Archive | January, 2015

Career Services to strengthen programs of Center for Civic Advancement

Posted on 30 January 2015 by

Beginning in February, Tusculum College’s Office of Career Services will become part of the college’s Center for Civic Advancement.

“I am delighted that we can join two vital departments who serve our students at Tusculum College,” said Dr. Lisa Johnson, associate vice president for student success at Tusculum College. “The Office of Career Studies is a vital element of supporting our mission through providing career preparation opportunities for our students. This merge will elevate the opportunities for student engagement through the development of new and exciting events and through community outreach.”

The mission of the Center for Civic Advancement is to engage the heart, mind and soul of Tusculum through cultivating awareness of self and of others. They aspire to do this through the establishment of meaningful relationships with our local, national and global communities.

Projects include global and mission studies, service learning, community service, internships in non-profit agencies, forums and research opportunities. Additionally, the Center for Civic Advancement supports the Center for Economic Development and its “Help Me, Help You” program and the Institute for Community Empowerment as a joint project with the college’s School of Business.

“Career Services is a natural extension of the Center for Civic Advancement,” said Ronda Gentry, director of the Center for Civic Advancement. “The Center’s goal is to engage the Tusculum community so that all become aware of and respond to the needs of others. The Career Services office meets this goal in that it strives to assist students in employment opportunities which match students’ specific passions for service with employment needs. I am excited about the ways in which the CCA and Career Services will enhance and strengthen each other.”

The mission of the Tusculum College Office of Career Services is to equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities required beyond the classroom to successfully transition from college to either graduate school or the world of work. The Office of Career Services offers assistance with career planning and employment resources for Tusculum College students and alumni. Career Services is also an important resource for employers to connect with Tusculum College students.

“Career Services is designed to support all of our students, but we also work with alumni in a variety of ways,” said Robin E. Lay, director of career services. “In addition to helping students prepare to enter the workforce, we also offer alumni similar services and provide alumni a direct link to the hiring of our students.”

Lay has worked to establish good working relationships with students, alumni, faculty, staff and employers, in order to facilitate networking connections for employment and internship opportunities.

Graduates of Tusculum College are encouraged to utilize the same career services that are available to current Tusculum students. Some of these resources include advice on updating resumes, job search strategies, networking tips, building a Linkedin profile and providing job search guides.

“It is my passion to assist others in finding their unique vocational fit and developing a career path that will lead to satisfying employment. It will be exciting to see how Career Services contributes to the overall mission of the Center for Civic Advancement,” said Lay.

Career Services offers a wide array of career support and counseling services to help students decide what careers may be right for them. A variety of available career assessment instruments may help students realize their strengths and direct them towards potential careers. The Office of Career Services discusses these assessments with students to help them interpret their results.

The career assessments measure several critical areas that are important to choosing and succeeding in a career, including personality, interest, work values and vocational skills. The Office of Career Services assists students in understanding the career assessments and deciding on career paths beyond their education at Tusculum College.

“These career assessments are only the beginning of the services offered to students,” said Lay. “The Office of Career Services also assists students in locating job and internship opportunities, career advice, resume and interview tips, graduate school resources, career search resources, an on-campus recruitment program and career workshops and fairs.”

Services are provided to all students, including those in both the Residential and Graduate and Professional Studies programs.

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‘Student of the Block’ recipients honored

‘Student of the Block’ recipients honored

Posted on 30 January 2015 by

Recipients of the “Student of the Block” award for the fall 2014 semester were recognized Wednesday during the halftime of the women’s basketball game.

The honorees included David Cooper for Block One, Monica Smith for Block Two, Ryan Barker for Block Three and Joseph Elphingstone for Block Four.

The “Student of the Block Award” is presented by the Tusculum Office of Student Affairs and was established to recognize individuals who excel in their academic endeavors, campus involvement and/or athletic performance. The award is selected from nominations made by faculty and staff members. Plaques telling about the honorees are displayed in the Niswonger Commons and other campus buildings.

