Archive | March, 2013

Learn the latest about your fellow alumni

Learn the latest about your fellow alumni

Posted on 28 March 2013 by






Douglas P. MacKechnie ’66 of St. Albans, VT, has written to thank Tusculum “for allowing me to be a student. My time on campus really gave to me the realization that I had what it took to better myself in life.  My only concern was that at times I felt isolated because of my life experiences in the U.S. Air Force, really did not dovetail into the actions and thinking of the majority of my fellow students.I think I was the only veteran on campus and there were no available programs for returning veterans. Remember, I was a ‘Cold War Veteran’ and I was just returning from a world wide ‘Cold War.’ Today I understand that you have fine programs for returning veterans, and I thank you for reaching out to them. MacKechnie recalls that after serving in the Air Force between 1958-62, his bus stopped in front of Tusculum on his third day after leaving the service. It was his first visit and he arrived just in time to start classes. “Tusculum College was professional enough to accept me as a freshman while I was still in the USAF in the Middle East and Europe. Well as you can imagine it was an adjustment.” After returning for his second year, he wanted to move off campus. However, he was told he could not by administration, which led to him leaving the College. He continued his studies elsewhere earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree as well as Post Master Advance Certificate in geronological practice. At his retirement, he was a nursing home administrator for a 381-bed facility. He is moving to West Virginia in the near future and hopes to visit campus soon.



Kyle Cavanaugh ’80 of Durham, NC, vice president for administration at Duke University, has been appointed a TIAA-CREF Institute Fellow. Cavanaugh, who joined Duke in 2009, will be one of 61 Institute Fellows, joining others who are considered to be thought leaders in the topics of higher education, financial planning and retirement. The TIAA-CREF Institute brings these individuals together to examine strategic issues, conduct objective research and help inform decision-making relevant to lifelong financial security and the business of higher education. Membership in the TIAA-CREF Institute Fellows Program is by invitation and limited to prominent scholars and senior higher education leaders. Fellows, who have interests in research and policy issues, conduct research and share expertise and help the TIAA-CREF Institute identify issues and opportunities in areas such as retirement patterns and retirement planning, saving, attitudes and behaviors. Fellows serve a minimum of two years. As vice president for administration, Cavanaugh oversees human resources, parking and transportation, disability management and the Duke Police. He also serves as the university’s emergency coordinator. Before coming to Duke, he held positions in human resources at the University of Florida, the University of Texas at Austin, Rice University and Vanderbilt University.


Stuart Hirstein ’87 will be the new head of the University School of Jackson in Jackson, TN, beginning July 1. He was selected following a result of a national search by the school and was one of 18 individuals interviewed for the position. Hirstein has been serving as associate headmaster at Island Pacific Academy, an independent, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade school located in Kapolei, HI. Hirstein began his career as a high school teacher and then decided to join the U.S. Army, serving in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Before joining Island Pacific Academy, he was a product manager at Bank of Hawaii and manager of secondary marketing for Lehman Brothers in New York City. He and his wife, Mimi, have four children.




Brad Hawks ’05 of Galax, VA, has been named the 2012-2013 Southwest District Coach of the Year as well as the Region 4 Division 4 Coach of the Year as the head coach at Carroll County High School in Hillsville VA. The Cavaliers tied a school record with a 24-3 overall record and made the state playoffs for the first time in 22 years.




Tracy England ’05 married Joshua Treece of Middlesboro, KY on September 10, 2011. They welcomed their first son, Ryan Andrew Treece, on September 29, 2011.





Nancy Cox-Mitchell ’52 of Greeneville, TN, passed away on March 8, 2013. Mrs. Cox-Mitchell was a retired educator and member of the Greene County Education Association, Tennessee Education Association and National Education Association. She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church and a faithful member of the United Methodist Women, serving as unit president. An accomplished musician, she served as the pianist for the Men’s Bible Class for many years in that capacity and on occasion substituted as a pianist for the LaRue Bible Class. She was a faithful member of the Reflections Choir of Asbury UMC. Her survivors include son-in-law and Tusculum alumnus Tim Harrison ’82

Bill Cook ’87 of Johnson City, TN, passed away March 7, 2013. Mr. Cook has served his Alma Mater as an adjunct faculty member. He was a behavioral health assessment counselor with Mountain States Health Alliance.


