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Doak House Museum to offer workshops in batik, quilting and herbs

Doak House Museum to offer workshops in batik, quilting and herbs

Posted on 31 January 2013 by

Participants in last year’s batik workshop check their projects drying on a line outside the Doak House Museum. The museum will be offering a batik workshop March 14-16 as well as quilting and herbs workshops later in the spring.

The Doak House Museum has an enjoyable and educational slate of workshops for adults scheduled this spring.

The first will be “Batik and Natural Dyes,” which will be offered March 14-16 at the museum on the Tusculum College campus. The workshop will be from 6 – 8:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, March 14-15 and from 9-3 on Saturday, March 16, with a break for lunch. Batik involves creating designs on fabric using wax and dye.

In addition to their completed projects, workshop participants will also get to take home a specialized batik tjanting tool. Reservations and a small deposit are required. The total fee for the class is $55 per person and includes instruction and all materials.

Later in the spring, the museum will offer “Quilting for Beginners” and “Herbs and Herb Lore.”

Students in the quilting workshop will learn the basics of hand piecing and quilting on a small, manageable project. Participants will also have a chance to explore the history of quilts and patterns. Attendees will get behind-the-scenes access to the antique quilt collection at the historic home.

The herbs workshop will teach participants how to grow and use herbs in recipes, home remedies and homemade cosmetics. Students will take home a number of projects, seeds and potted herbs.

Dates for the quilting and herbs sessions will be announced at a later date. All classes will be $55 per person, and individuals will be able to take home completed projects.

Space in all workshops is limited. To reserve a space in the batik workshop, or to inquire about the museum’s other offerings, contact Leah Walker at the Doak House Museum at 423-636-8554 or

The Doak House Museum’s series of adult workshops is made possible in part by a grant from the East Tennessee Foundation’s Arts Fund for East Tennessee.

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 announces new master’s in education program in Madison, N.C.

Tusculum announces new master’s in education program in Madison, N.C.

Posted on 31 January 2013 by

Tusculum College held an Open House on Wednesday, February 13, at the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College’s Madison campus from 3-6 p.m., to announce the new education master’s degree program to be offered there.

Tusculum has forged a partnership with A-B Technical Community College at Madison to offer a Master of Arts in Education Curriculum and Instruction Degree program for licensed teachers.

To celebrate this opportunity and provide information for interested candidates and community members, Tusculum College heldld an Open House to introduce the program and answer questions.

“Tusculum is expanding the way it serves both students and the community,” said Dr. Melinda Dukes, vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum College. “This partnership allows us to provide high quality programs in an area of high demand in the most convenient way for our students.”

The program has been offered from Tennessee-based sites previously and fourteen individuals from the area recently completed the Graduate and Professional Studies Master of Arts in education degree program and graduated in May. There is also a documented additional demand for a master’s degree program from educators in the region. As a result of this success, the program will now be offered on-site at the A-B Tech campus.

Tusculum College offers flexible scheduling, convenient locations, reasonable tuition and quality programs that help students meet their goals. The unique class structure blends academics with practical application – in a collaborative environment.

Tusculum’s uniquely focused and practical program has enabled thousands of men and women to obtain the degrees they need to succeed professionally and personally. For more information, call 888-488-7285.

Tusculum College officials and officials from the Asheville-Buncombe County Community College announced the new partnership at the open house.

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How churches can faithfully respond to cultural changes to be focus of Theologian-in-Residence series

How churches can faithfully respond to cultural changes to be focus of Theologian-in-Residence series

Posted on 29 January 2013 by

Rev. Carol Howard Merritt

The Rev. Carol Howard Merritt will explore how churches can faithfully respond to the cultural changes around them as part of the 2013 Theologian-in-Residence lecture series at Tusculum College during the month of February.

Rev. Merritt, co-host of God Complex Radio and blogger for Christian Century and Huffington Post, will lead the series, now in its 22nd year. The series is co-sponsored by the Holston Presbytery and Tusculum College with funding assistance from Ron Smith.

