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Gunn honored as ‘Student of the Block’ for Block Four

Gunn honored as ‘Student of the Block’ for Block Four

Posted on 23 December 2011 by

JerWayne Gunn of Nashville was honored as the “Student of the Block” for Block Four at Tusculum College for his academic achievement, campus leadership and service to others.

Gunn was presented the honor in a ceremony December 13. He graduated later in the week at the College’s winter commencement with a bachelor of arts degree in art and design with a concentration in graphic design.  His future aspirations are to find a position in which he can utilize his graphic design skills or to coach women’s basketball, one of the passions in his life.

The “Student of the Block” award is presented by the Office of Student Affairs to recognize Tusculum students who excel in the classroom, provide leadership in the campus community and serve others. A plaque listing Gunn’s accomplishments will be displayed in the Niswonger Commons and in other prominent buildings on campus.

As a Tusculum student, JerWayne has been an invaluable and memorable member of the community. He served as an assistant basketball coach for the women’s basketball team since his freshman year, was a peer academic leader, served as a Student Government Association representative, was a resident assistant and served as an orientation leader. Gunn also was a member of Black United Students, a participant in Pioneers Preparing for Life and a Student Support Services member.

Pat Stansberry, administrative assistant to the academic resource center, nominated Gunn for the honor “because he exemplified the Tusculum College values of civic responsibilities and virtues.”

Gunn served as a student mentor to a group of conditionally admitted students and worked with staff in the Academic Resource Center and faculty members to coordinate activities and encourage academic success. “He has been the right arm for his mentors during this time: contacting students, tracking students for professors, following their progress, maintaining confidences, referring students for assistance and caring for them in ways both within the job description and in his willingness to go beyond the call of duty to help students, staff and faculty,” Stansberry said in her nomination.
“JerWayne is one of the most responsible and helpful students on the Tusculum College campus,” she continued. “His friendly smile is always ready to greet you and his consistently positive attitude is a joy to be around. He raises the level of all he interacts with, be they athletes, fellow students, staff or faculty. He represents Tusculum College well.”

Dr. Jason Jones, assistant professor of physical education, also nominated Gunn. “He is an outstanding student in the classroom and goes above and beyond his duties while keeping balance with his extra-curricular activities. JerWayne made it possible for me to teach Orientation 106 this year and serves as a role model for those incoming freshmen.”

JerWayne Gunn, third from left, was recognized as “Student of the Block” for the fourth block at Tusculum College. Presenting the honor were, from left, Pat Stansberry, administrative assistant to the academic resource center; Dr. Deborah Bryan, assistant professor of art, and Dr. Jason Jones, assistant professor of physical education.

Gunn was recognized by his peers as the senior class representative on the Homecoming Court and was selected by the College as the Homecoming King during the Homecoming 2010 Homecoming celebration.

Of his involvement on campus, he says, “A lot of these activities helped me grow and mature into the individual I am today. When I first came to school here I wanted to stay active and do something that I would be remembered for and make a difference. So I got involved in several different organizations.”

The son of Keith and Pamela Gunn, JerWayne is twin brother to Lady Pioneers basketball standout, Jasmine Gunn, and an older brother to Jalen. Gunn values his family and enjoys spending time with those who support him the most. The Gunn family was often seen on the sidelines of the women’s basketball games as JerWayne coached and Jasmine played. JerWayne considers the team an extension of his family.

Among those who influenced Gunn during his time at Tusculum were Billie Ann Pace, an academic counselor; Dr. Deborah Bryan, assistant professor of art; Keith Herrin, assistant professor of art, and Dr. Jones. He recalls that he had first visited Pace with several times for freshmen-type questions, but “after awhile I would come by her office just because I enjoyed talking to her about just random stuff. One main reason I would say she was an influence is because of the way she cares for people and does whatever she can to help in any way possible and I feel some of that rubbed off on me as well.”

Gunn’s advice to his fellow classmates and future Pioneers is to heed the good advice from friends. “You may not be in a position to think clearly, act rationally and could do something you may regret,” he said. “Make sure the friends you have are your real friends and wouldn’t let you do anything stupid. Lastly, college is whatever you make it. If you complain all the time about how boring it is, then it will be boring. If you try to find things to do and get involved, then you will always have fun.”

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Beeler honored as ‘Student of the Block’ for Block Three

Beeler honored as ‘Student of the Block’ for Block Three

Posted on 23 December 2011 by

Nicole Martin, right, assistant director of admission, presents the “Student of the Block” award to Joy Beeler

Joy Beeler of New Tazewell, Tenn., has been honored as the “Student of the Block” recipient for Block Three at Tusculum College.

