Archive | December, 2013

Tusculum College students attend Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature

Posted on 20 December 2013 by

Tusculum College students recently had the opportunity to attend the 44th General Assembly of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature, a mock level legislation in Nashville.

The delegation consisted of Caitlin Curtis, a junior history major from Knoxville; Montreal Fisher, a freshman history and government education major from Springfield; Ashley Fritz, a senior psychology major form Duffield, Va.; Steven Hollingshead, a senior political science major from Memphis; Pamela Keen; a senior political science major from Nashville; Trevor Long, a senior political science major from Marion, Va; Kiah McIsaac, a freshman English major from Memphis, and Alex Walker, a senior political science major from Durham, N.C.

This is Tusculum’s third year sending a delegation to TISL and was marked with success as Curtis and Fritz received awards for best clerk and best journalist reporter. In addition, Keen served on the TISL executive council as state treasurer, and Hollingshead wrote the college’s first bill for TISL regarding the number of bike lanes on roads across Tennessee

Fritz, who served as chair of the delegation commented, “I’m looking forward to seeing how Tusculum continues to uphold its strong reputation with TISL in future years.”

While at the conference, Long, who served as a member of the TISL senate and Walker, who served as a member of the house each sponsored a bill. Long also served as secretary of the commerce committee and debated legislation. Walker served as a member of the judiciary committee.

Outside of direct legislative positions, McIsaac and Fritz each served as journalists for TISL media, with each being published in TISL’s newspaper, the TISL Times. In addition, Curtis and Fisher both served as deputy clerk and marshall.

Fritz added that she felt TISL provided an opportunity for her and several members of the delegation to discover their voice and then develop the passion to utilize it.

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Valentine’s Day Dinner/Swing Dance a benefit for band program

Valentine’s Day Dinner/Swing Dance a benefit for band program

Posted on 20 December 2013 by

The Tusculum College Pioneer Jazz Band will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Dinner/Swing Dance benefit on Friday, Feb. 14, at the General Morgan Inn. The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. The event will include dinner and a performance of the Pioneer Jazz Band, along with special guests.

The event is a fundraiser to help raise money for much-needed equipment for the entire Tusculum band program, according to David A. Price, director of music at Tusculum College.

“We have planned a wonderful, romantic night of great food, great music and dancing through the evening,” Price said. “It’s the perfect event for Valentine’s Day, with a few special surprises included. Tickets would also make a wonderful Christmas gift for someone special.”

Ticket prices are $50 per person and include dance tickets, an opening reception, a prime rib and shrimp dinner and a special dessert. Please call in advance to request a vegetarian substitution. A cash bar will be available.

Tickets are available for purchase at the General Morgan Inn or by contacting Price at 423-636-7303 or emailing A hotel package special is also available by contacting the General Morgan Inn at 423-787-1000.

Sponsorships and table packages are also available for the event by contacting Price.

The Pioneer Band Program at Tusculum College began in 2010, with the creation of the Pioneer Pep Band. The Pep Band became a much-enjoyed feature of the 2010 Pioneer football and basketball seasons, as the band performed at the Pioneer Club tailgate parties before each home football game and during pregame and half-time festivities.

A concert band was formed in the 2010-2011 academic year as well, and the newly-formed group was honored to be asked to play at the Inauguration Ceremony for the College’s new president, Dr. Nancy B. Moody, on October 8, 2010.

To date the music program continues to grow each year and has also formed a Jazz Band, several small instrumental ensembles and a Handbell Choir.

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Joanna Malcom named assistant director of Tusculum Fund at Tusculum College

Posted on 19 December 2013 by

Joanna Malcom is the new assistant director of the Tusculum Fund at Tusculum College, officials announced today. Malcom started her new position on November 1.

Malcom comes to Tusculum from Berea College in Kentucky, her alma mater. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Berea.

“We are thrilled to have Joanna join the advancement team at Tusculum College. Her work as a gift officer at Berea will align well with her duties at Tusculum,” said Heather Patchett, vice president for institutional advancement. “She is a valuable addition to our already excellent team.”

Joanna Malcom

As assistant director of the Tusculum Fund, Malcom will execute the annual phoneathon, oversee the Faculty/Staff campaign and Senior Gift campaign, as well as work as part of the Tusculum College development team.

“I am really excited to be a part of Tusculum College. The mission and values of the college are similar to the ones instilled in me at Berea College, and it’s an awesome feeling to be giving back in this way. The campus is beautiful, everyone is incredibly welcoming, and I’m working alongside very gifted faculty, staff and students.”

Prior to coming to Tusculum, Malcom was an annual fund gift officer at Berea and worked on a number of campaigns for that institution. In addition, she worked with Berea’s planned giving program and assisted with alumni and other events.

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Alumni invited to event Saturday, Jan. 4, in Knoxville

Alumni invited to event Saturday, Jan. 4, in Knoxville

Posted on 16 December 2013 by

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Tips and information for end-of-year giving

Tips and information for end-of-year giving

Posted on 16 December 2013 by

For many alumni and friends of Tusculum College, the end of the year is a traditional time for giving. Gifts to Tusculum not only provide important support for College programs, but also yield significant and timely tax savings. Gifts may be made in a number of ways, and careful planning will assure that both you and Tusculum receive maximum benefits. The fol­lowing information may be helpful as you consider giving at this time.

