Archive | September, 2014

Learn to knit at the Doak House Museum

Learn to knit at the Doak House Museum

Posted on 30 September 2014 by

Knitting for beginners will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 11, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Doak House Museum on the Tusculum College campus. The $25 class fee covers all materials and instruction.

The class is being offered at the museum as part of its continuing series of instruction for the public in traditional arts and crafts methods. Workshop attendees will use high-quality yarn to learn the fundamentals of knitting, take home a set of bamboo needles and a beginning project.

Space in the class is limited. Call or email the museum to make a reservation. Contact Doak House Site Manager Leah Walker at 423-636-8554423-636-8554 or email for more information.

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Tusculum College named to Top Military-Friendly School List

Tusculum College named to Top Military-Friendly School List

Posted on 30 September 2014 by

For the fifth year, Tusculum College has been named to the Military Friendly Schools® list for 2015. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and dependents and to ensure their academic success.

Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

“Through the Yellow Ribbon program the college acknowledges the commitment of those who have served our country by providing them with financial support to complete their education,” said Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody. “With the variety of locations, programs, majors, degrees and scheduling options offered at Tusculum College, we are uniquely suited to serve those whose educational path was interrupted or who are considering beginning or continuing their higher education.”

The Military Friendly Schools list is a key resource in letting military personnel, veterans and their families know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience.

Tusculum College began participating in the Yellow Ribbon program in August 2009. Under the program, the school matches dollars put in by the Veterans Administration so veterans or their spouse or dependents can work toward their advanced degree, as well as qualify for money to help with housing. There are more than 35 students enrolled in Tusculum degree programs who are receiving the Yellow Ribbon benefits.

“Tusculum College is committed to helping military service personnel, U.S. veterans and their families find the right program and format to best suit them in completing their college degree in both our residential and Graduate and Professional Studies programs,” said LeAnn Hughes, vice president for enrollment management and marketing at Tusculum College.

She added, “It is a priority of Tusculum College to provide access to military and their families who are seeking higher education opportunities and to make that access as simple and affordable as possible. We are pleased with the number of military who choose Tusculum College because of the personalized program that helps them every step along the path to graduation.”

The Yellow Ribbon program is applicable towards all Tusculum College degree programs, which include traditional undergraduate programs, as well as the Graduate and Professional Studies programs. Tuition benefits under the program are also available to both full and part-time students.

In addition, Tusculum College has a long standing relationship with the United States Navy through its partnership with the U.S.S. Greeneville submarine. Since its christening, Tusculum College has partnered with the crew members, offering an annual scholarship to crewmen and/or members of their family. To date, three people benefiting from that relationship have become Tusculum College alumni and there are currently three students receiving this scholarship in the residential program.

Additional, Tusculum has a site location at the McGee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Blount County to serve the needs of students in that area.

Tusculum College has long offered assistance to veterans returning to higher education and Veterans Affairs Coordinator Pat Simons is available to specifically support veterans with their admissions and financial aid questions. For more information on the Yellow Ribbon program or other assistance provided by the college, contact Simons at 423-636-7300423-636-7300.

Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students and academic accreditations.

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Mark your calendars!  Valentine’s Dinner/Swing Dance benefit for band program is Feb. 14

Mark your calendars! Valentine’s Dinner/Swing Dance benefit for band program is Feb. 14

Posted on 30 September 2014 by

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

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

“We have planned a wonderful, romantic night of great food, great music and dancing through the evening,” Price said. “It’s the perfect event for Valentine’s Day, with a few special

surprises included. Tickets would also make a wonderful Christmas gift for someone special.”

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

Tickets are available for purchase at the General Morgan Inn or by contacting Price at 423-636-7303423-636-7303 or emailing A hotel package special is also available by contacting the General Morgan Inn at 423-787-1000423-787-1000. Sponsorships and table packages are also available for the event by contacting Price.

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

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

To date, the music program continues to grow each year and has also formed a jazz band, several small instrumental ensembles and a Handbell Choir. The program is featured in three concerts per year. The next concert is set for Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. at Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium.

