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Tusculum to begin offering associate degree in general studies

Tusculum to begin offering associate degree in general studies

Posted on 30 October 2015 by

Tusculum College will begin offering an associate degree program for the first time in fall of 2016, and enrollment in the program is now open.

“Tusculum College is continually serving the region by providing degree programs that meet the educational goals of the students we serve,” said Dr. Ron May, vice president for academic affairs. “By adding an associate degree program, we are recognizing that many of our students are first-generation college students and the idea of a four-year degree may be intimidating. This new program gives students a milestone for measuring their success. We certainly hope they will consider continuing on to complete a four-year degree program.”

The program, which will be offered in both the residential and the Graduate and Professional Studies programs, will offer students the opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts in general studies degree, which may also be applied to any four-year program.

Students in the program will take all general education courses, as well as a minimum of 19 hours of elective courses that can be concentrated in a major area or taken in a variety of major areas as a way of exploration of potential career paths.

“The associate degree can introduce students to the college process and academic coursework,” said Dr. May. “When they complete the program, they may choose to enter the employment market or apply their associate degree toward a four-year program. We are very excited about giving prospective students another option to begin their journey into higher education.”

Students enrolled in the associate degree program will have the same benefits and eligibilities as those enrolled in four-year programs, including access to athletics, student support services, tutoring and financial aid. All veteran’s benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon Program, may be used toward the associate degree.

“Students interested in starting our associate degree program will apply in the same manner as any of our other programs,” said LeAnn Hughes, vice president for marketing and enrollment management. “This program is another offering we have that extends our spectrum of academic programs. Students may choose this option, a four year program and later an advanced degree. All of our counselors are happy to meet with prospective students and provide guidance about which options are best for their goals.”

In addition to federal financial aid options, the Hope Scholarship, as well as Tennessee Promise funding, may be used toward the Tusculum College associate degree program.

Hughes added that this is also a way to make a student’s choice of education affordable. “Students who wish to attend Tusculum College may now do so in the associate degree program and apply Tennessee Promise dollars toward that degree.”

Anyone interested in enrolling in the Associate of Arts in general studies program should contact the Tusculum College Office of Admission at 800-729-0256 or visit

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Knoxville Regional Center honors patron Nettie Fowler McCormick

Posted on 30 October 2015 by

Tusculum College honored patron Nettie Fowler McCormick during their annual service day in September.

Faculty, staff and students from the Knoxville Regional Center came together on September 15 and 16to honor McCormick by spending their service day working at CAC Beardsley Community Farm. The group from Tusculum College picked 40 pounds of Muscadine grapes, 15 pounds of greens, cleared old crops, watered plants, weeded, and much more.

CAC Beardsley Community Farm is located on the former grounds of Beardsley Junior High School near downtown Knoxville. Their mission is to educate people about organic and urban gardening while giving support to community members by showing them how to grow their own food.

All the vegetables raised at the farm are donated to the Family Crisis Center, Bridge Refugee Services, Knoxville Area Rescue Mission (KARM), and Western Heights Baptist Center. Volunteers are always needed and groups are able to visit the farm to learn more about nutrition, the environment, and teamwork.

“Beardsley Farm is run by such a special group of selfless people,” said student Rhonda Thompson of Knoxville. “I am honored and humbled to have helped them feed area families. I find it astounding that more than 10,000 pounds of fresh produce are grown and donated by this amazing organization each year.”



By Kayla Freeman, freshman business major from Charleston, S.C.

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Canned Food Drive

Canned Food Drive at Tusculum College to support Community Food Bank

Posted on 30 October 2015 by

Time is running out to help provide Thanksgiving for those in need, as the annual Canned Food Drive at Tusculum College will end Friday, Nov. 6. The event is sponsored each year by Sodexo, who has partnered with the Center for Civic Engagement for the third year of the drive.

For those who wish to donate, labelled white boxes are located at all major buildings around the Greeneville campus, including McCormick Hall, the Thomas J. Garland Library and the Niswonger Commons.

“I’m going home for Thanksgiving to have a feast with my family, but I know others aren’t as lucky,” said Brock Hakalmazian, a senior business major from Fort Worth, Tx. “I think it’s great Tusculum College is investing in the community and blessing local families with food for the holidays.”

