Monday, December 20, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Hi everyone!
Tusculum College will be closed for the Christmas holiday beginning December 18. We will reopen on January 3, 2011.
We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010's cold outside!

While this cold weather may be keeping you from enjoying the outdoors, here are some ideas for inside activities:
  • Finish your college application!  Most colleges let you complete the application online, as does TC.  If you have already completed your application, be sure your high school guidance office knows where to send your transcripts and test scores.
  • Look for scholarships/grants!  But how do I do this, you may ask.   First, you'll want to talk to your high school guidance office and see what scholarships/grants they have information on, and see if you can apply for them.  Then you'll want to create an account at and do a search for scholarship/grant money there.  You may also want to call around (or venture out if you can) to your local Chamber of Commerce, bank, etc.  It never hurts to look!
  • Get ready to complete  your FAFSA!  I say "get ready" because it is not yet time to complete this application.  You can begin as soon as January 1.  While you and your parents wait for January 1, you can go ahead and complete your PINs.  You will need a PIN and your parent will need a PIN to electronically sign the FAFSA.  You can do this here:  Please remember that Tusculum College's deadline for the FAFSA is February 15!
That should help with your cabin fever while waiting for the snow to melt.  With that thought, I leave you with this picture of Tusculum College's campus, blanketed with snow.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Around the Corner (and so is free money!)

Hi everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving, and are gearing up for Christmas! It's been a busy time in the admission office, as we've had lots of students come in for campus visits before the holidays officially arrive! If you haven't scheduled your campus tour yet, I hope you will! You can schedule by calling our office at 800.729.0526. or online here:

Please remember, our campus visits are private visits, tailored to each individual student, rather than large group visits. It helps to have a couple of different days in mind on which you can visit, so that we can make your experience the best possible!

As Christmas approaches, it brings another important season right behind it: Financial Aid season! All students want to receive as much help as possible when paying for college. The key to getting help is the FAFSA. The FAFSA is a form you and your family will fill out after January 1, based upon your 2010 tax returns. This will help the government, and each college you are considering, find the financial aid your are eligible for, and you can find the form here:

Even though you can't fill out the FAFSA today, you can apply for your PIN. You'll need two different ones--one for the student, and one for the parent. Once January arrives, you can complete the FAFSA--remember, the priority deadline is February 15! If you apply after this date, you could miss out on some great scholarship opportunities. Remember, the earlier the better!

If you have questions regarding financial aid, give us a call at 800.729.0256, and we'll be glad to help.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tusculum Signs Affiliation Agreement with ETSU School of Pharmacy

Representatives of Tusculum College and East Tennessee State University signed an affiliation agreement on Monday, November 15, that gives qualifying Tusculum College graduates priority candidate status for entry into the Doctor of Pharmacy program at East Tennessee State University's Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy.

Under the agreement, Tusculum College students who meet coursework and grade point average requirements as well as meet required scoring on the Pharmacy College Admission Test will be guaranteed an admissions interview for the next entering class of the pharmacy program at the Gatton College of Pharmacy.

"This is an opportunity to further support Tusculum College students with their goal of continuing their education in graduate school, as well as an opportunity for East Tennessee State University to keep our best and brightest students right here in East Tennessee," said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, president of Tusculum College.

The agreement went into effect immediately after the signing.

Tusculum College currently has two former students enrolled in the Gatton College of Pharmacy program, Brittany Bible '10 and Stacy Parks '09, both of whom were in attendance at the signing.

International Student Week celebrated at Tusculum

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 12. Four 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 44 flags representing current and former students, including the four added in the ceremony. Currently enrolled students come from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, England, Germany, Guatemala, Holland, Ireland, Ukraine, Venezuela and Wales.

The four new flags added included those for Denmark, Kenya, the Netherlands and Puerto Rico, according to Bonnie Weston, student life coordinator at the college and coordinator of the International Education Week events.

To read the entire article, click here.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tusculum on YouTube

Be sure to check out other videos on YouTube under the user name:  tusculumcollege.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tusculum's latest production: "The King & I"


Interested to know how Tusculum is involved with the community and our theatre program?  Beginning this weekend, Theatre-at-Tusculum will present Rodgers & Hammerstein's "The King & I."  Performance dates are November 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13 at 7:00pm, and November 7 and 14 at 2:00pm.  Over 100 people, including students, alumni, staff, and members of the community, will participate in this Arts Outreach program, set in the Royal Court of Siam.

You're welcome to read the article on "The King & I" from our website by copying and pasting this link into your browser:

There you will also find ticket information and our box office number.

Come on out and see our Fall production of "The King & I," and witness for yourself the work our students, faculty, staff, and community put into the TC Arts program!


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Paintball and Kings Island.... for FREE?!

When you are trying to figure out where to spend the next four years of your life, a wise question to ask is what activities or trips are available outside of the classroom.  Tusculum offers over 70 different clubs and organizations for students to participate in outside of varsity sports and academics.  Getting involved with clubs and organizations have numerous pay-offs.  Not only do you get the chance to meet new people and develop new relationships; you also can participate in some pretty amazing trips FOR FREE!