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Annual Tusculum/Carson-Newman Blood Drive Bowl set for week leading up to Oct. 18  Homecoming game

Annual Tusculum/Carson-Newman Blood Drive Bowl set for week leading up to Oct. 18 Homecoming game

Posted on 26 September 2014 by

Fans of the Tusculum Pioneers and Carson-Newman Eagles can support their team while aiding the East Tennessee Medic Regional Blood Center by participating in the 12th Annual Blood Drive Bowl in October.

The Blood Drive Bowl is part of the festivities leading up to the Saturday, Oct.18, homecoming game at Tusculum, where the two teams face-off on the field. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. Tusculum has been the top donor in seven of the previous 11 drives.

There will be several opportunities to donate blood.

On Tuesday, Oct. 14, Tusculum students, faculty, staff and fans may donate on the Knoxville campus from 2 – 6 p.m. Blood donations will also be taken at the following locations: Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Tusculum College Greeneville campus from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Tusculum College Morristown site at 420 West Morris Blvd., from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Donors should bring a valid driver’s license or other official photo ID in order to give blood. Medical prescreening and a free cholesterol test (no fasting necessary) will be provided at the sites. One donation a year exempts donors and their IRS dependents from paying blood supplier processing fees at any U.S. hospital.

The winning school will be announced at halftime of the homecoming football game. Tusculum leads the Blood Drive Bowl series 7-3.  The Pioneers won the inaugural title in 2003, again in 2005, and five consecutive years (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012). Carson-Newman has captured bragging rights four times (2004, 2006, 2007, and 2013).

For more information, contact the MEDIC Regional Blood Center at (865) 524-3074(865) 524-3074 or at

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Homecoming 2014 is coming in just a few weeks!

Homecoming 2014 is coming in just a few weeks!

Posted on 23 September 2014 by

Just a few weeks remain to Homecoming 2014. Make your reservations today to return to Tusculum and enjoy time with your fellow alumni.

Check out the schedule below:

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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New meditation garden dedicated at ceremony Tuesday afternoon

New meditation garden dedicated at ceremony Tuesday afternoon

Posted on 23 September 2014 by

A dedication ceremony was held for the meditation garden located at the Honor Program House at Tusculum College on Tuesday, Sept. 23. The garden was a service project of several Tusculum classes, including students in the biology and visual arts programs. The garden was designed not only as a beautiful campus space, but as an ongoing project in support of ASafeHarborHome, an organization that assists domestic abuse victims and homeless with a disability. With the help of Office of Institutional Advancement, the biology class solicited donations to purchase plants and supplies. With each group donation, a plant identification marker will be placed to represent organization or departments/group on campus. Students from the “Service Learning in the Arts” class repaired, cleaned and re-tiled the benches; repainted the bird feeder; and created the stepping stone that is a feature in the garden. Students in service-learning classes taught by Robin Fife have worked with ASafeHarborHome for several years and continue to work the non-profit organization.


The meditation garden was created as a partnership between Tusculum College and ASafeHarborHome.

Lilly Gonzelez and Daniel Velez

The dedication ceremony included a welcome from Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. Denise Coffey, student intern at ASafeHarborHome, shared what the meditation garden means to her. Dr.Melissa Keller, assistant professor of biology; Aurora Pope, assistant professor of art, and Fife described what their students did as part of the project. Daniel Velez, chief executive officer of ASafeHarborHome, Inc., and his wife, Lilly Gonzalez, expressed their appreciation of the Tusculum students and College community for their work. Velez said it is an example of people working together to meet a common goal to better the lives of others. Tusculum Chaplain Mark Stokes offered a prayer of dedication for the garden. Rev. Ronda Gentry, director of the Center for Civic Advancement, invited those in attendance to explore the garden.


Lowe's of Greeneville provided donations of some of the landscaping elements used in the garden.

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Learn the latest about your fellow alumni

Learn the latest about your fellow alumni

Posted on 23 September 2014 by






Kate Barford ’13 is working for and attending Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Kate will be working on her Ph.D. in social psychology. She began her doctoral program in September.


Zach Wampler ’13 of Greeneville, TN, recently made it into the top 200 for Project Greenlight, a documentary series on HBO, executive-produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The show takes an uncensored look at the challenges facing a first-time director, and Zach beat out thousands of other candidates before missing the next cut. Zach participated in the digital competition with hopes of getting to direct his first feature film through Project Greenlight.





