Archive | August, 2012

Tusculum College to launch new Center for Economic Development & Entrepreneurship on September 6

Posted on 30 August 2012 by

Tusculum College invites the public to attend an informational workshop, followed by the official inauguration of its recently established Center for Economic Development & Entrepreneurship.

The informational workshop will be held on Thursday, September 6, beginning at 7 p.m., in the Chalmers Conference Center in Niswonger Commons on the college’s main campus in Greeneville. Reservations are required by Monday, September 3.

“We invite the business community to take advantage of this unique opportunity and benefit from the knowledge, energy and commitment of our students, as well as the expertise of our faculty,” said Dr. Antonio Bos, CEDE director and professor of business administration.

The mission of the Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship (CEDE) is to create sustained, long-term, coordinated planning strategies and programs that can help create, apply and distribute valued knowledge by empowering students, business owners and community members to achieve sustainable prosperity and economic development in the region.

“The establishment of the Center for Economic Development & Entrepreneurship is an extension of Tusculum College’s efforts to support economic development in the region through providing support to small business owners and entrepreneurs,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College.

“Tusculum, its faculty, staff and students believe it is their mission to share a role in the community and fully participate in the efforts to make our region a better place to live, learn and work,” she added.

The Center aims to help students, business owners, as well as individuals and family members in a number of areas related to entrepreneurship, small business development and personal finance.

Individuals will have access to experts in personal finance and the opportunity to attend programs that address areas of revenue and expenditures in concrete terms. In addition, advice on how to improve this cycle and plan for the future will be provided in a personalized way.

Small business owners will be able to receive advice from experts regardless of their size and personal interest. More specifically, participants can attend the 10-session Help Me Help You Program, which was recognized by the Clinton Foundation as one of the most promising student-led programs in the whole world, and/or receive consulting advice from teachers and experts in the fields of accounting, management, economics, marketing and finance among others.

In addition, monthly activities, guest speakers and events will be open to the whole community, with the intent of further promoting the personal and professional development of each community member and providing opportunities to network with other individuals and entrepreneurs in similar situations.

Tusculum College’s CEDE has partnered with ETSU’s Northeast Tennessee Regional Entrepreneurial Accelerator (NTREA), which is led by the ETSU αccelNow organization. The goal of this program is to connect entrepreneurs with critical resources to accelerate business creation and growth. It is funded by a grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and the Appalachian Regional Commission.

More importantly, CEDE was created to help further develop the community’s prosperity and economic development. Additional programs will be offered, and if individuals have any specific need, the CEDE will work with participants to devise a sustainable solution to the issue at hand.

The deadline to reserve a spot for the workshop is September 3. Please be prepared to provide name(s), contact information and business information if applicable.

CEDE has the support of the Tusculum College administration, as well as the School of Business and the Office of Institutional Advancement. The Center leadership includes Dr. Bos and Luis Zamora, a senior student in business and the Center coordinator.

The Center is also being sponsored financially by ETSU’s αccelNow organization and has received generous support from Scott Niswonger, Tom Ferguson and Atmos Energy Corp.

Because of this community support, attendees and program participants will not be charged a fee in any of our events and/or programs. Registration and additional information are available by calling 423-329-9016 or by e-mailing


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Knoxville Regional Center announces new enrollment staff

Posted on 28 August 2012 by

Two new enrollment representatives have joined the Tusculum College Knoxville Regional Center team, and they join Larry Long, who has been promoted to senior enrollment representative to make up the Graduate and Professional Studies enrollment team for the southeast region.

“We are excited to announce the new enrollment team in the Knoxville region,” said Karen Sartain, executive director of enrollment management for the Graduate and Professional Studies Program. “The new team is in place and ready to assist working adults who want to complete or begin their college undergraduate degree or those who are ready to begin their master’s degree program.”

Gabe Potter and Josh Phillips join Long on the new team.

Potter joined Tusculum College’s Graduate and Professional Studies Enrollment Team in October.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Lipscomb University and previously worked in a variety of careers, including the ministry, sales and as news director for a radio station.

Phillips is a 2011 graduate of Tusculum College and holds a Bachelor of Science in organizational management, with a concentration in marketing.  He is currently enrolled in the Tusculum College Master’s of Business Administration program.

Long has been with Tusculum for more than three years and was thrilled with the opportunity to begin working directly with students to help them achieve their education goals. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee.

The three make up the enrollment team and will serve career-minded working adults who wish to continue their education through Tusculum’s Graduate and Professional Studies program, providing information to help them with their decision of which degree to pursue, guiding them through the admission process and helping them explore financial aid.

