Archive | June, 2013

Nashville alumni event scheduled for July 24

Nashville alumni event scheduled for July 24

Posted on 27 June 2013 by

Alumni and friends in the Nashville area are invited to an alumni event Wednesday, July 24, at Nero’s Grill.

Join us for drinks and complimentary appetizers  at 5:30 p.m. and/or dinner (Dutch treat) at 6:30 p.m. at the restaurant located at 2122 Hillsboro Drive,  Nashville, TN 37215.


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Robin E. Lay named Director of Career Services

Robin E. Lay named Director of Career Services

Posted on 27 June 2013 by

Robin E. Lay of Atlanta, Ga., has assumed the role of director of career services at Tusculum College.

Lay comes to Tusculum from Richmont Graduate University where she served as ad hoc career services representative since 2005. Prior experience also includes serving as academic advisor and as director of recruiting, also at Richmont Graduate University.

Lay has a Master of Arts in professional counseling from Richmont Graduate University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in business administration from Carson-Newman College. She is a licensed professional counselor in Georgia and a member of the American Counseling Association. She is also a nationally certified counselor and a Georgia College Counseling Association member.

Robin E. Lay

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve Tusculum College in this capacity. I look forward to building networking relationships with employers, alumni, faculty, administrators and students,” said Lay.

In her new position, Lay will be responsible for the development of student internship opportunities, working with employers and monitoring and advertising to students for testing dates for graduate schools, workshops and programs. In addition Lay will oversee the co-curricular transcript program and assist students in the exploration and development of future career plans, as well as with resume writing and interviewing skills.

“Robin brings a depth of experience to the Career Services office that will allow us to serve all our students at a greater level than before,” said Melissa Ripley, director of admissions. “She has served traditional and non-traditional students in undergraduate and graduate programs, assisting them in developing career paths to help them reach their goals. Our students will have those opportunities as well.”

Lay began her new duties in June.

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Just a few days left in the ’30 in 30′ Challenge

Just a few days left in the ’30 in 30′ Challenge

Posted on 25 June 2013 by

An anonymous alum donor has committed to matching every gift to the Tusculum Fund up to $30,000 between now and June 30, 2013. We need your help to fulfill this challenge in the few days left in June! We are calling on our faithful alumni and friends to make their contribution to the Tusculum Fund and DOUBLE your giving power through our 30 in 30 Challenge.

The Tusculum Fund provides strength and stability for the College as a whole, offering you an opportunity to enhance our students’ academic pursuits, expand library resources, support research, travel and internship opportunities and provide a top-notch faculty and supportive staff.

Make a gift via telephone by calling 423-636-7303 or online.

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Career changes, nuptials and more in this month’s Class Notes

Career changes, nuptials and more in this month’s Class Notes

Posted on 25 June 2013 by






Dr. Candace Bellamy ’91 of Austin, TX, has recorded her debut, full-length album, “In My Lane.”  The album received a favorable review in the Austin Chronicle on June 14.  “Physician by day, musician by night, Candace Bellamy brings “Sweet Sweet Soul” to her debut full-length, In My Lane, a years-in-the-making affair that finds the Tennessee native leaving no vocal stone unturned,” Chase Hoffberger states in his review. “Here’s one singer who shouldn’t have to stick to her day job.” The review can be found at this site.


Brandon Locks ’97 of Apollo Beach, FL, has been hired as baseball coach at East Bay High School in Tampa, FL. Locks has been coaching 19 years, the past nine seasons as an assistant at Hillsborough Community College. He also teaches English at East Bay.



Wendy Carpenter ’01 of Mosheim, TN, has been named principal at Mosheim Elementary and Middle School. Carpenter has served for the past two years as assistant principal at the school. She began her teaching career in Sullivan County in Tennessee and then taught in Annapolis, MD, before moving back to Tennessee to be closer to family. After earning her master’s degree at Tusculum, she has continued her education and has a education specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University and plans to finish work toward a doctorate in education from that institution this summer. She and her husband, James, have two children, Madison and Ethan.


Steven Tunnell ’03 of Greeneville, TN, has been named principal at West Greene High School. He has served as assistant principal for the past two years at the school, from which he is a graduate. He began his teaching career as a seventh grade social studies teacher at Mosheim School, during which time he earned his master’s degree from Tusculum and an educational specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University. He and his wife Heather ’04 have a son, Grant.


Joe Laspada ’04 of Brigdeton, NJ, is one of the teachers at Broad Street School whose quick actions are credited with saving the life of a fifth-grader who collapsed during gym class. The little girl was found to be suffering from a heart ailment, has made a full recovery and returned to school.


Beth Bryant Catron ’07 has been named the volleyball coach at Chuckey-Doak High School. She will be teaching algebra and English. She has taught for the last three years at North Greene High School and coached volleyball at the high school for the past two years.


