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Variety of activities highlight Tusculum College’s Homecoming activities

Variety of activities highlight Tusculum College’s Homecoming activities

Posted on 25 September 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends will be celebrating Homecoming 2015 with an activity-filled, two-day event October 9-10. Several additions have been made to this year’s schedule, including “Keeping your Keepsake” workshop, where participants will learn about keeping keepsakes and take home an acid-free box for safe storage.

Those wishing to participate in any or all of the events and activities can register for Homecoming online at www.tusculum.edu/homecoming or by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at 423-636-7303.

Registration kicks off Friday, Oct. 9, at 8 a.m. in the Living Room of Niswonger Commons and will last until 4 p.m. Also hosted in the Living Room from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. will be the “Memory Lane” display, where visitors can view outfits, yearbooks, slideshows, newspapers and pictures of Tusculum’s past.

A trip to Bright’s Zoo is scheduled at 10 a.m. on Friday. Located in Limestone, Tenn., Bright’s Zoo is home to a variety of rare species. Transportation and a boxed lunch will be provided. Those staying close to campus can enjoy a picnic lunch with Tusculum College students at 11:30 a.m. on the terrace of the Thomas J. Garland Library.

At 1 p.m., the President’s Society, a group of elite residential students, will provide a guided tour of the campus to give visitors a chance to rediscover their alma mater.

Also scheduled for Friday afternoon is the Homecoming 2015 Golf Tournament at Link Hills Golf Course. Scramble format will be used with handicap system for a net division and gross division. Registration is at noon with shotgun start at 1 p.m. Alumni, spouses, faculty, staff and friends are invited to participate.

Dinner will be provided for participants in the golf tournament as well as those who may want to join them following the tournament. There is a $20 fee for dinner for those not participating in the tournament. Reservations are required.

For those not participating in the golf tournament, the Doak House Museum will be hosting a free make and take workshop in the Pioneer Perk called “Keeping your Keepsakes” at 2 p.m. Attendees will learn about caring for important documents, such as old photographs and books. Additionally, participants will take home an archival acid-free box for their own keepsakes.

A buffet dinner will also be hosted at Link Hills on Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. Reservations are required. Friday night’s activities will conclude with a bonfire with current students.  The bonfire will begin at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday begins with a Memorial Service at 8 a.m. in the lobby of the Thomas J Garland Library. Join family and friends in honoring alumni who have passed since Homecoming 2014. Alumni breakfast is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Learn the latest about the Alumni Association and hear an update on the college at the annual Alumni Association Meeting at 10 a.m. The Sports Hall of Fame Induction, begins at 9:00 a.m., celebrating the newest Sports Hall of Fame award honorees.

Class photos will be taken at 11 a.m. outside the Niswonger Commons. Alumni who were in the Student Support Services program or ARCHES program are invited to the Student Support Services Luncheon. A cookout and other festivities will be hosted at the Patton House (near Pioneer Park).

The 12th Annual Homecoming Parade will begin at noon on Saturday along the route between the Charles Oliver Gray Complex and Pioneer Park featuring the Homecoming Court and the Tusculum College Pioneer Band, as well as a variety of entertainment. The Golden Pioneers, those alumni celebrating their 50th reunion year, will serve as Grand Marshals.

At 12:30 p.m., enjoy a Tusculum College Pioneer Tailgate Party. The marching band and cheerleaders will entertain during the meal. The Homecoming Game begins at 2:30 p.m. Cheer on the Pioneers as they take on Wingate University at Pioneer Field. Game tickets can be purchased at the gate.

The weekend will wrap-up with the Alumni and Friends Social Hour, which starts at 6 p.m. Saturday evening at the General Morgan Inn, followed by the Alumni and Friends Dinner at 7 p.m. DJ Donnie Bunch will be providing music beginning at 8 p.m.

Alumni are invited to attend First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville (110 N. Main Street), the mother church of the college, on Sunday morning. Early service will be held at 8:30 a.m., Sunday School will follow at 9:30 a.m., and the traditional service will begin at 10:45 a.m.

