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Tusculum College names Dr. Lisa Johnson interim vice president of academic affairs

Posted on 30 June 2014 by

Dr. Lisa Johnson has been named interim vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum College. Johnson steps into the position previously held by Dr. Melinda Dukes who will be returning to the classroom as a member of the Tusculum College faculty. Dr. Johnson will serve in this capacity until August 11.

Dr. Lisa Johnson

Dr. Johnson previously served Tusculum College as assistant vice president for academic affairs, as director of the School of Education and as assistant professor of education.

In her new role she will be responsible for facilitating academic affairs strategic planning goals and providing leadership as new academic programs are implemented.

“Dr. Johnson has contributed to the success of Tusculum College for many years in the various leadership and administrative roles she has held,” said Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody. “She has been part of a strong academic leadership team and extremely active in working with others to more fully engage students and faculty.”

Johnson, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in special education from East Tennessee State University, also earned her master’s degree and doctorate of education, both in educational leadership and policy analysis, from ETSU.

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Tusculum College’s Dr. Nancy B. Moody invited to be part of Leadership Tennessee class

Posted on 27 June 2014 by

Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody has been invited to participate in the second class of Leadership Tennessee.  The class was announced this week through the Lipscomb University Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership.

The program is designed to cultivate a network of business, nonprofit, education and government leaders who are committed to addressing the state’s challenges and opportunities. The class includes 31 members from across Tennessee.

“By bringing together top leaders in the business, education, health care and the nonprofit arenas, Leadership Tennessee introduces participants to different perspectives while also helping them understand the collaborative nature of conversation and action that will continue to move our state ahead,” said Cathy Cate, executive director of Leadership Tennessee and director of community leadership programs for the Andrews Institute.

Leadership Tennessee is a 10-month program that provides collaborative learning and dialogue spanning the state’s three grand divisions, issue-specific education for demonstrated leaders, a diverse representation of participants and opportunities to affect change. It will meet several times as a group in addition to participating in other activities, research and projects throughout the program. The program was launched in August 2013.

Dr. Nancy B. Moody

The inaugural class focused on three main issues—education, government efficiency and health and wellness. During the course of the program, the group produced a plan of action designed to impact the entire state, as well as each region. The program took participants to Chattanooga, Memphis and Knoxville among other locations in Tennessee. The 2014-15 Leadership Tennessee class will also meet throughout the state and examine important issues facing Tennessee. The class will begin the program with a retreat in August.

Members of this year’s class, in addition to Dr. Moody, include Sarah Morgan,president of Benwood Foundation; Carolyn Chism Hardy, chief executive officer of Chism Hardy Investments LLC; Doug Banister, pastor of All Souls Church; Joan Cronan, women’s athletic director emeritus at the University of Tennessee; Joe DiPietro, president of the University of Tennessee; Carol Evans, executive director of Legacy Parks Foundation; Jim McIntyre, superintendent of Knox County Schools; Madeline Rogero, mayor of the City of Knoxville;

Calvin Anderson, senior vice president of corporate affairs for BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee; Darrell Cobbins, president/principal broker for Universal Commercial Real Estate; Dorothy Gunther Pugh, CEO and founding artistic director for Ballet Memphis; Teresa Sloyan, executive director for Hyde Family Foundations; Michael Ugwueke, president and chief operating officer for Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare;

A.C. Wharton, mayor of the City of Memphis; Charles Robert Bone of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC; Bo Campbell, attorney with Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP; Mark Cate, chief of staff to the governor of the State of Tennessee; Jen Cole, executive director for the Metro Nashville Arts Commission;

Jaynee Day, president and chief executive officer for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee; Jose Gonzalez, finance director and instructor of management and entrepreneurship for Conexion Americas/Belmont University; Tre Hargett, secretary of state for the State of Tennessee; Beth Harwell, speaker of the House for the Tennessee General Assembly;

Henry Hicks, president and chief executive officer at the Nashville Museum of African American Music; Bob Higgins, president and chief executive officer for Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon; John Lowry, vice president of external affairs for Lipscomb University; Robert J. Martineau Jr., commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation; Joelle Phillips, president of AT&T Tennessee; Michael Skipper, executive director for the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization; Remziya Suleyman, director of policy and administration for the American Center for Outreach, and Ted Brown, president of Martin Methodist College.

