Archive | September, 2011

Tusculum College named to Top Military-Friendly School List

Posted on 30 September 2011 by

Tusculum College has for the second year been named to G.I. Jobs’ 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

“Tusculum College has a long history of providing programs that allow the adult student to be able to achieve their dream of higher education while balancing the responsibilities of career and family,” said Dr. Tom Stein, vice president for enrollment management at Tusculum College.

“The Military Friendly Schools list is a key resource in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience. It’s especially important now with so many schools competing for military students,” said Stein.

Schools on the Military Friendly Schools list also offer additional benefits to student veterans such as on-campus veterans programs, credit for service, military spouse programs and more.

Tusculum College started the Yellow Ribbon program in August 2009. Under the program, the school matches dollars put in by the Veterans Administration so veterans can work toward their advanced degree as well as qualify for money to help with housing. There are already more than 20 students enrolled in Tusculum degree programs who are receiving the Yellow Ribbon benefits.

“The Yellow Ribbon program allows the college to further fulfill her mission by acknowledging the service and commitment of those who have served our country by providing them with financial support to complete their education.” said Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody. “With the variety of locations, programs, majors, degrees and scheduling options offered at Tusculum College, we are uniquely suited to serve those whose educational path was interrupted or who are considering beginning or continuing their higher education.”

The Yellow Ribbon program is applicable towards all Tusculum College degree programs, which include traditional undergraduate programs, as well as the Graduate and Professional Studies programs. Tuition benefits under the program are also available to both full and part-time students.

In addition, Tusculum College has a long standing relationship with United States Navy through its partnership with the U.S.S. Greeneville submarine. Since its christening, Tusculum College has partnered with the crew members, offering an annual scholarship to crewmen and/or members of their family. To date, three people benefiting from that relationship have become Tusculum College alumni and one enrolled this year as a freshman on the Residential campus.

Tusculum College has long offered assistance to veterans returning to higher education and Veterans Affairs Coordinator Pat Simons is available to specifically support veterans with their admissions and financial aid questions. For more information on the Yellow Ribbon program or others assistance provided by the college, contact Simons at 423-636-7300.

Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students and academic accreditations.

In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews from current students.

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Tusculum College service learning class assisting Safe Harbor Home

Posted on 30 September 2011 by

On Friday, October 7, at 6:30 p.m., the Tusculum College Service Learning Class is partnering with A Safe Harbor Home Inc. and Charity Treasures to help with the celebration of the store’s grand opening.

The class, under the direction of Robin Fife, assistant professor of social science, has been cleaning up the store and spreading awareness about the event and domestic violence through designing and handing out flyers and updating the organization’s webpage.

“We have helped with budgeting and getting donations for the event, as well as helping plan the celebration,” said student Pamela Keen, a sophomore political science major from Portland, Tenn.

The class has worked on organizing each piece of the event by helping find parking, inviting people and spreading awareness about the celebration by attending the Community of Promise lunch.

A Safe Harbor Home Inc. provides domestic violence related services to victims of domestic violence throughout the eight upper counties of Northeast Tennessee. Through its resale store, Charity Treasures, it helps provide awareness of domestic violence and support of A Safe Harbor Home, Inc.

According to national statistics, in the United States, a women is abused every 15 seconds, 40 percent of abused women are beaten while pregnant and more than three million children witness domestic violence. Many victims are financially dependent on their abusers. A Safe Harbor Home, Inc. helps those victims become empowered so that they can get out of abusive relationships.

For more information about this event for Charity Treasures/A Safe Harbor Home, Inc. contact Lilly or Daniel Velez at 423-218-0774.

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Laughlin Memorial Hospital makes donation to the Tusculum College band program

Posted on 30 September 2011 by

Laughlin Memorial Hospital has made a $2,000 donation to the Tusculum College band program. The donation is part of Laughlin Hospital’s efforts to support programs that better the community, and the hospital challenges other businesses and organizations to support this worthwhile community program.  The Tusculum band program is in its second year and has grown to include a marching band, jazz band, orchestra, handbell choir and various small ensembles. The band program involves not only Tusculum students but also high school students and community members. From left below are David Price, director of music and special events at Tusculum; Chuck Whitfield, president and chief executive officer of Laughlin; Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum, and Noah Roark, director of human resources and marketing for Laughlin.