Sunday afternoon, the Tusculum soccer teams will be hosting Coker at the Pioneer Field. The women’s team plays at 1 p.m., followed by the men’s team at 4 p.m.

For more information on the specifics of events or to make your reservations, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 423-636-7303.

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Park Overall entertains with advice to students during lecture at Tusculum College

Posted on 25 September 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Park Overall, a 1981 Tusculum College alumna, returned to campus on Thursday, Sept. 24, to discuss how college affected her life and career.

Peppering the mostly student audience with life lessons dowsed in humor, Overall encouraged them to make use of their time in college to learn about music, art, law and other humanities topics that will help them to develop in to well-rounded citizens who can participate in the conversation of community.

“Do you think you’re here to learn something? You’re not,” she told the students. “You’re here to become a well-rounded person.” She added that it was critical to be able to carry on a conversation in the intellectual world about something other than their phones.

“You’ve got to learn to think critically. The world is not black and white. The world is as gray as gray can get. You’ve got to be able to talk about many different things.”

Her advice ranged from topics such as what poetry to read, the importance of knowing a second language and thinking for oneself and making one’s own decisions about what to believe and support.

She told the group that they needed to rely on themselves for finding information and deciding how to act on it. “Knowledge is power and power is knowledge.”

She credited her time at Tusculum with exposing her to a world other than her own, which she said helped her when she left Greeneville for more diverse, metropolitan areas like New York and Los Angeles. She credited the diversity among the students and faculty at Tusculum College with helping to develop her awareness that there was more beyond her small community.

She also set forth to the students a challenge. “Every one of you has to go back to your own communities and ask, ‘Am I a part of the village?’ The future is on you.” She encouraged them to not be indifferent, but to also not be zealots. She challenged them to be active participants in their world. “Take this education and become a useful member of your community. Carry your share of responsibility.”

The lecture was part of the Tusculum College Humanities Series, sponsored by the Tusculum College English Department. Overall was introduced by Tusculum student Emily Waryck, a junior creative writing and literature major from New Concord, Ohio.

After graduation from Tusculum College, Overall left Greeneville for Hollywood, finding success in movies and television, including the award-winning movie “Biloxi Blues” and the long-running NBC sitcom, “Empty Nest.”

She is also well-known in the region as a dynamic environmental and women’s’ rights activist and former candidate for the U.S. Senate.

In addition to her time here as a student, her mother, Frances, a 1940 graduate of Tusculum, returned to her alma mater as an English professor for many years and her father also taught courses at the school. She is also a descendent of one of the original board of directors at Greeneville College, the forerunner to what is now Tusculum College.

Park Overall '81 talks to students during her visit to her alma mater

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“Folksongs and the U.S. Labor Movement” to be presented in singing lecture at Tusculum College

Posted on 23 September 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

“Folksongs and the U.S. Labor Movement” will be the topic of a singing lecture planned for Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Tusculum College. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Behan Arena Theater in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center on the Greeneville campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Corey Dolgon

The unique lecture will be presented by Dr. Corey Dolgon, a folksinger and American culture and sociology professor at Stonehill College in Massachusetts, and will focus on the role that folksongs play in the U.S. labor movement, with Dr. Dolgon’s words and music bringing both history and theory to life.

Dr. Dolgon is a long-time labor activist and community organizer and has used folk songs to build solidarity on the line and engage students in the classroom. This singing lecture covers labor history from a multicultural perspective and examines the function of folk songs in workers’ lives, labor, and organizing.

Dr. Dolgon is the author of five books, including the forthcoming “Kill it to Save it: How American Common Sense is Killing Us.” He has also written numerous articles and book reviews which have appeared in anthologies, journals and magazines.

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Homecoming 2015 is only a few weeks away

Homecoming 2015 is only a few weeks away

Posted on 23 September 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Homecoming 2015 is coming very soon, and  many exciting events planned. A schedule for Homecoming weekend is below.

Register online today and be sure to let us  know where you are staying!