Beeler, who is a senior with a double major in psychology and psychology education, was honored for her academic excellence and her leadership on campus with the award whose recipients are nominated by faculty and staff members. Beeler was presented the honor during a ceremony on December 9.

The Office of Student Affairs established the award to recognize students for their academic achievement, leadership on campus and contributions to the college community. A plaque recognizing Beeler’s accomplishments will be displayed in the Niswonger Commons and other campus buildings.

Described as a “modest yet impactful leader,” Beeler has aspirations to become a high school psychology and sociology teacher after she graduates and to continue her education in obtaining a master’s degree in counseling. Further in the future, she plans to earn a doctorate in psychology and to use her education and professional teaching experience in opening her own private practice as a psychologist, specializing in marriage and family psychology.

At Claiborne High School, Beeler was an active student and was honored with the special privilege of placing a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery as a select honoree of the Presidential Classroom program.

When she came to Tusculum, she was ready to become involved in campus and did so, becoming a member of the Pioneer Dance Team, Community Standards Board, Venture Crew, Beta Sigma Phi and the Tennessee Education Association. She has also served as a vice president of the Psychology Club and is a student ambassador in the President’s Society, where her cheerful demeanor, outgoing personality and humble spirit make her an excellent representative for the college.

Nicole Martin, assistant director of admission and co-advisor for the President’s Society, nominated Beeler for the honor. “She has enthusiastically volunteered for tours, ushered for performances and stepped up to help out when needed,” Martin said in her nomination. “Joy has matured into a reliable and solid member of the organization. Families praise her tours as she creates relationships with each family she meets. Because of the Admission Office travel schedule, she has also stepped into the role of filling in during the current new member modules when both advisors are out of the office. She is not only an asset to the organization, but a trusted and reliable member as well.”

Beeler has maintained a vigorous schedule of campus commitments while maintaining and 3.6 grade point average in her academic coursework, which she considers to be of the utmost importance in her college career. She credits Dr. Bill Garris, assistant professor of psychology, and Dr. Deborah Callen, assistant professor of education, as instrumental in her academic success. “They both go above and beyond when a student needs help, even when we need a friend instead of a professor.” Her favorite course has been the Abnormal Psychology class she took under Dr. Brian Pope, professor of psychology.

She is appreciative that she has been able to maintain the balance between academics and campus involvement without being overwhelmed. “I am proud of the fact that I am able to attend college, be a role-model to my younger sister and know that I have made my parents proud. All of this would not have been possible without God in my life and a strong Christian faith.”

Beeler is the daughter of Michael and Robin Beeler and an older sister to Erin. She loves all things family and often helps with the family business on weekends. She considers her family to be her foundation and major support system. “My role models are my parents,” she said. “I want to be as strong willed as my mother and as hard working as my father.”

As she reflects on her time at Tusculum, Beeler says that Tusculum “has allowed me to grow intellectually into an adult ready for the working world. I have been given wonderful networks that I also consider friends in my professors and mentors. Tusculum has allowed me to meet other students that are not only peers, but have taught me just as much as the faculty.”

Her advice to her fellow students is to “put yourself out there. Join clubs, talk to strangers, just explore every avenue of college life. Stay focused, be yourself and enjoy the little things.”

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Alumni networking event scheduled January 19 in Oak Ridge

Alumni networking event scheduled January 19 in Oak Ridge

Posted on 23 December 2011 by

Make valuable career connections at an alumni networking event Thursday, January 19, in Oak Ridge for Tusculum College students, alumni, parents and friends.


Attendees will be gathering 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the lounge area of the Flatwater Grill, located at 100 Melton Lake Peninsula in Oak Ridge. For those using a GPS unit or similar program for directions, the zip code is 37830. All are invited to bring business cards for exchange.


Please RSVP for this event by Monday, January 16, by calling 423.636.7303 or 1.800.729.0256 ext. 5303. You may also email



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Alumni event planned January 11 in Indianapolis

Alumni event planned January 11 in Indianapolis

Posted on 23 December 2011 by

Come join Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody and other College representatives for an alumni and friends event in Indianapolis on Wednesday, January 11. Drop in from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the High Velocity lounge area of the J.W. Marriott at 10 South West Street.