Online giving is both easy and efficient. However, for your gift to be accepted as a 2013 calendar year gift, please sub­mit your online gift no later than noon eastern time, on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Because IRS laws dictate that gifts must be in our control by December 31 for same-year tax credit, provisions will be made to ensure that on-line gifts are processed on the day they are received. Online gifts can be made with VISA, MasterCard or Discover Card at

If you are sending your gift through the United States Postal Service, it will need to be postmarked no later than December 31, 2013. We do not suggest using Federal Express or UPS since gifts that come from these carriers are not considered in our control until we actually receive them.

If you would like to bring your gift by the Office of Institutional Advancement (lo­cated on the third floor of McCormick Hall), our offices will be open on December 23, 24, 26, 27, 30 and 31 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your gift to the College, please call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 423-636-7303.  Staff will be available to answer your call during the dates and times listed above. If your call is not answered, please leave a message and someone will call you back as soon as possible. On behalf of our faculty, staff and students, thank you. We wish you a blessed holiday.


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Discount available for Tusculum alumni at Biltmore

Discount available for Tusculum alumni at Biltmore

Posted on 16 December 2013 by

Tusculum alumni can receive a discount on admission to “Candelight Christmas Evenings” at the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC.

Admission will include a reserved evening visit to Biltmore House and daytime access to Biltmore’s Gardens, Antler Hill Village and Winery, the Farm, shops and restaurants on the same day as the Candlelight visit or the following day. Free parking is also included.

Admission is available through December 19 for $47 for adults (17+) and $23.50 for youth ages 10-16. Children under the age of nine are admitted free.

Admission for December 20 through January 4 is $69 for adults and $35.50 for youth with children under nine admitted free. Biltmore will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Regular gate pricing is $69 to $79.

Alumni should call Biltmore to order tickets. Reservations can be made by calling toll free 866-851-4661 and reference promo code 500.



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Learn the latest about your fellow classmates

Learn the latest about your fellow classmates

Posted on 16 December 2013 by






Harry Walker ’79 of  Towson, MD, recently earned his doctorate in education from Johns Hopkins University. His doctorate is in leadership and teacher development. Harry had retired from the Baltimore County Public Schools after 33 years, most spent as an elementary school principal. After a brief time in the private sector as a senior education technology consultant with Education Elements, he has returned to school leadership as the principal of Bellows Spring Elementary School in Howard County, MD.



Bo Cordell ’13 was named among the name of nine finalists for the 2013 Harlan Hill Trophy, the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year Award. Cordell, a graduate student at Tusculum originally from Cincinnati, OH, is the first player in Tusculum history to be named a national finalist for NCAA II football’s most coveted individual honor twice in his career. He was also a finalist in 2010. Cordell is also the first quarterback in program history to earn All-America distinction in two separate seasons.  He was recently named to the 2013 Beyond Sports Network NCAA Division II All-America Football Team and was recognized twice in 2010 by and Don Hansen’s Football Gazette. Cordell had one of the most prolific careers ever by a collegiate signal caller. He owns 15 NCAA Division II records, including career passing yards (16,265 – 4th all NCAA divisions), career completions (1,397 – 3rd all NCAA divisions), career pass attempts (2,187 – 3rd all NCAA divisions) career total offensive yards (16,432 – 4th all NCAA divisions) and total offensive plays in a career (2,572 – 2nd all NCAA divisions). Cordell was also named the 2013 South Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, becoming the first Tusculum player to earn the honor multiple times in his career (2010 and 2013).  He owns 13 South Atlantic Conference football records, including career touchdown passes (112) and touchdowns responsible for (127), marks he established in his collegiate finale against Mars Hill University.





Betty Beeson Helms ’44 of Neenah, WI, passed away on December 11, 2013. Mrs. Helms had deep ties to Tusculum College. Her grandfather was Professor Samuel Rankin, for whom Rankin Hall is named, and her uncle, Raymond Rankin, served as Tusculum’s president in the 1950s and 60s. Her sister, Ann Beeson Gouge ’41, is a Tusculum alumna as is her cousin Tom Rankin ’51. Mrs. Helms attended Tusculum for two years before transferring to Eastman School of Music, from which she earned a Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in music theory with minors in piano and cello. After graduation, she worked as a draftsman for the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, TN. There, she met her future husband, John, while playing in the symphony orchestra. The couple moved to Elmhurst, IL, where John worked in research for American Can Co. In 1948, they moved to Neenah. Mrs. Helms looked for opportunities in music and spent her life in a variety of musical expressions. She taught private piano lessons in her home, accompanied students at recitals and contests, was a charter member of the Fox Valley Symphony and directed her church choir for 17 years. In addition, she played in the Oak Park-River Forest Symphony and the Lawrence College Symphony. She and her husband often provided music for weddings in the Fox Valley. Mrs. Helms was an active member of Faith United Methodist Church, Church Women United, American Association of University Women, the Neenah Historical Society, Sigma Alpha Iota Alums, the Wednesday Musicale and the Fox Valley Keyboard Teachers Association.