Gabe Potter, Josh Phillips and Larry Long

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Tusculum Library Director Smith publishes new Civil War article

Posted on 28 August 2012 by

Myron (“Jack”) Smith, Jr., Tusculum College library director and professor of library science, has published the cover article in the September 2012 issue of “North & South,” the magazine of the Civil War Society.

“Le Roy Fitch vs. The Thunderbolt of the Confederacy” sheds new and detailed light on the July 19, 1863, Battle of Buffington Island in the Ohio River near Parkersburg, W.V.  On that occasion, Confederate troops under Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan were largely prevented by a Union Navy gunboat under Fitch from escaping across the river from Federal troops who had them backed up against a riverbank in southern Ohio.

According to the article, the aggressive riverine defense by the Indiana sailor resulted in the capture of numerous Southerners, including Col. Basil Duke, the death of others and forced Morgan to retreat north into Columbiana County, Ohio, where he was caught by Union cavalry under Brig. Gen. James M. Shackelfod.

Morgan, though imprisoned, eventually escaped and was killed in Greeneville, Tenn. on September 4, 1864.

Copies of the magazine are available in supermarkets and newsstands nationwide.

The article is based on research undertaken by Smith for the first of his six books devoted to the Civil War on Western Waters, “Le Roy Fitch: The Civil War Career of a Union River Gunboat Commander,” which was published in 2007 and is available on Amazon.

As part of the Tusculum library’s outreach programming, Smith spoke on “USS Carondelet  vs. CSS Arkansas, July 1862” before a large group at the August 14 meeting of the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable. The meeting, held in the Reardon Banquet Center, included a lecture and question and answer session.


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Tusculum’s Williams publishes book on persecution in the early Christian world

Posted on 23 August 2012 by

Tusculum College’s Dr. Travis B. Williams, visiting professor of religious studies, will release his first book, “Persecution in 1 Peter: Differentiating and Contextualizing Early Christian Suffering” in November.

The book is to be published as a part of the “Novum Testamentum Supplement” series published by the academic press, Brill. The book, an adaptation of Williams’ dissertation from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, is an academic analysis of persecution early Christians suffered. In the book, Williams argues that after the persecution by Nero (ca. 64 CE) Christianity was effectively illegal, although not officially illegal.

“It really is an ambitious undertaking because the book challenges several currently accepted academic views on the early Christian world,” said Williams.

The book also takes into account several individual experiences of the time, using examples of early Christian social groups such as women, slaves and business owners, Williams uses these views to differentiate accounts of the early Christian experience.

Williams is also contracted to have a second book that is expected to be published in 2014. Its focus is on the concept of good works in 1 Peter and acts as a complimentary volume to “Persecution in 1 Peter: Differentiating and Contextualizing Early Christian Suffering.”

Dr. Travis Williams

In this second book, Williams challenges long-held academic beliefs that good works are defined by community standards, meaning that they were approved of or favorably recognized by the wider society. Instead he argues that rather than conforming to the standards of their “pagan” neighbors, good works were acts associated with the exercise and promulgation of the Christian religion, which were regulated solely by the will of God.

“This book offers a whole new view on 1 Peter and due to the time frame of 1 Peter’s writing, it changes academic views on the nature of early persecution as represented in the New Testament.”

“Persecution in 1 Peter: Differentiating and Contextualizing Early Christian Suffering” is available for pre-order on the Brill publications website,



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Return to campus September 27-30 for Homecoming 2012

Return to campus September 27-30 for Homecoming 2012

Posted on 22 August 2012 by

Homecoming 2012 will be here soon. Make plans today to attend the festivities from September 27 – 30. See link below to register online! Remember that there is a $25 late fee for registration after September 14.

New this year are the Tusculum “home” movies of the campus that will be shown at the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library on Friday, a tailgate for a soccer match on Saturday and the alumni dinner and party on Saturday at the General Morgan Inn, which gives alumni the flexibility to just come enjoy music and dancing on the hotel’s terrace if they so wish. Please note that the time has been changed for the soccer tailgate to 6 p.m. from the 5 p.m. that has been previously promoted.

There will also be a change in the Alumni Award Dinner on Friday evening.  The Sports Hall of Fame inductions will be made during the dinner and the alumni awards, which have been previously a part of the annual Alumni Association meeting, will be presented.

Please note that registration will be in the Niswonger Living Room on Thursday and Friday and in the hallway outside the Pioneer Perk on Saturday.

