Archive | October, 2014

Tusculum College professor publishes manuscript

Posted on 28 October 2014 by

Tusculum College’s Dr. Stephen Nettelhorst, assistant professor of psychology, has co-authored a research manuscript titled “Be Careful What You Wish For: The Impact of Advertisement Choice on Viewers’ Expectations,” which has been accepted for publication in the scholarly journal “Computers in Human Behavior.”

In this work, Dr. Nettelhorst, who joined Tusculum College in 2013, collaborated with colleagues at Kansas State University, where he received his doctorate in psychology. This research focuses on the change of viewer expectations of online advertisements before and after watching them.

“Computers in Human Behavior” is an interdisciplinary journal that focuses on the impact computer use has on individuals in their everyday lives.

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Tusculum College to host a Remote Area Medical clinic on Nov. 8-9

Posted on 28 October 2014 by

More than 600 people are expected to turn out for free health care services being offered at the upcoming Remote Area Medical clinic hosted by Tusculum College on Nov. 8-9.

Responding to a regional need, Tusculum College will bring the free clinic to Greene County for the first time this fall. The event is expected to draw those in need of services from all over the region and more than 200 volunteers are gearing up to pull off this significant event.

RAM is a Knoxville-based organization providing free medical care for the uninsured and underinsured.

“This is an event that suits the Civic Arts mission of Tusculum College. It’s a documented need in the area, with more than 600 people expected over the weekend,” said Mark Stokes, Tusculum chaplain and organizer of the event. “We are hosting the event in conjunction with the community. We have hundreds of volunteers, not only from the RAM organization but from Greeneville and Greene County.”

Stokes added that he hopes anyone in need of basic health care services will take advantage of this opportunity through RAM

During the two-day, weekend clinics, RAM volunteers provide basic medical services, dental work and optometry services and glasses on-site free that day. Health care services provided include comprehensive screening for diabetes and hypertension, procedures such as mammography, colon cancer screening, retinal screening using telemedicine technology, chest x-rays, pulmonary function studies and some gynecological procedures.

On both days, the parking areas will open at midnight and RAM will begin handing out numbers for patient order at 3 a.m. The doors open at 6 am.

RAM, founded by adventurer Stan Brock in 1985, is dedicated to providing medical and veterinary access in rural and remote areas to anyone who needs it, both domestically and abroad.

For more information, visit RAM’s website at or email, or call (423) 636-7450.

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Family Weekend – Check out the planned events – Oct 31 – Nov 1

Family Weekend – Check out the planned events – Oct 31 – Nov 1

Posted on 24 October 2014 by

You can feel the excitement in the air as preparations are underway for our upcoming Family Weekend, set for October 31-November 1! We encourage you to join the excitement and be a special part of this weekend and share in the good time for families and their students as these parents did in years past.

Register here!

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Harkleroad, Wedding named to marketing staff at Tusculum College

Posted on 23 October 2014 by

Laralee Harkleroad and Brooke Wedding have joined the staff of Tusculum College’s Office of Marketing. Harkleroad has been named assistant director of marketing and Wedding will serve as graphic designer.

“With the expanding capabilities in marketing today, we are very pleased to have added two top-notch professionals to our team,” says Jamie Hamer, the director of marketing. “Both Laralee and Brooke bring skills and talents to the team and will help us accomplish our marketing goals.”

Laralee Harkleroad

Harkleroad was formerly executive assistant to the president of King University in Bristol. Prior to her experience at King, she worked for the law office of Baker Donelson, overseeing the marketing and recruiting efforts of their Johnson City office.

In her new position, she will be responsible for implementing the marketing initiatives of Tusculum College, which includes developing and maintaining the integrated marketing plan, strategies and campaigns, overseeing the use of the College’s logo and seal and providing assistance with internal communications, retention and students engagement activities. In addition, she will be preparing promotional and recruitment materials, as well as coordinating and planning key events.

Harkleroad received her Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in human resources from King University earlier this year. In addition, she holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in business management with a concentration in legal studies.

Brooke Wedding

Previously, Wedding, a 2010 graduate of Tusculum College, worked as a graduate assistant at East Tennessee State University, teaching the graphic design and the foundations of 2D design.

In her new position as a graphic designer, Wedding will be responsible for all aspects of the design and creation of campus-wide marketing and communication materials, including creating brand continuity across all media platforms and developing well-defined graphic identities for a variety of marketing, branding and advertising initiatives. She will also actively engage in on-going planning, analysis and evaluation.