Mr. Robert D. Drain ’49 of Greeneville, TN, passed away December 7, 2013. Mr. Drain was a retired farmer and rural mail carrier. He was also a director of the Greene County Farmers Mutual Insurance Company. Mr. Drain was a veteran of the U.S. Marines, and he was a member of Walkertown Presbyterian Church.



Michael P. Claditis ’60 of Natrona Heights, PA, passed away March 19, 2013. Mr. Claditis was the owner and operator of Claditis Auto Sales in East Deer Township for 25 years. He also formerly owned Michael’s Children’s and Ladies Clothing in Tarentum. Mr. Claditis was an avid car collector and enjoyed spending time with his family and yard work.


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More than 270 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

More than 270 receive degrees Saturday at Tusculum College

Posted on 16 December 2013 by

Graduating from Tusculum College during winter commencement ceremonies were 276 individuals in two ceremonies held on Saturday, Dec. 14.

On Saturday 76 students earned Bachelor of Science degrees and 119 earned Bachelor of Arts degrees. In addition 81 graduates earned Master of Arts degrees.

The first graduates of Tusculum’s new MBA program were conferred degrees in the afternoon ceremony.

The new graduates were addressed by Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody, who recognized the hard work of the path to graduation, saying “you have made a commitment and stuck with it to the point that you have forever changed the direction of your life for the better.” Adding, “I am confident that you learned to think critically, not to accept at face value everything you read, hear, or see. You demonstrated your ability to debate ideas and to see both sides of an argument before making judgment. These are a few of the qualities of an educated person.”

She told the group, “May you be fortunate enough to earn in the years ahead, and may you be wise enough to return some of your blessings to those who aspire to follow in your footsteps.”

The afternoon commencement opened with local entrepreneur Scott Niswonger addressing the students. Niswonger is the chairman of Landair Transport, Inc. and is chairman emeritus of Forward Air Corporation. In addition, Niswonger is an alumnus of the college, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1987 and then a Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2006. He also serves as a member of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees.

Local Philanthropist Dr. Scott M. Niswonger '87 H'06 was the commencement speaker at Tusculum College’s afternoon ceremony on Saturday, December 14.

Niswonger talked about his motto, “Learn, Earn and Return.” He told the graduates, “The learning is what we continue to do every day. It does not end with your graduation today. It’s just beginning. As Louis Pasteur once said, ‘Change favors the prepared mind.’ Being informed and educated is a major part of your preparedness.

“The second part of this concept is earning. Earning money is what we do to provide for ourselves and loved ones needs. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to earn money, but money in itself or simply striving to attain material possessions should not be your driving motivation.

“The third element, return, means you have the responsibility to return a portion of your time, talents and resources to help your church, community, state, nation and alma mater. Just being educated isn’t enough. You have to be a good citizen.”

Four student speakers addressed the graduates, including Robin Barnett of Talbott, Tenn., who received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in behavioral health.

Robin Barnett, left, and Amanda McCamey represented their classmates as the speakers for the morning ceremony.

Barnett spoke about the challenges of going to college after an extended period of time after high school. “I think I knew deep down that I could be more,” she said. “Even though I was thrilled with my life with my kids, I felt like I would end up stuck and in turn short changing my children as well as myself by not finding something that would make me whole.”

Also speaking at the morning ceremony was Amanda McCamey, graduating with a Master of Arts in Teaching. McCamey is from Knoxville and prior to her enrollment in the Graduate and Professional Studies Program was a stay-at-home mother.

“Everything seemed to fall into place from there. Still, there existed some hesitancy on my part. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go back to school, it was a huge commitment for me at the time. And if the thought of going back to school wasn’t scary enough, I was selecting a totally different career path,” McCamey told her fellow graduates.

“It was definitely one of those moments when you find yourself at a crossroads. And, sometimes in this type of decision dilemma you simply need to be courageous and take a risk.”

Representing their classmates as the speakers for the afternoon ceremony were Rick Monroe, left, and Tyler Bright.

In the afternoon ceremony, speakers included Tyler L. Bright of Limestone, Tenn., and Rick Monroe of Knoxville. Bright, a junior majoring in mathematics in the residential program, is a member of the Honors Program, and he is a member of the Tusculum College marching, concert and jazz bands. He also serves as a peer tutor in the Tutoring Center. Monroe received an MBA and previously received his bachelor’s degree in organizational management in 2000 from Tusculum.

Bright provided advice about future achievement by citing examples from his own college career. “I wanted to get involved at Tusculum College and become immersed in what it had to offer,” he said. “What resulted was Tusculum seeming like a home away from home.”

Monroe spoke of dropping out of high school and the perception on education it gave him, “It was at this time I received one of those life lessons that developed one of my philosophies for life, that being – success happens when preparation meets opportunity. I felt I had missed out on a golden opportunity because I didn’t have a diploma. From that point on, I made a commitment to make sure that wouldn’t happen again.”

