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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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Regional school administrators, counselors hear about future-focused Tusculum

Regional school administrators, counselors hear about future-focused Tusculum

Posted on 14 November 2017 by

The future-focused plans for Tusculum were presented to regional school administrators and counselors from eight school systems on Thursday, Nov. 9 at Tusculum’s Greeneville campus.

Dr. James Hurley, newly-named 28th president, presented his plans and strategies for growing the institution and increasing enrollment in the next 20 years.

“We appreciate your service in education preparing our future students,” said Dr. Hurley. “I also appreciate this opportunity to share with you my vision for Tusculum and how we can strengthen our partnership with K-12 leaders, like you, to create a brighter future for our region’s students.”

Dr. Hurley joins Tusculum with more than 20 years’ experience in higher education and told the group about his excitement in outlining how this historic institution can continue to pioneer the way forward for education in the region. He told the group that Tusculum now has students representing 35 countries which “enhances the learning experience for all students,” and offers 70 majors and minors, as well as six master’s degree programs.

He told the group that student success will be a number one priority for Tusculum moving forward, and to that end, one of his first actions was to hire Doug Jones as vice president for student success and athletics.

“Mr. Jones has more than 20 years of Tusculum experience and will work tirelessly to ensure student success for all of our students. Student success is a priority for Tusculum as we continue to grow and advance the mission of this great institution,” said Dr. Hurley.

Jones has served as Tusculum’s athletic director since February 2016 and will continue in the role as Tusculum’s head baseball coach, a position he has held since 1998, through the end of this season.

Additionally, Dr.  Hurley said that work is underway on enhancing the dining options at the school and to develop a full-service campus wellness center.

Moving to the future, Dr. Hurley told the group that the Board of Directors had approved making the change from college to university at its last meeting in October.  This is necessary to provide a differentiation from community colleges, which today are robust and well-funded, but decidedly different that a four-year baccalaureate program. Additionally, Tusculum will began organizing itself by undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, several of which Dr. Hurley hopes to add in the next few years.

Priority programs include dental, optometry and physician’s assistant degree programs. In addition, he added that Tusculum will continue to explore the market needs in the area to determine where other degree programs might meet a need.

“We ultimately plan to recruit the best and brightest from our region – and to keep them here,” he said.

Educators were pleased with the opportunity to learn about Tusculum’s new direction.

“I believe it is imperative that we keep communications open between our colleges, universities, and K-12 school systems open in order to impact our economic growth within the region,” said Reba Bailey, assistant director of schools for the Hawkins County School System. “It was exciting to hear about the plans for Tusculum.”


Dr. James Hurley, president of Tusculum, shares his future-focused plans with regional school administrators and counselors.

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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!

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 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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Doug Jones named vice president of student success and athletic director

Doug Jones named vice president of student success and athletic director

Posted on 01 November 2017 by

Dr. James Hurley, president of Tusculum College, has appointed Doug Jones as vice president of student success and athletic director. Jones has served as Tusculum’s athletic director since February 2016. Jones will continue in the role as Tusculum’s head baseball coach, a position he has held since 1998.

“I am excited to announce the promotion of Doug Jones to vice president for student success and director of athletics,” said Dr. Hurley. Mr. Jones has more than 20 years of Tusculum experience and will work tirelessly to ensure student success for all of our students. Student success is a priority for Tusculum as we continue to grow and advance the mission of this great institution.”

In his new role Jones will supervise student housing, student activities, campus life and the commuter student experience.

Doug Jones

“I would like to thank Dr. Hurley for this opportunity to serve our great institution,” said Jones. “The vision that Dr. Hurley has set for Tusculum is exciting, and I am grateful to be able to serve alongside him.  I look forward to working with our entire student population. My staff and I will work hard to provide them a memorable experience that will last a lifetime. Our students are the most important part of our jobs, and we will make sure that their interest are at the forefront of all that we do.”

As athletic director, Jones oversees the day-to-day operations of the Tusculum athletic department and the 20 sports that the college sponsors, including men’s and women’s track and field and STUNT, which were added during his term as athletic director.

Jones served on the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship Committee for four seasons, including three years as national chairman.

Jones is in his 21th season guiding the Tusculum baseball program and is the winningest coach in school history. Jones has guided Tusculum to 17 consecutive winning seasons, while posting 680 victories in his 20 campaigns in Greeneville.



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Theatre-at-Tusculum’s ‘Oliver!’ opens Nov. 10

Theatre-at-Tusculum’s ‘Oliver!’ opens Nov. 10

Posted on 27 October 2017 by

Consider yourself one of us! Tickets are now available for Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of Lionel Bart’s beloved musical, “Oliver!”

The musical, based on the novel “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens, will open Friday, Nov. 10, at Tusculum’s Annie Hogan Byrd Theatre on Tusculum’s Greeneville campus. Audiences will have seven opportunities to see Theatre-at-Tusculum’s fall production, which is under the direction of Artist-in-Residence and Tusculum Arts Outreach Director Marilyn duBrisk and Assistant Director Brian Ricker.

Show dates are November 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 7 p.m. and November 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be reserved by contacting Jennifer Hollowell, box office manager, at 423-798-1620 or by e-mail at When reserving tickets please include name, a contact telephone number, the date to reserve the tickets, the number of tickets, and the type of ticket. Prices are: Adults – $15, Seniors (60+) – $12, Children (12 and under) – $5.