David Cooper

David Cooper, left, accepts his "Student of the Block" plaque from Daniel Green, senior student life coordinator in the Office of Student Affairs.

A senior majoring in biology, Cooper has a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average. His academic excellence has earned him a number of accolades. He was named the 2014 South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Men’s Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year. He is a member of the Tusculum chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, for which only the top 10 percent of juniors and seniors are eligible. Cooper is a two-time selection to the Capital One Academic All-America® Men’s Cross Country/Track and Field Team selection. He has also been named each year to the Tusculum President’s List, the college’s Dean’s List and the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

On campus, Cooper, who is from Greeneville, is a resident assistant and has served in the President’s Society, a select group of students who act as ambassadors for the College. He has also served on the Tusculum Athletic Judicial Board and volunteered at the Greene County YMCA and the Greene County Human Society.

Cooper has served as a four-year team captain of the men’s cross country team and has completed one of the finest running careers in Tusculum history. He owns 10 of the top 25 running times in program history, including two of the top 10. He is a three-time All-SAC selection, earning first team honors in 2012. In 2011, he was named to the SAC All-Freshman Team.

Monica Smith

Monica Smith, right, is presented the Student of the Block award from Green. Smith is the first Graduate and Profesional Studies program student to receive the honor.

A December 2014 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in organizational management, Smith will begin work on her master of business administration degree next month.

At Tusculum, she served her fellow student as a mentor in Tusculum’s ARCHES (Adults Reaching Career Heights and Educational Success) program. ARCHES assists first-generation college students, those with learning disabilities or individuals from low income backgrounds who are being served in Tusculum’s Graduate and Professional Studies degree programs. The federally funded TRIO program provides assistance in a variety of areas, including academic support/tutoring, academic advising, career services and personal counseling.

In addition, Smith, who is from Knoxville, has worked with Special Olympics and been a peer tutor and youth mentor. She has also been involved in her community as a gymnast, basketball player and track runner.

Among her favorite memories of Tusculum were participating in ARCHES trips, listening to lectures and visiting Malta through Tusculum’s Global Studies program in 2013.

After obtaining her MBA, she plans to pursue a law degree and become a practicing attorney.

Ryan Barker

Ryan Barker, right, was honored as the Block Three recipient of the award by Green.

Barker, a senior from Laurens, S.C., is a double major in history and English with a concentration in creative writing. During Barker’s time at Tusculum, he has made his mark on the college through campus leadership and his contributions in the classroom.

Currently, he is the president of the Students of Museums and the Students of History Organization and served as the 2013-14 president of the Student Government Association. He has served on the student Judicial Review Board and on the Old Oak Festival planning committee.
Barker has served as a student editor of The Tusculum Review, the college’s literary magazine and is a published author.

Academically, Barker has excelled in his studies, and has presented papers at the Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference. He is a member of Tusculum’s chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, for which only the top 10 percent of the junior and senior class are eligible. He is also a member of the Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society for history majors and the Sigma Tau Delta National Honor Society for English majors. He has been recognized on the Tusculum College Dean’s List and Charles Oliver Gray List.

The son of Jeffrey and Debbie Craine, Barker has made the most of his opportunities at Tusculum. He has successfully completed three internships, one in the college’s Office of Communications, another for the Museums of Tusculum College and the third for the Niswonger Foundation. He visited Norway as part of Tusculum’s Global Studies program.

Joseph Elphingstone

Joseph Elphingstone was recognized with the "Student of the Block" award for the Fourth Block by Green.

Joseph Elphingstone is a senior majoring in biology and pre-medicine. The native of Calhoun, Ga., has a 3.91 cumulative grade point average and has been able to successfully balance his academic and athletic responsibilities. A member of the men’s tennis team, he has accounted for a 9-4 singles record and an 11-3 worksheet in doubles.

