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A word of thanks as the fiscal year comes to a close

A word of thanks as the fiscal year comes to a close

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Keep up with your fellow alumni

Keep up with your fellow alumni

Posted on 28 June 2012 by






Paul Cordova ’50 of Morehead City, NC,  did not seek re-election to the Morehead City Town Council last fall. He served as a councilman for 36 years. “I really enjoyed the honor,” he writes. “Both of us (wife, Edna Griess Cordova ’49) are still kicking.”


Helen Browning Phillips ’52 and her husband, Bob, of Rocklin, CA, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 16. Their son, Ken Quillen of Nashville, TN, flew out for the occasion.



Scott M. Niswonger ’87 H’06 of Greeneville, TN, was honored recently with the George L. Carter Award by the East Tennessee State University Alumni Association. The award is the highest honor bestowed upon graduates or friends of ETSU who have made the university a more dynamic and viable force in the world of higher education. A successful businessman and noted philanthropist who has significantly impacted Tusculum College, his Alma Mater, as one of its Benefactors and is a well-respected member of the Board of Trustees, Niswonger has also strived to improve the lives of those in the Northeast Tennessee region. At ETSU, he is an honorary alumnus and a member of the ETSU Foundation. The Digital Media Center in the College of Business and Technology bears his name. His Niswonger Foundation provides opportunities for individual and regional growth through educational programs, scholarships and other charitable activities. He is the lead benefactor for the Niswonger Children’s Hospital at the Johnson City Medical Center.


Wayne Chandler ’88 of Mt. Juliet, TN, has been elected to the board of the Student Youth Travel Association and will serve as an executive committee member.


Carolyn S. Gregg ’88 of Greeneville, TN, has compiled a book, “St. James Lutheran Church Celebrates 200 Years–1811-2011.” She wrote and directed a play for the church’s 200th Anniversary in September of 2011.  She also compiled a book, “The History of Asbury Methodist Church From 1873 to 2012″ and wrote and directed a play “Remembering Asbury” for the church’s 100th Anniversary celebration of the church building in April of 2012. She was a teacher in the Greeneville City Schools for 31 years and taught at Tusculum College for 21 years.



Roger W. Long ’90 of Birmingham, AL, will be among a group of about 20 climbers who will scale Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa, this August. The group is the Team Fox Kilimanjaro Expedition, organized on behalf of The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Roger has Parkinson’s Disease and in 2007, the progression of the disease forced him to retire from Honda Manufacturing of Alabama. In 2010, he came to a fork in the road in his life and decided to undertake a regimen of exercise, diet and mental discipline. At the beginning, he was an invalid who was barely able to walk with a cane. He has now lost more than 90 pounds, takes no medications regularly, no longer suffers from diabetes, no longer suffers from sleep apnea, no longer suffers from acid reflux, has brought his cholesterol level down to a normal range and has come to a state of near remission of Parkinson’s Disease without the need of the multiple medications he was taking previously. Roger and his wife, Christy, have two sons who are Marines. Roger’s trip may be followed on his blog at


Tom Massolio ’92 of Punta Gorda, FL, won his 300th game this season as head basketball coach at Charlotte High School. He is currently fourth among active coaches in his region and sixth all-time for wins.


Angela Sherlin ’98 of Cleveland, TN, has joined Andrew Johnson Bank as vice president and lending officer at the Cleveland office. Sherlin previously served as mortgage loan sales manager in Chattanooga. She is also a past board member of the Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, a nonprofit housing organization with a mission to provide all Chattanoogans the opportunity to live in decent, fit and affordable housing, and, in the process, eliminate substandard housing in Chattanooga.



Robert “Redhawk” Eldridge ’01 ’03 is the director of the Standing Stone American Indian Cultural Center soon to be located in Monterey, TN, where he now lives. The center will focus on the history of the area between the years of 1540 and 1838 to educate the public about the life and ways of the first inhabitants of the region. Eldridge is an enrolled member of the High Plains Indians, Inc., for the Sappony Indians in Virginia. He is also a Native American storyteller, entertaining audiences at powwows, concerts and festivals for more than 20 years. Prior to his new position, Robert spent nearly 30 years in the publishing field with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Knoxville News Sentinel.


Jonathan Feathers ’01 of Fisherville, VA, graduated with a doctor of ministry degree with an emphasis in workplace leadership and business ethics from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in May. He and his wife, Melanie, also celebrated the first birthday of their daughter, Dorothy, in May.


Andrew J. Merriman ’02 has been named the assistant administrator for Aiken
County in South Carolina and will start his new position soon, according to the Aiken Standard newspaper. He has been serving as city manager for Bluefield, WV. Merriman was chosen from a large field of applicants, many who worked as city or county managers or their assistant. His government experience also includes a three-year stint as assistant town manager and planning director for Fort Mill, SC. In his new position, he will oversee such offices as emergency services, planning and development and tax assessor.





Virginia Hubbs Kinlaw ’41 of Knoxville passed away on Friday, March 25, 2011. She is remembered as a wonderful mother and grandmother.


Frances Sizemore Neas ’41 of Advance, NC, passed away June 1, 2012. Mrs. Neas was a retired teacher.