Thursday, October 8

All Day – Alumni Care Package Deliveries – Bring a goody basket or snacks to deliver to the current student(s) living in your old dorm room or apartment.  Call the Office of Alumni Relations at 423-636-7303 for details prior to October 2.

Hotel Crawl – College staff will be stopping by the local hotels to welcome alumni back to Greeneville.

  • Noon – General Morgan Inn
  • 12:30 – Days Inn
  • 1:00 – Econo Lodge
  • 1:30 – Hampton Inn
  • 2:00 – Quality Inn
  • 2:30 – Knight’s Inn (formerly  Charray Inn)

*Be sure to let us know where you are staying.

6:00 pm – 1960’s Alumni Party – Hosted by Ann ‘Butch’ Van Buskirk ’61 at her home.  For address and directions, please contact the Alumni Office at 423-636-7303.

Friday, October 9

8 am – 4 pm – Registration – Living Room of Niswonger Commons

9:00 am – 4:30 pm – Memory Lane  – Living Room of Niswonger CommonsTake a walk down memory lane as the staff of the Museums of Tusculum display outfits, slide shows, pictures from TC’s past, yearbooks and newspapers.

10 am – Bright’s Zoo – $30 – Located in Limestone, TN, Bright’s Zoo is home to many rare species.  Transportation will be provided.  To learn more, visit www.brightszoo.com.   A boxed lunch will be provided.

11:30 am  – Lunch with students – $10 – Enjoy lunch with students on the terrace of the Thomas J. Garland Library.  Reservations required.

1 pm – Campus Tours – Revisit and Rediscover.  The tour will showcase our growing and changing campus, and offer you the chance to experience Tusculum with the President’s Society, a group of elite residential college students.  Tours will depart from Garland Library lobby.

1 pm – Golf Tournament – $50 – Enjoy some friendly competition on the Link Hills Golf Course.  Scramble format will be used with handicap system for a net division and gross division.  Registration is at noon pm with shotgun start at 1 pm.  Alumni, spouses, faculty, staff and friends are invited to participate.  Dinner will be provided for participants in the golf tournament as well as those who may want to join them following the tournament.  The cost for dinner will be $20 for those not participating in the tournament.  Reservations are required.

2 pm – Keeping your Keepsakes – no charge – Will take place in the Perk.  Fun make and take workshop.  Learn to care for family photographs, documents, and old books like family Bibles. Participants will take home an archival acid-free box for safe storage of family keepsakes.

6 pm – Dinner at Link Hills – $20 – Join us for a buffet dinner.  Reservations are required.

Evening – Individual Class Gatherings

8:30 pm – Bonfire – Enjoy the annual Homecoming Bonfire with current students.

Saturday, October 10

8 am – 10 am – Registration – Living Room of Niswonger Commons

8 am – Memorial Service – Garland Library Lobby – Join us in remembering alumni who have passed away since Homecoming 2014.

8:30 am – Alumni Breakfast – $15 –Chalmers Conference Center – Come enjoy breakfast with alumni and friends.

9:00 am –Sports Hall of Fame Induction – no charge – Chalmers – Come celebrate the newest sports hall of fame award honorees.

10 am – Alumni Awards and Alumni Meeting – Old Gym –no charge Celebrate the newest alumni, learn the latest about the alumni association, and hear an update on the College.

11 am – Class Photos – $10 – In front of Niswonger Commons

11 am – Student Support Services Luncheon – $3 – Alumni who were in the Student Support Services program or ARCHES are invited to a cookout and other festivities at the Patton House.

Noon – Homecoming Parade – Watch the 12th Annual Homecoming Parade along the route between the Charles Oliver Gray Complex and Pioneer Park.  The Golden Pioneers will serve as Grand Marshals.

12:30 pm – Tailgate – $10 – Enjoy a Tusculum College Pioneer Tailgate Party.

2:30 – Tusculum Pioneer Football vs. Wingate – Cheer on the Pioneers as they take on Wingate at Pioneer Field.  Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth preceding the game.

