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Old Oak Festival returns to Tusculum College April 17-19

Old Oak Festival returns to Tusculum College April 17-19

Posted on 27 February 2015 by

The Old Oak Festival will feature a variety of craft vendors along with musical entertainment, theater, art exhibits, poetry readings and activities for children of all ages.

The Old Oak Festival is returning to the Tusculum College campus April 17-19.

The arts and music festival will span across three days and will feature something for everyone, including crafts, music, art, theater, storytelling and area authors, as well as gallery and museum exhibits.

“I would describe this year’s Old Oak Festival to be bigger and better than last year,” said David Price, director of music at Tusculum College and festival coordinator. “There will be arts on every level and something to interest everyone.”

In addition to artist vendors and music performances throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, there will be three performances during the festival of “5X10,” presented by Tusculum students under the direction of Wayne Thomas, the interim dean of the arts and sciences, Frank Mengel, arts outreach technical director and instructor, and Brian Ricker, arts outreach and assistant.

Performances will be held in the Behan Arena Theatre in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

The college’s Allison Gallery will be open throughout the weekend, featuring a faculty and family spotlight exhibition by Deborah Bryan.

The festival is being coordinated by a committee of college and community representatives who are working to promote arts and music in the East Tennessee region.

“We are expecting a wide variety of artists, including painters, craftsmen and sculptors, whose work will be available for purchase. Arts will include pottery, woodcrafts and folk art,” said Price. Demonstrations will also be conducted on pottery, blacksmithing and cooking.

There are limited spaces still available for artisan and crafter booths. Deadline for reserving a booth is April 8, 2015, or until all spaces are filled.

Throughout the weekend on stage, the festival will present the sounds of the region, with a wide variety of music from bluegrass to jazz to local vocalists and musicians.

Both the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library and the Doak House Museum will be open to visitors during the festival and will have special activities planned for adults and children from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.

The Doak House Museum will sponsor a batik workshop during the three days of the festival. Participants will learn how to make stunning designs on natural fiber cloth using the wax-resist dyeing method. Reservations and advance deposits are required. The workshop will be held in the heart of the festival on the main campus. Reservation and deposit are required. Contact Leah Walker at 423-636-8554 or for reservations and more information.

Fiddlin’ Carson Peter’s Band and the Old Time Travelers, a duo from Chattanooga Tennessee, will perform on the Doak House lawn on the Saturday of the festival. Picnic tables are available to the public to bring a lunch, tour the museum and hear great bluegrass and old-time music. Performance times will be announced at a later date.

For the length of the festival only, the museum will open its collections storage to display never before exhibited Appalachian chairs and other furnishings, titled “Sittin’ Pretty: Selections from the Doak House Furniture Collection.” Admission is free and donations are appreciated.

The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library will sponsor a 19th Century Toys and Games booth in the children’s area. Come and play with traditional folk toys and make-and-take your very own toy as a souvenir.

From 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library will feature the “Reaper: Nettie Fowler McCormick and the Machine that Built Tusculum College” exhibit. This exhibit explores the changes wrought by the mechanical harvest and explores the context through which Mrs. McCormick viewed her philanthropic mission.”

The festival will feature children’s activities on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. There will be storytelling performances on stage and around the festival grounds.

The Walnut Ridge llamas, previous favorites of the festival, will visit the Tusculum College campus over the weekend.

Throughout the weekend, there will be everything from bed racing to surprise performances to craft workshops.

Food selection will include festival favorites, such as homemade strawberry shortcake, Philly cheese steak, and Mennonite doughnuts. Music and food will be available until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and until 4 p.m. on Sunday.

There is no fee to attend the festival. Art vendor hours will be Friday from noon until 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, contact Price at 423-636-7303.

Coolers and alcohol are prohibited during the festival.

For updates and more information, visit the website at or on Facebook at www.facebook/OldOakFestival.


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Keeneland trip to benefit women’s soccer program set for April 11

Keeneland trip to benefit women’s soccer program set for April 11

Posted on 27 February 2015 by

Tusculum College alumni and friends are invited to enjoy a day at the races in April  to benefit the women’s soccer program.

The women’s soccer program is hosting its popular trip to the Keeneland Race Track in Lexington, Ky., once again this year on Saturday, April 11. The trip is a fundraiser for the program and Tusculum College athletics.

April 11 is Coolmore Stakes Day at Keeneland, a premier pre-Kentucky Derby event.

A day trip option is available as well as an overnight option.

The day trip includes bus transportation from campus to the racetrack and back, special grandstand reserved seating, a race program, a continental breakfast, drinks and and snacks, vouchers for food and beverages at the race track and a catered BBQ dinner following the races. Movies will be shown en route during the bus trip and participants will be allowed to bring a small cooler aboard the bus (adult beverages permitted). The cost for the day trip is $119 per person.

