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Tusculum kicks off football season this Thursday

Posted on 29 August 2014 by

The Tusculum College football team will kick off its 2014 campaign this Thursday night when the Pioneers host the College of Faith for a 7 p.m. contest at the Niswonger Sports Complex and Pioneer Field.

The Pioneers 46 lettermen, including 17 starters from last year’s 4-7 squad that finished sixth in the South Atlantic Conference.

Head coach Frankie DeBusk, who is entering his 17th season at the helm of the Pioneer program, brings back a strong nucleus of experience and leadership, but will have to replace NCAA Division II’s all-time leading passer and the program’s all-time tackles leader.

Bo Cordell, who passed for a DII-record 16,265 yards and completed a SAC-record 112 touchdowns passes, has graduated.  The two-time Harlon Hill Trophy national finalist re-wrote the NCAA and league record books and leaves a huge void on the offensive side of the ball for the Pioneers.

On defense, All-American linebacker Brian Alexander has graduated after amassing a school-record 366 tackles in his career, including 126 stops in 2013.

The Pioneers will have added depth at every position as the Black and Orange broke camp with nearly 170 players on the TC roster.  It was an intense and spirited camp and Tusculum’s winningest football coach has been pleased overall with the results.

“We have had a very, very physical camp. I feel we have pushed our players to the limit, from a conditioning standpoint,” said DeBusk.  “A lot of times when you do those things, you get negative vibes from your team.  But our team has been very positive and I feel they do anything and everything we ask them to do and that is a great feeling for a coach.  Our players are showing hustle and effort and that is a tribute to our captains and the veterans of our football team.  I like where we are as a team right now.”

On offense, over 91 percent of last year’s receiving yardage returns for the Pioneers, including their top five receivers, highlighted by 2013 All-American Justin Houston.  Houston, a 5-8, 190-pound junior from Cleveland, Tennessee, established TC single-season records in receptions (110 – 2nd in SAC history), receiving yards (1,347 – 4th in SAC history) and all-purpose yards (1,914).  The Bradley Central High School graduate accounted for seven touchdown catches and scored once on special teams.

Houston, who was also a member of the Capital One Academic All-District first team, enters his third TC campaign sixth all-time with 150 career receptions and eighth with 1,740 career receiving yards.  He finished second in the country in receptions per game (11.0 rpg) and fourth in NCAA II in receiving yards per contest (134.7 ypg).  Houston posted over 100 receiving yards in nine of his 10 outings in 2013.

Senior Deon Hicks is back after garnering All-South Atlantic Conference second team honors in his first TC season.  Hicks, a 6-3, 225-pound senior from Fresno, California (Fresno City College/Fresno HS), finished second on the team with 43 receptions for 784 yards and tied for the team lead with seven TD grabs (T10th in TC history).

All-America tight end Wesley Powell is back for his final collegiate campaign.  The 6-10, 265-pound senior from Titus, Alabama (Elmore County HS) finished third on the team with 38 receptions for 520 receiving yards (8th in SAC) and four TD catches.  In his 31 career contests, Powell has made 81 grabs for 853 yards and is looking to become only the second tight end in school history with over 1,000-receiving yards to his credit.

Lexington, Kentucky senior Johnathan Diliberto (5-10, 185, Tates Creek HS) returns following a 2013 season where he posted 29 receptions for 515 yards and six touchdowns.  Junior Ken Funnye (6-0, 165, Georgetown, S.C./Andrews HS) finished fifth on the roster with his 27 catches for 254 yards and a touchdown, while senior Matt Levine (6-0, 180, Anderson, S.C./Westside HS) added 13 grabs for 189 yards.

“We have a very talented group of receivers coming back for us, led by Justin Houston and Wesley Powell,” added DeBusk.  “I have been most impressed with the play of Johnathan Diliberto during fall camp.  This group has accepted the challenge before them and are looking for great things from them.”

Also returning to receiver corps are junior CJ Dawson (5-11, 175, Lithonia, Ga./Arabia Mountain HS), sophomore Neil Lee (5-10, 165, Clinton, S.C./Clinton HS) and redshirt freshmen Dalton Barrier (5-9, 175, Lynchburg, Tenn./Moore County HS), Rian Hall (5-10, 155, Oak Ridge, Tenn./Oak Ridge HS) and Thomas Barnett (5-9, 175, Knoxville, Tenn./Farragut HS).

Sophomore Caleb McCormick (6-2, 210, Freeport, Fla./Freeport HS) and the redshirt freshmen duo of Drew Schreder (6-3, 225, Cosby, Tenn./Cosby HS) and Jaylynn Kesterson (6-2, 245, Mosheim, Tenn./West Greene HS) will be looking to make contributions at tight end.

With all the offensive weapons, the big question is who will get the football into the hands of this talented group.   Four returners will be vying for the starting quarterback position, as well as some talented newcomers.

Redshirt freshman Malcolm Pendergrass, a 6-3, 185-pound native of Royal Palm Beach, Florida, is slated to get the start under center against the College of Faith in the season opener.  In Tusculum’s final fall scrimmage, he passed for 232 yards and three touchdowns.  Pendergrass saw significant playing time during the Tusculum spring game as he passed for 171 yards and accounted for a pair of touchdowns (1 pass, 1 rush).

Senior Kyle Dickey has nine career games under his belt as Tusculum’s signal caller, including a pair of starts, but those came in 2011.  The 6-3, 205-pound McDonough, Georgia (Luella HS) product has completed 60 percent of his passes for 469 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Junior Cameron Tallent, a 6-2, 200-pound native of Dayton, Tennessee, has played in 13 contests in a TC uniform, while posting a completion percentage of 75 percent.  At the 2014 spring game, Tallent threw for 212 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Redshirt freshman Eric Lynch, a 6-4, 200-pounder from Matthews, North Carolina, did not play in the spring game in April due to injury.  He earned All-State and All-Conference honors in his senior year at the Charlotte Christian School, where he led his prep squad to a 2012 state title.  He passed for over 4,800 yards and 54 touchdowns.

True freshmen Romario Atkinson (6-2, 185, Jonesboro, Ga./Jonesboro HS) and Luke Manning (6-0, 185, Sevierville, Tenn./Sevier County HS) are also competing for the quarterback position.

Sophomore Fernando Smith is the only running back returning with significant reps in the offensive backfield for the Pioneers.  Smith, a 5-10, 220-pound product from Baltimore, Maryland, led Tusculum with nine rushing touchdowns (4th in SAC) as he played in all 11 games, including two starts as a true freshman.  Smith averaged four yards per carry, while rushing for 353 yards.  The Sherwood High School alum also made 10 receptions for 66 yards.

Last year’s starting running back Isaac Robinson (5-11, 205, Soph., Palmyra, Va./Monticello HS) is anticipated to be lost for the entire 2014 campaign due to injury.

