Friday, December 18, 2009

Limited Office Hours for Christmas Break

Hi everyone!

I wanted to let you all know that several offices on Tusculum's campus will be operational over the Christmas break, however, the hours will be limited. Please note these days and hours of operation. If you need to speak with someone in the Office of Admission, we can be reached on the following days and times. Otherwise, our office will be closed.

The offices of Admission, Financial Aid, Graduate and Professional Studies (Greeneville and Knoxville only) will have staff coverage on an abbreviated schedule from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following days during the College's Christmas Holiday:

Monday, December 21
Tuesday, December 22
Wednesday, December 23
Monday, December 28
Tuesday, December 29
Wednesday, January 30

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! See you in 2010!!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Transfer Webpage

Hey Guys,

I hope everyone is getting ready for Christmas break. I know this time of year is especially stressful because of final exams. One positive thing about Tusculum's Block schedule is exam time. Our students' only have to take one exam at a time. While the one exam still requires a lot of studying, our schedule does reduce some of the stress associated with studying for multiple tests. If you're interested in learning more about our class structure, feel free to contact your admission counselor.

Tusculum has opened a new transfer student webpage. If you are interested in transferring to Tusculum, our transfer webpage provides a lot of great information that can assist you in many areas. There is information regarding application materials, financial aid, transferring classes and much more.

Finally, while Christmas vacation is going to start on Wednesday for most of campus, the office of Admission will remain open throughout the holiday season. If you would like to speak with an admission representative over the break, feel free to give us a call.

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

TC Honors Students Celebrate Christmas

Tusculum College Honors students and faculty gathered Friday, December 4, at the college's mother church, First Presbyterian in downtown Greeneville, for the annual Honors Christmas banquet. The Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church provided a gourmet meal with a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate confection for dessert. Honors students Alex Wiedemann and Mitchell Taylor, both Tusculum College freshmen, played the piano and guitar respectively to provide accompaniment for a rousing round of Christmas carols. Alex also played several intricate works. A riotous game of Dirty Santa was played by all as fun gag gifts such as felt antlers and sets of Play Dough were playfully fought over. The evening concluded as students and faculty contributed canned goods and money for a food bank donation.

Monday, December 7, 2009

TC Basketball

Greetings everyone!

If you're in the Tusculum/Greeneville area (or plan to be), you should check out an upcoming basketball game.  Right now, the Pioneers are 3-4, Lady Pioneers are 3-1.  But the season just started!  Come cheer on the Pioneers this week...they're playing at home!

Monday, December 7, 2009
Men's Basketball: St. Catharine at Tusculum, 7 p.m., Pioneer Arena

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Women's Basketball: Tusculum at West Georgia, 5 p.m., Carrollton, Ga.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Men's Basketball: Lees-McRae at Tusculum, 7 p.m., Pioneer Arena

Saturday, December 12, 2009
Women's Basketball: Tusculum at District of Columbia, 2 p.m., Washington, D.C.
Men's Basketball: #5 Augusta St. at Tusculum, 4 p.m., Pioneer Arena (SAC/Peach Belt Challenge)

Sunday, December 13, 2009
Women's Basketball: Tusculum at Shepherd, 2 p.m., Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Also, keep in mind with the Christmas season, if you need to send us your transcripts for Spring, be sure to do that ASAP!!!!  Let your admission counselor know if you're planning to come and are working to get your transcripts sent to us (remember, if you're going to transfer, your transcripts have to be sent from your college/university in order for them to be official).

Let us know if you have any questions!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas Concert at TC

The Tusculum College Community Chorus will present a Christmas concert on Monday, December 14.
The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus.  The event is free and open to the public.
The first half of the program will feature compositions for the season from great composers ranging from Bach to Schubert to Gustav Holst.
The Schubert work is a setting of Mary’s song recorded in Luke, the “Magnificat,” and features a solo quartet along with the full chorus.  The solo quartet is Jill Jones, Jody Palm, Michael Forte and Kevin Flannagan.  Two additional soloists, Kritin Girton and Martha Wiley, participate in Gustav Holst’s composition, “Christmas Day.”
In the second half of the program, the chorus will sing a variety of familiar carols and shorter compositions, including “White Christmas,” “Go Tell it on the Mountain,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and “Mary Had A Baby,” with soloist Heather Burr.  To round out the program are the chorus’ traditional closing selections, “Still, Still, Still” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
David Hendricksen is the conductor for the group, and James Winfree is the accompanist.
Please contact Hendricksen at 423-638-0409 or email at or call Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 for additional information.

