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Two-show exhibit planned for Tusculum’s Clem Allison Gallery in December

Two-show exhibit planned for Tusculum’s Clem Allison Gallery in December

Posted on 29 November 2017 by

A two-show exhibit is planned at Tusculum’s Clem Allison Gallery on Friday, Dec. 1, from 5-7 p.m. on the Greeneville campus.

The exhibit focuses on two shows:  Steve Haselroth’s “Pensive Allurements,” an exhibition of drawings, and “Mondays,” an exhibition of paintings by various amateur artists.

The Haselroth exhibit is a collection of eight drawings and watercolors of portraits.  Mr. Haselroth’s work “reflects a particular emotion and a story to tell behind a face,” according to Bill Bledsoe, assistant professor of visual communications and design and chair of the Fine Arts Department at Tusculum.

Haselroth received a degree in art education from the University of Missouri and a second degree in healthcare administration from the University of Oklahoma.  He served in the medical field for the United States Navy. Following his retirement, he rekindled his passion for drawing and painting, working with youth in the Greeneville area, helping to develop their interest in art.

“Moment of Reflection” by Steve Haselroth

“Haselroth’s work is an excellent visual study in the development and content of portraiture as well as the classical and foundational approach to drawing which is the premise to all great art,” said Bledsoe.

“Mondays” is a collection of oil paintings by independent students who participated in a Monday night course at the McKinney Arts Center in Jonesborough. The class was taught by Bledsoe.

Bledsoe implemented a custom curriculum for beginning painters. The range of ages in the class were sixth grade to senior citizens. The entire group followed the same class plan and concluded with each student creating an accomplished work based on college standards.

This approach is encouraged by Bledsoe, who has taught this curriculum for 25 years to his college seniors majoring in art. Many of these graduates are considering obtaining a Master of Arts in teaching at Tusculum, which would qualify a graduate to teach art for grades K-12.  According to Bledsoe, learning this instructional process would increase their advantage to not only be hired in a public school system, but also to excel in their capacity to teach art at a high level to all students, regardless of their aptitude in the area of art.


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Tusculum Board of Trustees approves transition to university, new College of Health Sciences

Tusculum Board of Trustees approves transition to university, new College of Health Sciences

Posted on 27 November 2017 by

The future-focused plans for Tusculum were the theme of the fall meeting of the Tusculum Board of Trustees, as they approved the transition to university status, as well as a new College of Health Sciences.

Beginning July 1, Tusculum will transition from college to university status.

“The name will officially become Tusculum University in the 2018-2019 academic year,” said Dr. Greg Nelson, chair of the Board of Trustees. “The change will be primarily in regards to status, helping to distinguish Tusculum from the community college programs that have gained widespread attention through initiatives such as Tennessee Promise. However, most of what people know about Tusculum will remain the same.”

A new logo design is underway that will incorporate the change, said Dr. James Hurley, president of Tusculum. “This is necessary to provide a differentiation from community colleges, which today are robust and well-funded, but decidedly different from a four-year baccalaureate program. The change also aligns with our future-focused aspirations of adding additional graduate and doctoral degree programs.”

A team of students, faculty and staff are being assembled to shepherd and charter the new logo and strategic vision. The new logo will be approved and released following the February meeting of the Board of Trustees.

The change to university will allow for strategic structuring of the academic programs currently offered by Tusculum, said Dr. Hurley. This includes the creation of a new College of Health Sciences, also approved at the fall meeting.

According to Dr. Nelson, the decision to transition to university will provide the right structure for new programs being developed, including a School of Optometry and a physician assistant program. The current School of Nursing will also be part of the newly-created College of Health Sciences. In addition to the College of Health Sciences, the structure of Tusculum University will include the three established schools, now changing in name from school to college. These include the College of Education, the College of Business and Technology and the College of Arts and Sciences.

“This is an exciting new time at Tusculum. Our mission has always been to serve the educational needs of our region,” said Dr. Hurley. “These advances are significant steps in providing additional opportunities in Appalachia.”


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Kristopher Adams wins Sodexo” Power Up” sweepstakes

Posted on 21 November 2017 by

A Tusculum College student was one of 23 winners nationwide in a recent Power Up promotion, conducted by Sodexo, the college’s food service vendor.

