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Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education site visit

Posted on 12 July 2016 by admin

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education – a nationally recognized accrediting agency for baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in nursing and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs – has scheduled an accreditation site visit for Tusculum College’s baccalaureate degree program in nursing.

In accordance with the CCNE Procedures for Accreditation of baccalaureate nursing programs, the Commission provides an opportunity for individuals and program constituents to submit, in writing, third-party comments concerning the program’s qualifications for accreditation status. Third-party comments must be received at the CCNE offices by August 24, 2016.

Third-party comments must be signed and must be related to the CCNE Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate Nursing Programs. Comments are shared only with the CCNE evaluation team appointed to review Tusculum’s baccalaureate nursing program. Please submit comments via email to: thirdpartycomments@aacn.nche.edu. Or, if you prefer, mail your comments to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036

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Orientation 2011: welcoming new students to campus

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Orientation 2011: welcoming new students to campus

Posted on 11 August 2011 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Brandon Conner, director of freshman services and student success, addresses parents in a panel discussion during a previous Orientation.

Orientation 2011 will be full of information and fun activities to welcome new students to the Tusculum College community Friday – Saturday, August 19-21.

Orientation assists new students in adjusting to life on campus, informs them about the College’s primary academic opportunities and introduces them to a wide range of student support services.

Special programming for parents and other family members is part of the Orientation schedule on Friday afternoon as well. The program for parents will provide an opportunity for parents and family members to meet faculty and administrative staff one-on-one. A parent “mix and mingle” will be held from 3:45 to 4:30 followed by “Tusculum College and Families  Working Together for Student Success,” which will provide parents an opportunity to hear from various faculty and administrative staff about the resources and services they can provide to help students be successful. Both events will be held in the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons.

Friday will begin with check-in from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Niswonger Commons for both new students living on campus and commuters. Students living on campus will be given their keys and be able to move into their rooms during this period. Students must check-in as a first step and will not be able to move into their room until they do so.

Water stations will be located near the residence halls to provide refreshment during the move-in process and throughout the day’s activities. East Tennessee, as most of the nation, has had an unusually hot summer and temperatures in the 90s are not unusual in late August even during a typical year. Please visit these stations to keep hydrated in the summer heat.

Tusculum College staff will be located throughout campus to provide any assistance that may be needed during Orientation weekend. For general information, visit the Office of Student Affairs in Room 223 Niswonger Commons. The Student Affairs Office can also provide information about health services, housing, multicultural programs, orientation, recreational sports, religious life, residence life and student activities.

Various departments will also be available to assist new students and their families from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. In the Annie Hogan Byrd building, offices providing academic advising, career counseling, disability services, student support services and tutoring can be found. The Admission, Freshman Services, Financial Aid and Registrar offices are located in Virginia Hall. The Business Office and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations are in McCormick Hall. In addition to Student Affairs, the Information Systems Office is located in the Commons.

The Tusculum College Bookstore inside the Commons will be having a “buy one, get one at half price” promotion on apparel August 19-26.

The Campus Safety Office is also located in the Niswonger Commons. The staff is available 24 hours a day to serve students and can be reached at 636-5318 to assist with room lockouts and emergencies. Parking rules and regulations are provided to students in a parking/traffic safety manual. Students who will be driving on campus during the year and did not receive their parking decal during Advanced Registration are reminded to visit the office to obtain one.

After check-in and move-in, students and their families are invited to lunch in the cafeteria in the Niswonger Commons. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In the early afternoon, students will meet with their Orientation Leaders. More information about times and location will be provided to students once they arrive on campus.

Students, parents and family members will receive a welcome to campus and other information during the Opening Assembly for Orientation at 3 p.m. in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.

While parents and family members attend their presentation, the new students will attend informational sessions about various aspects of campus life and academics.

Saturday’s schedule is full of activities to acclimate new students to the campus with a variety of programs about various topics, such as work study.

On Sunday, the new students will have more sessions with their individual Orientation groups and have some time for fun in the Katherine Hall game room.

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Dates to remember for the 2011-12 academic year

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Dates to remember for the 2011-12 academic year

Posted on 10 August 2011 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Fall semester classes start on Monday, August 22.

Students have started returning to campus for the 2011-2012 academic year, and within two weeks the new year will be in full swing.

The new year brings lots of activities, including the Tusculum College 2011 Parent Weekend, October 28 and 29. Activities are being finalized for the weekend and details are soon forthcoming. Mark your calendar to attend Parent Weekend and these other important dates.

New students are scheduled to move-in to the residence halls on Friday, August 19. Returning students will move-in that weekend. Student-athletes involved in fall sports and other groups, such as orientation leaders and student teachers, are returning to campus earlier this month.

Orientation for new students will be August 19-21, and will include a variety of activities organized by the Office of Student Affairs to help new students get acclimated to the college environment and meet and make new friends with their classmates. (Please see related article in the e-newsletter).