The overnight option includes all the day trip amenities and a night on the town in Lexington, accommodations for two at the Clarion Hotel (a king or two double beds), breakfast at the Clarion Hotel Restaurant, tour of a private horse farm, Kentucky bourbon tour and lunch en route back to Greeneville. The overnight option is $189 (based on double occupancy).

The bus will leave from Tusculum on Saturday at 7 a.m. from the parking lot at the Niswonger Commons. The bus service will arrange pick-up at a Knoxville location to accommodate people in that area. The day trip bus will return to campus at 1o p.m. on Saturday. The overnight trip will return on Sunday.

Tickets are limited and a $30 deposit is required and is due by March 30. Full payment is due by April 1.  Participants on the trip must be 21 years or older.

For more information, please contact Women’s Soccer Head Coach Mike Joy at 423-636-7321 or call Payment by credit card or check are accepted with the check made payable to Tusculum College Women’s Soccer.  Payment can be mailed to Tusculum Women’s Soccer, P.O. Box 5011, Greeneville, TN 37743.

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Alumni honored in Hamblen County school system

Alumni honored in Hamblen County school system

Posted on 27 February 2015 by








Tusculum alumni sweep Hamblen County Tear of the Year Awards

Tusculum alumni Johnathan Richardson ’02, Nick Darnell ’06 and Olivia Breeding ’12 have been announced as the system wide Hamblen County teachers of the year.

Each year, every school in Hamblen County nominates one hard-working teacher for the teachers of the year program. Once these individuals are selected, the “top teacher” from each category, elementary, middle and high school, is determined by an outside party. This year, members of the Lincoln County Department of Education made the decision.

Richardson, elementary teacher of the year, is a music teacher at Manley Elementary School. Throughout his career, Richardson has led numerous professional development opportunities for Hamblen County teachers on topics including multicultural education, music in special needs classrooms, arts integration and brain games. He also has provided training at professional conferences on the state and national levels. In his classroom, he integrates other subjects such as language arts, science, math and social studies into his music lessons.  In addition, Richardson heavily focuses on culture in his classroom. He said he believes it is essential his students understand other cultures due to the variety of backgrounds present in his classes. His favorite part of teaching is seeing the smiles of his students.

The middle school teacher of the year, Darnell, teaches eighth grade American history at East Ridge Middle School. There Darnell is a substitute administrator and a member of the Data Team, Crisis Team and Mentor Leadership Team. He chairs the School Improvement Team. He also is the facilitator of the school’s Colonial Day, World Culture Day, Geography Bee and Mock Elections. In his classroom, Darnell integrates technology in an hands-on way for his students. Darnell’s inspiration is his students and enjoys working with them each day.

Breeding, an algebra I teacher and head of the peer tutoring program at West High School, was selected as the high school teacher of the year. She was a participant in the STEPs Externship program for science, technology, engineering and math teachers with local industry. Breeding helped to teach and develop the school system’s Seeds, Roots and Fruits program. Peer tutoring is a strategy Breeding uses in her classroom. She said this has proven successful due to the success her students have experienced. At West High, Breeding is the Interact sponsor and  cheerleading coach.



Kristy Sproles ’00 is among six Tennessee social studies teachers the Tennessee State Library and Archives named to its Tennessee State Library and Archives Educator Working Group. This group will assist and advise the Library and Archives staff about ways to make its Tennessee history collections available to teachers and students. The group will develop lesson plans based on original Tennessee documents and images so that social studies teachers across the state can better use TSLA’s primary sources in their classroom instruction.

Sproles is a high school teacher at Sullivan Central High School in Sullivan County. She holds a master of education from Tusculum College and has been teaching for 15 years.

The Tennessee State Library and Archives education outreach program offers tours of the building for teachers and students, sponsors statewide workshops for teachers, and offers a new education outreach website that links TSLA’s primary sources in American and Tennessee history directly to Tennessee’s new social studies curriculum standards.




Alison Leigh David ’95 was married to Robert McKinley Hagerman on Sept. 20, 2014, at the Inn on Town Creek in Abingdon, VA. After a honeymoon in Antigua and the Florida Keys, the couple is living in Abingdon. Alison is a realtor with Jones and Associates Realty and Robert works for Trustpoint Insurance.


Ryan Phillip Huff ’09 and Brook Renae Johnson were married December 13, 2014, at The Charles in Johnson City. The couple are living in Knoxville, TN.