Brandon Rohr ’10 has been named head men’s basketball coach at West Greene High School. A business teacher at the high school, Rohr served as an assistant coach to the team last year.


Josh Bennett ’11 ’13 has been named the girl’s basketball coach at West Greene High School. Bennett was named coach just a few weeks after earning his Master of Arts degree in Teaching at Tusculum. He played two seasons on the Pioneers men’s basketball team and served last year as an assistant coach for the team.


Class of 2013 members continuing their education

A number of the members of the Class of 2013 will be continuing their education in a variety of programs. They include:

-         John-Thomas Carrino and Amber Dykes have been accepted into the PA (Physician’s Assistant) program at Lincoln Memorial University.

-   Christopher Luke Harris was accepted into a Radiation Therapy program at Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke.

-    Billie Jennings has been accepted into the Master’s in Fine Arts program at the University of Tennessee

-     Alisha Jones and William Kemper have been accepted to the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine program at LMU

-          Justin Reed has been accepted into the Master’s of Fine Arts in creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis, MO

-          Ben Sneyd has been accepted into the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing at the University of Central Arkansas

-          Alex Wiedemann has been accepted to the graduate mathematics program at the University of South Carolina.



















Mark Persaud ’08 and Rachel Barnard ’09 were married June 1, 2013 in Maryland at a service that was attended by a number of Tusculum alumni. Front row, from left, are Sonya Ramsey ’08, Mark Persaud ’08, Rachel Barnard Persaud ’09 and Abby Swanger ’08. Back row, from left, are Cody Greene ’08, Glenn Vicary ’10, Ronnie Harris ’08, Nick Law ’08, Erin Law ’09 and Megan Hart ’09.






Anna Quillen ’46 of Portland, OR, passed away May 22, 2013. She was a retired secretary, having worked at the Episcopal Church Center in New York.


Clifton Earle Shotwell ’47 of Fern Park, FL, passed away June 19, 2013. Mr. Shotwell had served as a professor of mathematics at the University of the South and at Tusculum College. He was also a systems engineer at IBM for many years. His survivors include brother-in-law and sister-in-law and Tusculum alumni Bill and Jane (Shanks) Pilloni ’60 ’59. His wife of almost 67 years, Jeannette Meldrum Shanks Shotwell ’45, passed away last year. The two had met as Tusculum students. His brother-in-law John Shanks ’54 also passed away two years ago.



Henry Geiger, Jr. ’50 of Rogersville, TN, passed away May 20, 2013. Mr. Geiger was the president of C.H. Geiger and Sons Co. and was a farmer. A veteran, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Geiger was a member of Rogersville Presbyterian Church.


James De Baun ’57 of Conway, SC, passed away June 1, 2013. Mr. De Baun was a retired counselor, who has served at the Fishkill Correctional Facility. A native of New Jersey, Mr. De Baun served in the U.S. Army for several years. He enjoyed reading books about World Wars I and II and playing chess.


Lloyd E. “Butch” Schrack ’58 of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away on May 30, 2013. A native of Niagara Falls, Mr. Schrack was vice president of Schrack Oil Company for 20 years and served as an employment specialist at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara for 23 years. He was a member of the New York State Army National Guard as a M1 sharpshooter and gunner, and was honorably discharged in 1962. Mr. Schrack also continued his education, earning a master’s degree in education in 1993 from Niagara University and also graduated from Simmons Mortuary School in 1982. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Niagara Falls, where he served as a certified lay minister and co-chairman of the trustees. He enjoyed giving communion to shut-ins, helped with church functions and was a member of the bell choir and men’s group. He was past president of the Niagara Rocks and Mineral Club, belonged to the Masonic Lodge #1049 and was past president of the Niagara Oil Heat Association. He was a member of the LaSalle Yacht Club, the Niagara Club and the LaSalle Sportsman’s Club. His hobbies included gardening, sailing, canoeing, trap shooting, kite flying and rocks and mineral collecting. For the past 50 years, he has spent his summers in East Sebago Lake, ME.


Ben Thompson ’58 of Afton, TN, passed away June 21, 2013, following a two-year battle with cancer. Mr. Thompson was a lifelong farmer and enjoyed working his land. He was retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, working as County Executive Director of the Agriculture Stabilization Conservation Service before being appointed State Executive Director. Mr. Thompson also served for many years on the Greene County Election Commission and the Greene County Board of Education. He later worked as director with the Burley Stabilization Corp. Mr. Thompson was a member of the Mount Zion United Methodist Church and was known as a helpful neighbor, who touched many lives. His survivors include son and Tusculum alumnus Bandy Thompson ’05 and sister and Tusculum alumna Judy Thompson Philips ’61.

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Library Director Jack Smith publishes Civil War article

Posted on 13 June 2013 by

Myron “Jack” Smith, Jr., Tusculum College library director and professor, has published the cover article in the June 2013 issue of “S&D Reflector,” the magazine of the Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen.

