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Reunion to celebrate accomplishments of 1964 Championship Baseball Team

Reunion to celebrate accomplishments of 1964 Championship Baseball Team

Posted on 28 February 2014 by

The 1964 Baseball Team will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its  championship season on Friday, April 11, as guests of honor at the Pioneer baseball game that day. The team members will be special guests at a Pioneer Club event at 4:30 p.m. at Pioneer Park. They will be recognized and introduced on the field prior to the game, which will begin at 6 p.m.

The 1964 baseball team was the Volunteer State Athletic Conference champion, the first time that a baseball team from Tusculum had topped the conference. The Pioneers won the title in a thriller with Carson-Newman College that went into extra innings. The game ended in the 12th after the Pioneers had loaded the bases and a single by Bill Gardner allowed Ed Rogers and Bob Lapsley to score.


Front row: Bob Lapsley ’66, Ray Collins ’65, Jim Rich ’67, Ed Rogers ’64, Tom Satten ’67, Steve Monsky, Dave Jurkiewicz ’66, Ron Pugh 65, Joe Sipos ’68 and Coach Dale Alexander. Back row: Carter Catlett ’67, Bill Gardner ’69, Jim Brown ’66, Bob Griffith ’65, Al Makowski ’67, Jack Dempsey ’68, Eric Black ’66, Dick Schultz ’66  and Eddie Jeffers ’64.

Members of the baseball team were honored during chapel.


This is a clipping of the article that ran in the Greeneville Sun about the championship game.










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A few tickets still left for Keeneland Event

A few tickets still left for Keeneland Event

Posted on 28 February 2014 by

Make your reservations today to attend the Keeneland Bluegrass Stakes Day Event during the weekend of April 12, a great opportunity for alumni to get together and support the Tusculum College women’s soccer program. A few tickets are still available for the day trip option, overnight option and tickets to the race and tailgate dinner for alumni in the Lexington, Ky. area. Once these tickets are reserved, there won’t be a chance to get anymore because the races at Keeneland are already sold out.

“Day Trip”

Departs on Saturday, April 12 at 7 a.m. and arrives back Saturday evening at 10:30 p.m. The trip via Greene Coach Charter bus includes a hot breakfast, lunch vouchers at the track, snacks and drinks, and a tail gate dinner served bus side after the races. The price of $115 per person also includes Grandstand seating, gate passes, race day program, and round trip bus transportation. Departing from Niswonger Commons main campus along with a pick up of travelers in Knoxville at the Strawberry Plains Exit.


“Overnight Trip”

Departs on Saturday, April 12 at 7 a.m. and arrives back Sunday evening, April 13 at 6 p.m. The trip via Greene Coach Charter bus includes, hot breakfast both Saturday and Sunday, lunch vouchers at the track and lunch on Sunday, snacks and drinks, and a tail gate dinner bus side after the races. The price of $185 per person ( based on double occupancy) includes a Hotel Stay at the Clarion full service Hotel, tour of the Ashford Stud Farm, and the Buffalo Trace Bourbon Trail tour, and at the races: grandstand seats, gate passes, race day program, and round trip bus transportation. Departing from Niswonger Commons main campus along with a pick up of travelers in Knoxville at the Strawberry Plains Exit.


Make reservations by contacting Women’s Soccer Coach Mike Joy at or by calling him at 423-636-7321 ( ext 5321).

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Alumni return for weekend indoor soccer tournament

Alumni return for weekend indoor soccer tournament

Posted on 27 February 2014 by

Thirty-two alumni of the Tusculum College women’s soccer team  participated in  annual indoor women’s soccer tournament on Saturday, Feb. 22. The alumni were divided into two teams for the competition that included squads from regional schools such as East Tennessee State University,  King University and Virginia Intermont College as well as a team from Lindsey Wilson College, which has won the NAIA championship twice in the past five years. After the day-long tournament, the alumni enjoyed dinner together at Monterrey Mexican Restaurant in Greeneville.

The alumni able to make it back to campus included Lisa Andriano ’11, Maggie Barta ’01, Angela Alt Bride ’95 ’99,  Kim Brown ’14, Katie Capel ’14, Aly Carrino ’13, Myra Conley ’96, Katie Dargavell ’14, Vanessa Fyffe ’10,  Tori Hadjopoulos ’11, Tiffany Holmes ’03, Jessica Hunter, Tramicka James ’13, Rachael Jennings ’13, Kourtney Kavic ’13, Michelle Meade Laight ’12, Jessica Lee ’12, Patience Leonard ’13, Amber Marceau ’11, Devan McIntyre ’12, Zaily Mejia ’13,  Cassy Melnike ’11, Amy Morford ’14,  Amy Neltner ’14, Monica Perez ’14, Melissa McAffry Piercy ’02, Katie McIntire Raby ’03 ’08, Chelsea Slayter ’13, Robin Smith ’11, Ashley Steinle ’09, Kelsa Eschmann Van Frank ’02 and Carly Whitman ’15.











