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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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Loading your car for that trip to campus?

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Loading your car for that trip to campus?

Posted on 10 August 2011 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College’s two primary move-in days for the fall 2011 semester, August 19 and 20, are quickly approaching.  Are you wondering what items are best to bring to settle your student into Tusculum College?

The College’s Office of Student Affairs has the answers in its Residential Move-in Guide. New students move in on Friday, August 19, and returning students move-in on Saturday, August 20.

Items that should be packed include extra-long twin sheets/linens, bath towels, shower shoes, laundry detergent, shower caddy, alarm clock, pillows, toiletries, laundry basket and cleaning supplies. Also remember to bring a telephone, UL-approved surge protector and an Ethernet card and cord (needed for network access).

Some optional items include under-bed storage, a 3.1-cubic-foot or smaller refrigerator, microwave, computer, a dry-erase board, a fan, an answering machine, a stereo with no subwoofers, a television, microwavable dishes, iron/ironing board, coaxial cable, a coffee maker, can opener, lock box and crock pot.  Students who live in the apartments or residential houses are also permitted to bring George Foreman grills.

Items not allowed in the residence halls are extension cords, candles, incense, fireworks, hot plates, popcorn poppers, space heaters, toasters/toaster ovens, air conditioners and guns of any kind including pellet, water or paint guns.

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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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Surviving the transition a new year brings

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Surviving the transition a new year brings

Posted on 10 August 2011 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Closeness and ease of communication are two of the aspects of a parent-child relationship that change during the college years.

August is a time of transition and change on the Tusculum College campus as the slower pace of summer gives way to the hustle and bustle of the return of students to residence halls and classrooms.

It is a time of change for students as they meet new friends,  tackle the challenge of a their academic classes, and adapt to life in a residence hall, if they live on campus. Faculty and staff also develop new routines and schedules as they meet and interact with a new group of  Tusculum students.

But, perhaps the most difficult transition is the emotional one faced by students and their parents at the start of any new academic year, particularly new students and their families. The college years can be challenging for both parents and their children as both strive to discover their new roles in a changing relationship, whether the child is leaving for school or living at home while attending classes.

The parent-child relationship changes during the college years, and trust is an essential ingredient for that transition to be successful and for relationships between children and parents to strengthen.


For parents, emotions are often mixed between the feelings of wanting their children to remain “their babies” to a desire to see them grow up and become independent, successful adults. Children are seeking to become more independent while also needing to continue to feel love and acceptance of their families.


Parents can be assured that their children will continue to be a big part of your life while a college student, but what will change is the frequency of your contact and the nature of how you communicate. Remember that the first few weeks of school are a particularly busy time for students, and conversations are best kept brief and positive in nature. Parents may also find that texting and emailing may be a better means of communication than a phone call.


Whether students are living on campus or at home, their parents are not able to see every part of their children’s lives as college students. This is where trust plays a major role. You have raised your child well, and you have trust that the solid foundation you have provided with your love and instruction will help your child make good decisions and be successful in college.


Students who are trusted by their parents feels more self confident, can stand up for their beliefs, are more secure with the knowledge of parental support at home and are better equipped to say “no” when that answer is in their best interest.


However, a student who does not feel a high level of trust from his or her parents may defy authority as an expected behavior, may not share with his or her parents what is happening in their life at school, can keep secrets that could be harmful and will look to others for support, including some who may be bad influences.


Parents also are encouraged to remember that this transition may seem overwhelming, but it is a opportunity for their relationship with their child to grow. Parents can know their son or daughter on a different level, and it can lead to good, sometimes necessary conversation about issues. This transition can be a way for both you and your child to try new things and go outside your “comfort zone.”


The transition to college can also help parents and their students learn new things about one another and although each may miss each other, both parents and students can gain a renewed sense of appreciation for one another.


It is the start or continuation of an adult relationship with your child – enjoy this new phase of both of your lives.

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Mark Your Calendars for Parent Weekend 2011!


Mark Your Calendars for Parent Weekend 2011!

Posted on 12 July 2011 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Join us October 28-29 for Parent Weekend 2011!

Mark your calendar for Tusculum College Parent Weekend on October 28-29.

Parents are invited to campus for a variety of activities and the opportunity to get to know Tusculum College a little better.  Highlights of the weekend include a “Meet and Greet” event with Tusculum College President Dr. Nancy B. Moody, a tailgating event and a Pioneer home football game.  Make plans to attend! For more information, contact ccox@tusculum.edu.

The cornhole tournament was a popular activity during the 2010 Parent Weekend.

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