Mark Stokes, director of religious life, church and community relations at Tusculum College, presented a sermon titled “Learn Something New.” He addressed life-long learning and the awareness of what is still left to learn. He told them never to think they know so much that they no longer need God’s guidance.

Tusculum College faculty members salute the graduates with their gauntlet of congratulations following the conferral of degrees on Saturday.

“College was never meant to teach you everything you need to know. It merely equips you. An education is meant to give you all the mental tools you need to dig out the deep treasures of life. But, you must do the digging.”







The following are the graduates from the morning ceremony listed by degree:

Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction Concentration
ME175 – Greeneville
Nathan Scott Darnell
Johnna Lynn Harris, High Honors
Angela Carol Jones
Hope D. Penley
Samantha Brooke Ramsey, High Honors
Leslie Sierra Shelton
Deborah May Tipton, High Honors

ME176 – Knoxville
Tracey Christine Ackermann, High Honors
Ashley Nicole Bowlin
Amy Renee Coile, High Honors
Christopher Gordon Crisp
Tera Leigh Graves
Laura Renee Harrison, High Honors
Emily Diane Headrick
Carla Marie Henry, High Honors
Nicole Nather Keller, High Honors
Stephanie Lambdin McCune
Elizabeth Baker Miller, Honors
Emma Jane Mills, High Honors
Chasity Birchfield O’Quinn
Ronald Dexter Overton, High Honors
Susan Roark Overton
Stacy Lorene Trentham, Honors
Laura Lail Wilson, Honors

ME177 – Knoxville
Megan Lynn King
Calvin Ray Maddox II
Michelle Renee Robinson*
Ronald Aubrey Roskelly

ME178 – Morristown
Laura Suzann Cobb, High Honors*
Stephanie Dawn Davidson, Honors*
Tammy Elaine Dudley, Honors
Drew Lynn Garland
Miranda Jo Garland, High Honors
Rebecca Leigh Gorenflo, Honors*
Tara Lynne Kinsler, Honors
Kerri Lynn Leon, High Honors
Mario Garcia Leon, High Honors
Amber Brooke McAnally, High Honors
Melinda Jean Shillington, High Honors
Whitney Terran Spurgeon

Master of Arts in Education, Human Resource Development Concentration
MH024 – Knoxville
Debra Benedict, High Honors*
Jessica Jane Darnell
Mabrey Raymond Duff*
Polly LeAnn Duncan, High Honors*
Vickie Renae McCroy, High Honors*
Sharon Marie Shanks, Honors*
Robert Reede Snow
Karen Marcum Watson, High Honors

MH025 – Gray
Jamie Lea Blake Jones
Matthew L. McKeever
Mary Elizabeth Oxendine-Woodby
Amanda Ann Sells
Keima Shanell Talley

Master of Arts in Teaching
MT003 – Knoxville
DereSika GerVonTia Beaty
Dyron Layne Birdwell, High Honors
Catherine Blair Harrison
Amanda Dawn McCamey*
Matthew Austin Traylor

MT004 – Greeneville
Todd Bennett
Tiffany Ann Nicole Colbaugh*
Jonathan Keith Davis, Honors

Bachelor of Arts in Human Growth and Learning, Elementary K-6
BA075 – Knoxville
Tammy Denise Clark, Magna Cum Laude*
Shani Lee Cutler, Cum Laude*†
Kristy Michelle Goins Daugherty
Beth Nicole Ellison
Christopher Scott Fine
Rachel Lynn Geier
Bethany Booker Mincey
Heather Louise Raffield
Robin Norene Smith†
Angela Judy Carol Stevens
Jennifer LeAnn Tidwell
Sara Wilson Waid
Latoshia Ann Wilson, Cum Laude*

BA076 – Morristown
Trina Jean Barrett
Tammy Yvonne Brewer, Cum Laude
Laura Elizabeth Cribley, Cum Laude
Sharon Elizabeth Galford, Summa Cum Laude*
Stephanie Michelle Morgan
Carla Mae Nelson
Misty Ann Owens, Cum Laude*
Kelly Lynn Ownby, Cum Laude
Nessa Kay Trentham, Cum Laude
Stella Coleen Yeary, Magna Cum Laude

BA077 – Morristown
Lillie Travis Bullard
Linda Jean Burchett
Casie Shalynn Cope†
Angela Denise Hilton, Magna Cum Laude†
Amanda Caroline Kite, Magna Cum Laude
Scott Douglas McGaha, Magna Cum Laude
Cathy Renee Rich, Magna Cum Laude*
Charlotte Marie Slagle
Jamie Dee Smith, Magna Cum Laude
Misti Nicole Smith

BA078 – Knoxville
Sara Elizabeth Daugherty
Amy Denise Hettmansberger, Summa Cum Laude*
Sarah Elizabeth Jennings
Alyssa Nicole Jordan
Amanda Nichol Whitehead, Summa Cum Laude*

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Behavioral Health Concentration
BP001 – Knoxville
Michelle Shiraine Pacleb, Cum Laude
Andrea Shay Reidy, Cum Laude