Wedding has substantial experience in not only in the many forms of graphic design but in communication, marketing, photography and writing. She graduated from Tusculum College with a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design. She also holds an associate’s degree in photography from Pellissippi State Technical Community College in Knoxville. She is currently expected to graduate from ETSU with a Master of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in graphic design later this year.








Story by Stephanie Turner, junior journalism major from Shelbyville, Tenn

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More than 200 alumni enjoy Homecoming 2014 activities

More than 200 alumni enjoy Homecoming 2014 activities

Posted on 23 October 2014 by

Friendships were renewed and new memories made on the Tusculum College campus this past weekend as more than 200 alumni returned for Homecoming 2014 activities.

Alumni enjoyed two days packed with activities on campus and in the surrounding community October 17 and 18.

Friday’s highlights included a trip to Bright’s Zoo, which is home to exotic and endangered animals from across the globe; a luncheon with students; campus tours led by members of the President’s Society; an herb workshop at the Doak House Museum; an open house at the Office of Career Services, and reunion year get-togethers.

Alumni and friends of the College enjoyed the bright, sunny fall afternoon on the links during the annual Homecoming Golf Tournament, held this year at Link Hills Country Club. Winning the net division was the team of Skip Bishop ’63, Derek Cantrell, Wade Nystrom ’64 and Matt Poff ’12. The team winning the gross division included Bobby Bowers ’57, Eldon Duncan, Jack Kilday ’57 and Bill Smith ’66.

Winning the net division of the golf tournament were Skip Bishop '63, Derek Cantrell, Wade Nystrom '64 and Matt Poff '12 (not pictured).


Winning the gross division of the golf tournament was Jack Kilday '57, Bobby Bowers '57, Bill Smith '66 and Eldon Duncan.

Saturday’s activities began with the annual Memorial and Chapel Service, which recognizes those alumni who have passed away since the previous year’s Homecoming. The service included a special performance of “Hymn of Promise” by the Tusculum Alumni Choir, which included daughters of Joan Faulkner Weesner ’51, who passed away earlier this year.

Chalmers Conference Center was filled for the Alumni Breakfast and annual Alumni Association meeting. The meeting included greetings to the alumni from various groups and an update on the College and the new Tusculum First Campaign from Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody.

A highlight of the meeting was the presentation of awards and the Sports Hall of Fame induction. Four awards were presented from the Alumni Association, and a coach and two former Pioneer student-athletes were inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame.

Dr. Nancy B. Moody

The first award presented was the National Alumni Recognition Award, which is presented to individuals who have excelled during their service to Tusculum by demonstrating a commitment to the students of the College and her programs. Lynn Battle, president of the Alumni Association, presented the award. Noting that he did have about three pages of biographical information to read about the recipient, he noted that would not be necessary as her contributions to the College are well known as he called Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of the College, to the front to receive the award.

Amy Brooks

The National Living Faculty Award was presented to Amy Brooks, director of the athletic training program, assistant professor of athletic training and assistant athletic trainer. At Tusculum, she also serves as the certified athletic trainer for the sports of volleyball and women’s basketball. Angelo Botta ’75, who presented the award to his fellow faculty member, said Brooks goes above and beyond in her duties, often coming in early and then staying late to help students.

The Sports Hall of Fame inductions were then made. Added to the Sports Hall of Fame this year were 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.  (To learn more about the inductees, please visit this webpage.)


Inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame were Golf Coach Bob Dibble, women's golfer Shannon Palenkas Stone '07 and football linebacker Craig Pritchett '04.

Brett Purgason

Brett Purgason ’02 was presented the Frontier Award, which recognizes outstanding alumni who have graduated between five and 15 years ago from the College. Purgason, who earned his bachelor’s degree through the Graduate and Professional Studies Program, is a dedicated member of the Tusculum College Alumni Executive Board. He is employed by the RMS Building Division, where he serves as building division manager. Purgason is active in local politics, previously serving as the chairman of the Greene County Republican Party. He serves as a board member of the Greene County Partnership and is a graduate of the Greene County Leadership Program, where he received the Outstanding Character Award.

