Archive | May, 2012


Dr. Melinda Dukes selected to participate in national leadership colloquium

Posted on 29 May 2012 by

Dr. Melinda Dukes

Dr. Melinda Dukes, vice president for Academic Affairs at Tusculum College, is one of 20 senior academic administrators in higher education nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute to participate in the 2012 Colloquium on Leadership for Chief Academic Officers: Classical and Contemporary Reading.

This select group, through an examination of classic and contemporary readings, will reflect on power, ethics, and responsibility and strengthen their leadership skills.

Individuals chosen for the program are chief academic officers in higher education who wish to prepare for changes and challenges in the decades ahead, understand complex and unprecedented situations and further develop strategic wisdom.

As a participant, Dr. Dukes will attend a seminar in Annapolis, Md., July 17–21. John Churchill, secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, will lead the Colloquium, which will engage participants in cases drawn from classical and contemporary thought selected to help chief academic officers gain insights into issues commonly faced by today’s academic leaders. Examination, discussion and reflection will help foster the perspectives and skills academic officers need for leadership success.

“Higher education faces many uncertainties, but one thing is certain. Those who lead academic programs of colleges and universities must be able to make sense of complex and unprecedented situations and bring strategic wisdom into practical use,” says Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges. “Successful academic leadership will demand keen intellectual vision and decisive judgment, and the Colloquium will help leaders hone these skills.”

Dr. Dukes previously served as professor of psychology and associate vice president for academic affairs and has taught at Tusculum since 1989. She was one of the professors involved in the development and implementation of the focused calendar and commons curriculum that is part of the uniqueness of the Tusculum experience today.

She recently presented a paper on student persistence at the Southeastern Psychological Association annual conference and organized an undergraduate research thread for the Appalachian College Association’s Summit conference.

During her time at Tusculum she has had a tremendous impact on both academic programs and administrative operations. She has led efforts to align the experiential education units at the college, including Career Development, the Center for Civic Advancement and the institution’s Quality Enhancement Plan focused on problem-solving with reflective judgment.

She led the Strategic Planning Committee for Block Plan Enhancement and led the Information Services strategic visioning process. Over the past few years, Dr. Dukes has succeeded in increasing enrollment and institutional revenue at the college through the reformulation of its summer school programs.

She has led the development and implementation of new academic programs and was instrumental in the recent success of Tusculum College in achieving reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Dr. Dukes has also been a SACS-COC on-site peer evaluator.

She received the Tusculum College National Alumni Recognition Award in 2006 and the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award in 2001. She also received the Women of Achievement Award in 1983 from the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Dukes has a bachelor’s degree in education from Clemson University and earned her master’s degree and doctorate, both in psychology, from the University of Tennessee. In addition, she has completed the Higher Education Resource Services Certificate Class at the Bryn Mawr Summer Institute in 2008 as a Mellon Scholarship recipient for continuing education in higher education leadership and administration.

“Dr. Duke’s leadership is invaluable to our administrative team,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. “This type of experience will help prepare her for the challenges facing academia and bolster her ability to lead our dedicated faculty and provide insight into the overall operation of the college.”

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of more than 600 independent, liberal arts colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that work together to strengthen college and university leadership, sustain high-quality education and enhance private higher education’s contributions to society. To fulfill this mission, CIC provides its members with skills, tools and knowledge that address aspects of leadership, financial management and performance, academic quality and institutional visibility.

The American Academic Leadership Institute provides leadership identification and development programs across all sectors of public and private higher education. AALI creates and implements programs and assistance for academic leaders in various administrative positions enabling them to be successful in their roles and to advance the institutions they serve. In addition, AALI supports research and publications and consults with academic leaders and boards of trustees concerning traditional and emerging issues facing higher education and its governance. Headquartered in Washington, DC, AALI and its predecessor organizations have participated in the advancement of higher education for over 30 years.

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Parent Weekend date announced

Posted on 23 May 2012 by

Parent Weekend 2012 will be November 2-3 this year.

Mark your calendar to be at Tusculum College to enjoy activities with your student. Watch this space for coming announcements of the full schedule.

The week includes Senior Day for the Tusculum Pioneers football team. The Pioneers will be facing conference rival Carson-Newman College for the Saturday afternoon game. The College will also be hosting an open house that weekend, so the campus will be buzzing with activity.

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Golden Pioneers celebrate 50th anniversary

Golden Pioneers celebrate 50th anniversary

Posted on 23 May 2012 by

Fourteen members of the Class of 1962 returned to campus to celebrate the milestone of the 50th anniversary of their graduation with a series of special events.


The newest Golden Pioneers, the Class of 1962, was part of the commencement procession on Saturday morning. In their gold cap and gowns are, from left, Ed Ramm, Jack Fowler, Bob Riser, Ron Van Essen, Bob Nielson, Linda Clowers Nielson, Joe Howard, Peggy Hayes Ottinger, Tom Light, Gary Meier, Al Taynai, Jane Rausch Battle, Lynn Battle and Hal Pruitt.

Tusculum President Nancy Moody speaks to Ed Ramm and his wife, Anna Mae, at the reception at the President's House.

The special events, coordinated by Tusculum’s Office of Alumni Relations, began with a reception on Friday at the President’s House for the Golden Pioneers, their spouses and some friends from other classes.

The alumni, some of whom hadn’t seen each other in several years, reminisced about old times and learned what has been happening in each other’s lives.

Dr. Nancy B. Moody, Tusculum College’s president, presented medallions to each of the Golden Pioneers at the reception. The members of the class wore the medallions with their golden robes during the commencement ceremony Saturday morning.

The evening ended with even more camaraderie at dinner at the Farmer’s Daughter, a popular family restaurant near campus.

Dr. Moody presented the Golden Pioneers their medallions at the reception. Front row, from left, are Jane Rausch Battle, Phyllis Brooks Stansfield, Peggy Hayes Ottinger and Linda Clowers Nielson; second row from left, Lynn Battle, Gary Meier, Bob Riser and Jack Fowler, and back row from left, Joe Howard, Hal Pruitt, Al Taynai, Ed Ramm, Ron Von Essen and Bob Nielsen

Brief rain showers did not dampen anyone’s enthusiasm on Saturday morning as activities began with a breakfast at Pioneer Perk. After enjoying pastry and fruit, the Golden Pioneers were fitted with their gold caps and gowns and prepared for the commencement processional.

At 10:30, the group marched into the Pioneer Arena as part of the processional and sat between the faculty and soon-to-be graduates. During the ceremony, each person was recognized and the group received much applause from the audience. The class members also joined the faculty members in the “gauntlet” at the end of the ceremony. The gauntlet is a Tusculum tradition in which the faculty members form a gauntlet and applaud the graduates as they leave the arena.

Looking at a scrapbrook from their time at Tusculum are from left, Muriel Hunter Meier '65, Joe Howard '62, Gary Meier '62 and Peggy Hayes Ottinger '62.

After the ceremony, the class members enjoyed lunch in the Perk and visited some more. And while the official activities ended there, many of the members of the class and friends gathered for dinner at Monterey’s Mexican Restaurant in Greeneville.

To see more photos of the Golden Pioneer activities, please visit Tusculum’s page on Pinterest and on facebook.




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June 26 alumni event scheduled in Knoxville

June 26 alumni event scheduled in Knoxville

Posted on 23 May 2012 by

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres while making valuable connections with Tusculum College alumni, parents, friends and students at this networking event from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, at the Knoxville Regional Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with individuals from EnergX and hear about the Project Management Professional (PMP) program and what it provides. Prospective students are encouraged to attend.

Please RSVP by June 19 by calling 423.636.7303 or 1.800.729.0256 ext. 5303, emailing Or, you may also send your RSVP using the form below!

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Learn the latest about Tusculum alumni!