More than 600 colleges and universities nationwide participated in the event.

Kristopher Adams, a sophomore from Rogersville, was selected as one of 23 winners in Sodexo’s Power Up “Retro Renegade” National Prize Sweepstakes. He will receive one of 10 grand prizes, a Microsoft Xbox One S, two video game packs and a $200 Best Buy gift card as part of the Retro Renegade prize.

Power Up is part of an ongoing resident dining promotion series sponsored by Sodexo. The promotion was designed to feature today’s gaming culture among college students, while also spotlighting the importance of delicious foods that help students power through their busy days.


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Tusculum named to Top Military-Friendly School List

Tusculum named to Top Military-Friendly School List

Posted on 21 November 2017 by

For the eighth year in a row, Tusculum has been named to the Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2018 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 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 Dr. Paul Pinckley, vice president for enrollment management, marketing and financial aid.

He added, “It is a priority of Tusculum 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 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. Dr. Pinckley 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 60 students enrolled in Tusculum degree programs who are eligible to receive 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 James Hurley. “With the variety of locations, programs, majors, degrees and scheduling options offered at Tusculum, 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.

Tusculum College has long offered assistance to veterans returning to higher education, and Veteran Services Director Dale Laney 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 Laney at 423-636-7300.

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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New study shows students at Tusculum graduate with lower private student debt

New study shows students at Tusculum graduate with lower private student debt

Posted on 15 November 2017 by

Tusculum College students are graduating with much lower private student loan debt than students attending colleges and universities nationwide, according to a new study conducted by The Student Loan Report.

The recently published study looked into how much private student loan debt students have when they graduate. In this study, Tusculum College ranked 87 out of 800 private schools in the United States.

The Student Loan Report, created in 2015, covers all student loan news nationally and internationally.

According to the report, the average private student loan per graduate borrower is $17,954, with only seven percent of all students having private student loans.

“The cost of education has been on the rise over the past decade which leads many college students to fall back on private student loans after federal options are exhausted,” the report stated. “The Student Loan Report wanted to highlight (and call out) some of the schools that leaves students with the least (and most) private student loan debt.”

Private student loans are known for higher interest rates and less forgiving repayment programs, and are offered by banks, credit unions, state agencies, or schools.

“At Tusculum, we want to see our students improve their lives through education,” said Dr. Paul Pinckley, vice president for enrollment management, marketing and financial aid. “This means that students should leave with the least amount of debt from loans as possible. Higher education is an investment, but it’s the value equation that we hope our future students consider.”

The data for this report, according to The Student Loan Report, comes from Peterson’s Financial Aid dataset and pertains to the graduated class of 2016.

Because private student loans have become much more common and, therefore, more detrimental to the development of graduates, Tusculum has made it a priority to reduce the amount of private student debt that students graduate with, which leads to a more successful career.



By Sydney McCallister, freshman English and history major from Greeneville


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Calling all Bonner Leader Alumni!

Calling all Bonner Leader Alumni!

Posted on 14 November 2017 by

Calling all Bonner Leader Alumni! Were you a Bonner Leader at Tusculum College? If so, we would love to hear from you! We are currently gathering all alumni information in order stay better connected to you. Please email<> if you graduated Tusculum as a Bonner Leader.


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Tusculum is coming to Texas!

Tusculum is coming to Texas!

Posted on 13 November 2017 by

Dr. James Hurley (28th President of Tusculum) will be visiting the Dallas, Texas, area on Monday, Dec. 4, and would like for you to join him and other alumni and friends for dinner at Texas Spice (555 South Lamar | Dallas | TX | 75202).

Dr. Hurley is very focused on expanding the relationship with all of our alumni, and is open to your thoughts on how we (Tusculum) can improve in this area. In addition, he will also be sharing his vision for the College with you.

If you would be interested in having dinner with Dr. Hurley on Monday, Dec. 4, please contact Nicole Rader at 423.636.7300 or email


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Tusculum Band Program hosts Christmas Concert and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Tusculum Band Program hosts Christmas Concert and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Posted on 13 November 2017 by

The Spirit of Christmas will echo across the Tusculum campus on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m., as the Tusculum Band program presents its annual Christmas concert in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building.