His academic accomplishments have earned him recognition on the Tusculum President’s List, the Dean’s List and Charles Oliver Gray Honor List. He has also been named to the Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll. He is also a member of Tusculum’s chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, to which only the top 10 percent of the junior and senior class are invited to join and has served as an officer of the organization.

After graduation, Elphingstone plans to attend medical school and become an orthopedic surgeon.

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Greeneville High School ‘FAFSA Frenzy’ event rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 5

Posted on 27 January 2015 by

The “FAFSA Frenzy” program for Greeneville High School has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 5.

The “FAFSA Frenzy” program at Greeneville High is one of the several sessions that have been offered by Tusculum College at local high schools as well as its campus sites in Kingsport, Knoxville and Morristown to help families find answers to their questions about the financial aid process and fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) forms that are required as a first step in the process to receive financial aid, including the Tennessee Promise program.

The session at Greeneville High will be from 5 to 7 p.m., and will have a “drop in” format. Students and their families are welcome to come by anytime during the scheduled period to receive assistance.

Professionals from Tusculum College’s Financial Aid staff will provide their expert assistance at the “FAFSA Frenzy” events as a community service. The events are open to all high school students, not only those who may be interested in attending Tusculum.

Students and parents are asked to bring their 2014 tax returns if available to the event.  If the 2014 tax return is not available, students and parents should bring their year-end paystubs, w-2 forms, and their 2013 federal income tax return.

FAFSA forms are used to determine eligibility for federal and state funds such as Pell grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans, work-study programs and the Tennessee Promise program, and must be completed each academic year for which a student wishes to seek aid.

For more information about FAFSA Frenzy, please contact Ripley at 636-7374 or or contact one of the Financial Aid counselors at 636-7377 or

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Tusculum alumni receive education honors

Tusculum alumni receive education honors

Posted on 27 January 2015 by








Tusculum alumni sweep Teacher of the Year honors in Greeneville School System

Three Tusculum alumni have been chosen to be the system-level Teacher of the Year honorees for Greeneville City Schools for 2015. Finette Craft ’10 has been named the honoree for the pre-kindergarten-4 level; Aundrea Gunter ’08 for the grades 5-8 level, and John Morrell ’93 for the grades 9-12 level.

Craft is a third grade language arts teacher at Hal Henard Elementary School. She has been a member of the school’s faculty for eight years and participates on the differentiated instruction leadership team. She serves on the Hal Henard Leadership Team and is also the third-grade team leader.

Gunter is an eighth-grade science teacher at Greeneville Middle School. She has been a member of the GMS faculty for five years and has worked in public education for seven years. She is the GMS Science Team leader, the GMS Leadership Team and the district STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) team.

Morrell teaches Advanced Placement American, European and World History for grades 9-12 at Greeneville High School. He has 30 years of teaching experience with 25 of them being at GHS. He recently served as the Social Studies Department Chairman and was a member of the GHS Leadership Team.

Each school in the district selects a building-level Teacher of the Year, and a committee then selects the system-level representatives from those honorees. The system-level honorees advance the next level of competition for a chance to be named Tennessee Teacher of the Year in their respective divisions. The Tennessee Teacher of the Year Program is designed to promote recognition, respect and appreciation for teachers; stimulate interest in teaching as a career; and encourage public involvement in education. The program is sponsored annually by the Tennessee Department of Education and the Niswonger Foundation.



The Rev. Don Wright ’53 and Dorothy Jaynes Wright ’54 have moved into a new home in Canton, MI. Don has served 10 churches as an interim pastor. He is ending service to Erin Presbyterian Church in Roseville, MI, and is returning to service at First Presbyterian Church of Dearborn, MI. Don is pastor emeritus at the Dearborn church and will be serving it while the current pastor is on sabbatical leave and the church searches for a new pastor.



