A Monroe County Christmas
Hiwassee College presented a Christmas concert and live nativity on Sunday, December 8 at 4:00 pm. The concert featured performances from Hiwassee College vocal groups Chorale and Shalom, Buckner United Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church, Madisonville, and several additional choirs from the community.
A live nativity, featuring animals and costumed student-actors, began at 3:00 pm outside the Hiwassee Performing Arts Center (HPAC) and continued until approximately 5:30 pm. Concertgoers enjoyed the live nativity and short drama before heading into the auditorium for the concert.
Madrigal Dinner 2013
Holiday fun was had by all at this year’s Madrigal Dinner, held on December 5 & 6. If you missed it this year, make plans to attend next year!
Hiwassee College Theatre to Hold Auditions for Spring Musical
Hiwassee College Theatre Department will hold auditions for the spring musical Little Shop of Horrors December 9th and 10th at 6:30 PM at Hiwassee Performing Arts Center located in Barker Learning Center. The audition, open to Hiwassee College students, staff, and members of the community sixteen years and older, will consist of a musical audition and dramatic reading. No previous acting experience is necessary.
Little Shop of Horrors opened off-Broadway in 1982 and tells the story of Seymour Krelborn, a down-and-out skid row florist who discovers an exotic plant during a total eclipse of the sun. The shop becomes an overnight sensation, but he quickly discovers that the plant has a craving for fresh meat. The plant, “Audrey II”, named after his unrequited love at the flower shop, grows into an bad-tempered, trash-talking, R&B-singing killer who offers Seymour wealth and celebrity in exchange for human flesh. The 1960s influenced rock and roll score is as blend of classic do-wop with early Motown, featuring the numbers “Somewhere That’s Green” and “Skid Row”.
Actors are encouraged to audition for the following roles:
In addition to actors, volunteers are also needed to coordinate costumes, build props, paint sets, and publicize the production. Please contact director Micah Montague at email@example.com for more information regarding the audition or volunteer opportunities.
Little Shop of Horrors will play at Hiwassee College February 13-16th.
Annual Scholarship Gala
Hiwassee College recently held its Annual Scholarship Gala at the Cherokee Country Club located in Knoxville, Tennessee. Over $40,000 was raised again this year to help provide scholarships for promising students. Hiwassee alumnus and WATE TV news anchor, Gene Patterson, served as the evening’s emcee and The Chessmen entertained the crowd of 120 with a variety of music from the decades of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
Participants to the event enjoyed a social hour from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. at which time they had the opportunity to interact with Hiwassee students who were there representing several different areas of study and athletics. The musical group 3MB entertained the crowd during the social hour and dinner was served in the ballroom at 7:00 p.m. After dinner, President Tricoli addressed the crowd with an update on the happenings on campus and also talked about the importance of providing scholarships to promising students who achieve academic success.
Aaron VanLandingham, a Hiwassee College student and scholarship recipient from Tellico Plains, Tennessee, delivered a heartwarming speech regarding the importance of having a purpose. In his speech, he explained how the theatre department at Hiwassee College has given him direction in his life and without it and the scholarships that help make it possible, he would not know where he would be in his life. Aaron went on to say that going to college has inspired his brother to do likewise.
Hiwassee College to Sponsor Trip to Russia in May
Hiwassee College will hold an informational session and workshop on Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 PM for the college-sponsored trip to St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia this May. The meeting and trip—open to everyone—will be held on Hiwassee College Campus in Barker Learning Center, room 203.
Travelers will depart May 15, 2014 for a 10-day tour of Russia offered through a partnership with EF College Study Tours. The first half of the tour will focus on Moscow, with sightseeing tours of the Kremlin, Armory Palace Museum, and ending with a traditional performance of one of Russia’s world-class circuses. Travelers will then depart by train to St. Petersburg, the City of White Nights, where they will visit the Hermitage Museum, see Peter the Great’s summer palace, and view a monument to the 900-day blockade of Leningrad during World War II.
The trip is also offered for Hiwassee College academic credit. Faculty will meet with travelers twice a month, beginning in January, and have round-table discussions on Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, the Russian Revolution, and Russia’s standing as an emerging energy superpower. The course will also include a series of Russian language workshops by native speaker Raushan Montague, during which students will learn the Cyrillic alphabet, greetings, asking for directions, shopping, and other expressions and vocabulary useful for the trip. Individuals are not required to take the class for credit in order to travel but are encouraged to attend pre-trip discussions and workshops.
Contact tour organizer Micah Montague for more information about trip details, costs, and requirements at firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.O.W. Flag Raising Ceremony was Recently Held at Hiwassee
Hiwassee College and Rolling Thunder, Inc., Tennessee Chapter 3 hosted a flag raising ceremony to honor all U.S. Veterans and Prisoners of War. The ceremony took place at the flagpoles in front of the Barker Learning Center on the Hiwassee College campus on Tuesday, November 12 at noon. The community was invited and encouraged to attend. County Mayor Tim Yates, Madisonville Mayor Glenn Moser, and Monroe County Sheriff Bill Bivens were in attendance.