The following are important dates for 2011-2012 academic year:

Block 1: August 22 – September 14

Opening Convocation – September 1

Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day – September 15

Constitution Day Observance – September 16

Block 2: September 19 – October 12

Homecoming week – September 19 – 25

Block 3: October 19 – November 11

Block 4: November 16 – December 14

Thanksgiving Break – November 23, 24, 25

Commencement – December 17

Christmas Break – December 19 – January 6

Block 5: January 9  – February 2

Martin Luther King Jr. Day – January 16

Block 6: February 8 – March 2

Spring Break – March 5 – 9

Block 7: March 12 – April 4

Good Friday – April 6

Block 8: April 9 – May 2

Honors Convocation – April 26

Commencement – May 5

Other dates to remember for the fall 2011 semester (arts and lecture credit events):
“Set your GPS for Success, ” hypnosis and high jinks with Wayne Lee – Monday, August 29

Hit a cappella group, Street Corner Symphony, concert – Thursday, September 8

An evening with bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb – Thursday, October 20

Theatre-at-Tusculum’s presents “Carnival!” -  November 4-6, 11-13

Tusculum College Band Christmas Concert – Tuesday, December 5

Tusculum College Community Chorus Christmas Concert – Monday, December 12

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Limited spaces available for new small business/entrepreneurial program at Tusculum College

Posted on 10 August 2011 by srichey@tusculum.edu

A new business program for small business owners and entrepreneurs has been created at Tusculum College. The certificate program, called “Help Me Help You” (HMHU) is supported by the Greene County Partnership and will be open to 25 participants from Greene County who will be able to take advantage of this course starting September.

“Help Me Help You” is a free small business support program consisting of ten sessions that will take place between September 22 and December 8 at the college’s main campus in Greeneville.

According to Luis Zamora, a junior business and economics major from Santiago, Chile, the program provides a huge opportunity for students and local small business owners to work and grow together both personally and professionally, all this thanks to community partners that have picked up expenses in order to allow the program to become established.  Zamora, who received the award of Academic Freshman of the Year in 2009-10 and the Duffield Award in 2010-11 for being the student-athlete with the highest grade point average, has created the program along with Rodrigo Gimenez, in partnership with the University of Chile (Santiago, Chile).

The program, operated by Tusculum College’s business students and the Bonner Leader Program is committed to helping its participants increase their profits, create a business plan, expand their network and improve their practical and interpersonal skills through a variety of unique, globally tested activities.

According to Zamora, in addition to the other benefits, by joining HMHU, each business person will become connected to a network of thousands of small businesses from all over the world, through HMHU’s global network.

Fall semester spots are limited and anyone wishing to sign up is encouraged to do so as soon as possible. The deadline is August 24. Please be prepared to provide your name, contact information, the name of your business and to provide a brief summary about yourself, your business and your product or service.

“HMHU was created by young people who believe that we have the capacity of making the change we want to see in the world,” said Zamora. “Because of this, our goal is to help as many entrepreneurs as possible.”

The program has the full support of Tusculum College administration, as well as the School of Business, the Center for Civic Advancement and the Office of Institutional Advancement. The program is also being sponsored financially in its first year due to generous donations from Scott Niswonger, Tom Ferguson and Atmos Energy Corp.  Because of this community support, there participants in the first year of the program will not be charged a fee.

Through the 10-week program, sessions will focus on market definition, cost administration, pricing, marketing and sales strategies, body language in business, financing, legal issues, networking, and business presentations.

Registration and additional information are available by calling 423-636-7304 or by emailing lzamora@HMHU.org.

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Eighty-one Tusculum student athletes named to SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll

Posted on 10 August 2011 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Eighty-one Tusculum College student-athletes have been named to the 2010-2011 South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Commissioner’s Honor Roll announced league officials on August 9.  The conference had 799 student-athletes honored for their achievements in the classroom.

The SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll recognizes those student-athletes who carry at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and have completed at least one season in the sports of football, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s golf.

Tusculum’s 81 honorees are the fourth-most of the 10 league members.  Newberry College led the way with 130 honorees, Lenoir-Rhyne University (88), Mars Hill College (82), Tusculum, Wingate University (80), Catawba College (74), Carson-Newman College (72), Lincoln Memorial University (71), Brevard College (67) and Anderson University (54).


The SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll showcases the SAC member institutions’ commitment to achieving high levels of success both academically and athletically, as multiple sport-related award winners also garnered the distinction.


Tusculum honorees include two-time SAC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Year Simon Holzapfel (Nuremberg, Germany), who was also the recipient of the prestigious SAC Presidents’ Award.  He was also a two-time SAC Scholar Athlete for his sport.


Pioneer volleyball setter Ashley Sarmiento (Dayton, Ohio) is also a member of the Honor Roll, while also earning SAC and Southeast Region Freshman of the Year accolades last season.


Holzapfel and Sarmiento boasted a perfect 4.00 GPA, along with fellow Pioneers Jenny Grant (Franklin, Tenn. – women’s cross country) and Luis Zamora (Santiago, Chile – men’s tennis).