Craig Pritchett ’03 has been named the next head football at Brevard High School in Brevard, NC. Craig is currently a graphic arts teacher and the defensive coordinator for the football team at Ridgeland High School in Rossville, GA. He has served as an assistant coach at Ridgeland for the past 10 years and served as defensive coordinator for the past five years. In 2012, the high school played in the state championship and has won four regional championships since 2008. During his time at Tusculum, Craig was a four-year starter and team captain for the Pioneer football team. He was presented the 2003 President’s Award and was was named to the national American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team. He was inducted into the Tusculum Sports Hall of Fame during Homecoming 2014.


Rodney Ellison ’07 has been named Powell High School’s next head football coach. Rodney will join the Knox County, TN, school next August as the 2015-16 school year begins. Rodney began coaching football at Jacksboro Middle School from 1997 to 2002. He began coaching on the high school level in 2006 as an assistant coach at Bearden High School. Rodney was head coach and offensive coordinator at Wartburg Central in 2001 and has served as offensive coordinator for the past two seasons at Clinton High School in Anderson County. He is currently a physical education teacher at Norwood Middle School in Anderson County and will also teach physical education at Powell. He earned a master’s degree in recreation and sports science with an emphasis in coaching education from Ohio University in 2013. He and his Jocelyn, and their three children live in Oak Ridge, TN.





Brian L. Pike ’95 and his wife, Alexandra Mora, are celebrating the birth of their first child, Gabriel Alexander Pike. He was born at Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore on Jan. 6, 2015. Brian is stationed at the Naval Medical Research Center in Singapore.






Muriel Ann Olson Mason ’43 of Mandeville, LA, on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. She had met her husband, John Mason, while she was volunteering for the USO during World War II. Upon his return following the war, they married and lived in New Orleans, New York and Annapolis, MD, until his death in 1991. She then spent a few years with a her sister in Tuscon, AZ, before joining her son, Dr. John D. Mason, and his family, in Mandeville, after he retired from the U.S. Navy. Mrs. Mason was a devoted housewife and mother as well as a Sunday school teacher, volunteer and antique shop proprietor. She loved politics and American history, especially about Native Americans and presidential first ladies.


Helen Bicknel Kinser Sparling ’47 of Sweetwater, TN, passed away on December 5, 2013. Mrs. Sparling was a retired engineering statistician who worked at E. I. DuPont. She was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Sweetwater. She was a kind and loving neighbor and loved and cared for animals. She was a member of the Daughter of the American Revolution.



Louis William “Bill” Pilloni ’60 passed away on Jan. 12, 2015. Mr. Pilloni had served his Alma Mater a trustee from 1998 to 2005. He and his wife, Jane Shanks Pilloni ’59, have been true friends to Tusculum, supportive and engaged in the life of the College for many years, including serving in leadership roles in the Tusculum 2000 Campaign and Bicentennial Campaign. Mrs. Pilloni is currently serving as a Life Trustee of the College. Mr. Pilloni worked for Packing Industries and retired as a business manager with Prudential Insurance Company of Northern New Jersey. He was active in Bloomfield Presbyterian Church, the Newark Jaycees, the New York Society of Model Railroaders, the Sierra Club and the Glen Ridge Music Parents. Mr. Pilloni had coached a middle school boys basketball. He enjoyed sailing in Barnegat Bay, NJ, motor boating and water skiing. Healso had served as a life guard at Normandy Beach, NJ. After retirement, the Pillonis moved to Greeneville, attending many Tusculum events and Pioneer athletic games. Mr. Pilloni was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Greeneville, where he had married Jane in 1959. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pilloni Endowed Scholarship at Tusculum, which was established by the Pillonis in 1998 to assist deserving students with financial need.



Gregory Rex Hopson ’02 of Greeneville passed away on Jan. 22, 2015. Mr. Hopson was employed at Wal-Mart Regional Distribution Center.



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Women’s lacrosse to play inaugural home game Friday, Feb. 13

Women’s lacrosse to play inaugural home game Friday, Feb. 13

Posted on 27 January 2015 by

The women’s lacrosse team will play their inaugural home game on Friday, Feb. 13.