The Pioneer Award, the highest honor presented by the Alumni Association, was given to George Ryan ’75. In presenting the award, Larry Pinkiewicz ’75 noted that Ryan, a CPA who owns his own firm, has been a strong ambassador for his Alma Mater, encouraging prospective students to come to Tusculum. He has volunteered his time to college fairs in his region in New Jersey to represent Tusculum. Ryan was unable to attend Homecoming because of a death in his family, but his award was accepted by his daughter, Ciara, a freshman at Tusculum who said she decided to come to Tusculum because of her father’s love for the school.

Ciara Ryan, a freshman at Tusculum, accepts the Pioneer Award for her father, George Ryan '75, from his classmate Larry Pinkiewicz '75.

Following the meeting, alumni were invited to have class photos made in front of the Niswonger Commons while awaiting the beginning of the parade, which passed in front of that building. Members of the Golden Pioneer Class of 1964 were grand marshals for the parade.

The parade ended at the area of the tailgate held prior to the football game against long-time rival Carson-Newman. Although the Pioneers were not victorious, the alumni were treated to an exciting game with a series of lead changes. During half-time, the Homecoming King and Queen were crowned. Chosen through a vote of the student body, crowned were seniors Forrest Trent of Morristown and Sarah Jackson of Duluth, Ga. Both students are psychology majors and have been active leaders on campus. Trent is serving this year as a student intern in the Office of Student Affairs. Jackson is a member of the President’s Society student ambassador group.

Homecoming festivities concluded Saturday evening with an alumni dinner and dancing at the General Morgan Inn.

To view more photos from Homecoming,  please visit the Tusculum College Facebook page.


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Mentors Needed for TNAchieves

Posted on 23 October 2014 by

Greene County is in need of mentors to work with TNAchieves, a partnering organization to Governor Haslam’s Tennessee Promise. TNAchieves serves primarily first generation, low income students in an effort to increase this generation’s likelihood of earning a college credential. While the funding provided by Tennessee Promise is critical to increased post-secondary access, TNAchieves data confirms that working with a mentor further enhances students’ likelihood of entering the post-secondary pipeline. In fact, UT’s Center for Business and Economic Research found that students participating in TNAchieves are nearly 21 percent more likely to enter college.

The November 1 deadline for mentor registration is rapidly approaching, and 64 mentors are still needed to support the 107 Greeneville/Greene County students that have registered for the TNAchieves Program.

TNAchieves mentors report that they spend less than ONE hour per month serving as a resource to students. The role is simple but significant as mentors help students reach their potential. At its core, TNAchieves mentors complete an application, choose their preferred high school, complete a one-hour training session, attend two one-hour meetings, and communicate with students every two weeks via email, phone or text as they transition from high school to college.

If you are willing to become a mentor to the TNAchieves Program and are at least 21 years of age, please complete the online registration by visiting

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Alumni respond to ‘Loose Change for a Chapel’ during Homecoming activities

Alumni respond to ‘Loose Change for a Chapel’ during Homecoming activities

Posted on 22 October 2014 by

Santo Cicirello '63 explains the "Loose Change for a Chapel" effort while modeling one of the hats made by Mary Manners '61. The hats were sold during the Alumni Association meeting and the proceeds donated toward the chapel effort.

Around $1,000 was raised for “Loose Change for a Chapel” during last weekend’s Homecoming activities.

Santo Cicirello ’63 is appreciative of all the alumni who made donations this weekend to “Loose Change for a Chapel,” and says he is humbled by their generosity and response to the effort.

At a meeting of the Alumni Executive Board a few years ago, Cicirello recalls he was sitting next to Margaret Gaut ’40, who expressed a desire to have a chapel built on campus. He agreed and the idea for “Loose Change for a Chapel” was soon born.

Cicirello set aside a jar to collect his loose change, and then challenged himself to give in another way. Each time he stops to put gas into his vehicle, Cicirello says he buys two one-dollar lottery tickets. Whatever he wins goes into his “Loose Change for a Chapel” jar and if he doesn’t win anything, he donates $2 to the jar.

A true ambassador for Tusculum, Cicirello shares often his story of how God worked in his life to bring him to the College from his native New Jersey and the blessings in his life that came from attending the school. He has shared his efforts for the chapel with other alumni and encouraged them to give as well. The chapel, he says, would not need to be large, but provide a place for the weekly chapel services as well as a quiet place for students to go pray or meditate. It could also be a place that alumni could use for weddings or other special services.