“Gunboats at Buffington: The U.S. Navy and Morgan’s Raid, 1863” sheds new and detailed light on the July 19, 1863, Civil War encounter at a little known island in the Ohio River near Parkersburg, W.V.  On that occasion, Confederate troops under Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan were largely prevented by the Union Navy 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 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. Shackelford. Morgan, though imprisoned, eventually escaped and was killed in Greeneville on September 4, 1864.

“Gunboats at Buffington: The U.S. Navy and Morgan’s Raid, 1863” is based on an article first published by Smith in the Winter 1983 issue of “West Virginia History” and on research undertaken 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 and at the Tusculum College bookstore.

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Students earn Dean’s List honors for fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters

Students earn Dean’s List honors for fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters

Posted on 10 June 2013 by

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

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

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

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

Below are the listings for the fall 2012 Dean’s List and the spring 2013 Dean’s List. Students named to the President’s List are denoted with an *. Those who are listed on the Charles Oliver Gray Scholars List are noted with a +.

Fall 2012

Corrine Amelia Absher *

Christopher David Armstrong +

Benjamin A. Arnold

Robert Britton Arrowood +

Nicole C. Arthur +

Ashley Brooke Bagley *+

Kate Ann Barford *+

Ryan Matthew Barker +

Jeremy Howard Barnes

Toni Lyn Bates

Joy Elizabeth Beeler +

Maggie Leigh Bernabei

Bristoe M. Bible

Thomas James Bitner +

Anjelica Ashley Bolden

Taylor R. Boone

DeAundra Pauline Bowker

Noah Bradley

Katelyn Marie Brennan *+

Lindsay Nicole Bridges +

Robert Herchell Bridges

Tyler Lane Bright *+

Jessica Lee Britton *+

Ashley Caroline Brooks

Chancery David Brosan +

Adam Anthony Brown +

Kim Caroline Brown +

Megan Lorraine Buczek

Chelsey Nicole Burbank

Cassandra Joy Burchnell *

Lawson Henry Burrow

Ryan James Byars *+

Cory Alexander Callahan +

Derek Michael Cantrell

Katie Elisabeth Capel +

Alyssa Blair Carrino +

Kimberly Christine Carter +

Sarah M. Clabo *+

Stephanie Anna Nicole Clayton

Ignacio Collado de la Guerra

Rebecca Elizabeth Collette

Beth Anne Collins *+

Regina Dawn Collins +

Courtney Alyse Conley

David W. Cooper *+

Vinton Kaddeem Copeland +

Jillian Kris Corum

Lydia D. Couch

Alec Cunningham +

Mia Karina Damico +

Samuel George Davis

Trisha Lyn Davis

Derrian Danielle DeBusk *+

Caitlyn Elizabeth Dean +

Danielle Renee Doolittle *+

Ashleigh Rose Dorrbecker +

Kendra Deanna Dunn +

Samantha Durham

Kayla Rochelle Dyal

Amber Dykes *+

Madilyn Joyce Elliott *

Joseph Elphingstone +

Michael Rukshan Fernando

Thomas Codie Fleming +

Kevin Michael Franklin

Melinda Jayne Franklin

Ashley Nicole Fritz

Paisley Paige Fultz

Hannah Marie Gibson *

Melanie K. Gibson

Kayla Leigh Gillispie

Andrew Craig Goellner +

Jennifer Lynn Grant *+

Ashley Danielle Gregg +

Jennifer Leann Gregg

Shannon Mae Grimes

Courtney Danielle Hackney

Allison Marie Hall

Addie M. Hancock +

Edward Oliver Moore Hancock

Lindsay Denise Harbin +

Ashton Marie Hardeman +

Allison Marie Harris +

Shaquita Renee Harris *+

Alexandria Lee Hartman

Cheyenne Nicole Hartman +

Megan Hasse +

James Owen Hensley +

Tony Ryan Hight +

Caitlin Elizabeth Hobgood

Zoe Elizabeth Holcomb

Katrina Faye Holder

Steven Arlandas Hollingshead, Jr.