Polly Anne Carter Estes ’37 died on Aug. 9, 2014, at the home of her daughter, Margaret ’63, in Buffalo Grove, IL. Mrs. Estes was a retired elementary educator.



D. Oliver Burkey Jr. ’48 of Greenville, TN, passed away September 6, 2014. Mr. Burkey was a long-time supporter of his Alma Mater and served a number of years on the Council for Church Relations. He served as president of the Alumni Association from 1968-1972 and was a member of the Alumni Executive Board member for many years. He helped raise funds for Tusculum’s endowment from local area alumni and chaired the 1991 Greene County Tusculum Alumni Fund. Mr. Burkey was a retired agent for the Life Insurance Company of Georgia, serving 38 years as an agent. During most of his adult life, he had immersed himself in volunteer community service and took joy in being part of efforts to make others’ lives better. Mr. Burkey was a charter member of the Glenwood Ruritan Club, serving as its treasurer from 1959-2011. He helped with advertising and ticket sales for fundraisers and coached Little League for the team sponsored by the Ruritan Club during the 1960s and 70s. Mr. Burkey served as the chairman for the Greene County division of the local United Way Campaign for 38 years. He was responsible for raising more than $350,000 for the United Way in his lifetime, much of it personally through door-to-door visits. He invested more than 3,000 hours of volunteer time for the United Way and continued to visit hundreds of potential donors across the county until a few months before his passing. Mr. Burkey used his fundraising expertise to help raise thousands of dollars for the Orebank Volunteer Fire Department. He had served as president of the Greeneville Life Underwriters’ Association. Mr. Burkey was a member of Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church, where he had served as an elder since 1947. He was also the cemetery and building fund treasurer. He was a regular Holston Presbytery commissioner and committee member and served nine years as the Holston Presbytery-appointed board member for the Sunset Gap Community Center, which serves children and families in Greene and Cocke counties. Mr. Burkey was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific theater as a liberty ship gunner. He was a charter member of the Andrew Johnson VFW Post 1990. He was a lifelong active member of the Greene County Republican Party and was the 25th District Party Chairman for decades, recruiting election poll workers for the Glenwood precinct up to the time of his passing.

Dr. Dale Self ’48 of Jefferson City, TN, passed away February 7, 2014. Mr. Self served as a medic in the U.S. Army during World War II. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 1952 and practiced dentistry in Morristown for 32 years. Basketball was a love of his, having played both at Tusculum and East Tennessee State University. In his later years, gardening became a passion.



Helen Oakley Sherwood ’50 of Mechanicsville, VA, passed away August 17, 2014. Mrs. Sherwood taught school in Maryland and also in West Germany, where her late husband Samuel, was stationed while serving in the U.S. Army. She was a founder and originator of the First Baptist Church Day Care Center, from which she later retired.



Robert Arthur Lapsley ’66 of Savannah, GA, passed away September 4, 2014. Mr. Lapsley played both baseball and basketball at Tusculum. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. In 1968, Lapsley joined Goodwill Industries of Detroit, later joining Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, Inc. in Savannah in 1972. In 1979, he was appointed president and CEO, providing inspired leadership through difficult times for seventeen years until his retirement in 1997. During his tenure, the Second Chance Program was established, which provides community re-entry training for individuals with traumatic brain injuries and is the only program of its kind in Georgia outside of Atlanta. He was also instrumental in establishing a Teleride service in Savannah to greatly increase the mobility and opportunities for people with disabilities. He was a 30-year member of the Lions Club of Savannah and served as its president in 1996. He was honored by his fellow members as a Melvin Jones Fellow, the highest honor in the Lions Club.



Barbara Deming Burke ’88 of Kingsport, TN, passed away February 28, 2014, after a year-long courageous battle against several illnesses. Mrs. Burke worked was employed at Holston Defense for many years before retiring and attending college. After earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree, Mrs. Burke began teaching at Northeast State Community College.


