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