Monday, November 30, 2009

International Exposure

One aspect many high school students look for when they are deciding what school to attend is the opportunity for international travel/study abroad programs. We realize this and place a high value on providing international exposure for every Tusculum student. If you haven't thought about traveling overseas, I would really encourage you to consider it.
At Tusculum, you will interact with students from almost 20 different countries, but that is not the extent of the international exposure here. Every student will be provided an opportunity to take advantage of some form of international travel.
To read about some of the places that our students and professors have already been, check out our Center for Global Studies web site by clicking on this link. This website will not only allow you to get in contact with the proper staff members to assist you, it will also give student and professor testimonials and pictures from places like London, Costa Rica, India, and Austria.

Aaron P

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Time to be Thankful

It's so hard to believe the holiday season is already upon us! It seems Thanksgiving has arrived early this year, but of course we all know that isn't possible, haha!
Tusculum College has a lot to be thankful for this year.... we welcomed two new counselors to the office back in January... the college's first female President in history took office in April... and we saw a record number of new students arrive on campus in August (370!). We are blessed with wonderful students, faculty, and staff all across our campus!
As we look ahead to 2010, we're excited about the students we are meeting duing the admission process, and eager to see who will arrive on campus next August!
On behalf of the Office of Admission and Tusculum College, we wish you and your family the best on this Thanksgiving, and hope you will be able to take the time to appreciate the things you are thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Open House success

Hi Everyone,

We wanted to thank everyone who helped make our Open House a success. We had over 200 visitors on our campus last Saturday morning. If you weren't able to make it to either to Open House, don't worry there are still plenty of opportunities to visit. We have one more Open House scheduled for our spring semester on March 20th. If you would like to attend the spring Open House, you can register online by visiting:

We also offer private visits throughout each week, and on Saturday mornings. You can schedule a visit by contacting our Campus Visit Coordinator, Becky Tankersley. You can find Becky's contact information by clicking on her picture to the right.

I hope everyone has a great holiday season.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

TC's International Students Honored at Ceremony

The international flags in the Niswonger Commons Living Room at Tusculum College were revitalized with new flags representing the College's international student population in a ceremony on Friday, November 13. Five new flags were added to those that represent current students and alumni, and the ceremony was held as part of the College's International Education Week activities.

Tusculum College currently has 38 flags representing current and former students, including the five added in the ceremony. Currently enrolled students come from Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Argentina, England, Germany, Guatemala, Venezuela, Croatia, Honduras, Sweden, Taiwan and the Ukraine. The five new flags added included those for Chile, Finland, Israel, Serbia and Switzerland.

One additional flag for the Dominican Republic will be added later in the year, as a student from that country was recently identified, according to Bonnie Taylor, student life coordinator at the College and coordinator of the International Education Week events.

As part of the ceremony, which included several of the College's international students, senior Estefania Chavez of Honduras spoke to the group about attending Tusculum College and her experiences as an international student.

"I appreciate Tusculum and all the faculty and staff that have made it feel like home," she said. She added that in addition to her education, she has learned a lot about American culture and the cultures of the other international students she has come to know.

Brooke Haymaker, this year's vice president of the Student Government Association, also spoke and talked about how the international community at Tusculum really provides a diversity not found in other places. "Tusculum gives you not only an academic, but also a cultural education." Haymaker is a junior, pre-med major from Kettering, Ohio.

Finishing off the program were sisters Mary Ann and Adriana Vizcarrondo of Venezuela. Mary Ann, a senior business major told the group that Tusculum College was a good choice for her. "I like the small environment. Everyone is very supportive and made the transition very easy." Adriana, a junior business and economics major, agreed. "There was a culture shock at first, but the students here are very open to cultural differences."