Sarah Elizabeth Holly

Jacenta Chyeata Holtsclaw +

Karalea Danielle Hord

Sara Chesnee Howard

Katherine Grace Hutchinson +

Courtney Nicole Hux

George F. Jackson +

Billie Jean Jennings +

Tyler Lynn Jinks

Tiarra Nichole Johnson

Alisha Janette Jones +

Kayla Desiree Jones +

Patricia Frances Jordan

Martin Dan Jorgensen *+

Kourtney Marie Kavic *+

Adrienne Martine Kaye

Pamela Rae’ Keen +

William Mitchel Kemper +

Staci Nicole Knipp +

Adam Kulbat +

Pablo Laguna

John Landers +

Kristen N. Lane +

Calley B. Lawson *

Shaina Denise Lawson

Hannah Irene Lefler

Patience Rae Leonard

Lindsey Danielle Lewis

Marissa Ann Lewis

Isiah Maurice Lyman +

Samantha Nicole Lyons

Whitney Brianna Marshall +

Russell Neal Matthews

Shawntez Matthews

Melissa Raye Mauceri +

Clare E. McBeth +

Billi L. McKenzie +

Monya Claire McMillan

Angie Marie Michaud *+

Jessica Nicole Miller

Tyler James Miller

Elijah Noah Minter

Colleen Elizabeth Moloney +

James Curtis Moneyhun

Amber Danielle Moore

Amy Leigh Morford

Kaitlyn Dian Morgan +

Tracy Regina Morris

Selena Renee Mounger +

Matthew James Moyer

Fredrik Muren

McKayla Grace Myers +

Jonathan Michael Nash +

Carson LeighAnn Necessary +

Amy Michelle Neltner

Jacob Amiel Norris

Jonathan Ryan Norton

Hilary Grace Ann Nowatzki +

Daniel Thomas O’Conner +

Cierra R. Ockstadt +

Theodore C. Oing +

Matthew Alan Olson +

Erin Christian Osborne

Jordan Lynn Ottinger +

Taylor Marie Parish

Bonnie Joy Parks

Taylor Hart Patterson +

Georgia Paturalski

Bree Anne Payne +

Katherine Erica Pearson

Shaveen Perera

Monica F. Perez

Matthew Ralph Pierce

Roberto Pimentel

April Poitras +

Erica Kristin Pomana +

Javier Portillo

Bailee Lynn Price

Kate Lynn Prisco +

Lamont Deyshawn Puckett

Ryan Xavier Ransom *

Nakita Nashay Raper

Alyssa Nichole Raterman +

Leif B. Ratliff *+

Casey Dalton Reagan *

Jordan Tucker Reams

Tiffany L. Rednour

Elizabeth Christian Reed

Justin Phillip Reed +

Laura Breen Rees +

Haley Lynn Rhoad +

Leneice L. Rice

Crystal Darlene Roark *

Jeffrey Daniel Roberts *+

Nicholas Bryan Rodriguez +

Andrew Duncan Rosetti

Jennifer P. Rossiter +

Jamie L. Rossman *+

Brittany LaShae Ryder

Christopher John Sabanosh

Sandra Dawn Salmons *+

Casey Leigh Sams

Ashley Nicole Sarmiento +

Norman Cody Sauceman

Jeffery Donovan Scott

Michael Douglas Scott

Zachary Allen Self

John-Austin Shepard

Adam Phillip Sigmon

Samantha Renee Silver

Jessyca Regina Simerly

William James Sivyer +

DeAsia Nikita Slater

Torrey Garth Slaven +

Christopher John Smith *+

Stephanie Lynn Smith

Paige Nicole Sneed

Benjamin Samuel Sneyd *+

Kekona Luke Soon +

Benjamin P. Spillner +

Brook Robin Spradlin, Jr.

