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Homecoming 2013 just two months away

Homecoming 2013 just two months away

Posted on 25 July 2013 by

Homecoming 2013 is just two months away, September 26 – 29.

Make your plans to return to Tusculum College and enjoy four days of activities that include some returning favorites and some new attractions.

Special reunion events are planned during Homecoming for the 1960s alumni, 1970s alumni and the Classes of 1978 and 1988. Keep watching this space for more details, which will be announced as they are finalized.

On Thursday, Sept. 26, alumni will have the opportunity to bring a goody basket or snacks to be delivered to current student(s) living in your old dorm room or apartment.  College representatives will be visiting local hotels during the afternoon as part of a “Hotel Crawl” to welcome alumni back to Greeneville.  (See below for information about hotels in Greeneville.) Registration will begin that afternoon in the Living Room in Niswonger Commons. A Dutch treat dinner at the Whistle Stop restaurant in Afton tops off the evening. Alumni may also join students for the annual Homecoming Bonfire, which will take place at 9 p.m. in the large gravel lot off Shiloh Road just beyond the Niswonger Commons.

Friday morning, Sept. 27, alumni can see animals from six continents in a trip to Briarwood Safari in Bybee or take a three-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail in southern Greene County with guides from the Hemlock Hollow Inn.

Registration on Friday will be taking place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Living Room of the Niswonger Commons, and on Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m., registration will be outside of the Perk in the Niswonger Commons.  Campus tours (given by request) will also begin from the registration area.

Participants in the morning activities will be back on campus for “Lunch with Students,” an opportunity to visit with current students. The groundbreaking for the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Math and Science Center will be held in the early afternoon.

The annual Homecoming Golf Tournament will begin mid-afternoon at Link Hills Country Club with dinner to follow at the club for participants and others who would like to join them for the meal.

Two social media workshops will be offered on campus during the day.  During the evening, you can cheer on the volleyball team in its match in Pioneer Arena.

Activities on Saturday, Sept. 28, will begin with an alumni breakfast and the annual Alumni Assocation Meeting, which will include the presentation of the 2013 Alumni Awards.

The Homecoming Parade will feature the Golden Pioneer Class of 1963 as Grand Marshals. The parade will be followed by the Pioneer Tailgate Party at Pioneer Park. Alumni who were in the Student Support Services program or ARCHES are invited to a cookout at lunch and other festivities at the Patton House. The Pioneer volleyball team will also be in action at noon in Pioneer Arena.

The big game is at 2:30 p.m. as the Pioneer football team takes on league foe, the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears.

During the evening, the All-Alumni Dinner will be a casual gathering at The Event Center in Greeneville with alum George “Shadow” Winterbauer ’73 providing the musical entertainment. Alumni will also have an opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for the Kellie Pickler Concert that evening in downtown Greeneville.

An alumni pancake breakfast begins the day on Sunday, Sept. 29, in the Chalmers Conference Center. A chapel and memorial service will be held later in the morning. The worship service will include a special remembrance of alumni who have passed away since Homecoming 2012.

Both varsity soccer teams will be in action on Sunday afternoon at Pioneer Field. The women’s soccer team will begin play at 1 p.m. with the men’s soccer team taking the field at 3:30 p.m.

Watch this space for more details as plans are finalized and announced.

Hotel information:

Comfort Inn

1790 East Andrew Johnson Hwy. (33745)

(423) 639-4185


Days Inn

935 East Andrew Johnson Hwy. (37745)

(423) 639-2156


General Morgan Inn

111 North Main St. (33743)

(423) 787-1000


Hampton Inn

3130 East Andrew Johnson Hwy. (37745)

(423) 638-3735


Quality Inn

3160 East Andrew Johnson Hwy. (37745)

(423) 638-7511


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Share the alumni enewsletter with your friends

Share the alumni enewsletter with your friends

Posted on 23 July 2013 by

We are excited about what is happening on campus at Tusculum College and enjoy sharing it with you each month as part of the alumni enewsletter.

