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Veterans of all branches of the U.S. Military can get their bachelor’s or master’s degree at Tusculum College tuition-free with the announcement of the College’s participation in the federal Yellow Ribbon program.
The voluntary “Yellow Ribbon” program, commonly referred to as the New GI Bill, makes it possible for eligible veterans who meet the College’s admissions requirements to attend tuition-free, up to the legal amount allowed by the federal program if they have 100 percent entitlement to the Post 9/11 GI Bill and qualify for the Yellow Ribbon program.
“Tusculum College has a long history of providing programs that allow the adult student to be able to achieve their dream of higher education while balancing the responsibilities of career and family,” said Jacquelyn D. Elliott, vice president for enrollment management at Tusculum College. “With the Yellow Ribbon program we can provide the opportunity to the men and women who have served our country and do it in a way that meets the needs of their current life situation.”
Formally known as the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, the Yellow Ribbon program is an effort to pay for veterans’ college expenses to a similar extent that the original GI Bill did after World War II by providing for payment of tuition and fees, a housing allowance and a stipend for books and supplies.
The program is available for eligible veterans who have served at least three years on active military duty, or at least 30 days for someone released for a service-connected disability, since September 11, 2001.
“Tusculum College is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program. This program allows the College to further fulfill her mission by acknowledging the service and commitment of those who have served our country by providing them with financial support to complete their education.” said Tusculum College President Dr. Nancy B. Moody. “With the variety of locations, programs, majors, degrees and scheduling options offered at Tusculum College, we are uniquely suited to serve those whose educational path was interrupted or who are considering higher education for the first time.”
The Yellow Ribbon Program is applicable towards all Tusculum College degree programs, which include traditional undergraduate programs, as well as the Graduate and Professional Studies programs. Tuition benefits under the program are also available to both full and part-time students.
Tusculum College has long offered assistance to veterans returning to higher education and Veterans Affairs Coordinator Pat Simons is available to specifically support veterans with their admissions and financial aid questions. For more information on the Yellow Ribbon program or others assistance provided by the College, contact Simons at 423-636-7300.
To accommodate a national television audience, the South Atlantic Conference football opener between Tusculum College and Wingate University has been moved to Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Niswonger Sports Complex and Pioneer Field on the Tusculum campus.
The Tusculum/Wingate contest will be part of a six-game television package for the 2009 season announced NCAA Division II and CBS College Sports. The game, which was originally slated for Saturday, Sept. 26, will now kickoff Thursday night for the prime time audience at 8:05 p.m. (EST).
Both programs are coming off successful seasons. The Pioneers posted a 9-4 record winning four of their last five outings to capture TC’s second South Atlantic Conference title in school history. Tusculum also made its first-ever appearance in the NCAA II Playoffs, advancing to the Final 16. TC finished the season ranked No. 16 in the AFCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.
Wingate posted an 8-3 record and finished tied for fourth in the SAC. The Bulldogs jumped out of the gate winning its first seven games of the 2008 campaign, including a thrilling 37-33 victory over Tusculum in a contest that came down to the final play of the game.
It will be the 14th meeting between the Pioneers and Bulldogs, with Wingate leading the all-time series 8-5. The two programs have met each year since 1996.
Tusculum head coach Frankie DeBusk, the 2008 SAC and AFCA Region Coach of the Year, returns 20 starters from last year’s squad, including 2009 Preseason All-Americans John Gregory (punter), Jarrell NeSmith (tight end) and Ryan Tallent (receiver).
“We are very excited about having the opportunity to represent Tusculum College and the South Atlantic Conference in the televised football game against Wingate University,” said DeBusk. “The game will be between two great institutions from one of the best Division II conferences in the country. We feel privileged to have this opportunity for our student-athletes to be viewed by a national audience with a chance to showcase the Niswonger Sports Complex, the Tusculum campus and the Greeneville community.”
“This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase not only two of the top football programs in the league, but the entire South Atlantic Conference,” said Commissioner Patrick Britz. “We would like to thank the NCAA and CBS College Sports for selecting this game and providing such great exposure for these student-athletes, schools and the SAC.”
Tusculum will have a tall chore ahead of them in replacing All-American quarterback Corey Russell. Russell smashed the school and SAC record books in 2008 as he accounted for a nation’s best 49 touchdowns (37 pass, 12 rush). While the Tusculum quarterback will be new in 2009, nearly the entire group of receivers returns. Tallent, a 5-10, 200-pound rising senior from Maryville, Tenn., established a pair of school records in 2008 with 92 receptions, including nine touchdowns. He also posted 989 receiving yards on the year. Also back in the receiving corps is a rising senior Nate Binder, who led the SAC in receiving yards per game (78.7 ypg).