Eric Alfred Roline ’89 of Morristown, TN, passed away September 18, 2014, following a courageous 14-month-long battle with brain cancer. He was an engineer and had worked at TRW in Rogersville, TN. Mr. Roline was a member of Arrowhead Church, where he volunteered with the lighting/sound system. He was an avid sailor. Mr. Roline was a member of the Cherokee Lake Sailing Club for the past 18 years and had been awarded many trophies for his sailing abilities.



Vivian Lee Calloway McClendon ’94 of Spring City, TN, passed away March 5, 2014. Mrs. McClendon was retired from the TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Plant after 27 years of service. She was a member of the Reed Chapel United Methodist Church and the TVA Retirees Association.


Mr. Kenneth Robson ’94 passed away on March 7, 2014.


Mrs. Janet Evelyn Breeden Harvey ’96 of Jonesborough, TN, passed away July 29, 2014, at her home. An educator, she taught at David Crockett High School and Greeneville High School for 35 years and was a member of Jonesborough Presbyterian Church.

Michael James Butts ’98 of Warner Robins, GA, passed away September 2, 2014.


Matthew James Chakales ’03 of Knoxville, TN, passed away July 31, 2014. Mr. Chakales had a career in finance. He was passionate and highly skilled in wrestling, serving as assistant wrestling coach for Powell High School. Mr. Chakales was a member of Middlebrook Pike United Methodist Church and founded the church’s prison ministry. He also volunteered with Cornerstone Recovery and the Blount County Detention Center.


Joshua D. Olmstead ’03 of Kingston, TN, passed away September 26, 2013. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.




Dr. Nancy Naff Boardman of Athens, TN, passed away July 28, 2014. A dedicated and accomplished educator, she served as a classroom teacher, a curriculum supervisor, a principal, a superintendent and a college professor. She taught at both Tusculum and Tennessee Wesleyan College. She was named Business and Professional Woman of the Year by the Athens Chamber of Commerce in 1988.


Dr. Douglas H. Manley of Athens, TN, formerly of Cleveland, TN, passed away on July 12, 2014. At the time of his passing, he was an associate professor of music and director of keyboard studies at Tennessee Wesleyan College. He had also taught at Tusculum and at Cleveland State Community College. Dr. Manley had also served in the music ministries of several area churches.

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Ekphrasis – Image and Word Exhibit open through Sept. 24

Posted on 23 September 2014 by

Tusculum College’s art exhibit titled “Ekphrasis – Image and Word” will be open through Wednesday, Sept. 24. The exhibition is the work product of 11 students in the senior portfolio and exhibition class in the Art and Design program.

Former Tusculum Professor Clem Allison is credited with having carefully put together a collection of etchings, wood engravings, wood cuts, screenprints and lithographs during his extensive tenure at the College. Last year, Associate Professor of Art Deborah Bryan’s class put together the first exhibition of these prints since 1998, and this year, a very special selection of work has been assembled for display.

Ekphrasis is defined as “a literary description of or commentary on a visual work of art,” according to Bryan. “The word is now used to describe not only visual art influencing words, but also words influencing visual art. It is the latter meaning that is most applicable here, as most of the prints are a response to poetry or prose.”

The exhibit features works from the “Ligature 68” series, Dame Elizabeth Frink’s “Canterbury Tales” etchings and text, screenprint imagery and screenprint annotations from Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra.”

Dr. Bryan feels that this is an effective way to teach students about professional artistry and exhibition. “The best way to learn to plan, mat, hang, publicize and host a senior exhibition is to do exactly that with a group of colleagues facing the same challenge,” she said.

The exhibit is open to the public and is being held in the Clem Allison Gallery of the Rankin House. Hours are Monday-Friday from 3:30-5 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Bryan at

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Pioneer Pete Tailgate providing family fun prior to home football games

Pioneer Pete Tailgate providing family fun prior to home football games

Posted on 22 September 2014 by

The cheerleading squad provides face painting during the tailgate. During the Sept. 20 tailgate, the cheerleaders raised money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Football games are becoming more of an event for the whole family with the Pioneer Pete Tailgate Party this year.

Designed as an event for Tusculum students and the community, the Pioneer Pete Tailgate Party features music, games, food and activities for all ages.