Prior to the concert at 6:30 p.m., there will be a tree lighting ceremony in front of Byrd Fine Arts Building. Dr. James Hurley and his family will host the lighting of a triad of evergreens and offer the opportunity to join together for some pre-concert caroling. Hot apple cider and hot chocolate will be served.

During the holiday concert, the audience can expect to hear new and exciting arrangements of familiar Christmas songs performed by the Handbell Choir, the Jazz Band and the Concert Band.

The Handbell Choir will be playing “Carol of the Birds” by Jason W. Krug, “Emmanuel’s Night” by David Price, “Children, Go Where I Send Thee” by Benjamin A. Tucker, and “Riu Riu Chiu” by Sondra K. Tucker.

The Jazz Band will offer their versions of the Christmas classics “Jingle Bell Boogie” by Bryan Kidd, “The First Noel” by Bob Curnow, “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” by Roger Holmes, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” by Dave Wolpe, and “Joy to the World” by Richard DeRosa.

The Concert Band will bring down the house with a longer set filled with lesser-known songs such as, “Appalachian Snowfall” by Bob Phillips and George Megaw, “Candlelight Carol” by Jay Dawson, “When Saint Nick Comes Marching In” by Robert W. Smith, and “Bring a Torch” by David Shipps.

Band director David Price is excited about the chance to showcase the band program’s talent to the public, especially Tusculum students.

“Hopefully students will enjoy the music we play. It will give them a break from their studies to see an on-campus event. They can earn an arts and lecture credit and see their college peers perform alongside a few community members.”

The local community is encouraged to attend the performance, which is free and open to the public. The event is offered as an arts and lecture credit for Tusculum College residential students. More than 300 people are expected to be in attendance.






By Taylor Rose, junior journalism and professional writing major from Clarksville

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Tusculum Student Nurse’s Association hosts baby shower for local agency

Tusculum Student Nurse’s Association hosts baby shower for local agency

Posted on 13 November 2017 by

The Tusculum Student Nurse’s Association, with support from the Student Government Association, held a baby shower to collect donations for the Hope Center in Greeneville. The students were able to donate $400 worth of items to the crisis pregnancy center. Students got to know the work of the Hope Center during a clinical opportunity there earlier this year.

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Tusculum Commencement ceremony to feature Dr. Belle S. Wheelan

Tusculum Commencement ceremony to feature Dr. Belle S. Wheelan

Posted on 09 November 2017 by

Dr. Belle S. Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, will be the speaker at Tusculum’s winter commencement exercises on Saturday, December 9.

Dr. Wheelan will deliver her address at both the morning ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. in the Pioneer Arena in Niswonger Commons on the Greeneville campus, and the afternoon ceremony, which will begin at 2 p.m.

Dr. Wheelan has held numerous titles over the course of her 40-year career including faculty member, chief of student services officer, campus provost, college president and Secretary of Education. She has been the first African-American and the first woman to serve in both her current role of president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the majority of the aforementioned roles.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in Texas in 1972, double majoring in psychology and sociology, her master’s degree in developmental educational psychology is from Louisiana State University. She earned her doctorate in educational administration with a focus in community college leadership from the University of Texas at Austin in 1984.

Dr. Belle Wheelan

Dr. Wheelan has received numerous awards and recognition including six honorary degrees; the Distinguished Graduate Award from both Trinity University and the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin. She has been named to the Washingtonian Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Washington, D.C. and received the AAUW Woman of Distinction Award in 2002.

Other awards include the Suanne Davis Roueche National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development’s Distinguished Lecturer Award, the John E. Roueche National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development’s International Leadership Award, the AACC Leadership Award, the John Hope Franklin Award from Diverse Issues in Higher Education for outstanding leadership in higher education and the Educational Testing Service Terry O’Banion Prize in Education from the League for Innovation in Community Colleges.

Dr. Wheelan currently holds and has previously held membership in numerous local, state and national organizations including Rotary International; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; the American College Testing, Inc. Board of Directors; American Association of Community Colleges Board of Directors; the Lumina Foundation for Education Board of Directors; the President’s Round Table of the National Council on Black American Affairs; the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Board of Directors; Excelencia in Education Board of Directors; National Society of Collegiate Scholars Community College Honorary Board; Next Generation Learning Challenges Advisory Panel; Project GOALS (Gaining Online Accessible Learning Through Self-Study) and the National Student Clearinghouse Board of Directors.