For more information about Leadership Tennessee visit or contact Cate at 615.966.5180 or

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Make plans to attend Homecoming 2014

Make plans to attend Homecoming 2014

Posted on 25 June 2014 by

Homecoming 2014 is less than four months away. It is the ideal time to make plans to return to campus on Oct. 17-18 for a variety of activities.

A variety of events has been scheduled to make everyone’s time on campus enjoyable. Below is a schedule of events. Please keep checking back to the Homecoming event page as more details will be added to these events and other events will be added to the schedule as they are confirmed. Reservations are required unless noted.

Friday, October 17

10 a.m. – Bright’s Zoo – $30 – Located in Limestone, TN, Bright’s Zoo is home to many rare species.  Transportation will be provided.  To learn more, visit   A boxed lunch will be provided.

11:30 a.m. – Lunch with students – $10 – Enjoy lunch with students.  Share your Tusculum experience.

2 p.m. – Herbs and Herblore – no charge –  Fun make and take workshop hosted at the Doak House Museum.

2 p.m. – Golf Tournament – $50 – Enjoy some friendly competition on the Link Hills Golf Course.  Scramble format will be used with handicap system for a net division and gross division.  Registration is at 1 pm with shotgun start at 2 pm.  Dinner will be provided for participants in the golf tournament as well as those who may want to join them following the tournament.  The cost for dinner will be $20 for those not participating in the tournament.  Reservations are required.

7 p.m. – Dinner at Link Hills – $20

Individual  Class Gatherings – cost varies

Saturday, October 18

8 a.m. – Memorial Service – Join us in remembering alumni who have passed away since Homecoming 2013.

8:30 a.m. – Alumni Breakfast – $15 – Come enjoy breakfast with alumni and friends.

9 a.m. – Alumni Meeting – Learn the latest about the alumni association and hear an update on the College.

9:30 a.m. – Alumni Awards and Sports Hall of Fame Awards – Come celebrate the newest alumni and sports hall of fame award honorees.

11 a.m. – Class Photos – $10

Noon – Parade – Watch the 11th Annual Homecoming Parade.

12:30 p.m. – Tailgate –  $10 – Enjoy a Tusculum College Pioneer Tailgate Party.

2:30 p.m. – Tusculum Pioneer Football vs. Carson Newman – Cheer on the Pioneers as they take on Carson Newman at Pioneer Field.  Tickets can be purchased at the game.

7 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Dinner – General Morgan Inn – $38 – Join us for social hour beginning at 6 with dinner at 7.  A cash bar will be available throughout the evening.


Tusculum College Bookstore Hours

Niswonger Commons

8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Thursday, October 16

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Saturday, October 18

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Former Tusculum professor publishes book

Posted on 24 June 2014 by

Dr. Rick Toomey, former assistant professor at Tusculum College, has written a book about the life of his cousin, Debbie McDonald, who experienced severe brain trauma that left her in a vegetative state, and her journey to a life dominated by joy and hope.

Toomey’s book is titled, “I’m Fine:  A Story of Overcoming Adversity Through God’s Grace.” It details Debbie’s story beginning with a tragic automobile accident in January 1965, which took the life of her brother and left her in a comatose state.  Through prayer, loving care and her indomitable spirit, Debbie regained all her mental functioning and some of her physical abilities.

Toomey is a graduate of McMinn County High School and earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Tennessee. He also received a Master of Religious Education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and served in several ministerial positions for 10 years.

During Toomey’s time at Tusculum, he taught numerous courses in the master’s program for Human Resource Development and Organizational Training and Development.

The book can be purchased on Amazon on Kindle Direct Publishing.

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Community Theatre Task Force to present recommendations June 25

Posted on 24 June 2014 by

The Community Theatre Task Force will present its recommendations for the formation of a Greeneville/Greene County Community Theatre organization on Wednesday June 25.

The Task Force has been hard at work since its formation during the May 3 meeting of those interested in a community theater group, and has made excellent progress in its discussions. Tusculum College Arts Outreach has acted as a facilitator of discussions about the creation of a community theater group during previous meetings.