The tailgate includes games, inflatables, face painting, special displays and other activities.  Food and other concessions from local vendors will be available.

There is no charge for any of the tailgate activities except for food and a ticket to the game. The tailgates begin about two and a half hours prior to kickoff.

The Pioneer football team was victorious in its home opener against the College of Faith, setting two NCAA defensive records and tying another.

The remaining home games are on Oct. 11 Oct. 18, Nov. 1 and Nov. 6.

Tusculum first  South Atlantic Conference contest at home finds the Pioneers taking on Newberry College  at 2:30 p.m. 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.

Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Frankie Debusk leads the Pioneer football team in its walk-through the tailgate area prior to the game.

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 during the game.


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 conclude their season at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 against conference foe Brevard.  There will be a fireworks display following the game.


The inflatables are popular with youngsters and college students.

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Meditation Garden dedication is Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Posted on 22 September 2014 by

A dedication of the Meditation Garden in honor of those affected by domestic violence will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23. The dedication will occur at the site of the garden at the Honors House, located across from Doak Elementary School.

Tusculum College developed the garden in conjunction with ASafeHarborHome, an agency established to aid victims of domestic violence.

The garden was completed by the Tusculum BIOL-354 class as a service-learning project. It was designed not only as a beautiful campus space, but as an ongoing project in support of ASafeHarborHome. With the help of the Office of Institutional Advancement, the class solicited donations to purchase plants and supplies. With each donation, a plant identification marker will be placed to represent organizations or departments on campus.

For more information, contact Ronda Gentry at


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Birding presentation by Ornithologist Don Miller is Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Tusculum College

Birding presentation by Ornithologist Don Miller is Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Tusculum College

Posted on 19 September 2014 by

Ornithologist Don Miller will be presenting “Birding in Northeast Tennessee: Quite an Earful,” the second event in the 2014-15 Acts, Arts, Academia performance and lecture series at Tusculum College on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

The performance and lecture series is a program of Tusculum College Arts Outreach and will feature 14 events throughout the academic year. Acts, Arts, Academic is supported by the late Dr. Sam Miller in memory of his wife Agnes Ault Miller, Arts Outreach, Hearts for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Don Miller’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Behan Arena Theatre (lower level side entrance of the Annie Hogan Byrd building).

As a child, Miller’s family shared their fascination of birds with him, and after college, his interest was rekindled by friends and associates in both Blacksburg, Virginia, and Northeast Tennessee. He will share this passion not only by specifying the birds of Northeast Tennessee but by giving instruction on how to learn the language of the regional birds and how to locate them by ear.

Miller worked with Tusculum College for more than eight years before assuming the position as Director of Greeneville-Greene County Public Library and its branch, the T. Elmer Cox Historical and Genealogical Library in 2000. He is a member of the Greeneville chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society, serving as president for many years. He has contributed to the seasonal reports of “The Migrant,” participated in the North American Breeding Bird Survey and is currently authoring a book that focuses on the birds of Greene County and surrounding areas.

The schedule for the remainder of the 2014-15 academic year includes the following events:

Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of “The Addams Family” musical comedy will be Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 20-23. All performances will be at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium except the Sunday shows, which will be at 2 p.m.

The Tusculum College Band Christmas Concert will be Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. There is free admission to the concert

The holiday events continue with Tusculum College Community Chorus’ annual Christmas concert on Monday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. This year’s performance, which is free and open to the public, will be “Gaudete! A Christmas Concert.”

Central Ballet Theatre returns to the stage in January with “Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale.” Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16; 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18. All the performances will be in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

“Lincoln at Gettysburg” with Chris Small of the Lincoln Project will be 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, in the Behan Arena Theatre. The cost is $6 per person.

“Kaleidoscope of Indian Classical Dance,” featuring Bharatha Natyam, Kuchipudi and Kathak classical dance, will be 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

The Tusculum College Band Winter Concert will be Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. Admission is free.

Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of the musical comedy, “How to Eat Like a Child,” will be 7 p.m. Feb. 27-28 and March 5-7 in the Behan Arena Theatre. Sunday matinees will be presented at 2 p.m. on March 1 and 8.