To give you an idea of what kind of free activities Tusculum students have been participating in, all we have to do is look to the Department of Freshmen Services.  This year Brandon Conner, Director of Freshmen Services, has already taken a group of freshmen on two pretty cool trips.  On October 1, his group spent the afternoon engaged in an intense paintball competition at Smokey Mountain Paintball.  This Saturday a group of new students are going to King’s Island in Cincinnati, Ohio.  They are looking forward to all the excitement that one of the nation’s top amusement parks has to offer.   I hope you consider asking about some of the other amazing trips that are available for Tusculum Students.

-Aaron P

Monday, October 11, 2010

An Exciting Time at Tusculum...

It's been an exciting few weeks on the Tusculum College campus! Our admission staff has been keeping the roads hot, traveling to different high schools and college fairs over the past month. You may have seen us in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and of course Tennessee!

In other news, we welcomed our largest incoming class on record this year, with 404 new students attending Tusculum! We're excited to see new faces on campus, and have a hum of activity all around!

Last but certainly not least, Tusculum inducted its first female President this past Friday. Dr. Nancy B. Moody is the 27th president of Tusculum. We look forward to her leadership in the days ahead!

If you haven't had a chance to visit Tusculum, now is a great time! Fall is descending upon campus, and it's a beautiful time of year here in the mountains! Schedule your campus visit today by clicking this link! When you schedule your visit, please have 2-3 dates in mind, as our schedule is booking up 1-2 weeks in advance. Hope to see you on campus soon!


Monday, September 13, 2010

Travel Update

We have several counselors out on the road this week. If you are in any of the areas below, be sure to come out and visit the Tusculum table:

Becky – Southwest Virginia

Nicole – Chattanooga area

Eric – South Carolina (Aiken and Greenwood areas)

Scott – Georgia

Also, don’t forget there are two Open House dates coming up: September 25th and October 30th. Visit this link to learn more - Open House


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tusculum Student's Artwork on Display at General Morgan Inn

Tusculum College student Tylan Adams,  a senior graphic design major from Greeneville, will be featured in a solo art show beginning September 2, at the Mason House Gallery located in the General Morgan Inn in Downtown Greeneville.

The show will consist of an eclectic collection of her undergraduate works. Adams will display several drawings in charcoal and pastel, oil paintings and graphic design projects completed during her study at Tusculum College.

“No matter how much I get to know my own style, I never know how a finished piece is going to turn out,” says Adams.  “Comparing a finished piece to its model is most rewarding.  They never look the same, and the art is usually substantially more interesting.  If I could learn to automatically foresee the way I draw, the world would be exceedingly entertaining.”

Adams was this year’s recipient of the Greeneville Arts Council’s Mary Jane Coleman scholarship.

The art will remain on display throughout the month of September. For further information about this or other Mason House Gallery exhibits, please contact Matilda Green at 423-636-7300.

Courtesy: Tusculum College Office of Communication

Friday, September 3, 2010

Check this out!

Hello again!

Take a moment and read this article. Tusculum College has been named on the GI Job's 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools!

Tusculum College named to Top Military-Friendly School List

Tusculum College has been named to G.I. Jobs’ 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

“Tusculum College has a long history of providing programs that allow the adult student to be able to achieve their dream of higher education while balancing the responsibilities of career and family,” said Jacquelyn D. Elliott, vice president for enrollment management at Tusculum College.

”The Military Friendly Schools list is the gold standard in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience. It’s especially important now with so many schools competing for military students,” said Derek Blumke, president of Student Veterans of America and a member of the list’s Academic Advisory Board.

Schools on the Military Friendly Schools list also offer additional benefits to student veterans such as on-campus veterans programs, credit for service, military spouse programs and more.

Tusculum College started the Yellow Ribbon program in August 2009. Under the program, the school matches dollars put in by the Veterans Administration so veterans can work toward their advanced degree as well as qualify for money to help with housing. There are already more than 20 students enrolled in Tusculum degree programs who are receiving the Yellow Ribbon benefits.

“The Yellow Ribbon program allows the College to further fulfill her mission by acknowledging the service and commitment of those who have served our country by providing them with financial support to complete their education.” said Tusculum College President Dr. Nancy B. Moody. “With the variety of locations, programs, majors, degrees and scheduling options offered at Tusculum College, we are uniquely suited to serve those whose educational path was interrupted or who are considering beginning or continuing their higher education.”

The Yellow Ribbon program is applicable towards all Tusculum College degree programs, which include traditional undergraduate programs, as well as the Graduate and Professional Studies programs. Tuition benefits under the program are also available to both full and part-time students.

In addition, Tusculum College has a long standing relationship with United States Navy through its partnership with the U.S.S. Greeneville submarine. Since its christening, Tusculum College has partnered with the crew members, offering an annual scholarship to crewmen and/or members of their family. To date, three people benefiting from that relationship have become Tusculum College alumni and one more has applied to attend next year.

Tusculum College has long offered assistance to veterans returning to higher education and Veterans Affairs Coordinator Pat Simons is available to specifically support veterans with their admissions and financial aid questions. For more information on the Yellow Ribbon program or others assistance provided by the College, contact Simons at 423-636-7300.