Drew Nelson ’87 of Indianapolis has extended a special invitation to his fellow alumni who live in the area or will be in the city at that time to attend the event: “Recently I made a trip back to Tusculum College and was very encouraged with the progress being made there. Please join us to reconnect with fellow alumni and learn about all the new things going on at our Alma Mater.”


The College will provide the first round of appetizers as alumni reconnect and meet new friends.

Please take this opportunity to share Tusculum College with others! If you know of one, bring a college-bound student and their family to learn about Tusculum. To make reservations, visit, email names of attendees to, or call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 423-636-7303.

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Learn the latest about your fellow alumni

Learn the latest about your fellow alumni

Posted on 23 December 2011 by






Earle and Meldrum Shanks Shotwell ’47 ’45 of Fern Park, FL, are celebrating 66 years of marriage this year. The couple met at Tusculum as freshmen.



Dr. Everett C. Toomey ’65 of Millsboro, DE, is serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Delaware. Dr. Toomey served as a secondary principal and director for the Indian River School District from 1970-1998. He also served on that district’s school board from 1999-2002. Dr. Toomey is a member of the Delmarva Educational Foundation Board of Directors and is president of Heritage Advisors, an educational consulting service. He holds numerous memberships in professional and civic organizations including the Delaware Association of School Administrators, Phi Delta Kappa, the Lions Club, the Reserve Officers Association and the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce. He was honored with the State Board of Education’s Order of Excellence Award in 1986, included in “Who’s Who in American Education” and awarded the Department of the Army’s “Commander’s Award for Public Service.”



Patricia A. Seaver ’89 of Morristown, TN, has been appointed as the director of marketing and communication for the Morristown Chamber of Commerce.



James “J.T.” Vogt ’90 of Maryville, TN, accepted a position in early 2011 as deputy program manager for the USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Forest Inventory and Analysis Unit in Knoxville, TN. J.T. and his wife, Karen, have two children, Samantha and James.


Dr. Daryl D. Green ’97 of Knoxville, TN, has written a new book, “Don’t Be an Old Fool.” In the book, Dr. Green provides sound, practical solutions about how to handle some of life’s common issues, such as relationships. Often delivered with a touch of humor, these solutions include those he has learned through the years from wise community members. Dr. Green is a leadership development expert, lecturing and writing on contemporary issues that impact individuals, businesses and societies. He has more than 20 years of management experience and has been noted and quoted by USA Today, Ebony Magazine and the Associated Press. Dr. Green also writes a syndicated column, “Family Vision,” which appears in more than 200 newspapers that reach more than 15 million readers across the country. He is the author of several leadership development books and has published more than 100 articles on decision making and leadership.



Trevis D. Gardner ’02 of Maryville, TN, has been named to the Blount County Board of Education. Gardner is vice president of operations for the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority.





Dr. Charles E. Rigby ’40 of Drexel Hill, PA, passed away March 24, 2011.  Dr. Rigby was a physician who was a longtime supporter of his Alma Mater, particularly of the library.


Gen. John William Vogt (Ret. USAF) ’43 of Melbourne, FL, passed away April 16, 2010. A scholar, warrior and statesman, he served his country as an officer in the U.S. Air Force Officer for 35 years, retiring in 1975 from his last assignment as commander-in-chief of American and allied air forces in Europe. His service extended from a fighter pilot in World War II to an appointment to an intelligence advisory post. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Clifford Fry ’49 of Chattanooga, TN, passed away November 11, 2011. Mr. Fry was retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority. A veteran, he served in the Korean War at the U.S. Navy and Marine Training Center in Birmingham, AL, and in World War II in the Navy V-12 program. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 95 and a member of the East Ridge Lions Club for many years. He coached little league baseball at Anna B. Lacy Elementary School and served on several committees with the Chattanooga Boys Choir. Mr. Fry was a member of Brainerd Baptist Church, where he served as the Sunday School greeter chairman for more than 30 years and was a deacon for many years. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Evelyn Carter Fry ’43 (please see following memorial.)

Evelyn Carter Fry ’43 of Chattanooga, passed away on October 26, 2011. Mrs. Fry was retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). She was an active member of Brainerd Baptist Church and her Sunday School class. Mrs. Fry served as a substitute teacher and a librarian for the Brainerd Baptist kindergarten and served on the church’s library staff for many years. She was president of the Chattanooga Boys Choir Guild and served on the Allied Arts Council. She had 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 a member of the TVA Retirement Association and a member of the Missionary Ridge Chapter 1777 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.