Tickets may be picked up and paid for at the box office the day of the performance, or any time at the Tusculum Arts Outreach office. Cash or check only for payment, as credit/debit cards are not accepted. The Box Office, located in the lobby of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building, will open an hour and a half before each show time with the house opening an hour before curtain. Audiences are reminded that seating is not assigned and will be first come, first served.

duBrisk, along with her creative team, has assembled a cast of more than 70 to bring the tale of “Oliver Twist,” his adventures and misadventures, to life. The show features all of the well-known characters from Dickens’ novel portrayed by a host of local talent.

The story centers on a young orphan boy, Oliver Twist, who is played by Doak Elementary fourth grader Aden Moore, as he is sent away from the Workhouse Orphanage by the wicked Widow Corney, portrayed by Sandy Nienaber. The boy is then sold by Mr. Bumble, the Beadle of the Workhouse, played by Tom Sizemore, to Mr. Sowerberry, the undertaker and his cantankerous wife. The Sowerberrys are played by Matt Hensley and Sara Claiborne, respectively.

After fleeing the oppressive undertaker, Oliver joins up with a band of pickpockets led by the Artful Dodger, portrayed by Caedmon Oakes. The pickpockets are trained and cared for by the greedy and cunning Fagin, who is being brought to life by local favorite Chris Greene. As he is welcomed into Fagin’s den of pickpockets, he meets the kind-hearted heroine Nancy, played by Linda Barnett, who is returning to the Tusculum stage, and her abusive lover Bill Sikes, played by Parker Bunch in his first villainous role on the Tusculum stage.

Drama and chaos ensue as Oliver is arrested for stealing. However, he is then then taken in by the kind-hearted Mr. Brownlow, played by Ricker. and his housekeeper, Mrs. Bedwin, played by Amanda Harmon.

Supporting characters include; Dodger’s sidekick Charlie Bates, played by Zach Wallin and Nancy’s protégé Bet, played by Jorja Ward, both of whom are sixth graders at Greeneville Middle School. Charlotte Sowerberry is played by Greeneville High School freshman Madelynn Wedding, and Noah Claypole is played by Tusculum sophomore, Maxwell Reed. Rounding off the support cast are Zach Gass, as Dr. Grimwig, and Allison Craft, as Old Sally.  “Oliver!” is a story full of comedy, drama, suspense, and many thrilling moments.

The show features all the well-known musical numbers, including: “Food, Glorious Food,” “Oliver,” “Consider Yourself,” “I’d Do Anything” and “Who Will Buy?” The score, which won Lionel Bart the Tony Award for Best Original Score after its Broadway premiere in 1963, is being overseen by Angie Clendenon, long-time Theatre-at-Tusculum musical director, and Kasie Shelnutt, the accompanist, with Kim Berry as the show’s choreographer.

With a breathtaking and inspired set design by Frank Mengel and backdrop by Garry Renfro, audiences will be transported to mid-19th century London with the help of a slew of Victorian costumes carefully curated by Erin Schultz, costume director. Trenda Berney, a long-time Theatre-at-Tusculum volunteer, will be the show’s make-up director, and all the behind-the-scenes action will be organized by stage managers Suzanne Greene and Jim Holt.

Theatre-at-Tusculum is under the auspices of Tusculum Arts Outreach, which is led by duBrisk, Ricker, Hollowell, Mengel and Schultz. It is supported in part by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, “Hearts for the Arts,” as well as many generous donors and volunteers.

For information about Theatre-at-Tusculum or other Arts Outreach programs, please call 423-798-1620, visit, or via Facebook at TC Arts Outreach.

At front is Zach Wallin as Charlie Bates. Middle, left to right are Tom Sizemore as Mr. Bumble, Sandy Nienaber as Widow Corney, Aden Moore as Oliver Twist, Linda Brimer as Nancy and Jorja Ward as Bet. Back, left to right are Brian Ricker as Mr. Brownlow, Chris Greene as Fagin and Parker Bunch as Bill Sikes.


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Tusculum College offering full-tuition scholarship opportunity

Posted on 27 October 2017 by

Tusculum College is now offering a full-tuition scholarship opportunity for exemplary academic students. Through the Tusculum Trustee Honors Scholarship, academically motivated students have a new opportunity to eliminate tuition expenses.

Qualifying, interested and academically motivated students, may apply for the Trustee Honors Scholarship, which is awarded annually. This is a highly competitive, full-tuition scholarship which will be awarded to no more than two students in each incoming class.

“Through the Trustee Honors Scholarship, students with high academic achievement have the opportunity to attend Tusculum College with no out-of-pocket tuition expenses,” said Dr. Paul Pinckley, vice president of enrollment management, marketing and financial aid.

To be considered for this prestigious scholarship, perspective students will need to complete the following steps: maintain a high school grade-point average of 3.5 or higher; attain a composite score of at least 25 on the ACT or 1150 on the SAT; rank in the top 10 percent of high school graduating class; complete the general Tusculum application for admission and submit supporting documentation for that application;

Complete the Trustee Honors Scholar application found at, including submission of a resume that reflects their achievements, activities and civic involvement; submit an essay on “What does Civic Arts mean to you and how do you plan to exemplify Civic Arts in your daily life;” provide two letters of recommendation, one each from a teacher and a community leader; and submit all of the above by the Trustee Honors Scholarship submission deadline of Thursday, March 1. If chosen as a finalist, students will visit the campus to participate in a personal interview.

Qualifying students will also participate in Tusculum’s Honors Program, which focuses on promoting cross-discipline dialogue between students and allowing participants to create a personalized plan of study that will lead to unique experiences designed to benefit students’ individual goals.

For more information, contact Melissa Ripley, executive director of enrollment management and traditional admission at 423.636.7374 or email


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