Learn the latest about Tusculum alumni!

Posted on 23 May 2012 by







The Rev. Richard A. Kroll ’68 of Charles Town, WV, is retiring after 42 years of service to the United Methodist Church. Rev. Kroll received his master of divinity from Duke University in 1972. Over the past 41 years, he has served congregations in Boonsboro, Williamsport, Baltimore and Carroll County in Maryland and in Martinsburg, WV, before beginning his final appointment as lead pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town in 2003. He is looking forward to doing projects around his home, vacationing and touring with his wife, Mary Lois, and serving as a volunteer at Harpers Ferry National Park.



Maria Berryhill ’00 of Washington Court House, OH, graduated from Ohio Dominican University on May 12 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology.


Rebecca Muncy ’05 has been named the new women’s basketball coach at Lenoir City High School. She will also teach world geography.


Mark Persaud ’08 of Maryville, TN, has begun the physical therapy program at South College. He continues to work with the Emergency Medical Service in Knoxville.


Megan Hart ’09 of Loudon, TN, will begin working as a physician’s assistant at Methodist Hospital in Oak Ridge in July.


Brooke Haymaker ’10 of Kettering, OH, has been accepted into the medical program at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV.




Dan Perolio ’91 married Kym Riggs on November 12, 2011, at the picturesque Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown West Palm Beach, FL. The couple moved to High Point, NC, in January of this year. Dan is branch operations coordinator and area business manager for the Greensboro, NC, region for Dow Electronics.




Lydia Bach Berry ’93 of Olathe, KS, and her husband, Sam, welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Raleigh Grace Berry, who was born on February 16, 2012.




Claudia Belle Harrison Webb ’43 of Reidsville, NC, passed away September 25, 2011. After graduating from Tusculum, Mrs. Webb traveled across the mountains into North Carolina to teach and, ironically, boarded with her future in-laws. She had a passion for teaching and served for more than 35 years, retiring in 1982. She loved flowers and was always willing to share her knowledge as well as her flower bulbs.



Ronald Keiser, Sr. ’50 of Port Saint Joe, FL, passed away December 10, 2011. Mr. Keiser was retired from Bristol-Myers Squibb. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.


Junious Grant Rayfield ’50 of Kingsport, TN, passed away November 25, 2011, following an extended illness. He was retired from the Kingsport Power Company. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Rayfield was a lifetime member of the Charles Dewitt Byrd Post 3382 and the  Disabled American Veterans.


Joan Bird Lewis ‘54 of Waterloo, IL, passed away May 18, 2012. Mrs. Lewis was a retired librarian from the Trenton Public School District in Trenton, NJ. She was a member of Hope Christian Church. She cherished spending time with her family, who include her husband, Bob Lewis ’56 and her brothers James Bird ’53 and Robert Bird ’50.

Cora Ann “Corey” Kirkman ’55 of Napa, CA, passed away October 30, 2011, after a long battle with cancer. While at Tusculum, she met the love of her life, Roger Kirkman ‘57, who passed away in 2005. The couple spent many years moving from place to place as he served in the U.S. Navy, before settling down in Napa. A retired program assistant with the Veterans Home of California, she volunteered much of her time to the Republican Party and St. John’s Lutheran Church as well as her family and five grandsons.

The Hon. Joseph L. Thomson ’56 of Mountainville, NY, passed away January 30, 2012. Mr. Thomson was a retired representative for in-house counsel with Allstate Insurance. He was serving in his 49th year as Town of Cornwall Justice when he passed away.  He was a member of St. Thomas of Canterbury Church and the New York State Magistrates Association and several civic organizations.



Bill R. Fellers ’64 of Knoxville, TN, passed away May 20, 2012. He was born in Tusculum and graduated from both Tusculum College and the University of Tennessee. Mr. Fellers worked at the Oak Ridge Diffusion Plant (K-25) before joining the Oak Ridge School System, teaching math at the high school level. He retired in 2004 after 34 years of teaching. Mr. Fellers was an active member of West Park Baptist Church. He also served on the board of directors of the Oak Ridge Schools Federal Credit Union, beginning in 1977, and served as president from 1983 to 2001. Mr. Fellers had a passion for woodworking and made beautiful pieces for his home and for others. He had many friends and loved playing cards and board games with them, ballroom dancing with his wife and taking cruises with his wife and brother-in-law and sister-in-law.


Eulas “Ike” Gibson ’92 of Sneedville, TN, passed away April 26, 2012. Mr. Gibson was retired from the Department of Human Services in Hancock County. He became involved with a local ministry called The Shepherds Corner and under his leadership, with the help of countless volunteers, the ministry has grown to provide assistance to hundreds of people each year. He was awarded the Governor’s Volunteer Star Award in 2009, the National Community Service Award, Hancock County Man of the Year in 2008 and several other volunteer recognitions. Mr. Gibson attended Elm Springs Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for more than 35 years. He also served as song leader, men’s Sunday school teacher and church treasurer. His love for music led him and his brothers to form a gospel group, called the Gibson Brothers, that traveled and sang for 10 years. Although he was not one to take credit for his accomplishments, he was proud of his degree, which he earned at the age of 49.

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Tusculum Board of Trustees considers future growth

Tusculum Board of Trustees considers future growth

Posted on 21 May 2012 by

Tusculum College is considering funding options for a variety of priority projects, including the possible construction of a new science and math instructional facility, as well as the renovation of Tredway Hall, construction of new residence halls, technology improvements and added academic support for new and existing programs. The Board held discussions about funding for the high priority projects when they met on Friday and Saturday, May 18-19.

The discussions were preliminary and were a preparation for a planned upcoming Board of Trustees retreat planned for this summer in which they will consider the institution’s top priorities for the next 5-10 years.

At the retreat, discussions will be held about capital construction projects, new academic programs and facilities and technology improvements tied to the college’s Vision 20/20 and Strategic Plan.

Additionally, the Board approved curricula for a new criminal justice program, the addition of a men’s and women’s lacrosse program and gave preliminary approval of the 2012-13 operating budget.

According to Dr. Ken Bowman, chair of the Board and a 1970 graduate of the college, the discussions were productive and focused on the growth stage that Tusculum College is experiencing and expects to continue experiencing in the next decade.

“We are excited about the growth we are experiencing with additional students and new programs,” said Bowman. “Our challenge is to control the growth and make sure our infrastructure keeps up so that we can continue to provide the quality, personal education Tusculum College represents.”

Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College, agreed, and added, “In our discussions with the Board of Trustees, we are looking at capital projects to support existing and developing programs that have the potential to make a significant statement about the college and serve as a symbol to the internal and external community, to students, alumni, friends and donors that Tusculum College is forging a path.”

In other business, the Board of Trustees approved curriculum for the new criminal justice major that will be available in fall of 2012, pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The new Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse program would begin fall of 2013 and would involve approximately 25-30 student-athletes on each team, according to Frankie DeBusk, Tusculum College athletic director.

The Board gave preliminary approval to a $29 million budget for 2012-13, representing a 3.95 percent increase over the past academic year.

According to Dr. Moody, the proposed budget is based on 945 total students in the residential college program and 1,109 in the adult program, including approximately 45 students in the new nursing program or a pre-nursing curriculum. The proposed budget includes a 2.5 percent wage and salary pool increase and all requested faculty positions would be filled, including five new faculty positions. In the past year, the college has added 16 new full-time positions, said Moody.

Of new funds in the 2012-13 budget, $280,000 has been allocated for technology in addition to the $1.2 million approved by the Board of Trustees last academic year.

The Board also approved the allocation of a projected 2012 end-of-year surplus to go toward primarily academic programs, but also to support new initiatives. According to Moody, this will be the second year in a row the college has ended the year with a surplus, indicating financial health and the success of strict budget management measures put in place over the past few years.