Dr. Ronda Gentry, director of the CCE, said, “I always ask people, ‘What would you like to eat?’ Donate what you would want to eat, what you would want your family to eat.”

Last year, the campaign brought in a total of 196 pounds of food. This year, Dr. Gentry hopes to double that.

All donated goods go to the Greeneville/Greene County Community Ministries Food Bank, which will handle distribution. Many families in the area depend on the Food Bank to help put food on their tables, especially with the holiday season rapidly approaching.

“Many families in Greene County live below the poverty line,” said Dr. Gentry. “They don’t have access to a lot of foods.”

The Canned Food Drive is not limited to just canned goods. The CCE will accept any nonperishable items, including jars and boxes of food. For example, boxed pasta and jarred spaghetti sauce would be greatly appreciated, as would boxes of stuffing and jars of gravy. Donations must be placed in the boxes around Tusculum College’s Greeneville campus.

To learn more about the Greeneville/ Greene County Community Ministries Food Bank, visit

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


By Madilyn Elliott, senior journalism and professional writing major from Hampton

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Campaign seeks to upgrade publications lab

Campaign seeks to upgrade publications lab

Posted on 28 October 2015 by

Madilyn Elliott, a senior journalism and professional writing major from Hampton, Tenn., will graduate with experience in writing, production, design, editing and management from her time spent in the Tusculum College publications lab, so will Jonathon Dennis, Sarah Holly, Matthew Pierce and Kiah McIsaac.

These are a few of the students who currently learn these skills in a publications lab with computer equipment and software nearly a decade old. To support and expand these opportunities, students are starting a campaign to raise funds for new equipment for the student-run publications lab at Tusculum College.

“Not only the software but the equipment in the publications lab is out of date,” said Holly, a creative writing major from Johnson City, Tenn. “The way the “Tusculum Review” literary journal databases have to be set up, an internet connection must be established before students can access any files. Recently, we’ve been having several issues maintaining this connection, which makes it difficult to meet our deadlines. At this stage, new equipment is integral to efficient production.”

Students in a variety of degree programs get hands-on training working in the Tusculum College Publications Lab.

Students use this aging publications lab to produce the student-run newspaper, social media and magazine. They can also become involved with the “Tusculum Review.”

Elliott, editor of the “Tusculum Manifesto,” said, “Good writing is born of experience, not from classroom lecture. Tusculum is one of the few colleges that recognizes, even as undergraduates, we won’t excel without these opportunities to get out there, interview, edit and be involved in the entire publication process.”

“Being involved with the publication lab at Tusculum College taught me how to work as a part of a team and to meet deadlines. It also serves as a great place for students to meet and collaborate on ideas for their productions,” said Melissa Mauceri, a 2014 graduate of Tusculum College. Mauceri is currently working in the public relations field in Michigan.

Heather Patterson, associate professor of English and chair of the English department, added that students also learn the ins and outs of navigating a publications office, from database management to pagination and layout.

Any donations made to improve the publications lab will be use to purchase new computers and up-to-date software used to design, edit and publish. An anonymous patron will match, dollar-for-dollar, all donations up to $3,000.

Publications Lab is used for a variety of student produced publications, including the student newspaper and Frontier Magazine

Checks may be made payable to Tusculum College, noting this is for the Publications Lab, and may be mailed to P.O. Box 5040, Greeneville, TN 37743. For more information, contact Heather Patterson at or 423-636-7300, ext. 5697.


By Stephanie Turner, senior journalism and professional writing major from Shelbyville

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Campus community mourns loss of beloved Chaplain Mark Stokes

Campus community mourns loss of beloved Chaplain Mark Stokes

Posted on 27 October 2015 by

Mark Stokes was known for his quick wit and good nature. A trustee has reflected that "just seeing his warm smile, genuine greeting and interest in you is God’s message to all of us. Thank you Mark for living God’s message of loving others."

The Tusculum College community suffered the loss of one of its most respected and beloved members with the passing of Chaplain Mark Stokes on the evening of October 13.