Lectures will take place each Tuesday of the month – Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26. Each lecture session will begin at 10 a.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons. The sessions typically end around 2 p.m., and lunch in the college’s cafeteria is included. There is no admission fee to the lectures.

As a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), this year’s speaker has served congregations in the swamps of Cajun Louisiana, a bayside village in Rhode Island and in an urban neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Rev. Merritt has authored two books: “Tribal Church,” a look at how churches can provide a safe, supportive place for young adults while nurturing relationships between the generations and fostering spiritual growth, and “Reframing Hope,” which explores how the treasures and blessings of the inherited church can join with new ministries to create a vibrant church to serve its community. ­

During the Theologian sessions, Merritt will lead participants in an exploration of how generational dynamics, technological advancements and evolving communication have changed the culture and how they affect the ministry of the church. Participants will also explore how God is working in the current cultural landscape.

The opening session of the lecture series on Feb. 5 will explore how power structures are changing in a new generation. The Feb. 12 session will focus on how technologies, such as social media, are changing the way people do “church” together.

Why the art of narrative is important in the Google generation and what those narratives look like are the focus for the session on Feb. 19. The series concludes Feb. 26 with a session examining how congregations can faithfully respond to these shifts in culture.

Although the series has no admission fee, reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation for the series, please call 423.636.7304 or email

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Tusculum College librarian authors Civil War book

Posted on 29 January 2013 by

Professor Myron J. “Jack” Smith, Jr., has authored a new book, “The Fight for the Yazoo, August 1862-July 1864: Swamps, Forts and Fleets on Vicksburg’s Northern Flank.” This is the 85th volume published by the director of Tusculum College’s Thomas J. Garland Library.

In early August 1862, Union and Confederate eyes turned to the Yazoo River, which formed the developing northern flank for the South’s fortress at Vicksburg, Miss. For much of the next year, federal efforts to capture the citadel focused on that stream, but, guarded by stout defenses, swamps and motivated defenders, it could not be turned.

Finally, Union troops crossed the Mississippi River below, came up from the south and captured Vicksburg from the east. From July 1863 to August 1864, sporadic Confederate resistance necessitated continued federal attention. Charts/diagrams for the work were provided by the historian/naval architect David Meagher while the cover art features a contemporary watercolor of one of the involved Union gunboats.

Smith’s latest volume is the sixth in a series of related works from the same publisher.

The first was “Le Roy Fitch: The Civil War Career of a Union River Boat Commander.” It was published by in 2007 by McFarland & Company, which is located in Jefferson, N.C. and publishes more than 400 books a year on all subjects.

The second volume in the series was Smith’s 2008 “The Timberclads in the Civil War: The Lexington, Conestoga and Tyler on the Western Waters.” It was followed in 2010 by two additional works, “Tinclads in the Civil War: Union Light-Draught Gunboat Operations on Western Waters, 1862-1865” and “The USS Carondelet: A Civil War Ironclad on Western Waters.” A fifth volume, “The CSS Arkansas: A Confederate Ironclad on Western Waters,” was published last year. Smith’s next work, “The Civil War on Western Waters: A Biographical Directory,” is scheduled for publication in 2014.

Smith’s first book, a literature review of Civil War navies, was published in 1972. In the 41 years since his titles have covered a variety of other subjects, including examinations of popular fiction (spy novels, action and sea fiction); international conflicts, espionage, terrorism and political-media history (World War II, Vietnam, tv network news); community and college histories (Huntington, Ind.; Salem College, Tusculum College); airlines and logistics; and sports (baseball, football, equestrian studies).

During his work on those volumes, a number of notable individuals have generously contributed forewords, commentary, craft notes and editorial support, including three U.S. presidents (Nixon, Reagan, Clinton), reporters (John Chancellor, Richard C. Hottelet), generals and admirals (Mark Clark, Pete Quesada, Elmo Zumwalt), sports heroes (Roy Campanella, Tommy Lasorda, Tom Osborne, Bernie Kosar), historians (Bruce Catton, Cornelius Ryan, Charles McDonald, Lyman Kirkpatrick, John Erickson), and novelists (Tom Clancy, Federick Forsyth, Jack Higgins, Clive Cussler, Stephen Coontz, Norman Mailer, Hammond Innes, F. Van Wyck Mason, and Alexander Kent). 