Lois “Louise” Sparrow  Keener ’57 of Gastonia, NC, passed away October 13, 2011. Mrs. Keener was a retired teacher, having taught elementary-school age children for 30 years. Following retirement, she was tireless in her work at the Lucille Tatum Extension Center and tutored in English. She as an active member of West Avenue Presbyterian Church where she served in many positions including elder, vacation Bible school teacher, Sunday School teacher and choir member. She was an avid gardener and University of North Carolina basketball fan.


Billye Hutton Horne ’58 of Greeneville, TN, passed away suddenly on December 11, 2011, at her home. She was retired from Takoma Regional Hospital. Mrs. Horne was an active supporter of her Alma Mater. She and her husband, Ralph ’58, have been longtime members of the Pioneer Club and are supporters of the new band program at the College. The Hornes were familiar faces at Pioneer basketball and football games. In recent years, she had also become a fan of volleyball and regularly attended Tusculum volleyball games. Mrs. Horne was a member of First Baptist Church of Greeneville. In addition to her husband, her survivors include aunt and Tusculum alumna Julia Hogan ’67.


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Learn the latest about your fellow Alumni

Learn the latest about your fellow Alumni

Posted on 22 December 2011 by admin






The Rev. Jim and Emmy (Shipley) Marquis ’51 ’51 have moved to Memphis, TN, to be close to family after living 27 years in Chattanooga, TN. The couple has been happily married for 60 years. Jim has been an Episcopal priest for 40 years.



The Rev. John B. Edson ’66 of Dillsburg, PA, has retired from his career as an Episcopal priest and is volunteering at his parish in an afterschool tutoring program for elementary school students. He sings bass in his parish choir. He is also adjusting to life as a widower. His wife Linton Ann passed away three years ago.



Mike Gersie ’74 of Medford, NJ, is currently the director of operations at George School in Newtown, PA. He would like to hear from his classmates. His email is



J. Chris Cruise ’82 of Las Cruces, NM, has recently accepted a position as clinical psychologist with the Special Exams Unit at the El Paso Veterans Administration Health Center in El Paso, TX.



Wayne Hughes ’90 of Afton, TN, has taken a new position as an agent with Farm Bureau’s Tusculum office. He now has three children with the birth of his youngest daughter, Ava Marie on December 19, 2009. He also kicked off all-natural beef sales in 2011 at Mountain View Bulk Food with Rocky Field Farm Beef.



Amy Stevens ’03 of Erwin, TN, has been promoted to vice president of marketing and communications of the LHC Group. In her new position, she will plan and direct the company’s strategic communications initiatives. Prior to her promotion, Stevens was the LHC Group’s director of marketing and communications. Previously, she worked for Wellmont Health System.

Marco Tomat ’06 has taken a position as the president and chief executive officer of York Place, a fully accredited psychiatric residential treatment facility for children, affiliated with the Episcopal Church and located in Lake Wylie, SC. Tomat has found that helping troubled families and abused or neglected children is the most difficult field in which he has worked and the most rewarding. Tomat and his family moved there from the Durham, NC, area, where he was assistant director of North Carolina programs for Youth Villages, an in-home program that helps children with chronic behavioral issues.




Dorothea A. Huber ’50 of Maplewood, NJ, passed away January 10, 2012. Ms. Huber was a retired auditor. She was among the guests at the alumni event held at the Tusculum House in Princeton, NJ, in September 2010.


Helen Honeycutt Hartman ’59 of Mosheim, TN, passed away January 10, 2012. Mrs. Hartman was a retired school teacher who taught 39 and a half years in the Greene County School System. She taught 26 of those years at Mosheim School and taught at many smaller schools in the county. Mrs. Hartman was a member of the Greeneville-Greene County Retired Teachers Association. She enjoyed her Sunday School and worship services at Hartman’s Chapel and Mount Sinai United Methodist churches at Mosheim. She played the piano and taught the Adult Sunday School Class at Mount Sinai as long as her health permitted. Mrs. Hartman enjoyed gardening and reading. Her survivors include her daughter and Tusculum alumna Susan Hartman ’74, nephew and Tusculum alumnus, Lynn Hartman ’71 and niece and Tusculum alumna Sara Wilson ’74.


Kathryn Yates Robinson ’67 passed away on January 26, 2011. Mrs. Robinson was a retired speech pathologist for the Greene County School System. She was a long-time member of First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville and the Adelle Haynes Circle. Mrs. Robinson was a member of the Greeneville-Greene County Retired Teachers Association; the Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Andrew Johnson Post No. 1990; the Women of the Moose; Greeneville Chapter No. 1598, and Youth Builders of Greeneville Inc. She was also a volunteer for Toys for Tots and Gifts for Kids. An avid reader, she loved to play bridge and Rook. She was also an artist and wrote poetry.



