Archive | April, 2015


Tusculum College’s Dollie Boyd elected Tennessee Association of Museums vice president

Posted on 29 April 2015 by

Dollie Boyd, director of Museum Program and Studies of Tusculum College, has been elected vice president of the Tennessee Association of Museums for East Tennessee.

Boyd’s duties at the college include overseeing the operations of the museums, the Doak House Museum and President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library and the College Archives. She is also responsible for the development and implementation of on-site and outreach curriculum-based school programs offered through the Doak House Museum.

“I am honored to represent East Tennessee in our state organization. TAM does great work supporting and facilitating the work of wonderful museums state-wide. I am looking forward to working with the TAM board in this new role,” said Boyd.

Boyd joined the Tusculum College staff in September 2009 as the manager of school programs. In this position, she developed several new curriculum-based offerings for the public and home-school audiences. A native of Franklin County, Tenn., Boyd taught grades 9-12 from 1994 to 2007, served as a graduate research assistant at the Albert Gore Research Center and was an interpretive ranger at Tims Ford State Park.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in speech and theater with minors in education and history from Middle Tennessee State University and earned her master’s in history/public history in 2013. Boyd has also made several professional presentations at the National Council of Public History, the Southeast Museums Conference, the Tennessee Association of Museums, and Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference.

She has also conducted research and an oral history project on three lost communities in Franklin County, which were inundated through the creation of a Tennessee Valley Authority lake.

The Tennessee Association of Museums was founded in 1960 and fosters communication and cooperation between museums, cultural societies, and other members of common interests. The goal of the association is to inform the public on the importance of understanding and preserving Tennessee’s cultural, historical, and scientific heritage.

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Tusculum College receives $20,000 grant

Posted on 29 April 2015 by

Tusculum College faculty members Dr. Melissa Keller and Dr. Richard Thompson of the Department of Natural Sciences have been awarded by the Appalachian College Association funds to conduct research in Rocky Fork State Park. The funds will be used exclusively for undergraduate research projects.

The $20,000 grant will be used for “prospecting for bioactive compounds of fungal specimens” collected at the park, according to Dr. Melissa Keller, assistant professor of biology.

“Research opportunities such as this are an important aspect of undergraduate training and we are thankful for the ACA for providing these funds” says Dr. Thompson, assistant professor of chemistry.

According to Dr. Keller, bioactive compounds are those that can potentially be used for pharmaceutical purposes. Dr. Keller and student researchers will collect the fungi from the state park, process them in the Tusculum labs and send the samples off for DNA sequencing. Samples of the fungi will also be extracted by student researchers working with Dr. Thompson in hopes of isolating bioactive components. The students will use a variety of purification and spectroscopic techniques in hopes of identifying novel bioactive compounds from the fungal species.

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Tusculum College Community Chorus to conclude 19th year with concert on May 4

Posted on 28 April 2015 by

The Tusculum College Community Chorus will presents its spring concert on Monday, May 4, featuring sacred European masterworks and music from “My Fair Lady.”

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building, and there is no admission charge for the program. The Chorus is under the direction of Dr. David Hendricksen, and Jim Winfree is accompanist. This concert will be the last for Dr. Hendricksen as director of the group. He has served as the director of the chorus since its inception.

The program will open with several short European sacred masterworks by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Hammerschmidt and Telemann, all accompanied by an ensemble of professional instrumentalists.

The second half of the concert will include Johnny Mercer’s song “Dream,” several folk song settings and a medley of music from “My Fair Lady.”

Those attending the concert are invited to stay for a reception honoring Dr. Hendricksen following the performance.

The Community Chorus was founded in the spring of 1996 with 35 singers as an avenue for folks in the community to enjoy singing together.  Over the years, more than 300 different singers have participated in the group.

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‘All Star Alumni Band,’ a highlight of Old Oak Festival 2015

‘All Star Alumni Band,’ a highlight of Old Oak Festival 2015

Posted on 27 April 2015 by

The Old Oak Festival 2015 had the best attendance of the event since its rebirth in 2012.

Friday and Saturday events enjoyed almost perfect spring weather except for a brief, passing shower Saturday afternoon, attracting people to campus to enjoy live music, browsing arts and crafts booths, visiting with local authors, seeing museum and gallery exhibits and seeing the work of student playwrights in the “5 x 10″ performances.