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Student Government Association looks to make difference on campus this year

Posted on 29 September 2011 by

The Student Government Association held its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 20, and looks to work hard to make a positive difference on campus for the students its serves during the 2011-12 academic year.

In his remarks, SGA President Isiah Lyman encouraged the members of the student association to serve their constituents and to work towards making the campus a better place for students. He reiterated the SGA’s motto for this year, “Striving for excellence and making an unforgettable difference daily!”
Each of the members of the SGA shared his or her goals for the association with a majority expressing a wish to better serve the students, be more visible on campus and to accomplish goals that make concrete changes for the betterment of the college community.

One of the first changes to be made is an effort to make the budget process more transparent and fair, which is being led by Bess Gutenstein, SGA treasurer. Gutenstein outlined the process that organizations should follow in seeking SGA funds. The SGA distributes funding to the student organizations on campus.

Associate Justice Gary Morgan administered the oath of office to the various class, residence hall and house representatives on the SGA.

Jonita Ashley-Pauley, associate dean of students who is the advisor for SGA this year, told the group about her responsibilities in regards to advising SGA and also shared how being a leader on campus while in college has benefited her in her career.

The SGA also learned a new fishing club is being organized on campus, and its representative was told about the steps to be taken to make it a college-sanctioned organization.

Members of the SGA and students who helped with the fall elections posed for a photo after the first meeting.



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Help Me Help You Program launched Thursday, Sept. 22, with great success, now going global

Posted on 29 September 2011 by

“Help Me Help You,” Tusculum College’s new business program for small business owners and entrepreneurs held its first session on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Thomas J. Garland Library on the college’s main campus.

With a total of nine participants and eight monitors, this 10-week course aims to create a mutual learning environment between students and small business owners that has the full support of Tusculum College administration, the Business Department, the Center for Civic Advancement, the Bonner Leaders program and the Office of Institutional Advancement. In addition, it also counts the support of the Greene County Partnership, as well as the financial support of Atmos Energy Corporation and local business leaders Scott Niswonger and Tom Ferguson.

The overwhelming support the program has received in Greeneville, in addition to its innovative concept of providing benefits for all of the different stakeholders, has helped the Help Me Help You program carry through with the negotiations of implementing the program overseas starting March 2012.

Following the idea of helping underdeveloped regions, Help Me Help You has gone from the Appalachian Region to Concepción, Chile, which was one of the zones that was most affected by the 8.8 earthquake that hit the country on Feb. 27, 2010.

Luis Zamora, co-founder, director of global operations, and Tusculum College HMHU program coordinator said, “As a Chilean, it fills me with pride to be able to not only help here in Greeneville, but also in Chile, especially in a zone that was immensely affected by the massive earthquake that occurred last year, from which much of the country’s reconstruction is still to be done. I would also like to mention that this has all been possible thanks to the great alliance we are currently developing with Universidad del Bio-Bio and its organization Asociacion Universitaria de Jovenes Emprendedores.  Overall, I would like to thank everyone that has supported the program here as well as in Chile, especially the Tusculum College participants and monitors, AUJE, and Rodrigo Gimenez, Director of Operations in Chile.”

Regarding the program in Greeneville, Zamora said he was “overwhelmed with joy” regarding the results of the first session. “I have been privileged to work with the amazing quality of monitors we currently have, and I am also extremely excited after hearing about the greatly diverse, yet incredibly promising, businesses we will be working with throughout this fall semester.”

The list of businesses and participants of the course include Sam Gajardo, with his art gallery, custom canvas art, licensed tattoo and body piercing studio, Tintura Visual Concepts; Terry Webb, recent owner of the 43-year established business, Artistic Printers; Bryan Wright, owner of the Farm at Spring Creek, which specializes in providing a unique farm life experience with accommodations in an authentic reconstructed log cabin and basic homesteading classes and seminars; Eric and Lynette Price, owners of Creamy Cup, a drive-thru business specializing in the sale of ice-cream, fresh-roasted coffee, handcrafted espresso drinks and fruit smoothies, and Brian and Kim Ward, owners of Ward Auction & Appraisals, a business that enjoyed great success in Chicago, Ill., and is now starting to develop in Greeneville after the couple decided to come and live in the beautiful Smokey Mountains.