BP002 – Morristown
Robin Jean Barnett, Magna Cum Laude
Kelly Lynn Carter
Jessica LeAnn Collins
Shonda Lynn Johnson
Larry Steven Lamb, II
Bonnie Jo Patterson
Laurel Anne Stallard
Paula Renee Stokes
Raymond Matthew Thompson
Carla Catina Turner
Ricky Glenn Varney
Christina Nicole Walton
Pamela Jane Yount

BP003 – Greeneville
Heather Cecelia Benevento
Christine Michelle Hughes
Aurlin Joseph Kelley
Taylor Brooks Kelley
Delta Dawn Lane
Allison Hinkle Nunley
Diana M. Wells Showman
Shani Lynne Warren*

BP004 – Knoxville
Tonya Clift Andrew
Cassandra Lee Bale
Lisa Renea Boshears
Jeremy James Crenshaw
Jeffrey Lee Harig Sr.
Cathy Ann Huff
Angela Dale Paxton
Melissa Walker Reed
Anna Marie Sams
Sarah Ellen Schenck-Jeffers
Velissa Rocheal Smith
Amber Nicole Summerall

BP005 – Gray
Monica Anne Dyson
Heather K. Shelton
Edward Keith Williams

*Omicron Psi National Honor Society Member
†Double major in Special Education, Modified and Comprehensive


The following are the graduates from the afternoon ceremony listed by degree:

Master of Business Administration
MB001 – Knoxville
Tracy Edward Allsup*
Dustin Lee Brackins
Jason Don Brantley*
Charles Avery Burton
Amber Kay Collins*
Richard Alex Franco, Honors
Melissa Kay Frazier
Amy L. Garrett
Jonathon Christian Gresham
Stephanie Fawn Guthrie*
Christopher William Lawson*
Amy Mae Livingston*
Ricky Dean Monroe*
Dale Tarwater Phelps
Joshua Lee Phillips
Nathan McKay Robinette
Sondra Renee Sarten*
Allison Marie Shepherd
Brandi LaShea Summerour

Bachelor of Arts
Kate Ann Barford, Magna Cum Laude**†
Breaira Shaneice Barksdale
Kendal L. Baxter
Paul Edward Bergvin
Tyler Lane Bright, Summa Cum Laude**†
Ashton Elise Bryant
Brandon Judd Burney
Jason Daniel Cannito
Laura Jessica Casey
Cody Allen Darnell
David Christopher Davis, Jr.
Erin Denyse Dewald
Joseph Lee Durham
Keema Danielle Fann
Paisley Paige Fultz, Cum Laude**
Jennifer Leann Gregg
Kimsie Nicole Hall, Magna Cum Laude
Jama Nichole Hammontree
Ashton Marie Hardeman, Magna Cum  Laude**
Tramicka Florenz James
Elizabeth Melissa Marie Johnson
Casey Leigh Jones
Kourtney Marie Kavic, Cum Laude
Ginger Nicole Kelley
Kristen Danielle King
Lee Allen Kizer
Samantha Nicole Lyons
Grace Ann McKinney
Zaily Rodesly Mejia
Colleen Elizabeth Moloney, Cum Laude
Joseph Frank Polichetti
Jared Michael Richmond
Nathan Miles Riddle
Shana Renea Dawn Rinderle
Terrence Juan Smith
Walter Benjamen Swaggerty
Quinten Lain Talley
Ashley Rapheal Thurman
Elizabeth Ann Kathryn Wright, Magna Cum Laude**†
Nicholas Paul York

Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management
BS577 – Gray
Mark Wayne Bailey, Magna Cum Laude
Deanna Carol Branham, Cum Laude
Bridget Ann Hood, Cum Laude
Rachel Akiko James
Ashley Alison Johnson
Bryan Christopher Larkins
Angela Mariea Locke
Wendy Ann McKinney, Cum Laude
Jessica Paige Morgan
Chrystie Lynn Phipps, Cum Laude

BS578 – Morristown
Rebecca Sue Barbee, Cum Laude
Christina Renee Hollaway
Glenn Hollis Morgan
Edie Michelle Rhoads
Autumn Ronielle Smith

BS579 – Knoxville
Annette Marie Bell
Katie Ann Cate
Michael Warren Lucas, Magna Cum Laude
Timothy Scott Taubert, Cum Laude
Austin Kylan Webb
Misty Claudette Windle

BS580 – Knoxville
Rachel Nicole Bargerstock
Kristen Diane Bentley
Timothy Joseph Burke
Michilene Mimose Francois, Cum Laude*
Gwendolyn Dee Kessinger
Cynthia Anne Little
Angela D. Miller
Charles John Nicolls Jr.
Shannon Ray Rasnick, Cum Laude
Amy Leanne Rogers

BS581 – Greeneville
Kyle Wayne Kingery, Cum Laude
Krystal Dawn Ross
Lauren Michelle Turner, Cum Laude*
Lisa Ann Waddell, Magna Cum Laude

BS582 – Morristown
Jenny Lynn Sanders Allen
Christina Marie Dugger
Billie Jean Jones
Kimberly Lynn Tacker, Cum Laude*
Jenny Rebecca Turpin, Magna Cum Laude*

LaDonna Rochelle Chatman
Brian Thomas Franklin
Jessica Michelle Kreis
Kelly Leigh Morton
Jared Matthew Walker
Gregory S. Whited

