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Street Corner Symphony to perform Thursday, Sept. 8

Street Corner Symphony to perform Thursday, Sept. 8

Posted on 29 August 2011 by

Street Corner Symphony, the a capella group seen on television’s “The Sing Off,” will perform at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building.

Street Corner Symphony, the hit a cappella group seen on NBC’s “The Sing Off,” will bring their unique vocal talents to the stage at Tusculum College on Thursday, Sept. 8.

The six-man group will perform at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts building on the Tusculum College campus. The concert is part of Tusculum College Arts Outreach’s Acts, Arts, Academia 2011-12 performance and lecture series.

Headquartered in Nashville, Street Corner Symphony gained national attention as the runner-up in season two of NBC’s “The Sing Off,” a competition between 16 top a cappella vocal groups. The group brought a unique laid-back southern soul to the competition, demonstrating notable influences from artists like Take 6 and Alison Krauss.

Since the competition, the group has headlined its own shows, toured with “The Sing Off” judge Ben Folds and even performed at the wedding of Tony Romo, quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.

While Street Corner Symphony thrills listeners with a diverse repertoire, the group has a rich heritage in gospel music as two of the members are grandsons of the legendary southern gospel tenor Bill Shaw of the Blackwood Brothers. Five of the six members are sons of preachers and grew up singing and learning music in church.

The group was formed in May 2010 by Jon McLemore and features two sets of brothers as well as the two other unrelated members who each bring a unique background and character to the group.

Jon McLemore sings tenor and lead for Street Corner Symphony and does vocal percussion for the group when needed. He began his career in a cappella at age 19 and has received numerous Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards and nominations as a solo artist, as a member of Four Shadow, No Joe and the McLemore Brothers.

Mark McLemore is the group’s resident operatic baritone and helps out with vocal percussion duties from time to time. He received two Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards in 2008 for his work on the McLemore Brothers record “Sunday Drive.”

Richie Lister primarily sings baritone, but has a tremendous range and can sometimes be heard singing the highest part.  He learned to sing from his parents and church music and was able to match pitch with his father at age 2. He and fellow band member and brother, Jeremy, are grandsons of renowned southern gospel tenor Bill Shaw of The Blackwood Brothers.  He is a keyboardist and songwriter and has spent the last 15 years playing in various rock bands.

Jeremy Lister sings tenor and lead for Street Corner Symphony. He traveled through Europe with his parents as a youth, a trip that changed his perspective on life and music. Upon returning to the States, he began exploring different musical outlets, ranging from an a cappella quartet to a progressive rock band. Setting out on his own in 2003, Jeremy moved to Nashville bringing his first EP “Shooting Star” with him. In 2005, he released his second EP, “So Far,” and quickly gained the attention of Warner Bros. Records, with whom he signed a record deal in 2007 and released a digital album. More recently, Jeremy has toured with Brett Dennen and Colbie Caillat as well as selling out his own headlining shows in and around the Nashville area.

Adam Chance is the only member of Street Corner Symphony who is not a minister’s son. He learned to sing in the shower, learned music theory in marching band, plays a number of instruments and is a songwriter.

John Martin is the high tenor for Street Corner Symphony. John was selected as a winner of the state National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA) auditions for Alabama, as well as to have been chosen as a two-time finalist in auditions for the world renowned Chanticleer.  

Admission to the concert is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 60 years of age and over and $5 for children under 12.

For more information about the concert, please contact Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or visit its website at

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Atmos Energy Corp. gives gift to Tusculum College entrepreneur program

Posted on 29 August 2011 by

Susan D. Vance; associate vice president for institutional advancement at Tusculum College, Tony Hughes; operations supervisor for Atmos Energy Corporation, and Dr. Nancy B. Moody; president of Tusculum College stand in front of the Thomas Garland Library as Hughes presents Moody with a gift of $2,000 for the Tusculum Fund to support the Help Me Help You business entrepreneur program. The program, also financially supported by local business leaders Scott Niswonger and Tom Ferguson, is designed to help small business owners and entrepreneurs increase their profits, create a business plan, expand their network and improve their practical and interpersonal skills through a variety of unique, globally tested activities. For more information, contact the college at 423-636-7304.