In addition, two participants have joined the program with the hope that their business idea develops into a fully-grown established business. Additional participants are Warren Verity with his business idea W. Verity Photography, which intends to become a photography studio with the goal of developing a co-op that enables to employ several photographers under one studio that offers all of the photography services the customer requires under one same roof, and Walter “Gene” Maddox, who has inspired all of the group beyond imagination by, despite being visually impaired, wanting to succeed in the business world through his business idea of an online health and nutrition business.

Applications are open for the 2012 spring semester course, which will take place between January 19 and April 12.  Registration and additional information are available by calling 423-636-7304 or by emailing

Participants in the first Help Me Help You small business and entrepreneurial program at Tusculum College are from left to right, back row, student Sam Underwood, student Andy Goellner, student and co-founder Luis Zamora, student Andres Jarquin, student Paul Bergvin and student Matthew McKeever. Middle row from left, student Steven Hollingshead, Warren Verity, Brian Ward, Kim Ward, Terry Webb and student David Talley. Front row, Eric Price, Lynette Price and Gene Maddox. Two additional participants not pictured are Sam Gajardo and Bryan Wright.



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More than 200 alumni return to campus for Homecoming

More than 200 alumni return to campus for Homecoming

Posted on 28 September 2011 by

More than 200 Tusculum College alumni and friends returned to campus for four days full of activities, visiting local attractions, participating in on-campus events and recognizing alumni for excellence and their contributions to Tusculum and their communities.

“Homecoming is a very special time of the year at Tusculum College as we welcome our alumni back to campus and this year has been no exception,” said Colleen Cox, assistant director of alumni relations. “Our expanded schedule of activities has given alumni more opportunities to renew friendships as well as to showcase the campus and local community.”

The expanded schedule included trips to local attractions such as Myers Pumpkin Patch and Brights Zoo and alumni dinners at the Whistle Stop and the General Morgan Inn, as well as special activities on campus such as the new Civil War-themed lantern tour at the Museums of Tusculum College.

Seniors Calvin Britt, Jr., and Erika Witt were crowned Homecoming King and Queen during the halftime of the football college. From left are Tom Moody, Witt, Britt and Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. The Moodys crowned the king and queen.

Students on campus celebrated Homecoming with a week of fun activities, culminating with the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen during halftime of the football game. Crowned Homecoming King and Queen were seniors Calvin Britt, Jr., a sports science major from Augusta, Ga., and Erika Witt, a museum studies major from Roanoke, Va.

Homecoming is also a time for alumni to recognize those amongst their ranks who have excelled. Three awards were presented during the annual Alumni Association meeting.

Dr. Ken Bowman, a 1970 alumnus who is a native of Greene County, was the recipient of the Pioneer Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association. Dr. Bowman, who now lives in Pennsylvania and is a research chemist for the Alcoa company, holds 18 U.S. patents and is considered a leading expert on aluminum. Bowman has given considerable time in service and leadership to his alma mater and is currently service as chair of the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Ken Bowman '70 accepts the Pioneer Award from Dr. Moody during the Alumni Association meeting.

“Dr. Bowman is an exemplary role model for future Pioneers as an individual who has excelled professionally and given selflessly of himself to serve others and his alma mater,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum, while presenting the award.

Rebecca H. Muncy, a 2005 graduate of Tusculum, was honored with the Frontier Award. Muncy is a government teacher and head women’s basketball coach at Davy Crockett High School, who previously served her alma mater as alumni coordinator and coordinator of gift records and research.

Recognized with the National Living Faculty Award was Dan Barnett, associate professor of chemistry. Barnett has taught at Tusculum for 26 years and has positively impacted the lives of a number of students as they have pursued careers in chemistry and environmental science, said Paige Mengel, a 1988 alumna and treasurer of the Alumni Association, in presenting the award.