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

BB010 – Gray
Jesse James Campbell
Michael David Lane
Sharon Kaye Osborne, Magna Cum Laude
Zackary Noah Wright, Magna Cum Laude

BB011 – Knoxville
Zachary Adel Badawi
Karen Claxton Baker, Magna Cum Laude*
Preston Eugene Daniels
Dwight John Faso
Kelly Nicol Harrison
Jeremy Paul Hobson
Jennifer Alaine Lee
Jessica Hope Long
Ibrahima Ismaila Ly
William Kyle Mincey, Cum Laude*
Steven Keene Moore
Craig Eugene Richesin, Cum Laude*
Kent Jamison Settlemyer
Kristin Danielle Throneberry
Eric Jack Tobler
Tanya Nicole Turner
Norman Weathersby, III

BB012 – Morristown
Stacy Byrum Gibson
David Lynn Wolfe II

William Jennings Browning III
Cathrine Elaine Conrad
Shannon L. Funderburk, Cum Laude
Wayne Andrew Palmer Jr., Cum Laude
Benjamin Riley Venable
Lauren Frances Venable

* Omicron Psi National Honor Society Member
** Alpha Chi National Honor Society Member
† Honors Program Graduate







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Nash named ‘Student of the Block’ for Block Three

Nash named ‘Student of the Block’ for Block Three

Posted on 12 December 2013 by

Jonathan Nash, a senior from Talbott, has been honored as “Student of Block” for Block Three at Tusculum College.

Nash, who is majoring in journalism with minors in digital media and creative writing, was recognized Tuesday in a brief ceremony in the Niswonger Commons. The “Student of the Block Award” is presented by the Tusculum Office of Student Affairs and was established to recognize individuals who excel in their academic endeavors, campus involvement and/or athletic performance. The award is selected from nominations made by faculty and staff members and plaques telling about the honorees are displayed in the Niswonger Commons and other campus buildings.

Jonathan Nash was selected as “Student of the Block” for Block Three at Tusculum College upon the nomination of several professors in the English Department. From left at the award ceremony are Dr. Michael Bodary, assistant professor of English; Dr. Desirae Matherly, assistant professor of English; Nash; Wayne Thomas, associate professor of English and chair of the Fine Arts Department, and Dr. Clay Matthews, assistant professor of English.

He was nominated for the award by several English professors. Dr. Desirae Matherly, assistant professor of English, commended Nash for his writing talent, his hard work and his leadership in the journalism program. She noted that he was made the editor of the sports section of the student newspaper, a position rarely held by an underclassman. His leadership was instrumental in the transition from the student newspaper to the Frontier Magazine, she continued. Nash has served as editor for the student magazine for the past two years.

Wayne Thomas, associate professor of English and chair of the Department of Fine Arts, said that in addition to his writing talent, Nash has a curiosity about the world around him and wants to learn new things. Nash also looks at his college education as a valuable opportunity and has worked to make the most of his experiences, Thomas added.

“Journalism has always been a passion of mine,” Nash said of his major, “and my tenure at Tusculum College has given me new skill sets and outlets for career options within the field.”

In addition to his major courses, Nash has excelled in all his classes and has been named each semester to the college’s academic honors list. He was inducted this semester into Tusculum’s chapter of the Alpha Chi national honor society, an honor for which only the top 10 percent of each class is eligible.

His fellow English majors recently elected him president of the English Student Organization. Nash has also volunteered in the community with ASafeHarborHome and Charity Treasures thrift store.

When asked about his experience at Tusculum, Nash said that the college community has given him an outlet to flourish on both personal and academic levels. “The knowledge that I have received from Tusculum has laid the foundation that I will need for any of my future career choices,” he said. “I will always appreciate the Tusculum community for all of its opportunities to allow me to grow as an academic and as a person.”

His favorite memories of Tusculum are its people. “The people that I have met here are irreplaceable in my heart. … I will always cherish the time spent with these lifelong friends. I greatly appreciate all of the professors who truly took the time to benefit their students in any way.”

The son of John and Joann Nash, Nash was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., but spent most of his childhood in Cape Coral, Fla., before his family moved to the Morristown area, where he graduated from Morristown West High School. “Throughout my entire life, I have always looked up to my parents for all that they do for our family,” he said. “I accredit every bit of my success, on both personal and academic levels, to my parents.”

When he graduates next May, Nash will be the first member of his immediate family to earn a college degree. His future aspiration is to work in sports media, journalism or broadcasting. His advice to future Tusculum students is to not settle on a goal that does not suit their ambitions. “Tusculum allows students to fulfill their goals, always push to achieve yours,” he said. “Staying focused on my path to graduation allowed me to best utilize every outlet of Tusculum College.”

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Hancock named ‘Student of the Block’ for Block Two

Hancock named ‘Student of the Block’ for Block Two

Posted on 11 December 2013 by

Addie Hancock, center, is presented a plaque honoring her as “Student of the Block” at Tusculum College by Dr. Debra McGinn, left, associate professor of biology, and David Price, director of the music programs at Tusculum.