Saturday evening was capped with a “Tusculum Alumni All Star Band” performance. The Kevin Wilder Group, which features two alumni Darlene McCleish ’73 and Jon Moore ’02, started the performance. They were then joined onstage by Herb Rupert ’74 for a few numbers before members of the Shiloh band took the stage. Shiloh was a band that formed on campus in the 1970s and featured Kenneth “Shadow” Winterbauer ’73, Wayne Hensley ’70 and Rupert.  A special guest vocalist during their performance was Cynthia Andresen ’75. Then members of the Kevin Wilder Group rejoined those on stage and they were joined by the Tusculum College Band for a few numbers to end a memorable performance.


Members of the Shiloh band regrouped for a performance on Saturday and were joined by Cynthia Andresen '75 for one song. From left are Wayne Hensley '70, Kenneth "Shadow" Winterbauer '73, Andersen and Herb Rupert '74.

Rainy weather on Sunday resulted in the cancellation of outdoor activities, but arts and crafts vendors indoors remained open and the “5 x 10″ performance garnered a good crowd.

To see more photos of the festivities, please visit the Old Oak Festival Facebook page.

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‘Pack the Park for Education’ May 2 has activities for all ages

‘Pack the Park for Education’ May 2 has activities for all ages

Posted on 27 April 2015 by

Fun and entertainment for all ages is planned for “Pack the Park for Education” activities surrounding the Tusculum College Pioneer baseball game at Pioneer Park on Saturday, May 2.

While providing a fun weekend outing for local families is one reason for Tusculum College to sponsor “Pack the Park for Education,” its goal is to honor those who are dedicated to providing a quality education to the community’s young people. Last year’s event hosted the all-time record attendance with more than 1,730 participants.

The county school and city school with the highest attending number of students and staff who attend the game will receive $1,000. Through this event, Tusculum College hopes to express its appreciation to all those involved in the Greeneville and Greene County school systems whose efforts are preparing the leaders of tomorrow.


“What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon, enjoying baseball, music, food and fun, while honoring a profession central to the local community, economic development and the future of the region, state and nation,” said Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody.

Additionally, Tusculum College is offering high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn about college life and options available to them in continuing their education during an open house.

Open House registration will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. An official welcoming program will be held from 12:30 – 12:45 p.m., followed by a financial aid session for parents and a discussion panel for students until 1:30 p.m. A parent discussion panel will take place from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m., while students participate in mock classes.

“A visit during Open House gives prospective students and their families a chance to get to know Tusculum College and our home in East Tennessee,” said Melissa Ripley, executive director of enrollment management operations and residential admission at the college.

A campus tour will begin at 3 p.m., with tours ending at the Pioneer Park baseball stadium, where the Pack the Park event will take place from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Genuine country band Austin Baze features the duo Brian Buckner and Nick Gunter. Michelle Leigh is an up-and-coming southern-rock performer who has toured with the “Young Guns of Country.” Local band Step Cousins mixes past and present country and has played in the popular Dogwood Park Concert Series.

A “fun zone” for kids and those young at heart will feature inflatables, corn hole, face and body painting and other free activities outside Pioneer Park during the event.

Concessions will be available and an area will be open to all who want to bring a blanket or chairs to tailgate prior to the baseball game against Bluefield State.

Admission to the baseball game will be free to all students, teachers, teacher assistants, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians and maintenance personnel, school board members, etc. Throughout the game, local educators will be honored in a variety of ways.

In addition, a fireworks display will immediately follow the game to conclude the day’s festivities.


Last year's Pack the Park attracted more than 1,700 people for the fun and activities.


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Tusculum Band Program to present its spring concert Thursday, April 30

Tusculum Band Program to present its spring concert Thursday, April 30

Posted on 27 April 2015 by

Is conducting a band on your bucket list?

If so, the Tusculum College Band program will give you a chance to check that off your list during its spring concert on Thursday, April 30. During the performance, an individual will be selected to conduct the Concert Band as it plays the first movement of Mozart’s “Symphony No. 29.”

The guest conductor will be chosen in a drawing of the names of people who make donations to the Band Program. Donations will be accepted prior to the concert and the proceeds used toward instruments and other materials needed by the program.

The concert 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.

In addition to the Concert Band, the Jazz Band and Handbell Choir will be performing a variety of musical styles.