The enewsletter is an important way we share information about the College, upcoming events and news about your fellow alumni.

If you enjoy the enewsletter, please share it with your fellow alumni and encourage them to subscribe to the monthly newsletter.

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Check out the latest news about Tusculum alumni

Check out the latest news about Tusculum alumni

Posted on 22 July 2013 by






Dr. Ronald May ’68 of  Plymouth, IN, announced his plan to retire as president of Ancilla College, effective June 2014, to the Ancilla College Board of Trustees during its May 2013 meeting.  Dr. May has served as president of Ancilla since 2006.  His retirement brings to a close an academic career which began after graduation from Tusculum with a degree in history and political science.  He taught in the public schools of Carter County, TN, and Arlington, VA, prior to moving into higher education.  He served as a faculty member at Indiana University, dean of Tusculum College, dean and vice president of Waycross College, vice president and dean of Eastern Shore Community College and president of Louisburg College prior to his service at Ancilla College.  Dr. May is a former board member and president of the Tuscululm College Alumni Association.  He also has been very active in community service in the various communities in which he has lived.  He and his wife Joan have three sons.  He is looking forward to his retirement so that he can play more golf, continue a variety of community service projects and spend time traveling with his wife.



Karma Woerner Minkewicz ’80 of Austintown, OH, has retired after teaching for 31 years and now finds herself busier than ever. Her daughter Robyn will be a high school senior in the fall and her younger daughter Kathryn will be joining Robyn at high school as a freshman.



James T. “J.T.” Vogt ’90 of Maryville, TN, writes that his family is very excited and looking forward to spending more time at Tusculum in the years to come visiting his daughter, Samantha, who is entering Tusculum as a student in the fall of 2013 and will be a member of the Cross Country team. Additionally, J.T., who is a deputy program manager with the U.S. Forest Service’s Inventory and Analysis Unit in Knoxville, was recently appointed as an adjunct professor of entomology at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

The Rev. Jonas Hayes ’99 recently received Best Short Documentary at the Madrid International Film Festival as executive producer of the film, “Delta: 180: Changing Lives in the Mississippi Delta.” Rev. Hayes, a Presbyterian pastor currently living in Overland Park, KS, was a co-founder of the Delta 180 program during his tenure at the First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, MS. The program is affiliated with the national 180 Degrees Program LLC, based in Salem, Oregon, founded by 180 Degree President Dean Renfrow, co-executive producer of the film. The Award was announced on July 6, 2013 in Madrid.  “Delta 180:Changing Lives in the Mississippi Delta” is a short documentary filmed in Greenville and Washington County, Mississippi in 2012.  It tells the story of the Delta 180 after-school program for youth operating in Greenvillewhich is changing the lives of students and adult participants in the program.  The program continues to operate and grow in Greenville. The film may be viewed on the Delta 180 website,  and more information about the Delta 180 program may be found there.  For more information on the national 180 Degrees Program, visit its website.



Calvin Decker ’00 of Morristown, TN, has been named principal at North Greene High School. Decker began his teaching career at Bulls Gap Elementary School, where he taught students in fourth through eighth grade. He later taught for nine years at Cherokee High School, where he was the boy’s varsity basketball coach, and for five years at Morristown East High School. He served as assistant principal at East High School for six years and was principal last year of the Miller Boyd Alternative School in Hamblen County. He and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Lindsey and Leah.


Josh Wandell ’01 of Elizabethon, TN, is fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease and a special 3K run/walk has been scheduled September 14 in his hometown. The “Race for Wandell,” who is principal at East Side Elementary School in Elizabethton, began as an idea by several of the Elizabethton High School baseball players who wanted to show support for Wandell. He was an outstanding football and basketball for Elizabethton High School in the mid-1990s. Wandell started his teaching career at Happy Valley, where he coached middle school football. Since returning to his home system, he has touched the lives of countless students and is a popular figure at East Side and in the Elizabethton school system. As people have learned about his diagnosis, they have rallied around him. You can send best wishes to Wandell on the facebook site, “Race for Wandell.” For more information about the race, contact Elizabethton High School baseball player Connor Brown on twitter @connortbrown23.