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Lecture series concludes with discussion of ‘good works’ in I Peter

Lecture series concludes with discussion of ‘good works’ in I Peter

Posted on 27 February 2014 by

Dr. Travis Williams wrapped up the 2014 Theologian-in-Residence lecture series with a discussion about the use of “good works” in the New Testament epistle of I Peter.

A central theme of the book of I Peter, doing good and performing good works, was the focus of discussion for the last session of the Theologian-in-Residence lecture series at Tusculum College.

“Doing good” had a distinct meaning to those in the ancient Roman world and the author of I Peter redefines the term to help build the early Christians’ identity in their faith, said Dr. Travis Williams, assistant professor of religion at Tusculum, who led the annual series.

Dr. Williams is a leading expert on the often-neglected book, having written two books about the epistle as well as numerous essays and articles. The Theologian-in-Residence is an annual lecture series, now in its 24th year and sponsored by the college with partial funding from Ron Smith.

The use of the terms such as “good works” and “doing good” are used much more in the book of I Peter than in the remainder of the New Testament, Williams noted. A consensus of Biblical interpreters agree that the author of the epistle is encouraging his readers to act in a way consistent with popular standards of conduct recognized by Greco-Roman society to help lessen the amount of hostility towards them.

This position, however, shows a misunderstanding and misinterpreting of good works by these Biblical scholars, Dr. Williams said. An error in this view is its focus on the optimism that doing good will help end the tensions between the Christians and their neighbors and create more positive interaction with outsiders.

But, that optimism is not there nor is doing good works presented as a solution to the persecution issue. Noting I Peter 3: 16-17 he said, the author tells the early Christians to keep their consciences clear so when they are maligned for their good conduct in Christ, they will put their accusers to shame.

Biblical scholars have also interpreted the good works motif as referring to a shared value system including what is seen as good by God and by the Greco-Roman society, Dr. Williams said. However, he said, there was not that much common ground between the two value systems.

The key to interpreting “good works” is to understand how the early Christian reader of the letter would have comprehended the term, he said.

Asia Minor, the area where the Christians lived to whom the epistle was written, was a Hellenistic region, whose culture had been influenced by the Greeks for centuries since its conquest by Alexander the Great.

An important facet of Greek culture was gift giving and the idea of civic benefaction, he explained. Wealthy, elite citizens were recognized as “noble and good” for their contributions to their community. Inscriptions on buildings and statutes that honor these civic benefactors often refer to these individuals as “good and noble” or some variation of the wording.

“It is almost used as a technical term,” Dr. Williams said. These civic benefactors were wealthy citizens, leaders in the community who donate money to the city. These donations were often made toward building construction, supplying grain during times of scarcity, paying for games/spectacles or traveling as an ambassador to Rome for the city.

Some argue that the author of I Peter is encouraging Christians to become civic benefactors and donate money to the city. However, Dr. Williams said, there are three problems with this view. First, most Christians were not wealthy and could not become benefactors. Secondly, there was not a real need for the donations the benefactors were making because cities collected taxes for these projects, which leads to the third problem. Since the donations were not needed, these donations were part in a socio-political struggle between wealthy citizens for a limited amount of honor, and it is unlikely that these citizens would allow Christians as part of a disliked group to compete for prestige.

Instead, the author of I Peter draws on this “good works” language, using it in a subversive way to give it another meaning. The author uses the language as part of his encouragement to the readers to cautiously resist the societal norms of the Greco-Roman world by taking a known term but presenting it in an alternative way than what is expected, Dr. Williams continued.

“Doing good” is given a theological value in passages such as I Peter 3:16, he said. “Good conduct is to not be determined by society but by following Christ,” he continued. The epistle defines good works as how Jesus defined them, he said, and the author mentions prayer, hospitality, loving others as oneself and using spiritual gifts as good works in the epistle.

Redefining the term “good works” has an internal function as well, Dr. Williams said. The book of I Peter is addressing a beleaguered group and encouraging them to continue in their faith, he continued.

The author is providing a way for the early Christians to cope with their disadvantages. “He is not encouraging them to change the situation but to change how they view themselves,” Dr. Williams said.