Frank Edmund Livingston ’51 of Lancaster, PA, passed away February 25, 2012. Due to the draft, he finished college in three-and-a-half years and then spent two years in the U.S. Army at Camp Detrick in Maryland as a statistician. Upon leaving the military, Mr. Livingston worked at the Elastomer Division of DuPont for two years and then had the opportunity to join Isocyanate Products, Inc. He worked there for 43 years in many positions – chemist, technical director and research and development, and held three patents. In 1984, when the company was purchased by PMC, Mr. Livingston became president for U.S. and Canada. In 1995, he retired but remained a consultant for five years at the company’s request. Mr. Livingston enjoyed fishing, Sudoku, traveling, golf and spending time with his family. He was an avid bridge player and a prolific reader.


The Rev. E.H. Denman Jr. ’52 of Smithville, TN, passed away in June 2011. The Rev. Denman had been the minister of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Smithville.



Fred Aug ’60 of Pompton Lakes, NJ, passed away May 25, 2011. Mr. Aug was a veteran, serving in the Air Force and Army during the Korean War. He also played minor league baseball with the Chicago Cubs organization. Mr. Aug was a teacher and head basketball coach for more than 30 years. He was a longtime advocate for the teaching profession, serving in a variety of leadership positions with the New Jersey Education Association as both an active and retired teacher.



Janet L. Zirkle ’86 of Grayson, GA, formerly of New Market, TN, passed away August 20, 2009. Ms. Zirkle was associate director of payroll services for the Gwinnett County Board of Education.

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Dr. Paul E. Stanton Jr. named new Tusculum College Trustee

Dr. Paul E. Stanton Jr. named new Tusculum College Trustee

Posted on 19 June 2012 by

Tusculum College has announced that Dr. Paul E. Stanton Jr. is the newest member of its Board of Trustees.

“We were very pleased when Dr. Stanton accepted our invitation to join the Board of Trustees,” said Chair of the Board Kenneth A. Bowman, who is a 1970 graduate of the college. “Dr. Stanton has had a long-term impact on higher education throughout his decorated career and has much insight and experience to add to the excellent diversity of members we currently have serving on the Board.”

The well-known educator, physician and administrator and former president of East Tennessee State University was approved by the Board of Trustees for membership in May.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Paul Stanton in the past and have followed the tremendous work that he did first as Dean of the Quillen College of Medicine and then as President of ETSU,” said Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody. “I have great respect for Dr. Stanton and welcome the opportunity to work with him again.  Tusculum College will benefit greatly from his knowledge, work within the local and broader community, his sphere of influence and impact.”

Dr. Paul Stanton

Stanton is a 1965 graduate of Emory University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry. He was also awarded the M.D. degree through the Medical College of Georgia in 1969, completed an internship in rotating surgery through the Tampa General Hospital, from which he was selected from twenty-three interns to receive the Upjohn Intern of the year award, and completed his surgical residency at the Georgia Baptist Medical Center.

He also participated in a one-year fellowship in vascular surgery at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago, after which he received board certification in general surgery and special certification in vascular surgery.

“I consider it a true honor and am humbled by the opportunity to serve on the Tusculum College Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Stanton. “To be able to serve on the Board of the oldest college in Tennessee and one of the most venerated and oldest colleges in the country that excels in the liberal arts and the production of some of the greatest All-American citizens is something I will never forget.  I will look forward to being a part of the next generations of this success story.”

Stanton directed the Surgical Residency Education Program at Georgia Baptist Medical Center, while serving as an active attending physician and director of the Blood Flow Lab.  He also held the positions of clinical professor of surgery, chief of surgery at Georgia Baptist Medical Center, assistant director of the Medical Education Department, co-director of the Georgia Baptist Medical Center/Medical College of Georgia Vascular Fellowship and adjunct professor of medicine at Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy.

In 1985, Stanton was named the director of the Division of Peripheral Vascular Surgery for the Veterans Administration Medical Center and ETSU’s College of Medicine and was an associate professor of surgery. He was named as a professor and chair of the Department of Surgery in the College of Medicine and later named dean of the College of Medicine.

In 1996, the Tennessee Board of Regents selected Stanton to be the new President of ETSU, a position he held until his retirement in January.

Stanton has published more than 80 articles in medical publications, delivered more 100 scientific presentations, attracted millions of dollars in grant money for ETSU and served as an associate editor of Vascular Surgery.

Under Dr. Stanton’s leadership, ETSU experienced an all-time high in enrollment of more than 15,600 students, received well over $200 million in private giving and established numerous programs and buildings such as the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, the General Shale Natural History museum and many other scholarship and endowment programs that benefit students, research and the region. Additionally, the university is currently bringing in approximately $50 million per year in research and sponsored program activity.

Stanton was appointed into the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) in 1997 and served as vice chairman of the SREB from 2002-2005. He co-chaired the Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia Economic Summit in 1998.

Stanton has been named one of the most powerful people in the Volunteer State by Business Tennessee magazine. In January 2002, Stanton-Gerber Hall at ETSU was dedicated in his honor at the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the Medical College of Georgia awarded him the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2004 for his professional achievements. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Administration degree from Milligan College in 2005 and has been inducted into the Johnson City-Jonesborough-Washington County Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame.

Dr. Stanton is a member of the Board of Directors for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Tennessee.


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Students recognized on academic honor lists for fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters

Students recognized on academic honor lists for fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters

Posted on 15 June 2012 by

Tusculum College students are recognized for their academic achievement through three academic honors lists.

The Dean’s List includes full-time students who have earned a 3.5 grade point average or higher during a semester.

The President’s List includes those students who have earned a 4.0 grade point average during the semester. These students are also included on the Dean’s List.

The Charles Oliver Gray Scholars List recognizes students who have been named to the Dean’s List for two or more consecutive semesters.