The G.I. Jobs Military Friendly School List was compiled through exhaustive research starting last April during which G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Colorado State University, Dallas County Community College, Old Dominion University, Cleveland State University, Lincoln Technical Institute and Embry Riddle.

Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students and academic accreditations.

**Be sure to keep logging in to the Blog to see if we'll soon be at your school!**

Take care,

Monday, August 30, 2010

Tusculum Chorus begins a new year....

The Tusculum College Community Chorus begins rehearsals on Monday, August 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the choir room, room 46 on the lower lever of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building. The chorus is open to all interested singers; no audition is required. David Hendricksen is the conductor and Jim Winfree is accompanist.

Tusculum students may register for the chorus for 1 semester credit: MUSC 192.

The concert will take place on Monday, December 13. Our repertoire includes one large work -- Psalm 95 by Felix Mendelssohn. Though originally in German, we will sing this work in English. Other music on the program will be variety of seasonal music from various countries.

For more information, please contact David Hendricksen at

Thursday, August 26, 2010

On The Road... Again!

What an exciting week for Tusculum College! We have witnessed our record setting largest entering class of 400 new students converge on campus. After a week of enjoying the fruits of our labor, the admission office is ready to start running the roads of the southeast region with even higher expectations for next year’s entering class!

For the next three months, admission representatives will be coming to your high schools, area malls, and civic centers. Starting next week, we will have representatives in Middle and East Tennessee high schools. If you go to a school at or near Warren County, Cherokee High, Hickman High, East Hickman High, Daniel Boone High, Perry County High, Lewis County, Tri-Cities, Giles County, Lawrence County, and Sullivan East High, a Tusculum representative will be coming to you next week. So, take some time and stop by our table and ask us about what distinguishing factors Tusculum has to offer. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Aaron P

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Important Loan Information for New Students!

Are you counting on Federal Direct Student Loans to help you cover your expenses for college? If you are a first time borrower, you will need to complete Entrance Loan Counseling and a Master Promissory Note. If you have used student loans in the past at Tusculum College, you will still need to complete a new MPN for the Direct Lending Program. Failure to complete these steps could result in your account being placed on hold because your financial obligations with Tusculum College will not have been met. The Financial Aid Staff is always ready to assist you with any questions that you might have by contacting us at

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The "Buzz" is Coming Back...

Tusculum is starting to “buzz” again, as students are moving back to campus. A majority of the students coming to campus early are our fall sport athletes. The Pioneer football team reported last week to begin preparing for the upcoming season. They kick-off at home against Charleston (W.Va.) on August 28th at 1:00 P.M. Our soccer and volleyball teams will be reporting tomorrow to begin preparing for their upcoming seasons, as well. Our men’s soccer team opens up on September 3rd against King College with a neutral site match in Banner Elk, NC. The Lady Pioneer soccer team will be traveling to Texas A&M Commerce to start-up their season on September 4th. The Pioneer volleyball team will have their opening match on September 3rd as they take on West Virginia State in Indianapolis, IN. Our cross country runners will be also be reporting early this fall. Their opening meet is also on September 3rd at Stampede at the Shoals in Elizabethton, TN.

Be sure to come out and support all of our Pioneer teams this fall. To view a full schedule, visit our official athletic site:


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

It's almost time!

Hello everyone!

Can you believe that August is already here Seems like the summer just flew by! Soon students will begin the move in process, but if you still haven't made your decision to come to Tusculum for the Fall 2010 semester, there's little time left!

If you still need to make your decision to come to Tusculum, you need to contact your admission counselor ASAP, so that we can get everything taken care of to prepare you for the Fall semester. You can find out contact information along the side of this blog.

Keep up to date with what's going on in our Admission office by checking back here frequently! Soon, we will be hitting the road to visit different schools and college fairs, so check and see if we're coming to see you! And if we do, be sure to say hi and let us know you're staying updated with our Blog. :)

Take care!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Pioneer Your Future at Tusculum this Fall!

We are very excited to extend an invitation to you and your family to join us at any of our Open House events coming soon.  Our theme this year is “Pioneer Your Future”.  Anywhere you see our mascot, Pioneer Pete, with his arms open, you are one step closer to more information regarding these events.  
This year's Open House events will be held September 25 and October 30
You can reserve your spot at one of our Open House events by clicking here, or by clicking on the picture below.The registration form will give us the information we need to make this a very special day for you and your family. 

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Campus visits

Hey guys!
Wow, where has the summer gone? I have no idea! The time has certainly passed by quickly in the admission office. I know you've read a lot about registration over the course of the summer. We still have students who are making that final decision of where to attend college, and it's crunch time!

The best way to avoid the crunch is to visit prospective colleges early in your senior year of  high school. The visit schedule has certainly picked up over the past week, and we've seen a lot of great families who are making the rounds and visiting colleges on their summer vacations.

If you haven't visited our campus yet, there's plenty of time left to do so! Visits are great opportunities to meet  your admission counselor, tour the campus, and learn more about what makes Tusculum special. You can schedule your appointment by giving us a call at 800.729.0256, or online by clicking here.

Hope to see you soon!