Dr. Melinda Dukes, vice president of academic affairs, reported that the new Master’s of Business Administration degree program had received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Two cohorts are planned for 2012-13, with the first to be offered starting in August at the Knoxville Regional Center.  According to Dukes’ report to the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees, there is a healthy applicant pool and several students already registered. The second group is to start on the Greeneville campus in January 2013, and there is also a good applicant pool for this group.

During the two-day meeting, Dr. Bowman also conducted a facilities tour for the members of the Board in preparation for the upcoming strategic planning sessions and the summer Board of Trustees retreat.

Four faculty members were approved for promotion by the Board of Trustees. Dr. DiAnn Casteel and Dr. Cynthia Solomon were promoted to full professorships. Dr. Debra McGinn and Dr. Katherine Stone were promoted to associate professors.

Dr. DiAnn Casteel

Dr. Casteel has taught in Tusculum’s education program, both at the graduate and undergraduate level since 1996. She has served as chair of the Master of Arts in education curriculum and instruction program and is currently chair of the Master of Arts in teaching program.

She holds an Ed.D in educational leadership and policy analysis from East Tennessee State University, a Master of Arts as a reading specialist and a Bachelor of Science in history and psychology, also from East Tennessee State University.

Dr. Casteel holds multiple Tennessee State Department of Education Certifications including Elementary Education 1-9, History 7-12, Geography 7-12, Reading Specialist K-8 and 7-12, Administration/Supervision K-8 and 7-12, as well as Superintendent, Professional Administrator/Supervisor and three Computer Certification Levels.

Dr. Cindy Solomon

Dr. Solomon was promoted to professor of education and also serves as department chair for the human resource development concentrations, a position she has held for 10 years. Dr. Solomon has a career spanning more than 27 years teaching in higher education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She joined Tusculum College in 2002.

She holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and higher education form Ohio University, a master’s degree in human resource development from Xavier University, a Master of Arts degree in nutrition education from Kent State University and a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Dayton.

She has also authored five publications for her professional community in the last five years.

Dr. Debra McGinn

Dr. Debra McGinn was promoted to associate professor of biology in the School of Arts and Sciences. She is chair of the Biology Department and teaches or has taught a variety of science courses including introductory biology, general biology I and II, genetics, anatomy and physiology I, human physiology, environmental science and global environmental and health issues.

Dr. McGinn received a bachelor’s degree in medical lab sciences from the University of Illinois in 1974 and a master’s degree in microbiology in 1975 from the University of Michigan.  Following graduate research on cellular immunology responses against leukemia in mice, Dr. McGinn attended medical school at Vanderbilt University and received her M.D. degree in 1982.

She completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Vanderbilt and at Washington University (Barnes Hospital) in St. Louis. She practiced pathology in community hospitals for the next 12 years and served as lab director at Johnson City Specialty Hospital for nine years.

In 2003, Dr. McGinn completed a master’s degree in secondary education (biology and mathematics) at East Tennessee State University.

Dr. Kathy Stone

Dr. Stone was promoted to associate professor of geology, mathematics and physics in the School of Arts and Sciences. She has taught or teaches physical geology, intermediate algebra, basic mathematics, college algebra, quantitative business applications, Tusculum Experience and general physics I and II.

She has a Ph.D. in geological sciences from the University of Tennessee and a master’s and bachelor’s degree in physics from Sam Houston State University. She has been with Tusculum College since 2006.

Dr. Stone maintains professional memberships in the Geological Society of America, the Meteoritical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Physics Society. She is a member of the Nuclear Fuels Service Community Advisory Group and involved in the Middle Nolichucky Watershed Alliance.

The next meeting of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees is September 27-28, in conjunction with the Homecoming 2012 festivities. A summer retreat is being planned to provide time for the Board to focus on revisions and updates to Vision 2020 and the Strategic Plan.


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Hendricksen, Thomas, Winfree honored with Distinguished Service Award

Hendricksen, Thomas, Winfree honored with Distinguished Service Award

Posted on 19 May 2012 by

Dr. David Hendricksen, Ruth Gibson Thomas and James D. Winfree were presented Distinguished Service Awards during the annual Tusculum College President’s Dinner on Friday, May 18. The three were recognized for their continual service and multi-faceted support of Tusculum College.

Tusculum President Dr. Nancy B. Moody and Dr. Kenneth A. Bowman, chair of the Board of Trustees and 1970 alumnus of the college, presented the awards.

The Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual or individuals who have a long history of outstanding and multi-faceted support of Tusculum College. The award is presented at the President’s Dinner, which honors the college’s major donors.


Dr. Kenneth Bowman '70, chair of the Tusculum Board of Trustees, left, and Dr. Nancy B. Moody, right, Tusculum's president, presented Distinguished Service Awards to Dr. David Hendricksen, second from left, and Ruth Thomas, second from right, and Jim Winfree at the 2012 President's Dinner. Winfree was unable to attend due to a prior engagement.

As a committed supporter of Tusculum College and its arts programs, Dr. Hendricksen has throughout the years distinguished himself, Tusculum College and the community.

He is currently is an adjunct professor of music at Tusculum College. Through his career, he served as assistant vice president for the residential college and as associate professor of music. In 1992, he was presented with the Outstanding Teaching and Leadership Award by his faculty colleagues.

Prior to joining the faculty of Tusculum College in 1988, Dr. Hendricksen taught at Freeman Junior College in South Dakota and at Ball State.

Dr. Hendricksen was the founding conductor of the Tusculum College Youth Choir in 1990, and in January, 1996, he founded the Tusculum College Community Chorus as a choral outlet for adults in the area. In 1998 he was named Music Director of The Civic Chorale, the premier independent auditioned choir in the Northeast Tennessee/Southwest Virginia region.  From January, 2001 through December of 2010, he also conducted choirs at Walters State Community College in Morristown.

In 2006 Hendricksen was named Theologian-in-Residence at Tusculum College, delivering a series of four extended lectures on the relationships among theology, worship, liturgy and music. He serves as Director of Music Ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Greeneville and has been a regular presenter at the annual Arts in Education conference in Johnson City.

His vocal students have won music scholarships at various colleges, sing with the Knoxville Opera Company and perform across the region. For more than 35 years, he has worked as a recording engineer specializing in the location recording of classical music.

Ruth Gibson Thomas exemplifies the Civic Art values that Tusculum College has promoted for 218 years.

Thomas, associate professor emeritus of music at Tusculum College, joined the college’s music department in the mid-1960s with her husband, Arnold, who passed away in 2008. The two decades that the couple served the college were marked by the success of the well-respected choral program that significantly touched the lives of students.

As a team, the Thomases directed the Tusculum College Singers, creating three choirs from a small group of singers: the mixed chorus, men’s chorus and women’s chorus. She accompanied the men’s and mixed choruses on piano and directed the women’s chorus. According to former students, she was always calm and cheerful – a trait which was needed during last-minute rehearsals before choir tours.

Teaching such classes as music theory and history, she also found time to teach piano in a studio at Tusculum. Her students found she had high expectations and helped them achieve results that they had not thought possible. Her attention to detail in playing music was not just valuable in regards to piano, but also one that benefited her students later in life. Thomas is a recipient of the National Faculty Award, presented annually by the Tusculum College Alumni Association.

Tusculum College has not been the only benefactor of her talent and dedication. She was the founder and former conductor of the Greater Greeneville Chorale. She was also the long-time pianist and organist at Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Thomas is a Music Teachers National Association Fellow for the State of Tennessee, a recognition bestowed upon her by her peers for a lifetime of dedication to her students, to her community and for her exemplary service to the state and national music associations.

Dr. Nancy B. Moody, at left, congratulates Jim Winfree, left, on receiving the Distinguished Service Award.