Online Registration
Register for Homecoming 2012 at

Below is the complete schedule of events, as well as contact information for local hotels.


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Chili Cook-Off:  11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Come enjoy and taste the chili recipes prepared by various departments and offices on campus and vote for the best tasting and the best showmanship.  The Chili Cook-off will be held in the Pioneer Perk in the Niswonger Commons.


Alumni Dinner:  6 – 8 p.m.

The Whistle Stop of Afton Restaurant (Dutch treat)

Join fellow alumni at The Whistle Stop of Afton restaurant for a Dutch treat dinner with fellow alumni. Brown bag your favorite drink.  The Whistle Stop of Afton is located at, 435 Afton Road, Afton, TN  37616, only minutes from the College.


1960’s Alumni Party:  6:00 p.m.

At the home of Ann “Butch” Van Buskirk ’61.  If you need address and directions, please contact the Alumni Office at 423.636.7303.


Friday, September 28, 2012


Bright Zoo with lunch:  9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Located in Limestone, TN, it is home to many rare species.  Limited transportation will be provided.  To learn more, visit Cost: $25 (lunch included).


President Andrew Johnson Museum Exhibit: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Come for a special showing of Tusculum College “home movies”.  The movies will range from a recently discovered and transferred 1935 film of campus views, football games, dedications and campus events from the 2000s.  Yearbooks and student newspapers from the 1960s will be available for perusal.  “Scholars then Soldiers: Tusculum College and the American Civil War” exhibit will be on display.  Home movies will be shown in the classroom on the first floor.


Lunch with Students:  11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Enjoy a picnic lunch on the terrace of the Thomas J. Garland Library with the opportunity to meet our students. Cost: $10.


Homecoming Golf Tournament: 12 p.m. Registration, 1:30 p.m. Shotgun start

Enjoy some friendly competition on the Link Hills Golf Course. Scramble format will be used with handicap system applied for a net division and a gross division. First place will be awarded for each division. Outing will include a lunch, beverages and goody bags. Alumni, spouses, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to participate. Cost: $50 (lunch included).


All Alumni Award Dinner:  6:30 – 10 p.m.

Top off the day with dinner at General Morgan Inn, as well as honor the newest alumni award honorees.  Inductions will be made to the Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame. Alumni awards will also be presented. These awards have been previously a part of the annual Alumni Association meeting. A reception will begin with a cash bar at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m.  A cash bar available throughout the evening. Cost: $40.


Volleyball Match 7 p.m.

Come cheer on the Pioneer Volleyball team as it takes on Newberry College in the Pioneer Arena.


Saturday, September 29, 2012


Memorial Service:  9:15 a.m.

Join family members and other friends in the lobby of the Thomas J. Garland Library as we remember alumni who have passed away since Homecoming 2011.


Alumni Association Meeting:  10 a.m.

Learn the latest about the alumni association and hear an update about the College in the lobby of the Thomas J. Garland Library.


Homecoming Parade:  11:30 a.m.

Watch the 9th Annual Homecoming Parade along the route between the Charles Oliver Gray Complex and Pioneer Park.  The Golden Pioneers will serve as the Grand Marshals.  Want to participate?  Call 423-636-7303.


Football Tailgate Party:  12 p.m.

Enjoy a Tusculum College Pioneer Tailgate Party at Pioneer Park (the baseball stadium). Cost: $15  Class photos will also be taken during the Tailgate Party. Cost per photo: $8.


Volleyball Match 12 p.m.

Enjoy watching the Pioneers as they take on Anderson University in the Pioneer Arena.


Football Game:  2 p.m.

Cheer on the Pioneers as they take on Brevard College at Pioneer Field.  At halftime, enjoy the presentation of the Homecoming Court.  Game tickets can be purchased the day of the game.


Soccer Tailgate Party:  6 p.m.

Before you head over to the Men’s Soccer Game come and enjoy a Tusculum College Pioneer Tailgate Party in the President’s Box at Pioneer Field. Cost: $15.


Men’s Soccer Game:  7 p.m.

Cheer on the Pioneers as they take on Bethel University at Pioneer Field.


Alumni Dinner and Party:

Dinner:  7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Join us for a casual outside dinner on the terrace at the General Morgan Inn, featuring grilled fare and an ice cream sundae bar.  A cash bar will be available throughout the evening. Cost:$25.


Party:  8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Come join fellow classmates for a casual party outside on the terrace at the General Morgan Inn.  The band Johnson City Hit Men will be returning this year for an encore to last year’s performance.   A cash bar will be available throughout the evening. Cover fee: $5.