A copy of his 2003 “The Airline Encyclopedia,” covering 3,000 pages, was donated to the Greeneville-Greene County Public Library in honor of local surgeon Dr. Stephen Flohr. In 2006, Smith was the first Greene Countian to publish an e-book.

In 1994, Smith co-authored “Glimpses of Tusculum” with Tusculum professor emeritus Dr. Donal Sexton. Two years later, he introduced Internet-based library databases and services for Tusculum College students and faculty. Recipient of various awards and citations, Smith, who also lectures widely on his Civil War interest, remains the only American to have received The Richard Frank historical prize from the German government.  

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, Smith presented an illustrated talk before the Greeneville Noon Exchange Club at Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Thirty people were in attendance to hear about “General Morgan’s Bad Day.”

Smith said, “Although challenging, writing can be rewarding fun. You often meet the most interesting people in the process.”

The price for “The Fight for the Yazoo” is $55. It can be ordered from McFarland & Company, Inc., Box 611, Jefferson, N.C. 28640. It also is available at the Tusculum College bookstore and on

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Youth talent searches audition to be held at Tusculum College

Posted on 28 January 2013 by

Tusculum College in Greeneville will once again be an audition stop for the successful “{One} Singular Sensational Evening” event sponsored by the Mountain States Foundation and presenting sponsor, Consumer Credit Union.

The benefit concert supports the Niswonger Children’s Hospital, and foundation officials are looking for a special set of talented kids to help out with this year’s production.

            Auditions for “{One} Singular Sensational Evening {AGAIN}” will be held in three separate locations in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia in order to encourage participation from kids all across the region. Five finalists, including one featured soloist, will be invited to perform with four professional Broadway stars in an evening of entertainment at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on April 13. A number of extras will also be chosen from among the auditioning performers.

            For this year’s auditions, children ages 7 to 17 are required to prepare a Broadway song, a country song or a classical song of their choosing. Each vocalist will have a 1-minute performance time. A CD player and a piano will be available at each audition, but vocalists will need to bring their own accompanists if desired.

            Auditions will be held at the following times and locations:

  • Feb. 4, 5:30 p.m. at Tusculum College, Greeneville, Tenn., Annie Hogan Byrd Theatre
  • Feb. 18, 5:30 p.m. at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tenn., Mathes Music Hall, Room 107
  • Feb. 25, 5:30 p.m. at Barter Theatre Stage II in Abingdon, Va.


 For more information, call Cookie McKinney at 423-431-1224.

The Broadway performers scheduled to lead “{One} Singular Sensational Evening” are Denise DiRenzo, who has performed in “Cats,” “A Chorus Line,” “Sophisticated Ladies,” “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Guys and Dolls;” David Elder, who has performed in “White Christmas,” “Curtains,” “42nd Street,” “Kiss Me Kate” and “Once Upon A Mattress;” Gary Mauer, who performed as The Phantom in “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and “Sweeney Todd;” and Cary Miller, who has performed in “Saturday Night Fever,” “Little Women” and “Seussical.”

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No GED exams for Saturday, January 26, 2013

Posted on 26 January 2013 by

GED exams scheduled for Saturday, January 26, 2013, on the Tusculum College campus have been cancelled due to icy road conditions.

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Friday (January 25, 2013) and Saturday (January 26, 2013) classes are cancelled for all locations.

Posted on 25 January 2013 by

Friday (January 25, 2013) and Saturday (January 26, 2013) classes are cancelled for all locations.

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Day classes cancelled for Friday, January 25, 2013

Posted on 25 January 2013 by

Due to forecasts of freezing rain and dangerous travel conditions, Tusculum College day classes are cancelled for Friday, January 25, 2013. Administrative offices are closed today. An announcement regarding evening classes will be forthcoming.