Angie Bible Darnell ’97 of Chuckey, TN, passed away on January 25, 2012. Mrs. Darnell was an office manager for Sky Night Aviation.



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UPDATE – Faculty and Staff email back online

Posted on 19 December 2011 by

Updated 12-21-2011


UPDATE:All Faculty and Staff email has been successfully moved to the new server. It is now safe to login and check your email.


Updated 12-21-2011


UPDATE: Email is still being transferred from the old server to the new one. It is not yet safe for all faculty and staff members to access email.


The Information Services Department will be installing a new email server beginning Monday, December 19, at 5 p.m. All email services for staff and faculty will be down 24 – 48 hours, so please do not try to access email during this time. To make this a faster process, it would be very helpful if everyone could clean out some items in their mailbox (deleted items, junk mail, etc.) before this migration takes place. It will allow the migration process to be completed faster.

Please note that should you attempt to access your email during the migration you do run the risk of corrupting your mailbox and thus losing all of the data contained within. It is strongly suggested that you follow the procedure contained in this document and backup your entire inbox before Monday.

All phones that are synced with the campus email system will be turned off by the IS staff.

Please do not access your email until you check the IS section of the Tusculum College website (<<>>) to determine that the migration has been completed.

Thank you for your patience during this migration,

Information Services

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More than 230 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

More than 230 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

Posted on 19 December 2011 by

Family and friends of more than 230 new graduates celebrated as they watched family members walk across the stage to receive their degrees during Tusculum College’s winter commencement ceremonies on Saturday, December 17.

Sixty nine earned master of arts degrees in education during a morning ceremony, along with 83 who received bachelor of arts degrees and two who earned master of arts degrees in organizational management. During an afternoon ceremony, 72 earned bachelor of science degrees in organizational management.

The new graduates were addressed by Dr. Nancy B. Moody, the 27th president of the college. Moody encouraged the students “to keep Tusculum College in your thoughts, prayers and in your heart through the holiday season and beyond.”  Adding, “Each of you has made a commitment and stuck to it to the point that you have forever changed the direction of your lives for the better.”

Taylor MacDonald of Toronto, Canada, and Nicole Scarlett Storm Vance of Elizabethton, who both earned bachelor of arts degrees through the Greeneville Residential College program, were chosen by the faculty as speakers to represent their classmates in the morning ceremony.

MacDonald talked about how coming to Greeneville, Tenn., from Toronto was difficult, particularly leaving her home, family and friends. Although, she said, she never regretted her decision.

“Everyone was so kind and welcoming when I came on my first visit, from the moment I was picked up at the airport, to the first staff member who greeted me on campus, to the wonderful softball team that quickly became my family. “

She added, “But I’ve learned that sometimes the greatest things happen when you take chances and leave your comfort zone. Try new things. Learn from others. Be a little adventurous.”

Vance spoke about the faculty that has supported her in her journey to reach this day.

“I want to thank Dr. Antonio Bos for exposing me to international business, a business world outside of the classroom and cultures outside of my own. Secondly, I’d like to thank Dr. Michelle Freeman for encouraging me throughout accounting when I felt there was no way I could finish out those classes. Dr. Freeman, I love you, and I feel accomplished now.”

Odell Fearn of Harriman, Tenn., represented those earning master’s degrees, his in education. He spoke about his journey as an adult student and the importance of staying on the path.

“When I wanted to take the short cut, I could always hear the voice of my grandfather saying – stay on the path that you know will get you where you want to go; and so I did. The path here at Tusculum is very clear, very clean and very concise. The path here is maintained by the proficient individuals who work here every day. These individuals guided all of us along the correct path to ensure that we get to where we want to go, and for that I’m confident that we all are grateful. We are very grateful.”

In the afternoon ceremony, Debbie McCoy of Harriman, who received her bachelor of science degree in organizational management, was one of the featured speakers. McCoy quoted quote Johann Wolfgang von Goethe who said, “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”

She told the audience her personal story and her long, winding road to higher education, ending today, with the conferring of her bachelor’s degree.

“Graduates, you have been equipped with many tools over these months and years.  Do strive to make a good memory every day.”

Brian Warf of Morristown, who was also chosen to speak from the bachelor of science degree program, told the audience, “In today’s world education is everything. We should all be proud to say that we are graduates of Tusculum College. I feel that Tusculum is one of the most prestigious colleges in our area, and is well respected in the business world. One of our teachers once told me that college not only teaches, but also broadens your horizon.”