Jim Winfree has been the St. James Episcopal Church choirmaster and organist for more than 25 years. His distinguished career in music includes teaching in the public schools for 25 years, at the Adventist Academy for four years and serving as an adjunct faculty member at Tusculum College.

Winfree moved to Greeneville in 1962 when he joined the Greeneville City School System as the Greeneville Junior High band director. At the same time, he began his role as a local church musician as organist and choirmaster at Reformation Lutheran Church, and then began at St. James Episcopal Church in 1986. Through the years, he has directed band and choral students and given private instruction in organ, voice and instruments, often at Tusculum College.

He served as Music Director and accompanist for the Greeneville Little Theater for 25 years and was elected to their Honorary Board of Directors for dedicated service. Jim played the “Fifth Brandenburg Concerto” in Kingsport and performed the “Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20” with the Knoxville Chamber Orchestra at Tusculum College. He was piano soloist for George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with a local band and has performed organ recitals in various cities throughout East Tennessee.

He is a Colleague of the American Guild of Organists with more than 40 years of membership. He served as the Knoxville Chapter’s sub-dean, dean and chair of its Scholarship Committee. He is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University School of Music and Art.

Winfree has become a familiar face at Tusculum College, working with the Community Chorus, playing organ at signature events, including Commencement and presidential inaugurations and playing for Tusculum’s chapel and religious life programs. His influence on the musicianship of Greeneville citizens runs the spectrum from his work as band instructor, choral director, church musician and keyboard instructor and through his work with Little Theatre productions and Tusculum Community Choral groups.


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Wolfenbarger selected as ‘Student of the Block’ for Block Eight

Wolfenbarger selected as ‘Student of the Block’ for Block Eight

Posted on 15 May 2012 by

Abby Wolfenbarger of New Market was recognized for academic excellence and leadership on campus with her selection for the “Student of the Block” award for the eighth block at Tusculum College.

Wolfenbarger, who graduated with honors on May 5 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in literature, was praised by her four nominating professors for not only her commitment to excellence, quiet leadership and her service to others, but also her strength of character.

“Abby is a rock in the English Department,” said Dr. Clay Matthews, assistant professor of English. “In class, she’s patient, sharp, diligent and direct. … Abby carries patience and hard work over to all facets of her work here at Tusculum.”
Desirae Matherly, assistant professor English, described Abby as “a mature thinker, researcher and writer as well as a dependable, motivated, prepared, creative, humble … well rounded, hard working and stellar student.”

“Her classmates and professors all recognize her as someone who can be relied upon to carry out any activity she is involved in with excellence,” said Dr. Shelia Morton, assistant professor of English. “When I need help with projects, Abby is the first person I call. In fact, if I need to contact multiple students and organize responsibilities among them, I often assign that task to Abby because I know it will get done.”

“I believe that the Student of the Block award represents not only our school’s academic excellence but also our spirit,” Dr. Morton continued. “I know if I were in charge of selecting our worthiest students, I would want to know the quality of their hearts, and Abby’s is as good as they come. I admit with full bias that she is one of my favorite students and this is because she is always thoughtful of others, kind, cheerful and joyful.”

Jan Matthews, assistant professor of English, noted that “Abby has been a tutor for my classes for several blocks. She has helped several of my students improve their writing through editing and by having the patience to sit with them and discuss the direction of their ideas. It takes care and discipline to be a good tutor; Abby is great at working with her peers.”


Abby Wolfenbarger has been recognized as “Student of the Block” for the eighth block at Tusculum College. From left are, Wayne Thomas, associate professor of English; Desire Matherly, assistant professor of English; Wolfenbarger; Dr. Shelia Morton, assistant professor of English; Nancy Thomas, associate professor of English, and Dr. Clay Matthews, assistant professor of English.

Joining the Tusculum community in 2008, Wolfenbarger fell in love with the beautiful campus and the small, personal class sizes. “The small classroom atmosphere is a great environment to promote studying,” she said.

This environment has allowed Wolfenbarger to be involved as a student editor for three years of the college’s literary journal, The Tusculum Review; a peer tutor for the English department, treasurer for the English Student Organization and a member of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, the Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society for English majors, the Pioneer Anime Club and the Pioneer Green Team.

In addition to these activities, she has also volunteered with Mustang Alley Horse Rescue, Inc., the New Hope Cemetery project and the Old Oak Festival. Wolfenbarger has been named to the college’s Dean’s List, President’s List and Charles Oliver Gray Scholars list throughout her time at Tusculum.

Her favorite courses were her English courses with Heather Patterson, assistant professor of English; Nancy Thomas, associate professor of English; Wayne Thomas, associate professor of English; Matherly; Dr. Matthews; Matthews and Dr. Morton. “All of these classes have great memories associated with them, challenging course work and professors who I knew cared about me as a person and a student,” she said.

Wolfenbarger’s advice to her fellow students at Tusculum is to “never give up. Always push yourself to be better, to do better. If you can muster the will to keep doing what you need to succeed, you will. You will make your dreams a reality and, better yet, you will believe in yourself. I think that it’s also important to make friends you can trust and love and to keep them always.”

The daughter of Kyle and Rebecca Wolfenbarger, she aspires to become an English professor or an editor in the publishing industry. She is also marrying fellow May honors graduate, Kenneth Hill of White Pine, this month.

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Doak House Museum to host history, art camps this summer

Posted on 15 May 2012 by

The Doak House Museum, located on the campus of Tusculum College, will be offering two exciting summer camps for area children, “Recycling History” and “Color My World.”

The “Recycling History” camp will be daily June 25-29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is open to children ages 6-12.       This camp will include activities rooted in 19th century life. Students will learn how to care for a garden, re-use household materials to make fun games and crafts and explore aspects of life long ago.

Tuition is $85 with sibling discounts and discounts for Tusculum faculty and staff families available. All supplies and a daily snack are included in the tuition. Campers will need to provide a sack lunch.

In July, the “Color My World” art camp will include lessons in batik and tie-dye, color mixing and the use of color to create beautiful artworks inspired by nature. The camp, for children ages 10-18, will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, July 23-27. The $85 tuition covers the cost of all materials and  a daily snack. Campers will need to provide their own lunch.

To make a reservation, email or call 423-636-8554 by Friday, June 15.

The Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library are operated by the Department of Museum Program and Studies of Tusculum College. In addition to the museums, the department is responsible for the College Archives and offers one of the few undergraduate Museum Studies degree programs in the country. The two museums are also part of the National Historic District on the Tusculum College campus. Follow the museums on Facebook and Twitter to learn the latest news and upcoming events or visit its Web site at to learn more about the variety of programs offered at the museums.

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Tusculum College Upward Bound Program receives more than $500,000 in grant funding to serve local and regional students

Posted on 11 May 2012 by

The Tusculum College Upward Bound program was recently notified by Tennessee Congressmen Phil Roe that it will receive a renewed grant of $397,593 to serve students in Greene County Schools, Hawkins County, Unicoi County and David Crockett High School in Washington County.

In addition, a grant of $250,000 was also funded to the Tusculum College program to serve 50 students in Cocke and Hawkins counties.

Between the two grants, the programs will be able to serve 139 high school students.

Jeanne Stokes, director of the TRIO Programs, said the funds will be used for continuation of the Upward Bound program at Tusculum College.

“We were thrilled when we found that the grants had been funded,” said Stokes. “On the day we received notification, I had seen a former participant, a graduate from the 90s who said that participation in Upward Bound was her favorite part of high school. The program affects the lives of the students in East Tennessee.”

Upward Bound is an intensive college preparatory program. Its mission, to aid low-income students and students who are first-generation college attendees, has helped many to succeed in high school while also preparing for college.

For nearly 40 years, the Upward Bound program has operated on the Tusculum College campus, providing young people from regional families with an early introduction to college life and opportunities for travel, special activities and study in literature, composition, mathematics and science in the environment of a college campus.