6 pm – Alumni and Friends Social Hour – General Morgan Inn

7 pm – Alumni and Friends Dinner – General Morgan Inn – $40 – Join us at the General Morgan Inn for dinner.  A cash bar will be available throughout the evening.

8 pm – Alumni and Friends Music and Fellowship – $10 (no dinner) DJ Donnie Bunch will provide music.

Sunday, October 11

Attend the church of your choice.  First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville (110 N. Main Street) is the mother church of the College.  Early service at 8:30 am, Sunday School at 9:30 am, the traditional service at 10:45 am.  Learn more at www.firstpresgreeneville.org.

1 pm – Tusculum Women’s Soccer hosts Coker at Pioneer Field.

4 pm – Tusculum Men’s Soccer hosts Coker at  Pioneer Field.

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Learn the latest about your fellow alumni

Learn the latest about your fellow alumni

Posted on 22 September 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

’80s

Bruce Lay ’89 has been named executive director of school leadership for the Oak Ridge School System. Lay previously served in the system as the principal of Robertsville Middle School. A native of Louisville, Ky., Lay has been in education for 33 years. He taught for 11 years prior to becoming a principal in 1993. Prior to joining the Oak Ridge system, Lay was an administrator in the Anderson County School system.

 

’90s

Marlyss Corriher ’97 is in her first year as a first-grade teacher at Crestline Elementary School in Mountain Brook, AL. A native Alabamian, Corriher has 22 years of teaching experience and was named Teacher of the Year for 2014-15 at her former school, Yates Primary in Cleveland, TN.

 

’00s

Calvin Decker ’00 is now serving as assistant principal and athletic director of Morristown-Hamblen High School West. He has 27 years of education experience, with 18 years in the classroom and nine years as an assistant or head principal. He has previously served as assistant principal and athletic director at Morristown-Hamblen High School East.

 

Susanne (Chesney) and Craig Pritchett ’03 ’03 are both in new positions at Brevard High School in Brevard, NC. Susanne is teaching physical education and health at the school while Craig is teaching weight training and serving in his first year as head football coach. Both had taught at Ridgeland High School in Rossville, GA, prior to moving to Brevard. Craig taught graphic design and served as assistant football coach at Ridgeland while Susanne taught business and marketing. She will begin her study to obtain her specialist degree in January. In addition to his degree in graphic design from Tusculum, Craig has earned a master’s degree in kinesiology from Georgia Southern. He was inducted in the Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

 

Lauralie Rubel ’04 has been named state president of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. in Iowa. In her new position, she will serve Iowa Medicaid, the Iowa Health and Wellness plan, and the Healthy and Well Kid in Iowa programs. She will also lead WellCare’s efforts to care for Iowans who participate in the state’s seven home- and community-based services waiver programs. Most recently, she served as WellCare’s vice president of market development. Since joining WellCare in 2005 as director of provider relations, she had held leadership roles of increasing responsibility, including serving as the vice president of provider strategy, vice president of market initiatives for the launch of the company’s Medicaid business in Kentucky, chief operating officer for Atlanta and north Georgia, and vice president of training. She has also held leadership roles at UHS-Pruitt Corporation, Humana and Covenant Health.

 

Matt DeMartini ’06 has been named head soccer coach for the Hackettstown High School boys soccer team in Hackettstown, NJ. DeMartini has served as assistant at Warren County High School for the past two years. Matt has played professionally in Poland and the U.S.

Emory Cain ’08 has been chosen as the new girls basketball coach at Pigeon Forge High School. He previously has coached boys and girls basketball at both the high School and middle school levels in Seymour.

 

’10s

Danielle Armstrong ’12 is featured writer in Boarder Crossing, an annual literary and arts journal, published by the Lake Superior State University Creative Writing Program. Her piece is titled, “Elliot Goodacre Survives the Flood.”

