To nominate an individual for one of the Alumni Awards, please use the nomination form below. Entry deadline for the 2015 Alumni Awards is May 31, 2015.
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.
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.
2014 Alumni Award Winners
The Alumni Association meeting featured the presentation of awards for which alumni make nominations.
Amy Brooks was awarded the National Living Faculty Award. Presented by Mr. Angelo Botta ’75.
Amy Brooks serves as director of the athletic training program, assistant professor and assistant athletic trainer. At Tusculum, she also serves as the certified athletic trainer for the sports of volleyball and women’s. Amy, a product of Hilton Head Island, S.C., came to Tusculum after serving as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Troy University. While at the Troy, she served as the head athletic trainer for the Trojans rodeo team, as well as its cheerleading squad. She also assisted with the athletic training needs for women’s soccer, and men and women’s tennis.
Amy earned her bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Appalachian State University in 2004 and her master’s degree in education, concentrating in counseling and psychology from Troy this past August. She also attended Southern Cross University in Lismore, Australia in 2002. She holds certifications in CPR and First Aid by the American Red Cross and is licensed with the State of Alabama. She is a member of the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association, Alabama Athletic Trainers Association, American Counseling Association and National Athletic Trainers’ Association. She is also a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of USA and was a recipient of the Gold and Silver Awards.
Brett Purgason 02’ was awarded the Frontier Award. Presented by Mr. Lynn Battle ‘62
Brett Purgason is a 2002 graduate from the Graduate and Professional Studies program, with a degree in organizational management. He also earned an associate’s degree in industrial technology at Walters State Community College. He is a dedicated member of the Tusculum College Alumni Advisory Board. Brett is employed by the RMS Building Division, where he serves as building division manager, and he is active in local politics, previously serving as the chairman of the Greene County Republican Party. He serves as a board member of the Greene County Partnership, and he is a graduate of the Greene County Leadership Program, where he received the Outstanding Character Award.
After receiving his B.S. at Tusculum, he earned his MBA at ETSU. For at least a decade or more, he has been in private practice as a CPA as an accountant and financial advisor. Mr. Ryan has been assistant Scoutmaster, Treasurer, and Merit Badge Counselor in the Boy Scouts of America. He has been a member of the Historical Association of Woodbridge, NJ for numerous year. Mr. Ryan’s passion for Tusculum is evident as he has assisted the college for numerous years both financially and with his time in recruiting students and helping at college fairs.
Dr. Nancy B. Moody was awarded the National Alumni Recognition Award. Presented by Mr. Lynn Battle ‘62
Dr. Nancy B. Moody is the 27th president of Tusculum College and the first female to serve in that capacity. Under her guidance, the College has served its students to a greater and unequaled sense of accomplishment than ever before, and in her unwavering desire to always do best by the students of Tusculum College, she has forged the path of the future while honoring the integrity and sense of mission of Tusculum’s past. She has demonstrated intense dedication and hard work that has had a significant impact on the College, and has made remarkable contributions to the community. Dr. Moody has embraced the opportunity to encourage faculty, staff, students and volunteers to push Tusculum College forward through creative teaching and learning, responsible stewardship and a renewed commitment to service and civic engagement. She has led Tusculum College into a new era of growth and expansion, in terms of bricks and mortar, academic programs and opportunities and fiscal responsibility.
Dr. Moody previously served as a college president, executive director of a non-profit organization, dean of nursing, allied health and professional studies department chair, and practiced as a registered nurse. She received associate and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from Eastern Kentucky University, a master’s of science degree in nursing from Texas Woman’s University, and a doctorate of science in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During her career she has been actively engaged in higher education, regional and specialized accreditation, conducted research, published and presented on a variety of topics primarily in the area of nursing workforce development. She has received several awards including recognition by her alma maters, Eastern Kentucky University, Texas Woman’s University and the University of Alabama School of Nursing, where she received the Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award. Dr. Moody was also the inaugural recipient of the Founders Award, presented in February 2013 by the Tusculum College Board of Trustees who acknowledged her for distinguished service as an executive leader through her vision, hard work and dedication to Tusculum College.