Redshirt freshman Justin Ware (5-11, 180, Cleveland, Tenn./Walker Valley HS) will be in the mix for playing times as will true freshmen Dalton Brown (5-8, 160, Limestone, Tenn./David Crockett HS), Trevonte Emmons (5-9, 215, Fayetteville, Tenn./Fayetteville HS), D.J. Haney (5-10, 235, Greeneville, Tenn./Greeneville HS), Joe Ledet (6-2, 210, Ragley, La./South Beauregard HS), Cameron Lusk (6-0, 235, Morrison, Tenn./Warren County HS), DJ Samuels (5-11, 195, Decherd, Tenn./Franklin County HS), and Nick Sandstrom (5-9, 160, Greeneville, Tenn./Chuckey-Doak HS).

Freshmen receivers Evan Altizer (6-2, 185, Waxhaw, N.C./Weddington HS), Jordan Barnes 6-2, 175, Goose Creek, S.C/Goose Creek HS), Ryan Booker (6-1, 180, Greenwood, S.C./Ninety-Six HS), Rodnell Cruell (6-0, 175, New Orleans, La./McDonough Senior HS), Ken Drummond (5-9, 165, Woodruff, S.C./Woodruff HS), Desmond Geter (5-10, 185, Spartanburg, S.C./Dorman HS), Layson Giles (6-5, 180, Pedergrass, Ga./Jackson County HS), Gregory McHam (5-9, 180, Duncan, S.C./Byrnes HS), Hunter Mullican (6-0, 205, McMinnville, Tenn./Warren County HS), Myles Neils (6-0, 180, Concord, N.C./Concord HS), Derrick Parks (6-1, 190, Knoxville, Tenn./Karns HS), Tyrique Robinson (6-4, 175, Little River, S.C./North Myrtle Beach HS), Deion Sims (6-1, 185, Spring Hill, Tenn./Independence HS), Michael Stampfel (6-3 ,185, Dacula, Ga./Dalton HS) and Qua Stocks (6-1, 175, Taylorsville, Ga./North Paulding HS) are competing for playing time.

Newcomers at tight end include the trio of Drew Davidson (6-1, 190, McMinnville, Tenn./Warren County HS), Austin Hoyle (6-2, 180, Greeneville, Tenn./South Greene HS) and Zack Jones (6-4, 230, Mt. Juliet, Tenn./Mt. Juliet HS).

Junior Billy Munker will be anchoring the Tusculum offensive line this season.  The 6-4, 300-pound product of West Palm Beach, Fla. (Royal Palm Beach HS) earned Preseason All-South Atlantic Conference second team honors after starting in all 11 games last season, while grading out above 88 percent in every outing.  Joining Munker in the trenches are returning offensive line starters Jake Bridwell (Sr., 6-1, 275, Duncan, S.C./Byrnes HS), Jeremy Wagner (Sr., 6-6, 325, Gulfport, Miss./Volunteer (TN) HS) and Max Gaubert (So., 6-3, 305, Bogart, Ga./North Oconee HS).

Also returning are senior Jay Roberts (Sr., 6-0, 300, Anderson, S.C./Greenville Tech/T.L. Hanna HS), sophomores Rictrell Harris (6-3, 285, Memphis, Tenn./Whitehaven HS), Patrick Benson (6-4, 320, Cleveland, Tenn./Bradley Central HS) and Nick Wasylyk (6-3, 300, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/Duluth (GA) HS), and redshirt freshmen Cody Armstrong (6-4, 340, Greenville, S.C./Riverside HS), Seth Betsel (6-3, 295, Franklin, Tenn./Page HS) and Zach Bradbury (6-2, 280, Cumming, Ga./West Forsyth HS).

“We are as strong at offensive line then we have been in the past,” DeBusk commented.  “We have eight or nine players that we feel very confident about, which should give us a boost, offensively.  We are expecting some great things from our men up front.”

New to the offensive front are freshmen Kory Gilliam (6-6, 320, Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood HS), Michael Khoury (6-4, 260, Old Hickory, Tenn./Mt Juliet HS), Landon Ramey (6-1, 290, Smyrna, Tenn./Smyrna HS) and Cody Santmyers (6-5, 305, Flowery Branch, Tenn./Flowery Branch HS).

Senior free safety LiRonta Archie will lead the Tusculum defense in 2014.  The Preseason All-America and All-SAC choice finished second on the team with 76 tackles a year ago, along with two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and four passes defended.  The Fairburn, Georgia (North Atlanta HS) product enters his final collegiate campaign ranked in the top-10 in school history, including second in fumble recoveries (6), fourth in fumbles forced (6), fourth in interception return yards (107) and eighth in career interceptions (5).  The North Atlanta High School alum has totaled 185 tackles and 13 passes defended during his Pioneer career.

Joining him in the defensive secondary are 2013 starters Irim Aiken and Evan Dansby.  Aiken, a 6-0, 175-pound junior cornerback from Hanahan, South Carolina, finished sixth on the team with 51 tackles, including 30 solo stops which were third-most on the roster.  The Hanahan High School graduate tied for the team-lead with seven pass break-ups.  Dansby, a 6-0, 180-pound senior cornerback from Augusta, Georgia (Richmond Academy), led the Pioneers with nine passes defended to go along with his 36 tackles, including two for loss.

Sophomore Cameron Thomas (6-0, 190, Nicholasville, Ky./East Jessamine HS) saw significant playing time last year, mostly in a reserve role at strong safety where he amassed 38 tackles, including 22 solos and two pass break-ups.

“Our secondary is as talented from top-to-bottom as it has been in a while,” DeBusk added.  “They are physical, fast and we have some depth at those positions.  We have several players who have made plays from there during fall camp and right now they are the best part of our defensive football team.”

Despite sitting out last season, sophomore Deres Benn brings experience to the defensive back position as the Chattanooga, Tennessee native totaled 67 tackles in 2012, which were the third most on the team.  In his rookie season, the 6-2, 190-pound Red Bank High School product accounted for 10 or more tackles on four occasions.

Also back in the TC secondary are junior Mike Mosah (6-0, 200, Memphis, Tenn./Whitehaven HS), sophomores Cole Waddell (5-10, 170, Macon, Ga./Tattnall Square Academy), Brandon Thompson (6-1, 185, Bartow, Ga./Woodland HS), Chris Jackson (5-10, 185, Alachua, Fla./Sante Fe HS), Rashad Bennett (5-11, 175, Taylors, S.C./Blue Ridge HS) and redshirt freshmen Jason Ware (5-10, 165, Cleveland, Tenn./Walker Valley HS) and Akeem Peoples (6-0, 190, Lamar, S.C./Lamar HS).