 

Justin Reed ’13 has been nominated for Sundress’s “Best of the Net” anthology with his poem, “The Forgetting Episodes.” He is a master of fine arts candidate in poetry at Washington University in St. Louis. His poetry appears in Anti-Rattle, and Connotation Press, and is forthcoming in Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color. YesYes Books will release his first chapbook, A History of Flamboyance, in 2015.

 

 

 

 

’40s

Mary Mae Kyker ’48 of Telford, TN, passed away September 12, 2015. A career educator, her first position took her to Baileyton High School as a teacher of English and Spanish and as the librarian from 1948-57. She then taught English and Spanish and served as librarian at Washington College Academy from 1957-71, where she also served as assistant to the dean of girls. In 1971, she became librarian at David Crockett High School and served there until her retirement in 1987. Recognized for her accomplishments in education, Miss Kyker was listed in the World’s Who’s Who of Women, 1973; Personalities of the South, 1975-76; and Who’s Who of American Women, 1975-76. She was a member of Telford Grace Brethren Church, where she served as Sunday School teacher for youth and adult classes over the year and in Vacation Bible School. Miss Kyker served as a deaconess of the church and as the librarian. She loved reading and tracing genealogy.

 

’50s

Richard Sherwood “Dick” King ’51 of Russellville, TN, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2015. A talented athlete, Mr. King played football, basketball and tennis at Tusculum. After graduating from Tusculum and with help of his former coach, Petie Siler, he started the Golden Gloves Boxing program in Morristown, TN. A successful boxer himself, he coached the Morristown team for almost 30 years. His survivors include his wife and Tusculum alumna Betty McAmis King ’50.

 

The Rev. Howard Wallis “Wally” Dobson ’53 passed away on September 3, 2015. Rev. Dobson was retired from the U.S. Air Force as a chaplain. He served in the Air Force for 20 years, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel. In retirement, Rev. Dobson was active in the community as long as his health permitted, having been a substitute teacher in the city and county schools systems, a therapist and case manager with the mental health center, a sales agent with Coldwell Banker Associated Realty Group and pastor of Mount Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Cross Anchor. He also served as interim pastor of Ryder Presbyterian Church near Bluff City for four years. Rev. Dobson served for a year as commander of the American Legion Post No.64 and  was a member of the board of directors of Greene County Habitat for Humanity, serving as chairman of that organization’s site selection, church relations and construction committees. Rev. Dobson was also a member of the Greeneville Noon Exchange Club and served on the board, and was also a member of the Andrew Johnson Amateur Radio Club. He retired in June 2001 as chaplain of the Greeneville unit of the Civil Air Patrol, having served since 1995 in that role. Among his passions, in addition to preaching and teaching the Bible, were motorcycles, cars and automotive mechanics in general, flying airplanes and teaching instrument flying, amateur radio and the Bible Fellowship Net, of which he was a devoted member for many years, gardening and canning tomatoes and pickles; and all team sports: playing, coaching, and “spectating.”

 

’70s

George Patrick Ryan ’75 of Woodbridge Township, NJ, passed away on September 7, 2015, after a long illness. A veteran, Mr. Ryan had served in the U.S. Navy. He owned and operated the George P. Ryan, CPA Accounting Firm in Woodbridge. He was a communicant of St. James Roman Catholic Church in Woodbridge, a member of the Historical Society of Woodbridge and a Boy Scout troop leader. He was also a lifelong supporter and fan of the Woodbridge High School football program. After graduating from Tusculum, Ryan continued to remain involved with his Alma Mater including promoting the College to high school students in the area. He volunteered at college fairs in the area representing Tusculum. Mr. Ryan was recognized for his contributions to his Alma Mater at Homecoming 2014 when he was selected to receive the Pioneer Award, the highest honor given by the Alumni Association. His daughter Ciara is currently a Tusculum student.

 

John A. Keasling ’75 of Morristown, TN, passed away September 16, 2015.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Mr. Keasling worked in the radiology department of Takoma Medical Associates and was later a part-time teacher at the Adventist School in Morristown. He was an active member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Morristown.