Below are the listings for the fall 2011 Dean’s List and the spring 2012 Dean’s List. Students named to the President’s List are denoted with an *. Those who are listed on the Charles Oliver Gray Scholars List are noted with a +.


Fall 2011

James Lee Abbott

Christopher David Armstrong+

Danielle Nicole Armstrong*+

Robert Britton Arrowood*

Nicole C. Arthur*

Morgan Lee Baese+

Ashley Brooke Bagley*+

Angela Ball

Courtney Savannah Bare+

Kate Ann Barford*

Amber Marie Barnard+

Destinee LeAnn Bates

Joy Elizabeth Beeler*+

Annisha LaShae Bell

Stacy Lee Belletete+

Nicolette Connors Blackstone+

Taylor R. Boone

Joseph Wade Borden

Katelyn Marie Brennan

Lindsay Nicole Bridges

Tyler Lane Bright*

Calvin Christopher Britt, Jr.

Jessica Lee Britton*+

Courtney Elizabeth Broderick+

Adam Anthony Brown+

Kim Caroline Brown+

Alesha Leann Buckner

Jade Rochelle Bussell

Ryan James Byars*

Brooke Nicole Calhoun

Katie Elisabeth Capel

Alyssa Blair Carrino

Emily Beth Carroll

Kimberly Christine Carter*+

Nathan Ward Carver+

Sarah Anne Chait

Rachel Elaine Clabo+

Sarah M. Clabo*

Courtney Nico Clark

Beth Anne Collins*+

Heath C. Comerford

Courtney Alyse Conley+

David W. Cooper*

Jillian Kris Corum+

Tearinye A. Covson

Brianna Rebecca Cox

James Wilson Cox*

Alec Cunningham

Derrian Danielle DeBusk

Brett Alexander DePalma

Caitlyn Elizabeth Dean

Dylan Ray Dhaene

Kelly Diane Dixon*+

Katrin Mattie Doane*+

Danielle Renee Doolittle*+

Ashleigh Rose Dorrbecker

Laurence Perry DuCheny

Scott Andrew Duffy

Whitney Claire Duncan*+

Kendra Deanna Dunn*+

Joseph Lee Durham

Matthew Coty Dykes+

Hank Lawton Elliott

Joseph Elphingstone

Emma L. Fain*

Lee Ann Farrell

Natalie Jean Gaudreau

Heather Denise Genereux

Megan Niquole Gililland

Andrew Craig Goellner+

Logan Dean Goodin+

Jennifer Lynn Grant*+

Ashley Danielle Gregg

Kaitlin Marie Gross

Kirstie Lauren Gust+

Bess Rachel Gutenstein

Kimsie Nicole Hall+

Addie M. Hancock

Lindsay Denise Harbin

Ashton Marie Hardeman+

Allison Marie Harris+

Shaquita Renee Harris

Christian Jay Harrison*

Cheyenne Nicole Hartman

Amanda Leigh Harvel+

Megan Hasse*

Ariel Gail Hawkins

Lelia Helen Heinbach+

Sara Elizabeth Hendry

Matthew Ryan Henriksen

James Owen Hensley

Emee A. Herbert

Kenneth Wayne Hill*+

Kaitlin Anne Hillis

Celeste Marie Hixson*

Emily Ann Hobbs*

Megan Victoria Holt

Jacenta Chyeata Holtsclaw

Heather Honeycutt*

Michelle Leann Hoover*+

JohnDavid Howard*+

Sara Chesnee Howard

Emily Paige Hudson+

Katherine G. Hutchinson

Heather Danyel Ipock

George F. Jackson

Clayton Scott Jarrell+

Billie Jean Jennings*+

Elizabeth Melissa Marie Johnson

Elizabeth Michelle Johnson*

Crystal Ann Jones

Kayla Desiree Jones+

Martin Dan Jorgensen*

Devon Aliva Justice

Kourtney Marie Kavic*

Kristen Marie Keefer

Pamela Rae’ Keen

Morgan Nicole Keene

Laura Jessica Kemper+

William Mitchel Kemper+

Jasen Wayne Keplinger

Staci Nicole Knipp*

Adam Kulbat

Lily Lam

John Landers*

Kristen N. Lane*

Brooke Lauritzen

Heather Nicole LeMay+

Jessica Nicole Lee

Brittany Leeann Leopper*+

Yu Wen Steven Lin+

Isiah Maurice Lyman

Samantha Nicole Lyons

Taylor Leigh MacDonald*+

Don Dewey Maples

Joel Martinsson

Steven Paul Matthews

Clare E. McBeth

Billi L. McKenzie

Grace Ann McKinney*

Emily Michelle Meade+

Desiree Nicole Meadows*

Angie Marie Michaud+

Jessica Nicole Miller*+

Colleen Elizabeth Moloney

Amy Leigh Morford

Kaitlyn Dian Morgan*+

Jason Brian Muehling

Fredrik Muren

Derek Edward Murrell*+

McKayla Grace Myers

Jonathan Michael Nash*

Amy Michelle Neltner

Quyen Van Nguyen+

Dakota Lee Norton

Hilary Grace Ann Nowatzki*

Daniel Thomas O’Conner

Cierra R. Ockstadt

Theodore C. Oing

Matthew Alan Olson

Jordan Lynn Ottinger*

Kayla Renee Overholt-Giles+

Grant Graves Parker

Bonnie Joy Parks

Kjetil Steinsvik Paulsen

Bree Anne Payne

April Poitras

Bailee Lynn Price

Kate Lynn Prisco

Alyson Lauren Pugh

David Taylor Rakes+

Noelle Elise Rankin

Alyssa Nichole Raterman

Leif B. Ratliff

Jordan Tucker Reams*+