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Summer Fun at Pioneer Park

Have you ever asked yourself what is there to do in Greeneville in the summer? Most people that live in the east Tennessee have asked themselves this question at some point. Tusculum College is lucky enough to be the home of the Greeneville Astros. The Greeneville Astros are a minor league team for the Houston Astros. They play their games right here on our campus from late June until late August.

If you are interested in visiting our campus and would like to come on a day when the Astros will be playing, check out their schedule and pick a day they are going to be in town.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Have you scheduled your Registration Day yet?


I hope you all are enjoying your summer so far!

With all the things that summer has to offer (vacations, weekend getaways, work), please remember that if you've not done so yet, you need to schedule your Advance Registration Day. Our June date is already booked, which means we only have one more left! July 23 will be our final Advance Registration Day this summer, so please contact your admission counselor as soon as you can, so we can schedule you a time to come!

Advance Registration is a great time for you to take care of everything you need to before the start of classes in August. You're register for your first year of classes, as well as meet with all the offices on campus so we can make sure you're ready to go! I want to give you some tips about your Advance Registration Day, so that you are prepared:

-We will take your picture for your student ID, so be ready :)

-If you have a laptop, you're welcome to bring it with you! You will need to have the anti-virus software installed on your laptop so you can use our network, and we can do that for your while you're registering!

-If you plan to have your car on campus this Fall, we'll need to register you to park it on campus. Please be sure to bring your driver's license with you, and know your car tag number.

-Bring your proof of immunizations, and know your emergency contact information. You're welcome to fill them out ahead of time and bring them with you.

Remember to call your counselor so we can schedule a time for you! If you've not yet taken care of your enrollment deposit, we'd be happy to help you with that as well!

Take care!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Summer Shift....

Hi everyone!
I hope you are all enjoying your summer break! Things are quiet around Tusculum, as most of our students have returned home to see family and friends during the break. But there are a few days when campus gets really busy in the summers: registration! We held our first Advanced Registration Day (ARD) May 28, and had 120 incoming students come to campus and register for classes. It was a busy day, but it was great to see so many familiar faces returning to become Pioneers.

Our next ARDs will be June 25 and July 23--if you haven't signed up yet, be sure to give your admission counselor a call!

In the meantime, as students are transitioning to college, there's a whole new group of students transitioning from high school juniors to high school SENIORS! We're already receiving applications for Fall 2011, and have even started accepting some of these students. If you're a rising senior interested in attending TC, it's not too early to apply! You can fill out an application by clicking on this link.

If you'd rather take a look at campus before applying, that's completely understandable. So if that's the case, come join us for a campus visit! Even though campus is a bit quiet, it's a great time to tour the facilities and speak with a counselor about the benefits of a Tusculum education (including our unique Block schedule!). To schedule a campus visit, call our office at 800-729-0256, or schedule online by clicking this link.

Whether you're registering for classes for the fall, or visiting campus for the first time, we hope to see you on campus SOON!


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Spencer Riley named to Tusculum Football coaching staff

Spencer Riley has been named to the football coaching staff at Tusculum College announced Pioneer head coach and athletic director Frankie DeBusk.

Riley will coach the Tusculum offensive line, while also being in charge of the football program’s equipment procurement and upkeep. Riley will assume his duties officially on July 1.

Riley, a native of New Market, Tenn., brings a wealth of collegiate experience with him, having coached and played at both the NCAA Division I and II levels. His college coaching experience includes the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga during the 2008 season and three years at the University of West Georgia. He has also coached at the prep level at Karns High School in Knoxville and Douglas County High School in Douglasville, Ga.

A four-year letterman at the University of Tennessee from 1996 to 1999, Riley has quickly built an impressive resume from the lessons he learned from his time with the Volunteers.

“I’m thrilled to have Coach Riley join the Pioneer family,” said DeBusk. “Our program is going to benefit from Spencer’s vast amount offensive line experience, both as a coach at Chattanooga and West Georgia, and as a player at Tennessee. Not only is he a fine coach, but he is also an outstanding person and we look forward to having him with us.”

His coaching career began at Karns High School in 2001, where he served as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for three seasons (2001-03) before taking over as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 2004. He also coordinated the special teams.

In 2005, Riley was hired to coach the offensive line at West Georgia, becoming only the fifth coach at that position in the program’s 47-year history. After two years in that role at the Gulf South Conference program, Riley was promoted to offensive coordinator while retaining his offensive line responsibilities at the Carrollton, Ga. school.

He installed the Spread offense for the Wolves in 2007 and was the run game coordinator in 2006. He also served as the team’s Pro Liaison.

“I look forward to getting down to work this summer and learning the offense,” said Riley. “I am also looking forward to the opportunity of getting to work with such a great staff. My family and I are excited to become part of the Tusculum family. We are eager to get moved and settled in Greeneville this summer.”

Thursday, May 27, 2010


Hello everyone!

Some say that Memorial Day is the official start of summer. Here at Tusculum, the first Advance Registration Day is our official start of the summer!