The Pioneer Club is hosting a hospitality event to celebrate the beginning of this program at Tusculum from 5 – 7 p.m. prior to the game. The Pioneer Club event will be in the President’s Box at Pioneer Field.

Cost is $10 per person. No admission fee will be charged for Mountaineer level and above Pioneer Club members. Please RSVP by Monday, Feb. 9, by calling 423-636-7303 or emailing The President’s Box will be open during the entire game for Pioneer Club members and their guests.

The women’s lacrosse team will face off against St. Andrews University at 7 p.m. on Pioneer Field.

Women’s lacrosse is the 16th and newest sport sponsored by Tusculum. Head coach Jenna Handshoe has recruited 20 players to make up the 2015 roster, including 11 freshman and four upperclassmen with previous collegiate playing experience.


The Pioneers will play a 14-game regular-season slate this spring, including eight conference matches. The Pioneers will host seven home games overall throughout the season.


Tusculum will take the field for the first time on Feb. 7 when the Pioneers travel to Spartanburg, South Carolina to take on Converse College.

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Lessons added option to Feb. 14 benefit for the Band Program

Lessons added option to Feb. 14 benefit for the Band Program

Posted on 26 January 2015 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 entire Tusculum band program, according to David A. Price, director of music at Tusculum College.

As an added bonus, swing dance lessons will be offered free of charge beginning at 5-6 p.m. Lessons will be provided by professional dancers Darian and Tiffany Chancellor. The Chancellors have been professional ballroom dance instructors and competitors for more than 12 years, and for the last 3 years have taught based out of Johnson City. They began with Fred Astaire Dance Studios and opened Johnson City Ballroom in 2012. They are finalists in the National Open Smooth division and are the recipients of a 2014 Kosbe Award for New Business this fall.

“We are thrilled to have Darian and Tiffany back as part of our program. With years of professional experience, it is a great time for beginners to learn or for more experienced dancers to pick up a few new moves,” said Price. “They were a big hit last year and we are excited to have them once again for our event.”

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

Darian and Tiffany Chancellor

Tickets are available for purchase at the General Morgan Inn or by contacting Price at

423-636-7303 or emailing A hotel package special is also available by contacting the General Morgan Inn at 423-787-1000.

Special table reservations are available for larger group seating 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 and during pregame and half-time festivities.

Since that time a concert band, jazz band, marching band, handbell choir and several small ensembles have been added to the program.  The groups play several events on campus each year, as well as events in the community.



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Alumni Office, Pioneer Club hosting ‘Meet and Greet’ with ‘Summer Snowman’

Alumni Office, Pioneer Club hosting ‘Meet and Greet’ with ‘Summer Snowman’

Posted on 23 January 2015 by

Children are invited to come meet the “Summer Snowman” on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Tusculum College.

The Pioneer Club and the Tusculum College Office of Alumni Relations are sponsoring a meet and greet with the “Summer Snowman,” which will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the atrium outside of Pioneer Arena in the Niswonger Commons.

Children will be able to have free photos made with the Summer Snowman from 5:3o to 6:30 p.m.  “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” kits will also be given free to children.

Families are invited to stay and cheer on the Tusculum College basketball teams as they take on Lincoln Memorial University in the Pioneer Arena. The women’s game begins at 6 p.m., and the men’s game has an 8 p.m. tip-off.

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‘Lincoln at Gettysburg’ program on Feb. 1 recounts celebrated speech

‘Lincoln at Gettysburg’ program on Feb. 1 recounts celebrated speech

Posted on 22 January 2015 by

“Lincoln at Gettysburg” with Chris Small and local vocalists will explore the 16th president’s most famous speech in a program on Sunday, Feb. 1, at Tusculum College.

“What does it all mean?” At the height of the Civil War, a broken nation and its President were grappling with that question as Abraham Lincoln prepared to give a brief dedicatory speech for a new soldier’s cemetery at Gettysburg.

