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Tusculum band program to present Christmas concert Tuesday, Dec. 6

Tusculum band program to present Christmas concert Tuesday, Dec. 6

Posted on 30 November 2011 by

Members of the Jazz Band at Tusculum College get in the Christmas spirit during a recent practice for the upcoming concert.

The sounds of the holidays will fill the air Tuesday, Dec. 6, when the Tusculum College band program presents its first Christmas concert.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building.

Performing will be the Handbell Choir, a Brass Quintet, the Jazz Band and Concert Band in a seamless format with continuous music. The Brass Quintet will set the mood for the concert, opening with “Deck the Halls.”

The Handbell Choir will perform such standards as “Jingle Bells” and join with the Concert Band for “Christmas Bells Overture,” On This Day Earth Shall Ring” and “Happy Christmas (War is Over).”

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” medley, “Christmas Fantasy for Jazz Band” and “And the Angels Swing” will feature the Jazz Band.

The Concert Band will be performing such holiday pieces as the “Celtic Bell Carol,” “All is Calm,” “Appalachian Carol” and “An American Christmas.”

The band program began in 2010 with the formation of a pep band and has grown to include a Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Handbell Choir and various small ensembles. The Jazz Band performed its first concert in April and joined the Concert Band and Handbell Choir for a concert in May.

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International programs highlighted in Study Abroad Fair

Posted on 30 November 2011 by

Students browse through the tables of information about study abroad opportunities during the Study Abroad Fair Thursday, November 10, at Tusculum College. Held in the Living Room of the Niswonger Commons, the fair provided students the opportunity to learn about international study programs. Displays at the fair included those by Academic Programs International, American Institute for Foreign Studies, International Studies Abroad and Knowledge Exchange Institute. The event was sponsored by the College’s Study Abroad and Global Awareness Club, the Center for Global Studies and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.


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Poet Allison Joseph to be featured in reading on Thursday, Dec. 1

Posted on 29 November 2011 by

Poet Allison Joseph will be reading from her works on Thursday, Dec. 1, at Tusculum College.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons on campus. The reading is part of the Department of Humanities Lecture Series.

Joseph directs the master of fine arts program in creative writing at Southern Illinois University, serves as the poetry editor of the Crab Orchard Review and as director of the Young Writers Workshop, an annual summer residential creative writing workshop for high school writers. She holds the Judge Williams Holmes Cook Endowed Professorship at Southern Illinois.

She has published several books including, “What Keeps Us Here,” “Soul Train,” “In Every Seam,” “Imitation of Life” and “Worldly Pleasures.” Her most recent collection, “My Father’s Kites” was published in 2010.

Her writing has garnered several honors including the Ampersand Press Women Poets Series Prize, the John C. Zacharis Prize and the Word Press Poetry Prize. She has also been awarded fellowships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers Conferences and the Illinois Arts Council.

A question and answer session with Joseph is scheduled at 4 p.m., also in the Chalmers Conference Center.

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Kimsie Hall named ‘Student of the Block’ for Block 2

Kimsie Hall named ‘Student of the Block’ for Block 2

Posted on 29 November 2011 by

Connie Kretchmar-Sitz, left, campus counselor at Tusculum, presents Kimsie Hall the “Student of the Block” award.

Kimsie Hall of Cleveland, Tenn., has been named the “Student of the Block” for Block 2 at Tusculum College.

A junior majoring in athletic training, Hall was commended for her involvement on campus and her service to others during a ceremony Nov. 17 to present the honor.

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 recognizing Hall’s accomplishments will be displayed in the Niswonger Commons and other campus buildings.

Hall was nominated for the award by Connie Kretchmar-Sitz, the campus counselor, who works with the Voices for Violence student organization, which brings awareness to relationship violence and its impact on victims. Hall co-founded the organization with two other students, Ashley Shoults, a 2009 graduate of the college, and Brooke Haymaker, a 2010 graduate of the college.

In her nomination, Kretchmar-Sitz said of Hall, “I found that Kimsie is not just a committed, motivated student, but she is a student who is committed and motivated to causes outside the academic realm. She finds it important to follow through with her commitments, so she is not just volunteering because she thinks it will impress others, but because she truly believes in what she is doing.