Addie Hancock has been named “Student of the Block” for Block Two of the fall 2013 semester at Tusculum College for her excellence in the classroom and her leadership as part of the growing band program on campus.

Hancock, a senior from Mooresburg who is majoring in biology with a concentration in pre-medicine and a minor in chemistry, was recognized Tuesday in a brief ceremony in the Niswonger Commons. The “Student of the Block Award” is presented by the Tusculum Office of Student Affairs and was established to recognize individuals who excel in their academic endeavors, campus involvement and/or athletic performance. The award is selected from nominations made by faculty and staff members and plaques telling about the honorees are displayed in the Niswonger Commons and other campus buildings.

A talented musician, Hancock has been among the leaders of the newly formed band program. For the past two years, she has served as drum major of the Marching Band and is a dedicated member of the Concert Band and Jazz Band.

David Price, director of music programs, commended Hancock in his nomination for her leadership by example in the band program as well as her strength of character, hard work and dependability. During the award ceremony, he said that Hancock’s dependability, reliability and leadership with the band has meant that he has been able to turn over some of the band responsibilities to her, freeing him to devote more time to other facets of the program.

The band program has helped increase and show school spirit and expresses students’ passion for the music arts, Hancock said. “The band has been like my second family these past four years and I am truly honored to have served the band as drum major these past two years,” she said. “I think of most of the band members as not just my peers but fellow friends. From this experience, I have learned to be more patient and understanding yet stern and respectful. This experience has made me a better person and a more well-rounded individual.”

Academically, Hancock has excelled in the classroom, said Dr. Debra McGinn, associate professor of biology, who also commended Hancock’s initiative in obtaining on her own an internship last summer at the William J. Jenkins Forensic Center at East Tennessee State University. She has also served as a research assistant for Dr. Rick Thompson, assistant professor of chemistry at Tusculum.

On campus, Hancock is treasurer of Tusculum’s chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, a member of Beta Sigma Phi and a phonathon caller for the college. She has volunteered during the Old Oak Festival, was a member of the pit orchestra for Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of “Seussical” and has provided musical accompaniment for the Tusculum College Community Chorus.

In the community, she has volunteered at Holston Home for Children, helping decorate and set up for its May graduation, assisting in cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the past two years and playing in the pit orchestra for the organization’s production of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Hancock’s first impression of Tusculum was as a high school freshmen participating in a band competition. She had heard about Tusculum’s quality of education and the unique dedication of the faculty and staff to student success as a child from her mother Sonya Moore, a 1990 graduate of the college.

“My first impression of Tusculum as a college freshman was remarkable,” Hancock said. “I always had difficulty fitting in or feeling accepted in high school. I was pleasantly happy to discover I felt accepted at Tusculum and it will always feel like a part of home to me.”

Among those who have had a positive influence on Hancock’s life are her mother, who has raised Addie and her three brothers as a single parent; Price, McGinn, Thompson, Dr. Karen Cline and Lillian Burchnell, who is assistant to the science and math faculty. “They have helped to shape the person I have become, and I hope the person I have become is someone they can look upon and be proud,” she said.

After graduating next May, Hancock plans to continue her education in medical school and aspires to a career in forensic pathology. Her advice to future Tusculum students is that they can make any dream come true if they work hard enough to make it a reality. “Remember the world is a competitive place so if at first you don’t succeed pick yourself up and try again,” she said. “Failing doesn’t make you worthless. Failure is no fun, but it teaches us how to recover when an obstacle knocks you down or obscures your path. If you have the will and determination to make something happen it will but you have to go after it. Waiting for your dreams to come to you is a waste of your time.”

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Wright named ‘Student of the Block’ for Block One

Wright named ‘Student of the Block’ for Block One

Posted on 10 December 2013 by

Beth Wright, left, is congratulated for her “Student of the Block” award by David Frazier, assistant professor of computer science, who nominated her for the honor.

Beth Wright, a senior from Powell, has been recognized for her academic excellence and leadership on the Tusculum College campus as a recipient of the “Student of the Block Award.”

Wright was named “Student of the Block” for Block One of the fall 2013 semester. The “Student of the Block Award” is presented by the Tusculum Office of Student Affairs and was established to recognize individuals who excel in their academic endeavors, campus involvement and/or athletic performance. The award is selected from nominations made by faculty and staff members and plaques telling about the honorees are displayed in the Niswonger Commons and other campus buildings.

A mathematics major with a concentration in computer science, Wright was nominated by David Frazier, assistant professor of computer science. During the ceremony to present her with the award on Tuesday, Frazier noted that Wright has mastered difficult and challenging subject matter, and he praised her generous spirit as she is always willing to help tutor others in learning the material.

An excellent student, Wright has expanded her academic success beyond the classroom. She has presented her research in such venues as the Blue Ridge Undergraduate Conference and notes that these activities have enabled to delve deeper into her field and also develop her presentation and public speaking skills.

A participant in the college’s Honors Program, she was recognized for her academic achievements with induction last year into the Tusculum chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society. This year she is serving as president of Alpha Chi and of Pi-oneer Union, the math club on campus she helped found. As a sophomore, she helped found a chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority on campus and was an officer in that organization for two years. She remains involved in the sorority and also serves as a member of the college’s Judicial Board.