Several new faces are in the defensive backfield for the Pioneers this fall, including: Dominic Alexander (5-11, 170, Jonesboro, Ga./Jonesboro HS), Jailyn Allen (5-9, 170, Acworth, Ga./Woodland HS), Quadre Allen (5-11, 180, Jonesboro, Ga./Jonesboro HS), Bryce Bartlett (5-10, 180, Dacula, Ga./Dacula HS), Tyriek Bell (6-2, 180, Columbia, S.C./Westwood HS), Quentavious Byrd (6-0, 180, Ellenwood, Ga./Cedar Grove HS), Chris Childs (6-0, 180, Dalton, Ga./Dalton HS), Devonte Davis (5-10, 170, Dalton, Ga./Dalton HS), Wan’ye Davis (6-1, 185, Cary, N.C./Cary HS), Kendall Davis-Brister (6-1, 180, Douglasville, Ga./Hiram HS), James Dees (6-1, 180, Charlotte, N.C./Cox Mill HS), Christopher Franklin (5-7, 165, Covington, Ga./Newton HS), Evan Gates (6-1, 210, Charlotte, N.C./Davidson Day HS), JaQuan Jackson (5-9, 180, Fort Washington, Md./Friendly HS), Octavius McKinney (5-9, 180, Memphis, Tenn./Frayser HS), Quincy Nelson (6-0, 185, Powder Springs, Ga./Hillgrove HS), Rahmoi Parsons (5-10, 175, Hiram, Ga./McEachern HS), Eric Tate (6-1, 205, Riverdale, Ga./Mundys Mill HS), LaBrock Thomas (5-11, 190, Murfreesboro, Tenn./Siegel HS), Martez Thompkins (5-10, 165, Atlanta, Ga./Booker T. Washington HS) and Devin Williamson (6-1, 175, Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road HS).

Three starters are gone at linebacker including two-time All-SAC standout Brian Alexander.

“I’m a little concerned about the depth at linebacker,” said DeBusk.  “We lost some very good players at that position, but I think we are so much faster then we have been.  We have moved some personnel around that will help us there.”

Riverside, California senior Wayne Soliai (6-0, 225) moves to linebacker after playing last season at strong safety for the Pioneers in his first TC campaign.  The 2014 Preseason All-SAC second team choice finished fourth on the team with his 63 tackles, including 27 solo hits and three tackles behind the line of scrimmage.  The San Bernardino Valley College transfer also posted an interception, three passes defended and forced a fumble in his 11 starts.

Senior Darien Crank (Fort Campbell, Ky./Fort Campbell HS) recorded 26 tackles, including three for loss last season.  The 5-10, 180-pound linebacker added a pair of interceptions, including one he returned for a 44-yard touchdown in last year’s season-opener.

Dominic James is back for his senior year after his 21-tackle performance from a season ago.  The 5-9, 200-pound St. Petersburg, Florida native (St. Petersburg HS) has made 89 tackles for his TC career.

Also returning are linebackers Ahlija Blake (RFr., 6-0, 205, Clover, S.C./Clover HS), L’Keith Brown (RFr., 6-0, 210, Athens, Ga./Cedar Shoals HS), Zack Lane (So., 5-11, 210, Atlanta, Ga./Sandy Creek HS), Austin Raynor (RFr., 6-2, 200, Benson, N.C./South Johnston HS), Devin Starnes (5-11, 220, Rock Hill, S.C/South Pointe HS) and Quez Gaines (So., 6-0, 215, Anderson, S.C./Westside HS).

Looking to make their mark at linebacker are newcomers Brandyn Bartlett (Jr., 6-1, 215, Dacula, Ga./Dacula HS), Glenn Frazier (5-10, 230, Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern HS), Michael Guidry (5-11, 225, Ragley, La./South Beauregard HS), Christopher Hill (6-1, 185, Oliver Springs, Tenn./Coalfield HS), Payton Holbrooks (6-0, 210, Gainesville, Ga./Forsyth HS), Malek Holman (6-1, 185, Murfreesboro, Tenn./Oakland HS), Brett Larkin (6-0, 220, Alpharetta, Ga./South Forsyth HS), Stetson Mayes (6-2, 205, Atlanta, Ga./Riverwood HS), Dustin Mcabee (5-11, 185, Nashville, Tenn./McGavock HS), Chad McClanahan (6-2, 220, Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb HS), Anthony Patrick (6-1, 205, Nashville, Tenn./Pearl-Cohn HS), Brigham Powell (6-2, 245, Mt. Juliet, Tenn./Mt. Juliet HS), Jacob Quillen (5-10, 215, Chuckey, Tenn./Chuckey-Doak HS), Robert Ramsey (6-1, 210, Mount Caramel, Tenn./Volunteer HS), Tristian Ramsey (5-11, 185, Newport, Tenn./Cosby HS), Matt Simon (6-1, 200, Lithonia, Ga./Chamblee HS), Elijah Stidmon (6-2, 180, Dalton, Ga./Dalton HS), Dwayne Taylor (6-2, 230, Decatur, Ga./Martin Luther King HS), Travis Thomas (6-0, 230, Duncan, S.C./Byrnes HS) and Brandon Williams (6-3, 225, Morrow, Ga./Forest Park HS).

Senior tackle Caushaud Lyons and sophomore nose guard Marlon Joyner are returning starters from the defensive front for the Pioneers a year ago.

Lyons, a 6-5, 295-pound native of Ellenwood, Georgia, finished seventh on the team and second amongst defensive linemen with 44 tackles.  His six tackles for loss were tied for second-most on the roster, including three sacks.   The Woodland High School graduate also broke up two passes and forced a fumble.  He enters his final collegiate season with 92 career tackles, including nine for loss, four sacks and an interception.

Joyner, a 6-2, 330-pounder from Decatur, Georgia (Decatur HS), recorded 11 tackles, including eight solo hits as he played in 10 outings, including the last four in a starting role.

Senior Rocky Jones will be looked too for leadership as he moves to the defensive end spot after playing the last three seasons at linebacker, including last season, posting 44 tackles.  Jones, a 6-3, 235-pound native of Anderson, South Carolina (Westside HS) also contributed an interception and a fumble recovery while starting in all 11 games at the linebacker slot.

Senior Chaz Moulder (6-1, 345, Atlanta, Ga./North Atlanta HS) enjoyed in his best Tusculum campaign last year after his 28-tackle performance, which including two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery.

Greeneville, Tennessee senior Chaz Story moves to the defensive front after playing his three previous TC campaigns at linebacker.  The 5-11, 260-pound Greeneville High School alumnus recorded 29 tackles, including 14 solo hits in his 11 outings.

Back in the defensive trenches are D’Andre Johnson (So., 6-1, 265, Memphis, Tenn./Ridgeway HS), Matthew Jean-Gilles (5-11, 225, Concord, N.C./Cox Mill HS), DJ King (RFr., 6-3, 270, Cleveland, Tenn.), Troy Owens (So., 6-3, 260, Newnan, Ga./Decatur HS) and Malik Brewer (RFr., 6-4, 330, Chattanooga, Tenn./Boyd Buchanan HS).