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Tusculum plans for first cohort in new master’s program offered in Madison County

Posted on 22 March 2013 by

Tusculum College announces the offering of the Master of Arts in Education Curriculum and Instruction Degree Program to teachers in the western North Carolina region.  Enrollment in the first classes is in progress.  This program is designed for licensed teachers in K-12 education.

Through a partnership with Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Tusculum will offer courses in its Master of Arts in Education – Curriculum and Instruction program at the A-B Tech site in Madison County. The first cohort of students is projected to begin the program in June.

“We are very excited to offer the excellent teachers of this region an advanced degree program in a format conducive to the demands of practicing educators,” said Dr. Lisa Johnson, assistant vice president of academic affairs.

The graduate level program in curriculum and instruction is uniquely designed for K-12 classroom teachers. The 17-month, 33-hour graduate education curriculum features a strong focus on the effects of human physical, emotional and cognitive growth on planning and implementing developmentally sensitive educational pedagogy. Students in the program also develop advanced critical thinking and ethical decision-making skills for improving curriculum and instructional delivery in learning environments.

The program will include online and team learning components with classes meeting one night a week. The program shares the flexible scheduling that is a hallmark of the college’s programs for working adult learners. Students take one course at a time in a collaborative environment blending  academics with practical application.

Tusculum has offered the graduate program from Tennessee-based sites previously and 14 individuals from the Madison County area completed the degree program last May by taking courses on the Greeneville campus. The college was asked about offering the program in North Carolina and after research showed a need and a demand for graduate level program for educators in Madison County area, Tusculum began the process to receive the necessary approval from the State of North Carolina, which was received last fall.

For more information about the master’s program, please contact the college at 1-888-488-7285 or visit Students may apply for the program online.

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2013 Old Oak Festival slated for April 19-21

2013 Old Oak Festival slated for April 19-21

Posted on 22 March 2013 by

The Old Oak Festival returns to the Tusculum College campus April 19-21.

The arts and music festival will span three days and will feature something for everyone, including music, art, theater and creative writing, as well as gallery and museum exhibits on the Tusculum College campus.

The festival will be the place to find a good story, as several local and regional authors and a variety of storytellers are lined up to be part of the three-day festival.

“The Old Oak Authors’ Row will feature regional writers as well as authors who have connections to the area,” said Susan D. Crum, a 1991 graduate of Tusculum and associate vice president for Institutional Advancement for the college. “Several of them have associations with Tusculum College.”

Participating authors include Joe Tennis, Emory Raxter, Ray Rowney, Lisa Hall, Matilda Green, George Ryan, P.B. and Amanda Bachman, Keith Bartlett and Susan D. Crum.

Storytelling has been added to the festival this year, with everything from Mother Goose tales to Cherokee and Appalachian tales. Storytellers on the agenda include Madge Rohrer, Marjorie Shaefer, Faye Wooden, Kate Agmann, Saundra Kelley, Mary Grace Walrath and Circuit Rider Dr. Bruce Montgomery.

In addition to artist vendors and music performances throughout the weekend, there will be three performances during the festival of “5 X 10,” presented by Tusculum students under the direction of Frank Mengel, Arts Outreach technical director and instructor of theater, and written by Wayne Thomas, chair of the Department of Fine Arts and associate professor of English. Show times are 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

“5 X 10” presents student work in five, 10-minute plays. The shows will be performed in the Behan Arena Theatre in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center.

The college’s Allison Gallery will be open throughout the weekend featuring top student work in a “best of” show for student painting, sculpture and photography.

The festival is being coordinated by a committee of college and community representatives who are working to bring the historical event back as a major arts and music event in the East Tennessee region.

“We are expecting a wide variety of artists, including painters, craftsmen and sculptors, whose work will be available for purchase. Arts will include pottery, woodcrafts and folk art,” said Crum. “On stage, the festival will present the sounds of the region with a wide variety of music from bluegrass to jazz to local vocalists and musicians.”

Both the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library and the Doak House Museum will be open to visitors during the festival and will have special activities planned for adults and children.

The festival will also feature children’s activities including face painting, frontier-era toys and games and a llama exhibit. Additional a variety of food will be offered. Expected this year are vendors selling hotdogs, corn dogs, kettle korn, strawberry shortcake, ice cream, baked goods and spiral-cut French fries.

An old-time outdoor church service will be conducted by a circuit rider on Sunday morning. The service will re-create the feel of the frontier church experience. Dr. Bruce Montgomery of Milligan College will be featured as the circuit rider clergy. The service is open to the public and will be followed by traditional and contemporary gospel music performances throughout the day.