Justin Phillip Reed

Nathan Andrew Reid

Linda Joy Reyna

Haley Lynn Rhoad

Leneice L. Rice

Crystal Darlene Roark*+

Jeffrey Daniel Roberts*

Jennifer P. Rossiter

Jamie L. Rossman*

Gareth Ashley Rowlands*

Haley Rose Rye*

Sandra Dawn Salmons+

Casey Leigh Sams+

Ashley Nicole Sarmiento

Norman Cody Sauceman

Mariah Alexis Serrano

Brittan Davis Shaw

Lucas Charles Shipley+

Emily Grace Shipsey

Jalen-Ryan McKinley Shuffler

Jessyca Regina Simerly

Christopher John Smith

Hannah Camille Smith*

Jessica Marie Smith

Stephanie Lynn Smith

Benjamin Samuel Sneyd*

Kekona Luke Soon

Daniel Jeffers Stokes

Jessimine Renee Strauss*+

Katy Michelle Stuckwish

Benjamin David Talley+

Lauren Elizabeth Taylor

Marcus Glen Taylor

Tanya Nicole Taylor+

Alexandria Danielle Threet*

Bethany Sarah Trent+

Robert Kevin Troutman*+

Stacy Lynn Tullock

Lindsey Infante Umberger+

Samantha Renee Underwood*+

Nicole Scarlett Storm Vance+

Sarah May-Lynn Waddell

Alexandria Robin-Jean Walker

Priscilla Marie Wampler+

Rebecca Ann Ward

Erin Elizabeth Watts

Kayla Amber Watts*+

Christopher Glenn Weems

Aaron Thomas Wells

Zechariah Aaron Wesley+

Angel E. West

Charles H. Whitfield

Roxie Marie Whitt+

Alexander Keith Wiedemann*+

Ona Elisha Lynn Wilder

Amber Marie Williams

Marissa J. Williams

Pamela Marlene Williams+

Dawn Marie Winchester*

Destini Shea Wingerter*

Suzanne L. Wirt

Erika Nicole Witt

Melanie Amber Wolfe

Abigail Elizabeth Wolfenbarger+

Jessica Leann Woody+

Erica Denise Worrell

Elizabeth Ann Kathryn Wright

Amanda Faith Yonce

Dakota Lee Younce

Luis Christopher Zamora*+



Spring 2012 Dean’s List

James Lee Abbott+

Kent Ebuwa Aigbe

Ashley Marie Andrukonis

Christopher David Armstrong+

Danielle Nicole Armstrong+

Robert Britton Arrowood+*

Nicole C. Arthur+

Morgan Lee Baese+

Ashley Brooke Bagley+

Andrew Ruel Baker

Courtney Savannah Bare+*

Kate Ann Barford+*

Ryan Matthew Barker

Amber Marie Barnard+

Joy Elizabeth Beeler+

Stacy Lee Belletete+

Jacqueline Shealy Bigach

Andre Carl Bissmark

Thomas James Bitner

Nicolette Connors Blackstone+

Katelyn Marie Brennan+

Lindsay Nicole Bridges+*

Tyler Lane Bright+*

Calvin Christopher Britt, Jr.+

Jessica Lee Britton+*

Chancery David Brosan

Adam Anthony Brown+

Kim Caroline Brown+*

Matthais C. Brown

Antonio Jesus Bujana

Blakeley E. Burleson

Christopher Matthew Burton

Jade Rochelle Bussell+

Ryan James Byars+*

Cory Alexander Callahan

Shanice Hyacinth Campbell

Katie Elisabeth Capel+

Alyssa Blair Carrino+

Emily Beth Carroll+

Kimberly Christine Carter+

Nathan Ward Carver+

Rachel Elaine Clabo+

Sarah M. Clabo+*

Cody Ryan Coffman

Beth Anne Collins+

Regina Dawn Collins

David W. Cooper+*

Vinton Kaddeem Copeland

Bo Andrew Cordell

Blair Norman Cowley

Brianna Rebecca Cox+

James Wilson Cox+

Alec  Cunningham+

Mia Karina Damico

Candy Guadalupe De La Fuente

Derrian Danielle DeBusk+

Caitlyn Elizabeth Dean+

Dylan Ray Dhaene+

Kelly Diane Dixon+

Katrin Mattie Doane+*

Danielle Renee Doolittle+*

Ashleigh Rose Dorrbecker+*

Scott Andrew Duffy+

Whitney Claire Duncan+*

Kendra Deanna Dunn+*

Amber  Dykes

Matthew Coty Dykes+

Hank Lawton Elliott+

Joseph  Elphingstone+*

Andrian Rehan Fernandopulle

Thomas Codie Fleming*

Natalie Jean Gaudreau+

Heather Denise Genereux+

Andrew Craig Goellner+

Jennifer Lynn Grant+*

Ashley Danielle Gregg+

Kaitlin Marie Gross+

Jasmine Denise Gunn

Kirstie Lauren Gust+

Bess Rachel Gutenstein+

Kimsie Nicole Hall+

Addie M. Hancock+

Lindsay Denise Harbin+

Ashton Marie Hardeman+

Allison Marie Harris+

Shaquita Renee Harris+

Tamara Denee Harris

Cheyenne Nicole Hartman+

Megan  Hasse+

Ariel Gail Hawkins+*

Jasmine Sade Hearst

Lelia Helen Heinbach+

Eric Lee Henderson

James Owen Hensley+

Staci Marie Hicks

Tony Ryan Hight

Kenneth Wayne Hill+

Kaitlin Anne Hillis+

Carol Elaine Hogan

Patrick T. Holleran

Jacenta Chyeata Holtsclaw+

Heather  Honeycutt+

Michelle Leann Hoover+*

JohnDavid  Howard+*

Emily Paige Hudson+

Katherine Grace Hutchinson+

George F. Jackson+