Jane Morse '77 presents the Frontier Award to Rebecca Muncy '05.

The Class of 1961 also presented its class gift during the meeting. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, class members have donated more than $6,000 toward the purchase of furniture for the patio outside of Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons.

The class was one of the reunion years recognized during the weekend and its members also served as grand marshals of the Homecoming Parade.

The parade also featured the new Tusculum College Pioneer Marching Band, the award winners, members of the Homecoming Court, carts designed by student organizations and the cheerleading squad riding an engine from the Tusculum Volunteer Fire Department.

On Friday, four individuals were inducted into the Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame. Inducted were Rachel Barron for women’s soccer, Alan Dunn for football, Tara Henderson for women’s soccer and the late Tom Bryant for football. Barron, Dunn and Henderson are all 2004 graduates of the college. Barron was one of the most prolific scorers in Tusculum women’s soccer history. Dunn enjoyed one of the finest careers in history of a Pioneer offensive lineman. Henderson was the first All-American honoree for women’s soccer in Tusculum history. The late Tom Bryant was honored posthumously for his hard work and perseverance toward reinstating football as a varsity sport in 1991 after a 41-year hiatus.

Paige Mengel '88 presents the National Living Faculty Award to Dan Barnett, associate professor of chemistry.

Also recognized during the dinner were members of the 1966 men’s basketball team who won their conference championship that year. The team members were also recognized at the football game.

Homecoming activities began with a chili cook-off between campus offices and student organizations. Winning best tasting chili was a white chicken chili by the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment. Chosen for best showmanship honors was the Department of Athletics, which used a tailgating theme including coaches dressed in football uniforms and referee uniforms. An informal dinner at the Whistle Stop was enjoyed by alumni Thursday evening.

Inducted into the Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame were Rachel Barron, Alan Dunn and Tara Henderson, all members of the class of 2004, and the late Tom Bryant. From left are Henderson; Barron; Laura Bryant, Tom Bryant's widow, and Dunn.

Friday’s activities included the trips to Brights Zoo and Myers Pumpkin Patch, an alumni-student lunch, the Civil War lantern tour at the museums and a golf tournament. Winning the golf tournament were, in the net division, a team consisting of Doug Jones, Todd Ireland, a 1998 alumnus, Brandon Steele and Andy Collins; and the gross division, a team consisting of Chris Bird, a 2000 alumnus, and Justin Jeffers and Matt Ball, both 2004 alumni.

Saturday’s activities began with a Memorial Service in which more than 30 alumni who have passed away since last year’s Homecoming were recognized. Saturday’s activities ended with an alumni dinner dance at the General Morgan Inn.

Members of the 1966 men's basketball team, who won their conference championship that year, were recognized at the Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony and prior to the football game.

Homecoming activities wrapped up on Sunday with a breakfast followed by a chapel service in the Thomas J. Garland Library.

Photos from the entire Homecoming Weekend can be found on Tusculum College’s Facebook page.

The Tusculum College Pioneer Marching Band performs during Saturday’s Homecoming Parade.

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Celebrate the Pioneer Spirit at two upcoming pre-game events

Celebrate the Pioneer Spirit at two upcoming pre-game events

Posted on 28 September 2011 by

Tusculum alumni, parents and friends are invited to cheer on the Pioneers and enjoy pre-game events at two upcoming althletic events.

The first will be a pre-game social prior to a men’s basketball exhibition game at East Tennessee State University on Saturday, October 29. The pre-game social will begin at 2 p.m. in the East Auxiliary Gym inside the Mini-Dome (please use the northwest entrance of the Mini-Dome. The exhibition game will begin at 4 p.m.

The cost of the event is $15 per person if reservations are made by Friday, October 21. The cost will be $20 per person if reservations are made after October 21 or at the door. Attendees are encouraged to use the tennis court parking.

The second event is a tailgate prior to the Tusculum and Carson-Newman College football game on Saturday, November 5. The tailgate will be at 11:30 a.m. at the visitor seating area at Burke-Tarr Stadium (enter through visitor ticket gate on Davis Street). The kickoff is at 1 p.m.  The cost will be announced at a later date.