During last year’s Homecoming Alumni Association meeting, an impromptu sale was held for hats made by Mary Macfarland Manners ’61 with the proceeds donated to the chapel effort after Cicirello had explained about “Loose Change for a Chapel.” A little over $500 was raised through that sale and donations made.

Manners brought more of her beautiful hats this year and the hat sale returned during the Alumni Association meeting for Homecoming 2014. Cicirello also talked with fellow alumni participating in the golf tournament and also told people about “Loose Change for a Chapel” during the alumni dinner Saturday evening.

Over the weekend, a little more than $1,000 was donated  towards the chapel effort. Cicirello says he has been asked what a chapel, once built, would be named. He said he would like to see it named the Tusculum Alumni and Friends Chapel because of all those who have given to make it happen.


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Catch up on the latest news from your classmates

Catch up on the latest news from your classmates

Posted on 22 October 2014 by








Sidney Courtney ’72 and Claudia Strohmaier Courtney ’73 are now retired and living in Dover, DE. They have two sons, age 41 and 31, who are also living in Delaware. The Courtneys enjoyed their trip to campus for alumni weekend last year with Sidney’s classmate and roommate Paul Parren ’72. The Courtneys hope to return to campus again next year.



Cindi Gresham DeBusk ’98 was named to the Leadership Knoxville class for 2015. Cindi is the owner of GCS Group in Knoxville and is a member of the State of Tennessee Board for Licensing Contractors. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Friends of the Smokies and the Knox Heritage Board.



Claude Drexel Gatlin, Jr. ’00 is a candidate for mayor in Newport, Tenn. He is retired from AT&T.


Justin Johnson ’08 of Gloucester, VA, has been named marketing and sales coordinator for the Richmond International Raceway. He has been with the raceway since 2013, formerly serving as consumer marketing coordinator.

Dr. Angelo Volpe H’08 was recently honored by the Brooklyn College Alumni Association for lifetime achievement. This is his 55th reunion year. Dr. Volpe, Tennessee Tech University president emeritus, received a post-50th alumni lifetime achievement award. He was Tennessee Tech’s seventh president, but he was its first to have a doctoral degree. While he was president, the university completed a $21 million capital campaign and its endowment grew from $1 million to $27 million. During his tenure, the campus Fitness Center, Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavilion, and the library – now named for Volpe and his wife, Jennette – were built. Volpe also fought to keep the Appalachian Center for Craft open for education, created two chairs of excellence and established the Women’s Center and Leona Lusk Officer Black Cultural Center. Dr. Volpe is a member of the Tusculum Board of Trustees and served as interim president in 2007.



Amber Sharp-Brown ’11 has completed her Master of Science in sports medicine at Georgia State University.  She is employed as an assistant athletic trainer at Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Jessica Kent ’11 is a third grade teacher at Talbott Elementary School. This is her first year teaching. She has worked the past five years as an assistant to pre-first grade and kindergarten.


Jessica Miller ’12 works with grades K-5 in special education and with exceptional children services at Jefferson Elementary School in Jefferson County. This is her first teaching position.


Marcie Stuart ’13 is a sixth grade math teacher at Jefferson Middle School in Jefferson County. This is her first full-time teaching position.


Eric Tobler ’13 of Oak Ridge, Tenn., is chief executive officer of Tobler Enterprises and is the managing partner for the CRWC partnership. Eric is a licensed general contractor and a licensed real estate agent.





Kirstie Lauren Gust ’12 and Collins Van Liew were married on October 5, 2014. Kirstie is a financial management associate at KPMG in Chicago.


Emily Shipsey ’14 and John Polny were married on September 26, 2014. Emily is a visitor services specialist at Discovery Center at Murfree Spring in Murfreesboro, TN.






Irene Bolton France ’41 of Jonesborough, TN, passed away October 7, 2014. After attending Tusculum, Mrs. France began her teaching career at Limestone Elementary School. She later taught English at Jonesborough High School and then served as librarian/media specialist there. After earning a master’s degree from East Tennessee State University, she became librarian/media specialist at University School where she served for 25 years. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and was a past Matron of the Jonesborough Eastern Star #352. Mrs. France was also a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the Washington County Retired Teachers Association, American Legion Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, the Purple Heart Auxiliary, the ETSU Retired Association and ETSU Retirees. In addition, she was a member of the Jonesborough Goodwill Circle, Garden Club and the Tuesday Club. She was a member of Central Christian Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher for many years and was active in the Dorcas Circle of the Church. Her survivors include sister and Tusculum alumna Marie Gilley ’44.


