Brooke Haymaker, vice president of the Tusculum College Student Government Association, along with Pioneer Pete accepted the Blood Drive Bowl trophy Saturday during halftime of the Tusculum College – Carson-Newman football game. Tusculum won the seventh annual Blood Drive Bowl that benefits Medic Regional Blood Center by collecting 190 pints of blood last week, topping Carson-Newman’s 139 pints. The friendly competition between the colleges is held each year during the week prior to the football game between the two schools. This is the second year in a row that Tusculum has won the event, whose main purpose is to collect much needed blood for use by hospitals in the region. Collections were held not only at the Tusculum campus in Greeneville, but also at the Knoxville and Morristown sites and at the Wal-Mart and K-mart in Greeneville.
Archive for November, 2009
Tickets are still available for this weekend’s production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” by Theatre-at-Tusculum. The musical, which features a cast of more than 100, will be performed at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12, 13 and 14 with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on Nov. 15. All performances will be in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (60 and over) and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be reserved prior to the performances, and individuals with tickets are guaranteed a seat. However, please note that the auditorium has open seating, thus the doors will open one hour prior to the performance. For more information about the performance, contact Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://arts.tusculum.edu.
‘Thanksgiving tea’ with Abraham Lincoln and Sarah Hale to benefit Andrew Johnson Heritage AssociationFriday, November 6th, 2009
Greenevillians will soon have a unique opportunity to take tea later this month with the two individuals most responsible for establishing the Thanksgiving holiday – Sarah Hale and Abraham Lincoln.
“Tea with Lincoln and Hale,” a historical re-enactment, will begin at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17, at the Andrew Johnson Clubhouse. Participants will have tea with Sarah Hale, editor of the Godey’s Lady’s Book magazine who led the effort to have Thanksgiving established as a national holiday, and President Abraham Lincoln, who signed the decree making the national day of thanks a holiday.
The event is a fundraiser for the Andrew Johnson Heritage Association with the proceeds to benefit the National History Day activities in Greene County middle and high schools. The Andrew Johnson Heritage Association provides a majority of the funding for local National History Day activities that are coordinated by the Tusculum College Department of Museum Program and Studies. Local students have advanced to the national competition several times since the program’s inception.
Hale will be portrayed by Dr. Taimi Olsen, a former English professor at Tusculum College who has joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee. Olsen has portrayed Hale previously in a local program. A few years ago in a “Tea and Treats” event at the Doak House Museum, Dr. Olsen gave a first-person portrayal of the 19th century renaissance woman, who authored the nursery rhyme, “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
Lincoln will be portrayed by Chris Small, who is well known for his first-person portrayals of the 16th president. Small is founder of the Lincoln Project, which recently produced two films, “Abraham Lincoln’s Faith” and “Lincoln and Emancipation.” With a motto, “Bringing Lincoln to Life,” the Lincoln Project presents programs that show Abraham Lincoln as he lived – his principles and values and encourage audiences to apply Lincoln’s character traits to their lives.
The tea will feature delectable treats of the mid-19th century and will include Lincoln’s favorite cake. The tea will be catered by Rachel Bewley.
Tickets for the fundraiser are $25 per person and can be purchased by calling Joyce Doughty at 423-636-7372 or Shirley Snyder at 423-639-4563.
Ten Tusculum College students and two professors are making plans to visit the art, architecture and history of Renaissance and Reformation Europe when they take their classroom to Europe in March.
Because of the uniqueness of the “one class at a time” block schedule offered at Tusculum College, students enrolled in “Politics and Religion in Renaissance and Reformation Europe” will spend two weeks in traditional class work and then take their classroom on the road to see firsthand where the Renaissance was born and where key historical moments took place.
Leading the trip are Dr. Joel Van Amberg, assistant professor of history, and Dr. James Reid, professor of political science.
“After two weeks of traditional coursework we will travel to Europe to visit some of the major sites, buildings and images associated with the Renaissance and Reformation,” said Van Amberg.
“There are historical realities that are sometimes hard to understand without traveling to the location where those realities took place,” he said. Van Amberg added that in addition to the significant political science, religion and historical topics that they will investigate during the trip, they will also explore the “incredible developments in paintings, sculpture and architecture” that occurred during the Renaissance and Reformation.
“There is just no substitute for actually seeing these masterpieces.”
On the itinerary for the trip are visits to Rome and Florence, Italy; Wittenberg, Germany, and Geneva and Zurich, Switzerland. The trip is planned for March and will cover nearly two weeks.
While several of the students are history or political science majors, several others enrolled in the class for the experience of learning the topic first hand and on the original sites were the movements were born.
According to Van Amberg, another positive aspect of the trip is that many of Tusculum’s students have never done any traveling abroad.