Monday, November 16, 2009

TC Volleyball Team Going to NCAA Div II Tournament

For the first time in school history, the Tusculum College volleyball team has received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament. The announcement came with the release of the 64-team national bracket.

The Pioneers (18-14) will be the No. 8 seed in the Southeast Regional and will face top-seed and host Wingate University (34-1) in an opening round match this Friday at Cuddy Arena on the Wingate, N.C. campus. Match time will be announced on Monday.

Flagler, which won the Peach Belt Conference tournament, is the second seed, and will face seventh-seed Lees-McRae College, the Conference Carolinas Tournament winner and received that conference’s automatic bid.

Defending regional tournament champion Armstrong Atlantic State, out of the Peach Belt Conference, is the third seed and will face sixth-seed Lincoln Memorial University. LMU is making its second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Carson-Newman College, which lost to Wingate in Sunday’s Food Lion SAC Tournament championship, is the fourth seed and will face Catawba College.

The winners of each of the eight regionals will advance to the finals, December 3-5, on the campus of a participating institution.

Tusculum has already clinched its fourth straight winning season.

Friday, November 13, 2009

TC students learn about admission at UT Law School

Aaron Chapman, an admissions representative for the University of Tennessee's College of Law, will be on the Tusculum College campus visiting Dr. Troy Goodale's "Political Traditions of the West" class at 10:30 a.m. and Dr. Rhonda Smith's "Business Law and Ethics" class at 1:05 p.m. on November 10.

For others interested in meeting Mr. Chapman, he will set up a table in the Niswonger Commons from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. for anyone who would like to talk with him about going to law school or obtaining information about the University of Tennessee.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tusculum Wins Blood Drive

Brooke Haymaker, vice president of the Tusculum College Student Government Association, accepts 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 K-mart in Greeneville.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Want to come to TC in the Spring?

Greetings everyone!

Even though we're right in the middle of the Fall season, it's already time to start thinking about Spring. If you're considering coming to Tusculum for the Spring 2010 semester, it's not too late! The first thing you need to do is apply, and you can do so by going to this link:

After you have submitted your application, you'll need to either ask your high school guidance office to send us a copy of your transcripts and test scores (if you've recently graduated high school), or if you'll be transferring from another college, your current college will need to send us an official copy of your transcripts. Information may be mailed to us at:
The Office of Admission- Tusculum College
PO Box 5051
Greeneville, TN 37743

Once everything is in, and our Admission Committee has reviewed your application, your admission counselor (see to the right of the screen to find your counselor) will contact you about acceptance. Once you've been accepted, and you know you're coming to Tusculum :) you'll need to make your enrollment deposit. You can make arrangements to make your enrollment deposit with your admission counselor.

There is still time to get everything in, but you will need to move fast! Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here and gone before you know it, and so will the Spring 2010 semester! If you need help or have any questions, please feel welcome to contact your admission counselor!

Happy Fall!

Fall at TC

Last month I snapped a couple of cell phone pics of campus when the leaves were in full color. I'm a big fan of Fall, and this year the colors were beautiful! I thought it would be nice to add a little color to the blog. Here's a glimpse of TC in the Fall (again, these are cell phone pictures, so the quality isn't A+!). :)

Virginia Hall:

Garland Library:

Monday, November 9, 2009

Tusculum Students Travelling to Europe

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.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

What are we working on?

Since the heavy travel season is coming to an end, all of the counselors are waist deep in applications!  It looks like we have generated a lot of interest while going to the college fairs this fall.  We have about 1,000 students who have already applied for the Fall of 2010.  Of these 1,000 students, about 400 have already been accepted.  Congratulations, if you are one of these students who has sent in your transcript and test score with your application.  If you are interested in applying to Tusculum, just visit  This application probably only takes about 10 or 15 minutes to complete.  Just don't forget to swing by your guidance office and have them fax your transcript to 423-798-1622. 
For all of the prospective student athletes following the blog; our football team beat Mars Hill in the final home game of the season.  They will be facing our rival Carson Newman this Saturday in Jefferson City, TN.  If you guys live near by, come check it out.  It is always a good game.  Both men's and women's soccer programs have advanced to the semi final round of the SAC championship tournament.  If you want to keep up to date on other athletic events and results, check out our newly re-designed page at

-Aaron P

Monday, October 26, 2009

TC Homecoming is here!