By redefining such terms as good works and doing good, the author is relocating a source of self esteem, changing “good and noble” from how it is defined by their society to a definition centered in following Jesus that his readers can achieve.

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Catch up with your fellow classmates!

Catch up with your fellow classmates!

Posted on 27 February 2014 by















A mini-1970s reunion in August 2013 at the Dunellen Hotel Restaurant in Dunellen, N.J. From left are Larry Pinkiewicz ’75, Tom McCann ’75, Fred Defazio ’75, George Ryan ’75 and Al Lombardi ’76.



Rev. Blake S. Montgomery ’05 of Rogersville, TN, is now pastor at Sneedville First Baptist Church in Sneedville, TN.



Vinton Copeland ’13 of LaGrange, GA, became a licensed minister in December. Vinton is a student in the Master of Divinity program at Mercer University.





Joan Faulkner Weesner ’51 of Morristown, TN, passed away February 3, 2014, after a valiant battle with cancer. A faithful supporter of her Alma Mater, Mrs. Weesner was serving on the Morristown President’s Advisory Council of the College at the time of her passing. She was an enthusiastic ambassador for Tusculum College, volunteering as an alumni representative at campus events as well as attending numerous College events. Mrs. Weesner met her late husband, Murrell Weesner ’50, during the freshman picnic during her first days on the Tusculum campus. She and her husband attended Homecomings almost every year after their graduation until his passing in 2011, and she continued that tradition, having attended many of the Homecoming 2103 events. She was a charter member of the Tusculum Sports Hall of Fame, a 1990 recipient of the Pioneer Award and a 1997 recipient of the Sports Benefactor Award. A native of Pennsylvania, Mrs. Weesner made Morristown her home after her marriage, and she and her husband quickly began their lifelong support of the city’s charitable, civic and educational endeavors. The Weesners were included on the reservation lists of nearly every community fundraiser, musical concert and theatrical performance for more than 50 years. The couple was named Mr. and Mrs. Morristown in 2009 by decree of the City Council and the mayor. As a young woman, she was true Pioneer in the Morristown community. She co-founded that community’s first public daycare in the 1960s and began her teaching career in the Morristown School System in the 1950s as a sixth grade teacher and the coach of the male tennis team at Morristown High School. For several years in the 1970s, she worked with Morristown City Schools Title I Kindergarten program, organizing the first public kindergarten in the system. Mrs. Weesner later became the lead teacher for the Lakeway Educational Cooperative and the Clinch-Powell Educational Cooperative, coordinated the Title XX program with the Morristown City Schools and taught three- and four-year-olds in Hamblen and Jefferson counties. Mrs. Weesner also taught in the Morristown Adult Basic Education Program and served as a substitute teacher at all levels in the Hamblen County School System. In the ’80s and early ’90s, she worked as a junior social counselor in the foster care and adoption unit of the East Tennessee Human Resource Agency. Mrs. Weesner was also instrumental in the founding of the Friends of Hospice Serenity House, a home-like facility where hospice care is available 24 hours a day. She served on a number of charitable boards including ALPS Adult Day Services, the Rose Service Guild, the Red Cross and Friends of Hospice of the Lakeway Area. She supported and performed with the Morristown Theatre Guild, Encore Theatrical Company and in Walters State Community College productions. Mrs. Weesner was also a member of several community choirs and volunteered with numerous community organizations. Her survivors include daughters and Tusculum alumni Becky Jo Weesner Moles ’79, Mary Ellen Weesner Horner ’82 and Winnie Weesner Seals ’90 and son-in-law Kirk Horner ’80.



Albert Malyso ’87 of Saddle Brook, N.J., formerly of Garfield, N.J., passed away on January 29, 2014. Mr. Malyso had retired three years ago as a guidance counselor for the Garfield Board of Education.


Douglas P. Slizewski ’87 of Monticello, FL, passed away on October 9, 2013. Mr. Slizewski had worked for Pitney Bowes and the General Electric Foundation.


Joe K. Standifer ’87 of Morristown, TN, passed away on November 11, 2012. Mr. Standifer worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority. He enjoyed muscle car restoration, auto racing and golf.



Dr. Theran Mugleston of Dandridge, TN, passed away on January 30, 2014. Dr. Mugleston had taught management courses in the Graduate and Professional Studies degree programs since 2002. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the Vietnam War. In addition to Tusculum, he had taught at several other colleges of higher education. Dr. Mugleston was known for his love of God, his family, his church and the students that were under his tutor.