Lincoln’s contemplations that led to his most famous speech will be explored in “Lincoln at Gettysburg” on Sunday, Feb. 1. The program will begin at 2 p.m. in the Behan Arena on the lower level (side entrance) of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus. It is part of Tusculum Arts Outreach’s Acts, Arts, Academia 2014-15 performance and lecture series.

In a moving and educational presentation by Lincoln impressionist Chris Small, the 16th president’s visit to the cemetery will be recounted. The audience will learn about the cost of war and the price of freedom. Lincoln’s own experiences as a young man and as President, as well as those of slaves yearning for emancipation and soldiers—North and South, white and black—who made the ultimate sacrifice, help give meaning to the national conflict.

Interspersed throughout the program will be period music from the Civil War, including military songs, spirituals and popular standards, performed live by the Newsome Sisters from Newport and Tara Cohen, with Brenda Silva, from Greeneville. The program will conclude with the Gettysburg Address, which has become Lincoln’s most famous speech.

This year marks the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and is the final year of the nationwide Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration. Lincoln’s participation in the ceremony was requested only 17 days prior to the dedication service when David Wills wrote to the president, asking him to “a few appropriate remarks” after the main oration. Lincoln’s presence and words, Wills thought, would “formally set apart these grounds to their Sacred use” and give gratification and confidence to soldiers still serving in the nation’s forces and to their families back at home.

Small, a winner of the Association of Lincoln Presenters Outstanding Abraham Lincoln Award, began portraying the 16th president in 1997, later founding The Lincoln Project® in 2003 and continuing to lead it into new territories of “Bringing Lincoln to Life.”

In 2010, he authored the children’s book, “Abraham Lincoln Puts on His Hat.” Through The Lincoln Project, he has produced three films: “Abraham Lincoln’s Faith” (2009), “Lincoln and Emancipation” (2009) and “War in Heaven, War on Earth: The Birth of the Seventh-day Adventist Church During the American Civil War” (2014).   Clients and partners of The Lincoln Project have included the National Park Service; the United States Post Office; the East Tennessee Historical Society; and numerous churches, schools and organizations throughout the United States.

Small has a graduate degree in communication, with a specialty in interpretation and performance studies, and has directed Playback Theatre, Bibliodrama, and Boal-based sociodrama. He has formerly served as a university lecturer and a Seventh-day Adventist minister.

Admission to the program is $6. For more information, please call Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or email

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Alumni, Pioneer Club, Grad Finale and arts events set

Alumni, Pioneer Club, Grad Finale and arts events set

Posted on 13 January 2015 by

The Tusculum campus is alive with activity – classes for the spring 2015 semester have begun, and several events for students, parents, alumni and the community are scheduled for the coming weeks.

Mark your calendars for the coming events:

- Alumni gathering in Johnson City Monday, Jan. 19 (dutch treat) from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at Smokey Bones in Johnson City preceding the men’s basketball game vs. ETSU at Freedom Hall Civic Center (RSVP by Jan. 14 by calling 423-636-7303 or emailing

- Alumni gathering in Jefferson County Wednesday, Jan. 21 (dutch treat) from 4 to 6 p.m. at Ruby Tuesday  at Exit 417 off I-40 preceding the women’s and men’s basketball games at Carson-Newman (RSVP by Jan. 14 by calling 423-636-7303 or emailing

- Pioneer Club event Saturday, Jan. 24, in the Pioneer Perk between the women’s and men’s basketball games (Games are 2 and 4 p.m. with the cost of $10 per person. No admission fee for Mountaineer level and above. RSVP by Jan. 19 by calling 423-636-7303 or email

-Valentine’s Dinner and Swing Dance Saturday, Feb. 14, at the General Morgan Inn. Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with a cash bar available. Dinner is at 7 p.m. (prime rib and shrimp with a special dessert). The dance, a benefit for the Tusculum College Band Program, will feature the Tusculum College Jazz Band and special guests. (Cost is $50 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the General Morgan Inn or by calling Tusculum at 423-636-7303. Hotel packages from GMI are also available)

- Grad Finales Feb. 26 on the Greeneville campus and Feb. 28 at the Knoxville Regional Center The Grad Finales are designed to allow graduating students to prepare for commencement at one place and at one time. Graduating students are able to order their cap and gown, make sure their accounts are in order with financial aid and the Business Office and make other preparations for commencement.