Hey guys! Not only has fall arrived on campus, it's already time for Tusculum's Homecoming! It's amazing how quickly time has gone by this year! Our students began their third class of the year last week. One of the great things about The Block is that TC students have already completed TWO college courses at this point in the year--done! What a great feeling for them!
The trees on campus are beautiful this year. If you're considering Tusculum as a place to continue your education, this is a great time of year to make a campus visit! Once you step on campus, I think you'll see what makes TC so special. You can schedule a private visit with your Admission Counselor (seen on the right hand side of this page) by calling (800) 729-0256. Crystal Hirschy is our visit coordinator, and she'll be glad to help you schedule a visit.
We also have one remaining Open House event coming up on November 14. You can check out the details, and even rsvp, by clicking on this link.
Hope to see you on campus soon!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Beauty and the Beast: Tickets On Sale!!!

Theatre-at-Tusculum announces ticket sales for Walt Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." Performance dates are November 6, 7, 12, 13 & 14 at 7:00pm and November 8 & 15 at 2:00pm in Annie Hogan Byrd Theatre on the campus of Tusculum College.
Tusculum College faculty, staff and students (with valid TC ID) are admitted free for one performance only. Ticket prices are Adults - $12, Seniors (60 & over) - $10, Children (12 & under) - $5.
For more information, please contact Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or email 

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fall is here!

Greetings everyone!

It's starting to get a little chilly around the campus, and the trees are changing colors.  This can only mean one thing...Fall is here!  That also means Fall Break, so although Block 2 of classes end on Wednesday, students at Tusculum don't have to come back for classes until Wednesday, October 21st.  That's just about a week off!

Be sure to visit one of our admission counselors, as some of us are still out on the road recruiting for the Fall of 2010.  Andrew is in the Middle Tennessee/Nashville area covering college fairs, and Ashley will be around the Knoxville and surrounding area working fairs at high schools.  Be sure to visit them and let them tell you more at Tusculum!  Becky will be at Alcoa High School on Thursday, so if you go to school at Alcoa, be sure to stop and tell her hi also!  Remember to fill out a contact card while you're visiting our counselors, so we can send you information about Tusculum College!  

In case you weren't able to come to our Open House on October 3rd, you have another chance!  We are holding another Open House on November 14th, that's a Saturday, from 8:30am until noon.  Students, you are welcome to invite your family to come with you.  We will have information sessions about the school and financial aid to parents, as well as have sessions for students to ask us questions, and you'll get to sit in on a mock class, so you'll have an idea of what classes are like here at Tusculum!  We'll also give tours around the campus.  As I said before, fall is here, so now is the time to come and experience Tusculum.  If you'd like to schedule your reservation, please contact Crystal Hirschy at, or contact your admission counselor so we can set that up for you.

Happy Fall Break!


Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tusculum sees record-breaking year with new students

Tusculum College reached a historic milestone with the entrance of its 2009-2010 residential class, with 370 new students, an increase of 5.7 percent over last year's all-time high.

The registration total was announced by Jacquelyn D. Elliott, vice president for enrollment management for Tusculum College, who said that the number includes 310 entering freshmen, 53 transfer students and seven new international students.

"Tusculum College's residential program continues to grow for a number of reasons," she said. "Our admission focus is on a more structured search, and we are more focused in how we reach out to potential students in the Appalachian area."

"It is part of our mission to serve those in this area, and our office has been more conscientious about providing access for students in the Appalachian region through financial aid packages and support."

Tusculum College, which has a tradition of reaching out to first-generation college students, did so again, with 38.5 percent of the fall entering class listed as first-generation college students.

Of the new students in this year's entering class, 71 percent are from the State of Tennessee, and 29 percent are from outside the state. Thirty-six of the new students are from Greene County, which is about 10 percent of the entering class, she added. Sixteen percent of the Tusculum College new class of students are athletic scholarship recipients.

