Tusculum University celebrates the graduation of 139 students earning bachelor’s, master’s and associate degrees

GREENEVILLE – With all remaining projects completed and final exams taken, 139 Tusculum University students moved into celebratory mode Saturday, Dec. 10, as graduates of Tennessee’s first higher education institution.

Tusculum held its fall commencement ceremony Saturday in Pioneer Arena, an occasion marked by joy as the graduates make the transition to the next phase of their lives. Their proud family members, faculty members who mentored them and university staff members who supported them beamed with satisfaction knowing these career-ready professionals will positively impact communities they serve.

“Many of us remember when our undergraduate students began their studies with us and have watched them develop academically, socially and personally,” said Dr. Scott Hummel, Tusculum’s president. “We know they will leave us more conscious of the importance of civic engagement as they put their degrees into practice. Our graduate students will be well positioned through their advanced studies to achieve even higher levels of success in their careers, grounded in principles taught by their professors and embedded in our mission.”

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Dr. Tim Carter, a 23-year professor and successful entrepreneur, named dean of Tusculum’s innovative College of Business

GREENEVILLE – Dr. Tim Carter, a two-time Tusculum University graduate who has taught for 23 years in the collegiate classroom and served in ownership and other leadership roles in the private sector, has been promoted to dean of his alma mater’s College of Business.

An associate professor of marketing and management at Tusculum since 2014, Dr. Carter will oversee bachelor’s and master’s programs that have achieved national recognition in recent years. He seeks to highlight these accomplishments, tout the success of College of Business alumni and create additional opportunities for students to have active and experiential learning opportunities in the community. He will also partner with faculty members to ensure the College of Business’ academic programs remain on the cutting edge.

“We looked for many qualities in the next dean of the College of Business, and Dr. Carter quickly rose to the surface as the ideal candidate,” said Dr. Miriam Stroder, dean of the College of Education and chair of the search committee. “His connections to Tusculum are a definite plus, and his plans for continuous improvement and collaboration with the faculty will produce desirable results. The search committee was pleased to recommend him.”

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Tusculum holding “After the Cap and Gown” online event to share information about the university’s master’s degrees

GREENEVILLE – Individuals who seek to expand their knowledge and enhance their marketability for high-paying jobs will benefit from an upcoming event that discusses the master’s degrees available from Tusculum University.

The higher education institution will hold “After the Cap and Gown” Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 6:30-8 p.m. via the Zoom platform. During the free event, attendees will learn more about the graduate programs in the College of Business and the College of Education at Tusculum.

Representatives from the two colleges will share details about the master’s degrees, and alumni will discuss their experiences with these programs. Members of the Office of Admission and the Office of Financial Aid will also be present with information about the application and payment processes.

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Tusculum University produces a $58 million annual economic impact on Greene County and other parts of the region

GREENEVILLETusculum University, which has served the region and prepared students to be career-ready professionals for 228 years, provides an annual economic impact of more than $58 million to its home community of Greene County and other parts of East Tennessee.

From the pay and benefits it dispenses to faculty and staff members to the additional expenses it incurs for daily operations, Tusculum is helping churn the region’s economic engine significantly. The university also supports the financial well-being of communities through the spending by our students and visitors who come for games, tours and special ceremonies. And a Tusculum degree results in higher salaries for graduates that reverberate in the community with even greater impact.

“We are proud to be located in Greene County and drive economic activity throughout East Tennessee,” said Dr. Scott Hummel, Tusculum’s president. “Our presence tremendously impacts the balance sheets of many businesses and budgets of various governments. Directly and indirectly, Tusculum University delivers great value to the region, producing outstanding graduates and stimulating the quality of life and financial stability of our region.”

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Upcoming Farm to Table provides marvelous dining experience at the Doak House Museum on Tusculum University’s grounds

GREENEVILLE – A new tradition at Tusculum University’s annual Homecoming celebration returns this month, offering an exquisite dining experience at the Doak House Museum featuring many homegrown ingredients.

Tusculum will host the Farm to Table – the Pioneer Way – dinner Thursday, Oct. 20, with activities starting at 5:30 p.m. The scrumptious meal will feature a variety of items grown at the Doak House and by local farmers.