Participants are first-generation college students, low-income individuals, individuals who are at high risk for academic failure or those who have a need for academic support in order to pursue successfully a program of education beyond high school.

The program includes academic tutoring, advice and assistance in secondary and postsecondary course selection, preparation for college entrance exams and completing the college admission applications, information on federal student financial aid and assistance completing financial aid applications.

In addition, the program provides guidance on and assistance in secondary school reentry, alternative education programs for secondary school dropouts that lead to the receipt of a regular secondary school diploma, entry into general educational development (GED) programs or entry into postsecondary education.

Other components include education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students or the students’ parents, including financial planning for postsecondary education and instruction in mathematics through pre-calculus, laboratory science, foreign language, composition and literature.


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More than 200 receive degrees Saturday

More than 200 receive degrees Saturday

Posted on 08 May 2012 by

There was much to celebrate on Saturday, May 5, for 242 individuals who received degrees during Tusculum College’s spring commencement ceremony.

Sixty-two students earned Bachelor of Science degrees and 135 earned Bachelor of Arts degrees. In addition 45 earned Master of Arts degrees.

The newest Golden Pioneers, the Class of 1962, was part of the commencement procession on Saturday morning. In their gold cap and gowns are, from left, Ed Ramm, Jack Fowler, Bob Riser, Ron Van Essen, Bob Nielson, Linda Clowers Nielson, Joe Howard, Peggy Hayes Ottinger, Tom Light, Gary Meier, Jane Rausch Battle, Lynn Battle and Hal Pruitt.

Walking with this spring’s graduates were 14 representatives of the Tusculum College Class of 1962 who are celebrating their 50th anniversary year. Representatives walked in the procession, clothed in golden caps and gowns and were recognized during the ceremony by Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College.

Also receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters was Leonard Riggio, chairman of Barnes and Noble, Inc. Beginning with a single college bookstore in 1965, Riggio built one of the largest enterprises in the history of American retail. He is widely known as a visionary in the bookselling industry and as a brilliant marketer and entrepreneur.

Riggio devotes himself as well to many philanthropic initiatives, having served on nearly two dozen not-for-profit boards. Since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, he has been building homes for families who lost their homes in New Orleans. This year, he and his wife will have gifted 101 homes to displaced families through a not-for-profit he created known as Project Home Again. Riggio devotes much of his time to public education. Riggio served on the board of the New York City Fund for Public Schools and led the nation’s first-ever private endowment for a public high school.

Leonard Riggio, CEO of Barnes and Noble, was presented an honorary degree. With him after the ceremony are, from left, Dr. Jennette Volpe, Dr. Angelo Volpe (who assisted with the robing ceremony), Riggio and his wife, Louise.

The new graduates were addressed by Moody, who recognized the commencement ceremony as “an occasion of celebration and completion.” Adding, “Each of you have made sacrifices, adjustments and also made tough decisions along the way. You have worked hard and have earned the right to walk across this stage. This is a testament to your own efforts and to your persistence. Today is your reward.”

Kirstie Gust, a business administration major with a concentration in accounting and management from Rutledge, addressed the crowd as a representative of the residential college program.

She told the group, to “find your passion in life, whether your career, your children, your faith, or a combination. Be willing to sacrifice for it, knowing that the end product will be worth it. Return your passion to the community. And, finally, advise others in how to make it all possible.”

Kirstie Gust, left, and Amy Kirk were the commencement speakers for the morning ceremony, representing the residential college and the Bachelor of Arts in Education program in the Graduate and Professional Studies program, respectively.

Amy Kirk of Athens, spoke on behalf of the college’s Graduate and Professional Studies education program. Kirk talked her journey to completing her degree.

“Years from now, I will not remember the assignments or the grades I received on certain tests, but I will recall all the wonderful people I have had the opportunity to meet and how I was a part of their journey and they were a part of mine,” she said.

Mark Taylor of Strawberry Plains spoke on behalf of the Graduate and Professional Studies bachelor degree program in Organizational Management.

He told his fellow graduates, “From the beginning, I had a clear roadmap to follow and ample assistance to overcome any obstacles I encountered along the way. I credit Tusculum’s Graduate and Professional Studies program with providing the framework I needed as a working professional to pursue my college degree.”

Melissa Frazier of Knoxville spoke on behalf of the bachelor degree program in Business Administration. She spoke the difficult decision to return to school as an adult learner.

Melissa Frazier, from left, Mark Taylor and Rebecca Hunley were the commencement speakers for the afternoon ceremony, representing their fellow graduates from the Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Organizational Management and Master of Education programs.

“Life is not always easy and at times it down right difficult, and all that we really want to do is throw in the towel and call it quits.”  However, she said, with the support of others, she and the other graduates had stayed the course. “Just like running in a marathon, we have people along our path cheering us on. Friends, family members and professors all shouting, good job, keep going, you’re almost there, you can do this.”

Representing the master’s program was Rebecca Hunley of Dandridge. Hunley encouraged her fellow graduates to keep on learning.

“Learning should never really cease to happen, but be a continuum of building ideas and thoughts.” She added, “Take what you’ve learned in your classes and think beyond your classroom or workplace, your school and consider how you can impact the next generation globally using the resources that are within you and share them.”

Aretha Scott beautifully sang "I Believe I Can Fly" as a special musical tribute during the afternoon ceremony.

Also speaking was Mark Stokes, director of religious life, church and community relations. Stokes presented a sermon titled, “Are We Closer Than We Were?”

He compared life’s journey to that of a trip, where the question is often asked, “Are we there yet?” Noting, in all of life’s variety of physical and spiritual journeys, the better question is “are we closer than we were?”

In addition to the presentation of the undergraduate and graduate degrees, two faculty awards were presented.

Receiving the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award for the Residential College was Wayne Thomas, chair of the Department of Fine Arts and associate professor of English. Receiving the award for the Graduate and Professional Studies program was Dr. Geir Bergvin, associate professor of marketing and the director of the Center for Global Studies.

The first cohort in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration graduated during the ceremony. The cohort met for classes at Tusculum’s Knoxville Regional Center.


Graduates include:

Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction Concentration
ME167 – Greeneville
Crystal Lee Sanderson Blankenship
Shannon Springer Caldwell
Jennifer Elaine Greene, Honors
Chastity Shelton Jenkins, High Honors
Lisa Michelle Jenkins, High Honors
Holly Rector Massey, High Honors

Dr. Michelle Freeman, left, faculty moderator, presents the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award for the Residential College to Wayne Thomas, associate professor of English.

Tammy Wallin Massey, Honors
Monica Ray Metcalf, Honors
Jennifer Marie Miller
Heather Shelton Mitchell, Honors
Tina Takoma Payne, High Honors
Jacklyn Renee Taylor Peragine, High Honors
Rebecca Morris Rector, High Honors
Monica Lynn Roberts, High Honors
LaValle Johnson Tipton, Honors
Shannon Ramsey Vilcinskas, Honors
Kasaundra Lewis Wallin, High Honors
Christie Waynette Wilson


ME168 – Morristown
Myra Jayne Amason
Kristie Ann Barsé, High Honors
Kristy Harrison Cantwell, Honors*
Christy LeAnn Collins, High Honors
Brooklyn Turnmire Cornett
Shirley Liford Greene, Honors*
Amy Darlene Harrell*

Dr. Freeman presents the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leaders Award for the Graduation and Professional Studies program to Dr. Geir Bergvin, associate professor of marketing and the director of the Center for Global Studies.