There is no fee to attend the festival. Hours will be Friday from noon until 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Crum at 423-636-7303.

Service animals are welcome; however, no pets allowed. Coolers and alcohol are also prohibited.

For updates and more information, visit the website at or on Facebook at www.facebook/OldOakFestival.

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Tusculum to participate in Edible Book Festival on April 15

Posted on 21 March 2013 by

The Thomas J. Garland Library’s 1st annual Edible Books Festival is coming to Tusculum College on Monday, April 15. The Edible Books Festival is celebrated all across the country.  The original edible books festival began “as an international celebration of the ingestion of culture and a way to concretely share a book.” according to the festival website.

Tusculum students, faculty, staff and their immediate family members are invited to enter the festival which requires them to create an edible representation of a book or literary character.  All entries must be made entirely of edible materials.
Entries will be judged in the following categories:

Most Book-like
Most Creative
Overall Favorite

Entries with the most votes in the first three categories will receive a $10 gift card and the overall favorite will win a $15 gift card.

A variety of ideas can be found with an “edible book festival” internet search.  You may drop off entries in the library from 8-10 a.m. on April 15.  Entries will be on display for college community voting from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  The winners will be announces and entries will  be eaten on Tuesday, April 16, starting at 11:45 a.m.

For more information, please contact Kathy Hipps (ext. 5123), Carolyn Parker (ext.5262), or Jack Smith (ext.5260) in the library.

The Communications Office will help publicize activities, achievements and events involving you and/or your area of the College. Please send news items to Suzanne Richey at  or Eugenia Estes ’04 at  or contact the Communications Office at Extension 5310 or 5230. Visit for more news and information.

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Seven Tusculum College students present at 2013 Blue Ridge Undergraduate Conference

Seven Tusculum College students present at 2013 Blue Ridge Undergraduate Conference

Posted on 20 March 2013 by

Seven Tusculum College students participated in the 2013 Blue Ridge Undergraduate Conference on March 8 and 9, with one of the students receiving recognition for their poster project.

Chelsea White

Chelsea White, a junior museum studies and history major from New Jersey, received the “Outstanding Poster” award for her exhibit, “Mirage of the Frontier.” The exhibit focused on the gender roles portrayed in Western art or “cowboy art,” and how modern assumptions are based on the interpretations of the West portrayed by this genre. White was advised on her project by Tusculum professors Dr. David Key, Dr. Peter Noll and Dr. Joel Van Amberg.

Also participating with a poster presentation was Tom Salinas, a museum studies and history major from Brownsville, Texas who is a senior. “Texas Roots: The Misnomer of Revolution” by Salinas investigates how the roots of the Texas Revolution define it more as an act of secession than a revolution.

Five students presented papers during the conference, which is designed to encourage undergraduates in colleges in the Appalachian region to conduct research projects by providing a high-quality, low pressure forum for presentations. This year’s conference was hosted by Lincoln Memorial University with approximately 90 students participating.

White's display, "Mirage of the Frontier," was recognized during the conference.

Presenting papers were:

Ryan Barker, a junior from Laurens, S.C., majoring in history and English with a creative writing concentration, presented, “Roman Britain: Claudius’ Social Obligation.”

Barker’s paper explored the reasons for the Roman invasion of Britain under Emperor Claudius and the historical significance of the island’s conquest using a lens of social and cultural obligation.

Cory Callahan, a junior majoring in psychology with a minor in chemistry, made a presentation about “The Implementation of Distributed Drug Discovery at Tusculum College.” Callahan, who is from Bristol, focused on research at the college to synthesize, purify and characterize a series of compounds for evaluation as anti-malarial agents for the Distributed Drug Discovery project, developed by researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Isiah Lyman, a senior from Boiling Springs, S.C. majoring in history and political science, discussed his research of “The Presentation of American Slavery in the History Textbooks in Tennessee from the 1940s to the 1970s. In his paper, Lyman illustrated how the section on American slavery has changed over time in high school textbooks and explored the possible influence of national, state and local governments on how the topic was presented.

Senior Samantha Lyons, a history major from Rogersville, explored “Boys Will Be Boys: Gender Modeling Using Frontier Images.” Lyons’ paper examined how the 20th century’s interpretation of the West and the frontier provided general modeling and guidelines for the behavior of children, whether intentionally or not.