Among the selections that will feature the Concert Band are “Alamo,” “Second American Folk Rhapsody,” Classical Gas,” and “Romanesque.” “Jefferson: A Vision for America” will feature narration by Dr. Dan Donaldson, pastor of First Presbyterian Church and a Tusculum College trustee.

A mix of sweet and salty could describe the repertoire planned by the Jazz Band, including “Beyond the Sea,” ‘One O’Clock Jump,” “Fever,” “Family Guy” and “Minnie the Moucher.”

Two golden oldies and a new pop favorite will be performed by the Handbell Choir  – “Let It Be,” “Dancing Queen” and “Just Dance.”

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

After its popular introduction at the Old Oak Festival, the chance for someone to guest conduct the Concert Band returns as part of the spring concert by the Tusculum College Band Program on Thursday, April 30, in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building.

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Tusculum College Open House set for May 2

Posted on 27 April 2015 by

Tusculum College is offering high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn about college life and options available to them in continuing their education during open house on Saturday, May 2.

Registration will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. An official welcoming program will be held from 12:30 – 12:45 p.m., followed by a financial aid session for parents and a discussion panel for students until 1:30 p.m. A parent discussion panel will take place from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m., while students participate in mock classes.

“A visit during Open House gives prospective students and their families a chance to get to know Tusculum College and our home in East Tennessee,” said Melissa Ripley, executive director of enrollment management operations and residential admission at the college.

.A campus tour will begin at 3 p.m., with tours ending at the Pioneer Park baseball stadium, where the Pack the Park event will take place from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Pack the Park will include live performances by Austin Blaze, Michelle Leigh and Step Cousins. Food will be available and a Kids Zone, complete with inflatables, games and face painting, will also be open.

The Tusculum Baseball team will take on Bluefield State at 6:30 p.m. and a fireworks show, sponsored by Watauga Orthopaedics, will be held following the game.

To RSVP or to learn more, call the Office of Admission at 423-636-7312, or visit



By Kevin Franklin, junior, digital media major from Concord, N.C.

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Study reports success for low-income and first-generation students at small and mid-sized independent colleges

Posted on 27 April 2015 by

Students from first-generation and low-income backgrounds routinely experience better outcomes if they attend a smaller private college, according to a recent study released by the Council of Independent Colleges.

The study, “Expanding Access and Opportunity: How Small and Mid-Sized Independent Colleges Serve First-Generation and Low-Income Students,” reports that contrary to the popular myth that private colleges are only for affluent students, research clearly demonstrates that students of all academic and social backgrounds enroll in smaller private colleges, and these institutions provide a more rigorous and engaged college experience than larger public universities.

According to the report released by the CIC, in particular, first-generation and low-income students are far more likely to graduate—and to do so on time—if they enroll in a smaller private college, and these students tend to express a greater sense of satisfaction with their college education than their peers who chose public universities.

Additionally, the study findings show that first-generation and low-income graduates of smaller private colleges tend to stay more civically engaged through voting and volunteering in their communities.

Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College, said that the first college in Tennessee continues to serve the type of students identified in this study.

“Tusculum provides a rich learning environment with students from all across the country and the world who are learning, living and working together in an academic atmosphere that promotes civic responsibility and engagement and service to others.”


She added that Tusculum’s residential student enrollment this past fall was the second largest in the last 10 years at 964.  Of those, 46 percent are the first in their family to attend college and 66 percent are Pell Grant eligible, the students with the greatest financial need,” she said.

In addition, of the students served by Tusculum in the past year, 46 percent are from homes in which the average annual household income is less than $30,000 per year.

“We serve the students of our region with the partnership of our alumni and friends. More than 99 percent of residential students and 84 percent of Graduate and Professional Studies students receive some form of financial aid,” said LeAnn Hughes, vice president for marketing and enrollment management. She added that this aid comes not only from federal and state sources, but from institutional-provided discounts and scholarships.

“These students are most certainly at risk for not attaining a college degree. At Tusculum College, we consider it our mission to nurture these students and give them the best opportunity for degree completion.”

The report was prepared as a component of CIC’s public information campaign, Securing America’s Future: The Power of Liberal Arts Education. The initiative promotes the effectiveness and contributions of private liberal arts colleges and universities and the importance of the liberal arts as fields of study.