Rebecca Christine Hunley, High Honors*
Sheila James Huskey, Honors
Andrea Lee Kyker, Honors
Mindy Cheree Langford, Honors
Angie Smith Misenheimer, Honors
Patricia Myers Morgan, High Honors
Amanda Denise Smith*

Master of Arts in Education, Human Resource Development Concentration

MH018 – Knoxville
Tiffani Ann Armontroutt, Honors
Lindsay Marie Baessler, High Honors
Connie Buis Baker*
Pamela Sue Condon
Jack D. Dennis, High Honors
Rhonda Lynn Foster, High Honors
Kenneth Roy McClain, Honors*
Jeremy Thomas Reed, High Honors*

Master of Arts in Organizational Management

MM082- Knoxville
Melinda Ann Byrge
Commie Reed Byrum III
Derrick Edward Childs
Ann-Marie Pell Johnson
Ralph D. Johnson

Bachelor of Arts
Kent Ebuwa Aigbe
Danielle Nicole Armstrong, Summa Cum Laude**
Morgan Lee Baese
Courtney Savannah Bare, Cum Laude
Amber Marie Barnard, Cum Laude
Kyle Thomas Barnes
Stacy Lee Belletete, Cum Laude
Nicolette Connors Blackstone, Cum  Laude
Heather Carmela Blanton
Sawyer Lee Brady
Calvin Christopher Britt Jr.
Matthais C. Brown
Alesha Leann Buckner, Cum Laude
Christopher Matthew Burton
Nathan Ward Carver, Cum Laude
Rachel Elaine Clabo, Cum Laude
Blair Norman Cowley
Brianna Rebecca Cox
Kelly Diane Dixon, Magna Cum Laude**
Katrin Mattie Doane, Magna Cum Laude
Scott Andrew Duffy, Magna Cum Laude**
Whitney Claire Duncan, Magna Cum Laude
Matthew Coty Dykes
Savannah Elizabeth Ewing
Kayla Alice Ford
Marcus Reshawn Foster
William Michael Franklin
Jason Robert Gardner
Robert Craig Goodman
Ashley Nicole Greever
Dionte Jamerle Grey
Ernest Pittman Grimsley III
Jasmine Denise Gunn
Kirstie Lauren Gust, Magna Cum Laude**
Bess Rachel Gutenstein
Amanda Leigh Harvel
Justin Conley Harvey
Lelia Helen Heinbach
Kenneth Wayne Hill, Magna Cum Laude**
Kaitlin Anne Hillis
William Garrison Hogg
Michelle Leann Hoover, Magna Cum Laude**
Michael Scott Hopson
JohnDavid Howard, Magna Cum Laude**
Elizabeth Michelle Johnson, Cum Laude
Kristen Marie Keefer
Joshua Tyler Kibert
Hannah Paige Kirk, Cum Laude
Andrew Brendan Kiser, Cum Laude
Thomas Michael Klempin
Jennifer Ann Lawson
Jessica Nicole Lee, Cum Laude
Heather Nicole LeMay, Cum Laude
Yu Wen Lin, Magna Cum Laude**
Amanda Louise Love
Ulysses McAliley IV
Devan Louise McIntyre
Matthew L. McKeever
Emily Michelle Meade, Magna Cum Laude
Katie Kelley Milhollon, Cum Laude**
Kyle Clifton Mitchell
Jason Brian Muehling
Derek Edward Murrell, Summa Cum Laude**
Quyen Van Nguyen, Magna Cum Laude**
Patrick Walker Orr
Deangelo Quintez Paschal
Joseph Edward Paysinger
Matthew Adam Poff
Robert Frank Pollock
Orlando D. Price
Alyson Lauren Pugh
David Taylor Rakes, Magna Cum Laude**
Ashley Nicole Reynolds
Mara Nichole Rutherford
Haley Rose Rye, Cum Laude
Chad Allen Shelton
Lucas Charles Shipley, Cum Laude**
Charles A. Shrewsbury
Brittany Nicole Shults
Justin Nicholas Steigerwald
Jessimine Renee Strauss, Magna Cum Laude**
Katy Michelle Stuckwish, Magna Cum Laude**
Marcus Glen Taylor, Cum Laude
David McCall Terrell**
Bethany Sarah Trent, Cum Laude
Anton V. Tuz
Sarah Amanda Tweed
Donayle Henry Watson
Kayla Amber Watts, Magna Cum Laude**
Charles H. Whitfield
Roxie Marie Whitt, Magna Cum Laude**
Abigail Elizabeth Wolfenbarger, Cum  Laude**
Amanda Faith Yonce

BA057- Knoxville
Bernice Marie McClure, Cum Laude

BA061 – Knoxville
Whittney Rebecca Burris
Toni Lynn Davis-Schultzman, Cum Laude
Ashlie Jennifer Kunkel
Shannon Lea Nelson

BA062 – Morristown
Lindsey Denise Collins
Rebecca Leigh Gorenflo, Cum Laude*
Lisa Ann Herndon, Cum Laude*
Amanda Rose Holt, Cum Laude
William Bryan Hux
Crystal Renee Keck, Magna Cum Laude
Tara Lynne Kinsler
Sandra Jordan Voiles
Stephanie Buchanan West, Magna Cum Laude

BA063 – Morristown
Amy Michelle Anderson-Ilic, Cum Laude*
Tammy Elaine Dudley, Cum Laude
Jacqueline Mikala Fontes, Cum Laude*
Lisa Lynn Harrison, Magna Cum Laude*
Donna Lynn Heinz
Kerri Gwen Johnson, Cum Laude
Amy Cox Kirk, Cum Laude
Angela Kay Ott
Kristen Renee Snyder, Magna Cum Laude
Ashley June Spurgeon, Cum Laude*
Whitney Terran Clevenger Spurgeon
Kayla Noel Young

BA064 – Knoxville
Kacie Lynn Abbott, Cum Laude
Kylie Elizabeth Henegar, Cum Laude
Christina D. Lewis-Adams
Jennifer Marie Hensley Smith

BA065 – Knoxville
Amye-Susan Beatty
Lance Christopher DePew, Cum Laude
Wendy Kaye Ellis, Magna Cum Laude
Tabatha Gail Lester, Summa Cum Laude
Michelle Renee Robinson, Cum Laude

BA066 – Greeneville
Tina Marie Estep, Magna Cum Laude*
Mary Jane Foister, Cum Laude*
Reba Ann Leedy, Magna Cum  Laude*
Lenton Scott Parks, Cum Laude
Debbie Ann Powers, Summa Cum Laude*
Terri Ann Sharpe Rothe, Cum Laude*

Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management

BS560 – Knoxville
Mark Amos Taylor, Summa Cum Laude*

BS561 – Greeneville
Nicki Ruth Christian, Cum Laude*
Gary Keith Glover, Cum Laude*
Sonja Leanne Grooms
Jerry Ray Hux Jr., Cum Laude
Chad David Ricker
Brandi Jean Shelton, Cum Laude

BS562 – Knoxville
Amber Kay Collins, Magna Cum Laude*
Kevin Wade Dukes, Cum Laude
Larry Alvin Headrick
Steven Douglas Seagle, Magna CumLaude
Ronald Alfred Steimel, Cum Laude
Sandra Renee Williams

BS563 -  Gray
Laura Evans Brown
Sherie L. Rowe
Aretha Olivia Scott

BS564 – Morristown
Leah Nicole Dial
Janice Sue Fields
Stephanie Nicole Holbert
Will Curtis Sliger
Jennifer Nicole Wesson, Cum Laude

BS565 – Greeneville
Traci Miranda Ellenburg
Scott Duane Osborne, Cum Laude*
Tammatha Lynn Roper
James Roy Williams

Wesley Edward Baessler
Barbara S. Berquist
Amanda Hope Gossett
Markus Anthony Scott Graham
Jason Eric Jones, Cum Laude
Michael William Kuehl
Sammena Y. Blevins Mason
Richard Todd McAfee
Heather Nicole Moles
Sean Robert O’Donnell
Erin Wendy Ramsey
Lee Son Russell
Shannon D. Shultz
Randal Robert Smith
Keima Shanell Talley
Malika Dannielle Tate
David Allen Williams

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

BB001 – Knoxville
Myron Dana Clarke, Cum Laude
Melissa Kay Frazier, Cum Laude
Billie G. Freeman
Brian Alan Henegar
Jennifer Richardson Holden
Michael Warren Light
Amy Mae Livingston
Kimberly Lynn Murray
Lori Jane Smith
Roy Keith Sturgill, Cum Laude
Lorraine Elisabeth Ward
Aaron James Weaver
Clarence A. Wilmoth Jr.