Sunday, September 30, 2011


Alumni Farewell Breakfast:  9 a.m.

Enjoy breakfast on the terrace of the Thomas J. Garland Library as Homecoming nears an end. Cost: $10.


Homecoming Chapel Service: 9:45 a.m.

Join the Tusculum College for an on campus worship service in the lobby of the Thomas J. Garland Library.


Please note: No refunds will be given after September 14. After September 14 a $25 late fee will be charged for registration.



Registration  and Hospitality Suite

Living Room inside the main entrance of the Niswonger Commons

2 – 5 p.m. Thursday, September 27

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, September 28

8 – 10 a.m. Saturday, September 29


Tusculum College Bookstore

Niswonger Commons

8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday, September 27

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, September 28

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, September 29


Campus Tours

Living Room, Niswonger Commons

3 – 5 p.m. Thursday, September 27

10 a.m.  – 2 p.m. Friday, September 28


President Andrew Johnson

Museum and Library

9 a.m.  –  5 p.m. Thursday, September 27

9 a.m. –  6 p.m. Friday, September 28


Hotels in Greeneville:

Comfort Inn

1790 East Andrew Johnson Hwy. (33745)

(423) 639-4185


Days Inn

935 East Andrew Johnson Hwy. (37745)

(423) 639-2156


General Morgan Inn

111 North Main St. (33743)

(423) 787-1000


Hampton Inn

3130 East Andrew Johnson Hwy. (37745)

(423) 638-3735


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Catch up with your fellow classmates!

Catch up with your fellow classmates!

Posted on 22 August 2012 by






While on a recent trip to Florida, Tusculum President Dr. Nancy B. Moody visited with Tusculum Alumnus Morris Katz ’37, pictured below. Dr. Katz is currently residing in Sarasota, FL. He joined Dr. Moody for lunch and talked about his days at Tusculum College. Dr. Katz will celebrate his 98th birthday in October.



Peggy Hayes Ottinger ’62 and her husband, Dallas, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 3. The couple, who lives in Greeneville, TN, were honored by their friends and family with a reception.



The Rev. Jonas Hayes ’99 has been named the head of staff, beginning September 1, at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, KS.



Rustin Jones ’06 of Greeneville, TN, is coaching soccer at West Greene High School, which is fielding teams in the sport for the first time in its history this year. The girls team played its first match on August 20 and the boys team will play in the spring under Jones’ direction. He played soccer during his time at Tusculum. Jones is a social studies teacher at West Greene.


Diann Musgrove ’08 of Greeneville, TN, has been named principal at DeBusk Elementary School in the Greene County School System.  Musgrove has been a teacher at Doak, Chuckey-Doak Middle School and DeBusk. She was recognized as the 2011-12 Teacher of the Year at Chuckey-Doak. Since earning her degree at Tusculum, Musgrove has earned an educational specialist degree at Lincoln Memorial University.




Heather Denise Bryant ’07 and Paul Bradley Henley were married on July 14, 2012. After a honeymoon trip to Jamaica, the couple is living in Chuckey. Heather is a teacher in the Washington County School System.


Candace Leigh Babb ‘10 and Lucas Allen Wiggin ‘04 were married on June 23, 2012. Following a honeymoon to Antigua, the couple is living in Greeneville. Candace is a fifth grade mathematics teacher at Tusculum View Elementary School in Greeneville. Lucas is a general contractor with Wiggin Construction.






Harold W. Backus ’37 of Heuvelton, NY, passed away September 21, 2011. Mr. Backus was a retired groundsman at Canton College.



Mae Dallas Neal ’44 of Bethel Park, PA, formerly of Dormont, PA, passed away on July 28, 2012, following a long illness. Mrs. Neal was instrumental in starting a Girl Scout Troop while living in Kansas. She was active in the Dormont New Century Women’s Club and in the women’s organizations of the Dormont Presbyterian Church.


Bernice Smith Lowery ’48 of Rockford, TN, passed away August 17, 2012. Mrs. Lowery was a retired secretary at Control Center Inc. She was a member of Mountain View United Methodist Church and past matron in the Order of the Eastern Star.


Barbara M. Tuthill Wright ’48 of  Ridgewood, NJ, passed away October 15, 2011. She was an active volunteer for Meals on Wheels, the Star of Hope Mission and the Valley Hospital. She was a member of Grace Church.



