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ALUMNI AWARDS

To nominate an individual for one of the Alumni Awards, please use the nomination form below. Entry deadline for the 2104 Alumni Awards is May 31, 2014.

Pioneer Award

The Pioneer Award was established by the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association in 1962 and is presented each year to an outstanding alumnus or alumna, in recognition of outstanding or meritorious achievement in his or her chosen field; for distinguished service to church, community, country and humanity; and for continuing and loyal service to Tusculum College.

Frontier Award

The Frontier Award was established by the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association in 1995 and is presented each year to an outstanding alumnus or alumna in recognition of outstanding or meritorious advancement in his or her career. Consideration will be given to former students who have been graduated from the College at least five years, but no more than fifteen years. Consideration for this award should include continuing and loyal service to Tusculum College.

National Living Faculty Award

The National Living Faculty Award was established by the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association in 1996 and is presented each year to an outstanding member of the Tusculum College Faculty. The purpose of the Living Faculty Award is to bestow recognition on those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Collegeís academic program(s). Persons shall not be eligible for consideration until they have maintained an academic relationship with the College for at least five years. To be considered for recognition, faculty members should have excelled during their service to Tusculum College by demonstrating a commitment to the students of the College and the academic program(s).

National Alumni Recognition Award

The National Alumni Recognition Award was established by the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association in 1996 and is presented each year to an outstanding member of the Tusculum College Community. The purpose of the National Alumni Recognition Award is to bestow recognition on those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the College. Persons shall not be eligible for consideration until they have maintained an academic relationship with the College for at least five years. To be considered for recognition, Tusculum College community members should have excelled during their service to Tusculum College by demonstrating a commitment to the students of the College and the academic program(s).

Sports Hall of Fame

Nominations are open to Tusculum College alumni, former coaches, managers, sports editors, team trainers and other individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Tusculum College sports program. Persons shall not eligible for consideration until five years after they have completed their college-playing career, or, in case of a non-athlete, maintained their athletic relationship with the college for at least five years. To be considered for induction to the Hall, athletes should have excelled in their individual Tusculum College sport, attaining individual honors and recognition while a student. Merely belonging to a season-winning team is not achievement worthy of induction into the Hall.

Sports Benefactor Award

The Sports Benefactor Award was established by the Executive committee of the Alumni Association in 1995 and is presented each year to an outstanding friend of the College in recognition of outstanding support of the Tusculum College athletic program. Consideration for this award should be based on the person’s contributions to the athletic program and loyalty to Tusculum College athletics.

 

2013 Alumni Award Winners

The Alumni Association meeting featured the presentation of awards for which alumni make nominations.

Mitch Robinson, left, was honored with the Pioneer Award during the Alumni Association meeting. Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody, left, presented the award.

Mitch Robinson ’04, who is president of Coffman Oil in Morristown, TN, was presented the Pioneer Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association. “This year’s recipient has served the College faithfully, and has been called a one-man word-of-mouth promotion in the Morristown area,” said Dr. Nancy B. Moody, Tusculum’s president, in presenting the award. Robinson is a vocal supporter of the Graduate and Professional Studies program and its benefits to adult learners. He is a member of the President’s Advisory Council and has visited the residential campus to speak with student business leaders and to high school students at the former Junior Conference held on campus.

 

Wayne Thomas, center, was presented the National Alumni Living Faculty Award by former students, Abby Wolfenbarger Hill ’12, left, and Kenneth Hill.

Wayne Thomas, associate professor of English, was recognized with the National Alumni Living Faculty Award. Kenneth Hill ’12 and Abby Wolfenbarger Hill ’12, alumni of the Creative Writing program at Tusculum, presented award, saying they were pleased to be able to honor Thomas not only for the knowledge and skills he is able to teach his students, but also for his belief in their abilities and his support of them in their education.

 

Dr. Ken Bowman ’70, chair of the Board of Trustees, presented fellow Board member Dr. Dan Donaldson with the National Alumni Recognition Award.

Dr. Dan Donaldson, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Greeneville, was presented with the National Alumni Recognition Award. Dr. Ken Bowman ’70, chair of the Board of Trustees, said he was honored to be able to recognize Donaldson, a fellow member of the Board. “He has committed himself to the work of the College, giving of his time, expertise and resources wherever he is needed,” Dr. Bowman said, noting his efforts to improve and strengthen the relationship between Tusculum and First Presbyterian, the mother church of the College.

Dr. Craig Shepherd was presented the Sports Benefactor Award by Joe Vogt ’53, a Life Trustee of the college and also a

Dr. Craig Shepherd, right, was presented the Sports Benefactor Award by Joe Vogt ’53. past recipient of the award. Dr. Shepherd is “unfailing in his support of the Tusculum College Athletics Department” Vogt said, and “exemplified the Civic Arts at the core of Tusculum’s mission through his service in the community.” A member of the Pioneer Club for many years, he served three terms as chair of the group and served in leadership of professional and community civic organizations.