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Vance recognized for service to state professional organization

Posted on 29 August 2011 by

Susan D. Vance '91

Susan D. Vance a 1991 alumnus of Tusculum College and associate vice president for institutional advancement, received an honorary plaque from Meredith Kerr, the current Tennessee Advancement Resources Council president for her time served as the 39th TARC President. The plaque states, “with appreciation, TARC recognizes its 39th President Susan Vance for her leadership and dedicated service.” TARC was established in 1973 to promote both professional and educational excellence in the schools, colleges and universities of Tennessee. The council strives to serve as a forum for exchanging thoughts on how to build and enhance alumni and development programs and services.


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Application deadline extended for program to assist small business

Application deadline extended for program to assist small business

Posted on 26 August 2011 by

The application deadline for the “Help Me Help You” (HMHU) program for small business owners and entrepreneurs at Tusculum College has been extended until September 9.

The certificate program, in its first year, is supported by Tusculum College and the Greene County Partnership and will be open to 25 participants from Greene County who will be able to take advantage of this course starting September 22.

“Help Me Help You” is a free small business support program consisting of ten sessions that will take place between September 22 and December 8 at the college’s main campus in Greeneville.

According to Luis Zamora, a junior business and economics major from Santiago, Chile, the program provides a huge opportunity for students and local small business owners to work and grow together both personally and professionally, all this thanks to community partners that have picked up expenses in order to allow the program to become established.  Zamora, who received the award of Academic Freshman of the Year in 2009-10 and the Duffield Award in 2010-11 for being the student-athlete with the highest grade point average, has created the program along with Rodrigo Gimenez, in partnership with the University of Chile (Santiago, Chile).

The program, operated by Tusculum College’s business students and the Bonner Leader Program, is committed to helping its participants increase their profits, create a business plan, expand their network and improve their practical and interpersonal skills through a variety of unique, globally tested activities.

According to Zamora, in addition to the other benefits, each business person joining HMHU will become connected to a network of thousands of small businesses from all over the world through HMHU’s global network.

Fall semester spots are limited and anyone wishing to sign up is encouraged to do so as soon as possible. The final deadline for application is September 9. Please be prepared to provide your name, contact information, the name of business and to provide a brief summary about the applicant, business operation and product or service.

“HMHU was created by young people who believe that we have the capacity of making the change we want to see in the world,” said Zamora. “Because of this, our goal is to help as many entrepreneurs as possible.”

The program has the full support of Tusculum College administration, as well as the School of Business, the Center for Civic Advancement and the Office of Institutional Advancement. The program is also being sponsored financially in its first year due to generous donations from Scott Niswonger, Tom Ferguson and Atmos Energy Corp.  Because of this community support, participants in the first year of the program will not be charged a fee.

Through the 10-week program, sessions will focus on market definition, cost administration, pricing, marketing and sales strategies, body language in business, financing, legal issues, networking and business presentations.

Registration and additional information are available by calling 423-636-7304 or by emailing

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Homecoming 2011 is this week! Register today!

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Homecoming 2011 is this week! Register today!

Posted on 23 August 2011 by

The Class of 1960 led the Homecoming Parade last year as the newest Golden Pioneers. This year, members of the Class of 1961 will be grand marshals of the parade.

It is hard to believe, but there are just four short weeks until Homecoming 2011. If you haven’t made reservations yet, do so today.

We look forward to have you and all our alumni back on campus for this special time of reminiscing and making new memories.

Homecoming 2011 features an expanded schedule with four days of activities to enjoy.  Learn more about the actives below.  You can register for Homecoming online or fill out the form in the latest alumni magazine and mail it in the envelope provided.

Thursday, September 22
Chili Cook-Off:  11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Enjoy and taste the chili recipes prepared by various departments and offices on campus. Guests may vote for the best tasting and the best showmanship. The Chili Cook-off will be held in the Chalmers Conference Center, located in Niswonger Commons.

Alumni Dinner:  6 – 8 p.m.
The Whistle Stop of Afton Restaurant (Dutch treat)
Join fellow alumni at The Whistle Stop restaurant for a Dutch treat dinner. Brown bag your favorite drink. The Whistle Stop is located at 435 Afton Road, Afton, TN  37616, only minutes from the College.