Kaytlin N. Stroinski

Amanda Lynn Sumner

Lauren Elizabeth Taylor *+

Alexandria Danielle Threet +

Stacy Lynn Tullock +

Britney Nicole Turner

Joshua Jamar Tyler

Taylor Linea Tyree

Lindsey Infante Umberger *+

Samantha Renee Underwood *+

Kassandra Marie Voelker +

David Lynn Voiles +

Sarah May-Lynn Waddell +

Priscilla Marie Wampler +

Zachary Shane Wampler

Nicholas Alexander Wasylyk *

Amanda Ariel Weaver

Brianna Michelle Werder *

Angel E. West +

Dorothy Shynese Whitener

Alexander Keith Wiedemann +

Paul Wiederspahn

Ona Elisha Lynn Wilder +

Amber Marie Williams *

Marissa J. Williams +

Pamela Marlene Williams +

Terri Jean Willis

Destini Shea Wingerter +

Lukas Eiko Winkelmann *+

Philip Micheal Wistrom

Erika Nicole Witt *+

Erica Denise Worrell +

Elizabeth Ann Kathryn Wright +

Dakota Lee Younce


Spring 2013

Corrine Amelia Absher+

Brian J. Alexander

Erika L. Allison

Christopher David Armstrong+*

Benjamin A. Arnold+

Robert Britton Arrowood+*

Grace Ann Rose Arthur*

Nicole C. Arthur+

Ashley Brooke Bagley+*

Angela Nicole Ball

Kate Ann Barford+*

Ryan Matthew Barker+

Jeremy Howard Barnes+

Diana Marie Barrett

Miranda LeeAnn Beeler

Hannah Marie Berling

Maggie Leigh Bernabei+*

Bristoe M. Bible+

Thomas James Bitner+

Anjelica Ashley Bolden+

Taylor R. Boone+

DeAundra Pauline Bowker+

Mercedes L. Boyd

Noah Bradley+

Katelyn Marie Brennan+*

Lindsay Nicole Bridges+*

Tyler Lane Bright+*

Chancery David Brosan+

Adam Anthony Brown+

Kim Caroline Brown+*

Alison Mae Buck

Paige Buirch

Blake Adam Burnett

Justin Burnworth

Lawson Henry Burrow+

Ryan James Byars+

Cory Alexander Callahan+

Katie Elisabeth Capel+

Alyssa Blair Carrino+

Warren Henry Cheney

Sarah M. Clabo+*

Ignacio Collado de la Guerra+

Rebecca Elizabeth Collette+

Beth Anne Collins+*

John Zach Conlon*

Bridget Conte

David W. Cooper+*

Vinton Kaddeem Copeland+

Jillian Kris Corum+

Lydia Danielle Couch+*

Mariesha Fredricka Crocker

Alec Cunningham+

Jarrod Daniel Cupp

Joshua Logan Davis*

Samuel George Davis+*

Trisha Lyn Davis+*

Derrian Danielle DeBusk+

Danielle Renee Doolittle+

Ashleigh Rose Dorrbecker+

Kayla Rochelle Dyal+

Amber Dykes+*

Samantha Elizabeth Eldridge

Madilyn Joyce Elliott+

Joseph Elphingstone+*

Michael Rukshan Fernando+*

Alisha Marie Fillers

Brian Dean Fisher, Jr.