He added, “To the graduating class, now that we are finished with our collegiate career, we must take the tools and education that have been given to us and try to make a difference in this world. My advice to everyone graduating today is to trust. Have trust in yourself, have trust what we have been taught, have trust in the belief that you can accomplish your goals in life, and most of all, put all of your trust in the Lord.”

Also speaking was Mark Stokes, director of religious life, church and community relations at Tusculum College. Stokes presented a sermon titled, “Exclusive Gifts.” Stokes said that each individual has an exclusive gift and God wants each person to use his or her intelligence to see and understand that gift.

Stokes discussed practical ways to consider exclusive gifts such as counseling, trust and healing, and their uses professionally, in family relationships and in serving others.


Faculty members applaud graduates during commencement exercises Saturday at Tusculum College. The “gauntlet” of applauding faculty to end the ceremony has become a tradition at the college.

The speakers for the morning ceremony were Odell Fearn, Storm Vance and Taylor MacDonald, from left.

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Help Me Help You program participants present final reports, business plans

Posted on 16 December 2011 by

Participants in Tusculum College’s Help Me Help You entrepreneurial/small business assistance program gathered on Thursday, December 8, to make their final presentations and business plans to mentors, sponsors, students, faculty and staff of the college and other interested community members.

The assembled group totaled 32 at the Tusculum campus, as well as 17 from the United States, Chile and France who followed the presentation through a broadcast of the program through Livestream.

Five presentations were made by the seven participants in the program. This marks the first class to complete the program offered by the college to support small business owners and entrepreneurs. The program is sponsored by the Tusculum College School of Business, as well as the Bonner Leaders program. In addition, the first year has been funded by sponsors Scott Niswonger, Tom Ferguson and Atmos Energy Corp.

Enrollment for the free spring semester program is going on through December 31.

Presentations from each of the groups included key business components such as a general overview of each business, a layout of the goals and objectives for the upcoming year, identification of target markets, description of the products and services and a description of marketing and sales strategies

Eric and Lynette Price, owners and operators of the Creamy Cup, presented their plan to take their business to the next level and be able to further develop their business into a firm with multiple locations that helps create employment for local people while serving quality coffee and other food products.

“If it hadn’t been for this program, our business plan would not be done, and I thank everyone involved for making this happen,” said Lynette Price.

Also presenting was Gene Maddox, who has not let his blindness deter him from a dream of running his own business. The program helped Maddox put his desires into a plan that will result in the opening of an online indoor fruit tree business that will launch in January. The business will allow everyone, including people with physical disabilities, to gain gardening experience and enjoy the benefits of indoor trees in their home and work environments.

“This is a wonderful program, and the monitors are very knowledgeable,” said Maddox. “The whole experience has made me restore the faith not only on the future generations, but also on myself and my personal future.”

Terry Webb, currently a police detective, enrolled in the program after he and his wife, Lisa, purchased Artistic Printers earlier this year. The business has been established for more than 40 years, but the Webbs want to see it develop into a larger scale printing company. Terry told the group during the presentation that the program has helped him realize where his business stands, determine where he wants to see his business sin the future and plan for ways of achieving these ambitious goals.

New to the area are Brian and Kim Ward who own and operate Ward Auction and Appraisals. While they have been in the auction business for 18 years, the Wards are looking to break into the local auctioneering industry and be able to specialize in fund-raising auctions.

“We offer full auction services, but what we want to do, what we really enjoy doing is fund-raising auctions. We love being able to provide our expertise and make a lot of money for these organizations,” said Brian Ward.

Also presenting was Warren Verity of W. Verity Photography. Verity, who has a passion for storytelling, and in particularly, telling stories through photography, presented his business plan that envisions the growth of his current one-stop studio for all of the customers’ photography needs into a franchise operation.

According to Verity, the program helped him successfully define his target markets and determine how to properly appeal to them in order to increase his market share and position in 2012.

“Help Me Help You” is a free small business support program consisting of ten sessions offered through the college’s main campus in Greeneville. The spring semester program will run from January 19 through April 12. The sessions will be held on Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m.

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.

The “Help Me Help You” team, led by Zamora and formed by seven other monitors, has become a team of excelling leaders and students within Tusculum College. As such, their goals and expectations include not only to expand the program’s operations in order to satisfy additional small business community needs, but also help the participants make the most of it by helping them 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.