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Auditions set for Twelve Angry Men

Posted on 24 February 2014 by

Theatre-at-Tusculum announces open auditions  for “Twelve Angry Men”


Directed by Frank Mengel


Roles for 13 adult actors – Men AND Women!

Auditions are Feb. 24-25  Behan Arena Theatre, Tusculum College

6-9 p.m.

Production dates: April 25, 26, May 2, 3 at 7 p.m., April 27, May 4 at 2 p.m.

For more information, please phone: 423-798-1620, Campus Ext. 5620


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Reconciling contradictory messages of I Peter discussed in third session of series

Reconciling contradictory messages of I Peter discussed in third session of series

Posted on 19 February 2014 by

Dr. Travis Williams discusses the seemingly contradictory messages of conformity and resistance in I Peter during the third session of the Theologian-in-Residence program at Tusculum College.

Reconciling the seemingly contradictory messages of conformity to expected social behavior and resistance of these same societal norms was the focus of the third session of the Theologian-in-Residence lecture series at Tusculum College.

Continuing the study of how the author of I Peter’s understanding of and interaction with his surrounding world affected his instructions to the early Christians of Asia Minor, Dr. Travis Williams said that the author instructs his readers to follow a path of minimal conformity and cautious resistance. Williams, assistant professor of religion at Tusculum, is leading the annual lecture series, now in its 24th year and sponsored by the college with partial funding from Ron Smith.

While Biblical scholars agree that I Peter was written as a response to persecution that early Christians were experiencing, Williams said, they are split regarding whether the author is instructing his readers to conform to societal expectations or to be resistant to social norms.

Two Biblical scholars released books in 1981 with opposing views about I Peter that have shaped the debate. In his book, David Balch argues that I Peter’s instructions for submissive behavior by wives, children and slaves is a call to conformity to the social norms of the Greco-Roman world of the time. However, John Elliott takes an opposite stand in his book, arguing that the author of I Peter is encouraging resistance to those social norms by telling early Christians to not return to their former behaviors and reinforcing their identity in Christ, which makes them different.

Scholars have come to a stalemate in the arguments and what is needed is a fresh approach to understanding how conformity and resistance would have worked back then, Williams said.

One way is to understand the situation of a disadvantaged minority group in that society through postcolonial criticism, he said. Postcolonial criticism provides a new way of reading the text by examining the relationship between the Romans (the colonizers) and the citizens of Asia Minor, including the early Christians (the colonized).

A dominant power that colonizes another area seeks to control it by not only changing the behavior of the people in the colony but also their way of thinking by changing the language, education system and religion to that of the colonizing power. In that situation, the oppressed people often respond with a mixture of conformity and resistance.

In I Peter, a surface reading seems to indicate instructions for the readers to align their behavior with society, however, a closer look at these instructions finds both conformity and resistance, Williams said.

The early Christians for whom I Peter was written were in a disadvantaged, minority position with few rights of refusal, he continued. For example, a slave who became a Christian and faced the hostility of a master, who was not a believer, had a choice of running away and facing death, disobeying and facing beatings or death, steal from the master and face punishment or try to lead a rebellion and again face death.

“There was no other choice than conformity for those in that situation,” he said. “However, the prescribed conformity [in I Peter] is only the minimum level required for a powerless social group in the Roman empire, a low level of conformity.”

For example, I Peter 3:1 instructs wives to be submissive to their husbands, which would be following the expected social norm, but includes a restriction to that behavior, Williams noted. Wives are told to submit to their husbands so that some may be won over to the faith by their conduct, confirming wives’ freedom to choose their own religion. “In the ancient world, it would be a flip of the social for a wife to convert her husband.”

Another passage where this can be seen is in I Peter 2:17, in which the readers are told to fear God and honor the emperor. Williams said that while this looks like conformity, the wording of the passage makes it clear that God is the one on top of the hierarchal order, not the emperor. “It is conformity, but with an understanding that Christians are serving a higher master than the Roman emperor, he added.

“In conclusion, we can say yes, the author advocates a minimum level of compliance with social norms, but there are some things they can’t do, which amounts to a cautious resistance,” Williams said.

The resistance encouraged in I Peter can be called “everyday” resistance, actions that subtly oppose the societal norms and undercutting the power-base of dominant social and political structures, he said.

That can be seen in the passages about the emperor, which subtly refute the Roman belief in the emperor as a god, he said. In addition, the epistle challenges Roman imperial judgments about Christianity by adopting and redefining the label that Romans considered a condemnation.

In I Peter 4:15-16, the readers are told to not consider it a disgrace to be punished solely for being a Christian, but to “glorify God because you bear this name.”

