching her the skill of time management with the challenging block schedule, learning about different cultures through the diverse student body and having faculty and staff members who care about students as individuals and encourage them in their ability to accomplish their goals.

Dr. Michelle Freeman, associate professor of business and faculty moderator, Bonnie Weston, senior student life coordinator, and the staff of Student Support Services are noted by Ervin as influential people in her time at Tusculum.

Recognizing her intellectual ability, Dr. Freeman encouraged Ervin to major in accounting. “Dr. Freeman is a very intelligent and caring woman who has given me advice and many kind words I greatly appreciate,” Ervin said. “This past year, I lost a family member and she was very understanding of the situation and how it affected me. I really appreciate her for what she has done for me.”

Ervin met Bonnie Weston on her very first day of campus. “She has really been an encouraging person in my life, both personally and professionally,” Ervin said of Weston. “She has given me advice on issues that have come up in my life. She has encouraged me to break out of my shell and become a leader. She knew that I had potential and she brought it out of me by encouraging me to create an organization, HerStory. She is helping me with my goals and plans for my life after Tusculum College. I think she will be an important person in my life after I graduate.”

The staff members of Student Support Services helped Ervin learn to be a mentor and a role model, she said, by giving her the opportunity to show her leadership and problem solving skills by being a mentor to about 10 students for the entire academic year. “It was such a rewarding experience because I could help an underclassman become more comfortable in the transition from high school to college,” she said.

The daughter of Darlene Mitchell and sister of fellow Tusculum student, Karnika, who also graduated in May, Ervin credits her mother as a strong influence on her life as a single parent who worked hard but still had time for her children’s extracurricular activities. Ervin’s grandparents, Bobby and Ramona Goines, have also been an important part of her life.

Ervin’s mentor, “Coach” Lurone Jennings, Sr., “has been in my life since I was a little girl,” she said. “I grew up attending a summer literacy program that he directed, and he has been at every milestone in my life. He allowed me to work in the same program I attended, giving me the opportunity to give those students the same inspiration and motivation that he gave me growing up.”

A high school teacher, Anquia Bowden, has also been a major influence in Ervin’s life and a continuing source of encouragement.

Ervin’s future plans include continuing her education to obtain a master’s degree in accounting. Her goal is to become a certified public accountant and open her own practice.

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Tusculum College named to Presidential Honor Roll

Tusculum College named to Presidential Honor Roll

Posted on 08 June 2011 by

The Corporation for National and Community Service has honored Tusculum College with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities.

“Tusculum College is proud to have been recognized for the efforts that our staff, faculty and students put into the Civic Arts and community service projects,” said Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody.

She added that service projects and service learning experiences are part of the core of Tusculum College’s mission that includes the Civic Arts and service to others as part of its overall mission.

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

Poverty, homelessness and hunger were among many of the issues addressed by the most recent group of students participating in service projects in the East Tennessee region. Students have worked with the George Clem Multicultural Association, Greeneville-Greene County Community Ministries, Greene County Habitat for Humanity, the Greeneville and Greene County school systems, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Mission Soup Kitchen at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church and many other groups.

In addition, numerous projects have been completed by staff, faculty and other volunteer groups associated with Tusculum College.

The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is presented during the annual conference of the American Council on Education.

“Congratulations to Tusculum College and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service,” said Patrick A. Corvington, chief executive officer of CNCS.

This is the fifth time Tusculum College has been named to the Honor Roll.

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New campus entrance signs unveiled; result of gift from senior class

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New campus entrance signs unveiled; result of gift from senior class

Posted on 08 June 2011 by

At the unveiling ceremony were Senior Class Gift Committee members, from left, Tiffany Colbaugh, Sierra Sims, Marci Moore and Nikki Taylor, along with Tusculum College President Dr. Nancy B. Moody, in back.

Students, faculty and staff unveiled new entrances signs at both the Gilland Street and Shiloh Road entrances to the Greeneville campus on Friday, May 6. The updated signs were a gift from the Class of 2011.

The graduating Class of 2011, represented by the Senior Class Gift Committee, chose to leave their mark on the Tusculum campus by giving the entrance signs an updated look, according to Senior Class Gift Campaign Co-Chairs Marci Moore of Parrotsville and Nikki Taylor of New Tazewell.

The entrance signs which have greeted faculty, staff, alumni, students and friends of the College since 1968, has more than 40 years of exposure to the elements which has taken its toll on the signs. The campaign committee raised funds to update the lettering and give the sign a modern appearance.

The students presented a check for $500 to Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody during the unveiling ceremony, attended by more than 30 people.

According to Cody Greene, coordinator of the Tusculum Fund, the 2011 Senior Class Gift Campaign provided a new way for students to participate in the senior gift.  Thanks to GreenBank, all participating seniors received a piggy bank in which to collect donations for the campaign.

The students collected change in their banks and returned them on several collection days throughout the spring semester.

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