Friday, September 23
Bright Zoo with lunch:  9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Located in Limestone, TN, it is home to many rare species.  Limited transportation will be provided. A very unique  opportunity to visit this private zoo, learn more by visiting the Bright Zoo website.

Lunch with Students:  11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Enjoy a picnic lunch on the terrace of the Thomas J. Garland Library with the opportunity to meet some of our students.

Homecoming 2011 Golf Tournament: Registration 12 p.m., Shotgun start 1:30 p.m.
Enjoy some friendly competition on the Link Hills Golf Course. Scramble format will be used with handicap system applied for a net division and a gross division. First place will be awarded for each division. Outing will include a fried chicken lunch, beverages and goody bags. Alumni, spouses, faculty, staff and friends are invited to participate.

Myers Pumpkin Patch:  2 – 4 p.m.
Experience the beauty of fall with Vera Ann Myers ’87 at her Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in Bulls Gap, TN.  Limited transportation will be provided. To learn more, visit the Myers Pumpkin Patch website.

President Andrew Johnson Museum Lantern Tour:  5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy a lantern tour around campus where historical  re-enactors will read letters and journals and tell true stories from Tusculum during the Civil War years. This tour usually lasts about an hour. Reservations required, space is limited. Must be able to walk short distances and stand for the duration of the program.

All-Alumni Dinner, Dance and Sports Hall of Fame:   6:30 – 10 p.m.
Enjoy dinner and dancing at the General Morgan Inn, as well as honor the newest inductees into the Sports Hall of Fame. Reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening. Special recognition will be given to our alumni who are celebrating a reunion year.
Saturday, September 24
Memorial Service: 9:15 a.m.
Join family members and friends in the Chalmers Conference Center as we remember alumni who have passed away since Homecoming 2010.

Alumni Association Meeting: 10 a.m.
Learn the latest about the alumni association and hear an update about the College in the Chalmers Conference Center.

Homecoming Parade:  11:30 a.m.
Watch the 8th Annual Homecoming Parade along the route between the Charles Oliver Gray Complex and Pioneer Park. The Golden Pioneers will serve as the Grand  Marshals. Want to participate? Call 423-636-7303.

Tailgate Party:  12 p.m.
Enjoy a Tailgate Party at Pioneer Park (the baseball stadium). Class photos will be taken.

Football Game:  2 p.m.
Cheer on the Pioneers as they take on the Catawba College Indians at Pioneer Field. At halftime, enjoy the presentation of the Homecoming Court. Game tickets can be purchased the day of the game.

President Andrew Johnson Museum Lantern Tour:  5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Please see description under Friday listings.

Alumni Reunion Dinner:  6:30 p.m.
Join us for a casual night of fellowship and dancing on the terrace at the General Morgan Inn. The menu includes grilled food with all the favorites. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening. Casual dress.

Sunday, September 25
Alumni Farewell Breakfast:  9 a.m.
Come say goodbye to fellow alumni and enjoy breakfast on the terrace of the Thomas J. Garland Library.

Homecoming Chapel Service: 9:45 a.m.
Join Tusculum College for an on-campus worship service in the lobby of the Garland Library.

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Easier than ever to shop the Tusculum College Bookstore online

Easier than ever to shop the Tusculum College Bookstore online

Posted on 23 August 2011 by

Thinking of coming to Homecoming and want some Tusculum gear to wear on your trip?

Take a virtual browse through the Tusculum College Bookstore, and find the Tusculum apparel or other merchandise to show your Pioneer pride! And now shopping at the Bookstore online is easier than ever.

The new webpages for the Bookstore feature easy to search categories from the main page that include alumni-specific items, hats, jackets, shirts, shorts, sweatshirts, polos and sweaters, license plates, ladies and kids apparel and other miscellaneous products. There is also a book category that features history books about Tusculum and the region as well as books by faculty member Lin Stepp.

For current students, the Bookstore page provides information about book buyback times and also provides an online option for book buyback.

The next major change in the Bookstore page occurs once an individual is ready to make a purchase. Through a partnership with a local bank, purchases from the Bookstore can now made as a secure transaction in real time without delays in processing. Purchased items will be shipped to your home.