The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. in the  Behan Arena Theatre  in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus. The theater is located at the side entrance to the building.

All those who are interested in a community theater group are encouraged to attend.


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WANTED: Nominations for alumni awards to be presented at Homecoming

WANTED: Nominations for alumni awards to be presented at Homecoming

Posted on 23 June 2014 by

Mitch Robinson, left, was honored with the Pioneer Award during the Alumni Association meeting during the 2103 Homecoming festivities. Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody, left, presented the award.

You can determine who receives the Alumni Awards presented each year at Homecoming. Review the following award descriptions and send your nominations to the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations. The nominations, except those for Sports Hall of Fame, are reviewed by the Alumni Executive Board and honorees are chosen for the presentations during Homecoming. Sports Hall of Fame nominations are reviewed by the Sports Hall of Fame Committee.

Pioneer Award

The Pioneer Award is presented each year to an outstanding alumnus or alumna, in recognition of outstanding or meritorious achievement in his or her chosen field; for distinguished service to church, community, country and humanity, and for continuing and loyal service to the College.

Frontier Award

The Frontier Award is presented to an outstanding alumnus or alumna in recognition of outstanding or meritorious advancement in his or her career. Consideration will be given to former students who have been graduated from the College at least five years, but no more than fifteen years. Consideration for this award should include continuing and loyal service to Tusculum.

National Living Faculty Award

The National Living Faculty Award is presented each year to an outstanding member of the Tusculum College faculty who has made significant contributions to Tusculum’s academic program(s). Persons shall not be eligible for consideration until they have maintained an academic relationship with the College for at least five years. To be considered for recognition, faculty members should have excelled during their service to Tusculum by demonstrating a commitment to the students of the College and the academic program(s).

National Alumni Recognition Award

The National Alumni Recognition Award is presented each year to an outstanding member of the Tusculum College Community. The purpose of the National Alumni Recognition Award is to bestow recognition on those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the College. Persons shall not be eligible for consideration until they have maintained a relationship with the College for at least five years. To be considered for recognition, individuals should have excelled during their service to Tusculum by demonstrating a commitment to the students of the College and her program(s).

Sports Hall of Fame

Nominations are open to Tusculum College alumni, former coaches, managers, sports editors, team trainers and other individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the College’s sports program. Persons shall not be eligible for consideration until five years after they have completed their college-playing career, or, in the case of a non-athlete, maintained their athletic relationship with the College for at least five years. To be considered for induction, athletes should have excelled in their individual Tusculum sport, attaining individual honors and recognition while a student. Merely belonging to a season-winning team is not an achievement worthy of induction.

Sports Benefactor Award

The Sports Benefactor Award is presented to a friend of the College in recognition of outstanding support of the Tusculum athletic program. Consideration for this award should be based on the person’s contributions to the athletic program and loyalty to the College athletics.


The award nomination form can be found online.  The deadline for submission is July 31, 2014.

Nominations can also be made by sending the name of the individual, the award for which he or she is being nominated, the honoree’s class year if applicable, and reasons why the person should be honored by mail to the Office of Alumni Relations, P. O. Box 5040, Greeneville, TN 37743. Please include your name and class year with your nomination.

Make plans to attend this year’s Homecoming October 17 -18. Check the schedule online.

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What’s new with your fellow alumni? Find out in this month’s Class Notes

What’s new with your fellow alumni? Find out in this month’s Class Notes

Posted on 23 June 2014 by






Jack Barker ’48 of Lakeland, FL, was recently the subject of a feature profile by his local newspaper, the Lakeland Ledger. The article focused on his life as a coach and his second career as the owner of a travel service after he retired coaching. The article also mentions his late wife Jeanne, who passed away in 2009, and her artwork that decorates his home. Jack and Jeanne attended Homecoming 20 years in a row, and they had traveled extensively, visiting more than 100 countries. At Tusculum, Jack lettered in five sports and is a member of the Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame. His brother was the famous Getta Barker, who was the second fastest in the hundred yard dash after Jesse Owens. He lived in Craig Hall and majored in physics with a minor in math. He was drafted his sophomore year and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a pilot. After his military service, he coached football, baseball, basketball swimming and gymnastics. Upon his retirement from coaching he opened a travel service, from which he retired in 1986. He will celebrate his 91st birthday next month.