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, negotiation, networking and business presentations.

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.

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.

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


Front row from left are Suzanne Richey, Dr. Scott M. Niswonger, Kim Ward, Gene Maddox, Lynette Price, Eric Price and Dr. Michelle Freeman. Second row are Dr. Tom McFarland, Kalie Smith, Dr. Antonio Bos, Brian Ward, Terry Webb, Kirstie Gust, Felicia Waters and Robin Shepherd. Third row are Isiah Lymon, Paul Bergvin, Andreas Jarquin, Matthew McKeever, David Talley, Dr. Greg Hawkins, Steven Hollingshead, Julia Newman and Luis Zamora. Back row are Andy Goellner, Samantha Underwood and Steve Gehret.

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ASTD Smoky Mountain Honors Dr. Cindy Solomon

Scholarship named in honor of Dr. Cindy Solomon

Posted on 16 December 2011 by

A $500 scholarship gift was awarded to Tusculum College and named in honor of Dr. Cindy Solomon, associate professor of education in the Graduate and Professional Studies Program at the College’s Knoxville Regional Center.

Dr. Solomon is an 11-year resident of Tellico Village.

The gift was awarded by the American Society of Training and Development, Smoky Mountain Chapter, and was presented at the organization’s November meeting. Solomon is an active member in the organization and has served as the President of the chapter. Presenting the award was ASTD Smoky Mountain’s Past President Allison Miller and President-elect Bryon Ownby.

The scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolling in Tusculum College’s Human Resource and Development master’s degree program.

“This is something we have had in the works for three years,” said Miller. “Our Chapter has a heart for supporting training in the local community and what a better way to do that than through education.”

On hand to congratulate Dr. Solomon was Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. Dr. Moody congratulated her on the recognition and expressed her gratitude to the organization for assisting students return to school to further their education at Tusculum College.

“Tusculum has been a leader in terms of adult education for many years. For Dr. Solomon, it is a deserved recognition, as she has had such an impact on students’ lives and that’s what is important,” Moody said.

Dr. Solomon is an associate professor of education, and chair of the Master of Arts in Education, Human Resource Development concentration. Dr. Solomon joined the Tusculum College faculty in 2002 after a 24-year career in organizational development and management systems. Her career experiences span health care, engineering and government management systems development, in addition to higher education teaching.

Dr. Solomon earned her Bachelor of Science at the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, a Master of Arts in education from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, a Master of Arts in Education from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and her PhD in Higher Education: Curriculum and Instruction from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Her professional career includes organizational management and development projects such as training and education design and development, quality assurance auditing, process analysis and improvement, work performance document development and management, and leadership and team development. She practices through her own consultant practice for churches and has provided leadership development workshops; has developed compliance programs for long term care facilities, and has provided accredited professional development workshops for professionals in long term care employment.

Dr. Solomon has authored several publications for the American Society for Training and Development, including topics such as an original leadership model, organizational culture auditing and change, and organizational performance management.

The American Society for Training and Development, Smoky Mountain Chapter honors Dr. Cindy Solomon from Tusculum College with an annual scholarship. Special guests included Dr. Nancy Moody, president of Tusculum College and Susan D. Vance, associate vice president of Institutional Advancement. The $500 gift was presented by Allison Miller, past president, and Bryon Ownby, president-elect of ASTD Smoky Mountain Chapter.

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Seniors pass ‘torch of leadership’ during Lantern Festival

Seniors pass ‘torch of leadership’ during Lantern Festival

Posted on 09 December 2011 by

The group involved in the Lantern Festival and Golden Lantern Award ceremony gather for a group shot around the "T" of lanterns on the Library steps.

Graduating seniors passed the torch of campus leadership to underclassmen Thursday evening during the Lantern Festival and Golden Lantern Award ceremony.

The ceremony, held in the lobby of the Thomas J. Garland Library, provides students who will be graduating in the upcoming December commencement ceremony the opportunity the honor of being a leader, a lantern bearer, to an underclassmen who will continue students leadership on campus and to also honor faculty who have made a difference in their lives. The ceremony is organized by the Office of Student Affairs.

The Lantern Bearers are selected from senior students who attain the honor through their leadership in campus. Participating in Thursday’s ceremony were Jessica Argentiere, Courtney Broderick, Kristy Crawley and JerWayne Gunn.

As part of the ceremony, the Lantern Bearers, wearing their academic robers, walked in a procession from the Niswonger Commons to the library carrying lanterns.