Clayton Scott Jarrell+

Billie Jean Jennings+*

Elizabeth Michelle Johnson+*

Alisha Janette Jones

Kayla Desiree Jones+

Freddie Lee Jones, Jr.

Martin Dan  Jorgensen+*

Kourtney Marie Kavic+*

Pamela Rae’ Keen+

Ginger Nicole Kelley

Katie Lee Kelley

William Mitchel Kemper+

Jasen Wayne Keplinger+

Joshua Tyler Kibert

Hannah Paige Kirk

Ashlleigh Nicole Knight

Miranda Leanna Knight

Staci Nicole Knipp+

Adam  Kulbat+

John  Landers+

Kristen N. Lane+

Cara Danielle Lankford

Brooke  Lauritzen+

Jennifer Ann Lawson

Heather Nicole LeMay+*

Jessica Nicole Lee+*

Yu Wen Steven Lin+

Isiah Maurice Lyman+

Don Dewey Maples+

Ashley Marie Marinelli

Whitney Brianna Marshall

Joel  Martinsson+

Melissa Raye Mauceri

Jennifer Dawn Mayo

Clare E. McBeth+

Devan Louise McIntyre

Billi L. McKenzie+

Grace Ann McKinney+

Emily Michelle Meade+

Angie Marie Michaud+

Colleen Elizabeth Moloney+

Kaitlyn Dian Morgan+*

Alishia Sharmaine Mosley

Selena Renee Mounger

Jason Brian Muehling+*

Derek Edward Murrell+*

McKayla Grace Myers+

Jonathan Michael Nash+

Carson LeighAnn Necessary

Dakota Lee Norton+

Hilary Grace Ann Nowatzki+

Daniel Thomas O’Conner+*

Cierra R. Ockstadt+

Theodore C. Oing+

Matthew Alan Olson+*

Jordan Lynn Ottinger+

Taylor Hart Patterson

Kjetil Steinsvik Paulsen+

Bree Anne Payne+

Joseph Edward Paysinger*

Taira Nichole Peters

April  Poitras+

Erica Kristin Pomana*

Orlando D. Price

Kate Lynn Prisco+

David Taylor Rakes+

Alyssa Nichole Raterman+

Leif B. Ratliff+

Justin Phillip Reed+

Laura Breen Rees

Haley Lynn Rhoad+

Jeffrey Daniel Roberts+

Nicholas Bryan Rodriguez

Jennifer P. Rossiter+

Jamie L. Rossman+

Mara Nichole Rutherford

Haley Rose Rye+*

Sandra Dawn Salmons+

Ashley Nicole Sarmiento+

Tynan L. Shadle

Brittan Davis Shaw+

Chad Allen Shelton

Emily Grace Shipsey+

William James Sivyer

Torrey Garth Slaven

Christopher John Smith+

Jessica Marie Smith+

Terrence Juan Smith

Benjamin Samuel Sneyd+*

Kekona Luke Soon+

Benjamin P. Spillner

Daniel Jeffers Stokes+

Jessimine Renee Strauss+*

Katy Michelle Stuckwish+

Benjamin David Talley+

Meagan Elizabeth Talley

Lauren Elizabeth Taylor+

Megan Nicole Thornburg

Alexandria Danielle Threet+*

Bethany Sarah Trent+*

Stacy Lynn Tullock+

Sarah Amanda Tweed*

Lindsey Infante Umberger+

Samantha Renee Underwood+

Kassandra Marie Voelker

David Lynn Voiles

Sarah May-Lynn Waddell+

Priscilla Marie Wampler+

Kayla Amber Watts+*

Angel E. West+

Charles H. Whitfield+

Roxie Marie Whitt+*

Alexander Keith Wiedemann+*

Andrea Len Wilcox

Ona Elisha Lynn Wilder+

Marissa J. Williams+

Pamela Marlene Williams+

Destini Shea Wingerter+

Lukas Eiko Winkelmann

Erika Nicole Witt+

Melanie Amber Wolfe+

Abigail Elizabeth Wolfenbarger+

Erica Denise Worrell+

Elizabeth Ann Kathryn Wright+*

Jeffery Tyler Yount

Luis Christopher Zamora+

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Student-athletes earn Academic All-American honors

Student-athletes earn Academic All-American honors

Posted on 15 June 2012 by

Five student-athletes at Tusculum College have earned Academic All-American honors in their respective sports.

Cody Coffman has earned honors in baseball, Jill Corum has earned honors in women’s golf, Jenny Grant has earned honors in cross country, Taylor Rakes in baseball and Luis Zamora in men’s tennis. All four have earned honors as part of the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America program and are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

This is the first year of the expanded Academic All‐America® program as CoSIDA moves from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non‐Division I) and doubles the number of scholar‐athletes honored. The teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two‐year schools.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Cody Coffman

Cody Coffman

Coffman, a senior from Cape Coral, Fla., has a 3.59 GPA while majoring in physical therapy and was named the first team catcher on the Academic All-America® squad.