Both Mark and his wife, Jeanne, are among the most well known and respected representatives of Tusculum College in the community at large. In his 26 years at Tusculum, Mark provided leadership in a variety of areas at Tusculum including admission, student affairs, development and facilities management and had been commissioned as chaplain in February 2014. Jeanne Stokes joined Tusculum more than 20 years ago and serves as the director of the TRIO Programs.

“Mark Stokes made an incredible impact on Tusculum College, this community and the lives of all those with whom he came into contact,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum. “Mark’s faith served as a beacon for others and his smile a light of friendship.  He was solid, quick with a laugh and worked as hard as he could to get the things done he was asked to do. He was part of the ‘Over the Hill’ gang who came to breathe life back into Tusculum College when it needed it badly and was the last of those to remain here.

“In his more than 25 years at the College, Mark was a chameleon, doing whatever task was needed to be done to advance the College as long as it was moral, ethical and legal. He was beloved by all and made a special place in his heart for students. As chaplain he became known for having an open door to our students, providing an ear when they were in times of trouble, indecision or crisis. He and Jeanne on several occasions opened their home to students in need. He was so well suited in his final role at the college, as chaplain and liaison for community relations. It just suited him. He was a true representative of Tusculum College. He was the kind of person that just cannot be replaced.”

Stokes came to Tusculum in 1989 as vice president of enrollment management, heading Tusculum’s admission efforts. Through the years, he also headed student affairs, institutional advancement, facilities management and served as vice president of administration, overseeing such diverse areas as the museums, information systems and building projects.

In addition, Stokes served Tusculum as its primary liaison with the Presbyterian Church USA for many years. He attended meetings of the Holston Presbytery and Presbytery of East Tennessee as Tusculum’s representative, served on committees of both presbyteries and helped coordinate College Days for both presbyteries, in which representatives from Tusculum would speak about the College during church services. He coordinated the annual Theologian-in-Residence lecture series for many years. He also coordinated the updating and renewal of covenants between the College and the Holston Presbytery, the Presbytery of East Tennessee and the Synod of Living Waters.

Mark Stokes was recognized for 25 years of service of Tusculum College in 2014. He is wearing a stole that was made for him to celebrate his commissioning as chaplain.

After the retirement of long-time chaplain Dr. Steve Weisz, Stokes assumed responsibility for weekly chapel services and special services for Christmas and Easter as part of his duties as then director of church and community relations. He also began three years of study to be commissioned as a Ruling Elder (formerly known as a Lay Pastor) in Holston Presbytery and the Presbyterian Church (USA). After commissioning as a Ruling Elder, he was commissioned as chaplain at Tusculum in February 2014 and again during the Tusculum College Sunday service at First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville the following April.

Stokes was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church in Greeneville, serving in important leadership roles there as well including elder, teacher and choir member.

He was also well known in the community for his significant roles in the Kiwanis Club of Greeneville, as a member of the Green Coat Committee of the Greene County Partnership and other community organizations. Stokes served twice as president of the Greeneville Kiwanis Club and was a former Lt. Governor of the Kiwanis division of which the local club is part.

A memorial service for Stokes on campus is being planned and will be announced once details are confirmed.

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Homecoming 2015 brings around 200 alumni back to campus

Homecoming 2015 brings around 200 alumni back to campus

Posted on 27 October 2015 by

Around 200 alumni returned to campus for Homecoming 2015 for two fun-filled days of activities October 9 and 10.

Homecoming activities began Friday morning with a “Memory Lane” display of photos, yearbooks and items from days of Tusculum past organized by the Museums of Tusculum that was visited by a number of alumni as they registered for activities.

Members of the winning team in the Gross Division of the golf tournament were Bill Smith, left, and Eldon Duncan. Not available for the photo were Bob Bowers and Jack Kilday.

A group of alumni also visited Bright’s Zoo, a local attraction owned and operated by two Tusculum alumni that features a number of endangered species. Other alumni enjoyed a “lunch with students” sharing stories of their time at Tusculum with current students and in turn, learning about today’s student experience at Tusculum from some of the leaders on campus.

Although the weather had looked threatening during the morning, skies cleared and those competing in the annual golf tournament had ideal conditions for an afternoon on the links.

The Museums of Tusculum also had two events during the afternoon – Kathy Cuff, college archivist, shared a wealth of information about preserving keepsakes during a workshop in the Perk. A reception was held in the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library for a student exhibit that examines life on campus through the decades.