Thomas Ishii ’03 writes that he is looking forward to attending the Nashville event on July 24. He is hoping that his wife, Barbie (Ricker) ’04, will also be able to come with their 9-year-old son, 6-year-old daughter, and baby daughter, who was born on January 16 of this year.

Gregory Daniel Merrill ’05 of Chattanooga, TN, writes that his time at Tusculum was “some of the best years of my education.  I miss working in the security office, and being a residential advisor for my junior and senior years.  Best things that came out of going to Tusculum were my wife, education, and friendships.  Thank you Tusculum. Shout out to Katherine Hall RA’s Ross Lewis and Ken Francis, miss you guys.”


Jeremiah Peterson ’09 of Boston, MA, is working at Pricewaterhouse Cooper in Boston. He is also enrolled in the Yale School of Management MBA program.


Josh Davis ’13 is now employed as a reading teacher at Soldiers Memorial Middle School in Tazewell, TN.


Samuel “Trey” Ricker III ’13 of Greeneville, TN, has been appointed assistant vice president at Heritage Community Bank. In his new position, Ricker will be a lender and lead the fixed rate mortgage division at one of the bank’s branches in Greeneville. He has seven years of banking experience that includes teller, customer service, training, compliance and CRA/Fair Lending Officer for Capital Bank. He and his wife, Jessica, a teacher at Tusculum View Elementary School, are active members of the First Church of God.




Adam Hall ’06 of Franklin, TN, was married June 15, 2011 to Laura (Litzenberg) Hall.





Justin Jeffers ’04 of Chuckey, TN, and his wife, Jennifer, celebrated the birth of a daughter, Addison Mae, on May 21, 2013.


Ryan Munson ’04 of Ogdon, UT, and his wife, Courtney, are welcoming their second child, Jack Ryan, born on June 13, 2013. He was 7 lbs. and 12 oz. and 21-inches long.


Kari (Karns) Perin ’05 and Timothy Perin ’06 of Port Clinton, OH, celebrated the birth of their second child, Luke James Perin, on Easter Sunday, March 21, 2013. He was 7 lbs. and 1 oz. and 20 inches long. Baby Luke has strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes.






Joy Dauerty Seher ’43 of Greeneville, TN, passed away on June 29, 2013. She attended Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church and served as secretary of the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library Association. She was a faithful volunteer for many years at the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library. Mrs. Seher was also a member of the Eastside Garden Club and the Newcomer Club of Greeneville.




Clifford C. Anthes Jr. ’57 of El Paso, TX, passed away July 11, 2012. Mr. Anthes was a veteran, having served a tour of duty in Korea. He was an Eagle Scout. After college, Anthes entered the mortgage banking field in El Paso. He then went into homebuilding and excelled in the first-time homebuyer market and land development. He worked in local politics and served in the Lions Club, Boy Scouts  of America and the El Paso Association of Homebuilders. He served as the chair of the El Paso International Airport Board in the 1980s. After retiring, he and his wife had homes in Washington and Texas. They also spent time in New Mexico, where they had a boat moored on Elephant Butte Lake.


