Casey Reagan named registrar at Tusculum University, succeeding longtime academic professional Sheryl Burnette
GREENEVILLE – Casey Reagan, a two-time Tusculum University graduate and a dynamic up-and-coming academic professional, has been promoted to registrar of Tennessee’s first higher education institution.
Effective Friday, Oct. 1, Reagan will lead a team of five employees in the Registrar’s Office as they work closely with Tusculum family members to maintain a wide array of academic records and help ensure student progression toward graduation. He has worked in the Registrar’s Office for five years.
“Casey has demonstrated proven results as a leader and is committed to the success of our students and the university,” said Dr. Ramona Williams, vice president of enrollment management and financial aid. “We are delighted to promote him and know his impressive skill set will not only lead to his professional growth but also help the university continue to progress. The Registrar’s Office will be in excellent hands with Casey at the helm.”
GREENEVILLE – No one who watched the horrifying events of 9/11 unfold will ever forget the images of planes striking the Twin Towers in New York.
What might not be easy to remember are some of the sinister acts in the years preceding that day, the rise of Al-Qaeda and the cumulative response by the United States. As the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the plane crash in Pennsylvania nears, Dr. Troy Goodale, a professor of political science at Tusculum University will pull the pieces together in an upcoming lecture.
Dr. Goodale will present “9/11: Numbers of Notoriety, Day of Infamy” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9. This free talk will be available to the Tusculum family and the community in the Meen Center lecture hall as well as on the Zoom virtual platform. Dr. Goodale will answer questions at the conclusion of his presentation.
Tusculum launches 2021-22 academic year with Convocation, new academic programs and activities for students
GREENEVILLE — Tusculum University celebrated the launch of the 2021-22 academic year with flair Tuesday, Aug. 24, with the Opening Convocation, a formal ceremony that enabled the institution to reflect on the success of its students and prepare for the achievements to come.
Faculty and administrators dressed in full regalia, accompanied by a bagpiper into and out of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center Auditorium, christened the start of classes for the fall semester. To protect the Tusculum family as much as possible during the pandemic, participants wore face coverings, and most of the rest of the university watched the event via livestream.
“We are thrilled to welcome our new students to the Tusculum family and are excited to once again see and interact with those who have returned this year to continue their studies,” said Dr. Scott Hummel, president of Tennessee’s first higher education institution. “They recognize the value of a Tusculum education and will experience tremendous success as they apply their heart, mind and strength to their collegiate experience. Our faculty and staff are eager to equip our students to be career-ready professionals who are civically engaged and shaped by our caring Christian environment.”
GREENEVILLE – U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn experienced the breadth of Tusculum University from its earliest days to its cutting-edge research labs in place today during a recent campus tour.
During her visit to Tennessee’s first higher education institution Wednesday, Aug. 18, Blackburn, R-Tenn., visited Old College, a building dating to 1841, which houses the President Andrew Johnson library and archive. She also toured the Thomas J. Garland Library, the primary campus library, which is named after a former state senator and interim Tusculum president. In addition, Blackburn saw the exterior of McCormick Hall, which is named after Nettie Fowler McCormick, one of Tusculum’s early benefactors.
Blackburn concluded her tour with a visit to the university’s newest building, the Meen Center, where she saw the state-of-the-art science laboratories and learned more about the nursing program and the Center for Academic Success and Tutoring.
Speaker at Tusculum University graduation highlights the influence one person can have on another; president confers 87 degrees during ceremony
GREENEVILLE – Tusculum University’s summer graduation speaker told his audience that everyone impacts and influences others, and he encouraged his classmates and others in attendance to use those moments in the right way.
“We must devote our time, planning, effort, energy, preparation and much more in hopes of benefiting another,” Eric Jones said in his remarks at the Pioneer Park ceremony, held Saturday, Aug. 14. “The best part is that we all have the same opportunity to do this – to maybe change a life.“
Jones, who earned a Master of Arts in organizational training and performance management, was one of 87 graduates for the summer commencement. Fifty-five of the graduates received master’s degrees, and the rest earned bachelor’s and associate degrees.
GREENEVILLE – Completing a year of community-based learning, a group of Greene County leaders embraced an opportunity to perform service work on an additional trail everyone can enjoy on the Tusculum University campus.