The Net Division winners in the golf tournament were Bob Pollock, Kathy Fuzer, and Richard Winant.

Saturday morning began with a memorial service, remembering the more than 40 alumni who had passed away since Homecoming 2014. Following a breakfast for alumni, the three newest inductees into the Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame were recognized – Dr. Jarrell NeSmith’09,Corey Russell ’09 and Josh Wolff ’06. NeSmith and Russell were recognized for their outstanding careers on the gridiron while Wolff was honored for his achievements on the baseball diamond.

Recognition of four deserving individuals highlighted the annual Alumni Association meeting. Santo Cicirello ’63 was recognized with the Pioneer Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association. In presenting the award, Dr. Larry Brotherton ’70 described Cicirello as a “champion” of his Alma Mater. Cicirello serves on the Alumni Executive Board and is chairman of the Council on Church Relations for the College. He is passionate in his desire to see a chapel built on campus that would give students of all faiths a quiet place for meditation and reflection and encourages other alumni to give their loose change for the chapel.

The newest inductees into the Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame were honored Saturday morning. From left are Josh Wolff '06 (baseball), Corey Russell '09 (football) and Dr. Jarrell NeSmith '09 (football).

The Frontier Award, which recognizes a successful alumni who has graduated within the past 15 years, was presented to Marcus Holland ’05. Holland is a district manager for Walgreen’s and is now serving in western North Carolina. Holland has shared his inspiring story with Tusculum students, encouraging them to persevere to achieve their dreams.

The National Alumni Recognition Award was presented to Suzanne Richey ’14, director of college communications at Tusculum, not only for her excellence in promoting the College to the community at large but also her encouragement and mentoring of students who intern or have work study in her office.

Santo Cicirello '63 accepts the Pioneer Award from Dr. Larry Brotherton '70 during the Alumni Association meeting.

Dr. Melinda Dukes, professor of psychology, was presented the National Living Faculty Award. Dr. Dukes has been a part of the Tusculum College community since 1989. She was involved in the creation of the Civic Arts curriculum and has served in a variety of academic leadership positions, including as the vice president of academic affairs, before her return to the classroom this year.

The Alumni Association meeting also marked the conclusion of Lynn Battle ’62′s successful term as president. At the end of the meeting, Battle passed the gavel to Angelo Botta ’75, the incoming president.

The award winners were among the participants in the Homecoming Parade. The Golden Pioneer Class of 1965 served as marshals for the parade, which featured the student Homecoming Court, student organizations and the Tusculum Marching Band.

Bob Pollock '65 presented the Frontier Award to Marcus Holland '05.

Scrumptious barbecue and all the fixings were enjoyed during the Pioneer Pete Tailgate prior to the exciting football game. Alumni, students and community members also had the opportunity to sign a steel beam that was placed a week later at the topmost point of the new Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math. The Pioneers defeated nationally ranked foe Lenoir-Rhyne to complete an enjoyable afternoon.

Homecoming activities wound down with dinner, music and fellowship Saturday evening at the General Morgan Inn.

Make plans now to join in the fun next year – Homecoming 2016 will be October 21-22.


Suzanne Richey '14, director of college communications, is presented the National Alumni Recognition Award by Lynn Battle '62.








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Tusculum benefactor Verna June Meen remembered for ‘pioneering’ life

Tusculum benefactor Verna June Meen remembered for ‘pioneering’ life

Posted on 27 October 2015 by

In 2013, Verna June Meen was presented with the Distinguished Service Award during the President's Dinner. Presenting the award were Dr. Kenneth Bowman '70, chair of the College's Board of Trustees, and Dr. Nancy B. Moody, Tusculum's president.

One of Tusculum College’s most recent benefactors, Verna June Meen, passed away Saturday, Oct. 24, after a sudden illness.

Two weeks ago, Meen had attended a “topping out” ceremony for the new Center for Science and Math, which is named for her and her husband, and signed a steel beam that is now part of the framework for the highest point of the four-story building under construction.