On defense, the Pioneers return five starters. Gregory, a 6-2, 210-pound native of Ooltewah, Tenn., finished third in the nation in punting average booting 43.52 yards per kick, which also established a new school single season record that lasted since 1941.
Wingate coach Joe Reich welcomes back 10 starters on defense and six starters on offense in 2009. Bulldog redshirt junior running back Nelson Woods returns in 2009. The Lawndale Burns High School graduate rushed for 1,238 yards in 2008. On defense, junior linebacker Ben Hinson had 105 tackles and seven tackles for losses during the 2008 campaign.
The six-game TV package begins Aug. 27 when 2008 national runner-up Northwest Missouri State visits defending Lone Star Conference Champion Abilene Christian in a rematch of last year’s national quarterfinal. The following Thursday, defending NCAA II national champion Minnesota-Duluth hosts NCAA Playoff participant Central Washington on Sept. 3.
On Oct. 15, a battle of the Commonwealth of Virginia is showcased when CIAA rivals Virginia Union and Virginia State square off. The clash between Gulf South Conference titans North Alabama and Valdosta State will be played Oct. 22. The regular-season TV package concludes Nov. 5 as Shepherd and Glenville State in an important West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match-up.
CBS College Sports is widely available on cable systems across the country, including Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Insight, Time Warner, and Verizon FIOS. It currently reaches 30 million households and is also available on DIRECTV and DISH Network. FSN South reaches 12.2 million households throughout the southeast in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky. The game will also be streamed over the Internet at NCAAsports.com/dii.
The Pioneers will open the 2009 campaign, Saturday, Aug. 29 as Tusculum travels to the University of Charleston (W.Va.).
A community reception will be held on Thursday, May 7 in honor of Dr. Russell L. Nichols, who has served as interim president of Tusculum College for almost two years as the institution conducted a presidential search.
New president Dr. Nancy B. Moody assumed her new role as the College’s first female president on April 27, and Dr. Nichols has remained at the College to help with the transition. He will be leaving the college at the end of May.
The drop-in reception will be held in the Chalmers Conference Center, located in the Niswonger Commons, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. and is open to anyone who would like to stop by and wish Dr. Nichols well in his future endeavors, said Susan D. Vance, interim vice president for Institutional Advancement.
“This is an opportunity for all of those who have met Dr. Nichols to thank him for his service to Tusculum College and to wish him well as he moves into another phase of his life and career,” said Vance. “He has made a tremendous impact not only on students, faculty and staff, but with alumni, parents, friends, the community and generations of students yet to come.”
Nichols has been with the college in an interim capacity since August 1, 2007, and has gained high praise from staff, faculty, students and community members for his guiding hand in keeping the College on course as the search for a new sitting president was conducted. He has focused his efforts on ensuring financial stability for the College, developing an international program and study-abroad opportunities for students and led the efforts to create the College’s Center for Global Studies.
Dr. Nichols has been a focused leader who has guided the College’s efforts in strategic planning and College-wide efforts to ensure a viable, dynamic institution for many generations to come, said Ken Bowman, chairman of the Tusculum College Board of Trustees.
“His efforts and leadership have gone a long way in unifying the College. His calming, supporting and contributing nature has provided a contagious sense of optimism about the future of Tusculum College, at a time when it needed it most. He has been continually engaged with students, staff, faculty and the community and has accomplished much working with and through the Cabinet.”
The reception is open to the public, there is no fee for attending and no reservations are required. Anyone interested in honoring Dr. Nichols is encouraged to attend. Those unable to attend may send well wishes to Dr. Russell Nichols, Tusculum College, P.O. Box 5048, Greeneville, TN 37744 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Moody was named the new president of the College during a called Tusculum College Board of Trustees meeting in February. Dr. Moody will be the first female president at Tennessee’s oldest college.
For more information on the event, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 423-636-7303.
Six Tusculum College students representing the College’s Physical Education Majors Club attended the 124th National Convention of American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance held in Tampa, Fla., March 31- April 4.
The students, which included Nicole Ferris of Lebanon, Ohio; Anna Johnson of Jonesborough, Tenn.; Katherine Shelton of Dandridge, Tenn.; Simon Holzapfel of Nuremberg, Germany; Micah Haney of Ft. Payne, Ala., and Jason Grove of Knoxville, Tenn., are physical education students majoring in Physical Education, Sports Science, Health and Wellness and Sport Management.
Ferris organized the trip, securing transportation, accommodations and the necessary funds for travel. Shelton had the unique opportunity of co-presenting with Dr. Kirpal Mahal, professor of physical education at Tusculum College, in a session on the topic of “Many Stressors - One Remedy: Breath Control with Yoga.”
“We are very appreciative of the Office of the Provost at the College which helped provide funds for our trip,” said Shelton.