Nayland Denis Clark ’58 of Greeneville, TN, passed away on July 16, 2013. He and his wife, Elaine Russell Clark ’60, had celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 29. A Charles Oliver Gray Scholar at Tusculum, he graduated cum laude with a double major in mathematics and physics. Mr. Clark worked at Sperry-Farragut in Bristol, and McDonald-Douglas in North Carolina, before being hired to work at the Magnavox Company in Jefferson City and in Morristown. Sometime later, he was transferred to the Greeneville plant to work as quality control statistical analyst and engineer. During his early career, as computers were coming into use, he taught several classes at Magnavox on using the computer and quality control. Mr. Clark continued working at the Greeneville plant after the company became Philips Consumer Electronics until he retired. He was a lifelong member of Asbury United Methodist Church and worked in many phases of the church as head usher, a lay leader, Sunday School teacher, member of the prayer chain, depositer, member and chairman of the administrative board and member and chairman of the board of trustees during the pastorate of Brent Hall. He, along with his wife, was a teacher of the Sunday evening Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF) for several years, and was a former member of the Cokesbury Sunday School Class. In 1973, Mr. Clark was a co-chairman of the Centennial Celebration for the church, which was a year-long celebration. Active in the community, he was a member of the Little Theatre of Greeneville, serving on the board of directors for many years, as well as stage acting, program design and set painting. In his younger years, he was an active member of the Jaycees, and held several offices. He was also a member and president of the Kiwanis Club of East Greene, before joining the Kiwanis Club of Greeneville in 1982. Soon after, he was elected secretary and remained in that position until 2010.  In 1983, he was instrumental in reviving the Kiwanis Kapers, and directed the first 13 shows. He worked on many projects throughout his membership and received many awards, including the Kripple K Award and Kiwanian of the Year. In 1996, the club honored him with a Kiwanis International George F. Hixson Fellow Award. In 2011, the Kiwanis Club honored Clark by dedicating the Kiwanis Kapers to him. He was an avid photographer and assisted the Greene County Heritage Trust with photographs of the homes that were open during the early Heritage Trust Tour of Homes.



Howard Doscher ’60 of East Hanover, NJ, passed away on July 4, 2013. Mr. Doscher was retired after 30 years of service as a vice president with Chubb Corporation before becoming an insurance consultant. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve. Mr. Doscher was a past president and board member of the Deer Lake Club. Mr. Doscher was known for his love and sacrifice for his family.



Cindy Louise Frazier Mabry ’02 of Morristown, TN, passed away June 18, 2013. She had taught seventh grade science at Jefferson Middle School for 18 years.


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Recent events bring alumi and friends together

Recent events bring alumi and friends together

Posted on 22 July 2013 by

Orlando, Charleston and Washington, D.C. are some of the places that Tusculum College alumni have gathered for events in the past few months, reconnecting with old friends and the College.

More alumni events are being planned. Continue to watch this space for announcements of future events and make plans to join us for a gathering near you.

Among those attending the Washington, D.C., event in June were Steve Parks '65, Don Eckelhofer '58, Scott Teague, Susan Crum ‘91, Austin Vance, Henri Weems '66 and Susan Parks '66.


Earlier this year, a large group of alumni gathered in Asheville for an event at the Deerfield Retirement Community. Photo courtesy of Judy Domer '61.

Networking events have also proven popular with alumni and friends. This one was held earlier this year at Jefferson Federal Bank in the Knoxville area.




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Students begin to return in early August for fall 2013 semester

Students begin to return in early August for fall 2013 semester

Posted on 16 July 2013 by

Construction of the two new apartment-style residence halls is in its final phases and the buildings are to be ready for students to occupy this fall.

August is just around the corner, time for students to begin returning to campus for the fall 2013 semester.

Resident assistants and Living and Learning Community PALS are to move-in on Friday, August 2, and on Tuesday, August 6, students who are working with the BTG program will move in.

Friday, Aug. 9, will be move-in day for a number of students. Scheduled to move-in that day will be orientation team leaders, members of the football team, athletic training students, student teachers, members of the band and colorguard and BTG students.

Returning on Monday, Aug. 12, will be members of student leadership groups including the President’s Society, Pioneer Ambassadors, Bonners, Student Government Association, PALS and mass media. Also moving-in that day will members of the men’s and women’s soccer, cross country and volleyball teams.