Thomas Codie Fleming+

Nicholas Larry Forsberg

Melinda Jayne Franklin+

Paisley Paige Fultz+

Nicole Marie Fyffe

Kimberly Elisabeth Gallentine

Kaela Mackenzie Gardner

Melanie K. Gibson+

Andrew Craig Goellner+

Jennifer Lynn Grant+*

Ashley Danielle Gregg+*

Amanda Marie Grempel

Shannon Mae Grimes+

Aaron Wesley Guinn

Courtney Danielle Hackney+

Carolee Hale

Kimsie Nicole Hall

Jama Nichole Hammontree

Addie M. Hancock+

Edward Oliver Moore Hancock+

Ashton Marie Hardeman+

Valerie Savannah Harrell

Allison Marie Harris+

Shaquita Renee Harris+

Tamara Denee Harris

Cheyenne Nicole Hartman+

Megan Hasse+

Ariel Gail Hawkins

James Owen Hensley+

Emee A. Herbert*

Tony Ryan Hight+

Carol Elaine Hogan

Zoe Elizabeth Holcomb+*

Patrick T. Holleran

Sarah Elizabeth Holly+

Megan Victoria Holt

Jacenta Chyeata Holtsclaw+

Sara Chesnee Howard+

Emily Paige Hudson

Katherine Grace Hutchinson+

Addison Lawrence Ingram

Clayton Scott Jarrell

Billie Jean Jennings+*

Elizabeth Melissa Marie Johnson

Kenleigh A. Johnson

Alisha Janette Jones+

Crystal Ann Jones

Kayla Desiree Jones+

Freddie Lee Jones, Jr.*

Martin Dan Jorgensen+*

Kourtney Marie Kavic+*

Adrienne Martine Kaye+*

Pamela Rae’ Keen+*

Amber Brooke Kestner

Stacie Marie Killian

Staci Nicole Knipp+*

Adam Kulbat+

Pablo Laguna+

John Landers+

Kristen N. Lane+

Calley B. Lawson+*

Shaina Denise Lawson+

Virginia Victoria Lay

Joshua Jo Jien Lee

Hannah Irene Lefler+

Patience Rae Leonard+

Lindsey Danielle Lewis+

Samantha Nicole Lyons+

Crystal Christine Mathews

Russell Neal Matthews+

Melissa Raye Mauceri+

Clare E. McBeth+

Zachary Stephen McCallie

Caleb Ray McCormick

Billi L. McKenzie+

Grace Ann McKinney

Kristen R. McMillion

Samantha Alexis Miller

Erin Ashley Mills

Elijah Noah Minter+

Colleen Elizabeth Moloney+

James Curtis Moneyhun+

David Marcelo Montes

Amy Leigh Morford+

Perry Akeem Morgan

Tracy Regina Morris+

Selena Renee Mounger+

Matthew James Moyer+

Darragh Paul Murphy

McKayla Grace Myers+*

Jonathan Michael Nash+*

Carson LeighAnn Necessary+*

Amy Michelle Neltner+

Kylee Jordan Nolan

Hilary Grace Ann Nowatzki+

Cierra R. Ockstadt+

Theodore C. Oing+*

Konstantin Olie

Victor Olin

Matthew Alan Olson+

Jordan Lynn Ottinger+

Bonnie Joy Parks+

Taylor Hart Patterson+

Katherine Erica Pearson+

Shaveen Perera+

Monica F. Perez+

Matthew Ralph Pierce+

April Poitras+

Erica Kristin Pomana+

David Lee Quesenberry

Noelle Elise Rankin

Alyssa Nichole Raterman+*

Leif B. Ratliff+*

Tiffany L. Rednour+

Laura Breen Rees+*

Nathan Andrew Reid*

Leneice L. Rice+*

Brianna Christine Rose

Andrew Duncan Rosetti+

Jennifer P. Rossiter+

Jamie L. Rossman+*

Sandra Dawn Salmons+

Ashley Nicole Sarmiento+*

Norman Cody Sauceman+

Michael Douglas Scott+

Zachary Allen Self+

Mariah Alexis Serrano

Tynan L. Shadle

Brittan Davis Shaw

Courtney Karyl Sherman

Emily Grace Shipsey

William James Sivyer+

Zachariah William Slagle

Torrey Garth Slaven+

Benjamin Samuel Sneyd+

Benjamin P. Spillner+

Danae Stauffer

Kaytlin N. Stroinski+

Amanda Lynn Sumner+

Benjamin David Talley

Jordan Everette Thomas

Alexandria Danielle Threet+*

Kayla B. Tipton

Britney Nicole Turner+*

Lindsey Infante Umberger+*

Samantha Renee Underwood+*

Eduardo Ernesto Vinas

Kassandra Marie Voelker+

Courtnay Cheyanne Vogel

Sarah May-Lynn Waddell+

Nicholas Alexander Wasylyk+

Sophie Ruth Webster

Angel E. West+

Dorothy Shynese Whitener+

Carly Joyce Whitman

Alexander Keith Wiedemann+*

Paul Wiederspahn+*

Amber Marie Williams+

Marissa J. Williams+

Pamela Marlene Williams+*

Carolyn Elizabeth Williamson

Terri Jean Willis+

Dawn Marie Winchester

Destini Shea Wingerter+

Lukas Eiko Winkelmann+

Erica Denise Worrell+

Elizabeth Ann Kathryn Wright+*

Jeffery Tyler Yount

Luis Christopher Zamora





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Family Weekend 2013 coming in October

Family Weekend 2013 coming in October

Posted on 10 June 2013 by

Family Weekend 2103 has been set for October 25-26. Mark your calendars and make plans to attend the special activities for students and their families.

Plans are being finalized for the Family Weekend, Tusculum’s annual event to welcome parents and family members of current students back to campus. Past year’s events have included question-and-answer sessions with administrators, a tailgate lunch, opportunities to attend classes with students and a cornhole tournament.

Watch this space in the coming months for more details.

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Taylor Rakes named Baseball Academic All-American of the Year

Taylor Rakes named Baseball Academic All-American of the Year

Posted on 10 June 2013 by

Taylor Rakes

Tusculum College pitcher Taylor Rakes has been named the 2013 Capital One NCAA Division II Baseball Academic All-America® of the Year, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.  Rakes becomes the first student-athlete in school history to be named Academic All-America® of the Year for their sport.

Rakes was also selected to the Capital One Academic All-America® first team for a second straight season, becoming the first two-time honoree in TC baseball history.

Rakes, a graduate student from Norcross, Ga., earned his Bachelor’s degree last year in Business and Economics, where he posted a 3.87 cumulative grade point average.  The Norcross High School graduate was named the South Atlantic Conference Baseball Scholar Athlete of the Year for a second straight season, while also earning a spot on the All-SAC second team for a consecutive season.

Rakes emerged as the pitching ace of the weekend rotation for the Pioneers this year as he posted a 7-2 record in his 15 appearances, including 13 starts.  His 84 strikeouts this year is the third-best in Tusculum history and is currently third in the league and 10th in the nation this year

For his career, Rakes tallied a sterling 26-7 record and is second all-time in career victories.  His 285 career innings pitched are the most in school history.  He is also second in career strikeouts (209), second in starts (45), fourth in complete games (9) and 10th in ERA (3.66).

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

Last June, he was named the recipient of the 2011-12 South Atlantic Conference Presidents Award, the highest honored earned by a league student-athlete.

Rakes becomes the fifth Tusculum student-athlete to earn Academic All-America® honors on more than two occasions in their career.

The Capital One Division II Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist the College Sports Information Directors of America with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2012-13 Division II Academic All-America® teams program.

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



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Two Tusculum students earn Acadmic All-America honors

Two Tusculum students earn Acadmic All-America honors

Posted on 10 June 2013 by

Two Tusculum College students have earned 2013 Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-America honors. Earning the honors are Jill Corum and  Lukas Winkelmann. In addition, David Cooper and Jenny Grant have earned Academic All-District honors.

The Capital One Division II Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist College Sports Information Directors of America with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2012-13 Division II Academic All-America® teams program.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, the College Sports Information Directors of America has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

Jill Corum

Jill Corum

Women’s golfer Jill Corum has been named to the 2013 Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-America® Women’s At-Large second team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.  Corum earns Academic All-America® distinction for a second straight season, moving up from last year’s third team.  Women’s at-large sports include: bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis and water polo.