All types of Tusculum apparel, including the popular Nike lines, are available at the Bookstore online.


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Series bringing music, drama and dance to Tusculum

Series bringing music, drama and dance to Tusculum

Posted on 23 August 2011 by

Motivational speaker and hypnotist Wayne Lee’s presentation on Monday, Aug. 29, will be the first event in the Tusculum College Arts Outreach Acts, Arts, Academia 2011-12 performance and lecture series.A nationally known a cappella group, bestselling author, choral and orchestral concerts and Carnival! are all coming to the stage at Tusculum College as part of the Acts, Arts, Academia 2011-12 performance and lecture series.

The series will feature a concert by hit vocal group Street Corner Symphony, a lecture by bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb, Central Ballet’s production of the “The Story of Esther, and concerts by the Tusculum College Community Chorus and the college’s Band program.

Theatre-at-Tusculum will be presenting three plays in the coming year: the musical “Carnival!” in November, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” in February and “The Diary of Anne Frank” in April.

Acts, Arts, Academia is a program of Tusculum College Arts Outreach that brings outside performers and lecturers to the campus and community as well as spotlights the talents of those at Tusculum and the surrounding region. It is supported by the late Dr. Sam Miller in memory of Agnes Ault Miller, Society of Cicero, Hearts for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Outreach.

This year’s line-up includes:

- “Set Your GPS for Success,” a high-energy presentation by motivational speaker and hypnotist Wayne Lee, Monday, Aug. 29, in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts building;

- A concert by Street Corner Symphony, the hit a cappella group from NBC’s “The Sing Off,” Thursday, Sept. 8, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium;

- An evening with New York Times bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb, who will discuss her latest novels, Thursday, Oct. 20, in the Behan Arena Theatre on the lower level of the Annie Hogan Byrd building;

- Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of the musical “Carnival!” on Friday-Sunday, Nov. 4-6 and 11-13, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium;

- Tusculum College Band Christmas Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium, featuring the Concert Band, Jazz Band and Handbell Choir

- Tusculum College Community Chorus Christmas Concert on Monday, Dec. 12, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium;

- Central Ballet Theatre’s production of “The Story of Esther,” Friday-Sunday, Jan. 20-22,  in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium;

- Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of the Broadway musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” Friday-Sunday, Feb. 17-19 and 24-26, in the Behan Arena Theatre;

- Tusculum College Band Winter Concert on Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium, featuring the Concert Band, Jazz Band and Handbell Choir;

- Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” Friday-Sunday, April 20-22 and 27-29 in the Behan Arena Theatre;

- Tusculum College Band Spring Concert on Thursday, April 26, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium, featuring the Concert Band, Jazz Band and Handbell Choir, and

- Tusculum College Community Chorus Spring Concert on Monday, April 30, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

For more information about any of these events, please contact Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or visit its website at htpp://

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Check out the latest about your fellow alumni

Check out the latest about your fellow alumni

Posted on 23 August 2011 by






Harold A. Rainey ’66 of Burnsville, MN, has retired from active work for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) after more than 40 years in various ministries within the denomination. He and his wife, Lois, have moved to Minnesota to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Their oldest daughter, Kristen, works in St. Paul for the Minnesota Children’s Home Society. Their younger daughter, Lisa, received her doctorate in geography in 2010 from the University of Kentucky and will soon move to Ohio with her husband.


Gregory M. Pielich ’69 of Johnson City, TN, retired in 2006 after 33 years with Nuclear Fuel Services.  Greg and his wife, Pat, will be celebrating their 41st anniversary on August 28th.  They met on the old Tusculum tennis court at the beginning of his freshman year.  They have two children, Holli, who lives in Greeneville, TN, and Brett, who lives in Brentwood, TN, one grandaughter, two grandsons and are expecting a third grandson in November. Greg was the lifeguard at the Tusculum pool from 1966 to 1969.  He continues to enjoy competitive swimming and took home one gold, two silver and one bronze metal at the Tennessee Senior Olympics that was held this past July in the Nashville area.