Caroline M. Johnston ’50 of Butler, NJ, passed away November 7, 2011. Ms. Johnston worked as an accountant in New York City. She was a member of Butler United Methodist Church.


James Riley Walsh ’50 of Lenior, NC, passed away on December 5, 2011. Mr. Walsh served as a store manager with the Montgomery Ward department store chain until he retired after 25 years of service. He returned to the workforce as a store manager with Wal-Mart, retiring from that position in 1992. During his retirement, he served on the alumni board of the Watauga Academy and worked as a tour guide with the Butler Museum and also served on its board. Mr. Walsh was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He volunteered with numerous organizations over the years and greatly enjoyed gardening and the outdoors.


Howard A. Mars ’52 of Lynchburg, VA, passed away January 25, 2012. He was a retired sales manager for Unitron Corp. and a member of the Moneta Ecumenical Church. Mr. Mars was a veteran, having served during the Korean War. His survivors include son and Tusculum alumnus Steven Mars ’82.

Janet Wiber Middleton ’53 of Richmond, VA, passed away August 25, 2011. She was a retired library automation specialist for the Henrico County Public Schools.



Bill E. Ricker ’62 of Greeneville, TN, passed away July 27, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. After graduating from Tusuclum, Mr. Ricker joined his father in the family-owned business, Ricker Plumbing and Heating. Mr. Ricker was a 54-year member of Asbury United Methodist Church and served as head usher as long as his health permitted. He was a past president of the Greeneville Jaycees and a member of the Jaycees Tennessee Volunteer Corps. He held a lifetime senatorship in Jaycees International. Mr. Ricker was also a member of the Greeneville Moose Lodge No. 692, the Greene County Fishing and Hunting Club and Trout Unlimited.  He was an avid golfer and sports enthusiast.



Robert S. Magruder ’71 of Dumont, NJ, passed away December 25, 2011, in an apartment fire at his home. Immediately following college, Mr. Magruder was a carpenter in Colorado. He returned to the East Coast, where he was employed in the vehicle leasing business in New York City and Hollywood, Florida. Most recently, he had been a long-time employee of Cinemacar Leasing. Mr. Magruder was an ardent New York Mets and Jets fan and an enthusiastic Civil War buff.



Laura Mary Howland ’83 of Manchester, CT, passed away July 2, 2011. After graduating from Tusculum, she remained in Greeneville before returning to Connecticut in 1985. Her strong desire to help those in need led to a career in helping others. She entered the workforce in Connecticut at Bethany Project of Mercy Housing and later worked at AIDS Project Hartford and as a case manager for Met-Life and Anthem-Blue Cross. She had most recently worked at Rushford Addiction Treatment Center. She was a tireless volunteer crisis counselor with the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Team. Ms. Howland was one of the first Connecticut licensed professional counselors as well as a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association and the American Counseling Association. She was also an active member of the Local Baha’i Spiritual Assembly, serving as its recording secretary and organizer of workshops at the Green Acre Retreat Center. She also worked for a time at the National House of Worship in Chicago. She was an avid reader who enjoyed making gifts of her knitting, crafting and cross-stitch.


Monica Patricia Ilievski ’87 of Miami, FL, passed away December 9, 2010. Mrs. Ilievski was a nurse practitioner, who was known for her care and concern for her patients. Her home was a gathering place for family and friends to enjoy her wonderful food and excellent hospitality. She was a dedicated and generous mother, sister, daughter, aunt and friend. Mrs. Ilievski loved to dance and enjoyed music, nature and poetry. She was an advocate for the humane treatment of animals.

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Tusculum football team’s September 8 game to be televised

Tusculum football team’s September 8 game to be televised

Posted on 22 August 2012 by

The Tusculum College football team’s September 8 game will be televised on the CSS cable channel in the Southeast.

The kickoff time for the September 8 football game between Tusculum College and the University of West Georgia has been moved to 3:30 p.m. (EST) to accommodate television.  The third meeting ever between the Pioneers and the Wolves will be aired on CSS, which is available throughout the Southeast Region, including the Greeneville, Tenn. market (Comcast Channel 37).


The two teams were originally slated to play at 2 p.m. (EST) on Ra-Lin Field at University Stadium on the Carrollton, Ga. campus before contacted by CSS.


The televised game will be available to over six million homes as CSS is carried throughout the Southeast Region, including Tennessee and Georgia.


Tusculum defeated West Georgia 20-10 in last year’s meeting at Pioneer Field on the Greeneville campus. This year’s meeting will be TC’s first trip to Carrollton since the series’ inaugural meeting in 1996.


