Coal Creek Scholars visit
Tusculum College
27 May 2010

See photos below!

How many high school students get a tour of a college campus hosted by its President?!  Coal Creek Scholars did during our visit to Tusculum College.

As part of our Coal Creek Scholars program, we take the students to visit schools that they might be interested in attending.  The hour and a half drive to Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN from Coal Creek was beautiful on this spring morning in East Tennessee.  Tusculum President Dr. Nancy Moody and Campus Visit Coordinator Becky Tankersley and Aaron Porter were gracious hosts to our group.

(Photo from Tusculum web site)

President Nancy Moody discusses the importance
of a college education with the scholars

Scholars with their tour guides Aaron Porter and
Becky Tankersley outside the baseball stadium.
Tusculum boasts some great athletic facilities
for their students.

President Nancy Moody spoke to the students and their parents in one of the high tech classrooms.   She told them how she came from a small town in Kentucky and had a similar background to the scholars.  Dr. Moody told the students that whatever school they choose, they should stay focused on why they are there and get the best education they can.  We really appreciate all the special treatment that Dr. Moody, Becky and Aaron gave the group. 

Tusculum is one of a very limited number of colleges offering the "Block" program which is where a student will take one class for 18 days. The Block System allows you to live and to breathe each subject and to become a part of a true learning community.  Click for more info on the Block.


Founded in 1794, Tusculum College is the oldest college in Tennessee, the twenty-eighth oldest college in the nation, and the oldest coeducational institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The wooded 140-acre Tusculum College campus has eight buildings and the Tusculum Arch that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Located in Greeneville, Tennessee, Tusculum College lies in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The city of Greeneville and Greene County have a combined population of over 65,000. Tusculum also maintains offices in Knoxville, Tennessee, for its Graduate and Professional Studies Program, in addition to other class sites across East Tennessee.

Coal Creek Scholars attending were:  Sarah Byrge, Kyle Leinart, Melinda Patterson, Johnny Patterson, Samantha Randolph, Ryan Vandergriff, Tyler Vandergriff, and Victoria Wright

Others attending were:  Stephanie Byrge, Johnny & Ruth Patterson, Reba Randolph, Tammy Wright, Phillip Sexton, and Barry Thacker and Carol Moore from the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation

Click on image to enlarge:

Scholars outside two of
the many buildings on
the beautiful Tusculum campus

Aaron Porter begins
the campus tour

Visit coordinator
Becky Tankersley

Basic dorm room
before decorating

Coal Creek Scholars Program


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