“Join us for this fabulous dining opportunity in a picturesque setting on our historic campus,” said Nicole Rader, director of alumni and community engagement. “With leaves changing colors and fall beginning to take hold, this is a terrific way to enjoy the scenery among great company. You will not want to miss this exceptional evening on the grounds of Tennessee’s first higher education institution.”

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Tusculum hosts quiz bowl for high school students, lets them experience the college atmosphere

GREENEVILLE – About 80 students from three states absorbed the collegiate atmosphere, engaged in high-quality competition and learned all Tennessee’s first higher education institution offers during a recent quiz bowl at Tusculum University.

The students, who came from 12 high schools in Tennessee, Virginia and South Carolina, participated in the Tusculum Earlybird in the university’s state-of-the-art Meen Center. They competed in 18 teams that played 63 games, answering questions on a wide variety of subjects, such as literature, history, science, religion, mythology and fine arts.

“The Tusculum Earlybird was an outstanding forum for these students to show the breadth and depth of their knowledge,” said Dr. Chuck Pearson, chair of the university’s Natural Sciences Department and professor of natural sciences, who served as the tournament’s director. “As they begin to consider the next steps in their academic lives, we were pleased to host them at Tusculum so they could imagine being a student in one of our classrooms and the way the university would prepare them to be career-ready professionals.”

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Tusculum expands services that promote faculty, staff and student health with the opening of the Wellness Center

GREENEVILLETusculum University has enhanced the collegiate experience for students and created a valuable benefit for faculty and staff members with the opening of a new Wellness Center on campus.

The Wellness Center is located on the first floor of the Scott M. Niswonger Commons, one level below Pioneer Arena. The facility is open seven days a week for nearly 100 hours each week and is available to students, faculty and staff.

The facility contains treadmills, elliptical machines and a variety of weight machines. Coming soon will be a full complement of dumbbells and other equipment.

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Dr. Nick Davidson selected as chair of Tusculum University’s growing Sport Management Department

GREENEVILLE – Dr. Nick Davidson, an assistant professor of sport management at Tusculum University, has been named chair of this growing department.

A Tusculum family member for a year, Dr. Davidson teaches bachelor’s and master’s sport management courses. They include Sport Facilities and Design/Event Management, Communication in Sport and Legal Issues in Sport. Tusculum offers a Bachelor of Science in sport management and a Master of Sport Management.

“We are thrilled to elevate Dr. Davidson to chair of these well-designed and well-developed programs,” said Dr. Kevin Hill, interim dean of the College of Business. “He will build on their many strengths and national recognition to ensure our graduates continue to be equipped as career-ready professionals. We look forward to witnessing growth in these programs with Dr. Davidson at the helm.”

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Dr. Jacob Fait named vice president of enrollment management and financial aid at Tusculum University

GREENEVILLE – Dr. Jacob Fait, who has produced stellar results as dean of the College of Business, has been promoted to vice president of enrollment management and financial aid at Tusculum University.

In his new role, Dr. Fait will oversee the Offices of Admission, Communications and Marketing, and Financial Aid. Working with the directors in those offices, he will position the university for enrollment growth, promote the Tusculum brand and ensure students receive the maximum financial support possible as they pursue their degrees. He will also serve in Tusculum’s Executive Cabinet.

“We are delighted to recognize Dr. Fait’s exceptional performance and outstanding abilities by entrusting him with broader responsibilities,” said Dr. Scott Hummel, Tusculum’s president. “Dr. Fait has repeatedly demonstrated strong leadership that has had a measurable effect, and I am confident he will excel in his new role. He will be a valuable partner as we implement our strategic goals and fulfill our mission.”

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Greene County Community Band to perform diverse concert at Tusculum University

GREENEVILLE – The Greene County Community band will provide an enjoyable mix of classic and contemporary songs during a free concert at Tusculum University.

Conducted by Dr. David Gonzalez, Tusculum’s director of bands, the ensemble will take the stage at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the Marilyn duBrisk Theatre of Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Center. The concert will feature about 40 performers, including Tusculum students and community members, playing wind and percussion instruments.

“We are thrilled to have the community band performing again and enhancing the quality of life in the Greene County and the region,” Dr. Gonzalez said. “Attendees will enjoy a relaxing evening on the Tusculum campus and have the opportunity to hear some excellent music. We encourage everyone in the region to join us.”

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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.”

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Tusculum professor to present lecture on 9/11, events that led up to the attacks and the aftermath

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.

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