- Old Oak Festival April 17-19 Save the dates of the annual arts festival on the Tusculum campus. The festival features three days of live music, a theater production, an art exhibit, dozens of arts and crafts booths, museum activities, games for the children, storytelling, authors, and food vendors.

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Relationship between science and religion to be explored in lecture series

Relationship between science and religion to be explored in lecture series

Posted on 12 January 2015 by

Dr. Jim Miller

How scientific discoveries have affected Christian ideology throughout the years will be explored in February during Tusculum College’s annual Theologian-in-Residence lecture series.

Dr. Jim Miller, president of the Presbyterian Association on Science, Technology and the Christian Faith, will be presenting a series of lectures, “Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land,” about the relationship of science and religion. Lectures will take place each Tuesday of the month – Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 – in the series, sponsored by Tusculum College and partially funded by Ron Smith. Each lecture session will begin at 10 a.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons. The sessions typically end around 2 p.m., and lunch in the college’s cafeteria is included. There is no admission fee to the lectures.

Dr. Miller is an honorably retired ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He has worked in the School of Engineering at North Carolina State University and served as an ecumenical campus minister at Michigan Technological University, the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Chatham College. From 1996-2007, Dr. Miller was the senior program associate for the Program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

He is the editor or co-editor of five books on science and religion including “The Church and Contemporary Cosmology,” “Cosmic Questions” and “The Epic of Evolution: Science and Religion in Dialogue.” Dr. Miller is also currently the co-chair of the Broader Social Impact Committee of the Human Origins Program at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

During the first session on Feb. 3, “The Baptism of Aristotle,” Dr. Miller will explore how the classical post-Socratic philosophy, particularly that of Plato and Aristotle, provided the primary intellectual framework within which the Christian faith and the cosmos were understood and its continuing influence on Christian faith today.

“How the World Was Divided,” the second session on Feb. 10, will focus on the Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries that challenged previous thought and its practical theological legacy.

The third session on Feb. 17, “Trouble at the Foundations,” will explore the developments in geology, biology and physics that have been and are dramatically changing the understanding of nature and humanity’s place in the cosmos, as well as their theological significance.

In the concluding lecture on Feb. 24, Dr. Miller will consider what bearing scientific discoveries have on the Christian church and their implications for practical Christian living, individually and corporately, in the 21st century.

Although the series has no admission fee, reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation for the series, please call 423-636-7304 or email

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Record 231 student-athletes named to Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll

Record 231 student-athletes named to Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll

Posted on 12 January 2015 by

A school record 231 student-athletes have been named to the 2014 Tusculum College Athletic Director’s Fall Honor Roll announced Frankie DeBusk, Tusculum College director of athletics.

To be selected to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, a student-athlete must accumulate either a semester or cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

The Tusculum men’s tennis team had the highest cumulative grade point average of the 16 sports sponsored by the College with a 3.6788 team G.P.A. Of Tusculum’s 16 athletic programs, 12 boasted team G.P.A.s of 3.00 or more. The women’s tennis team was second with a 3.5625 G.P.A., followed by women’s cross country (3.5586), women’s golf (3.5100), men’s golf (3.4924), volleyball (3.3740), softball (3.3740), women’s lacrosse (3.2708), women’s basketball (3.1907), men’s cross country (3.1643), women’s soccer (3.1588) and men’s soccer (3.0562).

