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.