Winifred “Win” Mitchell ’43 of Carbondale, IL, passed away October 10, 2014. A native of Hudson, NY, she graduated from Columbia University with a degree in nursing after attending Tusculum. In 1945, she enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps as a second lieutenant and was assigned to Tilton General Hospital at Fort Dix and the English General Hospital in Atlantic City, NJ, where she worked with amputees. She was then assigned to the hospital ship Aleda E. Lutz and made four trans-Atlantic voyages to pick up ambulatory soldiers from England and France for transport to Charleston, SC. As the war ended in Europe, her ship was transferred to the Pacific Theatre. It was being outfitted in Hawaii when Japan surrendered. She married Gilbert Mitchell in 1945 and after their discharges from the Army, they settled in West Frankfort and then in Carbondale. Mrs. Mitchell spent the rest or her nursing career at Holden Hospital and Doctor’s Hospital. She taught practical nursing and nurse’s aides at Southern Illinois University and Herrin High School, retiring in 1985. Mrs. Mitchell was a member and former deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Carbondale. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and served as the Regent in 2008. She also served as a volunteer guardian and worked for Meals on Wheels.


June Barrett Mittman ’45 of Wilmington, NC, passed away September 26, 2014. A native of New Jersey, she returned to her home state after graduating from Tusculum and met her future husband, the late Edward Mittman. Mrs. Mittman was a woman ahead of her time, balancing duties as a housewife with substitute teaching and later a position as youth director for the American Red Cross. In later life, she volunteered at various organizations including churches, thrift stores and at the Cap May (NJ) Welcome Center. For many years, she walked three miles a day and continued exercising until shortly before her death. She will be remembered for her outgoing personality, humor and wonderful pianist skills. She began playing piano professionally at age 10 and continued doing so at social events her entire life. She played various kinds of music but loved music from the 1940s best. She generally played by ear, easily playing anything she heard and transposing chords. She also played theater organ.


Dr. Kenneth J. Chapman ’49 of Columbus, OH, passed away on August 3, 2014. Dr. Chapman was a veteran, having served in the medical corps in the U.S. Navy in the Philippines. He was an OB-GYN in the Columbus area for 31 years, serving on the staff of Riverside Methodist Hospital.



Marilou Neas Humphreys ’57 passed away September 28, 2014, after a difficult journey with Alzheimer’s disease at her daughter’s home in Orlando, FL., where she and her husband had lived for the past three years. A native of the St. James area of Greene County, TN, Mrs. Humphreys taught at Doak and Chuckey-Doak schools until her family moved to Orlando in 1960s. She continued her teaching career there until retiring to take care of her parents. After her parents passed away, she and her husband retired, moving back to Greene County to the family farm. She and her husband returned to Florida after she needed more care due to her illness. She enjoyed gardening, and she and her husband enjoying traveling the country. Mrs. Humphreys was an active member of St. James Lutheran Church, where she helped with Sunday school and Appalachian Helping Hands.



Annette Clark Gernhardt ’64 of Chesapeake, VA, passed away on September 12, 2014. She was a retired technical editor, writer and publications specialist for Northrop Grumman.



Jeffery Louis Ginsberg ’95 of Knoxville, TN, passed away unexpectedly October 18, 2014.  Mr. Ginsberg was a former business owner, city councilman and president of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce. He most recently was vice president of human resources for LeGacy Resource Corp. Mr. Ginsberg also served as president of the Tennessee Valley Human Resources Association, was a member of the Tennessee State Human Resource Association Council and was past president of the Oak Ridge Human Resource Association. He had been recently awarded the ESGR Ombudsman of the Year for his work with the Army National Guard and Reserve. One of his greatest joys was playing guitar in the Boys Night Out Band for more than 30 years.

Ruth Ellen Waller Williams ’96 of Piney Flats, TN, passed away unexpectedly on January 30, 2014. Mrs. Williams was a teacher at Sullivan East High School until the fall of 2013. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.







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Tusculum College to host Career Fair Nov. 3

Posted on 22 October 2014 by

Tusculum College will be hosting Fall Career Fair 2014 at the Knoxville Regional Center on Monday, Nov. 3, from 4-6:30 p.m.