New to the program this season are incoming defensive linemen: Jaquinton Alston-Thompson (6-4, 220, Marietta, Ga./Robert Lee Osborne HS), Paul Bain (6-3, 260, Powder Springs, Ga./Hillgrove HS), Tyler Brown (6-0, 260, Rockwood, Tenn./Rockwood HS), Justin Campbell (6-1, 245, Winchester, Tenn./Franklin County HS), Cooper Chaplin (6-0, 250, Marathon, Fla./Marathon HS), Trevor Ellis (6-3, 220, Cary, N.C./Cary HS), Emmanuel Gbunblee (Jr., 6-2, 250, Salisbury, N.C./Eastern Arizona/West Rowan HS), Tyler Josey (6-3, 260, Knoxville, Tenn./South Doyle HS), Montel Lipscomb (6-1, 270, Boiling Springs, S.C./Boiling Springs HS), Matt Roos (6-3, 240, Port Orange, Fla./Spruce Creek HS), Dominick Rowdy (6-1, 275, Winston-Salem, N.C./West Forsyth HS), Andrew Thomas (6-3, 210, Marietta, Ga./Marietta HS), Beze Uzoma (6-2, 240, Wake Forest, N.C./Heritage HS), Dechey Williams (6-4, 260, Jr., Laurel, Miss./Mississippi Gulf Coast/West Jones HS) and LJ Young (5-10, 210, Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft HS).

Almost the entire corps of Tusculum’s special teams personnel return, including senior placekicker Logan Cornelius and senior punter Logan Haynes.

Cornelius, a 6-0, 190-pound native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, enters his senior campaign listed in the top-10 in eight statistical categories, including his 165 career points, which are second-most amongst TC kickers and fourth all-time.  The East Hamilton High School graduate was the Pioneers’ leading scorer in 2013 with his 55 points, including 5-of-7 on field goals and 40-of-46 on his extra point efforts.

Haynes, a 5-11, 190-pound Dublin, Virginia (Livingstone College/Pulaski HS) product averaged 35.94 yards per punt last season, and pinned the opposition inside its 20-yard line on 12 occasions.

Returning for the Pioneers are specialists sophomore punter Austin Bennett (6-1, 200, Woodstock, Ga./River Ridge HS) and redshirt placekicker Jose Esparza (5-9, 235, Dandridge, Tenn./Jefferson County HS).

Redshirt freshman Ian O’Grady is the early favorite to earn his starting long snapper position back.  The 6-1, 200-pound Orlando, Florida native (Dr. Phillips HS) saw action in his first three outings, but was injured in the third contest and sidelining him for the remainder of the year.

Justin Houston was Tusculum’s primary kickoff return threat last year, averaging 21.7 yards per return which was the eighth-best average in the league in 2013, including a school single-game record 99-yard TD return against Wingate University.  Also seeing action on kickoffs were Evan Dansby (4-45, 11.2 ypr), Neil Lee (4-51, 12.8 ypr), Ken Funnye (3-33, 11.0 ypr), Fernando Smith (2-13, 6.5 ypr) and Johnathan Diliberto.

Deon Hicks also saw playing time on Tusculum’s punt return unit (9-44, 4.9 ypr), while Irim Aiken (2-27, 13.5 ypr) also saw action for the Pioneers.

Newcomers joining Tusculum’s specialty unit are: William Arrington (LS, 5-11, 195, Dacula, Ga./Dacula HS),  Corey Cantrell (PK, 6-0, 235, Goodlettsville, Tenn./White House HS), Hunter Cantrell (P, 6-2, 220, Sparta, Tenn./White County HS), Dennis Dominiquez (PK, 6-0, 175, Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern HS), Kelly Donnelly (P/LS, 6-3, 200, Pulaski, Tenn./Giles County HS), Drake Dormann (PK, 5-7, 160, Thompsons Station, Tenn./Independence HS), Scott Mode (PK, 5-9, 175, Easley, S.C./Easley HS) and Chris Watts (P, 6-0, 170, Ringgold, Ga./Ringgold HS).

The Pioneers will play an 11-game regular-season schedule and will host six home games for a second straight season.  The 2014 slate will also include four night games, including three at the Niswonger Sports Complex and Pioneer Field.

Tusculum will kick-off the gridiron campaign on Thursday, Sept. 4 when they host the College of Faith.  The Pioneers posted a 63-0 win over the Saints in last year’s inaugural meeting.  It will be the first of two Thursday night battles that the Pioneers will host this year.

The Pioneers will hit the road for the first time in 2014 when they make the 484-mile trek to Elizabeth City, N.C. to take on Elizabeth City State University.  Tusculum amassed a school-single game record 782 offensive yards in TC’s 54-41 win over the Vikings last year.

North Greenville visits Pioneer Field on Sept. 20 for a Saturday night clash with Tusculum.  The Crusaders won its first four games of 2013, including a home win over the Pioneers. But NGU would drop six of its last seven games to end the season at 5-6.  The Sept. 20 meeting will be the sixth installment of the series that began in 1995.

The Pioneers will kick-off its 16th season in the South Atlantic Conference when they take on three-time defending league champion Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C.  The Bears are coming off one the best seasons in their history.  L-R dropped its season opener, only to rattle off 13 straight wins, while advancing to the NCAA II national championship game, where they lost to Northwest Missouri State University.  Tusculum is 10-7 all-time against L-R in a series that started 90 years ago (1924).

The Pioneers will remain in North Carolina to take on SAC foe Catawba College on Oct. 4.  Tusculum defeated Catawba 43-25 at Pioneer Field last fall to record its sixth win in the series that started in 1996 (Catawba leads 12-6).

Tusculum returns home on Oct. 11 to face Newberry College as the Pioneers will play four of its next five contests at Pioneer Field.  The Wolves went 9-3 last season and tied for second place in the SAC.  Newberry punched its ticket for the NCAA Playoffs where they were eliminated in the opening round.  The Wolves opened 2013 with six straight victories, including a homecoming victory over the Pioneers.

Tusculum will host arch-rival Carson-Newman University on Oct. 18 at Pioneer Field for Homecoming.  It will mark only the second time the Pioneers have faced the Eagles for its annual Homecoming contest and first since 1937.  This year will mark the 44th encounter between TC and Carson-Newman in the second oldest collegiate gridiron rivalry in the State of Tennessee.

The Oct. 18 game will also be Sports Hall of Fame weekend as members of the 2014 induction class will honored at the game.

The Pioneers travel to Wingate University on Oct. 25 to take on the Bulldogs at Irwin Belk Stadium.  Wingate has won five in a row against TC, including a 41-33 decision in 2013 at Pioneer Field.

Tusculum returns home on Nov. 1 to face UNC Pembroke for Senior Day.  The Braves went 9-2 last year, and earned a berth to the NCAA Playoffs, where they were eliminated in the opening round.

The Pioneers will host Brevard College on Nov. 6, in a rare Thursday night game late in the season.

Tusculum will wrap up the regular season on Nov. 15 as the Pioneers travel over Sam’s Gap to face cross-mountain rival Mars Hill University.  Tusculum scored 21 unanswered points en route to a 49-42 win over Mars Hill in last year’s season finale.