“The author of I Peter says to adopt the stigmatized name and embrace it,” Williams said.

The author of I Peter tells his readers to not go back to their former behavior and practices, to stay away despite the consequences, he continued, noting that by following the instructions for this subtle resistance, early Christians would still face persecution.

The series concludes next Tuesday, Feb. 25, with a look at the how the instructions in the New Testament epistle for early Christians to do good works has an underlying current of resistance.

The sessions begin at 10 a.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons on the Tusculum College campus. There is no charge to attend the lecture series, but reservations are required as lunch is provided in the college’s cafeteria. For more information or to register, please call 423-636-7304 or email

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Band Program winter concert on Tuesday, Feb. 25, to be a musical ‘odyssey’

Band Program winter concert on Tuesday, Feb. 25, to be a musical ‘odyssey’

Posted on 17 February 2014 by

The Tusculum College Jazz Band will join the Concert Band and Handbell Choir for the Tusculum College Band Program’s winter concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium on campus.

The Tusculum College Band Program will take its audience on a musical odyssey during its winter concert on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Music, narration and video will tell the story of Odysseus and his journey home from the battle of Troy during the concert, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus. The concert is free and the public is invited.

Performing will be the Tusculum College Concert Band, Jazz Band and Handbell Choir. Michael Willis, who many will remember for his recent portrayal of the Ghost of Christmas Present in Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of “Christmas Carol,” will be the narrator for the concert, which features a variety of music representing various moods, emotions and events of Odysseus’ journey. Ryan Barker, a creative writing major from Laurens, S.C., has written a script for the performance based on the traditional stories of Odysseus, including those from Homer’s classic epic poem “Odyssey.” Sam Crowe, visiting assistant professor of digital media at Tusculum, has produced video for the concert.

Among the musical pieces performed by the Concert Band will be “Apollo Myth and Legend,” “Victor March,” “Odysseus and the Sirens,” “Inferno,” “Maelstrom,” “Firebird Suite” and a medley from “O Brother Where Art Thou.”

The Jazz Band will perform “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Will Always Love You” and “Never My Love,” which were among the numbers featured during its performance at the recent Valentine’s Dinner/Swing Dance at the General Morgan Inn, which benefited the band program.

The Handbell Choir will perform “Journey Home” and “Follow that Star.”

The band program began in 2010 with the formation of a pep band and has grown to include a Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Handbell Choir and various small ensembles.

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Classes to be held Saturday

Posted on 14 February 2014 by

Tusculum College will hold classes on Saturday, Feb.  15, in Knoxville and Morristown. Please monitor announcements in the event of severe weather.

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Valentine’s Swing Dance Band Benefit will go on as scheduled tonight

Posted on 14 February 2014 by

Tonight’s event is still on schedule! Don’t forget free dance lessons begin at 5:30 p.m.!

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Greeneville and Morristown closed; Knoxville opening at noon

Posted on 14 February 2014 by admin

Afternoon and evening classes in Greeneville and Morristown are cancelled for Friday, February 14. Administrative offices are also closed.

Administrative offices at the Knoxville Regional Center will open at noon. Evening classes in Knoxville will be held on a regular schedule.

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Doak House Musuem to offer printmaking and drawing workshops in March

Posted on 14 February 2014 by

The Doak House Museum will be sponsoring drawing and printmaking workshops during March led by artist/educator Dr. Fran Church.

“Drawing Basics,” a one-day workshop, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. The workshop will address fundamental concepts as contour drawing, shadowing and shading, simple perspective and composition. Participants will work with several drawing media including pencil, charcoal and ink.

“Printmaking for Beginners” will be held Saturday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will be introduced to simple printmaking techniques using free and low-cost materials. They will learn printmaking processes including wood block prints, Styrofoam etching, monoprints and stamping using unconventional materials. As a bonus, Dr. Church will demonstrate how to cut mats for prints, drawings, and photographs.

Both classes are designed for older teens and adults of all ages. The fee is $20 for each class, and all materials are provided. Participants will need to bring their lunch.

Reservations and a small deposit are required as class sizes are limited. To make a reservation or find out more, call or email the Doak House Site Manager Leah Walker at 423-636-8554 or

The Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library are operated by the Department of Museum Program and Studies of Tusculum College. In addition to the museums, the department is responsible for the College Archives and offers one of the few undergraduate Museum Studies degree programs in the country. The two museums are also part of the National Historic District on the Tusculum College campus. Follow the museums on Facebook and Twitter to learn the latest news and upcoming events or visit its Web site at to learn more about the variety of programs offered at the museums.

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