Students and alumni from all Tusculum campuses are invited to meet with employers from the East Tennessee region. A van has been reserved to transport Tusculum students from the Greeneville campus to the fair in Knoxville.

The Tennessee Career Coach Bus will be available on all four Tusculum campuses in the two weeks before the fair, to meet with students and alumni to review resumes and provide career advice in preparation for the fair.

The Coach Team will be providing job search and resume assistance along with career advising from staff from the local Workforce Investment Act Office.

More than 30 employers from the region will share information during the event about their firms, job positions available and skill sets they require in employees. Employers will also have information about opportunities for internships and co-ops and seasonal, part-time and full-time positions.

There is no registration fee for employers to participate in the event, and they are encouraged to register to participate as soon as possible because a limited number of tables are available. For more information about employer participation, please visit

The Career Fair is open to all Tusculum students and alumni. Those attending the event are encouraged to dress professionally, as they would for a job interview, and to bring several copies of their resumes and business cards to distribute to employers.

“At last year’s Fall Career Fair, 22 employers met with 55 Tusculum students and alumni and offered 85 interviews, according to the employer survey,” said Robin Lay, director of career services. “Employers have reported hiring several candidates from that fair. Some of those hired have already received job promotions. I expect this year’s fair will be even better.”

For more information on the Fall Career Fair 2014, The Tennessee Career Coach events or to reserve transportation, contact Lay at or 423-636-7447

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Tusculum President Dr. Nancy Moody receives University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Nursing Alumni Award

Posted on 22 October 2014 by

Dr. Nancy Moody, president of Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tenn., was the fall 2014 recipient of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Nursing Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award. The award recognizes her distinguished career in higher education. Last year she received the Texas Woman’s University Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award.

“This award is so well deserved for Nancy, who throughout her career has demonstrated a consistent pattern of leadership in nursing and health care workforce development,” said University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Dean Doreen Harper. “Very few of our graduates are presidents of colleges and universities, and we are proud of all she has accomplished. Nancy is an exemplar of our distinguished alumnus at the UAB School of Nursing.”

Dr. Moody has served as president of Tusculum College since 2009.  During her tenure, she has led the college’s successful reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and secured a $45 million Community Facilities direct loan for the construction of two new apartment style residence halls and a science and math facility and to refurbish an existing academic building.  She also secured a $3.8 million gift for the naming of the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math that will be complete in 2016.  In addition, Dr. Moody has overseen the efforts to bring several new undergraduate and graduate programs to the college including nursing, chemistry, criminal justice, psychology and a master of business administration degree. The college’s board of trustees recently recognized Dr. Moody’s contributions to Tusculum by presenting her with the inaugural Founder’s Award in February 2013.

Prior to joining Tusculum College, Dr. Moody was president of Lincoln Memorial University for seven years.  Under her leadership, LMU’s enrollment increased by 90 percent.  The university also initiated the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and expanded the Caylor School of Nursing to include a master of science in nursing degree program with family nurse practitioner and nurse anesthesia concentrations.  Other programs initiated under her leadership included a master’s degree program preparing physician’s assistants and a doctorate of education degree.

A registered nurse, Dr. Moody began her academic career as a nursing instructor for Lincoln Memorial University in 1974 and advanced to hold several academic leadership positions there – including dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health –  prior to being named LMU president.  Her career also includes serving as the executive director of the Tennessee Center for Nursing, as an assistant professor of nursing in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and as associate professor and department chair in the College of Nursing at East Tennessee State University.

She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and an advisory board member for the Northeast Tennessee College and Career Readiness Consortium funded through an Investing in Innovation (i3) grant funded by the U. S. Department of Education. Previously, Dr. Moody served on the NCAA DII President’s Council, was chair of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association, and a member of the Board of the Appalachian College Association.

Dr. Moody received her associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University and earned a master of science in nursing from the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center in 1978.  She also received a doctorate in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing at Birmingham.



University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Nursing Dean Doreen Harper presents Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College, with the Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award.