Attendees can park in the visitor parking area along Davis Street. The winner of the Tusculum vs. Carson-Newman annual blood drive competition will be announced during half-time.

To register for either event, please call 423.636.7303 or 1.800.729.0259 ext. 5303, email or register online at

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Two networking events for alumni coming in October

Two networking events for alumni coming in October

Posted on 28 September 2011 by

Alumni, friends, parents and current students are invited to make valuable connections at two networking events scheduled in October in Kingsport and Rogersville.

Both events are designed to give attendees the opportunity to make professional and personal connections, learn the latest workplace trends and discuss key career- and work-related topics.

The first event will be in Kingsport from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4, at the downtown Church Circle Office of Regions Bank. The bank is located at 415 Broad Street. The cost is $25, and hors d’oeuvres and wine will be provided.

Attendees to Kingsport event are encouraged to bring their business cards to exchange and to be eligible for a free registration to an upcoming Pal’s Business Excellence Institute.

The second event will be in Rogersville on Tuesday, October 18. The 5:30 to 7 p.m. event will be held in the main dining room of the Hale Springs Inn at 110 West Main Street.

The cost will be $12 per person with reservation by Tuesday, October 11, and $20 per person after October 11 or at the door.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their business cards for exchange, as well as to be eligible for door prizes.

Admission representatives for both the Residential College and the Graduate and Professional  Studies Program will also be available at the event.

To register for either event, please by call 423.636.7303, 1.800.729.0259 ext. 5303, email or register online.

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Alumni Executive Board officers elected

Alumni Executive Board officers elected

Posted on 28 September 2011 by

The annual Alumni Association meeting during Homecoming included the election of officers and the slate of members of the Alumni Executive Board.

Officers for the Alumni Executive Board are Dr. Bob Pollock ’65, president; Lynn Battle ’62, president-elect; Jackie Paxton Rose ’75, secretary, and Paige Malone Mengel ’88, treasurer.

The classes of of members for the Alumni Executive Board are: Class of 2012 – Rachel Barnard ’09, Lynn Battle ’62, Santo Cicirello ’63, Crystal Hirschy ’04 ’06, Carolynn Kinser ’95 ’97, Cliff Ott ’64, Brett Purgason ’02 ,Betsy Reed ’80 ’88 and Jackie Paxton Rose ’75; Class of 2013 – Angelo Botta ’75,  Peggy Brewer ’89, Dr. Judith Koforth Domer ’61, Simon Holzapfel ’11, Jane Lovvorn Morse ’77, Vera Ann Myers ’87, Larry Pinkiewicz ’75 and Bob Riser ’62, and Class of 2013 – Lauren Abramson Baes ’02, Margaret Gaut ’40, Paige Malone Mengel ’88, Ellen Myatt ’99, Ed Oneto ’61, Cheri Phillips ’70 and Robert Pollock ’65.

Also approved during the Alumni Association meeting was a change to the association’s Constitution and Bylaws adding a section that alumni awards shall be established through a nomination voting process by the Alumni Executive Board and that award winners will be required to be present at the annual meeting to receive the award.


Members of the Alumni Executive Board gathered on Saturday morning of Homecoming Weekend for a breakfast on the patio of Chalmers Conference Center. Back row from left are Cliff Ott ’64, Lynn Battle ’62, Bob Riser ’62, Larry Pinkiewicz ’75 and President of the AEB Bob Pollock ’65. Front row from left are Noah Wagner ’51, Jackie Rose ’75, Lauren Baes ’02, Paige Mengel ’88, Peggy Brewer ’89, Jane Morse ’77 and Angelo Botta ’75.