Freshmen and returning students will move-in on Friday, Aug. 16. That day will also be the final Advanced Registration Day. The next Advanced Registration Day will be Friday, July 26.

Returning students move-in on Saturday, Aug. 17.

As you help your student prepare to move or return to Tusculum College next month, what items are best to bring to settle your student into residence hall life?

Necessities to bring are extra-long twin sheets/linens, bath towels, shower shoes, laundry detergent, shower caddy, alarm clock, pillows, toiletries, laundry basket and cleaning supplies. Also remember to bring a telephone, UL-approved surge protector and an Ethernet card and cord (needed for network access).

Some optional items that are recommended include under-bed storage, a 3.1-cubic-foot or smaller refrigerator, microwave, computer, a dry-erase board, a fan, an answering machine, a stereo with no subwoofers, a television, microwavable dishes, iron/ironing board, coaxial cable, a coffee maker, can opener, lock box and crock pot.  Students who live in the apartments are also permitted to bring George Foreman grills.

Items not allowed in the residence halls for safety reasons are extension cords, candles, incense, fireworks, hot plates, popcorn poppers, space heaters, toasters/toaster ovens, air conditioners and guns of any kind including pellet, water or paint guns.


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Rakes and Sarmiento make it a Tusculum sweep of SAC Presidents Award

Rakes and Sarmiento make it a Tusculum sweep of SAC Presidents Award

Posted on 16 July 2013 by

Tusculum College’s Taylor Rakes and Ashley Sarmiento are this year’s recipients of the South Atlantic Conference Presidents Award, following a vote of the league’s Faculty Athletic Representatives at the annual SAC Business Meetings in Asheville, N.C.  This marks only the third time in the 24-year history of the award that one league school has swept both male and female honors.

The SAC Presidents Award is the most prestigious honor the conference awards to its student-athletes. It exemplifies the finest combined qualities of excellence in athletics, academics and community leadership. During the year, the league recognizes 14 Scholar Athletes, representing each of the conference-sponsored sports. The top male and female SAC Scholar Athletes from each represented member school are then nominated for the Presidents Award.

The Pioneer duo becomes the seventh and eighth Tusculum student-athletes in school history to earn this award, respectively.  Rakes garners this honor for a second straight year, while Sarmiento earns the SAC Presidents Award for the first time in her career.

“Through their dedication to athletics, academics and service, Taylor and Ashley have been great representatives of the South Atlantic Conference,” said SAC commissioner Patrick Britz. “We’re very proud to present them with this prestigious award.”

This also marks the fifth straight year and sixth of the last seven that a Tusculum male student-athlete has garnered SAC Presidents Award honors.  The six male honorees are the most by any SAC member in league history, while Tusculum’s eight total SAC Presidents Award winners are the second most by one school.

Taylor Rakes

Taylor Rakes

Rakes, a right-handed pitcher on the Tusculum baseball team, continues to pile up the individual awards this year.  Last month, he was named the 2013 Capital One NCAA Division II Baseball Academic All-American® of the Year, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).  He is the first student-athlete in school history to be named Academic All-American® of the Year for their sport and was also selected to the Capital One Academic All-America® first team for a second straight season.

The 6-1, 160-pound graduate student from Norcross, Ga., earned his Bachelor’s degree in May 2012 in business and economics, where he posted a 3.87 cumulative grade point average.  The Norcross High School graduate was named the SAC 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 year.

Rakes emerged as the pitching ace of the weekend rotation for the Pioneers in 2013 as he posted a 7-2 record in his 15 appearances, including 13 starts.  His 2.82 ERA was the seventh lowest in the league, where he pitched in 89.1 innings, allowing 23 walks and a team-best 84 strikeouts.  His 2013 strikeout tally was the third-best in TC history, while finishing third in the league and 44th 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 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.

Ashley Sarmiento

Ashley Sarmiento

Sarmiento, a member of the Pioneer volleyball team, joins former Tusculum basketball standout Julie Maples as the only Tusculum female recipients of the SAC Presidents Award.