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Bill Gardner ’69 of Bean Station, TN, has been named the National Junior College Athletic Association National Coach of the Year following the NJCAA Division II Golf Championship. Gardner coaches the Walters State Community College men’s golf team, which won the tournament. Gardner coached an individual national champion in 1995, but this is the first time he has guided his team to the national title. The tournament was held in Ancilla, IN, which is the home of Ron May ’68, who is president of Ancilla College. May was able to have dinner with Gardner and his team during the tournament.



Scott M. Niswonger ’87 H’06 of Greeneville, TN, has been chosen by the Development District Association of Appalachia (DDAA) to receive the 2014 Donald R. Myers Humanitarian Award. The award was dedicated by the DDAA in 2009 in memory of Donald Myers, who was executive director of the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association and president of the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance (EODA). Known as a dedicated public servant and champion of the people of Appalachia, Myers exemplified the humanitarian spirit the award was created to recognize and honor. Niswonger has actively promoted a philosophy of “learn, earn, and return” that has helped to empower the region’s young people and has received broad recognition in his state as well as Appalachia. In 1999, he was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame and was chosen by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year for the southeastern United States. On a state level, Niswonger served as vice-chair of the Tennessee Board for Economic Growth and chairman of the Building and Finance Committee for the State of Tennessee.
Niswonger was cited the by the DDAA for his leadership and service in the cause of “numerous educational, community and economic development endeavors.” The award also commended him for tireless efforts that had “greatly contributed to the growth and development of northeastern Tennessee and enhanced the quality of life for many of the Region’s residents.”
The DDAA is a membership organization of the 73 local development districts (LDDs) in the Appalachian Region. The DDAA works to strengthen LDDs and their member governments and to provide leadership to support the Appalachian Regional Commission’s federal-state-local partnership.

Dave Tollett ’88 of Estero, FL, has been named the Atlantic Sun Conference Baseball Coach of the Year honors for the 2014 season. Tollett, who is head coach at Florida Gulf Coast University, has earned Coach of the Year honors from the conference four times in his career. He guided his team to its fourth conference regular-season title.



Micah Haney ’10 began working in March as an agent for American Home life in Knoxville.


Jonathan Lyons ’11 of Elizabethton, TN, began graduate school this summer in the East Tennessee State University Accelerated RN program.


Cory Callahan ’13 of Bristol TN, has been accepted at the  University of Dayton, OH, in the physician assistant program. He begins fall 2014.


Ariel Hawkins ’13 of Greeneville, TN, has begun work on her master’s degree program at the University of the Virgin Islands. She is studying marine biology.


John Zach Conlon ’14 of Woodlands, TX, has been accepted into Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, in the master’s degree program. He will study neuroscience and begins his studies this fall.




Dr. John Frederick “Jack” Fulbeck ’39 of Covina, CA, passed away on December 25, 2011. He was a poet and professor of comparative literature at the California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. He served two terms as president of the California State Poetry Society. His poems won numerous awards, such as “Apostrophe to Amour” and “Introspection in the Cold” which won first prizes in California state level poetry contests, and “In Fuente Vaqueros” which won an international grand prize. His poem “Challengers” was read by Taylor Wang from the orbiting Space Shuttle Challenger in 1985 and is on record at the National Archives Building. He authored three books of poetry: “I Sleep With Strangers,” “Gilgamesh” and “Sifted Ashes.” Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was stationed as a fighter pilot in the South Pacific. After the end of World War II, he worked as a newspaper and magazine editor and a freelance writer. In 1960, Fulbeck received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California.



Anna Belle Kyker Hankins ’49 of Greeneville, TN, passed away on June 4, 2014. She was the widow of John Hankins  ’51. The couple were married 56 years. She met John as they both studied at Tusculum College for what would be long careers in education. She began her career at Washington County Academy and served 36 years in various capacities in the Greene County School System. She was the first librarian at South Greene High School, and served in that role for 25 years. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning and freezing. She was a member of the Hoe and Hope Gardening Club and the Greene County Retired Teachers Association. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Her survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Joseph Hankins ’75 and his wife Wendy (Barber) ’76.