For students that are coming to TC this fall, we hold three Advance Registration Days throughout the summer. This gives you the opportunity to come to campus, register for all your classes your Freshman year, and meet with the TC community! Other future Pioneers will be here too, so you get a head start on making new friends. You also get to meet with all the offices on campus, so you'll know who to turn to should you ever have questions.

Tomorrow, May 28, is our first Advance Registration Day this summer, and wow, we are booked up! Our other dates this summer are June 25 and July 23.

To come to Advance Registration, you must make an appointment. This means, you'll need to contact your Admission Counselor or Brandon Connor to schedule that for you. The first appointments are scheduled at 9am EST, and the last ones are scheduled at 3pm EST, and we schedule every half-hour in between. The whole process for you will take around 2 hours to complete, so please talk to your Admission Counselor so that they can tell you how to be prepared.

To register for your classes, you'll need to have made your commitment to come to Tusculum, i.e., have made your enrollment deposit. Remember, there are 3 ways in which to do this:

-call your Admission Counselor to give payment over the phone with a Visa or Mastercard.

-mail a check or money order to the Office of Admission, PO Boc 5051, Greeneville, TN 37743.

-pay online at

I can't wait to see you on campus this summer registering for classes! Have a great weekend, and we'll see you soon!


Friday, May 21, 2010

May 28 Advanced Registration Tips

I imagine most of the blog readers are students who have already decided to come to Tusculum.  I hope you have enjoyed following the news and updates on our Admission Blog.  I just wanted to pass on some inside tips on what to expect at the May 28 Advanced Registration (ARD). 

-Most importantly for some, your ID card photo will be taken on this day.  So, if you don't want to be stuck with "bed head" or "sleepy eyes" on your ID card for the next four years, here is your heads up! 

-About every 30 minutes we will have representatives take families to view a resident hall room.  This will give some of you your first look at the living arrangements.  Checking out a room can be very exciting for some.  Almost like an empty canvas, this opportunity will allow you and your family to visualize all of the creativity that can be incorporated into a college dorm room. 

-If you plan on having a car on campus, bring in your license plate number, make and model of your car.  You will register your car for your parking pass on this day.

-Check the weather for Greeneville.  Cool clothes or an umbrella can make all the difference in the world in terms of comfort on this day.

-You will be rubbing shoulders with over 100 incoming Tusculum students coming from all over the world!  Don't be shy and just talk to your family.  This is a great chance to start meeting the people you will spending the next four years of your life with.  I have seen future best friends, roommates, and teammates meet at their ARD event.  Take advantage of this.

I hope these five things will help you and your family enjoy your ARD experience on May 28.

Aaron P

Monday, May 10, 2010

President's Society Selects Faculty Mentor of the Year

Dr. Bill Garris, assistant professor of psychology, was honored as this year’s Faculty Mentor of the Year by the President’s Society at its year-end banquet hosted by Dr. Nancy B. Moody on Tuesday, May 4. During the “Reading of Celebration”, Dr. Garris was recognized as one who exemplifies the true meaning of the faculty role outside the classroom. The President’s Society recognized Garris for his countless hours spent in helping the College complete the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges as the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) director while honoring his teaching responsibilities.

Dr. Garris was also recognized for his efforts to personally educate each member of the President’s Society about the reaffirmation of accreditation process and the QEP, problem solving with reflective judgment. Due to his dedication, the President’s Society members were able to play a key role in the reaffirmation of accreditation process. His knowledge, along with his positive spirit and uplifting attitude, helped bolster and fortify the Society’s role as campus leaders.

The President’s Society is an elite student organization dedicated to promoting and fortifying the mission of the College. The students serve as ambassadors for the College, serve as hosts for campus visits, participate in leadership and ethics training and assist with campus events.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Sharing memories and achievements... How to finish up your Senior year the right way.

I just wanted to take some time to congratulate the senior class of 2010 for completing a very memorable milestone in your lives. These last few weeks that you are in school are an opportunity to reflect back and share some of the experiences that you have shared with your friends, teammates, and families. Without excluding your studies too much, I would encourage every senior to take some time during class changes or down time in class to share a memorable story or experience that occurred during your high school career. Funny or serious, it doesn’t matter, you’re probably already doing it and don’t even realize it. The people you are sharing these memories with are people you might not get to see as often as you currently do. So finish up your high school career spending time with the ones who were involved in these memories.

Some of these reflections will be conducted formally by your coaches, peers, and educators. Many schools will have an awards night to recognize students’ achievements during the time they spent in high school. If you have decided that you are coming to Tusculum, we would love to contact your guidance department and tell them about your personal scholarship offer. If your school is close to Tusculum and would like for us to try to present your scholarship during your awards night, just let us know. We will check to see if we have a representative available.


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

May 1 is around the corner

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to remind you all that the National Priority deadline to make your enrollment deposit is this coming Saturday, May 1.

You may ask yourself, what does this mean? The enrollment deposit is your commitment in coming to Tusculum College. This way, we can prepare the way for you! We do this by signing you up for your Advance Registration day this summer (more to come on that later), and for those planning to live on-campus, this will allow for your housing application to be processed this summer.

Keep in mind the 3 ways to make your deposit:

Mail a check or money order to the Office of Admission, PO Box 5051, Greeneville, TN 37743

Visit the site online at

Call your admission counselor at 800-729-0256.