“Kimsie is a person who anticipates a need before one has to ask her or tell her to help. She sees the broad picture and takes the initiative to do what needs to be done. There have been numerous times when she has asked me if she can help in ways that no one else has, and it seems to be because she notices what needs to be done. She has a genuine desire to make things run more smoothly and effectively.”

As a freshman, Hall immediately became involved in student organizations as well as becoming immersed in her major, one of the most academically rigorous on campus. In addition to Voices for Violence, Hall is vice president of the Athletic Training Student Society, chief student justice of the student conduct board, a Student Support Services mentor and a member of the President’s Society, the Tusculum College Relay for Life team and Iota Tau Alpha, the honors society for athletic training students.

She also works with the Greeneville High School football team as a student athletic training assistant and attends church services at Lighthouse Assembly of God in Greeneville. At Tusculum, Hall has also worked with the Pioneer Green Team, as a congress representative for the Bonner Leader program, as a member of the Student Alumni Association and as a student mentor at a tutoring program for youth in Greeneville.

Hall has been recognized for her service work in New Orleans with the college’s 2011 Service Learning Award and also received the 2011 Pinnacle Award, which celebrates the highest performing athletic training major within the program.

Kretchmer-Sitz and Dr. David Key, assistant professor of history, have had a positive impact on Hall during her time at Tusculum. She described Kretchmar-Sitz as a “woman of great confidence and courage” who “believes in me more than I believe in myself sometimes.” Dr. Key puts as much work in to class and education as he expects out of his students, Hall added.

Her parents, Dave and Ingrid Hall, have been the biggest influences of Hall’s life and she credits them in helping her become a strong, independent, smart and competent young woman.

Hall’s future aspirations are to become a certified athletic trainer and work as a civilian for the U.S. Air Force, as well as earn a master’s degree in vocal performance and become certified in massage therapy.

She is looking forward to the challenges that the rest of the year and her senior year will bring. “Tusculum College has impacted my life in a big way,” she said. “I have made lifelong friends and lifelong relationships with faculty and staff. At Tusculum I am more than a number or a face in the crowd. I am a person with a face and a name.”

Her advice to her classmates is to carefully manage their time and get involved outside the classroom. “You cannot be successful at Tusculum if you do not go out and do beyond the classroom,” she said. “Getting involved outside of your major and the classroom gives you a more diverse outlook and gives a chance to try something new.”

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Information on Christmas break office hours

Posted on 22 November 2011 by

Several administrative offices at Tusculum College will be open on an abbreviated schedule over the Christmas Holiday in order to meet the last minute needs of our students, alumni and friends.

Campus Safety will continue to provide 24-hour on-site coverage.

The offices of Institutional Advancement, Admissions, Financial Aid, the Business Office, Graduate and Professional Studies (Greeneville only), Information Systems and Student Affairs will have staff coverage on an abbreviated schedule from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following days during the College’s Christmas Holiday, December 19 through January 2. The College will resume normal hours on Tuesday, January 3:

  • Monday, December 19
  • Tuesday, December 20
  • Wednesday, December 21
  • Thursday, December 22
  • Friday, December 23 (Admissions and GPS will be closed this day)
  • Monday, December 26 – All Offices Closed
  • Tuesday, December 27
  • Wednesday, December 28
  • Thursday, December 29
  • Friday, December 30
  • Monday, January 2 – All Offices Closed

The Office of the Registrar, Maintenance and Housekeeping staff will be on-call over the break if an emergency arises. Should an emergency arise relating to one of these areas, please contact security at Ext. 5318. There will be limited trash pickup on the morning of December 19, 21, and 28.

For those who want to make Tusculum part of their holiday giving, please note the times and days above the College will be open.  Gifts may be made online for your convenience as well as mailed or brought to the Office of Institutional Advancement.

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Hunger Banquet shines spotlight on hunger issues in Northeast Tennessee as well as worldwide

Posted on 18 November 2011 by

Hunger is not just an issue for people living in third world countries, but having enough food is a challenge for many people in Northeast Tennessee attendees learned at an Oxfam Hunger Banquet on Thursday (Nov. 17) at Tusculum College.

The Bonner Leader student service organization and the Center for Civic Advancement sponsored the event that is designed to raise awareness of the issue of hunger locally as well as worldwide.