 

’80s

Janie Ruth McCamey Larkin ’86 of Midway, TN, passed on September 21, 2015. Mrs. Larkin was retired from Phillips Consumer Electronics as an accountant. She attended St. Joseph Free Will Baptist Church, where she served as treasurer. Mrs. Larkin had served on the Board of Directors and as treasurer of the Opportunity House. She was known for her loving heart and willingness to help anyone. Her survivors include husband and Tusculum alumnus Billy Larkin ’67.

 

’90s

Steve Hatmaker ’98 of Clinton, TN, passed away on July 17, 2015. Mr. Hatmaker joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1983 and later retired as a gunnery sergeant. He then returned to Clinton and earned his bachelor’s degree from Tusculum. Mr. Hatmaker then embarked on his second career, this one in law enforcement. He served with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

 

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A note for parents from the President

A note for parents from the President

Posted on 22 September 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

 

 

 

 

During our first Block Break of this academic year, there was tremendous excitement on campus as students, faculty and staff participated in a wide variety of activities, getting to know one another outside the classroom. As part of these “Orange Rush” activities, we, as a campus community, participated in Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day. “Nettie Day” is named for Nettie Fowler McCormick, one of the College’s first benefactors, and for whom McCormick Hall was named. Nettie was known, in addition to her generosity to Tusculum College, for her insistence on clean living environments. In the earlier days students would wear white gloves and “check” the cleanliness of campus buildings and offices, as Nettie used to inspect students’ rooms and give them the “white glove treatment” when she visited the campus. Nettie Day, which began in 1913, has evolved to take on a more generalized community service emphasis that supports the College’s mission and civic arts emphasis. Today Nettie Day is our introduction our new students, to Tusculum College’s commitment to service.

Reflective decision-making, concern for others, and action to make the world a better place are and have for 222 years been ingrained in the key values of this institution. It is a hallmark of the Tusculum student and the Tusculum alumni. Tusculum strives to encourage in its students a commitment to service and to make the world a better place for us all. Additionally, academic studies have shown tremendous benefit from participation in community service, including an increased emphasis on priorities that value and honor intimate relationships, an increased confidence when facing adversity and increased joy in daily life. Nettie Day 2015 was a resounding success, and is one of the many reasons I am very proud to be part of this community.

 

Best Regards,

 

 

Nancy B. Moody, PhD

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Park Overall to discuss “Life After Tusculum” during lecture at Tusculum College

Posted on 21 September 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Park Overall, a 1981 Tusculum College alumna, returns to campus on Thursday, Sept. 24, to discuss how college affected her life and career.

The lecture is part of the Tusculum College Humanities Series, sponsored by the Tusculum College English Department and will begin at 7 p.m. in the Chalmers Conference Room in Niswonger Commons on the Greeneville campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Park Overall '81

Overall will speak for approximately 30 minutes about how Tusculum College and in particular, the arts program, helped shape her life after graduation. She will then open the floor to a question and answer session with the audience.

Overall left Greeneville for Hollywood, finding success in movies and television, including the award-winning movie “Biloxi Blues” and the long-running NBC sitcom, “Empty Nest.”

She is also well-known in the region as a dynamic environmental and women’s’ rights activist and former candidate for the U.S. Senate.

In addition to her time here as a student, her mother, Frances, a 1940 graduate of Tusculum, returned to her alma mater as an English professor for several years.

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Tusculum College’s Dr. David Smith receives Dissertation of the Year award

Posted on 17 September 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Dr. David Smith, director of Student Support Services at Tusculum College, has been recognized as the 2015 Dissertation of Year winner by the Southern Association for College Student Affairs.

Dr. Smith’s dissertation, “Unintended Consequences of Collegiate Living-Learning Community Programs at a Public University,” was the top selection from numerous entries from candidates across the southeastern United States.

Dr. David Smith

As winner, Dr. Smith will present his research at the 2015 SACSA conference in Greenville, S.C. this fall. His research is unique in that most scholarship focusing on collegiate living-learning community programs documents intended and largely positive outcomes. Dr. Smith’s research, however, chronicles occurrences of unintended and sometimes negative consequences of living-learning community programming—a phenomena heretofore largely absent from research literature.