Like Rakes, Sarmiento is a two-time Capital One Academic All-America® selection, earning a spot on NCAA Division II Volleyball Second Team.

The Dayton, Ohio junior setter boasts a 3.93 cumulative GPA while majoring in mathematics and math education (K-12).  She was named the 2012 South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Scholar Athlete of the Year, becoming the third Pioneer in program history to earn this honor.

On the volleyball court, Sarmiento finished first in the league and 80th in the nation in assists per set, dishing out 9.36 helpers per set this season.  The two-time All-Region and All-Conference selection finished 2012 with 1086 assists as she has recorded over 1,000 in each of her Tusculum campaigns.  Sarmiento has recorded 3,453 career assists at Tusculum, which are second in school history.

Last season, she was selected to the NCAA II Southeast Regional All-Tournament Team.

During her rookie campaign (2010), she was named the SAC Freshman of the Year and the AVCA Southeast Region Freshman of the Year, while also garnering All-Conference and All-Region accolades.

Sarmiento, a graduate of Centerville High School, is a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Tusculum Dean’s List and Charles Oliver Gray Honors List.  In 2010-11, she was the recipient of the Tusculum Freshman of the Year Academic Award and is a Tusculum academic scholarship recipient.

Sarmiento is also very active in the community where she is serving her second term as president of the Pioneer Student Athlete Advisory Council.  Her community service activities include  an elementary student mentoring program, Ride for Life, Scholar Athlete Student Leader and  the Greeneville Humane Society.


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Ninety-one students named to the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll

Ninety-one students named to the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll

Posted on 16 July 2013 by

Ninety-one (91) Tusculum College student-athletes have been named to the 2012-2013 South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll .  The conference had 806 student-athletes honored for their achievements in the classroom.

The SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll recognizes those student-athletes who carry at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and have completed at least one season in the sports of football, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s golf.

Tusculum’s 91 honorees are the third-most of the 10 league members.  Lenoir-Rhyne led the way with 96 honorees, followed by Catawba (92), Tusculum (91), Mars Hill (86), Newberry (81), Carson-Newman (80), Anderson (75), Lincoln Memorial (74), Wingate (69) and Brevard (62).

The SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll showcases the SAC member institutions’ commitment to achieving high levels of success both academically and athletically, as multiple sport-related award winners also garnered the distinction.


Tusculum honorees include 2012-2013 Capital One Academic All-Americans® Jillian Corum (women’s golf), Taylor Rakes (baseball), Ashley Sarmiento (volleyball) and Lukas Winkelmann (men’s tennis).  All four were also selected as the SAC Scholar Athlete of the Year for their respective sports, along with Andy Goellner (men’s soccer), Jenny Grant (women’s cross country) and David Talley (men’s golf), who were also named to the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.


Winkelmann was also named the SAC Men’s Tennis Player of the Year this season, while SAC Women’s Golf Player of the Year Emee Herbert was honored on the 2012-13 list.


Tusculum’s seven SAC Scholar Athletes of the Year were the most by one member institution in the history of the league for an academic year.


2012-2013 South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Tusculum honorees)

Student-Athlete Sport(s)