Sheila Tilley Brooks ’90 of Oak Ridge, TN, passed away, November 4, 2009. She began working at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory at the age of 19 as a clerk and advanced through the secretarial field to the highest level. She received many awards during her career. At the latter part of her career, she was appointed to a leadership position the Human Resource Management Department. Shortly thereafter, she was forced to take long-term disability due to the onset of Parkinson’s disease. She was a member of Highland View Church of Christ and she enjoyed traveling and spending time with family.


Dr. Melissa Renee Overbey ’99 of Bristol, TN, passed away June 9, 2014, from a brain aneurysm. She was an educator at Boones Creek Elementary School. A devoted wife and mother, she loved her family dearly.

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American Society for Training and Development Award Scholarship to Tusculum College student

Posted on 23 June 2014 by

A $1,000 scholarship gift was awarded to Tusculum College student Michael Fawley for the current academic year. The award was presented from the organization’s Smokey Mountain Chapter.

Fawley is employed by Energizer as a marketing analyst in Knoxville and pursuing a master’s degree in education in human resource development at Tusculum College.

The American Society for Training and Development developed the annual scholarship in order to support a student or students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Education – Human Resource Development program at Tusculum College.

Michael Fawley

Recipients are selected who have high financial need and who have shown academic promise and a commitment to being active and involved in the field of training and development. Preference is given to adult students studying on the Knoxville campus of Tusculum College.

Fawley is a member of ASTD, vice president of the East Tennessee Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication and a member of the Institute for Packing Professionals.

In addition to his degree at Tusculum, Fawley has a Master’s of Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in English, both from the University of Tennessee.

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Online, non-credit math skills modules now available

Online, non-credit math skills modules now available

Posted on 23 June 2014 by

Tusculum College is now offering online mathematics modules to remediate math skill weaknesses prior to the start of fall semester.

The non-credit hour modules are available free of charge to all currently enrolled Tusculum students, as well as new students who have submitted their enrollment deposit.

.The modules are being funded through the federal Investing in Innovation (I3) technology grant and a partnership with the National Repository of Online Coursework.

Modules are non-credit, skill-building programs that if completed successfully can eliminate the need for students to take remedial courses during the regular academic term.

After completion of the online program, students will have the opportunity to complete an assessment to demonstrate that skill weaknesses have been remediated.

For more information, contact Deborah Gietema, instructor of mathematics at

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Wayne Thomas named Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences at Tusculum College

Posted on 18 June 2014 by

Wayne Thomas has been named interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tusculum College, effective July 1.

Thomas has served as chair of the Department of Fine Arts and as associate professor of English. He has served previously as the chair of the English Department. He joined Tusculum College in 2005 and has not only continuously worked to serve his students and grow his departments, but has built several strong arts and humanities programs that have become part of the College’s culture.

“Under the leadership of Mr. Thomas, many students have successfully published, graduated and been admitted to graduate programs,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of the College. “Through the guidance of Mr. Thomas and other faculty members, many Tusculum students  have received scholarships and built relationships to pursue master’s degrees at a wide array of universities including Columbia University, the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, the University of Central Arkansas, the University of Central Florida, the University of Tennessee, the University of Tennessee the School of Law, East Tennessee State University, Chatham University, Eastern Kentucky University, Washington University in St. Louis, Tampa University, the University of Memphis, the Art Institute of California and the Pittsburgh School of Mortuary Science.”

Wayne Thomas

After being named the College’s first chair of the Fine Arts Department, Thomas was instrumental in the resurrection of the tradition of the Old Oak Festival, working to bring it back with a focus on fine arts, music, theater and writing.

During his time with the English Department, Thomas coordinated the annual Humanities Lecture Series, bringing guest authors to campus not only to share their works, but to meet with students and share their professional experiences through small panel sessions. He has previously served as editor of the Tusculum Review, overseeing the student-driven production of the College’s literary journal.

Professor Thomas’s essays, stories and plays have been seen in several literary journals and anthologies, including “Sudden Stories: The Mammoth Book of Miniscule Fiction” and “River Teeth. In addition, he recently co-edited an anthology of Appalachian literature, “Red Holler.”