According to Elliott, the new students in total received $4,054,905 in financial aid, through a combination of in state, federal and College-provided scholarships, loans and grants.

Elliott said the large entering class produced a residence halls occupancy rate which is "more than 100 percent."

"For the first time, residential housing capacity has been met, which makes for lively student activities, full stands at athletic events and creates a better environment for students as more students are involved in campus activities."

Elliott said the College will continue to recruit new students and is still accepting applications and registrations for students who will be able to start classes in January, the beginning of the spring semester.

Holding Down the Fort

 I hope you guys have had a chance to visit one of Tusculum's Representatives out on the road. This week is a full week of travel for five of our counselors. Eric has been in the middle TN area for two weeks, Andrew is in the Aiken SC area, Becky is in the Knoxville area, Nicole is in the Asheville NC area, and Ashley is making private visit to high schools a little closer to the Greeneville area. As for me, I'm holding down the office. It's kind of a lonely time in the office with everybody out on the road. Most of the time consists of paper work and phone calls. You guys can help yourselves and me out by scheduling a visit with Crystal Hirschy at 1-800-729-0256 ext. 5624. This will give me a chance to get to not only meet with you and your family, but enjoy the beautiful fall weather that east Tennessee has to offer.

We are still preparing and accepting RSVP's for our Big Open house that is coming up this Saturday. I know Eric mentioned it in his last post a couple of days ago, but I wanted to remind everybody that it starts at 8:30 with a continental breakfast and the official welcome will begin at 9:00. Again, just contact Crystal if you and your family are interested in coming.


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

TC Political Science class visits with Tennessee Gubernatorial Candidate

Dr. Troy Goodale, assistant professor of political science, and his “State and Local Government” class visited with representatives of Gubernatorial Candidate Congressman Zach Wamp (R-3rd District) on Monday morning, sitting in the Campaign RV and discussing campaign strategy and party politics. At the conclusion of his visit with members of the Tusculum College Cabinet and other campus leaders, Wamp took a few minutes from his busy schedule to talk to Dr. Goodale and his students before leaving campus.

"It was a hands-on learning experience for the class to get the perspective on the governor's race for more than one hour from two important members of Congressman Wamp's Campaign Team," Dr. Goodale stated. "We then met briefly with the Congressman. This is just one advantage of the Block System and longer class meeting times: to be able to fit in unconventional, interactive learning at the spur of the moment when opportunities present themselves."

Friday, September 25, 2009

TC Mass Media Students get 1-on-1 session with CBS Sports Director

Taking an opportunity of turning a campus event into a learning experience, Barth Cox, assistant professor of film and broadcasting at Tusculum College, arranged to have his mass media students take notes from a top sports event director in town to direct the nationally televised football game between Tusculum and Wingate University on Thursday, September 24.

Mark Grant, a television sports director for CBS Sports, visited with a group of Cox's mass media majors on Wednesday, September 23, and shared his experiences as well as gave tips and advice to the aspiring media students.

"To have this type of professional speak personally to our students is the kind of opportunity you don't get very often, particularly in this size market," said Cox. "The students walked away with a better understanding of the profession they are preparing to enter."

Grant began his career at a local Cablevision station in Baton Rouge, La., and through hard work, persistence and taking advantage of "defining moments" in his life has risen to become one of the top sports event directors in the country and has covered sports all over the world and in 48 states.

He talked to the students about hard work and making their own opportunities. He also told his own story that started with him "knocking on doors" and volunteering for any job that would help him gain experience and improve his skills in the broadcasting field.

Grant said that while he worked for the local cable company as a producer and director, he learned much of his craft through stints volunteering for ESPN when their crews were in the area shooting an event.

"I ran errands, made coffee, worked as a cameraman, anything that would let me see how things were done at that level. Then, I would bring what I learned back to my small high school game broadcasts and applied the new skills to those productions," said Grant.

The skills he learned from working with these professional crews allowed him to win several awards for production and eventually got him a job with ESPN.

And, while he didn't start out as a director, working for ESPN put him in position to take advantage of what he calls his "most defining moment."