Over the course of four days, the Tusculum College students had the opportunity to attend numerous sessions and hear presentations from professionals on trends and issues, best practices, experiences and research in the fields of health, physical education, recreation, exercise science, coaching, sport management and many others. Socials, meal functions and tours were also attended by the students.
The exhibition hall offered a variety companies and universities presenting their merchandise and programs that provided an opportunity for the students to establish contacts that could potentially be beneficial if they choose to pursue graduate studies in physical education-related fields.
Due to the downtown Tampa location of the convention center, students were able to enjoy the city. A trip to Clearwater Beach on Saturday afternoon, after the convention had closed its doors, offered a great opportunity to relax and appreciate the sunny locale.
Students in the next year’s senior seminar class of the Physical Education Department plan to attend the 125th AAHPERD National Convention in Indianapolis, March 16-20, 2010.
Tusculum College Student Alumni Association develops ‘Mentors for Kids’ program with Hal Henard Elementary SchoolThursday, April 30th, 2009
A five-week pilot program, “Tusculum College’s Mentors for Kids” wrapped up at the College this week with a dinner celebrating the participants’ completion of the program. The nine third-grade students from Hal Henard Elementary School participating in the pilot program, sponsored by the College’s Student Alumni Association, were recognized, as were the student mentors from the College.
“The goal of the program is to motivate youth to achieve their potential by fostering inspiration to transform lives, education to change attitudes and connections to increase opportunities by pairing elementary students with Tusculum College students for weekly activities that expose the youth to the opportunities of higher education,” said Cody Greene, coordinator of development and alumni relations for the College.
As for Hal Henard Elementary School, Tusculum College’s Mentors for Kids Program is part of an overall effort on the part of the school to get their students interested in college and to have them start thinking about it now.
“What I want to see is our kids developing the idea that they can go to college,” said Ken Fay, principal at Hal Henard Elementary School. “A lot of them don’t see it as a possibility.” Fay added that in addition to the mentors program, the school has taken students on college visits, hung college flags in the hallways and begun talking about college in the classroom.
As for the program, according to Hal Henard student Alex Grant, the whole thing was a success.
“It was a really fun,” said Grant. His mother, Charlotte Grant, added that he had been excited about the program since he found out he would get the chance to participate. “He was excited about his opportunity to get to go to college,” she said. “This is a great program for Alex, and something he really needs.”
Asked during the program what they liked best about the program, the Hal Henard students’ answers varied from “learning about history” to “getting to spend time with my “big buddy.”
According to Greene, Tusculum College’s Mentors for Kids program works on two levels, allowing the college students the opportunity to work with young people, while helping the elementary students develop their ideas of what college is about and what it can mean for their futures.
As an elementary education major, Tusculum College student Candace Babb got involved in the program because she loves working with children. But in addition, she found that as a commuter student, it also gave her a link to be involved with other residential students and feel more a part of campus life.
“It was great working with the children in a different atmosphere. With the program it was more personal, like you were adopting a little brother,” said Babb. “The best part was interacting individually and building those relationships. By the end you could really see they had a sense of ‘I can go to college, or I want to go to college.’”
The Tusculum College students said they learned much from the youngsters from Hal Henard and enjoyed their time in the program. Alicja Dembna said she appreciated the enthusiasm and joy of life that she found in the Hal Henard students. “If you’ve had a bad day and then get to spend time with the kids, you will be smiling,” she said.
As part of the program, the Hal Henard students spent five Tuesday afternoons on the campus learning about the College, its students and what a college education can help them achieve in their lives.
“Each day we provided some time for our “big buddies” and “little buddies” to bond, to just interact with one another,” said Greene. “But, in addition, we had a structured program that focused on one aspect of the college each week.”
Programs included visits to the campus museums for history day, learning about careers through the campus television and radio stations and meeting with some of the College’s international students to learn about the variety of cultures and diversity you find on a college campus. Each day also concluded with a reading session in the Thomas J. Garland Library where the students were gifted with a book to take home each week from their college mentors.
According to Greene, the program wrapped up with a dinner on April 28 and each Hal Henard student who could attend was recognized for completing the program.
“Tusculum College’s Mentors for Kids program has been a great success,” said Greene. “We are already beginning to consider plans for next year and hope the program will be able to grow from what we’ve started this year.”
The Tusculum College Student Alumni Association is coordinated by the Department of Alumni and Parent Relations in the Office of Intuitional Advancement. Students are selected to participate in the program based on their academic work, involvement in campus activities and desire to give back to the College and the community. Members of the Tusculum College Student Alumni Association for 2008-09 are: Babb of Greeneville; Rachel Barnard of Loudon, Tenn.; Megan Hart of Loudon, Tenn.; Micah Haney of Union Grove, Ala.; Nikki Taylor of Ewing, Va.; Brooke Haymaker of Kettering, Ohio, and Glenn Vicary of Oak Ridge, Tenn. In addition, several other students from the College participated as volunteers in the program including Dembna of Wielkopolska, Poland; Erin Moore of Parrottsville, Tenn., and Boazin Katina of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The purpose of the Student Alumni Association is to build a body of servant leaders who upon graduation will advance the interests and connectivity of alumni and Tusculum College; establish, foster and promote the development of beneficial relationships among and between the college’s students, alumni, staff, faculty, and the college community; and furthering the quality of Tusculum College as an institution of higher education.