Several Tusculum football games have been televised in the past with the latest TV game coming in last year’s road contest at North Greenville University.  Tusculum’s 2009 home contest with Wingate University was the NCAA Division II National Game of the Week on CBS College Sports, while several TC games have been aired on CSS over the past decade.


The Pioneers will kickoff their season Sept. 1 with a road contest at Urbana University.  That game is set to begin at noon in Urbana, Ohio.


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Alumni assistance needed to produce new edition of the alumni directory

Alumni assistance needed to produce new edition of the alumni directory

Posted on 21 August 2012 by

Tusculum College’s Office of Alumni Relations is partnering with Harris Connect to produce the new edition of the Tusculum College Alumni Directory. Many of you have participated in the past, and we appreciate your involvement. These updates are invaluable to us, as they help us stay better connected with you and your classmates. Over the next few months, Harris Connect will be contacting Tusculum College alumni to update their information. They would love to hear from you, and we encourage your participation.

The Alumni Directory will be published early next year in both a book and CD format. When you call Harris Connect to update your information, you may talk to a representative about ordering your copy. Note—while we appreciate your participating to update your contact information, you are under no obligation to purchase a product from Harris Connect. Also, new this year is a section where you can submit a picture and brief bio!

Please take a moment to respond to the postcard or email you will be receiving from Harris Connect. If you have not heard from them yet, you can also take the initiative by calling (866) 490-6858 to update your information today.


Frequently Asked Questions about the Directory and Harris Connect

Who is Harris Connect?
We have partnered with Harris Connect to produce our directory. Harris Connect has been an industry leader for nearly 50 years, and we are confident that this publication will meet the needs of our constituents.

When can I expect to hear from Harris Connect?
Monday through Friday, Harris Connect makes calls beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until 9 p.m., in all time zones. They may try to contact you at work during the day, in the evening or during the weekend at home. On Saturdays, they may call from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. If you are contacted at a time that is inconvenient for you, simply let the representative know. He or she will give you the Harris Connect toll-free number or will arrange to call you later.

If my name is listed in the directory, am I obligated to purchase a copy?
Although everyone will be given the opportunity to purchase his or her own copy of the directory, your name will be listed regardless of whether you decide to purchase one.

What if I do not want to be listed in the directory? What if I do not want certain pieces of information listed?
Harris Connect can still update your information for us, but we will honor your specific request to exclude all or parts of your biographical data from the publication.

What happens if I do not order a directory now, but change my mind later?
We have arranged to print as many directories as are ordered before we go to press. So, if you do change your mind prior to publication, you can call the dedicated toll-free number above.

What forms of payment will be accepted for the purchase of a directory?
You can purchase your directory by major credit card or check. Payments may be made by credit card at the time of order or by check upon receipt of the invoice. We also offer installment payment plans, allowing you to pay a portion now and the rest later. Alternate CDs (e.g. Reunion CD) must be paid for in full by credit card.

If I place an order using a credit or debit card, how will the charge appear on my statement?
On most major credit card statements, “HC” will appear with the name of the institution, e.g. HC Tusculum College. On American Express statements, “Harris Connect” will appear with the name of the institution, e.g. Harris Connect Tusculum College.

What if I decide I want to cancel the order I have placed?
Orders for the directory may be canceled by simply writing the word “Cancel” on the invoice and returning it to Harris Connect or by calling the Harris Connect Customer Service Department at 1-800-877-6554. Be sure to provide the account number when calling.

Questions about the CD Version

What if I do not understand how to use the CD once it is installed?
Basic operating instructions are included on the CD sleeve. The CD also comes with an easy-to-use help system providing tips on searching the database and customizing the screens.

What kind of computer do I need to use the CD?
The CD will work on most PC and MAC computers.

Will I be able to print anything?
You are able to print individual records as well as pages from the editorial section.

Is tech support available?
A toll-free call or email is all it takes to obtain technical assistance. Tech support is available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. Tech Support and Customer Service numbers are included on the CD sleeve.

Is my information protected?
Yes, all personal information contained on the CD is encrypted and can only be viewed inside the Search Party application. The encryption has never been compromised.

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Alumni invited to night at the ballpark

Alumni invited to night at the ballpark

Posted on 21 August 2012 by

Please RSVP by August 24 by calling 423-636-7303 or email You may also use the form below to send your RSVP!