Jack Scariano III presented his research about “The Changing Image of George Custer.” Scariano examined how Custer’s image has changed in the media from the glorification as an American hero in the late 1800s to a perpetrator of the genocide of Native Americans in the 20th century and how the changes of views of Custer reflect broader changes in society. Scariano is a junior history major from Knoxville.

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Doak House Museum to present workshops about culinary and medicinal herbs

Doak House Museum to present workshops about culinary and medicinal herbs

Posted on 20 March 2013 by

The Doak House Museum is offering opportunities to learn about growing, preserving and using herbs for culinary and medicinal purposes as part of workshops scheduled for May.

The museum, located on the Tusculum College campus, is offering “Selecting and Growing Culinary Herbs” from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 10, and “Medicinal Herbs” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. Individuals may attend one session or both.

“Selecting and Growing Culinary Herbs” will cover such topics as selecting herbs, growing specifications, harvesting for immediate use, preservation and using herbs to enhance food. The workshop will also include an opportunity to taste and smell various herbs. An assortment of potted herbs will be available for each attendee to take home.

“Medicinal Herbs” will explore selecting, growing or purchasing dried herbs for use to make medicines. Participants will make teas at the workshop to taste and will have the opportunity to taste several tinctures at the workshop. Workshop attendees will make salves and lip balm to take home. The session will include a demonstration of aromatherapy – how aromas can help elevate, alter and enhance moods.

Attendees at both workshops will be provided handouts that will include instructions and other herbal information.

The session about culinary herbs will be taught by Sandee Cook, Big Spring Master Gardener and community herbalist, and Joy Moore, a Northeast Tennessee master gardener.  Cook will also teach the medicinal herbs workshop.

The cost for the “Selecting and Growing Culinary Herbs” workshop is $20. For the “Medicinal Herbs” workshop, the cost is $25. Individuals attending both workshops will be charged $40.

Space in the workshops is limited. To reserve a space in one or both of the workshops, contact Leah Walker at the Doak House Museum at 423-636-8554 or

The workshops are made possible in part by a grant from the East Tennessee Foundation’s Arts Fund for East Tennessee and assistance from the Big Spring Master Gardeners and the UT Agriculture Extension Office.

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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Pioneer football team members help with story hour at Garland Library

Posted on 20 March 2013 by

Four Tusculum College football players led an action-packed story hour in the Thomas J. Garland Library at the college for 12 children of the Pioneer family. The evening began with each child getting their photos made while trying on the football helmet of Tusculum quarterback Bo Cordell. The children then enjoyed listening to Cordell read the children’s book, “Dino-Football” by Lisa Wheeler, while his teammates Brian Alexander, David Davis and Wes Powell demonstrated famous football moves such as the “dinosaur shuffle” and the “touchdown boogie.” Following the story, the children made football wind socks from tin cans and were treated to tailgating food by the library staff, which were appreciative of the time the student-athletes took from their busy schedules to participate in the program.

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Psychology students, faculty participate in regional conference

Psychology students, faculty participate in regional conference

Posted on 19 March 2013 by

Students and members of the Tusculum Psychology Department recently participated in the Southeastern Psychological Association’s 59th Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

Kate Barford, left, and Paige Hudson discuss their research with a conference attendee.

Tusculum students presented five posters based upon original research they conducted during the 2012-2013 year. The topics they researched and shared ranged from Theo Oing’s work on prolonging those songs that get stuck in your head (mental music) to the very well-attended session on biological correlates of empathy, conducted by Kate Barford and Paige Hudson. Oing is a junior from Chattanooga, Barford is from Alpharetta, Ga., and Hudson is from Hixson.

Tusculum’s students capitalized on the conference experience. Latisha Stover, of Johnson City, ran into a friend she had made at a previous conference.  “It was great to renew friendships and make new friends with others who are entering this field with me.”

Robert Arrowood, a junior from Erwin, added, “I found that I was researching questions that psychologists from all over the Southeast are interested in.”  He elaborated enthusiastically, “I got several emails from people wanting to learn more about my project  These will be good contacts that will certainly be beneficial when I go to graduate school.”

Oing has found that research enriches his education.  Explaining, “If you’re being taught something, you might be interested in what being covered. But if you’re doing research, you’re definitely more engaged with the subject. You’re choosing what to study, and you’re discovering new information by virtue of your research in the field.”

Jenny Grant, above, and the other students were first authors on their papers.