The 2014 NCAA Division II Playoffs will begin Nov. 22 and will culminate with the DII National Championship Game on Dec. 20 and will be held in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Make your reservations to attend Homecoming 2014

Make your reservations to attend Homecoming 2014

Posted on 26 August 2014 by

Alumni should begin receiving more information about Homecoming in the mail soon or have received it in their email.  A few additions have been made to the schedule recently including a “Memory Lane” display by the Museums of Tusculum College and an informational open house at Career Services.

After you look through the schedule, make your reservations to attend the celebration, scheduled Oct. 17-18 this year.

Below is the finalized schedule.

Friday, Oct. 17

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Registration – Living Room of Niswonger Commons

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Memory Lane Take a walk down memory lane as the staff of the Museums of Tusculum displays outfits, slide shows, pictures from Tusculum’s past, yearbooks and newspapers in the Living Room of Niswonger

10 a.m. – Bright’s Zoo - $30 – Located in Limestone, Tenn.,  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 and share your Tusculum experience with the Pioneers of today.

1 p.m. – Campus Tours Revisit and rediscover your Alma Mater. Take a tour with the President’s Society, a group of elite Residential College

1 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 noon pm with shotgun start at 1 p.m.  Alumni, spouses, faculty, staff and friends are invited to participate.  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.


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

2 – 3 p.m. Career Services Open House Alumni are invited to stop by the Career Services office in Room 307 of Niswonger Commons for “cookies and information.” Meet the staff of Tusculum’s Career Services office
and learn more about how they can assist you.

6 p.m. – Dinner at Link Hills – $20 – Join us for a buffet dinner beginning at 6 p.m.  Reservations are required.

Evening - Individual  Class Gatherings – cost varies

8:30 p.m. – Bonfire Enjoy the annual Homecoming Bonfire, located near the parking lot at Pioneer Field, with current students.

Saturday, October 18

8 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Registration – Living Room of Niswonger Commons

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 – In front of Niswonger Commons


11 a.m. – Student Support Services Luncheon – Alumni who were in the Student Support Services program or ARCHES are invited to a cookout and other festivities at the Patton House (near Pioneer Park).


Noon – Parade – Watch the 11th Annual Homecoming Parade along the route between the Charles Oliver Gray Complex and Pioneer Park.


Noon – Tusculum Volleyball hosts Newberry, Pioneer Arena.


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 ticket booth preceding the game.

6 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Social Hour General Morgan Inn
7 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Dinner Join us at the General Morgan Inn for dinner. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening.
8 p.m. – Alumni and Friends Music and Fellowship DJ Donnie Bunch will provide music.


Sunday, October 19

Attend the church of your choice.  First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville (110 N. Main Street) is the mother church of the College.  Early service at 8:30 a.m., Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., the traditional service at 10:45 a.m.  Learn more at


1 p.m. – Tusculum Women’s Soccer hosts Lenoir-Rhyne, Pioneer Field.


3:30 p.m. – Tusculum Men’s Soccer hosts Lenoir-Rhyne, Pioneer Field.


During Homecoming, you are encouraged to visit the museums, art gallery, the Presidential photo gallery at the Library and the Bookstore. Hours for each are below:

Tusculum College Bookstore
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


Thomas J. Garland Library

8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Thursday, October 16

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17

9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, October 18


Allison Gallery (Rankin House behind Three Blind Mice)

The Allison Art Gallery will be hosting visiting artist, Melissa Stallard’s exhibition of digital photographs called “The Shrinking City.”  Stallard is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Akron.

3:30 – 5 p.m. Thursday, October 16

3:30 – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17

Closed Saturday, October 18


Doak House Museum

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

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17


President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library

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

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, October 17



Please make every effort to make your reservations prior to Friday, October 3, in order for us to provide accurate estimates on food preparations. Make your reservation online.


If you have questions about Homecoming 2014 registration, please contact Joni Blake Parker, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at or 423-636-7303.

Greeneville Hotel Information

Econo Lodge (former Comfort Inn and Holiday Inn)

1790 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville

(423) 639-4185

Days Inn Greeneville

935 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville

(423) 639-2156


Quality Inn (former Jameson Inn)

3160 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville

(423) 638-7511


General Morgan Inn

111 N Main St, Greeneville

(423) 787-1000


Knights Inn (formerly Charray Inn)

121 Serral Dr, Greeneville

(423) 638-1331


Hampton Inn

3130 E Andrew Johnson Hwy, Greeneville

(423) 638-3735


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‘Pioneer Pete’ tailgate Sept. 4 to feature live music, activities for all

‘Pioneer Pete’ tailgate Sept. 4 to feature live music, activities for all

Posted on 26 August 2014 by

Live music, games, food and activities for all will be part of the Pioneer Pete Tailgate Party Thursday, Sept. 4, prior to the Tusculum football team’s home opener.

The community is invited to come and be part of the fun, which includes a performance by Carson Peters, the 10-year-old fiddler who has appeared on the Jay Leno Show and performed at the Grand Ole Opry. The tailgate will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the area just outside the Niswonger Sports Complex and Pioneer Field.

Carson Peters

The Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band also include his father, Jamie Peters, and two Greene Countians, Tom and Bobbie Dier. Carson, who began playing fiddle at three, says his main inspiration is using “the talent God gave me to make people smile!”

The tailgate will include games, inflatables, face painting and other activities for all ages.

Tasty food will also be plentiful as Creamy Cup, Auntie Ruth Donuts and Soft Pretzels and other concessions will be part of the tailgate.

There is no charge for any of the activities except for food and a ticket to the game. Tusculum  will be taking on the College of Faith with kickoff scheduled at 7 p.m. Fireworks will follow the game.

The Pioneer Club will also be having a tailgate on Thursday with information available about how to become a member and support Tusculum student-athletes and athletic programs.

Games and inflatables will be part of the Pioneer Pete Tailgate Party.

The Thursday night game is the first of six home games for Tusculum this season. The other home games include against North Greenville (Sept. 20), Newberry (Oct. 11), Carson-Newman (Oct. 18), UNC Pembroke (Nov. 1) and Brevard (Nov. 6).

Tusculum hosts North Greenville on Saturday, Sept. 20, as the Pioneers will be celebrating Local Heroes Night and Take-A-Kid the Game Night at Pioneer Field.  Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free.  It will also be Youth Football Night as all players of the Boys & Girls Club, Greene County YMCA Flag Football League, and the Greeneville/Greene County Youth Football Association will  be admitted free.  All youth players are asked to wear their game t-shirt or game jersey to gain free admittance. (All youth must have adult supervision).  All youth football players will lead the Tusculum team out onto the field prior to kickoff.

As Local Heroes Night, the College is inviting all law enforcement, fire and emergency medical professionals and members of the Armed Forces to attend the Sept. 20  game free of charge. Members of the aforementioned agencies may either present their ID badge or be in uniform for free admission to the game. The ID badge admits the public servant and one (1) guest.

Tusculum hosts South Atlantic Conference foe Newberry College on Saturday, Oct. 11, for Breast Cancer Awareness Day and Local Church Day.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month as the Pioneers and their fans will be donning pink and will be raising funds and awareness in the battle against breast cancer.  Tusculum will also be recognizing and honoring churches in the community as the Pioneers take on the Wolves at 2:30 p.m.