The director of the Division 1AA National Championship game, at which Grant was working, had to leave the site when his wife went into labor, providing Grant the opportunity to step in and direct his first game and event for ESPN, which he called "his coming out party" as a director.

"What I think is important to tell students whenever I have the opportunity - these defining moments will come in your life, and you need to watch for those opportunities and then take them and hit a home run," said Grant. "Don't be safe, take the chance and give it your best."

Grant also shared inside information about how directors get hired, contract negotiation, work schedules and how to "move up the ladder."

"Don't ever be happy with where you are in life. Always put yourself in a position where someone else wants you. Always put yourself in a position to win. Never stop learning and improving," he told the students.

Several of the students in the Tusculum class had the opportunity to work as part of the broadcast team with CBS on Thursday, and he advised them to take advantage of any opportunity like this that comes their way.

"I recommend to you that you find a mentor - two mentors - one far away who does what you want to be doing really, really well, and one close by who will tell you the truth. Sometimes you need to be criticized in order to get better. Find someone who will tell you where your weaknesses are so that you can improve."

Grant also talked to the students about giving back. He is adjunct professor at Louisiana State University and enjoys mentoring students who are interested in the broadcasting field. He is also an active volunteer in the community and sits on the boards of the local YMCA, the Boy Scouts of America and the Volunteer Health Corps.

"It is very important to give back and to be a mentor to other people who want to be like you. When you are given that opportunity to do that, you should do it," he said.

Grant was with ESPN for 11 years and has been with CBS Sports since 1998.

source: Tusculum College News and Calendar Highlights

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Game Day!!

It's game day!  Tusculum will be taking on Wingate University tonight at Pioneer Field.  The game will start at 8:05 p.m.  Remember, if you can't make it out to support the Pioneers tonight in person, you can watch the game on CBS College Sports or FSN South.  To find out more about tonight's game check out our athletic website:

We have a couple Open House dates coming up soon (October 3rd and November 14th).  Open House is a time for you and your family to come learn more about what it is like to be a student at Tusculum.  You'll learn more about our unique Block schedule, sit in on mock classes, eat lunch and even get to watch a football game.  Your parents will be able to talk with admission and financial aid counselors, as well.  And the best part is, it's all FREE!  If you are interested in joining us for one of the Open House dates contact Crystal Hirschy.  You can reach Crystal at or at 800.729.0256 ext. 5624. 

Tusculum still has admission representatives traveling across the southeast.  Andrew is in the Atlanta area, and I will be in middle Tennessee (Stewart, Cheatham and Humphreys counties) for the rest of this week.  So, if you're visitng college fairs in these areas be sure to check out the Tusculum table.

Be sure to watch the game tonight and GO PIONEERS!!


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

TC Newspaper hits the 'net

Hey guys! Tusculum's school newspaper, the Pioneer Frontier, is now available online! For anyone interested in learning more about what journalism students at TC are up to, check out the latest addition of the Frontier!


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Time for Football!!!

On Thursday, September 24, the Tusculum College football game against Wingate University is scheduled to be televised on CBS College Sports and FSN South. So, bring a friend and support the Pioneers. Help fill the stands and visitors section and cheer for the cameras! Kickoff is at 8:05 p.m.

Everyone is encouraged to attend, bring a friend and consider sitting on the visitors side, which will be in the direct line of sight of the main broadcasting cameras. Wear your Tusculum orange for greatest visual effect. And, if you don’t have the perfect thing to wear, the Tusculum College Bookstore is hosting a t-shirt sale, buy one and get the second at half price. In addition, on Tuesday of Pioneer Spirit Week (September 22) take advantage of a 20 percent discount on selected items.

Also planned for the game, the Greeneville High School Marching Band will support the team from the stands and perform a half-time show.

The Pioneer Club Tailgate Party will be held from 6-7:45 p.m. on the concourse at Pioneer Park. RSVPs are requested. To RSVP, contact or call (423) 636-7303. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Tailgate Party.


Monday, September 14, 2009


Hello, and greetings from Chattanooga!