Catherine McCoy ’00 of Greeneville, TN, has been named interim principal at Chuckey Elementary School following the retirement of the current principal due to family health issues. She will serve in the position for the remainder of the 2011-12 school year. Catherine has eight years experience as a classroom teacher and three years experience as an assistant principal at Doak Elementary School. In addition to her degree from Tusculum, she has earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from East Tennessee State University.


Josh Ellis ’11 has been named the boys’ basketball coach at Edgewood High School in Merritt Island, FL. Ellis, who is a native of Merritt Island, served as a student assistant for the men’s basketball team at Tusculum for the past four seasons.




Christopher Crawford ’00 of Knoxville, TN, married Andrea Humphreys on December 11, 2010.


Kari Melissa Dunn ’05 and Gregory Shawn Dykes ’98 ’05 were married on June 24, 2010. Following a honeymoon trip to the Bahamas, the couple is living in Greeneville, TN. Kari is a second grade teacher at DeBusk Elementary School. Gregory is a physical education teacher at Tusculum View Elementary School and a football and baseball coach at Greeneville High School.



Kyle Becker ’01 of Apopka, FL, and his wife, Kelly, are celebrating the birth of their second child, Emily Sara Elizabeth Becker, who was born on June 16, 2011. She was 7 lbs. and 6 ozs. and 20 inches long. Her older sister, Madelyn, is excited with the new addition to the family.





Mary Julia McWherter Bowie ’46 of Rockville, MD, passed away August 17, 2011, of respiratory failure. Mrs. Bowie had lived in the Washington, D.C, area for the past 60 years. She was the wife of the late Dr. David Irving Bowie.


Cline D. Carter ’63 of Greeneville, TN, passed away August 1, 2011. Mr. Carter was retired from Sprint United Telephone Company. He also loved farming and was a prominent cattle and tobacco farmer. Mr. Carter was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was of the United Methodist faith and was always generous to those in need.



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Doak House Museum to offer ballad singing course Sept. 9-10

Doak House Museum to offer ballad singing course Sept. 9-10

Posted on 22 August 2011 by

Ballads are one of the pillars of Appalachian music, used to tell stories and impart emotions in the distinctive sound born of the mountains.

The Doak House Museum is offering an opportunity to take part in this musical tradition through a class, “Ballad Singing: Storytelling Through Song,” to be taught Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10, by a renowned storyteller and balladeer and an accomplished musician. The class is part is of “Crafting Appalachia, 2011,” a series of courses for adults at the museum located on the Tusculum College campus.

Shelia Kay Adams

Sheila Kay Adams, an internationally known storyteller and balladeer from Madison County, N.C., will provide instruction in ballad singing for all ability levels. Adams, a self-styled keeper of the song traditions of the mountains, performs the English, Scottish and Irish ballads that have been handed down in her family for generations as well as other traditional stories.

Adams has performed at major festivals, colleges and universities, been featured in several documentary films and publication articles and lent her expertise to the production of the award-winning film, “Songcatcher.” She is an author and is also known as a talented musician on the five-string banjo.

Judy Rhodes

Judy Rhodes will be assisting Adams in teaching the class. Rhodes is an accomplished musician and teacher, who is interested in discovering new ways to honor the traditional music of the region.

“Sheila brings an impressive resume of storytelling performances and critical acclaim,” said Leah Walker, site manager of the Doak House Museum. “Judy and Sheila make a ‘dream team’ and we are very lucky to have them both come to Greeneville.”

The fee for the class is $55, which includes materials and instruction.

The class will meet from 7 – 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9 and 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Reservations and a small deposit are required. Please contact Leah Walker at 423-636-8554 or email for more information or to reserve a spot.

This class is funded in part by a generous grant from the East Tennessee Foundation’s Arts Fund for East Tennessee.

The Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library are operated by the Department of Museum Program and Studies of Tusculum College. In addition to the museums, the department is responsible for the College Archives and offers one of the few undergraduate Museum Studies degree programs in the country. 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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Pioneer Club celebrates its 20th anniversary

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Pioneer Club celebrates its 20th anniversary

Posted on 19 August 2011 by

One part of the Tusculum Fund is celebrating its 20th anniversary of providing support for students and programs.