If you have questions about your deposit or need help, please let us know. We are here to help you!

See you this Fall! :)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Facebook, anyone?

I know a lot of the people that follow this blog are students who have already decided to come to Tusculum next year. I wanted to let you in on a very helpful tool for helping you start relationships with other students who have made the same great choice. If you are already using Facebook, you can just send a friend request to Tc Brandon Conner. Many other students who will be joining us next year have already joined this page!

I think we all know how much you can tell about someone from their Facebook profile. Just think of the stories you can see on somebody’s wall. This page can help you find others with similar interest or from the same part of the country or state as you. It can also serve as a roommate selection tool. If you are browsing through somebody’s photos and you see what a slob they are, it can give you the heads up you need to decide early not to room with them. So, if you want to take advantage of this valuable asset, just search for Tc Brandon Conner on Facebook and start looking at all the other students who will be coming to Tusculum next year.

Aaron P

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

President's Society Charleston Trip!

For those of you have visited Tusculum College, you may have been lucky enough to have one of our students take you on a tour of campus. Students who help Admission with tours are members of Tusculum College's President's Society, an elite group of students who are involved in many aspects of campus life. These students go through an application and interview process before selection, and then commit to helping with tours, Open House events, and other events on campus.

Each year these students take a trip in the Spring as a "thank you" for all of their hard work. As co-advisors for the group, Nicole Martin and I were lucky enough to accompany these students on their trip to Charleston, SC. I wanted to share some of our pictures with you from the trip!

Lunch at Bubba Gump's:

The group after our Harbor Tour:

Folly Beach--it was COLD!

Students on sushi night!

Boone Hall Plantation:

Go Tusculum!

President's Society membership is open to current TC students with at least a semester of completed classwork. If you'll soon be a Pioneer, I hope you'll consider applying for President's Society in the future!


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Where to Live?

I just wanted to start by congratulating everyone that submitted their enrollment deposit last week. I’m sure you all are happy to have made the next step in becoming a Pioneer. This blog is a reminder to everyone that has submitted their enrollment deposit to fill out your housing application. If you haven’t done the paper copy you received in your acceptance packet, you can visit This link will take you directly to our online housing application.

If you guys haven’t had a chance to come for a visit and you want to learn more about our residence halls, I would encourage you to visit our residence halls webpage. There you will find valuable information about each of Tusculum’s housing opportunities. To access this resource just visit

Finding out information about other students who have made the decision to come to Tusculum will help you decide on roommate preferences. Aaron’s next blog will explain the resources we have in place to help you find the right roommate…


Monday, March 29, 2010

There's still time!


Remember you still have some time left to take advantage of the special Enrollment Deposit offer of $150 for the month of March! Wednesday is the last day to make your Enrollment Deposit for $150, instead of the normal $300. All you have to do to pay your deposit is either mail in a check to the Office of Admission, PO Box 5051, Greeneville, TN 37743, call your admission counselor to make payment over the phone, or click on this link:

Remember, the Enrollment Deposit isn't an extra fee or anything. It will come off of your bill. If you have questions about your deposit, please contact your admission counselor!

For those of you in Claiborne County, TN:

"Tusculum College has been chosen Claiborne County's favorite college by the readers of the Claiborne Progress. It was announced on March 10 that Tusculum has received the People's Choice Award in the category of Best College for 2010, receiving more votes than several other colleges in the area."

Thank you Claiborne County, TN! We can be your community's favorite college too! To learn more about Tusculum, our Block schedule and the programs we offer, visit our website at

Until next time!


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Blog Check 1, 2, 3.....

I know there are some of you out there that follow our blog on a regular basis and some of you that just stumble across it by clicking on the link from an email.  It’s time for us to hear back from you.  I want to give you the opportunity to hear your feedback about our blog.  Here are some examples of feedback I am looking for:

What do you like about our blog?
How often do you check our blog out?
What topics would you like one of our counselors to blog about?

I would like to offer a Tusculum PRIZE to the first five students who email me a response to any or all of these questions.  My email address is  I look forward to hearing back from all of you all soon!

-Aaron P

Monday, March 22, 2010

A Deposit Deal for the month of March!

Hey guys! Hope all of you out in blogger land are doing well! We've been busy around the Admission Office lately... we held an Open House this past Saturday, and met a lot of great students and families. We've also been meeting a lot of families through private campus visits, which is the perfect way to get a closer look at TC.
For all of you current seniors, I'm sure you've been hearing a lot about enrollment deposits from all of the colleges you've been accepted to. Enrollment deposits are very important, as they show your commitment to the school of your choice, and our committment as a college to you!
For the month of March, Tusculum has lowered our enrollment deposit from $300 to $150. We know the economy has been hard on a lot of families out there, but we don't want that to stop you from becoming a Pioneer! Remember, our enrollment deposit is not an added fee that goes into some mysterious money pot on campus! Your deposit at Tusculum goes directly to your student account, which means we treat your deposit as an advanced payment towards your tuition.
You can take care of your deposit today by calling our office at (800) 729-0256, or by visiting this website. If you have questions you'd like to have answered before taking that step, again, give us a call! We'll be more than happy to help you on your path to becoming Pioneer!!