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Performance and lecture series to feature a variety of events for 2012-13

Performance and lecture series to feature a variety of events for 2012-13

Posted on 20 August 2012 by

Guitar virtuoso Mike Rayburn will perform Monday, Aug. 27, in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus. Rayburn’s presentation is the first in Tusculum Arts Outreach’s Acts, Arts, Academia 2012-13 performance and lecture series.

A performance by guitar virtuoso and Las Vegas headliner Mike Rayburn on Monday, Aug. 27, will kick off the Tusculum College Arts Outreach’s Acts, Arts, Academia 2012-2013 performance and lecture series.

Among the other highlights of the annual series will be sacred music and dance by The Tibetan monks from Drepung Loseling Monestary, a Civil War theatrical and musical presentation and a program by renowned media analyst Jennifer Pozner on reality television.

Theatrical productions will include Theatre-at-Tusculum’s performances of “Seussical” and the musical comedy revue “A … My Name Will Always Be Alice” and Central Ballet Theatre’s interpretaton of “Snow White.” New this year is “5 x 10,” a series of five 10-minute plays written by Tusculum students and directed by Wayne Thomas, chair of the Fine Arts Department and associate professor English.

The Tusculum College band program will be presenting three concerts during the series, and the Tusculum College Community Chorus will perform their Christmas and spring concerts.

Acts, Arts, Academia is a program of Tusculum College Arts Outreach that brings outside performers and lecturers to the campus and community as well as spotlighting the talents of those at Tusculum and the surrounding region. It is supported by the late Dr. Sam Miller in memory of Agnes Ault Miller, Hearts for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Outreach.

Rayburn performance

Mike Rayburn will bring his “What If …” presentation to the stage at 7 p.m. on Monday in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building. Having been called, “the world’s funniest guitar virtuoso,” Rayburn uses his astounding guitar creations, uproarious songs and veteran presentation skills to encourage, challenge and inspire his audiences to go beyond their perceived limitations.

Rayburn draws from a wealth of life experience as an adventurer, business owner, comedian, world-class guitarist, author, philanthropist, husband and father, to deliver his presentations that mix amazing music, comedy and motivation.

Rayburn has headlined on the strip in Las Vegas in such venues as the Star Theater and is one of a handful of people in the world to become a regular headliner at Carnegie Hall. He does more than 100 presentations each year for leading corporations and associations. Rayburn has been featured in USA Today as well as Newsweek, Billboard, Gig, Programming, American Entertainment and Successful Meetings magazines.

Remaining line-up

The line-up for the remainder of the year includes:

- “Agate Hill to Appomattox,” the Civil War from three perspectives told through  theatrical performance and music by storyteller  Barbara Bates Smith, 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Behan Arena Theatre on the lower level of the Annie Hogan Byrd building;

- Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of the musical “Seussical” on Friday-Sunday, Nov. 9-11 and Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 15-18 (Sunday performances at 2 p.m. and all others at 7 p.m.) in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium;

- Tusculum College Band Christmas Concert at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium, featuring the Concert Band, Jazz Band and Handbell Choir;

- Tusculum College Community Chorus Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 10, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium;

- Central Ballet Theatre’s production of “Snow White,” Friday-Sunday, Jan. 18-20 (7 p.m. shows on Jan. 18-19 and 2 p.m. shows on Jan. 19-20),  in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium;

- “Project Brainwash,” a reality check on reality TV by renowned media analyst Jennifer Pozner, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, in the Behan Arena Theatre (co-sponsored with Tusculum College Student Affairs);

- Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of the musical comedy revue, “A … My Name Will Always Be Alice,” Friday-Sunday, Feb.22-24 and March 1-3 (2 p.m. Sunday performances with all other at 7 p.m.), in the Behan Arena Theatre;

- Tusculum College Band Winter Concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium, featuring the Concert Band, Jazz Band and Handbell Choir;

- “Sacred Music Sacred Dance,” a performance by The Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 21, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium;

- “5 x 10,” a production of works by Tusculum students under the direction of English professor Wayne Thomas, Friday-Sunday April 19-21 and 26-28 (2 p.m. Sunday performances with all other performances at 7 p.m.) in the Behan Arena Theatre;

- Tusculum College Band Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium, featuring the Concert Band, Jazz Band and Handbell Choir, and

- Tusculum College Community Chorus Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 6, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

For more information about any of these events, please contact Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or visit its website at

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Doak House Museum announces Crafting Appalachia workshop dates

Doak House Museum announces Crafting Appalachia workshop dates

Posted on 14 August 2012 by

The Doak House Museum announces its next adult workshop in its “Crafting Appalachia” adult class series. Broom making, led by local artisan Keith Bowman, will be offered on Saturdays, Sept. 8 and 15.