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Check out what is happening with your fellow alumni

Check out what is happening with your fellow alumni

Posted on 28 September 2011 by






Barbara Goss Kefauver ’46 of Atlanta, GA, was unable to attend Homecoming 2011 and celebrate her 65th reunion, but would like to share about her life after leaving Tusculum. During college, she was class president during her junior and senior year. She was also a member of The Pioneer Players and played a variety of leading roles in plays and operettas. She also played violin in the school orchestra, directed a class in ballroom dancing and was a varsity cheerleader. Barbara continued her involvement in the arts following graduation and was very active in musical circles in Knoxville. She also did some modeling and channeled some of her creativity through her drawings. In 1948 she married Floyd Scott Kefauver and they moved to Jacksonville, FL, where she had her own radio show called “Breakfast with Barbara.” She was also featured in a national musical magazine, “Down Beat.” Returning to Knoxville in 1950, she was involved in producing and appearing in several television commercials in the area. She was an active member of the choir at Second Presbyterian Church. Barbara spent time over the years writing Christian music with her aunt Jean Bond and also has collaborated with Pat Boone and Tennessee Ernie Ford. She also had her own television show in the early 1960s that featured music. Barbara also worked with the University of Tennessee from 1966 to 1968 as the assistant coordinator for international students. She later worked with the RCA Corporation in Hollywood, CA, from 1974 through 1980 and worked directly with the president of the company. She was able to relocated to the RCA office in Atlanta in 1980 and later retired there in 1984. After retiring she sang for 5 years with the Robert Shaw Symphony Orchestra Chorus in the Atlanta area.  Barbara was also a creative writer and had her own newspaper called, “Neighbor to Neighbor” in a retirement community she moved to in the late 1980′s. She still resides in Atlanta since her retirement, where her two children, Richard and Karen, live.



Irene Park ’62 of Thousand Oaks, CA, a retired El Camino Real High School teacher, was awarded a 2010 “Walk of Hearts,” a distinguished honor given to teachers in recognition of their dedication and continued record of excellence in education. A unique heart-shaped bronze plaque with her name is embedded on a sidewalk at Topanga Canyon Boulevard in downtown Canoga Park. This is not the first time that Irene has been recognized for her excellence, commitment and innovation in teaching. In 2003, she received the R.O.L.E. Model (Rewarding Outstanding Leaders in Education) award, and in 2002 she was presented with the Crystal Apple award by a local television station for outstanding teaching methodology. She had been nominated for these awards by students, colleagues and community leaders. At El Camino Real High, Irene taught all levels of English and English as a Second Language (ESL). Her energy level made the classroom come alive and she inspired even the most recalcitrant student succeed. Irene was not afraid to take on any slackers, their parents or the administration on behalf of her students. She demanded the best from her students outside of the classroom as well. As a sponsor of Interact, a Rotary-supported student club, she taught students life skills and encouraged them to discover and maximize their potential. She followed with her students even after they had graduated, assisting them with university, law school and scholarship applications. She keeps in touch with many of them. Irene’s more than 20 years of teaching in the Los Angeles Unified School District also included English as a Second Language at the West Valley Occupational Center. Previous multilingual and multicultural experiences included teaching in Korea and China. She taught several years in the American Language Center at UCLA Extension. She originated, developed and directed the American Culture and Language Program (ACLP) at California State University, Los Angeles.



Dr. Carolyn Howard Ham ’70 of Camden, SC, was selected the South Carolina Adult Education Director 2010-2011. Carolyn and her husband, E. J. ’70, retired on June 30, 2011, after serving 40 years in education in the Kershaw County School District in Camden, SC.

Rick and Jean (Ryan) Francis ’76 ’75 of Raleigh, NC, have celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. Rick now has more than 35 years of service with AT&T. Their youngest daughter, Molly, is dancing in the Cirque du Soleil production of The Beatles “LOVE” in Las Vegas.



Debbie Smith ’86 of Greeneville, TN, was among the graduates of the Greene County Partnership Leadership Class of 2011. The program is designed to increase leadership resources in the community, and participants are educated on the different aspects of the community. Smith is the town environmentalist for the Town of Greeneville. She is a member of Reformation Lutheran Church, the Nolichuckey Watershed Alliance and the Greeneville Junior Woman’s Club.


Scott Cupp ’97 of Louisville, TN, has been named assistant principal at William Blount High School in Blount County. Since 1999, he has served as a math teacher at the high school. He previously worked in the Roane County School System.