Ben Arnold                         Men’s Basketball

Nikki Arthur                        Women’s Soccer

Nicole Ball                           Softball

Jeremy Barnes                  Baseball

Miranda Beeler                 Softball

Hannah Berling                 Volleyball

Maggie Bernabei              Women’s Cross Country

Bristoe Bible                       Football

Taylor Boone                     Volleyball

Katie Brennan                   Softball

Kim Brown                          W. Cross Country/Soccer

Blakeley Burleson            Women’s Basketball

Lawson Burrow                 Men’s Cross Country

Katie Capel                         Women’s Soccer

John Clarke                         Baseball

Nacho Collado                   Men’s Tennis

David Cooper                     Men’s Cross Country

Jillian Corum                      Women’s Golf

Alec Cunningham             Women’s Golf

Mia Damico                        Women’s Soccer

Samuel Davis                     Men’s Golf

Caitlyn Dean                       Volleyball

Joseph Elphingstone      Men’s Tennis

Nick Forsberg                    Men’s Golf

Kimberly Gallentine        Softball

Melanie Gibson                Volleyball

Andy Goellner                   Men’s Soccer

Jenny Grant                       Women’s Cross Country

Ashley Gregg                     Women’s Cross Country

Courtney Hackney           Women’s Soccer

Allison Hall                          Women’s Cross Country

Jama Hammontree         Women’s Basketball

Megan Hasse                     Volleyball

Dameon Herring               Football

Carol Hogan                        Women’s Cross Country

Pat Holleran                       Baseball

Sara Howard                      Women’s Golf

Justin Houston                  Football

Kate Hutchinson               Women’s Tennis

Clay Jarrell                           Men’s Soccer

Patti Jordan                        Women’s Soccer

Martin Jorgensen            Men’s Basketball

Kourtney Kavic                  Women’s Soccer

Adrienne Kaye                  Women’s Tennis

Alix Kruel                             Softball

Adam Kulbat                      Men’s Soccer

Pablo Laguna                     Men’s Soccer

Calley Lawson                    Women’s Golf

Crystal Mathews              Softball

Caleb McCormick             Football

Kristen McMillion             Women’s Basketball

Erin Mills                              Women’s Tennis

Elijah Minter                      Men’s Cross Country

Amy Morford                    Women’s Soccer

Dakota Norton                  Men’s Golf

Victor Olin                           Men’s Soccer

Troy Owens                        Football

Taylor Patterson               Women’s Tennis

Monica Perez                    Women’s Soccer

Roberto Pimental            Men’s Soccer

Erica Pomana                     Women’s Soccer

Leah Powell                        Softball

Alisha Pugh                         Women’s Soccer

Taylor Rakes                       Baseball

Alyssa Raterman              Volleyball

Leif Ratliff                            Men’s Golf

Nick Rodriguez                  Baseball

Ashley Sarmiento            Volleyball

Michael Scott                     Baseball

John-Austin Shepard      Baseball

Jalen Shuffler                    Baseball

Samantha Silver                Softball

Billy Sivyer                           Baseball

Kekona Soon                     Men’s Cross Country

Danae Stauffer                 Volleyball

Chaz Story                           Football

Kaytlin Stroinski                Softball

Amanda Sumner              Women’s Tennis

David Talley                        Men’s Golf

Lindsey Umberger           Softball

Sam Underwood              Volleyball

Kassie Voelker                  Volleyball

Nick Wasylyk                      Football

Emily Waters                      Women’s Tennis

Shynese Whitener          Women’s Basketball

Carly Whitman                  Women’s Soccer

Paul Wiederspahn           Men’s Tennis

Marissa Williams               Women’s Soccer

Jonas Winkelmann          Men’s Tennis

Lukas Winkelmann          Men’s Tennis

Philip Wistrom                   Men’s Soccer


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Barksdale attends NCAA Career in Sports Forum

Barksdale attends NCAA Career in Sports Forum

Posted on 16 July 2013 by

Breaira Barksdale had an opportunity to talk with NCAA President Mark Emmert, above.

Tusculum College women’s basketball student-athlete Breaira Barksdale attended the recent NCAA Career in Sports Forum, which was held June 8-11 in Indianapolis.

Barksdale was among nearly 300 student-athletes from Divisions I, II and III at the forum, which focused on assisting student-athletes with making a successful transition from competition to their future professions in intercollegiate athletics.

“It was a very humbling experience. I got the chance to meet and work with other student-athletes who are trying to get in the business. It’s a very competitive field,” said the native of Baltimore, Maryland. “My goal was to go in as open-minded as possible. I was expecting a lot, and got more than a lot out of it, whether it was learning an elevator speech or how to shake hands properly. The forum went into so much detail on how to get an extra edge. There was constant networking and connecting with all different types of people.”