Last year, Corum became the first Tusculum women’s golfer to earn Academic All-America® honors when she was named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Women’s At-Large third team.

Corum competed in 20 rounds for the Pioneers this season and averaged 78.60 strokes per round to rank second on the team and fifth-best in program history. She had one tournament win and six top-10 finishes in 10 events, and shot 238 at last month’s South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Championship where she finished in seventh place and earned a spot on the SAC All-Tournament Team for a third straight year.

The Knoxville native was named to the All-South Atlantic Conference first team for a second time and was also honored as the SAC Women’s Golf Scholar Athlete of the Year. She graduated from Tusculum in May with a 3.64 cumulative grade-point average as a business administration major. Corum is a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.

Corum helped the Tusculum women’s golf team to a pair of wins this season, while finishing third or better in seven events, including runner-up honors at the SAC Championship. She leaves Tusculum as one of the most successful golfers in school history.  She won a program-record five tournaments and posted the second-lowest career stroke average in TC history at 79.93.

Lukas Winkelmann

Lukas Winkelmann

Men’s tennis standout Lukas Winkelmann has been named to the 2013 Capital One Division II Academic All-America® Men’s At-Large first team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Winklemann, a sophomore from Boeblingen, Germany, becomes the second Academic All-America® in program history, but this is the first team member to be a first team selection. He is the first sophomore in Tusculum history to garner first-team honors as a sophomore. He was also one of only five sophomores selected to this year’s Academic All-America® Men’s At-Large Team and the only sophomore chosen to the first team list.

The 2013 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete Award winner, Winkelmann compiled a 17-2 record at number-one singles and a 13-6 mark at number-one doubles for the Pioneers, who won the SAC championship for the fourth time in program history. Tusculum finished 15-5 overall and 8-1 in SAC matches during the 2012-13 season.

Winkelmann, the 2012 SAC Freshman of the Year, finished the regular season with 12 consecutive victories and compiled a perfect 9-0 record in singles action in conference matches. In two seasons, Winkelmann has a 29-7 record in singles for the Pioneers.

In the classroom, Winkelmann accounted for a 3.93 cumulative grade point average while majoring in pre-medicine. He has earned selections to the Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, the TC President’s List, the Charles Oliver Gray Honors List, the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the ITA All-Academic Team.

Winkelmann serves in numerous leadership roles, including as a team captain and as a representative on the Pioneer Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He has also volunteered with Tusculum fundraisers and assisted the school in hosting the 2012 SAC Cross Country Championship.

David Cooper

David Cooper

Sophomore David Cooper has been named to the 2012-13 Capital One Division II Academic All-District 3 Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field first team as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Cooper, a native of Greeneville, boasts a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point average while majoring in business administration. He advances to the Academic All-America® ballot, which will be announced later this month.

This past season, he finished in the top-20 in all eight races, including two individual titles at the Warren Wilson Invitational and the Maryville Invitational.  He finished fourth at the South Atlantic Conference championship with an 8,000-meter time of 27:11.3, earning him a spot on the All-SAC first team.  He followed that with a 19th-place performance at the NCAA II Southeast Regional and solidifying his position on the All-Region squad. Cooper’s 8K time of 26:43 at the Bulldog Invitational was a career-best and tied for the 11th lowest in program history.

The Chuckey-Doak High School graduate finished fourth or better in five straight events this past fall, including runner-up honors at the Carson-Newman Challenge.  He has also been named his team’s most valuable runner in each of his first two Tusculum campaigns. Cooper is a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List, President’s List and Charles Oliver Gray Honors List.

He is very active on campus and in the community as he served as vice president and secretary of the Pioneer Student Athlete Advisory Committee.  He has also served as a peer tutor, YMCA summer camp counselor and has assisted with several fundraising activities in assisting the American Cancer Society and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Jenny  Grant

Jenny Grant

Jenny Grant has been named to the 2012-13 Capital One Division II Academic All-District 3 Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field first team as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.  Grant becomes the first two-time Academic All-District selection in program history.

Grant, a Franklin product on the Pioneer cross country team, posted a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point average while majoring in psychology and graduated with honors from Tusculum earlier this month. She advances to the Academic All-America® ballot, which will be announced later this month.  She was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America® third team last season.

She proved to be Tusculum’s most consistent competitors on the Tusculum team in 2012.  In her eight races, she recorded three top-20 performances, including her sixth-place showing at the Warren Wilson Invitational. She was named the 2012 SAC Women’s Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year and is Tusculum’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Grant is a member SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, the Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List, Charles Olive Gray Honors List, Tusculum President’s List and Alpha Chi Honor Society.  She is a three-time recipient of the Tusculum Student-Athlete Academic Award, which honors the TC student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average.

