Musicians and musical fans are invited to the next “Pickin’ at the Doaks’,” a fun and informal traditional music jam session, on Friday, June 25. Music will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until dark on the lawn of the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library on the Tusculum College campus. Musicians of all ages, at right, participated in the first “Pickin’ at the Doaks” session on May 28. There is no admission charge for the event, and everyone is encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.
Archive for June, 2010
Do you have any kind of woodwind, brass, percussion, string or keyboard instrument that you no longer use?
Although you might opt to try to sell an outgrown or unused musical instrument, this process can be time consuming. In the end, you may not even recover the cost of your initial purchase. Why not donate your musical instrument instead?
As you may know, Tusculum College is in the process of developing a band program. Last year the College began with the Pioneer Pep Band. The pep band finished the year with eight returning members. Mr. David A. Price, the College’s new director of special events, has also agreed to serve as band and music director beginning July 1. Mr. Price and staff of Institutional Advancement are working Advanced Registration Day events during the summer to generate interest in not only the pep band, but also a concert band that Mr. Price would like to get in place this upcoming academic year. In addition to the pep band, it is hoped the program will grow to include not only a concert band and drum line, but also potentially a jazz band, other small ensembles and eventually a full marching band.
As we grow, there are a few things we could use your assistance with, beginning with the donation of instruments. Donating a musical instrument offers you an opportunity to help Tusculum College build a program, while helping to bring music to students who might not otherwise be able to participate. We would appreciate the donation of any instrument form the smallest percussion instrument to a large sousaphone or string bass that you may happen to have. We will likely be able to make use of most any instrument donated. If you have an instrument that you do not feel you can donate, but would need to sell, we would appreciate you making us aware of that as well. If you are interested in donating or selling an instrument, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 423-636-7303.
If you do not have an instrument to donate, but would still like to contribute to the program, you may make a gift online at https://www.tusculum.edu/giving/gift.php. Indicate “music and band program” in the box labeled “Designate my gift to.” You may also make a gift by calling the Office of Institutional Advancement at 423-636-7303.
How many high school students get a tour of a college campus hosted by its President? Coal Creek Scholars did during their visit to Tusculum College.
As part of the Coal Creek Scholars program, students to visit schools that they might be interested in attending. Tusculum President Nancy Moody and Becky Tankersley and Aaron Porter, assistant directors of admission, were hosts to the group.
President Moody spoke to the students and their parents in one of the high tech classrooms. She told them how she came from a small town in Kentucky and had a similar background to the scholars. Dr. Moody told the students that whatever school they choose, they should stay focused on why they are there and get the best education they can.
Tusculum is one of a very limited number of colleges offering the Focused Calendar/Block Schedule program, where a student will take one class at a time, each one for 18 days. The schedule is designed to allow students to live and to breathe each subject and to become a part of a true learning community.
The Coal Creek Scholars Program was established by the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation (CCWF) to give graduates of Briceville Elementary School in Briceville, Tenn. assistance in seeking a college education. Assistance includes direct financial aid through scholarships and guidance in preparing college/technical school admissions and scholarship applications. Participation in extracurricular activities offered by CCWF at the K-12 level can be included in the “community involvement” section of college/technical school applications.
Tusculum College, the oldest college in Tennessee and the 28th oldest in the nation, is a civic arts institution committed to developing educated citizens distinguished by academic excellence, public service and qualities of Judeo-Christian character. About twenty-one hundred students are enrolled on the main campus in Greeneville, our campus in Knoxville, Tenn., and two additional off-site locations in East Tennessee. The academic programs for both traditional-aged students and working adults served through the Graduate and Professional Studies program are delivered using focused calendars whereby students enroll in one course at a time.
Elara Sherman, Luke Saulsbury and Emily Earl, from left, work on their paper-mâché sculptures during the “Light, Color, Motion” art day camp last week at the Doak House Museum. Fran Church, art program coordinator in the Fine Arts Department at Alabama A&M University, led the camp for ages 12-16. During the camp, the participants learned about Impressionism, how art fit into a classical 19th century education and how to properly mount and display works. They also created their own artworks – two-dimensional sketches and paintings as well as the paper-mâché sculptures. The camp concluded with an art show displaying what the participants made for their parents and families to see.