“This experience will help students and reduce the anxiety associated with international travel. Hopefully it will clear the way for them to take advantage of other travel opportunities offered in the future.”
The student Europe trip is part of Tusculum College’s efforts to increase the number of students who have an international experience during their college career. As part of this campus wide goal, the College formed the Center for Global Studies in spring 2008, with a mission to “enhance the capacity of individuals and organizations to address local and global challenges through building relationships with communities, institutions of higher learning and organizations globally.”
For more information the Tusculum College Global Studies program, contact Dr. Geir Bergvin, director of the Center for Global Studies, at 423-636-7300.
Jessica “Jessi” Smith of Afton has been honored as the “Student of the Block” for the second block of the fall semester at Tusculum College.
Smith was recognized in a brief ceremony on Wednesday, October 28. The Office of Student Affairs presents the “Student of the Block” award each block to honor a student who excels academically and is a leader in the campus community. Faculty members and/or staff nominate students for the award.
Nominating Smith were Tommy Arnett, head men’s and women’s tennis coach and Deborah Davis, associate athletic director, senior women’s administrator and NCAA compliance officer.
Smith, a senior pre-medical studies major who has a minor in chemistry, is co-captain of the tennis team.
“Jessi carries a bubbling personality to everyone she comes in contact with on a daily basis,” Coach Arnett said of Smith in his nomination. “Success is written all over this young lady’s future career as she steps onto the real world … and I consider myself a better person for the opportunity afforded to me to have Jessi as a friend.”
In her nomination, Davis said of Smith, “Even as she juggles her pre-med studies with her role as the co-captain of the women’s tennis team, Jessi still manages to focus on others. Whether working at Habitat for Humanity or the local food bank, or mentoring children in athletics and academics, Jessi embodies the true character of a civic-minded student.”
In presenting the award, Jacqui Elliott, vice president for enrollment management, said, “Leadership has been defined as a practice ‘not so much in words, but as in attitude and actions.’ This characterization of leadership truly defines Jessica Smith.”
The spirit of leadership Smith shows at Tusculum could also be seen in her days as a student at South Greene High School where she was actively involved in three sports and several student organizations such as the Student Council, National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Smith chose to attend Tusculum due to its close proximity to her family and church family, which she adores. The daughter of Alan and Rebecca Smith and sibling to brother Heath, Smith is extremely proud of her family. She admires her parents for “who they are and the example they have set for my brother and I. They are extremely intelligent and always encouraged me to achieve my ambitions by telling me I was capable of anything. They always made me feel confident and have given me the opportunity to experience great things, like a surf camp… I’m just happy and fortunate they could do these things for my brother and I.”
As a true servant leader, Smith is committed to others through service to the community in which she lives. She is very active in her church, the First Church of God in Greeneville, teaching youth Sunday school programs, leading summer camps, providing support for the nursery program, participating in the Hispanic ministry and assisting in the direction of the Easter and Christmas dramas.
As a Tusculum College student athlete, Smith has always taken pride in her role as co-captain of the women’s tennis team and president of the Pioneer Student Athlete Advisory Committee. With all of these responsibilities, she continues to maintain an impressive 3.32 grade point average.
Smith givers her all on the tennis court in her own matches and cheers on her teammates during there matches. While Smith excelled on the basketball court for many years, she chose to continue in tennis during her collegiate career. This choice has afforded her many opportunities such as meeting many students from various countries and the independence to be a championship athlete and focused student.
In her free time, Smith can be found working with the youth program at her church, water skiing and wakeboarding on local lakes or camping.
As she prepares to graduate next May, Smith looks forward to future. She hopes to continue her education in graduate school to become a physician’s assistant. Smith chose this career path in order to participate in future mission trips to third world countries so that she can provide medical aid to those in true need. To enhance her career experience, Smith chose to spend the last few summers job shadowing various doctors, logging approximately 200 hours of observation.
As she reflects on her many experiences at Tusculum, Smith fondly remembers bonding time with her friends, road trips to sporting events to cheer on her fellow Pioneer athletes and the numerous trips to tennis matches. Her advice to all is to always “be yourself and enjoy who you are - if you are trying to do something which is not reflective of you, you will not be happy in your efforts.”
Five Tusculum College professors spent time this summer in Northeast Italy as part of the Tusculum College Global Studies program.
The professors, which included Dr. Greg Church, associate professor of biology; Dr. Troy Goodale, assistant professor of political science; Dennis Lingerfelt, assistant professor of computer science, and Craig Wright, assistant professor of business administration, participated in order to pave the way for future student trips.
According to Church, the 11-day, cross-disciplined trip included dramatic landscapes, varied cultures and more than 5,000 years of history, art and architecture.
“Italy is an entirely different culture in the north and in the south,” said Church. The north is very Germanic and both German and Italian are common languages, with the exception of Venice, which is a very traditional Italian city.”