Although coming late in her life, her relationship with Tusculum College was a natural as  Meen was a true “pioneer” throughout her life. Meen was born in Wolcottsville, Ind., with a strong sense of how education could change a person’s life. At a time when few women attended college, she set her sights on an accounting degree at Indiana University. With $80 and a merit scholarship, Meen set out to finance her education and worked her way through school, earning top marks. She worked hard, eventually graduating in two and two-thirds year.

Following graduation, Meen was highly recruited, receiving three job offers before earning her degree. Of the offers, she was most interested in one from Eastman Chemical Company, which she knew to be a good company. She looked up Kingsport on a map, accepted the position and found herself transplanted to East Tennessee as the very first female accountant at Eastman. She also purchased land, designed the house she would live in until her death and paid for its construction. Meen was independent and a woman of her own means.

She met Dr. Ronald Meen, a graduate of Toronto University, early in their years at Eastman. Dr. Meen was an organic dye chemist who courted her for years. She turned down his proposals of marriage, as she did not want to burden him with the responsibility of caring for her mother. However, shortly after the passing of her mother, Dr. Meen presented her a ring and asked her again. Not long thereafter she agreed and they were married. The two shared a life together that included summer trips to Canada, his home country, reading on the back deck and taking boat rides on Muskoka Lake. She also took care of his mother in her later years, initially staying with her in Canada before bringing her to Tennessee where she cared care for her in her home. Their marriage lasted until his death in 2008.

Meen signs the steel beam during the "topping out" ceremony for the new Center for Science and Math.

In her later years, Meen was a significant philanthropist, providing generous support to many non-profits in East Tennessee as well as Tusculum. Meen wanted to contribute to Tusculum as a way to honor her husband and provide educational opportunities for others, and the Ronald H. and Verna June Center for Math and Science will open in September 2016. She also established the Verna June Meen Endowed Scholarship Fund to be used primarily for female accounting majors and the Ronald H. Meen Endowed Distinguished Professorship in Chemistry. With her generosity, she became one of Tusculum’s benefactors, a term used to describe those who have given a total of $1 million or more to the College.


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Annual Tusculum/Carson-Newman Blood Bowl set for week of Nov. 9

Annual Tusculum/Carson-Newman Blood Bowl set for week of Nov. 9

Posted on 27 October 2015 by

Fans of the Tusculum Pioneers and Carson-Newman Eagles can support their team while aiding the East Tennessee Medic Regional Blood Center by participating in the 13th Annual Blood Drive Bowl in November.

The Blood Drive Bowl is part of the festivities leading up to the Saturday, Nov.14, game at Carson-Newman, where the two teams face-off at Burke Tarr Stadium in Jefferson City, TN. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m. Tusculum has been the top donor in eight of the previous 12 drives.

There will be several opportunities to donate blood.

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, Tusculum students, faculty, staff and fans may donate on the Knoxville campus from 2 – 6 p.m. Blood donations will also be taken at the following locations: Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Tusculum College Greeneville campus from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Tusculum College Morristown site at 420 West Morris Blvd., from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Donors should bring a valid driver’s license or other official photo ID in order to give blood. Medical prescreening and a free cholesterol test (no fasting necessary) will be provided at the sites. One donation a year exempts donors and their IRS dependents from paying blood supplier processing fees at any U.S. hospital.

The winning school will be announced at halftime of the Saturday football game. Tusculum leads the Blood Drive Bowl series 8-4.  The Pioneers won the inaugural title in 2003, again in 2005, and five consecutive years (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012) and again last year 2014. Carson-Newman has captured bragging rights four times (2004, 2006, 2007, and 2013).

For more information, contact the MEDIC Regional Blood Center at (865) 524-3074(865) 524-3074 or at


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Alumnus returns to campus to encourage psychology majors about graduate school

Alumnus returns to campus to encourage psychology majors about graduate school

Posted on 27 October 2015 by








Robert Arrowood speaks to psychology majors about his experiences in graduate school and how Tusculum prepared him for continuing his education.

Many alumni were back on campus during the recent Homecoming festivities and graduate Robert Arrowood ’14 took time to encourage students currently in the Tusculum College Psychology Department. Arrowood spoke to students in the current program at the invitation of the psychology faculty.

Arrowood is a currently graduate student working under Dr. Ralph W. Hood, Jr. in the Psychology of Religion Lab at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Tusculum College and is currently working on his Master of Science in research psychology.