Tommy Hopson ’97 of Afton, TN, was among the graduates of the Greene County Partnership Leadership Class of 2011. The program is designed to increase leadership resources in the community, and participants are educated on the different aspects of the community. Hopson is agency manager for Greene County Farm Bureau Insurance. He has served as former president of the Greeneville Kiwanis Club and local chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. He is a teacher and missions team director at Tri-Cities Baptist Church. He has also served as a former coach in the Upward sports program.



The Rev. Blake S. Montgomery ’05 of Rogersville, TN, graduated from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary on August 30 with a master’s degree in religious education. He earned a master’s degree in Christian leadership from Liberty in 2008. He is pastor of Big Creek Baptist Church.


Roverta Reliford Russaw ’06 of Talbott, TN, has been awarded the East Tennessee Historical Society’s Community History Award for the advancement of African-American genealogical research in Jefferson County. She was also recognized for her serve to the African-American Heritage Alliance and to the Community Economic Development Network of East Tennessee. Roverta, who works with Legal Aid as a paralegal and advocate, has spent much of her spare time working tirelessly gathering ancestral information that enriches her family and other African-American families in the community. She has uncovered family history that leads to a former slave from Barbados who became a freeman after coming to the United States and a leading citizen of his community. Her family southern ties began after her grandmother came to Morristown, TN, to go to college. She married a local man and the couple became proponents for social justice in Jefferson County.


Shawna Voigt ’07 of has been named “Teacher of the Year’ at Rebecca Minor Elementary School in Lilburn, GA. She has taught at the school for four years – third grade during her first two years and kindergarten for the past two years. Shawna earned a master’s degree in elementary mathematics last year from Walden University and plans to pursue a specialist degree in the future. She started the Girls on the Run program at the elementary school. The Girls on the Run program trains young girls to run and aims to guide them away from drug use, eating disorders, sexual activity, inactive lifestyles, depression and low self-esteem. The program also provides shoes and training at no cost to students in low-income communities, which allows children to participate regardless their financial situation.

Valerie Mullins ’08 of Limestone, TN, has joined Takoma Medical Associates in Greeneville, TN, as a physician’s assistant. After graduating from Tusculum, she earned a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from South College.


Janita Clausell ’09 of Knoxville, TN, has named president and chief operating officer of CU Community LLC, a subsidiary of ORNL Federal Credit Union. She has previously served as the executive vice president of the credit union and will continue to serve as vice president of mortgage lending. Janita serves on the board for the Appalachian Chapter of the American Red Cross and has worked with several local charities.




Lindsay S. Shepherd ’10 and Kenton Brotherton were married on July 9, 2011. Following a honeymoon to Nassau in the Bahamas, the couple is living in Greeneville, TN. Lindsay is a Pre-K teacher at Mosheim Elementary School and an assistant volleyball coach at North Greene High School.




Ryan Keith Bush and Jennifer Szamier Bush ’99 and ’00 announce the birth of their second child, Tanner Ryan, who was born on August 16, 2010. Their four-year-old daughter, Taylor, is excited to have a little brother.





Kathleen Mildred Myers Evans ’36 of Mosheim, TN, passed away September 11, 2011. Mrs. Evans taught for several years in the Greeneville City School System before starting a second career as a bank officer at Greene County Bank. She was actively involved in her church, Pine Grove United Methodist Church, and served as a Sunday school teacher for 37 years. Mrs. Evans was a member of the Orebank Ruritan Club, the United Methodist Women, West Side Garden Club, the Eugenia Bewley Study Group and the Tuesday Book Club. After the early death of her sister, she graciously assumed the role of “mother” to her nephews and “grandmother” to her great-nieces and great-nephews and families.



Philip A. Wright, Sr., ’42 of Wallingford, CT, passed away September 4, 2011. Mr. Wright was employed at American Cyanamid Company as an industrial manager for 42 years until his retirement. He was a member of the Church of the Resurrection and the Knights of Columbus, Pinta Council No. 5. Mr. Wright served on the Wallingford Planning and Zoning Commission, Chamber of Commerce, Meriden – Wallingford Hospital Board and had participated in fund-raising drives for the YMCA and other civic organizations. He was a past president of the Wallingford Visiting Nurses Association. Mr. Wright was also a member of numerous conservation and nature preservation groups. He was dedicated to attending local governmental meetings. Mr. Wright enjoyed gardening, canning tomatoes, fishing in the Adirondacks and following the New York Yankees and the University of Connecticut men’s and women’s basketball teams. His survivors include daughter and Tusculum alumna Kathleen Wright Kirschmann ’73.