The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 645 nonprofit independent colleges and universities, of which Tusculum College is one, and more than 90 higher education organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society.

CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions to improve the quality of education, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. For a copy of the full study or for more information, visit

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Nominations now being accepted for awards presented at Homecoming

Nominations now being accepted for awards presented at Homecoming

Posted on 25 April 2015 by

Do you know a fellow alumnus or alumna who deserves to be honored?

Or perhaps, a faculty member or Tusculum community member whose efforts for the College are worthy of recognition?

Or do you know a former student athlete, coach, manager or someone else who works with the Pioneer athletic programs who should be recognized?

If so, let your voice be heard. Nominations are now being accepted for one of the alumni awards that are presented at Homecoming.  The deadline for submitting awards for 2015 is May 31.

A variety of awards are presented and include:

The Pioneer Award, which honors  an outstanding alumnus or alumna, in recognition of outstanding or meritorious achievement in his or her chosen field; for distinguished service to church, community, country and humanity, and for continuing and loyal service to Tusculum College.

The Frontier Award, an honor recognizing former students who have been graduated from the College at least five years, but no more than 15 years, for outstanding or meritorious advancement in his or her career and continuing and loyal service to the College.

National Living Faculty Award, which is presented to an outstanding member of the Tusculum faculty, who has made an outstanding contribution to the College’s academic program and shown a commitment to Tusculum students.

National Alumni Recognition Award, which recognizes an outstanding member of the Tusculum community who has demonstrated a strong commitment to students and the academic programs of the College.

The Sports Hall of Fame inducts Tusculum alumni, former coaches, managers, sports editors, team trainers and other individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Pioneer athletic program. Former student-athletes are eligible for consideration five years after their playing career has ended. In the case of a non-athlete, the individual must have maintained a relationship with the College for at least five years.

The Sports Benefactor Award recognizes a friend of the College for his or her outstanding support of Tusculum athletics.

For more information about the awards or to download the nomination form, please visit the awards page.

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Class of 1965 to join ranks of Golden Pioneers next weekend

Class of 1965 to join ranks of Golden Pioneers next weekend

Posted on 24 April 2015 by

The countdown has begun to the return of  the Class of 1965 to the Tusculum College campus to celebrate their 50th reunion.

With this milestone, members of the Class of 1965 are joining the ranks of the Golden Pioneers and Tusculum College will honor class members with activities associated with the spring commencement ceremony in early May.

Members of the Class of ’65 will be special guests at a reception at the President’s House on Friday, May 8, from 5 to 630 p.m. Class members will be presented with a commemorative medallion during the reception.

Following the reception, class members are invited for dinner at 6:45 p.m. at The Whistle Stop (dutch treat). The Whistle Stop is located in the building that housed Dobson Grocery during the Class of ’65′s time at Tusculum.

A breakfast for the Class of ’65 will be held Saturday, May 9, at 8:30 a.m. in the Pioneer Perk inside the Niswonger Commons.  Following breakfast, class members will receive their gold robes and prepare to participate in the commencement ceremony. The 50th reunion class will lead the May graduates into the arena as part of the processional and will also be recognized during the ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m.

Following commencement, the Golden Pioneers will gather again in the Pioneer Perk for a luncheon.

For more information about the Golden Pioneer celebration, contact Joni Parker, assistant director of alumni relations, at 423-636-7303. You may register for the activities online.



Members of the Class of 1964 posed in their gold cap and gowns prior to the May commencement ceremonies in 2014.

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Jenkins receives honor from Etowah Chamber of Commerce

Jenkins receives honor from Etowah Chamber of Commerce

Posted on 23 April 2015 by







Laura Jenkins ’98 receives award from Etowah Chamber of Commerce

Laura Jenkins, left, receives the Educator of the Year Award from Mark Nichols during the Etowah Chamber of Commerce annual dinner.

Laura Jenkins ’98, who has taught at Mountain View Elementary School for the past 24 years, has been recognized with the Joe Quirk Educator of the Year, presented by the Etowah Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Starr Regional Medical Center.

“Great teachers are the soul of an enlightened society. We entrust them with the most precious thing we know in life: our children,” said Starr Regional Medical Center CEO Mark Nichols, who presented the award on the hospital’s behalf during the chamber’s annual dinner. “If we look back over our own years in school, I’m sure each of us could name a special teacher, one who inspired us, who helped mold us and, sometimes, changed our life. I’m sure many students who have attended Mountain View Elementary School over the past 24 years would mention the same name, that of the person we are honoring this evening.”