He split time at catcher and first base this season, while also seeing action at second base and designated hitter as he was named to the Daktronics DII All-America Team as a utility player. Coffman becomes only the third Tusculum student-athlete in school history to garner both All-America and Academic All-America® distinction.
The All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team catcher led the Pioneers with his .417 batting average.  During this season, Coffman posted a 26-game hitting streak, the second longest in school history. He wrapped up his collegiate career reaching base safely in 39 consecutive games, including a home run in his final collegiate at-bat against eventual NCAA regional winner Catawba.

Jill Corum

Jill Corum

Corum has been named to the 2011-12 Capital One Academic All-America® Women’s At-Large Third Team, as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).  Corum becomes the first player in the women’s golf program to garner Academic All-America® accolades.

Corum competed in 24 rounds for the Pioneers this season and averaged 77.58 strokes per round to rank second on the team, third in the South Atlantic Conference and second-best in program history. She accounted for nine top 20 performances, including six in the top 10.  One of those top finishes was her medalist victory at the Agnes McAmis Memorial were she carded a school 36-hole record 141, while claiming her school record fourth individual title.

The Knoxville, Tenn. native was named to the All-SAC First Team and finished eighth at the SAC Championship to claim All-Tournament honors for a second straight year. Corum is a three-time team Most Valuable Player and has the best career stroke average in school history at 80.38.

Academically, the junior has a 3.63 cumulative grade-point average as a business administration major at Tusculum.

Jenny Grant

Jenny Grant

Grant, a junior from Franklin, Tenn., becomes the third female runner in Tusculum cross country history to garner Academic All-America® distinction. She boasts a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point average while majoring in Psychology.

Grant proved to be Tusculum’s most consistent competitors on the Pioneer squad in 2011.  She finished in the top-30 on two occasions, including a 17th place finish at the Maryville Invitational and 26th at the Guilford College Cross Country Festival.  The two-time team most valuable runner followed with her best 5K time of the year at the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational with a time of 23:13.3 to finish 49th.  She was also Tusculum’s top finisher at the South Atlantic Conference Championship posting a 54th place finish.

She is a member SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, the Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, the Dean’s List, Charles Olive Gray Honors List, the Tusculum President’s List and Alpha Chi Honor Society.  She is a two-time recipient of the Duffield Award, which honors the Tusculum student-athlete the highest GPA.

In the classroom, she is involved in research with the Psychology Department and presented her findings at the 2012 Southeastern Psychology Association (SEPA) National Conference.

In the community, Grant serves as a peer tutor and is a member of the President’s Society where she serves as a student ambassador, provides campus tours to prospective students and represents students at Presidential board meetings.  She also serves as president of the Resident Hall Association and is a member of the TC Track & Field Club.

Other community service activities includes: Voices Against Violence, Psychology Club, International & Multicultural Club, Plaza Towers Retirement Home volunteer, New Hope Cemetery volunteer and the Southeastern Guide Dogs Association, where she has assisted with the raising of a guide dog for those in need.

Within the athletic department, she serves as vice president of the Pioneer Student Athlete Advisory Council  and is also on the Tusculum Student Government Judicial Board.


Taylor Rakes

Taylor Rakes

Rakes, who graduated in May with a bachelor of arts degree in business and economics, was named one of the two first-team pitchers on the Academic All-America roster. He had a 3.89 cumulative grade point average.

Named the 2012 South Atlantic Conference Scholar Athlete for Baseball, Rakes also earned a spot on the All-SAC Second Team.          Rakes enjoyed a stellar campaign after redshirting the 2011 season due to “Tommy John” surgery. He emerged as the No. 2 starter in Tusculum’s weekend rotation, where he posted a 10-1 record with a 3.18 earned run average. His 15 mound starts are tied for the most in a Tusculum single-season and are the seventh most in NCAA II this year and his 10 pitching wins are tied for the third most by a Pioneer, and currently 11th-best in the country.

Rakes is a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Charles Oliver Gray Honors List, President’s List and is a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society. He is very active in leadership and community service in the Tusculum College and Greeneville community. He has been active with the Pioneer Student Athlete Advisory Council’s fundraising efforts for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, American Cancer Society and the St. Baldrick’s “Basebald” program to aid childhood cancer research. He has volunteered as a Greeneville Youth Baseball Mentor, served a guest speaker in Tusculum Athletic Training and his experiences with his “Tommy John” surgery and, along with his father, provided free lawn care services for stationed armed forces personnel.

Luis Zamora

Luis Zamora

Zamora was named to the 2011-12 Capital One Academic All-America® Men’s At-Large Third Team, as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Zamora becomes the first player in the history of the men’s tennis program at Tusculum to garner Academic All-America® accolades.
Zamora, a native of Santiago, Chile and a team captain, played primarily at number-three singles and number-one doubles, earning four singles victories and seven wins in doubles for the Pioneers this past season.

In the classroom, the two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete selection boasts a 3.96 cumulative grade point average majoring in business management and economics. He is a multi-year selection to the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, the Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, the Charles Oliver Gray Honor List and the Tusculum Dean’s List. Zamora is a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society and is a two-time Duffield Award recipient, an honor given to the Tusculum student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA.