No, Tusculum hasn't packed up and moved to Chattanooga. :) Right now admission counselors from Tusculum (and several other colleges) are traveling around the region visiting high schools and colleges to get the word out about the great education you can receive at Tusculum! This week, I'm in the Chattanooga-Athens-Cleveland area. Becky Tankersley is traveling around Southwest Virginia, and Andrew Shumate is visiting the Atlanta, GA area. So if you're a high school student in any of these areas, be sure to look for your Tusculum College admission counselor!

Seniors-now is the time to be investigating the colleges you are considering attending. By completing your admission application online for Tusculum, the application fee is waived! You can follow this link: to do so. Make sure you've taken your ACT or SAT, and if not, ask your high school guidance counselor for help in signing up for a test date.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us! We'd be more than happy to help you through the process!

Come visit us at a fair!


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tusculum alumnus’ article appears in The Atlantic

Courtesy: Tusculum News and Calendar Highlights

An article about the underpaid, resource deprived Afghan Police by Anup Kaphle ‘07 , a digital media fellow with The Atlantic, was published online last week.

“Without a doubt, eventual success in Afghanistan will rest on a foundation of robust security, safeguarded by the police. But the vast majority of the police force today complains about paltry salaries and a complete lack of benefits. The lucky ones get a uniform, a grey shirt and a pair of cotton or polyester slacks, along with slightly advanced machine guns. Others carry rusty old AK-47s across their chests and wait for the Taliban in their Pathani salwaars. Even during patrols, it is not rare to find a policeman running in his sandals,” Kaphle wrote.

Kaphle, who has earned a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism, was editor of the student newspaper while at Tusculum among his many activities. Kaphle’s trip to Afghanistan was supported by a grant from the South Asian Journalists Association. Read Kaphle’s article.

Monday, September 7, 2009

On and Off Campus

I'm glad to be back on campus. I spent the beginning of last week in the Middle Tennessee area visiting high schools in Cannon, Hickman, Warren, and Marshall counties. I enjoyed speaking with a lot of prospective students who were very excited to hear about the Block, and all of the exciting things going on right now. It was great getting a chance to visit part of Tennessee I have never seen before.

This week, Tusculum will have representatives back in Middle Tennessee, and also in Atlanta, Athens, and Augusta, Georgia. If you are from these areas and hear about a College Night or college fair, make sure you come visit Nicole or Andrew at the Tusculum table. While Nicole and Andrew are out on the road, the rest of the Admission staff will be back here on campus evaluating transcripts and applications for the Fall of 2010.

For everybody that is interested in Tusculum Athletics, I would encourage you to keep up with the fall sports updates at Men's and Women's soccer, Football, Volleyball, and Cross Country seasons are in full swing. All have gotten off to a good start, and look to continue the tradition of athletic excellence at Tusculum College. We are excited to have our first televised football game on September 24. It will be a Thursday night conference game, and we will be hosting Wingate University. So, if you can't make it up to watch it live, just find the game on your TV and check it out.


Monday, August 31, 2009

Tusculum Admission Counselors: On the Road

The Class of 2013 has safely arrived on campus here at TC, and are starting to settle into their new routines. For the admission office, it's now time for us to focus on the Class or 2014 (also known as the Class of 2010)!

This week one of our counselors, Aaron Porter, is actually in the Nashville area to represent TC at college fairs. Maybe you'll see him out there! Those of us in the office will be at some local college fairs in the Tri-Cities, including Cherokee High School, Daniel Boone, Sullivan East, and the Tri-Cities fair at Freedom Hall.

This coming Wednesday, Sept. 2, Tusculum will play host to its own college fair, with around 40 other colleges in the region also having representation. Be sure to come out and not only learn more about TC, but also any other colleges you may be interested in attending! The fair will be held in the Pioneer Arena from 9am-11am, and also from 5pm-7pm. I hope you can make at least one of the sessions!

You can learn more about the TC College Night by clicking on this link.

~Becky :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

It's here!!

The new school year is here!

After a busy weekend of orientation events and moving-in, classes have officially begun. New students kicked off the weekend with a community picnic on Friday night. Many Tusculum faculty and staff members joined in the festivities Friday night, welcoming the new students to campus. Orientation events continued throughout the weekend and wrapped up Sunday night with the Tusculum Festival. The Tusculum Festival is a time for students to relax and get ready for the start of classes. This year the festival took place on the upper practice fields and featured a water fight and hot air balloon rides.