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Spring is Here

Here Comes Spring!

With the frigid temperatures behind us, there is no better time to visit than now. Hopefully, all the snow has past and we can look forward to experiencing all the joys of spring at Tusculum. I would like to encourage both Juniors and Seniors to come visit Tusculum College and enjoy all the beauty that East Tennessee has to offer. I know many of you weren’t able to come for your campus visit because of bad weather. It’s not too late. Just visit to set up your campus visit.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Getting the paperwork complete.....

Hello and Greetings!

For those of you that have already made your commitment to come to Tusculum, congratulations and welcome to the TC family!  For those that are about to make your decision to come to Tusculum, we'll be happy to help you make that commitment! For information, please see Becky's previous blog post, or contact your admission counselor.

If you still need to complete your housing application, you are welcome to do this at any time (even if you haven't yet made your deposit, you're still welcome to complete your housing application).  It's easy to complete, and it's online!  Click here for the link!  

On your housing application, you'll want to include as much detail about yourself as you can.  Some items you may want to include are what kind of music you listen to, do you keep a clean room, what time you wake up and go to bed, your typical day, etc..  

A couple other forms you'll want to start working on are your Immunization form and Emergency Contact form.  For your Immunization form, we need record that you have had all your immunizations.  If you like, you're welcome to include a copy of your immunizations from your doctor's office with this form.  This and the Emergency Contact form will be kept in a file for you, should the information ever be needed.  Here are the links to these forms:

Immunization Form
Emergency Contact Forms

Note: these are .pdf files, not online applications like the housing application.

Remember, if you've not yet made your commitment to come to Tusculum, and you're ready to do so, contact your counselor so we can get you started in coming to Tusculum!


Monday, March 1, 2010

TC Raises $2,300 for Haiti Relief Efforts

A total of $2,300 was raised on Saturday for the American Red Cross and its relief efforts in Haiti at a Tusculum College yard sale, sponsored by the staff of the Campus Security Office. Staff, faculty and students of the College donated the items for the sale.
According to Campus Safety Officer Josh Jordan, the success of the event was a tribute to the generous donations of items, time and financial resources by everyone who helped with the event, including students, faculty, staff and friends of the College. In addition, Jordan noted that the Food City store on Snapps Ferry Road in Greeneville also participated by donating 300 plastic bags for use at the sale.
He also thanked all the volunteers who worked the day of the sale, which was coordinated by Campus Safety along with assistance from Student Affairs, the Center for Civic Advancement and the Bonner Leaders student organization.
The check was presented on behalf of Tusculum College to representatives of the American Red Cross on Monday, March 1.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Scholarship searches are a part-time job!

A pretty common question students and families have this time of year is “how can I get more money for school?”  This is a great question, and our financial aid office has a great answer.  There are literally thousands of scholarships that are available to students who just take the time to look for them and apply.  There are even websites that make this search easier for the student.  Fast Web is a great example of a site that goes out and searches through scholarship opportunities and sorts out the ones that would apply specifically to you.   All you have to do is provide a brief profile about yourself and your interests.  Then, you just let the website to the rest. 

You may also want to check with the guidance office at your high school. Guidance offices are great resources for local scholarships provided through groups such as the Lions Club, Rotary, or even local businesses, like banks.

I usually tell students and families that finding these scholarships are like having a part-time job.  Take a look at this example: let’s say you spend five hours searching for and applying for 10 different outside scholarships.  You only get awarded two of them.  Both of these scholarships you earn are worth $500.  In terms of hourly wages, you just got paid $200 an hour.  How does that sound?  You would be hard pressed to find a job that is willing to pay that right now.   If you want to look into these opportunities, visit our scholarship blog by clicking this link.


Friday, February 19, 2010

TC Students prepare for opening of "A... My Name is Alice"

Theatre-at-Tusculum will present the award-winning and critically acclaimed musical revue “A… My Name is Alice” during the last two weekends of February.
The production, featuring more than 20 songs and sketches, will be performed at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 19-20 and Feb. 26-27 and at 2 p.m. on Sundays, Feb. 21 and 28.
The show gets its unusual name from the way in which each of the cast members introduces herself by reciting an adult update on the children’s ABC nursery rhyme.
“Alice” explores the many facets of women’s lives with insight, empathy and self-deprecating humor. Sophisticated, bawdy, funny and insightful, the revue portrays friends, rivals, sisters, mothers, business professionals and more. Due to the adult content of the some of the scenes, the production is not recommended for ages 13 and under.
Theatre-at-Tusculum’s Director Marilyn duBrisk has enlarged the original cast of five women to include 17 women and four men. The cast includes nine Tusculum college students – Paige Hudson, Allison Harris, Sabine Azemar, Kayla Desiree Jones, Amanda Lee Huylebroeck, Julian Robinson Parks, Billie Jennings, Brianna Cox and Brian Ricker. Other cast members include locally known actors Angela Bride and Paige Mengel.
Production staff includes vocal director Angie Clendenon, accompanist Susan McNabb, costume director Barbara Holt and Frank Mengel, staging. The sets, lights and costume crew are Tusculum College students. Suzanne Greene is serving as stage manager.
Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors 60 years of age and over. For more information, contact Tusculum College Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620, e-mail

Monday, February 15, 2010

Sealing the Deal....

