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Tusculum College Staff Council service project results in 400-item donation to Daily Bread in Morristown

Posted on 20 July 2011 by srichey@tusculum.edu

The Tusculum College Staff Council completed a service project in June, delivering more than 400 cans of food to the Daily Bread in Morristown.

The staff of Tusculum College completed the food drive in June and delivered the items personally to the organization.

The Daily Bread is an organization in the Morristown downtown area. It was started by Hobe Williams, who is now 86, to feed the hungry. He started out as a service for the homeless, now he feeds anyone in need.

According to Audrey Brackens, projects and events chairman for the Tusculum College Staff Council, Williams relies solely on donations to operate, he gets no federal funding. Brackens and her committee organized the food drive project for Tusculum College.

“This was an opportunity for the staff of Tusculum College to come together in service and really make an impact,” said Michelle Arbogast, president of the Staff Council. “We were overwhelmed with the participation and the success of the project was the result of so many people participating.”

The mission of the Tusculum College Staff Council is to improve communications across the college campuses and build morale for all employees of Tusculum College. The council strives to enhance the overall quality of work life for the Tusculum College staff and increase employee engagement in the larger college community by providing educational development and social opportunities for staff employees.


Tusculum College staff members participating in the delivery of the items to the Daily Bread homeless and needy kitchen were from left, Jamie Hamer, director of marketing and associate director of enrollment for the Graduate and Professional Studies program: JoAnn Swecker, administrative clerk; David Watts of Facilities Management; Hobe Williams, of the Daily Bread organization; Pat Stansberry, faculty clerical assistant; Audrey Brackens, clerical assistant to the Registrar, and Mandy Altum, communications clerk.

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Rachel Edens named program coordinator for Tusculum College’s Center for Civic Advancement

Posted on 15 July 2011 by srichey@tusculum.edu

As of June 1, Rachel Edens joined Tusculum College in the Center for Civic Advancement (CCA) as the new program coordinator.  Edens will take over duties from former CCA Director Joyce Doughty, who retired at the end of July after many years of service to the college.

Edens attended the University of North Carolina, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a minor in African-American studies. She is also a graduate of UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Business Essentials program.

Rachel Edens

“I look forward to the opportunity to continue to grow the programs associated with the Center of Civic Advancement,” said Edens. “These programs are essential to the uniqueness of Tusculum College and are part of the overall dedication that Tusculum College has to instilling the value of service in its students.”

Edens relocated to Greeneville to accept an AmeriCorps VISTA position with the Center for Civic Advancement in May of 2010.  As a VISTA volunteer, she redeveloped a mentoring initiative between Tusculum’s Bonner Leader Program and Greeneville Middle School, fostered new community partnerships, increased the capacity of service-learning activities and wrote and was awarded a grant by United Healthcare to establish new programming to reduce childhood obesity.

One result of this grant funding was the establishment of a community garden at the Greeneville/Greene County Boys and Girls Club.

“It is great to have Rachel join us permanently, and I’m certain she will be inspiring to students, staff and faculty who participate in the various service projects and programs of the CCA,” said Dr. Melinda Dukes, associate vice president for academic affairs.

The Center for Civic Advancement is dedicated to effecting positive change by promoting social responsibility, social justice and equity through civic engagement and service learning partnerships involving students, campus and the community. The CCA promotes service-learning on Tusculum’s campuses by connecting students to volunteer opportunities in the local area. The Center also provides faculty with resources to incorporate course-related service projects into their classes.

For more information on the Center for Civic Advancement and its programs, contact Edens at (423) 636-7327.

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