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Achievements recognized during Honors Convocation

Achievements recognized during Honors Convocation

Posted on 02 May 2012 by

Anup Kaphle '07 tells students about how he came to Tusculum from his native Nepal and how persistence helped him achieve his career dreams.

Student excellence in academics and service were recognized during Tusculum College’s annual Honors Convocation Thursday, April 19.

The two top honors for students presented by the College are the President’s Award and the Bruce G. Batts Award. JohnDavid Howard, of Perry, Ga., was presented the President’s Award and Yu Wen Steven Lin of Hilton Head, S.C., was presented the Bruce G. Batts Award.

Students were also addressed by Anup Kaphle, a 2007 graduate of Tusculum. Kaphle, who now works at The Washington Post, told the students about his life coming from Nepal to study in the United States and follow his dream to become a journalist. He encouraged the students to be persistent and work diligently to meet their goals.

President’s Award

JohnDavid "J.D." Howard, pictured with Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody, was the President's Award recipient for 2012.

The President’s Award is presented to the graduating senior who has contributed the most to the College and who has been the most outstanding achiever in the combined areas of academic work, athletics, campus leadership and personality. The selection is made on the basis of the student’s total four-year record at Tusculum.

In presenting the award, Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody said that Howard “has made an impact on the Tusculum College community, giving his best whether he is in the classroom, on the athletic field or serving in campus organizations.”

Howard, who is an accounting and economics major, is a member of Tusculum College’s President’s Society and the Business Club, for which he serves as treasurer. He was named Student of the Block in February 2011 and has participated in the Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day and is a volunteer at Perry Presbyterian Church in Georgia.

He has excelled academically, earning the 2009 Tusculum Academic Freshman of the Year for highest grade point average. He has been named to the President’s List, the Dean’s List and the Charles Oliver Gray Honors List. He was named to the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll and was a Warren Lynn Drain Award recipient, an award that recognizes the graduating senior determined to be the most outstanding in business and economics.

Howard has been a member of the Tusculum College baseball team as a relief pitcher since 2010,where he has recorded 32 strike outs.

Batts Award

Steven Lin, at left, was the recipient of the Bruce G. Batts Award. He is presented the award by Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum.

Presented in memory of a beloved educator at Tusculum who helped define the college’s civic arts curricular focus, the Bruce G. Batts Award is presented to a student who clearly demonstrates the qualities that reflect the civic arts ideals.

This year’s recipient, Steven Lin, is a native of Taiwan and a biology major with a pre-medicine concentration and a minor in chemistry. He aspires to become an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and work with the international program, “Doctors Without Borders” to help others in need. He has been accepted into the dentistry program at the New York University College of Dentistry.

Lin has excelled in his academic performance, his musical talent on the guitar and his athletic accomplishments on the tennis court. He has been a member of the Dean’s List, the Charles Oliver Gray Honors List, the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. He has served as captain of the Tusculum Men’s Tennis Team and was named two times to the All-South Atlantic Conference team and three times has been named an ITA Scholar Athlete. He was also named South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week in 2010.

He is an Emergency Medical Technician for the Greeneville-Greene County Rescue Squad and has served as a volunteer at the Greeneville Boys & Girls Club. He has worked at the Greeneville Soup Kitchen and participated in Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day. He is also an ALS Community Service project volunteer, working to assist the organization to raise money for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) research.

Student-Chosen Awards

Dr. Bill Garris, assistant professor of psychology, was presented the Outstanding Service to Students Award by Dr. Thomas J. Garland.

Also presented were faculty and staff awards whose recipients were selected by student vote. Receiving the Outstanding Service to Students Award, a faculty honor, was Dr. Bill Garris, assistant professor of psychology.

In presenting the award, Dr. Thomas J. Garland, representing the Greene County Partnership, said that Dr. Garris quickly became an active member of the Tusculum community after joining the college in 2008. As director of the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan, Dr. Garris has become a familiar face in promoting the college’s plan to improve students’ problem-solving skills through the use of reflective judgment.

“However, he has not let his additional duties deter him from being a favorite with students on campus,” Garland said. “He always has a welcoming smile for a questioning student and has the distinctive trait of remaining calm even in the face of whatever crisis of the day may be coming.”

Dr. Brandon Conner, left, and Mary Kay Munson were presented Staff Awards by Isiah Lyman, president of the Student Government Assocation.

The Staff Award was presented to Dr. Brandon Conner and Mary Kay Munson. In presenting the award to Conner, Student Government Association (SGA) President Isiah Lyman said that Conner’s “commitment to the students of Tusculum College and his unflagging efforts to help them succeed here has made an impact on many students’ lives.” Conner, who recently earned his doctorate in evangelism and church growth, is the coordinator of entering transfer and freshman services.

In presenting the award to Munson, Lyman said that she “is never too busy to help a student and makes extra efforts to get them on the right track and to find ways to make them successful.” Munson serves as certification officer for the School of Education.

Academic Honors

Jennifer Grant was presented the Alpha Chi Excellence Award by Dr. Troy Goodale, faculty sponsor of Tusculum's chapter of the national honor society.

Senior Honor Key Awards were presented to students who have earned a 3.25 grade point average or higher in their major, shown achievement and aptitude in the major, and possess strong character. The following are the award recipients and their degree programs:

Art and Design – Nathan Carver of Crossville, Tenn.;

Accounting – Kirstie Gust of Rutledge, Tenn.;

Athletic Training – Mara Rutherford of Morristown, Tenn.;

Biology – Derek Murrell of Bulls Gap, Tenn.;

Business Administration with a concentration in economics and international business –Taylor Rakes of Norcross, Ga.;

Digital Media – Christopher Burton of Lafollette, Tenn.;

English with a concentration of creative writing – Danielle Armstrong of Blountville, Tenn.;

Wayne Thomas, center, associate professor of English, presented the Curtis and Billie Owens Literary Prizes to Justin Reed, left, and Danielle Armstrong. Drew Baker also received an honorable mention in the annual competition.

English with a concentration of journalism and professional writing – Marcus Taylor of Kodak, Tenn.;

English with a concentration of literature – Michelle Hoover of Smyrna, Tenn.;

Environmental Science – Morgan Baese of Chattanooga, Tenn.;

History – Scott Duffy of Afton, Tenn.;

Human Growth and Learning, Early Childhood PreK-3 – Kimberly Carter of Greeneville, Tenn.;

Human Growth and Learning, Elementary Education K-6 – Whitney Duncan of Greeneville, Tenn.;

Mathematics Education, 7-12 – Kaitlyn Morgan of Hartford, Tenn.;

Reba Leedy was presented the Outstanding Education Student Award by Dr. Polly Johnson, assistant professor of education.

Museum Studies – Erika Witt of Roanoke, Va.;

Physical Education – Angie Michaud of Surgoinsville, Tenn.;

Psychology – Jessimine Strauss of Walterboro, S.C.;

Special Education, Modified and Comprehensive – Heather LeMay of Naperville, Ill.;

Sport Management – Justin Steigerwald of Cincinnati, Ohio, and

Sports Science – Chad Shelton of Greeneville, Tenn.