During his visit he talked with students about his research, including work in Terror Management Theory, in which he seeks to examine the interaction between death awareness and religious orientation to affect worldview defense. Additionally, he seeks to examine death awareness’s influence on larger aspects such as optimism, sexual interest and cognitive resources. He also has broader interests in social psychology and successful teaching practices.

While on campus for Homecoming, Arrowood was also one of the alumni who joined the Tusculum Marching Band for the Homecoming parade and performance during the game.

Additionally, Arrowood encouraged students to stay with the Tusculum College program, which he said prepared students exceptionally for the graduate school experience. He encouraged them to take a variety of courses and to start right aware exploring which fields hold the greatest interest for them as a career path.

Upon completion of his master’s degree, Arrowood seeks to further his graduate education in a doctoral program in social psychology.



Alumnus Tommy Turner ’76 of Georgia recently visited campus for the first time since leaving college. While vacationing with his wife in the East Tennessee area, Tommy decided to look up classmate and alumnus Larry Bible ’75. Both returned to campus to visit and recall memories from their time here. At right are Turner and Bible in front of Rankin Hall.



Dr. Gerald Miller ’85 retired from the Greene County School System and State of Tennessee in June after serving as an educator and administrator. In July, he accepted a position as principal of Glade Creek Elementary School in Alleghany County in North Carolina. Gerald’s son, Holden, graduated from high school in May and is now a freshman at St. Olaf College in Minnesota.



Libby Housewright ’05 has joined Jefferson Middle School in Jefferson City, TN, as a sixth grade teacher. She previously taught at Alpha Elementary School in Hamblen County.



Jessica Lee ’12 will graduate with her doctorate in physical therapy in December from East Tennessee State University.





Melina Villarreal Adkins ’07 of Bradenton, FL, welcomed the birth of a baby boy, Bronson James Adkins, on June 26, 2015.






Harold J. Waddle ’50 of Tusculum, TN, passed away October 22, 2015. Mr. Waddle was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After his military service, he became an educator. He served as principal and teacher at Midway School for a year and taught two years at Baileyton High School. Mr. Waddle’s career path then changed as he took a position at Magnavox, where he worked 30 years before his retirement. He served two terms on the Greene County Quarterly Court (now known as the County Commission). Mr. Waddle was an active member of the First Christian Church for many years and had served as an elder and Sunday school teacher. In recent years, he had attended Central Christian Church and Greenwood United Methodist Church. A sports enthusiast, he was a fan of the Tennessee Volunteers and the St. Louis Cardinals. For 25 years, he served as a high school basketball referee and was coordinator of the East Tennessee District for several years. His survivors include Tusculum alumni brother, the Rev. Richard Waddle ’57 and sister Marjorie Waddle Kruckeburg ’53.


Mrs. Beverly Hague McLaren ’55 of Edinboro, PA, passed away on August 14, 2015. She had been a longtime resident of Knoxville and Kingsport, TN, and later of Cocoa Beach, FL. Mrs. McLaren was employed for 20 years by the Department of Employment Security of the State of Tennessee at its Bristol office. She had retired in 1998. Her survivors include her husband of 61 years, Kenneth McLaren ’54.



Frank Wolpert ’61 of Social Circle, GA, passed away October 25, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. He was a long-time resident of New Jersey. He had served as CEO of Premier Packaging Consultants, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ.


Donald Lee Carter ’63 of Greeneville, TN, passed away October 18, 2015. A veteran, Mr. Carter had served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He had been retired for several years after having been involved in various businesses in Florida and in Greene County, including the former Towne Gate Motors in Greeneville, where he served as sales manager. Survivors include granddaughter and Tusculum alumna Jessica Wilhoit ’04.



Edith Greta Cockrum ’82 of Afton, TN, passed away October 10, 2015. She had returned to school later in life. Mrs. Cockrum was a member of First Baptist Church, where she was involved with the Women’s Missionary Union. She taught Bible study and served as voluntary missionary in Africa, where she was also involved in drought- and hunger-relief efforts and teaching literacy.