The Pioneers will take on arch-rival Carson-Newman on Saturday, Oct. 18. for Homecoming 2014 as the game is slated to begin at 2:30 p.m.  Be there for all the pageantry and tradition of homecoming weekend with the parade, alumni reunions and the homecoming court.  It is also Sports Hall of Fame weekend as members of the 2014 induction class will be honored.


Tusculum hosts 2013 NCAA Playoff participant UNC Pembroke at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, for Senior Day.  The Pioneers will honor its senior members of the football team as well as the senior members of the cheerleading squad and the Pioneer Marching Band prior to kickoff.  It is also Family Weekend on the Greeneville campus.


The Pioneers will host South Atlantic Conference foe Brevard for a rare Thursday night battle on Nov. 6, at 7 p.m.  Following the regular-season home finale, there will be a fireworks show.

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Alumni, campus community enjoys ‘Tusculum College Night at the Astros’

Alumni, campus community enjoys ‘Tusculum College Night at the Astros’

Posted on 26 August 2014 by

About 100 people enjoyed “Tusculum College Night at the Astros” Monday evening. One part of the family section was reserved for Tusculum College alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff for the Tusculum community to enjoy an evening at the ball park. The Astros treated spectators to a close win, 3-1 over the Bluefield Blue Jays. The win allows the Astros to remain in the playoff hunt.

Marmalee Boyles picks up her tickets at the Tusculum College tent outside Pioneer Park.














Members of the Office of Admission greeted spectators as they entered the ball park and provided information about the College. From left are Admission Representatives Heather Blanton '12, Jana Riddle '06, Brian Alexander '14 and Angel West '14.
















Jim Southerland '64 talks to Joni Parker, assistant director of alumni and parent relations, at the Tusculum College tent.















The Tusculum College Marching Band played the National Anthem prior to the game and performed again during the "Seventh Inning Stretch."












Gizmo, the new mascot for the Astros, visits in the Tusculum section.













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“Grills Gone Wild” barbecue cook-off and festival coming to campus Sept. 12-13

“Grills Gone Wild” barbecue cook-off and festival coming to campus Sept. 12-13

Posted on 26 August 2014 by

Going for the hardwood smoked, tasty goodness prize, those who think they know barbecue will be on the Tusculum College campus in September for the first-ever Grills Gone Wild barbecue cook-off and festival.

The event is scheduled for September 12-13 on the Tusculum College campus. The Grills Gone Wild Barbecue Festival is organized by the Inferno Group of Harrogate, Tenn., and will feature top-flight barbecue masters competing for the $5,000 competition prize.

This is the first year for the event, and organizers hope to draw people from around the region to participate and attend the festivities. The event has previously been held in London, Ky.

Grills Gone Wild is a family-friendly event, which will include a barbecue cook-off, a car show, a 5K fundraiser run and many other activities. The event will be held in front of Pioneer Park.

The public is cautioned that professional barbecuers will not be offering samples of their barbecue, but there will be food vendors available during the Festival.

On Saturday, the car show begins at 2 p.m. and will include awards for Best of Show, Best Engine, People’s Choice and many others.  The “Run in Glow Motion” 5k Run/Walk begins at 8 p.m., with registration beginning at 6:30 p.m.  A post-race party will be held at 9:30 p.m. Registration for the race includes a gift bag with t-shirt, glow glasses and various glow products.

Other weekend activities include vendors, inflatable attractions for children, live music and a cornhole tournament.

This is a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event, where the teams will prepare their best ribs, chicken, beef brisket and pork.

Grills Gone Wild activities will be tied in to Orange Rush weekend on campus, a series of events on the Tusculum campus to encourage engagement among new students joining Tusculum as freshmen or as transfer students.

“We are very excited to blend the events of this festival with those set for Orange Rush Weekend,” said Dr.  Lisa Johnson, interim vice president for Academic Affairs. Encouraging our students to become part of the community is a big part of what the Orange Rush Weekend wants to achieve.”

For more information on the event, contact David Martin, director of facilities at Tusculum College at 423.636.7300.

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Learn the latest about Tusculum alumni

Learn the latest about Tusculum alumni

Posted on 25 August 2014 by






Wilson selected as member of inaugural Hall of Fame class for John I. Burton High School

Richard L. “Stan” Wilson ’66 of Norton, VA, has been selected as of the five individuals in the inaugural John I. Burton High School Hall of Fame Class. He will be recognized as the Norton, VA, high school’s Hall of Fame Night football game on Sept. 12 and will be honored at an induction banquet on Sept. 13. Wilson was a legendary basketball coach and player at Burton.

As a high school basketball player, Stan garnered All-State and All-Lonesome Pine District honors while scoring over 1,000 career points. He also holds the school record for the most points scored in a single game with 43.

The gym at Burton is named for Wilson and is where he spent a vast portion of his life as head coach at the school from 1970 until his retirement in 2009.

His 541 career victories at Burton give him the most wins for a Group A high school boys basketball coach in Virginia High School League history and the most wins for a high school boys basketball coach west of Roanoke.

During his coaching tenure, his teams won 12 Lonesome Pine District tournament championships, five regular-season district championships, seven Region D championships and made eight state basketball tournament appearances.



Bruce McKinney ’76 writes that it has been his desire for some time to contact his old friends “Bruce Jensen, Dave Moody Denise, Elsie, Linda, Ron Newman and Cindy all of the gang who hung out at Craig Hall” for those late night pinochle games, Connie’s and the trip to Ned’s for the hot fudge. He asks his fellow alums to contact him if they remember “Steady Eddie” at



Henri Lespinasse ’08 and his wife, Nicole, are expecting their second child in December 2014. Henri is currently working for himself as owner of Hdmi Media, a video production company. He was co-editor of the award-winning documentary “GreasePaint” (2013), which follows Joey Thurmond and his family as they travel around the country performing as circus clowns. The film is available at Best Buy, Amazon, f.y.e. and Hulu. Henri is currently working on upcoming films and documentaries.



Sarah Creutzinger ’05 and Edward Arellano Maira were married at July 5 in Greeneville, TN, at Still Hollow Farm. Following the wedding, the couple enjoyed traveling in North Carolina. The couple live in Santiago, Chile, where Sarah is a middle school principal at Lincoln International Academy. Sarah is the daughter of Scott Niswonger ’87 H’06.

Joseph John Vogt II ’12 and Christy Danielle Johnson were married June 28 at the General Morgan Inn in Greeneville. Brett DePalma ’11 was best man and the groomsmen included Brian Alexander ’14 and Joe’s father, Kelly Vogt ’83. Following a wedding trip to Jamaica, the couple is living in Johnson City, TN. Joe works in AT&T customer services. His grandparents are Joe and Kathy Vogt ’53 ’56.

Felicia Waters ’14 and Daniel Holt were married on July 28. Following a honeymoon cruise, the couple is living in Newport, TN.