Mary Elizabeth Ross Reel ’38, a longtime resident of Rogersville, TN, passed away on Feb. 17, 2015, following a period of declining health. Mrs. Reel taught for several years in the Greene County School System at Hardins View Elementary School and retired from teaching in the Hawkins County School System as a teacher at Hawkins County Elementary School. She was a member of the Rogersville Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Reel read her Bible daily, noting many favorite verses, especially Psalms 121. After her retirement, she became very interested in her family’s genealogy and spent many hours tracing her family’s history. Mrs. Reel received the honor of membership of “First Families of Tennessee,” which extends membership to anyone who can prove direct descent from a person or persons living in any part of what is now Tennessee before or by statehood in 1796. A native of Greene County, the home where she grew up in Afton as been in her family for at least 100 years.  She had begun researching the farm history in order to apply for the “Tennessee Century Farms Program,” which recognizes farms owned by the same family for at least 100 years. Mrs. Reel was an avid reader, making weekly trips to the library for all the latest releases and her older favorites. She instilled this love for reading not only in her own children, but in her classroom students.



Evelyn Smelcer Holdway ’45 of Morristown, TN, passed away Feb. 7, 2015. During World War II, she worked as a civilian efficiency analyst. Following the war, she returned to the Morristown area and married W.F. “Kink” Holdway. She used her business skills to help him run a successful dairy and crop farm. She was a longtime supporter of instrumental music, frequently attending concerts and provided financial support to regional band programs, including that of her Alma Mater. She was also a frequent volunteer with the Hamblen County 4-H Club during her daughter’s middle and high school years. In addition to music, she enjoyed dancing, singing, board games, crossword puzzles and gardening and was an avid reader.



Michael Stan Perry ’94 of Gaffney, SC, passed away Dec. 23, 2013, at his residence. Mr. Perry was a district manager with Piedmont Natural Gas. He was a member of the Gaffney and Spartanburg Rotary clubs, a member of the Gaffney and Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce and formerly served as a volunteer with the Boys & Girls Club.

John George Kosmak ’98 of Gray, TN, passed away Jan. 7, 2015, at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. He had been diagnosed with leukemia in December 2014. Mr. Kosmak had been serving as an adjunct professor in the Tusculum School of Business. A native of Chicago, his family was of Czechoslovakian decent and he took great pride in his family’s heritage. Mr. Kosmak had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and education, earning multiple degrees including his master’s degree in education and training from Tusculum. A veteran, he served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years. Stationed around the world, he retired as a master sergeant and had spent time serving in the department of communications for the President’s Air Force One and Two. He had worked for the Postal Service since 1995 and started teaching as an adjunct at Tusculum in 2000. Mr. Kosmak had become a Ham Radio Operator at the age of 15. His expertise in Morse code resulted in him winning national competitions. He also spent much time in building radios and assisting others in earning their Ham licenses. In more recent years, he built customized antennas and sold them worldwide.

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Pickin’ at the Doaks cancelled for Friday, Feb. 27

Posted on 27 February 2015 by

Due to this latest round of snow, The Doak House Museum will be canceling Pickin’ at the Doaks for tonight. Next month’s Pickin’ will be March 27, at 6 p.m.

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Tusculum on regular schedule on Friday

Posted on 26 February 2015 by

All Tusculum College campuses will operate on a regular schedule for Friday, Feb. 27.

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Greeneville Grad Finale cancelled

Posted on 26 February 2015 by

The Grad Finale scheduled from 3-6 p.m. in Chalmers Conference Center on the Greeneville a campus has been canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date. Knoxville Grad Finale is still on for Saturday.

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Tusculum closed on Thursday

Posted on 26 February 2015 by

Tusculum College will be closed Thursday, Feb. 26. All classes are cancelled at all sites and administrative offices are closed.

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Evening classes to be held as scheduled on Wednesday, Feb. 25

Posted on 25 February 2015 by

Evening classes at all Tusculum college campuses and sites will meet as scheduled.

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Cancelled – Interstate Career Fair – Thursday, Feb. 26

Posted on 25 February 2015 by

Cancelled – Interstate Career Fair – Thursday, Feb. 26, Millennium Centre in Johnson City, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Tusculum to open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25

Posted on 25 February 2015 by

For Wednesday, Feb. 25, all Tusculum College sites will open at 9 a.m. Morning classes begin at 9 a.m. A decision about evening classes will be made by 3 p.m.

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Winter Band Concert rescheduled for Monday, March 2

Posted on 24 February 2015 by

The Winter Band Concert at Tusculum College scheduled for Tuesday evening has been rescheduled for Monday, March 2.

Snowy weather earlier this week resulted in the change of schedule for the concert, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum campus. Admission is free, and the public is invited.

A night at the movies is the theme for the concert, and a variety of movie genres will be represented in the selections to be performed by the Concert Band, Jazz Band and Handbell Choir. The three ensembles are under the direction of David Price, director of music programs at Tusculum.  Audiences will hear music from such movies as “Frozen,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “The Cotton Club” and “Singin’ in the Rain.”

The band program began in 2010 with the formation of a pep band and has grown to include a Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Handbell Choir and various small ensembles.

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Theologian-in-Residence lecture cancelled

Posted on 24 February 2015 by

The Theologian-in-Residence lecture series scheduled for today, Feb. 24, at Tusculum College has been cancelled. Further details about the series will be announced later.

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