In addition to her classroom duties, primarily in the third and fourth grades, Jenkins shares her knowledge with other educators, serving on the Mountain View School Leadership Team and on several county-wide committees, including the Common Core Pacing Committee, Electronic Devices and Information Systems Committee and McMinn County’s Five-Year Planning Committee.

She shares more with her students than lessons in the classroom. She takes a personal interest in the children as well.

While accepting the award, Jenkins recounted a heartwarming story about one of her former students. “A story I always remember is from years ago, when a young girl asked me for some tape so she could reattach her sole to her shoe. At my planning period, I called Don Webb (owner of Johnson’s Department Store in Etowah). He said to come down to the store and get the girl a pair of shoes. And, of course, he would not accept money for them. Having those new shoes gave that young girl the confidence to hold her head high.”

Her students have demonstrated over the years her effectiveness in the classroom. Test scores for her students are always at the top in the county and the state, it was stated during the award presentation. Jenkins’ students TCAP (Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program) results have shown most effective gains with her students as students entering third grade in the bottom 25 percent in reading and math have shown significant achievement gains by scoring in the 75th percentile in those subjects by the mid-year.

“I am proud to reach my professional goals, but what I thrive on is giving 100 percent of my time, attention and love to those in my care. Thank you for this great honor,” she said.


Bill Dunham

Bill Dunham ’73, a financial advisor with the Johnson City Branch of Wells Fargo Advisors, has been named first vice president-investments/Iinvestment officer. Dunham has served with Wells Fargo Advisors for 14 years and has 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is a member of St. Mary’s Church and the Johnson City American Little League. Dunham lives in Piney Flats with his wife, Bonnie.



Diane Turner Montgomery ’86 was guest director of Roanoke College’s winter production of “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward.



Sherri Voiles Brown ‘91’93 has joined Realty Executives – East Tennessee Realtors of Greeneville as an agent. She and her husband, Mike, also own Brown’s Custom Fencing and Construction. She also enjoys working on her Katahdin sheep farm.


Billie Parsons Schneider ’99 has been named principal at St. Anne Catholic School in Bristol, VA. Schneider, who is a teacher at the school, will replace the current principal, who is retiring, on July 1. Schneider has taught in Catholic schools for 33 years and is in her 28th year at St. Anne’s. She has taught first grade, sixth grade and middle school language arts, mathematics and computer exploratory classes. Schneider has also served as the coordinator of the middle school since 2000 and has served as “acting principal” at times when the school’s administrators had to be absent. Schneider has been active in the St. Anne parish since 1987. She has not always been a Catholic, having converted while in college, and is sensitive to the faiths and beliefs of her non-Catholic students and often asked them to share their faith’s traditions and ideals.



Bobbie Phillips ’01 of Maryville, TN, has joined the Celina Insurance Group as a marketing representative in East Tennessee.


Chad Jordan ’02 has been named athletic director of Christian Heritage School in Dalton, GA. Jordan is currently serving as the school’s assistant athletic director and a coach for football and golf. He will fill the position at the end of the school year. Jordan teaches computer applications, health, physical education and speech at the school and is the school’s prefect coordinator. Prior to his tenure at Christian Heritage School two years ago, Jordan was an assistant football coach and head golf coach at Dalton High School.


Brent Dyson

Brent Dyson ’04, a native of Damascus, VA, has been promoted to assistant vice president and business development officer for The Bank of Marion. Dyson has been manager of The Bank of Glade Spring, a branch of The Bank of Marion, since 2005. His office will be located in The Bank of Glade Spring. In 2013, Dyson completed The Virginia Bankers Association’s School of Bank Management at The University of Virginia. He is currently enrolled in The Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University, a three-year program focused on commercial banking. In his junior year at Tusculum, Dyson was a student intern with The Bank of Marion, which helped him decide he wanted to pursue a career in community banking. Dyson and his wife, Megan, reside in Glade Spring with their son, Brady and daughter, Emery.