2010-2011 South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll

Ashley Bagley                    Softball

Clint Biggs                            Baseball

Janik Bold                            Men’s Soccer

Katie Brennan                   Softball

Lindsay Bridges                 Softball

Kim Brown                          W Soccer/W Cross Country

Alesha Buckner                 Softball

Aly Carrino                          Women’s Soccer

Gui Carvalho                      Men’s Tennis

Nathan Carver                   Men’s Cross Country

Cody Coffman                   Baseball

Tyler Collins                        Baseball

Courtney Conley              Women’s Tennis

Eric Conley                          Baseball

Jillian Corum                       Women’s Golf

Blair Cowley                       Baseball

Katie Doane                       Women’s Golf

Paulo dos Santos              Men’s Tennis

Claire Duncan                    Women’s Soccer

Luke Fullen                         Men’s Golf

Lawson George                Men’s Golf

Melanie Gibson                Volleyball

Andy Goellner                   Men’s Soccer

Craig Goodman                 Baseball

Jenny Grant                       Women’s Cross Country

Dionte Grey                       Men’s Basketball

Sam Groeneveld              Men’s Tennis

Justin Harvey                     Men’s Golf

Staci Hicks                           Women’s Basketball

Pat Holleran                       Baseball

Simon Holzapfel               Men’s Cross Country

Dean Hopewell                 Men’s Soccer

Payden Houser                 Baseball

JD Howard                          Baseball

Sara Howard                      Women’s Golf

Clay Jarrell                           Men’s Soccer

Rachael Jennings              Women’s Soccer

Jacob Kadel                        Football

Drew Kiser                          Men’s Tennis

Jessica Lee                          Women’s Soccer

Steven Lin                           Men’s Tennis

Jonathan Lyons                 Football

Taylor MacDonald            Softball

Devan McIntyre               Women’s Soccer

Michelle Meade               Women’s Soccer

Sam Miller                           Women’s Soccer

Amy Morford                    Women’s Soccer

Jessica Figler-Morrow    Women’s Cross Country

Jacob Norris                       Men’s Soccer

Dakota Norton                  Men’s Golf

Daniel O’Conner               Men’s Basketball

Brittni Oliver                       Women’s Basketball

Monica Perez                    Women’s Soccer

Aly Pugh                              Women’s Golf

Taylor Rakes                       Baseball

Alyssa Raterman              Volleyball

Sean Rowe                         Men’s Basketball

Haley Rye                            Women’s Golf

Ashley Sarmiento            Volleyball

Erin Searcy                          Softball

Jason Seaton                     Men’s Cross Country

Brittan Shaw                      Baseball

John-Austin Shepard      Baseball

Billy Sivyer                           Baseball

Jamie Smith                        W.Soccer/Cross Country

Justin Steigerwald           Men’s Basketball

Cody Stites                         Baseball

Katy Stuckwish                  Softball

David Talley                        Men’s Golf

Blake Thompson              Women’s Tennis

Rob Troutman                   Men’s Basketball

Lindsey Umberger           Softball

Sam Underwood              Volleyball

Daniel Vick                          Baseball

Adriana Vizcarrondo       Women’s Golf

Kassie Voelker                  Volleyball

Andrea Wilcox                   Softball

Taylor Wood                      Volleyball

Luis Zamora                        Men’s Tennis

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Tusculum College librarians to attend Undergraduate Research Behavior Workshop

Posted on 04 August 2011 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College’s Anne Osborne, assistant library director for distance learning, and Kathy Hipps, information literacy librarian, have been invited to participate in the Undergraduate Research Behavior workshop sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources and The Council of Independent Colleges.

The workshop will be led by Nancy Fried Foster, lead anthropologist for the River Campus Libraries at the University of Rochester and co-manager of the Libraries’ Digital Initiatives Unit. Foster possesses a Ph.D. in applied anthropology from Columbia University and a diploma from Oxford University in social anthropology. She conducts research on faculty, staff and students, documenting work habits and identifying needs for web-based products to support research and writing.

The workshop will take place September 13-14 at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Due to the generosity of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, there are no registration or program fees for workshop participants and all travel and lodging costs will also be covered.

Osborne and Hipps were awarded the invitation after successful completion and review of their program application. Osborne has a Master of Arts in library and information science from the University of Iowa and has been with Tusculum College since 2002.  Hipps has a Master of Science in information science from the University of Tennessee and has been with the Garland Library since October 2002.

“The entire library staff is very excited for and proud of these two dedicated professionals,” said Library Director Jack Smith. “This is a huge opportunity that will benefit not only Ms. Osborne and Ms. Hipps, but also all of the students the library serves.”

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Tusculum College names Dr. Lisa Johnson interim assistant vice president of academic affairs; Dr. Paul Fox named interim director of School of Education

Posted on 27 July 2011 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Dr. Lisa Johnson has been named interim assistant vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum College, and Dr. Paul Fox has been named interim director of the School of Education.

Both will begin their new duties at Tusculum College on August 6. Johnson steps into the position previously held by Dr. Melinda Dukes who has been named interim vice president for academic affairs.

Dr. Johnson previously served director of the School of Education and as assistant professor of education.

In her new role she will direct academic support programs for the College, including the Registrar’s Office, Faculty Services, the Teaching and Learning Initiative, Academic Advising and the Academic Resource Center. She will also serve to support the efforts of the interim vice president for Academic Affairs.

“Dr. Johnson has contributed to the success of Tusculum College for many years in the various leadership and administrative roles she has held,” said Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody. “She has guided our School of Education to become a model for teacher education and has been a strong mentor to our faculty in the program.”

Johnson, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in special education from East Tennessee State University, also earned her master’s degree and doctorate of education, both in educational leadership and policy analysis, from ETSU.

As director of the School of Education, she was responsible for all aspects of the Teacher Licensure Program, including elementary education, middle grades, secondary education, special education, early childhood education, physical education, athletic training in education program, sports management and sports science.

“I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and leadership team as we move Tusculum College forward through the development of new programs, continued service to our community, and the provision of solid, excellent educational experiences for our students.”

Dr. Lisa Johnson

Dr. Johnson also currently serves as a program evaluator for the Tennessee Board of Examiners.

With Dr. Johnson’s change in position, Dr. Paul Fox will step in to lead the School of Education as interim director.

Dr. Fox has 25 years of administrative experience in education, including serving as school improvement specialist and supervisor for the Greene County School System. He has also taught in the Graduate and Professional Studies program at Tusculum.

Dr. Paul Fox

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tusculum College in 1977 and holds a master’s degree in reading and a doctorate in educational administration, both from ETSU.

“My involvement with Tusculum College began more than 37 years ago as an undergraduate student. Now, it is such a high honor to come back ‘home’ and to be associated with this institution of learning, its administration, its faculty, its students and its alumni,” said Fox.