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Upcoming alumni and friends events include events in Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, New Jersey and Tennessee

Upcoming alumni and friends events include events in Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, New Jersey and Tennessee

Posted on 22 January 2013 by

Alumni and friends events in Atlanta, Birmingham, Lexington, Bridgewater and three cities in Tennessee are planned in the upcoming weeks.

Lexington, Ky.

Alumni and friends are invited to join the Women’s Soccer Team for the College’s Sixth Annual Keeneland Trip, scheduled on the weekend of April 13 and 14 for the Bluegrass Stakes Day Event. The Bluegrass Stakes Race is a Derby qualifier and the winner will compete in the Kentucky Derby the first weekend in May. The trip will be an all inclusive event. Plans are to depart at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 13.


There will be two options provided:

The Day Trip will depart on Saturday morning via Greene Coach and return that evening. This will include breakfast, lunch vouchers, tailgate dinner, entrance ticket, grandstand seating, race program, and much-much more. The cost for the Day Trip (all inclusive) is $115 per person.


The Overnight Trip returns on Sunday late afternoon and will include all of the above but also includes overnight hotel accommodations at the Campbell House Crowne Plaza Resort , breakfast, tour of a famous area location, lunch, and an evening in downtown Lexington enjoying the nightlife or shopping. The Overnight Trip is $185 (all inclusive) per person, based on double occupancy.


Should you choose to drive, the cost for the Day Trip is $75 and the cost for the Overnight Trip is $150, based on double occupancy. The deposit is the same, per below.


Both the Day Trip and the Overnight Trip are adult only events.

In order to confirm attendees and secure tickets for the event, a deposit of $25 for the day trip or $35 for the overnight trip is due by February 1. Payments can be made by Visa/MasterCard or checks payable to TC Women’s Soccer. To make your deposit and/or for more information about this event, please contact Barb Sell at or 423-636-7303.


Come enjoy the fun and help support Tusculum College Athletics and the Women’s Soccer Program.

Atlanta, Ga.

Join Dr. Nancy B. Moody,  president of Tusculum College, on Sunday, February 17, for the third event – hors d’oeuvres at the home of  Mary Ann Turner Maxwell ’69  and her husband, Jim, at 685 Glenridge Close Drive, Sandy Springs, Ga 30328.  The Maxwells are hosting this event from 2 to 4 p.m. for Tusculum alumni, parents and friends in the Atlanta area. There is no charge for the event. Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 13, by emailing or calling the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 423-636-7303 or 800-729-0256, ext. 5303.

Birmingham, Ala.

Also scheduled for Feb. 17 is an event in the Birmingham, Ala., area. The event will be at 6 p.m. at The Bright Star, 304 North 19th St., Bessemer, AL 35020.

There will be no charge for this event.

Newport, Tenn.

An alumni and friends networking luncheon is scheduled Tuesday, March 12, in Newport, Tenn. The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sagebrush Steak House at 201 Heritage Blvd., in Newport. There is no cost to attend.

Bridgewater, N.J.

Ted and Zita Heinz ’68 will be hosting an event at their home, 21 Muirfield Lane, Bridgewater, N.J., on Saturday, March 23.  Bridgewater area alumni and friends are invited to the reception  from 5 until 7 p.m. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. There will be no cost to attend.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming alumni and friends networking events – Tuesday, February 26, in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Friday, March 15, in Chattanooga, Tenn.


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Tusculum College classes to be held Saturday, January, 19, 2013

Posted on 18 January 2013 by

Tusculum College will be open for scheduled classes on Saturday, January 19, 2013.

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Tusculum College closed on Friday, January 18, 2013

Posted on 18 January 2013 by

Due to inclement weather,  Tusculum College is closed on  Friday, January, 18,
2013.   The College is also closed in observance of MLK Day on Monday, January

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All administrative offices closing at 4 p.m. on January 17, 2013

Posted on 17 January 2013 by

Due to quickly deteriorating weather conditions, all administrative offices at all campuses of Tusculum College will close at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, 2013.

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