An active member in the local community as well, Zamora is heavily involved with groups including the Tusculum Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, “Help Me Help You, Inc.”, the Tusculum Bonner Leader’s Program and the College’s Business Club. He is also in the process of creating a Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship at Tusculum, and is the founder and president of the Study Abroad and Global Awareness organization on campus.

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Five student-athletes named All-American in baseball

Posted on 15 June 2012 by

Five members of the Pioneer baseball team, which enjoyed one of its most successful seasons ever, have garnered All-America honors.

Craig Goodman and Alexi Colon were named to the 2012 Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association Division II All-America Team. Cody Coffman, Aaron Guinn, Cade Stallings and Goodman were named to the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-America team.  Goodman and Stallings were also named to the 2012 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II All-America Team.

Craig Goodman

Goodman, who earned three All-American honors at the end of the season, graduated in May with a degree in business administration. The senior right-hander from Clearwater, Fla., was named the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) co-Pitcher of the Year and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s Southeast Region Pitcher of the Year in May.  The two-time All-SAC First Team standout posted a 10-0 record in his 13 starts, including three complete games. He accounted for a 2.00 earned run average, which is tied for the fourth lowest in school history.

He established a new school single-season record with 89 strikeouts.  Goodman was named a national semifinalist for the Tino Martinez DII National Player of the Year Award.

Stallings, a junior from Knoxville, Tenn., earned two All-America honors in his first season with the Pioneers.  The University of Louisville transfer batted .367 with 80 hits, including 16 doubles, 11 home runs and a team-best 63 RBI..  His 64 runs scored are tied

Cade Stallings

for the seventh most in school history.  He was hit by a pitch 17 times, which are the second most in Tusculum history and one shy of the school record.  He also recorded seven sacrifice flies, which are tied for the second most ever by a Pioneer.  He is a consensus All-Region selection at third base this year.

Coffman, a senior from Cape Coral, Fla., split time at first base and catcher this season, while also seeing action at second base and designated hitter.  The All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team catcher led the Pioneers with his .417 batting average.  Coffman is fourth in the country with his 90 hits, including19 doubles, a triple, nine home runs and 62 RBI.  He has scored 52 runs, while drawing 41 walks against just 17 strikeouts. During this season, Coffman posted a 26-game hitting streak, the second longest in school history.  He wrapped up his collegiate career reaching base safely in 39 consecutive games, including a home run in his final collegiate at-bat against eventual NCAA regional winner Catawba.

Cody Coffman

Colon, a senior outfielder from Vineland, N.J., is second in the nation this year with 21 home runs, which are tied for the second most in school history.  Colon batted .318, while leading the team with 69 runs scored and posted 61 hits, 11 doubles, three triples and 50 RBI.  His 67 base on balls this season are the most in school and South Atlantic Conference history and tied for the 11th most ever by a NCAA II player. Colon, a two-time All-Conference and All-Region selection, leaves Tusculum as its third-leading home run hitter, belting 33 over the last two seasons.

Guinn, a senior from Norris, Tenn., finished second on the team with his .398 batting average.  He amassed 92 hits in his final collegiate campaign, which are the third most in Tusculum history and currently the second-most in the country this year.  Guinn tallied 17 doubles, a triple, seven home runs and 51 RBI.  He made just one error in his 206 total fielding chances for a .995 fielding percentage, which is tied for the second highest in school history, earning him

Alexi Colon

a spot on the ABCA Southeast Region and SAC Gold Glove Teams.

Tusculum accounted for one of the best seasons in school history in 2012.  The Pioneers posted a sterling 48-10 record, including 24-3 in South Atlantic Conference play as Tusculum captured both the league’s regular season and tournament championships.  Tusculum advanced to the NCAA Tournament for a sixth time in school history where the Pioneers went 2-2 to finish third at the Southeast Regional.  Tusculum also earned the Pioneers its highest national ranking, being listed as the No. 2 team in the country.  They ended the season ranked ninth in the nation.



Aaron Guinn









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2012 Tusculum Spring Athletic Director’s Honor Roll announced

Posted on 13 June 2012 by

One-hundred and forty-eight  student-athletes have been named to the 2012 Tusculum College Athletic Director’s Spring Honor Roll announced Frankie DeBusk,  Director of Athletics at Tusculum.

To be selected to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, a student-athlete must accumulate either a semester or cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

The Tusculum baseball and football teams boasted the most student-athletes on the honor roll with 22 honorees each. The Tusculum women’s soccer team was third with 19 student-athletes on the list, while the Pioneer softball and men’s soccer teams were tied for fourth with 15 honorees apiece. The volleyball team was sixth with 11 honorees, followed by women’s golf (seven), men’s tennis (six), women’s basketball (six), men’s golf (six), women’s tennis (six), men’s basketball (five), women’s cross country (five) and men’s cross country (three).

The women’s cross country team had the highest cumulative grade point average of the 14 sports sponsored by the College with a 3.674 team GPA, edging out women’s golf, who boasted a GPA of 3.634. Of Tusculum’s 14 athletic programs, eight boasted a team GPA of 3.00 or better. The volleyball team was third with a 3.538 GPA, followed by men’s tennis (3.494), softball (3.356), women’s soccer (3.291), men’s golf (3.167) and women’s tennis (3.078).