This year students were first authors on all papers, while Jenny Grant, a senior from Franklin, blended her interest in sports and psychological research to be the sole researcher and author of “Predictors of Sport Commitment and Group Cohesion in College Athletes.”

“Being first author is a bit of an honor, and this group had a particularly strong handle on data analysis, enabling them to contribute so significantly to the work as to warrant being first author,” explained Dr. Brian Pope, assistant professor of psychology.

Tusculum psychology students routinely attend SEPA and have a long history of being well-represented at the annual meeting.

From left, Tusculum College students Kate Barford, Theo Oing, Latisha Stover and Robert Arrowood were among the Tusculum College students who presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association meeting in Atlanta. At right is Dr. Brian Pope, assistant professor of psychology.

From left, Tusculum College students Kate Barford, Theo Oing, Latisha Stover and Robert Arrowood were among the Tusculum College students who presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association meeting in Atlanta. At right is Dr. Brian Pope, assistant professor of psychology.

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Tusculum to host Hokie-Smokey Baseball Classic April 16 at Pioneer Park

Tusculum to host Hokie-Smokey Baseball Classic April 16 at Pioneer Park

Posted on 15 March 2013 by

Tusculum College will be hosting the renewal of the Hokie-Smokey Baseball Classic on Tuesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. when the Tennessee Volunteers take on the Virginia Tech Hokies at Pioneer Park on the Greeneville campus.


Tickets go on sale Monday, March 18, at the Pioneer Park Ticket Office located at the stadium. Tickets will be available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Reserved seats are $20 each and general admission seating are $10 each.


This will be the seventeenth recorded meeting between the Volunteers and Hokies, but the first since 2001 when the two programs last faced off in Kingsport, Tenn. Virginia Tech lead the all-time series 9-7. The series began in 1911.


For more information about the Hokie-Smokey Classic, please call the Tusculum Athletic Department at 423.636.7323.



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Tusculum students recognized for literary works

Tusculum students recognized for literary works

Posted on 12 March 2013 by

From left, author Charles Dodd White was on hand to announce the winners of the Tusculum College Curtis and Billie Owens Literary Prize. This year’s winners were poetry and non-fiction winner Ben Sneyd of Greeneville, center; and J. Phillip Reed of Florence, S.C., winner in fiction.

Tusculum College students Justin Reed and Ben Sneyd are the winners of the 2013 Curtis and Billie Owens Literary Prize, annually given to recognize the literary achievements of the college’s creative writing students.

Reed, who won in the competition’s fiction category, submitted a work titled “Cleaving.” He is a senior from Florence, S.C. majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing.

Sneyd, who won in the competition’s nonfiction and poetry categories submitted an essay titled, “Paper Boys and Straw Gods” and poems titled “What You’ve Done Here,” “Drunk in the City, Remembering Home” and “We Were Nuclear, Darling.” Sneyd is a senior English major with a concentration in creative writing who lives in Greeneville and is formerly of Erwin, Tenn.

The students’ work will be included in a publication to be released during the Old Oak Festival, April 19-21, at the  launch of the Tusculum Review, the college’s literary magazine.

The literary award was established by Curtis Owens, a 1928 graduate of Tusculum College who went on to a teaching career at what is now Pace University in New York, and his wife, Billie.  He and his wife established the Owens Award at his alma mater to encourage and reward excellence in writing among Tusculum College students.

The announcement of the winners was made during a reading by award-winning poet Charles Dodd White, who served as the judge for the final round of competition. The reading was part of the annual Humanities Series, sponsored by the Tusculum College English Department.

White teaches writing and literature at South College in Asheville, N.C. He has been a U.S. Marine, a fishing guide and a newspaper journalist. He is the author of the story collection, Sinners; the novel, “Lambs of Men,” and co-editor of the contemporary Appalachian short story anthology Degrees of Elevation.

His short fiction has appeared in Appalachian Heritage, The Collagist, Fugue, The Louisville Review, North Carolina Literary Review, PANK, the Tusculum Review and other publications. In 2011 he was awarded a fellowship in prose by the North Carolina Arts Council. His work has been nominated for the Appalachian Book of the Year, The Weatherford Award and the Chaffin Award.

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Tusculum College named to Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service for seventh time

Posted on 11 March 2013 by

Tusculum College has been honored by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education with a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the seventh year in a row. The designation recognizes colleges and universities for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities.