Dr. Fox has served as president of the Greeneville-Greene County Retired Teachers Association and has taught at Union College in Kentucky and at ETSU.

“I am confident that Drs. Johnson and Fox will provide key leadership to move Tusculum College forward with our vision of being known throughout the mid-South for adherence to Judeo-Christian values, allegiance to the liberal arts, and avenues for career preparation and civic engagement, all delivered through innovative course structures and personal attention from outstanding faculty,” said Moody.

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Tusculum College names Dr. Melinda Dukes interim vice president of academic affairs

Posted on 14 July 2011 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Dr. Melinda Dukes has been named interim vice president of academic affairs at Tusculum College, officials announced today.

She will begin her new duties at Tusculum College on August 6.

Dr. Dukes previously served as professor of psychology and associate vice president for academic affairs and has taught at Tusculum since 1989. She was one of the professors involved in the development and implementation of the focused calendar and commons curriculum that is part of the uniqueness of the Tusculum experience today.

“Dr. Dukes has served Tusculum College with distinction for many years, and I have complete confidence in her ability to lead the academic side of the institution as we consider permanent leadership in this critical position,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College.

Dr. Melinda Dukes

Dr. Dukes is an administrator and a long-time faculty member, and she has a variety of interests including community-based research, college student persistence and social/civic engagement. She has recently presented a paper on student persistence at the Southeastern Psychological Association annual conference and organized an undergraduate research thread for the Appalachian College Association’s Summit conference.

“Much of what I have been able to achieve at Tusculum is attributed to the fine faculty and staff members with whom I work.  I appreciate the opportunity to work with faculty, staff and students, as this allows me to learn and grow in service to Tusculum and her students,” said Dr. Dukes.

In her new role, Dr. Dukes will be responsible for facilitating academic affairs strategic planning goals and providing leadership as new academic programs are implemented.

“Tusculum College is in a time of significant academic growth, and I look forward to being a part of the team as we explore new and exciting opportunities for students and the community,” said Dukes.

During her time at Tusculum she has had a tremendous impact on both academic programs and administrative operations. She has led efforts to align the experiential education units at the college, including Career Development, the Center for Civic Advancement and the institution’s Quality Enhancement Plan focused on Problem-solving with Reflective Judgment.

She led the Strategic Planning Committee for Block Plan Enhancement and led the Information Services strategic visioning process. Over the past few years, Dr. Dukes has succeeded in increasing enrollment and institutional revenue at the college through the reformulation of its summer school programs.

She has led the development and implementation of new academic programs and was instrumental in the recent success of Tusculum College in achieving reaffirmation of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). Dr. Dukes has also been a SACS-COC on-site peer evaluator.

Dr. Dukes has served as a member of the President’s Cabinet at Tusculum College since 2006. She previously served as interim provost and academic vice president in 2006. She is a program committee member and a peer reviewer for the Southeastern Psychological Association Annual Conference.

She received the Tusculum College National Alumni Recognition Award in 2006 and the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award in 2001. She also received the Women of Achievement Award in 1983 from the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Dukes has a bachelor’s degree in education from Clemson University and earned her master’s degree and doctorate, both in psychology, from the University of Tennessee. In addition, she has completed the Higher Education Resource Services Certificate Class at the Bryn Mawr Summer Institute in 2008 as a Mellon Scholarship Recipient for continuing education in higher education leadership and administration.

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Five women golfers named NGCA All-American Scholars

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Five women golfers named NGCA All-American Scholars

Posted on 12 July 2011 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Five Tusculum College women’s golfers have been named to the 2010-2011 National Golf Coaches Association Division II All-American Scholar Team.  Selected from Tusculum are Jillian Corum, Katie Doane, Sara Howard, Haley Rye and Adriana Vizcarrondo.


Tusculum’s five honorees were tied for the most in the nation, along with Drury University.


Criteria for the NGCA All-America Scholar Team includes having a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 and competing in at least 66 percent of the college’s regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year.


The Pioneers boasted an impressive 3.52 team grade point average, which was the second highest of Tusculum’s 14 intercollegiate sports.


Jillian Corum

Corum, a rising junior from Knoxville, Tenn., led the Pioneers with her 80.42 stroke average, which is the third best in school history and a new Tusculum mark for sophomores.  She captured two medalist titles this past season, winning at the Anderson Invitational and Maryville Invitational.  The two wins ties a school single-season record, while her three career victories are a new Tusculum mark.


She finished seventh at the 2011 South Atlantic Conference Championship to earn a spot on the SAC All-Tournament Team.  Corum lowered her career scoring average to 81.79, which is presently the best in Pioneer history.  Last month, she advanced to the round of 16 at the Tennessee State Amateur.


The Fulton High School graduate is a member of the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and Dean’s List with a 3.52 GPA while majoring in business.  She also becomes a NGCA All-America Scholar for a second time in her career.


Katie Doane

Doane, a rising senior from Sevierville, Tenn., returns to the NGCA All-America Scholar Team for a third straight year.  She posted an 87.29 scoring average as she played in nine tournaments and tallied two top 20 performances.  She finished ninth at the Anderson Invitational and the Maryville Invitational.  The Pigeon Forge High School graduate was named to the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List and Charles Oliver Gray Honors List.  She has a 3.86 GPA while majoring in education.


Howard, who just completed her first season with the Pioneers, finished second on the team with an 82.25 stroke average, which is a new Tusculum freshman record and tied for the seventh lowest seasonal average in school history.  The Knoxville, Tenn. native played in all 10 tournaments, including six top-25 performances.  She placed with the Maryville Invitational and also finished seventh at the Tusculum Fall Classic.  At the Tusculum College Classic, she opened with a career-best 72, the fourth-lowest round in Pioneer history.  She tied for 10th place at the Anderson Invitational in her collegiate debut.  She also tied for 15th at the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate and 20th at the Pinehurst Challenge.