The Tusculum baseball and football teams boasted the most student-athletes on the honor roll with 34 honorees each. The Pioneer women’s soccer team was third on the list with 23 honorees, while the men’s soccer team was fourth with 22. The men’s lacrosse team is fifth with 18 honorees, followed by softball (15), volleyball (14), women’s lacrosse (14), men’s golf (10), women’s basketball (10), men’s tennis (8), women’s tennis (8), women’s cross country (7), women’s golf (6), men’s basketball (5) and men’s cross country (3).


2014 Tusculum College Athletic Director’s Fall Honor Roll
Student-Athlete Sport(s)
Antoinette Allen, Women’s Soccer
Evan Altizer,  Football
Jorge Alvarez, Men’s Soccer
Andrea Amettis, Volleyball
LiRonta Archie, Football
Cody Armstrong, Football
Ben Arnold, Men’s Basketball
Shyanna Arnwine, Women’s Soccer
Nikki Arthur, Women’s Soccer/Lacrosse
Kellen Asmundson, Men’s Lacrosse
Kristen Atwell, Women’s Basketball
Juan Avendano, Men’s Soccer
Tyler Bailey, Baseball
Paul Bain, Football
Samuel Baker, Men’s Soccer
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Assistance in filling out FAFSA to be provided at Tusculum Kingsport, Knoxville and Morristown sites

Posted on 12 January 2015 by

Filling out the necessary financial forms for college can be challenging, and Tusculum College will be offering sessions at its Kingsport, Knoxville and Morristown sites to provide assistance with this important step in preparing for higher education.

A series of “FAFSA Frenzy” programs have been scheduled by Tusculum College to help students and their families find answers to their questions about the financial aid process, as well as receive assistance with completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) forms that are required as a first step in the process to receive financial aid, including the Tennessee Promise program.

Professionals from Tusculum College’s Financial Aid staff will provide their expert assistance at each of these “FAFSA Frenzy” events as a community service. The events are open to all high school students, not only those who may be interested in attending Tusculum. The events are also open to adult students in Tusculum’s degree programs applying for financial aid.

The first of the FAFSA Frenzy events will be held at Tusculum’s Knoxville Regional Center on Jan. 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. The Knoxville Regional Center is located at 1305 Centerpoint Blvd., near the Lovell Road exit off the Pellissippi Parkway.

Tusculum’s Kingsport site will be hosting a FAFSA Frenzy event from 4 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 3. The Tusculum site is part of the Kingsport Academic Village at 300 Market St. downtown.

In Morristown, the FAFSA Frenzy event will be on Feb. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Tusculum Morristown Center at 420 West Morris Blvd., Suite 120, inside the Medical Arts Center.

The events will have a “drop in” format, and students and their families are welcome to come by anytime during the scheduled period to receive assistance. In case of school closures due to inclement weather on any of these days, the events will be rescheduled.

“Filling out the FAFSA and other financial forms can be puzzling to students and parents who are not familiar with the process, and we are pleased to be able to offer our assistance to these families,” said Melissa Ripley, executive director of enrollment management operations and residential admission at the college. “Tusculum College is delighted to provide this service to our community and share our expertise with students and their parents as they prepare for this important step in their lives.”

Students and parents are asked to bring their 2014 tax returns if available to the event.  If the 2014 tax return is not available, students and parents should bring their year-end paystubs, w-2 forms, and their 2013 federal income tax return.

FAFSA forms are used to determine eligibility for federal and state funds such as Pell grants, Stafford loans, PLUS loans, work-study programs and the Tennessee Promise program, and must be completed each academic year for which a student wishes to seek aid.

Students and parents are encouraged to apply for financial aid as soon as possible. The deadline for the Tennessee Student Assistance Award is Feb. 1 for 2015. Tusculum’s Financial Aid Office recommends that students apply as quickly as possible to assure that their applications will be considered for aid types that typically become limited or exhausted long before school begins in August.

For more information about FAFSA Frenzy, please contact Ripley at 636-7374 or or contact one of the Financial Aid counselors at 636-7377 or

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