As the Class of 2013 gets settled into their first week of classes, it is now time to focus on the upcoming class, the Class of 2014. As a senior, I know there is a lot of excitement going into your final year of high school, but it is important to remember to start looking and applying to colleges early. While Tusculum has rolling admission, many colleges and universities have application deadlines that come early in the fall semester. To find the application deadline for any college or university simply visit their website or talk with your guidance counselor.

Remember that we are currently accepting applications for the 2010-2011 school year. You can apply online to Tusculum by clicking here.

If you have any questions about the admission process at Tusculum, don’t hesitate to contact your counselor.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

It's getting close!

Greetings, and thanks for visiting the Tusculum College Admission blog! There's a lot going on this week...

We're closing in on that time of year again, for our students to return to campus. We've already had some students who, over the past couple of weeks, have moved onto campus. This week at Tusculum, we have new students participating in our Bridge Program. Bridge is a program that allows students to gradually emerge into the college setting, making the transition from high school a little easier. Bridge is a required program for all conditionally accepted students, but is open to all incoming freshmen.

Not only do we have Bridge this week, but Friday is also the beginning of Orientation weekend! There are so many activities planning for this weekend! On Friday, our new residential students will be moving in, plus we'll have activities and information sessions planned in the afternoon for both commuting and residing incoming students. I encourage parents to please come on Friday; we have information sessions that are scheduled just for you! Friday evening is also the Community Picnic, where students and their families can meet one another and also meet the Tusculum College community. Other activities and information sessions are planned through Saturday and Sunday for our new students.

Whew! Sounds like a lot going on! Oh yes, and remember classes start on Monday, August 24th. :)

If you have questions about Bridge or Orientation weekend, feel free to contact your admission counselor.

Have a great week!

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Most Valuable Senior Skip Day

Please bear with a first-time blogger. As most of you are preparing for the new school year, I wanted you to keep a few things in mind that will help with the college search process, and get you a day off from classes! First, you want to make sure you know who your guidance counselor is. You've probably been at your school for a couple of years now. It's about time to get to know the people who are going to help you learn more about college. Try to introduce yourself to him/her and let them know you are excited about the opportunity to go to college. These counselors are going to be very important during the college application process.

If you are a senior, I would try to confirm with your guidance counselor that you have a couple of college visit days. These are excused absences that your high school gives you to go check out the schools you are most interested in. Before you can take the visit days, you have to know where you are going to visit. This means you have to do a little research and narrow down your options. Taking a visit to a school is a great experience. I would recommend this for everyone interested in any school. To take advantage of the college visit days at Tusculum, just contact Crystal Hirschy at 1-800-729-0256 ext. 5624.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

TC in the News

Hi everyone! As you may already know, Tusculum College has a very rich history. We're the oldest college in Tennessee, established in 1794, and the 26th oldest institution in the nation!
This week, Tusculum became stop on the Civil War trail. Local tv station WJHL had a story on the news here, but the story managed to make its way all the way down to Raleigh, NC!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Welcome to the Admission blog!

Welcome to the Tusculum admission blog! Throughout the year, Tusculum's four admission counselors will make weekly posts here to let you know what's going on in the Office of Admission, as well as what's happening on campus.

This week we're welcoming back our student athletes, as well as athletic trainers, Resident Assistants, and Bonner Leaders. After a relatively quiet summer on campus, we're excited to see students back to breathe life into TC!

For those of you who are thinking about applying to Tusculum, this is the time to do it! We have already started accepting students for 2010. All you need to apply is an application, which you can find by clicking this link, your high school transcripts, and your SAT/ACT scores.

Keep in mind the admission counselors are here to help you throughout this process, so whenever you have questions, let us know! Our counseling staff is divided by last name:
A-D: Aaron Porter
E-K: Nicole Oaks
L-Q: Becky Tankersley
R-Z: Eric Allen

We hope to see your application in our office soon!