Recognized as Honor Students for having the highest grade point average of their class were:

seniors – Jennifer Grant of Franklin, Tenn., and Derek Murrell of Bulls Gap;

juniors – Ashley N. Sarmiento of Dayton, Ohio; Alex Wiedemann of Rogersville, Tenn., and Luis Zamora of Santiago, Chile, and

Amanda Holt receives the Jean Hixon Memorial Award for the northeast region from Anne Hall, Hixon's sister.

sophomores –Ryan J. Byars of Sevierville, Sarah Clabo of Sevierville, Tenn., and Andrian Fernandopulle of Kochchikade, Sri Lanka, and

freshmen – Nicole Arthur of Brights Grove, Ontario; David Cooper of Greeneville, Tenn., Brian Fisher of Tucker, Ga.; Martin Jorgensen of Beder, Denmark; Staci Knipp of Greeneville, Tenn.; John Landers of Lithonia, Ga.; Haylee Ramsey of Bybee, Tenn.; Danielle Threet of Springfield, Tenn.; and Lukas Winkelmann of Boeblingen, Germany.

Senior members of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society were also recognized. Upperclassmen ranked in the top 10 percent academically of their classmates are invited to join the honor society. Recognized were:

Danielle Armstrong of Blountville, Tenn.;

Kelly Dixon of Chuckey, Tenn.;

Melissa Frazier receives the Jean Hixon Memorial Award for the southeast region from Anne Hall as her husband, James, looks on. The award is named for a long-time College staff member.

Scott Duffy of Afton, Tenn.;

Kirstie Gust of Rutledge, Tenn.;

Kenneth Hill of White Pine, Tenn.;

Michelle Hoover of Smyrna, Tenn.;

JohnDavid Howard of Perry, Ga.;

Katie Kelley of Tellico Plains, Tenn;

Steven Lin of Hilton Head, S.C.;

Derek Murrell of Bulls Gap, Tenn.;

Quyen Nguyen of Greenbrier, Tenn.;

Erica Pomona of Pauline, S.C.;

Taylor Rakes of Norcross, Ga.;

Lucas Shipley of Greeneville, Tenn.;

Jacob Norris receives the Doug Ratledge Environmental Science Scholarship from Dan Barnett, associate professor of chemistry.

Jessimine Strauss of Walterboro, S.C.;

Katy Stuckwish of Friendsville, Tenn.;

David Terrell of Saltillo, Tenn.;

Kayla Watts of Greeneville, Tenn.;

Roxie Whitt of Mooresburg, Tenn.;

Priscilla Wampler of Greeneville, Tenn., and

Abigail Wolfenbarger of New Market, Tenn.

The Alpha Chi Academic Excellence Award, which honors the highest academically ranked member of the junior class, was presented to Jennifer Grant of Franklin, Tenn.

The Psi Chi psychology honor society was established this year at Tusculum College. Students must be a psychology major or minor and be in the top 35 percent of their respective class. In announcing the students, Dr. Bill Garris said that many of the students not only excel in the classroom but have conducted research and presented their findings at conferences. Students recognized included:

Patrick Orr, left, and Jabari Bunch received the Theatre Award from Marilyn duBrisk, director of Arts Outreach.

Robert Arrowood of Unicoi, Tenn.;

Kate Barford of Alpharetta, Ga.;

Joy Beeler of New Tazewell, Tenn.;

Ashley Fritz of Duffield, Va.;

Megan Gililland of Knoxville, Tenn.;

Jennifer Grant of Franklin, Tenn.;

Paige Hudson of Hixson, Tenn.;

Kayla Jones of Jonesborough, Tenn.;

Theodore Oing of Hixson, Tenn.;

April Poitras of Chuckey, Tenn.;

Alyson Pugh of Harrisburg, Pa.;

Joshua Davis receives the David Behan Award for his contributions to the Theatre-at-Tusculum from duBrisk.

Laura Rees of Kingsport, Tenn., and

Jessimine Strauss of Walterboro, S.C.

Students who were chosen for the Curtis and Billie Owens Literary Prizes were honored. Students submit original, creative works in the annual writing competition. The winners were: poetry and scriptwriting – Justin Reed of Florence, S.C.; and creative non-fiction – Danielle Armstrong of Blountville, Tenn. Andrew Baker of Athens, Tenn., received an honorable mention in the creative non-fiction category.

The Dr. Shirley Beck Award, given to an outstanding Master of Arts in Education major, was presented to Michael Yarnell of Talbott, Tenn.

The Outstanding Education Student Award was presented to Reba Leedy of Jonesborough, Tenn.

Amanda Holt of Bybee, Tenn., and Melissa Frazier of Knoxville, Tenn., were presented the Jean Hixon Memorial Award, named in honor of a long-time member of the Graduate and Professional Studies staff. Hixon’s sister Anne Hall and her husband, James Hall, presented the award. The award is presented to students who have demonstrated academic achievement with a grade point average of 3.50 or better and dedicated community service.

Andy Goellner received two top awards from the Physical Education Department, which were presented by Dr. David Bow, professor of physical education.

The E.H. Sargent Award in Science was presented to Steven Lin of Hilton Head, S.C. In choosing the recipient, science faculty members consider overall grade point average, total hours in science and variety of areas covered in the sciences.

Jacob Norris of Maynardville, Tenn., was the recipient of the Doug Ratledge Environmental Science Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student majoring in environmental science or the field guide naturalist program.

The Warren Lynn Drain Award was presented to JohnDavid Howard of Perry, Ga. A graduating senior determined most outstanding in Business and Economics is presented the award and GPA and achievement are the criteria for the choice of recipient.

Erica Pomona receives the Pinnacle Award from Tom Stueber, assistant professor of athletic training.

The Theatre Award was given to Jabari Bunch of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Patrick Orr of Nashville, Tenn., for their participation and dedication to the theater program at Tusculum College. Bunch and Orr have spent numerous hours building sets and working backstage for Theatre-at-Tusculum programs.

Joshua Davis of Sharp’s Chapel was the recipient of the David Behan Award for his contributions to the theater program. Davis had leading roles in the Theatre-at-Tusculum productions of “Beauty and the Beast,” “The King and I” and most recently, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” He also served as assistant music director for the production of “Carnival!”

The Tennessee Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Outstanding Major Award and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education Award were both presented to Andrew Goellner of Denver, Co.

The Pinnacle Award for highest scores on annual comprehensive examinations taken by athletic training education majors was presented to Erica Pomona of Pauline, S.C.

Service Awards

Kirstie Gust receives the Service Learning Award from Rachel Edens, program coordinator for the Center for Civic Advancement.

The Service-Learning Award was presented to Kirstie Gust of Rutledge, Tenn. Gust founded the Pioneer Green Team to address a need for recycling and environmental awareness that she saw in the campus community. She worked diligently as its president for the first three years to make the program sustainable. Under her leadership, the organization had recycling bins placed in the residence halls and other high-traffic buildings on campus, raised awareness about environmental issues through such activities as Earth Day events and started a successful community flower garden for the campus.

Gust has also served as president of the Tusculum College Business Club and president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. As a senior, she has served as community outreach project leader for the Bonner Leader program, a service leader program for students. Gust is also a member of the Student Alumni Association and the Point, a weekly campus worship service.

Calysha Smith receives the Bonner Leader Award from Amanda Waddell, the staff sponsor of the student organization.

The Bonner Leaders Program award was presented to Calysha Smith of Nashville, Tenn. Smith has been an active leader in the Bonner Leaders program, coordinating such events as the Oxfam Hunger Banquet and a fashion show to benefit the Greene County Habitat for Humanity chapter. In presenting the award, Amanda Waddell, director of career advancement and sponsor of the Bonner student organization, commended Smith for her individuality, creativity and commitment and desire to serve others.


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