These participants in Leadership Greene County, a program of the Greene County Partnership, also performed cleanup in the Paul E. Hayden Educational Wetland and the nearby creek, which lie on the outer edges of Tennessee’s first higher education institution. Their activities took much of the day Wednesday, July 21, and group members spoke highly of the opportunity to help Tusculum and serve the community.
GREENEVILLE – During a full calendar year of courses, Master of Business Administration students at Tusculum University build their knowledge on multiple subjects, equipping them to be career-ready professionals in the corporate world.
When the summer arrives, these students examine in depth a need facing an organization and present solutions that can enhance bottom-line performance. Through the MBA’S Comprehensive Business Project course, they prove to be valuable partners who can help ensure an organization’s long-term success.
GREENEVILLE – As the Greeneville Flyboys play their inaugural season in the Appalachian League, a group of Tusculum University graduate students is helping the team achieve success by performing integral behind-the-scenes work.
Cassie Born, Grant Crosby, Alexis Grampp, Justin Irwin and Amber Weber are enrolled in the Master of Arts in sport administration program. One of the requirements of earning this degree is to complete an internship, and these five will be with the Flyboys through the remainder of the season, which lasts until August.
Students seeking to transfer schools can explore Tusculum University’s offerings at two open houses in July
GREENEVILLE – Students who seek to transfer to another higher education institution can learn more during two open houses about the plentiful offerings at Tusculum University.
Tusculum will hold Transfer Talks Thursday, July 8, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Brotherton Boardroom of the Meen Center on the Greeneville campus as well as at the Knoxville campus, 1305 Centerpoint Blvd. Students seeking to be a traditional transfer student or an adult and online student can meet with representatives from the Offices of Admission and Financial Aid as well as members of the Student Support Services team and others from the Tusculum family.
In addition, personnel from TN Reconnect, an initiative to help more adults return to higher education to gain new skills, advance in the workplace and fulfill lifelong dreams of completing a degree or credential, will be present. They will be able to discuss potential opportunities for students to receive a grant to pay tuition and fee expenses not covered by state and federal financial aid.
Human resources professionals can learn more at event about corporate partnership opportunities with Tusculum
GREENEVILLE – Human resources professionals who are interested in learning more about how their companies can partner with Tusculum University are invited to the Greeneville campus for a special event.
The university will hold a breakfast from 8-10 a.m. Thursday, July 8, in the Brotherton Boardroom on the third floor of the Meen Center. Representatives of the Offices of Admission and Financial Aid will join other Tusculum family members to present information about the abundant undergraduate and graduate programs the university offers through corporate partnerships. Dr. Scott Hummel, Tusculum’s president, will also be present to speak and greet attendees.
Tusculum has established partnerships with 17 companies, and others are pending. The agreement provides for a reduction in tuition for employees of these companies who pursue one of the several bachelor’s and master’s degrees available through the partnership.
GREENEVILLE – A Tusculum University management professor is teaming with colleagues in the Southeast and Midwest to hold a roundtable discussion about the use of simulation software.
Dr. Joshua Ray who serves as an associate professor of management in Tusculum’s College of Business, is collaborating with Dr. Eva Cowell from the University of Tennessee and Dr. Adam Smith from Indiana University Kokomo to research simulations. Dr. Cowell is a lecturer in the Management and Entrepreneurship Department in the Haslam College of Business at UT, and Dr. Smith is an associate professor of management at IU Kokomo’s School of Business.
The three of them are writing a paper on the subject and will now hold the roundtable “Teaching Simulations Best Practices” through the Management & Organizational Behavior Teaching Society. The roundtable will be held Saturday, June 19, via Zoom.
GREENEVILLE – In recognition of their dedicated service to the nation, members of the U.S. military who are receiving military tuition assistance from the federal government will also receive support from Tusculum University.
The university has created the Military Tuition Scholarship, which will result in those individuals having no out-of-pocket expenses for their undergraduate studies. The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition that the federal government does not pay.
“We are honored to provide this scholarship as our way of supporting the men and women who are valiantly defending the United States and protecting our freedom,” said Dr. Scott Hummel, Tusculum’s president. “As they serve our nation, we welcome the opportunity to help them work toward their completing their associate or bachelor’s degree. This will enable them to potentially advance in the military or help them establish their career in the civilian workforce when their service is complete.”