Sara Howard

Howard has a 3.58 GPA and is a pre-medicine major.  The South Doyle High School graduate is a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and the Dean’s List.


Rye, a rising junior from Cumberland City, Tenn., makes her inaugural appearance on the NGCA All-America Scholar Team.  The Montgomery Central High School product finished fifth on the team with an 85.47 scoring average, while playing in all 10 events.  She tallied four top-30 appearances, including an eighth place showing at the Maryville Invitational.  Rye also finished 27th at the Tusculum Fall Classic and 28th at the Anderson Invitational.  Her 86.77 career average is currently 10th in the Tusculum record book.


Haley Rye

Rye has a 3.54 GPA while majoring in elementary education and is a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and the TC Dean’s List.


Vizcarrondo, a native of Anaco, Venezuela, graduated from Tusculum in May with a degree in business management. She earned NGCA All-America Scholar accolades for a third time.   She tallied an 85.69 scoring average while playing in six events. Vizcarrondo tied for 13th place at the Tusculum Fall Classic with a two-day score of 157, including a career-best 77 in the final round.  Her 61 career rounds are tied for the ninth most in school history, while her 88.08 career stroke average is the 13th best ever by a Pioneer.


Adriana Vizcarrondo

She finished her Tusculum career with a 3.70 GPA and is a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List and Charles Oliver Gray Honors List.


Tusculum accounted for over half of the nine honorees representing the South Atlantic Conference on the Scholar Team.


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Students recognized for achievement on academic honors lists

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Students recognized for achievement on academic honors lists

Posted on 12 July 2011 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College students are recognized for their academic achievement through three academic honors lists.

The Dean’s List includes full-time students who have earned a 3.5 grade point average or higher during a semester.

The President’s List includes those students who have earned a 4.0 grade point average during the semester. These students are also included on the Dean’s List.

The Charles Oliver Gray Scholars List recognizes students who have been named to the Dean’s List for two or more consecutive semesters.

Below are the listings for the fall 2010 Dean’s List and the spring 2011 Dean’s List. Students named to the President’s List are denoted with an *. Those who are listed on the Charles Oliver Gray Scholars List are noted with a +.

The Fall 2010 Dean’s List:

James Lee Abbott

Tyler Nidal Abunijem

Tylan Marie Adams+

Elisa Andriano+

Christopher David Armstrong+

Danielle Nicole Armstrong+

Robert Britton Arrowood

Ashley Brooke Bagley+

Courtney Savannah Bare*+

Kate Ann Barford

Amber Marie Barnard+

Cindy Lynn Barrett*+

Joy Elizabeth Beeler

Stacy Lee Belletete+

Clinton Michael Biggs

Nicolette Connors Blackstone+

Heather Carmela Blanton

Katelyn Marie Brennan*

Lindsay Nicole Bridges

Tyler Lane Bright

Jessica Lee Britton*+

Adam Anthony Brown+

Emily Marie Broyles

Alesha Leann Buckner

Cassandra Joy Burchnell+

Christopher Matthew Burton+

Jade Rochelle Bussell

Ryan James Byars*

Holli Vanessa Cadenhead

Hannah Elizabeth Campbell

Allison Brittany Card*+

Haley Danielle Carr+

Emily Beth Carroll

Jeremy Rashaad Carter

Nathan Ward Carver+

Laura Jessica Casey+

Hillary Jordan Clark

Amy Lea Cody*+

Cody Ryan Coffman

Beth Anne Collins*+

Dustin Alex Collins+

Tyler Jared Collins*

Heath C. Comerford

Courtney Alyse Conley+

Eric Chandler Conley+

John Zach Conlon*

Brittany Nicole Connolly

Bradley Evan Cox

Brianna Rebecca Cox

Kristy Marie Crawley

Jillian Anne Cunha

Jarrod Daniel Cupp

Brandon Scott Davis*

Trisha Lyn Davis

Kendall Eric DeBoer

Brett A. DePalma

Kelly Diane Dixon+

Katrin Mattie Doane*+

Danielle Renee Doolittle*+

Paulo Luiz Ribeiro Dos Santos Junior+

Scott Andrew Duffy

Whitney Claire Duncan+

Kendra Deanna Dunn+

Dillon G. Dye

Matthew Coty Dykes+

Kiarra Monette Ervin+

Cody Ray Evans

ShoShanna Dawn Evans

Thomas Codie Fleming

Kayla A. Ford

Kevin Shawn Freudenberger

Jeremiah Luke Fullen+

Brandon DeWayne Gann+

Jamie Lieren Garrett

Rachael D. Gates

Lawson Gene George+

Melanie K. Gibson

Megan Niquole Gililland

Andrew Craig Goellner+

Logan Dean Goodin+

Jennifer Lynn Grant*

Dionte Jamerle Grey

Hayley Rae Griffith

Sam Arifien Groeneveld

Kirstie Lauren Gust+

Kimsie Nicole Hall+

Addie M. Hancock*

Lindsay Denise Harbin

Ashton Marie Hardeman+

Shaquita Renee Harris

Amanda Leigh Harvel+

Brooke Ashton Haymaker+

Eric Lee Henderson

Sara Elizabeth Hendry

Chelsea Herron

Staci Marie Hicks

Kenneth Wayne Hill+

Celeste Marie Hixson*

Emily Ann Hobbs

Megan Victoria Holt

Simon Dietrich Holzapfel*+

Michelle Leann Hoover*+

JohnDavid Howard+

Emily Paige Hudson+

Lynsey Brooke Hughes

Lindsay Amanda James

Kayla Marie Jaynes

Eric Deandrae Jefferson

Billie Jean Jennings*+

Jordan Rachael Jennings+

Lynnsey Alice Jett*+

Cordell Alexander Johnson+

Michelle Leann Johnson+

Alisha Janette Jones

Kayla Desiree Jones+

Jacob Floyd Kadel

Thad Lee Kanupp

Boazin Katina*

Katie Lee Kelley

Kristen C. Kelley

William Mitchel Kemper*+

Andrew Brendan Kiser*

Thomas Michael Klempin

Lily Lam

Susan Alice Lancey+

Kristen N. Lane

Cara Danielle Lankford+

Hannah Marie Laposky+

Jennifer Ann Lawson

Shaina Denise Lawson

Heather Nicole LeMay+

Cecily Erin Elizabeth Lemond

Brittany Leeann Leopper+

Yu Wen Steven Lin+

Sarah Breanna Linkous*+

Isiah Maurice Lyman

Jonathan Derek Lyons+

Taylor Leigh MacDonald*+

Don Dewey Maples*

Michael Joseph Markiewicz

Elizabeth Kathryn McDonnell*+

Devan Louise McIntyre+

Emily Michelle Meade+

Angie Marie Michaud+

April Dawn Miller

Elizabeth Michelle Miller

Craig R. Mills

Cori Lynn Monger*+

Craig R. Mooney

Marci Elizabeth Moore+

Amy Leigh Morford

Kaitlyn Dian Morgan+

Selena Renee Mounger

Derek Edward Murrell*+

McKayla Grace Myers

Jonathan Michael Nash

Maria DeShawn Nesbitt

Quyen Van Nguyen+

Zachary LaVar Norman

Dakota Lee Norton

Hilary Grace Ann Nowatzki

Daniel Thomas O’Conner

Cierra R. Ockstadt

Theodore C. Oing

Brittni Rachel Oliver

Jordan Lynn Ottinger

Jasmine Leigh Parker

Bree Anne Payne

Robert Frank Pollock+

Erica Kristin Pomana+

Cory Nathaniel Pratt

Kate Lynn Prisco

Alyson Lauren Pugh

David Taylor Rakes*+

Nora Nicole Ramsey*

Alyssa Nichole Raterman

Casey Dalton Reagan

Robert Lee Reed

Laura Breen Rees+

Leneice L. Rice

Crystal Darlene Roark+

Jeffrey Daniel Roberts

Pio John Rogers

Richard Brandon Rohr*+

David Andrew Roncskevitz+

Jennifer P. Rossiter

Jamie L. Rossman

Sean Kelsey Rowe

Mara Nichole Rutherford+

Haley Rose Rye

Ashley Nicole Sarmiento*

Norman Cody Sauceman

Jason Scott Seaton+

Russell Vance Sexton*

Chad Allen Shelton

John-Austin  Shepard

Jessica Nicole Shipley+

Lucas Charles Shipley+

Emily Grace Shipsey

Jessyca Regina Simerly

Sierra Ashley Sims+

Sabrina R. Singleton

Jamie Jo Sizemore+

Alexander William Smith*

Hannah Camille Smith

Kayleigh Lynn Smith

Sharon Marie Nicole Smith

Zachary Eugene Smith+

Marquise Lamar Snead-Johnson

Benjamin Samuel Sneyd

Benjamin P. Spillner

Justin Nichola Steigerwald

Joshua Blake Stewart

Cody William Stites*+

Jessimine Renee Strauss+

Katy Michelle Stuckwish

Rhonda Marie Stueber*+

Benjamin David Talley+

Tanya Nicole Taylor+

Blake Laurel Thompson+

Jason J. Thompson

Jeremy Lionel Thompson

Megan Nicole Thornburg+

Bethany Sarah Trent

Robert Kevin Troutman+

Stacy Lynn Tullock

Sarah Amanda Tweed+

Lindsey Infante Umberger

Samantha Renee Underwood*+

Nicole Scarlett Storm Vance+

Adriana  Vizcarrondo+

Kassandra Marie Voelker

Shane Robert Voelker*+

Sarah May-Lynn Waddell

Priscilla Marie Wampler*+

Felicia Renae Waters

Kayla Amber Watts