The Southern Association for College Student Affairs encourages and supports dissertation research. “Scholarship and research are cornerstones to increasing the understanding of issues impacting students and the student affairs profession,” said Dr. Mary Alice Varga, research Committee Chair for SACSA

Dr. Smith joined Tusculum in 1997. In addition to his doctorate, he holds an associate’s degree from Mountain Empire Community College as well as a bachelor’s and master’s degree from East Tennessee State University.

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Constitution Day marked on Tusculum campus

Posted on 17 September 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Constitution Day 2015 was marked on the Tusculum College campus with the kick off of a voter’s registration drive.

Members of the Tusculum College Student Government Association manned a booth in the Niswonger commons student center on Thursday, Sept. 17, to assist students and others who were interested in registering to vote.

“Today’s activities kick off a week-long drive to get as many people registered as possible,” said Michael Fernando, Student Government Association president and a senior accounting, general management and international business and economics major.

Following Thursday’s kick-off, students in Professor Jeff Lokey’s “Political Traditions of the West” course will pick up the efforts, going class to class to assist students who wish to register to vote.

Fernando said that on Friday, Sept. 25, there will be a wrap up celebration event in which they will hopefully be able to report significant numbers of new voters registered.

Additionally, resources and activities related to Constitution Day are currently available on the Tusculum College website at http://www.tusculum.edu/academics/constitution.html.

Resources include a direct link to the Constitution of the United States of America document, as well as resources for learning more about the Constitution and about Constitution Day.

In 1956, in order to encourage all Americans to learn more about the Constitution, Congress established Constitution Week, to begin each year on September 17, the date in 1787 when delegates to the Convention signed the Constitution. In 2004, September 17, officially became Constitution Day.

 

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Tusculum students provide a day of service as part of campus tradition

Tusculum students provide a day of service as part of campus tradition

Posted on 16 September 2015 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College students, faculty, staff and alumni demonstrated the college’s commitment to both learning and serving on Tuesday, Sept. 15, as they spent the day helping others and improving the community.

All freshmen and first-year transfer students participated in Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day as part of the Tusculum Experience course. Many other students, faculty, staff and alumni also volunteered. Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day is one of the longest-held traditions on the Tusculum campus and involves students spending time in service to others.

“Community engagement is a key element of the Tusculum College experience,” said Ronda Gentry, director of the Center for Civic Advancement and coordinator of the event. “Nettie Day serves as an introduction to our new students and a reminder to our entire community of the importance and value of community involvement.”

Students hosted a “fun field day” for local elementary school students in the morning. The day was complete with water balloons, limbo games, jump ropes and hula hoops. In the afternoon volunteers worked to spruce up the campus, mending fences at the Doak House Museum, painting in the residence halls and house, landscaping across campus and de-molding books at the President Andrew Johnson Library and Museum.

Tusculum College students and Greene County elementary school students pass a hula hoop to each other during one of the Field Day activities on campus Tuesday morning.

This year, Nettie Day was held as part of the Orange Rush activities on campus, which included a variety of activities to engage new students and encourage them to get involved on campus and in the community. Service activities were conducted at all the Tusculum sites and campus, including Greeneville, Knoxville, Morristown and Kingsport. Nearly 600 volunteers participated.

“Reflective decision-making, concern for others, and action to make the world a better place are and have for 222 years been ingrained in the key values of this institution,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College. “It is a hallmark of the Tusculum College student and the Tusculum College alumni.”

Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day, which is conducted under the auspices of the Center for Civic Advancement, honors the memory and altruistic way of life of Nettie Fowler McCormick, widow of reaper inventor Cyrus McCormick, who was a 19th century supporter and advocate of Tusculum College. The McCormicks, staunch Presbyterians from Chicago, learned of Tusculum College through Tusculum graduates who attended their McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and became some of the most significant donors in the college’s history.

Tusculum College students work to repair the fence at the Doak House Museum as part of Nettie Day on campus.