Agnes Marilyn McClain Brownyer ’42 of Medford, OR, passed away March 23, 2014. A native of Oregon, Mrs. Brownyer was a school teacher for many years. She earned a master’s degree in teaching and later a doctorate in nutrition. She enjoyed playing bridge and reading.


Betsy Jean Bowman ’45 of Greeneville, TN, passed away July 28, 2014. After graduating from Tusculum, she began her working career as a news reporter at The Greeneville Sun. Ms. Bowman earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee in 1957. Her career in social work began that year as she began working with veterans at Mountain Home in Johnson City, TN. The following year she became a child welfare case worker in the Department of Public Welfare in Johnson City. Ms. Bowman then returned to the Veterans Administration in 1964 and worked with veterans until 1972. Prior to her retirement in 1974, she was director of the Area Project on Aging with the First Tennessee-Virginia Development District. After retirement, she moved to Greeneville, a community she had grown to love as a girl spending summers and holidays with her grandparents there. Ms. Bowman was a dedicated and active citizen in Greeneville. She served as Greeneville alderman from 1989 to 1997. Ms. Bowman also proved her commitment to the community as a member of many local organizations, including the Tuesday Book Club; the Greene County Heritage Trust, of which she was a lifetime member; the Greeneville Arts Council; the Pilot Club of Greeneville, and the Andrew Johnson Club. She also served on the Greene Valley Foster Grandparents Advisory Committee, the Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society Board, the Greeneville-Greene County Library Board, the Oak Grove Cemetery Association Board and the Roby Fitzgerald Adult Center Board, along with the Lost State of Franklin State Commission. The history of Greeneville was her passion, with her main focus on the downtown area. She was an active member of Main Street: Greeneville for many years. Ms. Bowman was the co-coordinator of the Greene County Bicentennial in 1983 and took a major role in coordinating Greene County activities related to the Tennessee Homecoming ’86 celebrations. She was deeply involved in the founding of the Nathanael Greene Museum in the mid-1980s and continued to be a leader and a strong supporter of the museum through the years. She also originated a Sun newspaper column focusing on the museum. Ms. Bowman chaired the Heritage Trust Committee for the restoration of The Big Spring and the development of the time capsule burial site and ceremony in Bicentennial Park. She also chaired the Christmas in Olde Greene Committee and prepared the artistically designed and informative program for the annual Heritage Trust Early American Christmas Dinner until recently. After writing several columns for The Greeneville Sun during the Bicentennial, she began writing a new column for the newspaper in 1976 known as “Nostalgia is. . .” After 10 years writing the column, she began publishing a compilation of her bimonthly articles in three volumes of “Nostalgia is” in book form in 1986, 1989 and 1990. After its original publication called “The Greene County Story,” which appeared in The Greeneville Sun’s 100th-year-in-business celebration in 1979, Mrs. Bowman edited and published “A Walk Through Greeneville” in 1991, which was a compilation written by her grandfather, William Walter Harmon, from a diary he kept during the 1920s. Her love for film and classic movies inspired her to write and publish “The World of Flickering Light and Shadow” in 2001. Ms. Bowman was a member of Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Harry Kendall ’48 of Dellwood, FL, passed away August 8, 2014. Dr. Kendall was a remarkable man who was orphaned at age 10 then raised between his brother and two sisters. He volunteered for the Marine Corps at 17 following Pearl Harbor. He served in the South Pacific during the war then using the GI bill to earn his physics degree from Tusculum. He received his master’s from Florida State University and his doctorate from the University of Florida. One of his first jobs was teaching at Chipola Junior College in Florida. He went on to teach at Emory and Henry College in Virginia and then became a charter faculty member of the University of South Florida in Tampa. Dr. Kendall had a passion for teaching, loved the outdoors, his family and his country.

Sue Overton Walker ’48 of Knoxville, TN, passed away August 6, 2014. In 1960, she was hired to be an administrative secretary at Fort Sanders Presbyterian Hospital in Knoxville. She earned the professional title of “Certified Professional Secretary” and was active in the International Association of Administrative Professionals. Mrs. Walker was recognized several times as the local Secretary of the Year and once progressed to an international competition, where she placed second. After retiring, she returned to the hospital as the part-time receptionist in the surgical lounge for 10 years. She was a member of Graystone Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder, Sunday School superintendent, and several terms as Clerk of Session. Mrs. Walker was a member of the South Knoxville Opti-Mrs. Club. She was also a member of the McGhee-Tyson Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. Mrs. Walker was on the board of the John Sevier Memorial Association and a long-time member of the East Tennessee Historical Society. She was also a member of the Clan Stewart Society in America and the Daughters of the American Revolution. The family asked that any donations in lieu of flowers be sent to Tusculum, Graystone Presbyterian Church or the Fort Sanders Foundation.


Arlene Arnht Roper ’63 of Scottsdale, AZ, wife of Michael Roper ’61, passed away on May 4, 2014.



Earl W. Fletcher Jr. ’76 of Mosheim, TN, passed away suddenly on August 22, 2014. He was serving as executive director of the Nathanael Greene Museum in Greeneville at the time of his passing and had been elected to serve as a member of the Greene County Commission earlier in the month. Mr. Fletcher was a retired teacher and coach, having taught for 30 years in the Greene County School System. He also served as president of Washington College Academy, from which he was a graduate, for three years. He served from 1985 to 2003 as an alderman for the Town of Mosheim. Among his achievements as an alderman was his conception of the idea to hold an annual re-enactment of the Civil War Battle of Blue Springs. He served as director of the annual re-enactment for its first 10 years, which was held on a farm near Mosheim and grew to one of the largest Civil War re-enactments between Nashville and Richmond.  Known for his strong and enthusiastic interest in history, Mr. Fletcher was serving as the official Greene County Historian at the time of his passing. Under his leadership, the Nathanael Greene Museum had experienced major growth in attendance, number of galleries and new exhibits. He had been deeply involved in the last several years in the development of the museum’s Mary Gertrude K. Fox Park, located diagonally across South Main Street from the museum. Mr. Fletcher was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville. He was also a member of the Mosheim Masonic Lodge, the Greene County Scottish Rite Club and a member of American Legion Post No. 64.






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Tusculum to host first fall open house Thursday, Sept. 4

Posted on 25 August 2014 by

Tusculum College is offering  high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn about college life and options available to them in continuing their education during open houses Sept. 4, Sept. 20 and Nov. 1.

The first open house will be Thursday, Sept. 4, and will include presentations on financial aid and the admission process. The event will also include a faculty fair, in which high school students can explore the academic majors offered at Tusculum and meet with professors. A tour of campus will also be provided.

Registration for the open house will begin at 3 p.m. Following the scheduled activities, participants will be guests at a tailgate with live music, food and other fun activities, and enjoy the opening home game for the Tusculum Pioneer football team.