He added that the trip introduced the faculty group to a small but diverse region of Northeast Italy, including Merano, Bolzano, Arabba and Venice.
“There were abundant opportunities to learn about history from Roman times to the present, as well as the progression of art and architectural styles throughout these historical periods,” he said.
The group observed firsthand the diverse cultures currently living in this region as well. Italian language and traditions predominated in the cities of Mestre and Venice, while German language and Tyrolean culture dominate Merano and Arabba in the Alto-Adige region.
He added that the ancient Ladin culture still exists in a few isolated alpine valleys near Arabba. This culture is believed to pre-date Latin and has its own unique traditions, costumes and mythology.
It was important for the group to focus on what they wanted to bring back from their experience to share with others at the College and to utilize in possibly planning future student trips. As a group, they defined the main learning outcomes of this trip as gaining insights into the history, culture, educational systems, healthcare systems, transportation infrastructure, nature, art, and architecture of this fascinating region.
For Lingerfelt, this was his first trip out of the United States and a tremendous learning experience that he said broadened his horizons and makes him a better educator and advisor for students considering international travel.
“Before I couldn’t really advise students on these types of opportunities - I didn’t have that experience. Now I have some experience and knowledge to pass along, and I feel much more adept at discussing with students,” he said.
In addition, Lingerfelt brought back real-world experiences to share with his computer science classes.
“Language is a barrier not only in spoken word, but with keyboards,” said Lingerfelt, “There is some loss in functionality when a “c” in Italian is not equal to a “c” in English. He has already incorporated this into his classroom discussions on standardization.
He also said that down the road he could see potential for a student trip in his field of study.
“I’d love to consider a trip in the Southeast Asia area, which is the semiconductor capitol of the world,” he said, adding that he will be looking for the opportunity at some point to plan a trip and possibly coordinate the trip with an international conference to make the most of the experience.
And, while schools were out of session during his trip, he did learn a lot about how the education system in Northern Italy differs from that typically found in the United States by talking with parents in each community.
Church led the trip and has traveled internationally several times before, many times with students, and understands the value of the international experience.
“Our Board of Trustees recognized a deficiency in our international programs - students weren’t getting the international exposure here, and the Board has placed importance on developing these programs,” he said.
And despite the whirlwind nature of their trip, all felt they brought back knowledge that will help the College develop these kinds of experiences as an extension of their classroom experience.
Some of what they brought back included logistical information that would make a trip that included students run more smoothly. They reported that they would considered a longer trip with students in order to be able to take full advantage of the experience and be able to stay in each city three or more nights. The also recommend utilizing what they found to be a very good system of youth hostels to reduce travel expenses.
Church also felt that adequate preparation prior to the trip would be critical to a successful student travel experience to Northeast Italy. Learning about the culture, basic language phrases in both Italian and German and the history of places they would visit would allow a better immersive experience for the students.
“With respect to a similar trip with students, I feel it would be essential to provide more information to them long before the trip, and engage them from the start,” said Church. “Assignments based on these topics, as well as research would be important elements of pre-trip preparation. I also feel that students should meet a few times prior to the trip in order to learn from the instructor, get to know each other and give presentations on relevant topics to the rest of the group.”
The faculty trip was part of Tusculum College’s efforts to increase the number of students who have an international experience during their college career. As part of this campus wide goal, the College formed the Center for Global Studies in spring 2008, with a mission to “enhance the capacity of individuals and organizations to address local and global challenges through building relationships with communities, institutions of higher learning and organizations globally.”
For more information the Tusculum College Global Studies program, contact Dr. Geir Bergvin, director of the Center for Global Studies, at 423-636-7300.
Tusculum College will host its annual Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon, Wednesday, November 11, at 11:30 a.m. at the Chalmers Conference Center, located in the Niswonger Commons on the Greeneville campus.
Tusculum men’s basketball coach Jim Boone and women’s coach Adell Harris will speak, along with Pioneer players and coaches.
The cost of the luncheon is $10 per person, and attendees are asked to RSVP by Friday, November 6, at (423) 636-7303 or email Barb Sell at email@example.com.
The Tusculum men’s team is ranked fourteenth in the nation according to the National Basketball Coaches Association Division II Preseason Poll. The Pioneers return four starters from last year’s 20-11 squad that finished second in the South Atlantic Conference and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Coach Boone is entering his fifth year on the Tusculum sidelines as he returns South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year and All-American guard Kyle Moore (Gainesville, Fla.), who led the league in scoring averaging 21.1 points per game.
Coach Harris is entering her first season guiding the basketball fortunes of the Tusculum women’s program. The Pioneers have won back-to-back South Atlantic Conference Championships, while advancing to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two seasons. Returning for Tusculum is junior All-American guard Jasmine Gunn (Antioch, Tenn.), who led Tusculum in scoring (15.5 ppg), assists (5.8 apg) and steals (2.0 spg) last year.