In addition to her array of professional achievements, Dr. Wheelan has also raised her son, Reginald. She attributes her success to hard work, endurance, tenacity and being in the right place at the right time. She acknowledges that prayer and support from family and friends make anything possible.


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Tusculum College’s Student Support Services’ Peer Mentor program receives national certification

Posted on 08 November 2017 by

Pioneering Connections, a peer mentoring program coordinated by Student Support Services at Tusculum, has achieved certification from the College Reading and Learning Association.

College Reading and Learning Association is a professional organization of student-oriented professionals active in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring and mentoring at the college/adult level. The International Mentor Training Program Certification offers colleges and universities the resources necessary to develop and improve existing mentor training programs.

Jeremy Jones, a Tusculum graduate and former Tusculum College Student Support Services staff member, first established the Pioneering Connections mentor program. Jones said the impetus of the program came from his desire to build community across the entire student body.

“As an alumnus of Student Support Services, a mentor, resident assistant and student-athlete at Tusculum, I wanted to bring a cross-campus mentoring program to bring students together. Hence the name ‘Pioneering Connections.’”

The Pioneering Connections Peer Mentoring program is designed to provide a connection for first-year, underrepresented students transitioning to the Tusculum College community by providing support and resources to increase success and engagement at the institution. A priority of the Pioneer Connections program is to provide peer support for students who are navigating their way through a new collegiate experience.

The outcome of extra peer support, along with connection to the program, is to promote retention and develop positive life and college success skills.

“I wanted to be a mentor because I wanted to encourage others to be the people they are meant to be. I want my protégés to know that they have someone that cares how they are doing, academically and emotionally,” said current mentor Amber Loggains, who also serves as a house mentor for the SSS Living-Learning Community.


Mentor Dallas Kuykendall, who also works with the Living-Learning Community, is proud of the progress that Pioneering Connections has made. “Getting certified is important because it shows the people on campus we are serious about our program, and we are putting in the work to make the program grow.”

The certification of Tusculum’s program authorizes Pioneering Connections to certify individual mentors at Level 1 – Mentor Certification or Level 2 – Advanced Mentor Certification.

The program requires mentors receive mandatory training in subjects such as conflict resolution, mentoring boundaries, cultural awareness, academic advising and professional ethics.  Mentors are obligated to meet with protégés a required number of hours each year. Mentors must meet these benchmarks to receive personal certification.

Chuck Sutton, Student Support Service’s multicultural retention specialist, manages the Pioneering Connections Peer Mentoring program. Mentors report to Sutton via weekly communication, both verbal and written. He also requires periodic one-on-one meetings with each mentor. Additionally, Sutton implements evaluation standards for both protégés and mentors. He has worked with campus stakeholders and other college personnel to provide relevant trainings for all mentors.

Pioneering Connections currently consists of 12 trained mentors who work with 30 protégés.

For more information about the Pioneering Connections Peer Mentor program, please contact Student Support Services at (423) 798-1635 or


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C. David Taylor Retrospective Art Exhibition begins at Tusculum College on Nov. 10

C. David Taylor Retrospective Art Exhibition begins at Tusculum College on Nov. 10

Posted on 03 November 2017 by

Tusculum College will host “David Taylor-Retrospective Art Exhibition 2006-2016” beginning Friday, Nov. 10, at the Shulman Center on the Greeneville campus.

Taylor is a Jonesborough native and a self-taught artist. The focus of his work is East Tennessee waterfalls, but there are aspects of the show that will exhibit figurative and still life subject matter.

According to Bill Bledsoe, visiting assistant professor of visual communications and design at Tusculum, like many amateur artists, David’s early work was very basic, but he had reached a high level of execution that resulted in accomplished artwork. He was in the process of putting together his first one-man show when he died in September of 2016.

In honor of his artistry and commitment to excellence in his work, Tusculum College is enthusiastically supportive of hosting this show, said Bledsoe.

The opening will be on Friday, Nov. 10, with an opening reception running from 5-7 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. The show will be available for viewing Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon, and private viewings by appointment are available in the afternoons through Friday, Dec. 1. For appointments e-mail or call 423 948-8927.



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