Annually, 70,500 people receive food assistance from the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, and of those assisted, 34 percent of households have a child under 18-years-old and five percent are elderly, it was noted during the event.

Other statistics shared during the event involved decisions that those who have sought help at Second Harvest Food Bank have had to make. Forty-two percent have had to choose between buying food or paying for utilities, 39 percent decide between paying for  medical care or medicine and purchasing food, 27 percent between making a mortgage or rent payment or buying food and 77 percent face decisions of either purchasing gas for transportation or food.

The challenges faced by those helped by Second Harvest Food Bank are shared by many across the U.S. In 2010, 17.2 million households or approximately one in seven were food insecure, the highest number ever recorded in the United States, it was noted.

The Hunger Banquet provided the attendees a dining experience that illustrates the daily reality for the world’s population in terms of food resources. Each person was given tickets with a personal story about someone at a specific economic level, assigning them to sit in an area representing that economic level. During the event, some personal stories were read with a change in circumstance added that changed their income position, usually to a lower level.

A majority sat in the low income level, representing the portion of the world’s population that lives in dire poverty and for whom having enough to eat is a daily struggle. People in this level were given plain rice and water. They sat on the floor, eating the rice with their fingers.

About 25 percent were in the middle income level, representing people with an income of up to around $10,000. They sat in chairs and served themselves beans and rice with water.

The smallest percentage of people sat at the high income level at tidy, adorned tables and served three-course meals.

Some of the participants in the Oxfam Hunger Banquet at Tusculum College changed seating positions between income levels to illustrate how even small changes can lead to a significant change in economic circumstances.

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Knoxville networking event and Greeneville holiday open house coming in December

Knoxville networking event and Greeneville holiday open house coming in December

Posted on 16 November 2011 by

Make plans to attend the upcoming events in Knoxville on December 1 and Greeneville on December 13.

Alumni are invited to the Knoxville event, which will be the launch of the Alumni Career Services Network for that region. The event will be 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, at 520 Wyndham Hall Lane in Knoxville.

Dr. Robert W. Pollock ’65, teacher mentor and author of “Teacher Interviews: How to Get Them and How to Get Hired!”, is hosting the event at his home. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Attendees are encouraged to bring business cards for networking opportunities with alumni, parents, friends and students and to be eligible to win an autographed copy of Dr. Pollock’s new book. Please RSVP by November 24 to, 423-636-7303  or register online at

Alumni are invited by Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College, and Mr. Tom F. Moody;  Mr. Tom Ferguson, president of the Greene County Partnership, and The Honorable John Foster, mayor of the City of Tusculum, and Mrs. Joann Foster cordially invite you to Holiday Open House on Tuesday, December 13, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
at the President’s House at 955 Erwin Highway. Parking and shuttle service will be available at the Indoor Practice Facility on Shiloh Road (behind the tennis courts at the College).

Please RSVP by Tuesday, December 7, by calling 423.636-7303, emailing or registering online.


The President's House

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Florida event coming on December 3

Florida event coming on December 3

Posted on 16 November 2011 by

Alumni in the Orlando area are invited to join Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College, on Saturday, December 3, for heavy hors d’oeuvres at the home of Britton Garrett ’01 and his wife, Michelle, at 5019 St. Denis Ct. The Garretts are graciously hosting this event for Tusculum alumni, parents and friends. There is no charge for the event, which will begin at 6 p.m.


Please RSVP by November 30 by or calling the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 423-636-7303 or 800-729-0256, ext. 5303.


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Alumni enjoy Johnson City event at basketball game

Alumni enjoy Johnson City event at basketball game

Posted on 16 November 2011 by

Alumni had the opportunity to see the Tusculum Pioneers men’s basketball team in their first exhibition game of the season on October 29 at an event at East Tennessee State University.

A group of about 20 alumni and parents gathered in one of the auxiliary gyms in the Mini-Dome prior to the game, enjoying a time to reconnect and to meet Michael Jones, the new coach of the men’s basketball team, who took some time before the game to meet with the alumni and parents and tell them about his team and the upcoming season.

New men's basketball coach Michael Jones, third from left, visited with alumni and parents during the Johnson City event.