So, you've visited all of the colleges you think you might be interested in attending.... you've applied for admission, and you've been accepted! You've even already filed your FAFSA to get as much financial aid as possible. Now it comes down to crunch time... now, it's time to make a decision!

Of course we hope that the decision you've made is to attend Tusculum College! Each of our admission counselors has met a lot of great students that we'd love to see on campus in August! Now is the time to seal the deal and make it official by committing to Tusculum. :)

How do you make that committment? By paying your enrollment deposit! One of the cool things about Tusculum is that our enrollment deposit is NOT an added fee. In fact, we put that money straight towards your student account, so really we just treat it as an advanced payment. There are three different ways you can pay your deposit:

1) by mail--you can send a check or money order to us at the following address:
          Tusculum College
          Office of Admission
          PO Box 5051
          Greeneville, TN  37743
2) by phone--all you have to do is call your admission counselor, and we can take down your information right on the phone! Just call us (800) 729-0256,
3) online--just click on this link!

Once you've made your deposit, that's when the fun begins! Freshmen and transfer students are placed on a list for housing once we receive the deposit. That means the sooner you get it in, the more likely you are to live in the residence hall of your choice! Taking care of the deposit now takes a lot of the weight off your shoulders... now you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the last few months of high school, while you watch your friends scramble to make a decision for their future. :)

Tusculum College is ready to make a committment to you as a future Pioneer--all we're waiting for is you!


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Pick up the Phone

I know a lot of you have received a phone call from a Tusculum representative or from your counselor. Some of these calls told you how much academic scholarship you were eligible for. Other calls congratulated you on your acceptance to Tusculum. These are both very exciting calls. However, the best is yet to come!

To continue Aaron’s theme of “Show Me the Money”, your next phone call may be the most informative call your family will receive. Our Financial Aid Office has already received over 700 student’s FAFSA information. These families are currently receiving this call. Not only do you get an award letter that shows all of your financial aid opportunities, your counselor will call you and make sure that everything on your package makes sense.

Who can tell me the difference between SEOG and Pell? How about ASPIRE and ACG… Most of the financial aid titles will look like these. The conversation you have with your Admission Counselor is a perfect opportunity for you and your family to ask these very important questions. So, be prepared when you pick up the next phone call from Tusculum.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Where is Spring?!?

Hello and greetings from the Admission Office at Tusculum College!

Does anyone know where Spring is?  I understand we have to go through seasons, and in order to reach Spring we must first endure Winter, but I believe Winter has worn out its welcome.  However, before we enjoy the warmer weather, there are a couple of tasks that you may need to complete before Spring's arrival. 

First, if you plan to come to Tusculum for Block 6, you must have all your information, including all your transcript and/or AP score information in to Tusculum by Wednesday, Feb. 3rd to ensure you have enough time to be reviewed, make your enrollment deposit for the Spring semester, and register for your classes. 

Keep this date in mind: February 15th.  This is Tusculum College's priority deadline to file your FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  If you've not done so yet, you can file your FAFSA online at  Remember that it's the Free application, so if you go to a site that says they will charge you, leave that site immediately!  You do not pay to file the FAFSA. 

For those students that have already been accepted to Tusculum, and have already completed and submitted their FAFSA (thank you!) you will soon receive a phone call from your Admission counselor.  We want to make sure that you did receive your Financial Aid award letter, and answer any questions you have about it or about making your enrollment deposit.

Once you've completed your FAFSA and have made your enrollment deposit, it'll be Spring!  If you have any questions, please feel welcome to contact your Admission counselor.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Show Me the Money!

Let’s talk about one of the most important factors in any high school student’s college decision making process.  That’s right, MONEY.  How much will it cost me and my family to go to Tusculum College?  That is a very popular question for every student trying to decide which school to go to.  Luckily for you and your family, Tusculum takes great pride in the process of answering this question.

Beginning this week, our financial aid office is sending out the financial aid packages for several students who have already completed their FAFSA.  This is much earlier than most colleges and institutions.  So, check your mail for these because they are probably the most important letter you will get from Tusculum.  Not only will you get a chance to see every avenue for financial assistance, your admission counselor will call you and speak with you about each one of the loans, grants and scholarships that appear on this package.  It can become confusing, and we understand this.  That is why we work hard to have a formal conversation with each student regarding the make-up of their financial aid package.  At the end of this conversation, you should have better feel for the answer to: How much will it cost my family to go to Tusculum?

If you haven’t done your FAFSA yet, do it as soon as you can.  You don’t even have to wait for your parents’ tax information to come to your house.  You can base the information on last year’s income!  You can find the FAFSA by clicking on this link (remember, the FAFSA is always FREE--don't pay money for it!). TC's FAFSA code is 003527.  If you need some help with the form, contact our Financial Aid Office at 1-800-729-0256 ext. 5377.

--Aaron P