Nettie McCormick is recognized as the college’s first Benefactor, a term that in Tusculum usage denotes a donor whose cumulative gifts total at least $1 million. Nettie McCormick funded construction of several of Tusculum’s historic structures, including Haynes Hall, Rankin Hall, Welty-Craig Hall, Virginia Hall and McCormick Hall, which is named after the McCormick family.

McCormick Day, now often informally called Nettie Day at the college, began as a day of cleaning the campus in reflection of Nettie McCormick’s insistence on clean living environments. The day has evolved to take on a more generalized community service emphasis.

To view more photos from Nettie Day, visit Tusculum’s Facebook page.

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Dr. Desirae Matherly has work featured in anthology

Posted on 16 September 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College’s Dr. Desirae Matherly, associate professor of English, will have an essay featured in “After Montaigne, Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essays.”

The anthology focuses on the work of Michel de Montaigne and will be available in September in both hardback and ebook from the University of Georgia Press.

Each of the 28 contributors to the collection has selected one of Montaigne’s 107 essays and written his or her own essay of the same title and on the same theme, using a quote from Montaigne’s essay as an epigraph.

Dr. Matherly’s essay is titled, “On the Power of the Imagination.”

Dr. Desirae Matherly

The collection is edited by David Lazar, professor in the nonfiction program at Columbia College Chicago, and Patrick Madden, associate professor of English at Brigham Young University.

Dr. Matherly teaches writing at Tusculum College and serves as nonfiction editor for “The Tusculum Review.” Her most recent essays appear in “Hotel Amerika,” “Descant” and “Red Holler: An Anthology of Contemporary Appalachian Literature.” Four of her essays have made the Notable List in “The Best American Essays,” and one essay was anthologized in “The Best Creative Nonfiction.”

Dr. Matherly earned a Ph.D in creative writing, nonfiction as well as a Master of Arts in creative writing, nonfiction both from Ohio University. She received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and English from East Tennessee State University and was a Harper Fellow at the University of Chicago.

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Tusculum College students to provide a day of service in the community as part of campus tradition

Posted on 15 September 2015 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College students will demonstrate the college’s commitment to both learning and serving on Tuesday, Sept. 15, as they spend a day helping others and improving the community.

All freshmen and first-year transfer students will participate in Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day as part of the Tusculum Experience course. Many other students, faculty, staff and alumni have also made plans to volunteer. Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day is one of the longest-held traditions on the Tusculum campus and involves students spending time in service to others. Some of the projects that the students will undertake include working with local non-profit organizations and schools.

“Community engagement is a key element of the Tusculum College experience,” said Ronda Gentry, director of the Center for Civic Advancement and coordinator of the event. “Nettie Day serves as an introduction to our new students and a reminder to our entire community of the importance and value of community involvmenet.”

This year, Nettie Day will be part of the Orange Rush activities on campus, which include a variety of activities to engage new students and encourage them to get involved on campus and in the community. Service activities will be conducted at all the Tusculum sites and campus, including Greeneville, Knoxville, Morristown and Kingsport.

Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day, which is conducted under the auspices of the Center for Civic Advancement, honors the memory and altruistic way of life of Nettie Fowler McCormick, widow of reaper inventor Cyrus McCormick, who was a 19th century supporter and advocate of Tusculum College. The McCormicks, staunch Presbyterians from Chicago, learned of Tusculum College through Tusculum graduates who attended their McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and became some of the most significant donors in the college’s history.

Nettie McCormick is recognized as the college’s first Benefactor, a term that in Tusculum usage denotes a donor whose cumulative gifts total at least $1 million. Nettie McCormick funded construction of several of Tusculum’s historic structures, including Haynes Hall, Rankin Hall, Welty-Craig Hall, Virginia Hall and McCormick Hall, which is named after the McCormick family.

McCormick Day, now often informally called Nettie Day at the college, began as a day of cleaning the campus in reflection of Nettie McCormick’s insistence on clean living environments. The day has evolved to take on a more generalized community service emphasis.

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