Brooke Catherine Wedding*+

Zechariah Aaron Wesley+

Angel E. West

Roxie Marie Whitt+

Alexander Keith Wiedemann*+

Pamela Marlene Williams+

Amber Michelle Willis*+

Destini Shea Wingerter

Abigail Elizabeth Wolfenbarger+

Elizabeth A. Wright*

Luis Christopher Zamora*+


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Ashley Marie Andrukonis
Christopher David Armstrong
Danielle Nicole Armstrong+
Robert Britton Arrowood*+
Ryan Michael Badertscher
Morgan Lee Baese
Anjelica Rose Bailey*
Courtney Savannah Bare*+
Kate Ann Barford
Ryan Matthew Barker
Amber Marie Barnard+
Cindy Lynn Barrett+
Courtney D. Beard
Joy Elizabeth Beeler+
Stacy Lee Belletete+
Janik Ruben Bold
Katelyn Marie Brennan+
Tyler Lane Bright*+
Jessica Lee Britton+
Courtney Elizabeth Broderick
Chancery David Brosan
Adam Anthony Brown+
Jessica Rose Brown
Kim Caroline Brown
Emily Marie Broyles*+
Megan Leigh Buckmaster
Alesha Leann Buckner+
Jabari Ali Bunch
Christopher Matthew Burton+
Ryan James Byars*+
Cory Alexander Callahan
Brandon Richard Campbell
Allison Brittney Card+
Haley Danielle Carr*+
Kimberly Christine Carter
Nathan Ward Carver+
Tiffany DeAnn Case
Laura Jessica Casey+
Sarah Anne Chait
Rebecca Marie Chambers
Rachel Elaine Clabo*
Cody Ryan Coffman+
Tiffany Ann Colbaugh
Beth Anne Collins*+
Courtney Alyse Conley+
John Zach Conlon*+
Brittany Nicole Connolly+
Vinton Kadeem Copeland
Bo Andrew Cordell
Blair Norman Cowley
Bradley Evan Cox+
Brianna Rebecca Cox+
David Michael Crowder
Jillian Ann Cunha+
Trisha Lyn Davis+
Kelly Diane Dixon
Katrin Mattie Doane*+
Danielle Renee Doolittle*+
Scott Andrew Duffy+
Whitney Claire Duncan*
Matthew Coty Dykes+
Joshua Daniel Ellis*
Karnika KaVandra Ervin*
Kiarra Monette Ervin+
Jennifer Danielle Estepp
Emma L. Fain
Jessica Rose Figler
Thomas Codie Fleming
Kayla A. Ford
Ashley Nicole Fritz
Jeremiah Luke Fullen
Paisley Paige Fultz
Brandon DeWayne Gann+
Rachel D. Gates+
Kelley Catherine Gentry
Lawson Gene George+
Melanie K. Gibson*+
Andrew Craig Goellner*+
Logan Dean Goodin+
Robert Craig Goodman
Jennifer Lynn Grant*+
Lukas All Graves
Sam Arifien Groeneveld*
Kirstie Lauren Gust*
Bess Rachel Gutenstein
Kimsie Nicole Hall+
Randi Michelle Hall
Addie M. Hancock*+
Ashton Marie Hardeman+
Shaquita Renee Harris+
Amanda Leigh Harvel+
Ariel Gail Hawkins
Lelia Helen Heinbach
Eric Lee Henderson+
Staci Marie Hicks
Kenneth Wayne Hill+
Kristen Marie Hill
Celeste Marie Hixson+
Emily Ann Hobbs+
Patrick T. Holleran
Megan Victoria Holt+
Simon Dietrich Holzapfel*+
Michelle Leann Hoover*+
Dean Michael Hopewell
Payden Gene Houser
JohnDavid Howard+
Sara Chesnee Howard
Hillary Leann Howell
Emily Paige Hudson*+
Billie Jean Jennings*+
Jordan Rachel Jennings+
Cordell Alexander Johnson*+
Alisha Janette Jones+
Kayla Desiree Jones+
Jacob Floyd Kadel+
Thad Lee Kanupp+
Pamela Rae’ Keen
Katie Lee Kelley+
Kristen C. Kelley+
Hannah Paige Kirk
Andrew Brendan Kiser+
Thomas Michael Klempin+
Lily Lam+
Cyrus Jackson Lampley
Kristen N. Lane
Cara Danielle Lankford
Cherish Faith Lawson
Heather Nicole LeMay
Brittany Leeann Leopper
Yu Wen Steven Lin*+
Emily Rachel Lowe
Isiah Maurice Lyman+
Jonathan Derek Lyons+
Samantha Nicole Lyons
Taylor Leigh MacDonald*+
Don Dewey Maples+
Lee-Ann Nicole McGeorge
Elizabeth Kathryn McDonnell*+
Emily Michelle Meade+
Angie Marie Michaud+
April Dawn Miller*+
Elizabeth Michelle Miller+
Craig R. Mooney+
Kaitlyn Dian Morgan+
Chelsea McGrady Morris
Selena Renee Mounger+
Derek Edward Murrell*+
McKayla Grace Myers+
Jonathan Michael Nash+
Carson LeighAnn Necessary
Amy Michelle Neltner
Quyen Van Nguyen
Jacob Amiel Norris
Dakota Lee Norton+
Hilary Grace Ann Nowatzki+
Daniel Thomas O’Conner+
Cierra R. Ockstadt+
Lindsey Morine Ogle
Matthew Alan Olson
Jordan Lynn Ottinger+
Bree Anne Payne+
Joseph Edward Paysinger
Monica F. Perez
Matthew Adam Poff
Robert Frank Pollock+
Erica Kristin Pomana+
Brandon Edward Priest*
Katie Lynn Prisco+
David Taylor Rakes*+
Noelle Elis Rankin
Jordan Tucker Reams
Clinton Cody Reed
Justin Phillip Reed
Nathan Andrew Reid
Shan Renea Dawn Rinderle
Crystal Darlene Roark
Jeffrey Daniel Roberts+
Pio John Rogers+
Sean Kelsey Rowe+
Haley Rose Rye
Sandra Dawn Salmons
Ashley Nicole Sarmiento*+
Jason Scott Seaton+
Amber LeAnn Sharp
Brittan Davis Shaw
Leslie Sierra Shelton*
Lucas Charles Shipley+
Jessyca Regina Simerly+
Sierra Ashley Sims+
William James Sivyer
Jamie Jo Sizemore+
Caleb Brent Slover*
Hannah Camille Smith+
Benjamin Samuel Sneyd+
Benjamin P. Spillner+
Megan Corrine Stamper
Cody William Stites*
Jessimine Renee Strauss+
Katy Michelle Stuckwish+
Shonya Delora Swatzell
Benjamin David Talley+
Meagan Elizabeth Talley
Lauren Elizabeth Taylor
Marcus Glen Taylor
Tanya Nicole Taylor*+
Westley Michael Taylor
Blake Laurel Thompson+
Bethany Sarah Trent+
Robert Kevin Troutman+
Stacy Lynn Tullock
Courtney Lonzetta Turner
Samantha Renee Underwood*+
Nicole Scarlett Storm Vance+
Daniel Scott Vick
Adriana Vizcarrondo+
Sarah May-Lynn Waddell+
Hillary Jordan Waller
Priscilla Marie Wampler
Kayla Amber Watts+
Angel E. West*
Roxie Marie Whitt+
Alexander Keith Wiedemann*+
Andrea Len Wilcox
Pamela Marlene Williams+
Amber Michelle Willis*+
Dawn Marie Winchester
Destini Shea Wingerter
Abigail Elizabeth Wolfenbarger+
Taylor Katherine Wood
Elizabeth A. Wright*+
Luis Christopher Zamora*+