Virginia Ann “Jan” Taylor McCartt ’44 of Kingsport, TN, passed away March 3, 2015. Mrs. McCartt was a life-long resident of East Tennessee and a life-long Methodist, serving churches throughout the region with her husband, Rev. J. Spurgeon McCartt. For more than 60 years, she was an active member of the United Methodist Women and served as treasurer, secretary and president of the Holston Conference United Methodist Women. Mrs. McCartt had lived in Kingsport for the last 22 years and was a member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church. She and her husband also lived in Wellsbourne, England, for two years and traveled extensively. As a twirling drum major for the Morristown High School Band, she performed at the 1940 World’s Fair in New York City. Mrs. McCartt was a master quilter and seamstress, as well as a creative baker and cook.


Betty Louise James Van Blarcom ’47 of Mountainside, NJ, passed away March 26, 2015. Mrs. Van Blarcom was an active member of First Baptist Church and spend many hours doing community volunteer work.


George Arthur Westbrook ’49 of Hendersonville, NC, passed away January 15, 2014. Mr. Westbrook is a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an aviator cadet. While attending Tusculum, he met and married Evelyn Tripp ’49. Mr. Westbrook was  a chemist at American Cyanamid Lederle Laboratories in Pearl River, NY.  He was a past master of the Masonic Lodge and a life member of the Hook and Ladder Fire Department in Pearl River. Mr. Westbrook earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and retired as director of administration of Champion Paper Company. After retirement, he and his wife moved to New Jersey where he served as treasurer and senior warden of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Barnegat Light. The couple then moved to Stuart, FL, before settling in Hendersonville in 1999.  His survivors and Tusculum alumni in addition to his wife are sons Thomas Westbrook ’75 and William Westbrook ’79.



Gregory Manual Kyle ’79 of Morristown, TN, passed away on March 24, 2015, after a long bout of lung disease. Mr.Kyle was well known throughout East Tennessee as a sports photographer for the Citizen Tribune and official photographer at Walters State Community College. His shot of a ballerina in flight, taken at WSCC, won state honors. He received the Tennessee Press Association’s Photographer of the Year Award in 2010 and 2012. Mr. Kyle was a deacon, trustee and treasurer of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Whitesburg, TN. He received the Union of Churches and Ministerial Alliance of Hamblen County and Vicinity Community Service Award in 2012.



Ellis Junior Jackson ’86 of Knoxville, TN, passed away March 30, 2009. Mr. Jackson was a U.S. Army veteran who had served in Vietnam from 1966-68. He had worked at the U.S. Department of Energy’s K-25, X-10 and Y-12 facilities in Oak Ridge, TN. He continued to work as a consultant to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory after his retirement. Mr. Jackson was a longtime member and past president of the American Association of Cost Engineers. A member of West Park Baptist Church in Knoxville, he was an accomplished singer and musician who sang with the Promise Land Quartet. He played and taught guitar, as well as played his favorite instrument, the steel guitar, with several groups. He also enjoyed trout fishing and golf.


John Stephenson ’89 of Memphis, TN, passed away December 30, 2006. Mr. Stephenson had been an eighth grade teacher at Kingsbury Junior High School.



Deborah Hyden ’96 of Duluth, GA, passed away July 31, 2012. Ms. Hyden was a well respected attorney in Gwinnett County in the suburbs of Atlanta. Hyden had earned a master’s degree in education from Tusculum and was an elementary school teacher prior to pursuing a career in law. She graduated first in her class from the University of Tennessee College of Law. After passing the bar exam in both Georgia and Tennessee, she became a law professor at John Marshall Law School in Atlanta. She served as a prosecutor for the Office of the Gwinnett County Solicitor General before opening her own criminal defense law practice. A devout Christian, Hyden considered her law practice as a ministry. In both her days of teaching school and practicing law, many children and adults came to know the love of Jesus through her life.



Misti Summer Anderson ’02 of Greeneville, TN, passed away on April 4, 2015, after a courageous battle with Hemangiomapericytoma. Mrs. Anderson had taught at McDonald School for the past seven years, as long as her health permitted, and was also a beloved volleyball and softball coach at the school. She had started her teaching career at West Pines School, where she coached basketball. Mrs. Anderson was a faithful member of Brown Springs Baptist Church, and enjoyed sports, the beach and spending time with family and friends.





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’5 x 10′ returns to the stage April 24 – 26

’5 x 10′ returns to the stage April 24 – 26

Posted on 20 April 2015 by

Holly Marshall and Tyler Miller rehearse a scene from “Copper."