Saturday, Sept. 20, is the date for the second open house. This event will also include presentations about financial aid and the admission process, the faculty fair and campus tour. In addition, this open house will include a parent and student panel, which will allow participants to ask specific questions. Registration for the open house will begin at 2 p.m. Participants will be invited to enjoy the football tailgate that evening prior to the Pioneers’ second home game.

The third open house in the fall will be Saturday, Nov. 1. The open house agenda will be the same as the one for Sept. 20. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., with participants invited to attend the football tailgate and the following game, which will be Senior Day for the team.

The open houses are for high school junior and seniors only.

Registration for the open houses can be completed online. Space is still available for all three events.

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Tusculum’s Williams publishes book on good works in 1 Peter

Posted on 21 August 2014 by

Tusculum College’s Dr. Travis B. Williams, assistant professor of religion, has released his second book, entitled, “Good Works in 1 Peter: Negotiating Social Conflict and Christian Identity in the Greco-Roman World.”

In this work, Dr. Williams, who served as the 2014 Theologian-in-Residence at Tusculum College, examines the question of 1 Peter’s call to “do good.”

Dr. Travis Williams

According to Dr. Williams, “Most interpreters understand the letter’s call to ‘do good’ as an admonition to behave in a manner which was consistent with popular standards of conduct. As such, many contend that the Petrine readers could expect their good works to be favorably acknowledged by Greco-Roman society. This has been the consensus opinion in scholarship for many years, shaping and directing modern investigations of the letter’s social strategy.” The goal of this work, however, is to challenge the modern consensus regarding the meaning and function of good works in 1 Peter in order to thereby provide a fresh reading of the letter’s social strategy.

Drawing on recent insights from postcolonial theory and social psychology, the book demonstrates that the exhortation to “do good” envisages a pattern of conduct which stands opposed to popular values. The Petrine author appropriates terminology that was commonly associated with wealth and social privilege and reinscribes it with a new meaning in order to provide his marginalized readers with an alternative vision of reality, one in which the honor and approval so valued in society is finally available to them. The good works theme thus articulates a competing discourse which challenges dominant social structures and the hegemonic ideology which underlies them.

The book is available through or by contacting the Tusculum College Bookstore at 423.636.7300423.636.7300.

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Costume Shop available to assist with projects and assignments

Posted on 20 August 2014 by

Tusculum College students may borrow costumes from the Arts Outreach Costume Shop for use in class projects and/or special studies.  Costume Shop Services are available pending theatre production schedules throughout the academic year.  Costume requests should be submitted to Barbara Holt, Arts Outreach Costume Director, at least four days prior to needed event.  Faculty:  please be mindful of the lead-time for costume requests when assignment and project deadlines are given.  We will always do our best to assist students when possible.


Students are expected to complete an evaluation form when returning costumes.  There is no rental fee required, but all costumes must be returned in good condition and professionally dry cleaned.


Please refer to the Arts Outreach webpage at for more information concerning policies and evaluations.




Barbara Holt

Arts Outreach Costume Director

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Tusculum to host College Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 27

Posted on 18 August 2014 by

Tusculum College will offer local high school and home-schooled students the opportunity to explore higher education options when it hosts its annual College Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

There is no cost to attend the College Fair, which will be 9 – 11 a.m. in Pioneer Arena inside the Niswonger Commons. Participating in the event will be a wide variety of colleges and universities as well as vocational schools from the Southeast region. Each institution will have a display providing information about its academic programs. Most also have representatives on hand to answer specific questions about programs or the school.

The College Fair, coordinated by the Tusculum College Office of Admission, has grown in size in recent years, and the department is appreciative of the opportunity to bring this service to area students and their families.

For more information about the College Fair, please contact the Office of Admission at 423-636-7312, or e-mail

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Longevity awards presented to faculty and staff

Posted on 12 August 2014 by

Tusculum College presented Longevity Awards to faculty and staff members during the annual Faculty and Staff Conference in preparation for the coming 2014-15 academic year.

Carolyn Parker

Carolyn Parker, coordinator of technical services at the Thomas J. Garland Library, was honored for 30 years of service to Tusculum College. In 1982, she was the first person to become part of the Tusculum College Library Volunteers group and was hired to work at the library a few years later. Her responsibilities include making new materials added to the Garland library collection shelf ready for circulation. Occasionally she also helps at the front desk providing reference assistance. An avid reader and history buff, she can also be found at Pioneer Park during the summer cheering on the Greeneville Astros.

Chaplain Mark Stokes was recognized for his 25 years of service. Stokes, who was commissioned as chaplain earlier this year, has worked in almost all of the major administrative areas at the College. Stokes has headed admission, student affairs and institutional advancement and has served as the vice president of administration, overseeing such diverse areas as the museums, information systems and building projects. He has also served Tusculum as its primary liaison with the Presbyterian Church USA and has also served in

Mark Stokes

leadership roles in the church and in community service organizations. In addition to his longevity pin and certificate, he was presented a beautifully decorated stole to wear with his clerical robes. The stole was presented by the Office of Institutional Advancement and sewn by Barbara Holt, costumer coordinator for Arts Outreach and her sister.

Honored for 20 years of service were Deborah Davis, associate athletic director and compliance officer; Jennifer Hollowell, coordinator of Arts Outreach,  and Jill Jones, director of academic advising.

Those recognized for 15 years of service were Sandy Bible, Talent Search educational adviser; Dom Donnelly, assistant athletic director for media relations; Robin Fife, assistant professor of social science; Karen Hartman, assistant director for Upward Bound; Betsy Long, academic support coordinator; Ian VanLare, professor of biology, and Mike Verna, computer systems analyst.

Celebrating 10 years of service with Tusculum are Karen Cox, administrative assistant in Student Support Services; Travis Crabtree, system analyst/webmaster; Bobbie Greenway, academic resources counselor; Todd Hertel, facilities management II; Dr. Lisa Johnson, assistant vice president of academic affairs and assistant professor of education; Dr. Debra McGinn, associate professor of biology; Billie Ann Pace, academic resources counselor, and Dr. Nancy Thomas, associate professor of English.

Those recognized for five years of service were Mandy Altum, Shannon Brewer, Kathy Cuff, Dr. Brian Davis, Chris Downs, Sarah Gardner, Terra Graham, Carolyn Hill, Dr. Chris Kauffman, Dr. Rashad Mahmudov, Dr. Desirae Matherly, Dr. Nancy Moody, Suzanne Richey, Lindsey Seal, Brandon Steele,  Mavis Ware and Clay Wilkerson.

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New student orientation begins on Friday

New student orientation begins on Friday

Posted on 11 August 2014 by

The newest Pioneers will arrive on campus Friday to move into their residence halls and to begin Orientation 2014.

Tusculum welcomes its new students through orientation, and it is an opportunity for new students to get to know Tusculum and one another. Orientation will begin Friday, Aug. 15 and conclude on Sunday, Aug. 17.

Full of information and fun activities, orientation assists new students in adjusting to life  on campus, informs them about the College’s primary academic opportunities and introduces them to a wide range of student support services.

Check out the full schedule.


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