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Feedback from recent education alumni needed

Feedback from recent education alumni needed

Posted on 16 November 2011 by

Tusculum College is seeking feedback from its recent graduates in the field of education. If you graduated in 2009, 2010 and 2011 with an education-related bachelor’s degree, please go online and take a short survey to help Tusculum continue to provide a top quality program in education. Those who should take the survey include those earning bachelor of arts degrees in human growth and learning, physical education, special education or discipline specific degrees, such as biology 7-12, history 7-12, English 7-12 and mathematics 7-12.

Please visit this link for the survey:


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Learn the latest about your fellow alumni

Learn the latest about your fellow alumni

Posted on 16 November 2011 by






Larry R. Estepp ’91 of Kingsport, TN, has joined the executive management team at Citizens Bank. As executive vice president, Larry will focus on commercial lending and business development throughout the Tri-Cities region. He has 38 years of service in the financial industry, including several management positions at First Tennessee Bank. Active in the community, Larry received the 2009 Distinguished Leadership Award from the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce. Recently, his community involvement has included chairman of the Kingsport Economic Development Board, chairman of the United Way campaign, chairman of NETWORKS – Sullivan Partnership and president of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Tusculum College Board of Trustees from 1991 to 2003. Larry is also a Holston Business Group founding board member and currently serves on the Phipps Bend Industrial Park Board and the Sequoyah Council of the Boy Scouts of America.


Allen Vital ’92 of Greeneville, TN, Tusculum College head men’s soccer coach, was named South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year on November 3. In his first season as head coach at his alma mater after 14 seasons at Carson-Newman, Allen earned SAC Coach of the Year honors for the sixth time in his career after leading the Pioneers to a remarkable turnaround season. Tusculum finished 1-8 and in ninth place in the SAC in 2010, but under Allen’s tutelage the Pioneers soared to second place in the league with a 6-1-2 record despite starting as many as 10 freshmen. It is the ninth time in his 15-year career in the SAC that he has guided a team to either first or second place in the conference standings.



Kyle Becker ’01 and his wife, Kelly, of Apopoka, FL, share this photo of their growing family. Emily just turned four months old and big sister Madelyn will be four years old in March.


Mike Joy ’03 of Greeneville, TN, Tusculum’s women’s soccer head coach reached a milestone on October 26 with his 200th victory as a head coach of the Pioneers as the team defeated conference rival Carson-Newman College. Joy is in his 15th season as head coach.


Autumn “Sunshine” Broyles ’06 of Mosheim, TN, is serving as interim assistant principal at Doak Elementary School. She was named to the position in September. Sunshine has 11 years of experience as a teacher at Doak School. She has served as assessment coach, the K-2 data coordinator, parent involvement coordinator and is a leader in the Accelerated Reader program. After earning her master’s at Tusculum, she has earned an educational specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University.





Evelyn Carter Fry ’43 of Chattanooga, TN, passed away October 26, 2011. She was retired from TVA in Knoxville. She had been a member of Brainerd Baptist Church since 1961 and an active member of her Sunday School class. Mrs. Fry served as a substitute teacher and a librarian for Brainerd Baptist Kindergarten, served on the Church Library Staff for many years, served as the President of the Chattanooga Boys Choir Guild and served on the Allied Arts Council. She held a Life Membership in the P.T.A. at Anna B. Lacy School and served on the Hamilton County P. T. A. Council. Mrs. Fry was also a member of the TVA Retirement Association and was a member of the Missionary Ridge Chapter 1777 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Her survivors include her husband of 61 years, Clifford D. Fry ’49.


Edward Woodward ’43 of Bay Head, NJ, passed away on October 24, 2005. Mr. Woodward was retired from Channel Home Centers.


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Celebrate the Christmas holidays at Tusculum events

Posted on 16 November 2011 by

Include a bit of Tusculum in your Christmas celebrations this year by attending one of the Christmas events on campus.

The Tusculum College Band will present its Christmas concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6. Performing will be the Handbell Choir, the Jazz Band and the Concert Band. The concert will be in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building, and there is no admission charge.

Lessons and Carols will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 7. The annual Christmas service will feature scripture readings by students and musical solos. The service will be at 11:45 a.m. in the lobby of the Thomas J. Garland Library.

The Tusculum College Community Chorus Christmas Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, December 12. There is no admission charge for the concert, which will be in the Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium.

The concert band will be among those performing during the Tusculum Band Program's Christmas concert on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

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