The Tusculum College English Department and Acts, Arts, Academia will present the return of the “5×10” showcase during the annual Old Oak Festival at Tusculum College this weekend and April 24-26.

The show consists of five original, 10-minute plays written by Tusculum College students under the direction of Wayne Thomas, interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and associate professor of English; Frank Mengel, Arts Outreach technical director and instructor of theatre, and Brian Ricker, assistant to the director of Arts Outreach.

The production will run for six performances in the David Behan Arena Theatre in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts building on the Tusculum campus in Greeneville. The production will be staged at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, April 17-18 and 24-25 2 p.m. on Sundays, April 19 and 26.

Aaron Martel portrays one of the toys in "Plush," a play about two toys who find themselves stored away in an attic.

The plays, which were written during Thomas’ Scriptwriting class during the fall 2014 semester, are varied in subject matter and are as distinct and unique from each other as the playwrights themselves. “I think folks will enjoy the work. This marks ten student playwrights that we’ve produced in the last couple of years. What a fantastic opportunity,” said Thomas.

With a wide range of themes including challenges of faith, mental disorders, and the repercussions of a decidedly flawed penal system, the plays range in genre from light comedy to heavy drama. Audiences are cautioned when considering bringing children to the production due to adult themes and strong language. The show is recommended for ages 13 and up, with parental guidance strongly advised.

The five plays to be featured are:

-          “Plush” written by Zach Gass, a sophomore from Greeneville, Tennessee, which centers on two plush toys, Milo and Toby, who are cast aside in an attic, and must deal with feelings of abandonment, challenges of faith, and maintaining optimism for an uncertain future.

-          “Copper” written by Hannah Berling a junior from Middletown, Ohio, is a comedy about the advances of a somewhat desperate young man, JT, as he tries to woo a young woman, Kendall, while the two wait in a dentist office waiting room, and the amusing repercussions of being deceitful while trying to attract the opposite sex.

Kristen Wiggins, left, and Macy French practice a scene from "Puddle Jumping," a comedy on the darker side about a child and his eccentric pet goldfish.

-          “Puddle Jumping” written by Sarah Holly and Tyler Jinks, juniors from Johnson City and Rogersville, Tennessee respectively, is a darker comedy focusing on the relationship between a young child, Jackson, and an egocentric pet goldfish, Puddles, who wishes for nothing more than a life away from his owner. However, the two must work in harmony in order to save Puddles from being flushed down the toilet by Jackson’s over-worked and demanding mother, Molly.

-          “Save Me” written by Joshua Fuller a sophomore from Alabaster, Alabama, highlights the struggles faced by individuals with mental disorders. Bill, a young man is trying to apply for a job, but must deal with the constant disruption of his mentally induced hallucinations during an interview.

Margo Olmsted, left, and Mike Lilly bring to life the story of an escaped prisoner and the therapist taken hostage.

-          “Psy-cho-ther-apy in Yazoo County, Mississippi” written by Jennifer Frost a sophomore from Friendsville, Tennessee, is about a convict who escapes prison and takes a therapist hostage in an attempt to work through the many emotional and mental problems brought on by life, crime, and a flawed penal system.

Bringing the student works to life will be a cast consisting of current Tusculum College students, Tusculum College Alumni, and veteran community actors. Also, with production assistance from the familiar Arts Outreach team of Costume Director, Barbara Holt, Arts Outreach Director and Artist-in-Residence, Marilyn duBrisk, and Arts Outreach Coordinator, Jennifer Hollowell.

The idea behind the “5×10” production was originally conceived a few years ago by Thomas when he was chair of the Fine Arts Department, in an effort to “promote interdisciplinary co-curricular engagement amongst various fine arts entities.”

Paige Mengel, left, and Tyler Miller rehearse a scene from "Save Me," a play about a man with a mental disorder and the challenges he faces in a job interview.

With the help of Mengel, the first “5×10” production premiered during the 2013 Old Oak Festival. According to Thomas, producing the showcase during the festival “seemed like a natural fit. [The Festival] is all about Fine Arts, so it seemed like a neat way to showcase our writing and theatre programs all at once.”

Tickets are $6 general admission and can be purchased at the box office which opens one hour prior to show time or reserved by contacting Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620, or by e-mail at Tickets may be purchased with cash or check only, no credit or debit cards.

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