During the ceremony, the graduating seniors passed their robes  and lanterns to their selected underclassmen with words of encouragement to become campus leaders and bequeathing such things as enthusiasm, kindness and a sense of humor on the recipients.

The seniors then honored faculty who have impacted their time at Tusculum with the presentation of Golden Lantern Awards. Argentiere presented her Golden Lantern Award to Dr. Debra McGinn, assistant professor of biology. Broderick presented hers to Dr. Desiree Matherly, assistant professor of English. Crawley presented hers to Dr. Tom Harlow, associate professor of psychology. Gunn presented his award to Dr. Deborah Bryan, assistant professor of art.

The Lantern Festival derives its symbolism from the term “Sit Lux”and the lamp depicted on the Tusculum College seal. The words “Sit Lux” serve as the motto of the College and translate as “Let There Be Light.”  This phrase is consistent with Tusculum’s tradition of sending students forth to be a light in the world through their character and good works. The lamp or lantern appears on the seal as a symbolic representation of the College’s motto. The lantern has been a central icon in the traditions of the College.

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Winter commencement scheduled for December 17

Winter commencement scheduled for December 17

Posted on 08 December 2011 by

A number of Tusculum College students will achieve their academic goals on December 17 as they receive their degrees during commencement exercises.

The ceremony for the graduates from the Residential College program, from the Graduate and Professional Studies bachelor’s degree program in education and the master’s degree programs will be at 10:30 a.m. in the Pioneer Arena in the Niswonger Commons. The ceremony for graduates from the Graduate and Professional Studies bachelor’s degree program in organizational management will be at 2 p.m.

Tusculum College congratulates its graduates with their hard-earned achievements and wants to make the day one of celebration for its newest alumni and their families. The College is busy making preparations to make the day a memorable one and you can help.

If you are any of your family members or guests requires special handicapped seating accommodations, please contact Bobbie Greenway no later than December 16 at 423-636-7300 ext. 5154 so your needs can be addressed. There will be handicapped parking available in the large parking lot at the Niswonger Commons. Please let the security personnel directing traffic and parking know that you need handicapped parking if it is needed and they will direct you to the lot. Please note that Tusculum will not be able to provide wheelchairs. Those with special seating accommodations are asked to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

You can also help by helping your graduate be at the Pioneer Arena in time for graduation practice. For the morning ceremony, practice begins at 9:15 a.m. and it begins 12:45 p.m. for the 2 p.m. ceremony. Graduates who arrive prior to the practice times are asked to report to the cafeteria.

Graduates are not allowed to have personnel items such as purses and cameras with them during the ceremony. You can assist them by obtaining these items from them prior to graduation practice and holding them.  Prior to the practice is a good time for this and other communication between you and your graduate because after graduation practice, the graduates go to the cafeteria where they placed in order for the procession and for the ceremony. It is easier for the College staff getting the graduates in line if they stay inside the cafeteria during this period.

The Pioneer Arena will open for guest seating after completion of the rehearsal. Guests are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

No tickets are required for graduation and there is no limit on the number of guests per graduate. However, to help provide seating for all, guests are asked to not hold seats for others in the last 45 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

Programs will be placed on the seat of each graduate and they will be distributed to guests at the Pioneer Arena primary entrances. For graduates unable to attend the ceremony, diplomas will be mailed to the graduates’ home addresses after Commencement Day provided all academic and financial obligations are satisfied.

To help preserve the prestigious decorum of the commencement ceremony, guests are asked to observe the following:

• As a courtesy to other attendees, please consider making alternative arrangements for very young children.  Due to fire marshal regulations, no baby carriers or strollers will be allowed in the auditorium.

• Cell phones are to be turned off or switched to the silent operating mode during the ceremony,.  Do not speak on a cell phone or carry on a conversation during the ceremony as this prevents others from hearing and enjoying the ceremony.

• Commencement is both a joyous and solemn event.  Please express your excitement in ways that will not prevent others from hearing the speaker and enjoying the ceremony.  Use of air horns, yelling or stomping are disruptive.

• Please refrain from taking pictures until after your graduate receives his or her diploma.  This will allow the ceremony to flow smoothly and reduce the distractions and disturbances to other audience members as they try to see and hear ongoing presentations.

• As a courtesy to and out of respect for your fellow graduates, you and your family are requested to remain in the auditorium until the conclusion of the ceremony. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the faculty traditionally forms a gauntlet and applauds the graduates as they recess from the auditorium.  We ask that your family and friends be respectful of this tradition and remain in the auditorium until the graduates have exited the auditorium.

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