Tusculum College’s Candace Babb will be among the contestants in the Miss Tennessee Pageant this June when the pageant is held in Jackson, Tenn. Babb will compete after qualifying by winning this year’s Miss Knoxville title.
Babb is junior this year at the College, majoring in Elementary Education. She is from Greeneville and is the daughter of Curtis and Teresa Babb. This is her second visit to the state competition as she previously competed as Miss Bristol. The Tennessee pageant is a preliminary competition for the Miss America pageant.
According to Babb, the Miss America organization is the largest provider of scholarship for women, and she has received $4,000 in scholarship assistance to date from her participation. She has used that toward her education at Tusculum College.
“I was interested in the scholarships and it was a way to utilize my talent,” said Babb. Her talent in the competition is piano and this year she will be playing a selection of ragtime music. Her platform is MUSIQ - advocating the benefits of music on the mind, hands and heart.
“Music has always been really important to me,” she said. Babb has played the piano and performed vocally for most of her life.
In addition to her participation in the pageants, Babb is a member of the Tusculum College Student Alumni Association and participates in the Mentors for Kids Program. She is a member of the Tusculum College Community Chorus and is the pianist and director of music ministries for Greenwood United Methodist Church. She is also an advocate for Children’s Miracle Network and has raised $750 for their cause this year.
Students in the Tusculum College Bonner Leader program and members of the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors take to the runway to raise money for the organization on Thursday, April 30, at the 2nd Annual Greene County Habitat for Humanity Fashion Show.
The show will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the General Morgan Inn.
Fashion show models will wear outfits pulled together from the merchandise of the Habitat ReStore, and the outfits will be auctioned off at the end of the show.
The runway show will be set to rocking ’80s music and décor to turn up the volume on this fun and upbeat way to raise money for charity. Tickets are $3 for students and children and $6 for adults. All proceeds to Greene County Habitat for Humanity.
The Bonner Leaders at Tusculum College are part of a national organization of students who commit to completing a required number of hours of community service during each term. The Bonner Leaders work on issues such as improving educational opportunities and fighting hunger through community programs that focus on literacy issues, mentoring and nutrition/anti-hunger initiatives. These students also participate in regular training and reflection activities sponsored by their campuses, their community partners and the Bonner Foundation.
As part of their service and community projects, students in the local Bonner group at the College have worked with Greene County Habitat for Humanity, including cleaning, painting and working in the Habitat ReStore.
“The Fashion Show is a way for us to continue to help Habitat for Humanity locally by not only raising funds, but by raising awareness of the organization and what they do for those in need who live right here in Greene County,” said Amber Sharp, a Tusculum College Bonner Leader who is spearheading this year’s event.
The students organize the event from beginning to end, planning, picking out the clothes, staging the event, publicizing and serve as models. According to Sharp, all of the more than 20 Bonner Leaders from Tusculum College are involved in the Fashion Show project in one way or another.
“It’s a big undertaking, but it’s fun and for a good cause.”
For more information about the Fashion Show or information on volunteering, contact the Center for Civic Advancement at 636-7300.
Two Tusculum College Computer Science students were recently notified of their acceptance into graduate degree programs upon their graduation from the College this May.
Bryan Thiry, of Winchester, Ky., has been accepted and will enroll in the fall in Carnegie Mellon University’s master’s degree program in computer science. Carnegie Mellon is consistently ranked as one of the top three colleges and universities in the area of computer science. According to Dennis Lingerfelt, assistant professor of computer Science at Tusculum College, Carnegie Mellon’s master’s program is considered one of the “Big 3,” along with the University of California at Berkeley and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“We in the department are very proud of Bryan and all of his hard work and success,” said Lingerfelt.
Another student, a minor in computer science, Amanda Kyker of Telford, Tenn., has been accepted into East Tennessee State University’s master’s degree program in computer science. Kyker has received a full assistantship with a tuition waiver based on her excellent scholarship and unique talents, said Lingerfelt. And while at Tusculum College Kyker majored in English, she has chosen to pursue her master’s degree in computer science.
Both students have excelled at Tusculum College and were recognized recently with faculty awards in their majors. Thiry was honored with the Senior Key in Math with Computer Science Concentration, and Kyker received the key in English.
“Getting accepted into either of these programs represents a major accomplishment, and getting accepted into a Big 3 school is a first for Tusculum College’s computer science program,” said Lingerfelt.