Class members will finish seven brooms over the two days of instruction, which will last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $55 class fee covers all materials and instruction.

In the broom making class, students learn how to make traditional hand-made brooms including the Native American Turkey Wing style, a pot scrubber, whisk broom and several others.

“It is important that we continue to pass these traditional methods from generation to generation,” said Doak House Site Manager Leah Walker. “We are proud to be a part of preserving and teaching the arts, crafts and folkways of Appalachia.”

Later in the fall, the series will include a basket making workshop on Oct. 12 and 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students will learn to make Appalachian Rib style baskets under the instruction of Darlene “Honey” McCleish, who has instructed basket weaving for five years.

Students will be taught basket weaving fundamentals on the first day of class with attention to forming a God’s Eye, preparing and inserting ribs, shaping, filling and weaving a rib style basket. Students will have the option of finishing their basket on the second day or at home. Students are requested to bring a small flat-head screw driver, sharp scissors, an old towel and about 25 spring-type clothes pins.

Class sizes are limited, to make a reservation or find out more information call Walker at 423-636-8554 or email

This series of adult classes is made possible in part by a generous two-year grant from the East Tennessee Foundation’s Arts Fund for East Tennessee.

The Doak House Museum is operated by the Department of Museum Program and Studies of Tusculum College. The two museum is also part of the National Historic District on the Tusculum College campus. Follow the museum 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 museum.

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Orientation 2012 to welcome new students to campus

Orientation 2012 to welcome new students to campus

Posted on 10 August 2012 by

Orientation 2012 will be full of information and fun activities to welcome new students to the Tusculum College community Friday – Sunday, August 17-19.

Orientation assists new students in adjusting to life on campus, informs them about the College’s primary academic opportunities and introduces them to a wide range of student support services. Parents and family members are also included in the programming. There will be a parent “mix ‘n’ mingle” at 3:45 p.m. on Friday afternoon in the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons, followed by a informational session at 4:30 p.m. about how parents can partner with the College to ensure student success. Staff will be available to answer questions parents may have.

Friday will begin with check-in from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Niswonger Commons for both new students living on campus and commuters. Students living on campus will be given their keys and be able to move into their rooms during this period. Students must check-in as a first step and will not be able to move into their room until they do so.

Water stations will be located near the residence halls to provide refreshment during the move-in process and throughout the day’s activities. August in East Tennessee is typically one of the hottest and most humid times of the year. Please visit these stations to keep hydrated in the summer heat.

Tusculum College staff will be located throughout campus to provide any assistance that may be needed during Orientation weekend. For general information, visit the Office of Student Affairs in Room 223 Niswonger Commons. The Student Affairs Office can also provide information about health services, housing, multicultural programs, orientation, recreational sports, religious life, residence life and student activities.

Various departments will also be available to assist new students and their families from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. In the Annie Hogan Byrd building, offices providing academic advising, career counseling, disability services, student support services and tutoring can be found. The Admission, Freshman Services, Financial Aid and Registrar offices are located in Virginia Hall. The Business Office and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations are in McCormick Hall. In addition to Student Affairs, the Information Systems Office is located in the Commons.

The Campus Safety Office is also located in the Niswonger Commons. The staff is available 24 hours a day to serve students and can be reached at ext. 5318 from a campus phone or at 423.470.2710 to assist with room lockouts and emergencies. Parking rules and regulations are provided to students in a parking/traffic safety manual. Students who will have a car on campus during the year and who did not receive their parking decal during Advanced Registration are reminded to visit the office to obtain one.

After check-in and move-in, students and their families are invited to lunch in the cafeteria in the Niswonger Commons. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In the early afternoon, students will meet with their Orientation Leaders. More information about times and location will be provided to students once they arrive on campus.

A welcome to campus and other information will be provided during an open assembly at 2:30 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

Students and parents will then separate for their informational sessions and then have dinner together beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria in the Niswonger Commons. Parents are encouraged to say their goodbyes after dinner as students have another meeting with their orientation group later in the evening followed by fun activities.

Saturday’s schedule is full of activities to acclimate new students to the campus with a variety of programs about various topics, such as work study, counseling services, diversity, international study and the arts on campus.

On Sunday, the new students will have more sessions with their individual Orientation groups and have some time for fun in front of Katherine Hall. Orientation will conclude with an Evening Vespers worship service in the Pioneer Perk at 7 p.m.

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