“My involvement on campus has helped me meet new people and create new friendships,” Wright said.

Serving in leadership positions has also been an area of personal growth for her as well. “As president of two organizations during an extremely busy last semester, I have learned more about leadership and what it takes to make an organization work,” she said.

Her family and college professors such as Frazier are among those Wright counts as role models and influences. She is the daughter of Felicia Nunley and granddaughter of Janet Nunley. Wright described Frazier as her favorite professor “because he has pushed me to do more with my time at Tusculum and go above and beyond my class work.”

Wright will be graduating this month and plans to find a position in the computer science field. She intends to enter graduate school in the near future to increase her knowledge and marketability.

“Tusculum College has been a blessing for me,” she said of her time at the college. “I have come to know some great people, with whom I hope to continue to be friends with for years to come, and I have grown as a person. I have more knowledge about both myself and the subjects I have studied, and I feel prepared for the work force. Tusculum College, with its block system has taught me that I can learn anything in three weeks, which is a valuable skill to have.”

Her advice to other students is to keep pushing themselves to do more. “Don’t just go to class and let that be it,” she said. “Do research projects on your own and present them somewhere. Get involved in the campus life! Tusculum has provided me with some of the best experiences of my life. Let it do the same for you!”

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Dec. 14 commencement: find out what parents and families need to know

Dec. 14 commencement: find out what parents and families need to know

Posted on 09 December 2013 by

More than 250 Tusculum College students will achieve their academic goals on December 14 as they receive their degrees during commencement exercises.

The ceremony for the graduates from master’s degree programs in education and the Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) bachelor’s degree programs in education and psychology will be at 10  a.m. in the Pioneer Arena in the Niswonger Commons. The ceremony for Master of Business Administration graduates, Residential College students receiving bachelor’s degrees and GPS bachelor’s programs in organizational management and business administration will be at 2:30 p.m.

Tusculum College congratulates its graduates with their hard-earned achievements and wants to make the day one of celebration for its newest alumni and their families. The College is busy making preparations to make the day a memorable one and you can help.

With the recent construction of new residence halls, the number of parking spaces available have been reduced. Family members are asked to carpool if possible rather than bring multiple cars to the ceremony to help lessen congestion on campus.

If you are any of your family members or guests requires special handicapped seating accommodations, please contact Bobbie Greenway no later than December 13 at 423-636-7300 ext. 5154 so your needs can be addressed. There will be handicapped parking available in the large parking lot at the Niswonger Commons. Please let the security personnel directing traffic and parking know that you need handicapped parking if it is needed and they will direct you to the lot. Please note that Tusculum will not be able to provide wheelchairs. Those with special seating accommodations are asked to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

You can also help by helping your graduate be at the Pioneer Arena in time for graduation practice. For the morning ceremony, practice begins at 8:45 a.m. and it begins 1:15 p.m. for the 2:30 p.m. ceremony. Graduates who arrive prior to the practice times are asked to report to the cafeteria.

Graduates are not allowed to have personnel items such as purses and cameras with them during the ceremony. You can assist them by obtaining these items from them prior to graduation practice and holding them.  Prior to the practice is a good time for this and other communication between you and your graduate because after graduation practice, the graduates go to the cafeteria where they placed in order for the procession and for the ceremony. It is easier for the College staff getting the graduates in line if they stay inside the cafeteria during this period.

The Pioneer Arena will open for guest seating after completion of the rehearsal. Guests are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

No tickets are required for graduation and there is no limit on the number of guests per graduate. However, to help provide seating for all, guests are asked to not hold seats for others in the last 45 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

Programs will be placed on the seat of each graduate and they will be distributed to guests at the Pioneer Arena primary entrances. For graduates unable to attend the ceremony, diplomas will be mailed to the graduates’ home addresses after Commencement Day provided all academic and financial obligations are satisfied.

To help preserve the prestigious decorum of the commencement ceremony, guests are asked to observe the following:

  • As a courtesy to other attendees, please consider making alternative arrangements for very young children.  Due to fire marshal regulations, no baby carriers or strollers will be allowed in the auditorium.
  • Cell phones are to be turned off or switched to the silent operating mode during the ceremony,.  Do not speak on a cell phone or carry on a conversation during the ceremony as this prevents others from hearing and enjoying the ceremony.
  • Commencement is both a joyous and solemn event.  Please express your excitement in ways that will not prevent others from hearing the speaker and enjoying the ceremony.  Use of air horns, yelling or stomping are disruptive.
  • Please refrain from taking pictures until after your graduate receives his or her diploma.  This will allow the ceremony to flow smoothly and reduce the distractions and disturbances to other audience members as they try to see and hear ongoing presentations.
  • As a courtesy to and out of respect for your fellow graduates, you and your family are requested to remain in the auditorium until the conclusion of the ceremony. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the faculty traditionally forms a gauntlet and applauds the graduates as they recess from the auditorium.  We ask that your family and friends be respectful of this tradition and remain in the auditorium until the graduates have exited the auditorium.

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