John Donald Rader ’50 of Johnson City, TN, passed away September 22, 2011, after an extended illness. Mr. Rader was retired from the Belk Company, where he spent most of his career in management. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he served in the European theater of operations.


John B. Adcock ’59 of Winchester, TN, passed away July 29, 2011. Mr. Adcock was a department manager for Wyle Laboratories.



Mark Austin Carter ’81 of Greeneville, TN, passed away September 3, 2011. Mr. Carter worked for Newman Heating and Air. He was a member of Romeo United Methodist Church. Mr. Carter was an avid golfer and loved flying. He had a private pilot license and had owned his own plane. Mr. Carter also raised and sold ostriches for many years. Survivors include his sister and Tusculum alumna Claire Carter ’70.


Gary Vastine Constant ’86 of Cleveland, TN, passed away August 2, 2011. Mr. Constant had recently retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He was a Vietnam veteran and was active in the Cleveland city youth recreation program, serving as an umpire and refree. Mr. Constant was a faithful member of St. James Cumberland Presbyterian Church of America and oversaw church transportation and property management. He also served on the church’s finance committee.


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Tusculum College Class hosts successful service project for Water of Life Campaign

Posted on 27 September 2011 by

Seven families in developing countries now have access to clean water that will last them a lifetime, thanks to the efforts of the Biology/Environmental Science 480 Global Environmental and Health Issues class in conjunction with the Tredway Building faculty/staff at Tusculum College.

Brownies, peanut butter cookies, cupcakes and a multitude of other delicious confections lined the tables outside the cafeteria on Monday, Sept. 12. Lured by the chance to have a homemade snack, faculty, staff and students quickly crowded the scene.

The more enterprising students in the class even formed a roaming gang of salespeople, going door-to-door in the administrative buildings and athletic facilities in the hopes of selling their baked goods.

The students of the senior seminar class were able to showcase their entrepreneurial side by organizing, advertising and baking for the event, which raised $385 (more than double the revenue from bake sales in previous years).

All proceeds go directly to Compassion International’s Water of Life campaign. This charity was chosen by the students based on charity effectiveness and global needs. Water of Life provides water filters (cost of filter $55) for families who do not have access to clean water. The joint efforts of the class with the Tusculum College campus raised enough funds to buy seven filtration systems.

The BIOL/EVSC 480 students wished to bring awareness of the clean water crisis to the campus as a result of their newfound knowledge and research on global health issues. Part of the course objectives include for students to become more responsible citizens by seeking information about international issues from multiple, diverse sources and to integrate that information into actionable knowledge that respects the plurality of interests in the modern interconnected world.

For more information about Water of Life, visit the website at

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Allison Gallery at Tusculum College to feature artwork by art and design major Chris Mullins

Allison Gallery at Tusculum College to feature artwork by art and design major Chris Mullins

Posted on 23 September 2011 by

Chris Mullins poses with one of his favorite photographs in his exhibit.

The first student art exhibit of the year at the Allison Gallery on the Tusculum College campus will begin on Monday, Sept. 26.

The creative artwork of senior Chris Mullins will be on display from Sept. 26-30 in the gallery. On display will be photographs, graphic design ads, snowboard graphics and a sculpture. All art and design majors are required to prepare and install an exhibit of their work during their senior year.

A reception for Mullins will be on Monday, Sept. 26, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the gallery located in the Rankin House, which is to the rear of the parking area beside Three Blind Mice on Erwin Highway.

The Allison Gallery is open from 4 – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.


This photograph and other artwork by Chris Mullins, a senior art and design major at Tusculum College, will be on exhibit at the Allison Gallery on campus from Sept. 26-30.


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