In the classroom, she was involved in research with the Psychology Department and presented her findings at the 2012 Southeastern Psychology Association National Conference. In the community, Grant served as a peer tutor and was a member of the President’s Society where she served as a student ambassador, provided campus tours to prospective students and represented students at Presidential board meetings.  She also served as president of the Resident Hall Association and was a member of the Tusculum College Track & Field Club.

Other community service activities includes: Voices Against Violence, Psychology Club, International & Multicultural Club, Plaza Towers Retirement Home volunteer, New Hope Cemetery volunteer and the Southeastern Guide Dogs Association, where she has assisted with the raising of a guide dog for those in need.  Within the athletic department, she served as vice president of the Pioneer Student Athlete Advisory Council (PSAAC) and was also on the Tusculum Student Government Judicial Board.

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President’s Society is building leaders of tomorrow, today

President’s Society is building leaders of tomorrow, today

Posted on 06 June 2013 by

Tusculum College’s President’s Society closed out the year with a number of successes in building student leaders in the civic arts culture of practical wisdom and service to others.

Tusculum College President’s Society is a student ambassador team focused on being a positive representation of the student body by demonstrating the embodiment of the civic virtues. They provide campus tours and student-to-student contact with prospective students of the college.

Sponsored by the Office of the President and advised by the Office of Admission, students are tasked with working group visit days and open houses, providing tour assistance on a Saturday rotation and assisting as needed for special campus events such as commencement and arts and lecture events.

This past year 10 students were part of the organization, hosting student tours, assisting with college recruitment efforts and serving as hosts at campus events.

Students included David Cooper, business major from Chuckey; Jenny Grant, psychology education major from Franklin; Jade Bussell, psychology major from Harrogate; Julia Newman, accounting major from Sweetwater; Vinton Copeland, political science major from LaGrange, Ga.; Owen Hensley, athletic training major from Nashville; Cierra Ockstadt, business major from Portland; Sandy Salmons, museum studies major from Irondale, Ohio; Jordan Ottinger, accounting major from Newport, and Alicia Jones, chemistry major from Murfreesboro.

“These kinds of opportunities will hopefully prepare the students for the future and help them with the career choices and job searches in the future,” said Nick Mitchell, co-advisor for the President’s Society and Pioneer Ambassador programs for the college’s Office of Admission.

“We have a very structured process for recruiting students to the President’s Society,” said Mitchell. “Students must be nominated to be considered and are then selected based on demonstrated leadership skills, participation in campus life and ability to communicate with others.”

Nominations for candidates for 2013-2014 are currently being accepted.

Mitchell said that in addition to their duties as ambassadors and hosts for the college, the students receive college credit for the training courses they are required to attend.  These courses include leadership skills, ethics, communication skills and business etiquette programs.

Students also participate in a team-building and goal-setting retreat and take a learning trip to explore business, government or cultural aspects of an area. Last year’s group travelled to Nashville, as well as participated in a career preparation workshop.

The group was also treated to dinner with President Nancy B. Moody where they were thanked for the hard work throughout the year.

Co-advisors to the President’s Society are Mitchell and Savannah Ewing, who are both admissions representatives for the college.


Members of the 2012-13 President’s Society and Tusculum staff support are, front row from left, David Cooper, Jenny Grant, Jade Bussell, Julia Newman, Savanah Ewing and Nick Mitchell. Back row from left are Dr. Tom Stein, Vinton Copeland, Owen Hensley, Cierra Ockstadt, Sandy Salmons, Jordan Ottinger, Dr. Nancy Moody and Alicia Jones.

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New Dean of School of Business named

New Dean of School of Business named

Posted on 06 June 2013 by

Tusculum College has named Dr. Michael E. Dillon, Jr., as the first Dean of the School of Business.

“Dr. Dillon brings a wealth of experience in the private sector and higher education to Tusculum College, and we look forward to working with him to continue to advance the School of Business,” said Dr. Melinda Dukes, vice president for academic affairs at Tusculum. “Dr. Dillon’s leadership is a great addition to the outstanding faculty and engaged students that are a hallmark of the Tusculum business program.”

Dr. Michael E. Dillon, Jr.

He comes to Tusculum from Lincoln Memorial University, where he has served as assistant dean, director of the MBA programs, department chair and associate professor of business. Dr. Dillon also taught finance classes at the University of Cincinnati for six years.

In teaching finance and economic courses, Dr. Dillon seeks to engage and challenge students to develop their skills in critical thinking and decision making. His finance research interests include IPOs (Initial Public Offerings), agency issues and corporate governance, healthcare and behavioral finance.

Prior to his career in academics, Dr. Dillon’s private sector experience involved sales, sales management and purchasing management. He also owned a consulting firm that assisted physicians with their financial issues.

A native of Ohio, Dr. Dillon came to East Tennessee in 2003. His wife, Mary, is medical director at the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center. The couple has two daughters, Rachel and Sarah.

Dr. Dillon earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Kenyon College, his MBA from Xavier University and a doctorate in finance from the University of Cincinnati.

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