2012 Tusculum College Athletic Director’s Spring Honor Roll

Student-Athlete Sport(s)
TJ Abounader, Baseball
Kent Aigbe, Football
Brian Alexander, Football
Ashley Andrukonis, Women’s Cross Country
Nikki Arthur, Women’s Soccer
Linda Aughburns, Women’s Basketball
Ashley Bagley, Softball
Nicole Ball, Softball
Jeremy Barnes, Baseball
Paul Bergvin, Men’s Soccer
Clint Biggs, Baseball
Andre Bissmark, Men’s Soccer
Taylor Boone, Volleyball
Katie Brennan, Softball
Lindsay Bridges, Softball
Boomer Brown, Football
Kim Brown, W Cross Country/Soccer
Megan Buckmaster, Women’s Tennis
Alesha Buckner, Softball
Brandon Burkey, Football
Blakeley Burleson, Women’s Basketball
Blake Burnett, Baseball
Chris Burns, Football
Shanice Campbell, Women’s Soccer
Katie Capel, Women’s Soccer
Aly Carrino, Women’s Soccer
J.T. Carrino, Men’s Soccer
Katie Chadwick, Women’s Soccer
John Clarke, Baseball
Cody Coffman, Baseball
Heath Comerford, Baseball
Courtney Conley, Women’s Tennis
Eric Conley, Baseball
David Cooper, Men’s Cross Country
DeMarcus Copeland, Football
Bo Cordell, Football
Jillian Corum, Women’s Golf
Blair Cowley, Baseball
Tripper Crisson, Baseball
Alec Cunningham, Women’s Golf
Mia Damico, Women’s Soccer
Sagnelli Dawson, Football
Caitlyn Dean, Volleyball
Kyle Dickey, Football
Katie Doane, Women’s Golf
Claire Duncan, Women’s Soccer
Joseph Elphingstone, Men’s Tennis
Savannah Ewing, Softball
Marcus Foster, Football
Mason Fox, Men’s Soccer
Natalie Gaudreau, Volleyball
Melanie Gibson, Volleyball
Coleman Glick, Men’s Golf
Andy Goellner, Men’s Soccer
Craig Goodman, Baseball
Jenny Grant, Women’s Cross Country
Ashley Gregg, Women’s Cross Country
Amanda Grempel, Softball
Katie Gross, Softball
Aaron Guinn, Baseball
Jama Hammontree, Women’s Basketball
Justin Harvey, Men’s Golf
Megan Hasse, Volleyball
Matt Henriksen, Baseball
Emee Herbert, Women’s Golf
Dameon Herring, Football
Staci Hicks, Women’s Basketball
Katie Hillis, Women’s Tennis
Pat Holleran, Baseball
Carol Hogan, Women’s Cross Country
J.D. Howard, Baseball
Sara Howard, Women’s Golf
Katherine Hutchinson, Women’s Tennis
George Jackson, Football
Clayton Jarrell, Men’s Soccer
Elizabeth Johnson, Softball
Fred Jones, Football
Martin Jorgensen, Men’s Basketball
Kourtney Kavic, Women’s Soccer
Kristen Keefer, Women’s Tennis
Drew Kiser, Men’s Tennis
Tommy Klempin, Men’s Basketball
Alix Kruel, Softball
Adam Kulbat, Men’s Soccer
Brooke Lauritzen, Softball
Jessica Lee, Women’s Soccer
Patience Leonard, Women’s Soccer
Steven Lin, Men’s Tennis
Devan McIntyre, Women’s Soccer
Matthew McKeever, Men’s Soccer
Michelle Meade, Women’s Soccer
Sam Miller, Women’s Soccer
Elijah Minter, Men’s Cross Country
Colleen Moloney, Women’s Soccer
David Montes, Men’s Soccer
Amy Morford, Women’s Soccer
Alishia Mosley, Women’s Basketball
Jason Muehling, Football
Fredrik Muren, Men’s Soccer
Amy Neltner, Women’s Soccer
Dakota Norton, Men’s Golf
Daniel O’Conner, Men’s Basketball
Kjetil Paulsen, Men’s Soccer
Taylor Patterson, Women’s Tennis
Georgia Paturalski, Volleyball
Monica Perez, Women’s Soccer
Roberto Pimental, Men’s Soccer
Matt Poff, Men’s Golf
Bailee Price, Volleyball
Orlando Price, Football
Aly Pugh, Women’s Golf
Taylor Rakes, Baseball
Leif Ratliff, Men’s Golf
Alyssa Raterman, Volleyball
Nate Reid, Baseball
Nick Rodriguez, Baseball
Pontus Rosen, Men’s Soccer
Andy Rosetti, Football
Matias Rubio, Men’s Soccer
Haley Rye, Women’s Golf
Ashley Sarmiento, Volleyball
Brittan Shaw, Baseball
John-Austin Shepard, Baseball
Jalen Shuffler, Baseball
Billy Sivyer, Baseball
Torrey Slaven, Football
Terrence Smith, Football
Kekona Soon, Men’s Cross Country
Brook Spradlin, Football
Justin Steigerwald, Men’s Basketball
Danny Stokes, Men’s Soccer
Chaz Story, Football
Paige Sneed, Softball
Katie Stroinski, Softball
Katy Stuckwish, Softball
David Talley, Men’s Golf
John Taylor, Men’s Tennis
Ashley Thurman, Women’s Basketball
Anton Tuz, Men’s Basketball
Josh Tyler, Football
Lindsey Umberger, Softball
Sam Underwood, Volleyball
Kassie Voelker, Volleyball
Skylar West, Football
Marissa Williams, Women’s Soccer
Lukas Winkelmann, Men’s Tennis
Luis Zamora, Men’s Tennis

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