The Pioneer Club was formed in 1991 and provides athletic scholarships and program support to all athletic programs at Tusculum. Donors who wish to support Tusculum’s student athletes through scholarships or support the athletic programs in the opportunities they provide to students can designate their gift to the Pioneer Club.

All Pioneer Club members are invited to attend Pioneer Club events, such as tailgates and hospitality suites. Members who join at the Pioneer Level ($300 – $499) or above are admitted free to all Pioneer Club events. Members may also receive discounts at the Tusculum College Bookstore, game passes and public address announcement recognition during games, depending on their level of giving.

This year’s Pioneer Club Campaign has begun. The goals for the 2011-2012 campaign are $100,000 and 350 members.

Larry Coughlin, a long-time supporter of the College, is serving as Chairman of this year’s campaign. Assisting Coughlin in the campaign are a committee consisting of  Bill Henry, Thom Wood, a 1989 alumnus; Ken Earl, a 1998 and 2000 alumnus; Jackie Rose, a 1974 alumna; Doug DeBusk, a 1995 alumnus, Ray White and James Smith.

The committee members will promote and attend special Pioneer Club events and will seek to encourage others in the community to support the program and the student-athletes at Tusculum College. The committee members were selected because of their willingness to support the Pioneer Club programs and the students of Tusculum College.

For more information about the Pioneer Club, visit the Tusculum College Pioneer Athletics website at or contact Kim Kidwell ’99 at 423-636-7303 or at

2011-2012 Pioneer Club Committee members are from left, Doug DeBusk, James Smith, Chairman Larry Coughlin, Thom Wood, Jackie Rose and Bill Henry. Not pictured are Ken Earl and Ray White.




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Wayne Lee to share success strategies with high jinks and hypnosis at Aug. 29 event

Wayne Lee to share success strategies with high jinks and hypnosis at Aug. 29 event

Posted on 18 August 2011 by

Wayne Lee

If there is one statement upon which peak performance experts like Wayne Lee can agree, it is that the mind is capable of leading an individual anywhere.

Lee, a motivational speaker and hypnotist, will be coming to Tusculum College on Monday, Aug. 29, to share how individuals can set what he calls the GPS (Great Programmable Subconscious) for success. Lee’s presentation, “Set Your GPS for Success,” will be at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum campus.

“Set Your GPS for Success” is a riveting, highly interactive and often hilarious presentation that shares three simple steps individuals can use to mentally program themselves to perform at their best and create more success personally and professionally.

Lee also shares how people can overcome fear and self doubt, master their emotional state regardless of the circumstances and replace bad habits with successful behaviors.

As a child, Lee was fascinated with magic and visualization, which helped fuel what has become a passion for entertaining and empowering people. As one of North America’s premier corporate presenters, he is a veteran of thousands of successful shows, a published author and peak performance coach to professionals of all walks of life.

He also practices what he preaches. Lee is a former five-time Canadian amateur wrestling champion who served as a beloved classroom instructor before taking to the stage. He was also recently named “Entertainer of the Year” for the Canadian Events Industry.

Lee’s presentation is the first event in Tusculum College Art Outreach’s Acts, Arts, Academia 2011-12 performance and lecture series. The series is supported by the late Dr. Sam Miller in memory of Agnes Ault Miller, Arts Outreach, Society of Cicero, Hearts for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment of the Arts.

Tickets for the presentation are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (60 years of age and over) and $5 for children 12 years of age and under.

For more information, please contact Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or visit


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‘Up, Up and Away’ event raises funds for National History Day

Posted on 18 August 2011 by

Auctioneer Eddie Yokley takes bids on a punch bowl set during the Up, Up and Away event sponsored by the Andrew Johnson Heritage Association on Aug. 6. The set is being displayed by Leah Walker, left, site and events manager for the Museums of Tusculum College, and Dollie Boyd, interim director of the museums program at Tusculum. The Up, Up and Away fundraising event featured live music from the Wild Honeybeans and the Smooth Sounds of Route 66 as well as delicious hors d’ouevres by Signature Caterers and the auction. The event raised several thousand dollars to be used for National History Day efforts in local schools. The Andrew Johnson Heritage Association provides support for the local National History Day events, which has provided an opportunity for students to learn about local, American and world history as well as to compete successfully on the district, state and national level.


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