“Back on Broadway,” dazzling production numbers performed by the next generation of Broadway stars, will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

“5 x 10,” five 10-minute plays by Tusculum students under the direction of English professor Wayne Thomas, will be presented at 7 p.m. on April 17-18 and 24-25 with Sunday matinee performance at 2 p.m. on April 19 and 26. Admission for the plays, to be presented in the Behan Arena Theatre, is $6 per person.

The Tusculum College Band Spring Concert will be Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

The series will conclude with the Tusculum College Community Chorus Spring Concert on Monday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium. Admission is free.

Unless otherwise noted, admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (60 years of age and older) and $5 for children 12 and under.

For more information on these events, please contact Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620423-798-1620 or visit its website at


Written by Stephanie Turner, junior journalism major from Shelbyville, Tenn.

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Tusculum announces 2014 Sports Hall of Fame class

Tusculum announces 2014 Sports Hall of Fame class

Posted on 18 September 2014 by

The 2014 Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame class has been announced and three new members will be inducted next month.  This year’s inductee class includes: Pioneer golf coach Bob Dibble; 2003 All-American football linebacker Craig Pritchett; and 2007 South Atlantic Conference women’s golfer of the year Shannon Palenkas Stone.

The induction ceremonies will take place Saturday, October 18th during the College’s Homecoming weekend festivities.  The ceremony is part of the alumni breakfast, which will be held at the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Student Commons on the Greeneville campus.

The 2014 induction class will also be honored prior to the homecoming game against Carson-Newman University.


For the past quarter of a century, Bob Dibble has directed the golf fortunes at Tennessee’s oldest college. Dibble, a native of Peoria, Illinois has coached the men’s team for 25 years and started the women’s program in the 1997-1998 season.

His teams have captured seven conference titles and two region championships during his tenure. He guided the TC men’s squad to five consecutive national tournament appearances from 1993-1997. In the women’s inaugural campaign, the Pioneers placed 13th at the NAIA National Tournament.  In all, he has guided the Tusculum golf programs to an amazing 45 team tournament titles during his tenure.

He has been honored by his peers as conference coach of the year on nine occasions during his career, including the 2011-2012 campaign as he was named the South Atlantic Conference Women’s Golf Coach of the Year for a second time (He earned the inaugural SAC Coach of the Year accolade during the 1999-2000 season).  He led that team to a berth to the NCAA Division II Tournament as his team finished third or better in six of its 11 events, including two tournament titles.

He has mentored three All-Americans, 45 All-Conference players, four conference players of the year and three SAC Freshmen of the Year.  He has coached eight players who qualified for NCAA Division II region play, including three-time All-Conference standout Rachel McFarland who advanced to the 2003 NCAA II National Championship where she finished 16th individually.

Dibble’s players have also excelled in the classroom as 24 players have garnered All-America Scholar Athlete recognition, while five of his squads have captured the SAC Team Academic Award. He has also coached five SAC Scholar Athletes of the Year.

Dibble served as head professional at Link Hills Country Club in Greeneville, Tenn. from 1978 to 2000. He turned pro in 1957 and became a Professional Golf Association member in 1964. Dibble also squeezed in a stint serving in the United States Marine Corps.

Dibble served as Midwest PGA President from 1971-73 while living in Missouri and was a club pro in Florida as well. A veteran of the PGA Winter Tour, Dibble has qualified for the PGA National Club Pro Championship on three occasions. Junior golf has been Dibble’s passion for over 20 years. He has built one of the state’s strongest youth programs at Link Hills. Dibble has been honored on four occasions with the Tennessee PGA Junior Golf Leader of the Year Award. In 1982, he won the Tennessee PGA Horton Smith Award for his contributions to the game of golf.

Dibble played his collegiate golf at Central Missouri State in Warrensburg, Mo. He also attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City where he lettered on the basketball hardwood for the Kangaroos.

Dibble has been married to his wife Cindy for over 50 years and the couple has three grown children: Sandy, Tim and Chris. His son, Chris, is the head golf professional at Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville. The Dibbles are also the proud grandparents of nine grandchildren.