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Tusculum College Board of Trustees extends President Moody’s Contract

Posted on 23 May 2011 by tcrabtree@tusculum.edu

Dr. Nancy B. Moody

The Tusculum College Board of Trustees voted to extend the contract of current president, Dr. Nancy B. Moody, during its meeting on Saturday, May 21.

Dr. Moody is in the second year of a three-year contract. The contract extension is for three years.

“Tusculum College is at a very exciting time in its history. I am extremely pleased to have the support of the Board of Trustees as we move together toward long-term planning, the growth of our academic programs and continued and expanded success of our graduates,” said Dr. Moody.

Dr. Kenneth A. Bowman, chair of the Board of Trustees, praised Moody’s efforts in directing the college. “Dr. Moody has already made a significant positive impact on the college with her visionary leadership, and the Board is pleased that it was able to express its appreciation for those efforts with the contract extension.”

Since assuming the college presidency in April 2009 as the first female in Tusculum’s history to hold the position, Moody has faced several challenges. She led the college through a successful reaffirmation of accreditation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)-Commission on Colleges (COC) and guided the college towards greater financial stability in a time of economic uncertainty.

Dr. Moody praised the efforts and support of Tusculum College faculty and staff noting that the key to success is having quality people working toward common goals who are constantly striving to improve.

Under Dr. Moody’s leadership, new academic programs have been offered to both students in the Residential College program and those in the Graduate and Professional Studies program for working adults. A new minor in theater arts has been established and the expansion of additional academic programs is underway.

Dr. Moody was a driving force in the beginning of the Pioneer Band and Music program which has grown to include a pep band, marching band, concert band, jazz band and handbell choir. The band programs now include more than 50 college and high school students as well as faculty, staff and members of the community.

In the Graduate and Professional Studies program, three new degree programs have been added, a bachelor of business administration degree, a bachelor of psychology degree with a concentration in behavioral health and a master of arts in teaching degree. In addition, two new degree concentrations have been created in applied information technology and financial management. The new concentrations are optional for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration or organizational management in the adult program.

Dr. Moody came to Tusculum from Lincoln Memorial University (LMU), where she served as president. She had begun her career in higher education at LMU where she served as an instructor of nursing. She subsequently served in several roles at LMU, culminating as the dean of the School of Professional Studies before joining the faculty of East Tennessee State University where she was tenured and served as department chair. She served as an associate professor at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville before returning to LMU to assume its presidency. In terms of leadership, Dr. Moody has served as executive director of the Tennessee Center of Nursing, which was funded initially through a grant that she co-authored.

She is a member of the NCAA Division II Presidents Council, the South Atlantic Conference, and an active participant on the boards of the Appalachian College Association and the Tennessee Center for Nursing, Inc. Dr. Moody is the past chair of the executive committee for the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association.

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Tusculum and LMU – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine sign affiliation agreement

Posted on 27 April 2011 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Representatives of Tusculum College and Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine signed an affiliation agreement on Wednesday, April 20, opening the door for a seamless transfer for students majoring in selected academic programs at Tusculum College.

Tusculum College President Dr. Nancy B. Moody and Dr. Ray Stowers, vice president and dean Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, signed the articulation agreement at the Tusculum College Knoxville Regional Center on Wednesday afternoon.  The agreement becomes effective immediately for students enrolled at Tusculum College.

“We are very pleased to announce this new partnership and affiliation agreement that offers Tusculum College students a seamless transition into the osteopathic medical college at LMU,” said Moody. “This affiliation agreement provides a pathway to launch our best and brightest students into a career as an osteopathic physician.”

The two colleges have been working out the details of the affiliation agreement for several months and have come up with a program that allows for Tusculum College undergraduate students who meet the guidelines to be given provisional acceptance into the LMU-DCOM.

“We look forward to working with Tusculum College students as part of this program,” Stowers said. “Through this program the two institutions are helping to address the critical health care needs of the region,” said Stowers.

“The Early Acceptance Program is designed to facilitate the admission of Tusculum College students into the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program,” said Dr. Kim Estep, provost and academic vice president at Tusculum College.

Once recommended by Tusculum College, representatives of the program will interview the student in their junior year at Tusculum. Those who have a successful interview will be offered provisional acceptance into the program.

“We are very excited about the additional options this agreement will provide for current and future Tusculum College students,” said Moody. “We will continue to strive to provide them opportunities to excel not only while they are on our campus, but also as they continue their education in professional schools such as the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine.”

Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College (left), and Dr. Ray Stowers, vice president and dean of the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, signed an affiliation agreement to provide early acceptance for qualifying Tusculum College students into the LMU-DCOM program.

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