Dr. Josephine Boyd Bradley of Atlanta, GA, passed away on September 15, 2015. Born in Greenbsoro, NC, she was the first African-American to integrate Greensboro High School and graduated with honors. After earning her doctorate in African-American Studies from Emory University, she went on to a distinguished professional life as a writer, board member, department head and educator for six institutions of higher education, including Tusculum. She loved traveling, reading and writing.
Dr. Carol Hartman of Greeneville, TN, passed away October 5, 2015. Dr. Hartman had served as a teacher and principal in the Union, Grainger, Kingsport and Greeneville City School Systems. She had retired as a professor at Tusculum, where she taught in the School of Education. During her career, she had also been. affiliated with United Methodist Holston Home for Children. Dr. Hartman was a member of Hardin’s Chapel United Methodist Church. She was the first woman to be installed as a member of the Rotary Club in Greeneville. She had been a member of the Greene County Democrat Women’s Club, and in past years was a member of several professional organizations.


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Tusculum Students Take Barcelona in Block 3 Study Abroad

Posted on 26 October 2015 by

On Saturday, Oct. 17, students and faculty departed Tusculum College for an eight-day study abroad trip in Barcelona, Spain. Twelve students were chaperoned by Wayne Thomas, dean of arts and sciences and associate professor of English, and Dr. Ronda Gentry, director of the Center for Civic Advancement and global studies program, as they toured many of the city’s most famous sites.

Despite an exhausting 13 hours of travel, including a short layover in Munich, Germany, fatigue gave way to excitement as the plane sailed over the Mediterranean Sea and Barcelona came into view. Softened by the afternoon sun, Barcelona resembles an old fresco, ancient stone walls melting into neoclassical ironwork melting into bright mosaics. The evolution of the city is a story told through its architecture, each facade an individual memory in the greater history of Catalonia.

Slightly larger than Manhattan, Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain as well as the capital of Catalonia, a separate Franco-Spanish culture that was politically absorbed by Spain in the 12th century. Because the city has both Roman and Spanish foundations, it has become an ideal converging point for Catalan culture. Students explored the city’s Roman heritage at the Barcelona City History Museum where the ruins of an ancient Roman city are under excavation.

Thomas and Gentry taught ENGL 402 and CMNS 480, respectively, which are both variants of Citizen Issues in a Global Era. Lecture was held at IESE Business School, allowing students to discuss Barcelona’s culture in a local context and better apply this understanding during the trip. Additionally, Gentry was invited to present at the International Leadership Association’s 17th annual global conference. This provided students an opportunity to volunteer at the conference as well as attend lectures and interact with leadership experts from around the world.

Walking tours of the Gothic Quarter and the El Born district introduced students to Barcelona’s “old city.” This historic part of Barcelona houses several Gothic cathedrals and the outer walls of Barcino, a much smaller, earlier Roman settlement. Students also visited Antonio Gaudí’s Park Güell and the basilica La Sagrada Familia, Gaudí’s magnum opus, which has remained a work in progress since 1882 and is not estimated to be completed until at least 2026.

Despite having class and assignments, the professors allowed students to have several free afternoons to explore Barcelona for themselves. For example, some students visited Olympic Park, the site of the 1992 Summer Olympics. Others made their way to the Mediterranean Sea or spent the day scouring local boutiques and markets for antiques and other souvenirs.

A presentation exhibiting student experiences in Barcelona will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 4 p.m. inside the Rankin House. It will include student readings of creative and academic writing inspired by Barcelona as well as panels discussing the country’s history and culture. Tapas and other refreshments representative of Spanish culture will be served.

For more insight into the study abroad in Barcelona, students participating in Gentry’s service learning class wrote about their personal experiences in a travel blog found at

By Sarah Holly, a senior creative writing major from Johnson City

Originally published by the Tusculum Manifesto


Barcelona vista


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Tusculum College to host Editors Panel featuring editors of four internationally known literary journals

Posted on 26 October 2015 by

Tusculum College will host an Editors Panel this month that will include editors of internationally known publications such as Crazyhorse, Sundress Publications, Sundress Academy for the Arts, Connotations Press and The Tusculum Review.

The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center in Niswonger Commons on the Greeneville campus and is part of Tusculum College Humanities Series, sponsored by the Tusculum College English Department. The event is free and open to the public. Arts and Lecture credit is available for Tusculum College students.