CRAIG PRITCHETT (Tusculum, 2003)

From 1999-2003, Craig Pritchett was the epitome of the ideal college student-athlete.  He shined both on the Tusculum football field as well as in the classroom.

In his 43-game career, he recorded 277 tackles, which are the sixth-most all-time and the fourth highest tally by a TC linebacker.  He also amassed 39 tackles for loss, which are sixth in the TC record book, while his five fumbles forced and five fumble recoveries are the third and fifth most ever by a Pioneer, respectively.

The two-time All-South Atlantic Conference selection earned second team honors in 2002 and first team accolades in 2003.  He was a four-time team captain and led the Pioneers to a 31-12 combined record, which is one the most successful four-year periods in program history.  His teams recorded wins over three nationally-ranked opponents, including two times against arch-rival Carson-Newman.

During his 2000 rookie season, he posted 66 tackles, including nine for loss, two sacks and four interceptions, which are tied for the third most in a TC single-season.  He also forced two fumbles, recovered two more and tallied seven passes defended.  For his efforts, he was named the 2000 SAC Defensive Freshman of the Year.

Pritchett recorded 82 tackles in 2001 as the Pioneers posted an 8-2 record and finished the season ranked 21st in NCAA Division II.

In 2002, he finished with 90 tackles, including 17 hits behind the line of scrimmage, which are the third most tackles for loss in school history.

In his 2003 senior campaign, Pritchett made 39 tackles, while leading Tusculum to a 9-2 record, a No. 19 national ranking and the program’s first South Atlantic Conference championship.  He was named to the Daktronics All-Region Team and the All-America team.

In the classroom, Pritchett finished his undergraduate career with a 3.76 cumulative grade point average while majoring in visual arts.  He was named the SAC Football Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2002 and again in 2003.

The two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection was also recognized for his numerous community service endeavors with his selection to the 2003 American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team® and was one of only 11 players from NCAA Division I FCS, NCAA II, NCAA III and the NAIA to be chosen.

In 2003, he was also the recipient of the Tusculum College President’s Award and the Walter T. Dette Spirit Award.

He graduated from Tusculum in 2003 with magna cum laude honors and was a nominee for the Eisenhower Scholar Society.

Pritchett is in his 10th season on the football coaching staff at his prep alma mater Ridgeland High School in Rossville, Georgia.  He has served the last five years as RHS co-defensive coordinator and has guided Ridgeland to playoff appearances in eight of his 10 seasons, including 2012 where his squad advanced to the state championship game.

He is married to the former Susanne Chesney, who is a 2003 Tusculum graduate and they are the parents of a seven-year-old son, Braylon and five-year-old daughter, Chesney.


Shannon Palenkas Stone accounted for one of the best playing careers in the history of the Tusculum women’s golf program.

From 2003-2007, the Maryville, Tenn. native posted a career scoring average of 83.44, which was a school record upon her graduation and is currently the fifth lowest in the Tusculum record book.

She garnered All-South Atlantic Conference honors on three occasions, including two times on the first team.  In her senior campaign, she shot a then-school record 78.28 scoring average, which is the fourth best currently by a Pioneer.  In the 2006-2007 season, she won two individual tournament titles and was named the SAC Player of the Year.

She claimed the 2006 Tusculum Fall Classic crown with her two-day score of 148, which is the sixth-lowest 36-hole score in school history. Included in that tally was a career-best 71 (-1).  She would later cap off her stellar career by winning the 2007 SAC Tournament title.  She is the only women’s golfer in TC history to sweep SAC Player of the Year and SAC Tournament MVP honors in the same season.

The three-time SAC All-Tournament honoree finished in the top-20 on 24 occasions, including 14 times in the top-10 along with six top-5 performances.

At the end of the 2006-2007 academic year, she was named the Tusculum College Female Athlete of the Year, becoming the first women’s golfer to earn the College’s top athletic honor.

She graduated from Tusculum in 2007 with a degree in business administration.  Shannon is a creative service manager with the Pilot Travel Centers Corporation.

Shannon is married to Cody Stone, who was a point guard on the Pioneer men’s basketball team and graduated from Tusculum in 2004.  The Stones live in Maryville, Tennessee and they are the parents of two daughters, Ella and Harper.


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