Media members attending the Tip-Off Luncheon are asked to contact Dom Donnelly, Tusculum College athletic media relations director, at (423) 636-7326 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tusculum College Fall Health and Wellness Fantasia will be Thursday, November 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Niswonger Commons on the Tusculum College campus.
Currently more than 40 providers are registered to participate in this annual event, and more are expected, as this event in 2008 drew more than 300 visitors. In addition to Tusculum College faculty, staff and students, the Health and Wellness Fantasia is open to the public and many of the community assisted living facilities bring residents who might benefit from the services and information provided. Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend. The event is sponsored by the Tusculum College Health and Counseling Office.
Medical and health information and assessments of many types will be offered, and, according to organizers at the College, there is no charge to attend the event and most of the services offered are free of charge. However, a few of the special services will require a fee.
“The Fall Health and Wellness Fantasia is an informational event for students, faculty and staff, but it is also a community outreach event that we are proud to offer each year,” said Diane Hensley, campus nurse at the College and event organizer.
“We strive to offer as many opportunities as possible and this year that includes healthy eating information, HIV testing by Hope for Tennessee, and something new this year is the participation of the Mobile Unit of the Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center, which will be performing mammograms on site,” she added. There is a fee for the mammograms, but insurance will be filed. To make an appointment, contact the Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center at 1-800-456-8169, Ext 2935.
This year Medic Regional Blood Center will be on hand conducting a blood drive as part of the College’s Blood Drive Bowl competition the week Tusculum College travels to Carson-Newman College for their annual football rivalry game. Last year Tusculum College won the Blood Drive Bowl 173-122 over Carson-Newman, and event planners hope the community participation in the Fall Fantasia Health and Wellness Fair will help put them over the top this year as well.
Vascular screenings will be provided by Dr. George Vinsant and mental health issues will be addressed by Frontier Health. Greeneville Eye Care Center will be on site and offering vision screenings and the Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society will have puppies and kittens to improve visitors’ mental and emotional health.
Volunteers from Rural Resources will be offering cooking classes focusing on cooking healthy, natural foods and Melissa Hughey, a certified massage therapist, will be offering massages.
Among other topics, this year’s expanded health fair will offer multiple areas of physical and mental health education and screening, preventive care information, increased awareness of health resources in the community, alternative health/medicine sources and information on healthy food choices, cooking ideas and preparation techniques.
Additional providers include the Tusculum College Athletic Training Student Club, the Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center, American Red Cross Blood Services, Arbonne International, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Chrysalis Weight Management, Dr. Jonathan Turoff of General Neurology, the Greene County Health Department, Greeneville Ears, Nose and Throat Specialists, Home Instead Senior Care, Home Medical Services, Laser and Skin Care Center of Greeneville, New Age Alarms and Communications, Pridemore Family Chiropractic, Sam’s Club, Smokey Mountain Home Health and Hospice, the Social Security Administration, State Farm Insurance, TeNNderCare, The Health Wrap, Rogers Family Dental, Walgreen’s, Tusculum College Health and Counseling Office, East Tennessee Oral Surgery and Greeneville Urgent Care/Takoma Hospital.
For more information about the Fall Fantasia Health and Wellness Fair contact Hensley at 423-636-7499 or Connie Kretchmar-Sitz at 423-798-7821.
Tusculum College is hoping to defend its 2008 victory over the Carson-Newman Eagles in the coming weeks, but not by notching yardage and points, but by banking units of donated blood.
Tusculum holds the title of Blood Drive Bowl winner from last season after claiming the victory by a 51-unit margin. And the College, with the help of the community, is ready to take home the title again.
During the week of Nov. 2, Medic Regional Blood Center will be in Greeneville - on campus, in the community and at the Tusculum College Knoxville and Morristown locations collecting much needed blood donations.
In addition, Carson-Newman will be holding its own drives in effort to pump up the friendly competition to meet a need in the community and region.
The schedule for the Medic unit will be Monday, November 2, at the Greeneville Wal-Mart Store from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, November 5, at the Tusculum College Morristown Site from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the Niswonger Commons on the Greeneville campus from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and at the Tusculum College Knoxville Regional Center from noon until 7 p.m. On Friday, Nov. 6, the unit will be at Big K-Mart in Greeneville from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “This is annual tradition that really meets a need in our region,” said Cody Greene, coordinator of development and alumni relations for Tusculum College. “It doesn’t take much to punch up the rivalry with Carson-Newman, but with the Blood Drive Bowl, the communities are the real winners.”
The winning school will be announced during halftime of the Tusculum College-Carson-Newman football game set for Saturday, November 7 at 1 p.m. at Carson-Newman.