During the presentation, the editors will discuss the ins and outs of editing literary work, what they look for in a submission, why a work might get rejected, what goes in to putting a literary journal together and the reach of literature in today’s society. The panel will be a moderated question and answer format, with questions from attendees encouraged.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone who is looking to get work published to get a wealth of information to improve their chances of success,” said Dr. Clay Matthews, assistant professor of English and coordinator of the Humanities Series. “This is a highly respected group of editors that can provide insight not easily accessible.”


Jonathan Heinen is a professor at the College of Charleston where he is the managing editor of Crazyhorse. His writings have appeared in the “Florida Review,” “Arroyo,” “The Boiler” and many others. During this summer he serves as a staff member for the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.


Dr. Erin Elizabeth Smith is the creative director at the Sundress Academy for the Arts and the author of two full length collections, “The Naming of Strays” and “The Fear of Being Found.” She holds a doctorate in creative writing and teaches in the English Department at the University of Tennessee


Ken Robidoux is the publisher and founding editor-in-chief of Connotation Press. He has published more than 2,500 artists worldwide including one of Tusculum’s professors, Heather Patterson and recent alumni Justin Philip Reed.


Heather Patterson joined Tusculum in 2008. She is currently associate professor of English. Her short fiction work has been published in many literary journals, and she currently serves as fiction and managing editor of “The Tusculum Review.”

For more information on the event, contact Dr. Matthews at 423-636-7300.


By Kayla Freeman, freshman business major from Charleston, S.C.

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Tusculum named to Top Military-Friendly School List

Tusculum named to Top Military-Friendly School List

Posted on 26 October 2015 by

For the sixth year in a row, Tusculum College has been named to the Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2016 list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and dependents and to ensure their academic success. Schools on the list earn the right to use the Military Friendly School logo.

Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

“Tusculum College strives to help our veterans find the right program and format to best suit them in completing their college degree in both our residential and Graduate and Professional Studies programs,” said LeAnn Hughes, vice president for marketing and enrollment management at Tusculum College.

She added, “It is a priority of Tusculum College to provide access to any veteran who is seeking higher education opportunities and to make that access as simple and affordable as possible. We are pleased with the number of veterans who choose Tusculum College because of the personalized program that helps them every step along the path to graduation.”

The Military Friendly Schools list is a key resource in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience. Hughes added that this is especially important now with so many schools competing for military students.

Tusculum College started participating in the Yellow Ribbon program in August 2009. Under the program, the school matches dollars put in by the Veterans Administration so veterans or their spouse or dependents can work toward their advanced degree, as well as qualify for money to help with housing. There are more than 44 students enrolled in Tusculum degree programs who are receiving the Yellow Ribbon benefits.

“Through the Yellow Ribbon program the college acknowledges the commitment of those who have served our country by providing them with financial support to complete their education,” said Tusculum College President Nancy B. Moody. “With the variety of locations, programs, majors, degrees and scheduling options offered at Tusculum College, we are uniquely suited to serve those whose educational path was interrupted or who are considering beginning or continuing their higher education.”

The Yellow Ribbon program is applicable towards all Tusculum College degree programs, which include traditional undergraduate programs, as well as the Graduate and Professional Studies programs. Tuition benefits under the program are also available to both full and part-time students.

In addition, Tusculum College has a long standing relationship with the United States Navy through its partnership with the U.S.S. Greeneville submarine. Since its christening, Tusculum College has partnered with the crew members, offering an annual scholarship to crewmen and/or members of their family. To date, four people benefiting from that relationship have become Tusculum College alumni and there are currently four students receiving this scholarship in the residential program.

Tusculum College has long offered assistance to veterans returning to higher education and Veterans Affairs Coordinator Pat Simons is available to specifically support veterans with their admissions and financial aid questions. For more information on the Yellow Ribbon program or other assistance provided by the college, contact Simons at 423-636-7300.

Additionally, Brad Allen serves as Tusculum College’s enrollment representative military liaison. He is responsible for the recruitment and marketing of Tusculum College to active duty military, veterans and their dependents. He serves as a point of contact for all military personnel, coordinating with other departments to provide academic and financial advice for current and prospective students. Allen can be contacted at 800-729-0116.

Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students and academic accreditations.

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