Tusculum College was selected for the Honor Roll for its work in education, hunger, homelessness, environmental stewardship, economic empowerment and youth development in the East Tennessee region. Students have worked with Rural Resources, Greeneville-Greene County Community Ministries and Food Bank, Greene County Habitat for Humanity, Critter Works, Mustang Alley Horse Rescue, Inc., the Greeneville and Greene County school systems, the Boys and Girls Club, the Mission Soup Kitchen at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church and many other groups.

“Since 1794 Tusculum College has desired to teach its students to serve their communities and to develop strong values that included service to humankind,” said Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody.

She added that service projects and service learning experiences are part of the core of Tusculum College’s mission that includes the Civic Arts and service to others as part of its overall mission.

“I am delighted Tusculum has been honored with this distinction; service and civic engagement are an integral part of campus life and campus culture,” said Rachel Edens, program director of the Center for Civic Advancement at Tusculum College.

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

In addition, numerous projects have been completed by staff, faculty and other volunteer groups associated with Tusculum College.

The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is presented during the annual conference of the American Council on Education.

“Communities are strengthened when we all come together, and we are encouraged that these institutions and their students have made service a priority,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Civic engagement should be a key component of every student’s education experience. Through reaching out to meet the needs of their neighbors, these students are deepening their impact, strengthening our democracy and ultimately preparing themselves to be successful citizens.”

College students make a significant contribution to their communities through volunteering and service, according to the most recent Volunteering and Civic Life in America report. In 2012, 3.1 million college students dedicated more than 118 million hours of service across the country — a contribution valued at $2.5 billion.

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Tibetan monks to perform sacred dance on Thursday, March 21

Tibetan monks to perform sacred dance on Thursday, March 21

Posted on 11 March 2013 by

Singers from Tibet’s Drepung Loseling Monastery will perform “Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium on the Tusculum College campus.

The famed multiphonic singers of Tibet’s Drepung Loseling Monastery will perform Thursday, March 21, at Tusculum College.

The singers, whose sellout performances in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center have received national acclaim, will perform “Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing.” The performance will be at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus. The event is part of the Tusculum College Arts Outreach Acts, Arts, Academia’s 2012-13 performance and lecture series.

The performance features multiphonic singing, wherein the monks simultaneously intone three notes of a chord. The Drepung Loseling monks are particularly renowned for this unique singing. They also utilize traditional instruments such as 10-foot long dung-chen horns, drums, bells, cymbals and gyaling trumpets. Rich brocade costumes and masked dances, such as the Dance of the Sacred Snow Lion, add to the exotic splendor.

Colorful costumes and masked dances add to the splendor of the monks' performance.

The monks’ performance is part of their international tour, The Mystical Arts of Tibet, co-produced by Richard Gere Productions and Drepung Loseling Institute, the North American Seat of Drepung Loseling Monastery, India. Endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the tour has three basic purposes: to make a contribution to world peace and healing, to generate a greater awareness of the endangered Tibetan civilization and to raise support for the Tibetan refugee community in India.

The monks of Drepung Loseling have a very distinguished modern-day musical history. On past tours they have performed with Kitaro, Paul Simon, Philip Glass, Eddie Brickell, Natalie Merchant, Patti Smith, the Beastie Boys and the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart. In addition, two of their recordings achieved top-10 listings on the New Age charts: Tibetan Sacred Temple Music (Shining Star Productions) and Sacred Tibetan Chants (Music and Arts Program of America, Inc.).

Their most recent recording, Compassion (Milennia Music), pairs them with the Abbey of Gethsemani Schola in an encounter of Gregorian chant with Tibetan multiphonic singing.Their music was featured on the Golden Globe-nominated soundtrack of the film Seven Years in Tibet, starring Brad Pitt (Columbia Pictures) and they performed with Philip Glass in Lincoln Center in the live presentation of his award-winning score to the Martin Scorsese fi lm Kundun (Disney).

In response to the September 11 tragedies, they had the honor of creating special mandalas and leading prayer ceremonies and meditations in New York and Washington. Organized in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution, these events were dedicated to the healing and protection of America.

The Loseling monks have twice been featured artists at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, representing Tibetan culture, and in July 2003 enjoyed the rare honor of representing Tibet in the Cultural Olympiad of Greece, a pre-Olympic celebration of World Sacred Music and Dance. For this event the monks toured Greece and performed at venues that included the Acropolis and ancient Olympia, the historic site of the original Olympics.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (60 years of age and over) and  $5 children under 12 years of age. For more information, please call 423-798-1620 or email

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