The student-athletes who were selected for the Career in Sports Forum were chosen by a committee made up of administrators from member institutions, conference offices and affiliate member organizations. Also included were the 2013-14 Ethnic Minority & Women’s Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship recipients. Barksdale was the lone representative from the South Atlantic Conference at the forum, and is the first Tusculum student-athlete to attend the event.

“I would definitely encourage other student-athletes to apply next year. I have a lot to share about the forum and the NCAA, and what it takes to be successful in the business,” said Barksdale, who was able to meet and speak with NCAA President Mark Emmert during the forum. “The chance to mingle with people from all across the country was one of the best experiences of my life. I had the opportunity to meet people just like me, with ambition and hunger, and it allowed me to size myself up to see where I stand.”

Barksdale was a member of the women’s basketball team at Tusculum during the 2012-13 season, and was a second-team All-SAC honoree after averaging 10.6 points and a league-best 4.2 assists per game last season for the Pioneers. She also recorded a team-high 59 steals and led the Pioneers in field goals with 117 as Tusculum finished 16-13 overall and 8-10 in the SAC, advancing to the conference championship game for the fifth time in six years.

“I would love to coach or be an athletic administrator, and I was able to get direction on which people at the forum I should connect with,” Barksdale noted. “It was an opportunity to gain more knowledge of what path I’m supposed to take. Everyone there wanted to be a sponge and learn as much as they could.”

The annual Career in Sports Forum brings career leaders together to discuss their professional career paths and to enlighten student-athletes on career choices and future decisions they will need to consider.  Barksdale believes that this and other similar events sponsored by the NCAA are the true reflection of the organization.

“The NCAA gets a bad rap from a lot of people, but events like this are truly what the NCAA is all about,” she observed. “Their goal is to ensure the success of student-athletes by giving them the best resources possible. The most important message we received is that we are the future of college athletics.”

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Dr. Tom Stein’s work to be featured in art exhibit

Posted on 10 July 2013 by

Dr. Tom Stein, vice president of Enrollment Management, will be one of the featured artists as the Greeneville Arts Council and the General Morgan Inn present a “Closet Artists” exhibit in the Mason House Gallery during the month of July.

There are multiple aspiring local and regional artists involved in this varied showcase. Artists include: Stein, Shirley Butler, Judy Reviere, Amanda Bachman, Becky McNeese, Jean Broyles, Sharon O’Neal, Linda Rogers, Amy Saxonmeyer and Walter Clark. A Meet-the-Artists opening will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, at the Gallery. The community is welcome to attend this free event. The exhibit will be on display through the month of July.

Upcoming exhibits at the Mason House Gallery include Tusculum College Assistant Professor of Art Aurora Pope, senior Tusculum College art student Hilary Nowatski, Lawrence Danecke, the Nolichuckey River Painters, Jeff and Becky Thomas, Joan Beaver, Amy Saxonmeyer and Greeneville and Greene County high school art departments. For more information on this or other exhibits, please contact Matilda Green, director of exhibitions, at 423-329-5366.

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Dr. Jonita Ashley-Pauley presents at conference

Posted on 08 July 2013 by

Dr. Jonita Ashley-Pauley, associate dean of students, recently presented at a national conference of Student Affairs Assessment and Research hosted by the Ohio State University. The conference was designed for higher education professionals to engage in conversations about how assessment and research serve to enrich the student experience. During the session, Dr. Pauley presented on her research into the assessment practices of student affairs programs at small colleges and her personal experience in pursuing assessment in student affairs in a session entitled “Everyone’s Doing It.  Or Are They? Student Affairs Assessment Practices at Small Private Colleges.” The keynote speaker for the event was John Schuh, a nationally-renowned expert in the field of assessment with more than 235 publications regarding the topic.

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