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CISC 100: Computer as a Tool Computer Literacy Test-Out date for Block 3 – 2014

Posted on 21 October 2014 by

CISC 100:  Computer as a Tool Computer Literacy Test-Out date for Block 3 – 2014

Students who are proficient in the Microsoft Office 2010 applications of Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, can opt out of taking the required CISC 100: Computer as a Tool course by passing a computer literacy test-out exam. The exam involves completing a set of given tasks for each of the four aforementioned applications. A review session for the computer literacy test-out exam will be held from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Room 102 of Annie Hogan Byrd. While the review session is not mandatory, it is highly recommended that you attend so you can be registered and ensure your ability to log-on to the Moodle site for resources. The actual computer test-out exam will be held from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov.6, in Annie Hogan Byrd Hall, Room 102. You must pass the exam in order to bypass CISC 100: Computer as a Tool. In order to take the exam review session and/or the exam itself, you must be able to login to the lab computers in Room 102 of Annie Hogan Byrd and access Moodle before Tuesday, Nov.4 and/or Thursday, Nov. 6. If you find that you cannot login to the lab computers, you will need to contact Information Systems – Help Desk (extension 5346 – Niswonger fourth floor) to get your account working. Please understand that if you cannot log on on the test day you will not be able permitted to take the exam. If you have taken the CISC 100: Computer as a Tool test-out exam two times and have failed two times, you are not allowed to take the test-out exam a third time. In that case, you must take the CISC 100: Computer as a Tool course, which will count as a 4-hour credit. Knoxville, Kingsport, and Morristown students will take the exam on the same day at their registered locations.

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Tuition, other fees at Tusculum College will not see increase in 2015

Tuition, other fees at Tusculum College will not see increase in 2015

Posted on 17 October 2014 by

There will be no increase in tuition and room and board rates for Tusculum College students in the 2015-2016 year, as members of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees voted to freeze fees for the upcoming year at their fall meeting on the Greeneville campus, October 15-17.

The board met for three days, which included the kick-off celebration for the Tusculum First Capital Campaign held on Thursday night.

“We are pleased to announce that tuition, room and board at Tusculum College will remain at the same rate,” said President Nancy B. Moody. “It is our challenge and our duty to control costs for our students to the best of our ability.”

The tuition freeze will be applied to both the residential and the Graduate and Professional Studies programs.

In other business, the board approved revised floor plans and construction budget for the Dr. Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math.

The Meen Center for Science and Math will be a four-story structure of nearly 100,000 square feet. Interiors include wings for biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, environmental science and nursing. There will also be lab space and research areas for both faculty and students.

The building features the environmental science wing with a loading dock, as well as larger general classroom spaces and classrooms equipped for distance learning programs. A large lecture hall will also be included on the ground floor. Additional space is earmarked for new yet-to-be-determined academic programs.

“We are ready to see this vision become a reality,” said Dr. Ken Bowman, chair of the Board of Trustees and a 1970 graduate of Tusculum College. “With the announcement Thursday night of the Tusculum First campaign and approval today on a construction budget for the science building, we have made giant strides in moving Tusculum College forward.”

Upon the recommendation of the faculty, the board approved changes in the number of credit hours required for graduation and credit hours earned per course for a large number of offerings in the academic program. Students will be required to earn 120 credits to graduate, down from 128. It is anticipated that this change will be implemented with the input of faculty, staff and administration by fall 2016.

Also approved was a fully-online degree program for the Bachelor of Science in management program.

In other action, the board gave approval to the 2014-2015 operating budget, approved December graduates and elected officers.

Officers elected included: Chair, Dr. Bowman; Vice Chair, Dr. Jerry Ward; Treasurer, Dwight Ferguson, and Secretary, Mark R. Williams.

Bowman, who currently resides in Apollo, Pa., has been a member of the board since 1998 and chair since 2006.

Dr. Ward resides in Greeneville and has served on the board since 2009.  He has served as assistant principal, principal and superintendent of schools in the Greeneville City School System. Dr. Ward served on the faculty of Tusculum College from 1994 until 2004, serving as distinguished service professor of education, department chair and division chair.

Ferguson joined the board in 2009. He is retired from Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc., located in Erwin, where he served as president and chief executive officer from March 1992 until January 2009. Williams, of Greeneville, joined the board in 2001. He is a broker with Century 21 Legacy.

Also re-elected for an additional term as board members were Dr. Ward, Dr. Alan B. Corley, Dr. Judith Domer, Anna Gamble, Dr. Paul E. Stanton, Frank Horsman and Dr. Angelo Volpe.

The next meeting of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees will be in February 2015.

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