He has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre History and Literary Criticism from Georgia College, a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing/Scriptwriting from Georgia College and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing/Fiction and Nonfiction from West Virginia University.

Thomas is the 2012 recipient of Tusculum College’s Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award. He also received the alumni-presented National Living Faculty Award for dedicated service to students in 2013.

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Tusculum receives grant from Women’s Fund of East Tennessee

Tusculum receives grant from Women’s Fund of East Tennessee

Posted on 17 June 2014 by

The Women’s Fund of East Tennessee has awarded an $11,000 grant to Tusculum College for a first generation college student mentoring program.

The grant was funded through the East Tennessee Foundation and was part of $80,000 in grants awarded by the Women’s Fund to six local organizations that work to improve the lives of women and girls.

The grant will provide for 18 rising high school juniors, who come from low income families and would be their family’s first generation to attend college, to participate in a six-day residential, mentored institute at Tusculum College. Students from Carter, Cocke, Greene and Unicoi counties will be eligible. The new program will be called the Women’s Search for Success and Self-Sufficiency.

“Tusculum College has a long history of serving first generation college students and that commitment is stronger than ever with the establishment of our summer institute,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College.

According to Dr. Moody, 75 percent of Tusculum College students call Appalachia home, and approximately 35 percent of Tusculum’s students are first-generation, with parents who have no college experience.

“These students need the mentoring and support a small college like Tusculum can provide,” said Moody.

Jeanne Stokes, director of the TRIO programs who will coordinate the new program said, “This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce our students to different career options, teambuilding activities and cultural enrichment. We plan for the students to leave with a sense of self- sufficiency that will enable them to be successful as they complete high  school and enter and complete college.”

The Women’s Fund provided grants to Haven House, New Opportunity School for Women, Red Legacy Recovery, Servolution, The Next Door and Tusculum College.

“We selected these organizations with a process including letters of intent, workshops and on-site visits; and we invited membership to come in and walk through the agencies,” said Terry Morgan, director of the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee.

“After we did the research, we wanted to use the grant to focus on three priorities: women’s access to education and developing life and work skills,” said Morgan.

For more information or to donate to the Women’s Fund, visit or call 865-524-1223.


Representatives of the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee and Tusculum College celebrated on Tuesday the establishment of a new program at the college to assist high school girls who would be first-generation college students, which has been funded through a grant from the foundation. From left are Cynthia Burnley, a member of the Women’s Fund board; Michelle Arbogast, associate director of foundation and donor relations at Tusculum; Brenda Wood, a member of the Women’s Fund board; LeAnn Hughes, vice president for enrollment management and marketing at Tusculum; Carol Transou, a Women’s Fund board member; Heather Patchett, vice president for institutional advancement; Heather Tunnell, assistant director of the Talent Search program at Tusculum; Nikki Niswonger, founder of the Women’s Fund, and Kay Clayton, a member of the Women’s Fund board.


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Rep. David Hawk discusses lawmaking with Upward Bound students

Rep. David Hawk discusses lawmaking with Upward Bound students

Posted on 16 June 2014 by

Tennessee representative David Hawk led a discussion on lawmaking with students enrolled in the Tusculum College Upward Bound program on Thursday, June 12.

Hawk explained to the students the legislative process and answered questions before leading the group through a bill development case study exercise. Students selected a topic and talked through each of the steps to creating a law from the process of developing the initial language to the requirements for passing the legislative bodies to be enacted into law.

Hawk, who attended Tusculum College, also discussed other related topics with the students, including the importance of registering to vote and career pathways in politics.

He explained to the students that the legislative term in the Tennessee House of Representatives is designed to provide for approximately 90 days every two years to work as a group to develop legislation. He explained that they are often going down to the wire to get everything done in the limited amount of time.

“In Tennessee, being a legislator is part-time,” he told the group, explaining that most legislators have another job in their home community.

Upward Bound made its debut at Tusculum in 1973 when it launched with a mission to aid first-generation college students and those challenged by socio-economic hardships. Upward Bound still strives to assist high school students in achieving success in a rigorous academic curriculum, as well as preparing them to excel in college and post-secondary education.

Tennessee representative David Hawk led a discussion on lawmaking with students enrolled in the Tusculum College Upward Bound program

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