The ceremony included the raising of the American Prisoners of War/Missing in Action flag along with Words of Remembrance and a Missing Man tribute. Chaplain, Bryan Alderman, led the audience in prayer and Hiwassee College student, Taylor Harwood sang the National Anthem. Hiwassee College student, Lydia Frazier then sang “America the Beautiful.”
Jack Alman, event coordinator and Vice President of the Tennessee Chapter 3 of Rolling Thunder, Inc., stated, “This ceremony was created with two purposes in mind: The first is paying our respects to the soldiers who gave everything for their country. The second is to raise awareness for the prisoners of war and missing in action. These men and women put everything on the line in the name of freedom and it is the Rolling Thunder motto that says ‘We will not forget’, and we live by that code.”
Rolling Thunder, Inc. is a veteran advocacy group that helps to publicize the POW/MIA issue. They help to educate the public on lost prisoners of war and also serve to help correct the past and to protect future veterans from being left behind. They are also committed to helping American veterans from all wars. Apart from public awareness, Rolling Thunder, Inc. donates POW/MIA flags to local schools, youth groups, and non-profit organizations. In addition, they arrange for veterans to speak at events to share their stories and further encourage the public to educate themselves. In 2007, Rolling Thunder Charities, Inc. was established in an effort to raise funds for veterans and military families in need.
Hiwassee College to Present the UT Singers on November 7
Hiwassee College will present a concert by the University of Tennessee’s premier jazz choral ensemble, the UT Singers, on Thursday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. The UT Singers are an ensemble that performs a variety of popular music, with emphasis on fine vocal jazz. Each year, The UT Singers perform for college audiences, university alumni, governmental leaders, civic groups, as well as school-aged audiences. The group tours annually and has been recognized by the Tennessee State General Assembly as “Tennessee’s Musical Ambassadors”.
The UT Singers are directed by renowned Knoxville performer, arranger, and composer, Wendel Werner, who has directed this ensemble for over 15 years. His relationship with the ensemble actually began in the early 1980′s when he accompanied the ensemble while a student in Studio Jazz at the University. Werner went on to receive a master’s degree from UTK in choral conducting and ethnomusicology.
The performance will be held in the newly renovated Hiwassee Performing Arts Center (HPAC) on the campus of Hiwassee College in the Barker Learning Center, and is open to the public. There is no admission charge for the concert, but a suggested donation of $5 per person will be accepted for the HPAC’s continuing renovation campaign. For more information, contact Alan Eleazer, Director of the HPAC, at 423-420-1215 or email@example.com.
The Bell is Back!
The Hiwassee Bell has been called many different names throughout the years, The Hiwassee News, The Legacy, The Voice, and The Choice are just a few. No matter what the name, the purpose has always remained the same, to bring the news of Hiwassee College to all of our alumni, friends, and neighbors. It’s been two years since we’ve published a Bell. Consider this the first “new” Hiwassee Bell of many editions to come!
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A Great Time at Hiwassee College
Fun was had by all at Hiwassee College on Saturday, September 28. The first annual Celebration of HOPE Balloon Festival was held, along with the Hiwassee Performing Arts Center Ribbon-Cutting Musical Festival. Aaron Tippin was the headliner. Click here to see the photo album.
Hiwassee Tiger Gives Birth to Five New Cubs!
Faculty, staff, and students gathered inside the Buckner Memorial Chapel to celebrate the 2013 Convocation service. Click here to watch the Convocation 2013 video.
Haylee Morrow Signs with Hiwassee College
Haylee Morrow signs her Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Hiwassee College Lady Tigers. Standing behind her are: (L to R) Hiwassee College Assistant Coach, Bethany Allen; stepfather, Keith Edwards; brother, Ethan Belcher; stepmother, Monica Belcher, Hiwassee College Head Coach, Jack Brownfield. Sitting: (L to R) mother, Julie Morrow; Haylee Morrow; father, Heath Belcher.
The Hiwassee College Lady Tigers are happy to welcome McMinn Central High School graduate Haylee Renee Morrow as she signs on to play basketball at the college, located in Madisonville, TN. Morrow will be put to the test as she moves on to compete for a starting position on the collegiate level. Head Coach Jack Brownfield can’t wait for the season to begin, stating, “Haylee has been a vital part her high school team’s success. She will come to our program with the commitment and understanding needed to bring a high level competition to the court.”
Morrow brings to the table 12 years of experience and a very successful career. Her accolades include a 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 District and Region championship as well as a state tournament appearance. She stated, “My past experience will be essential in moving forward to a college level of play. I can’t wait to start practice and earn my position. This season will be one to remember for sure.”
Coach Brownfield is excited to be recruiting so much talent to his team. “With so many new players coming in, it is a blessing to this program. The attitude of these girls will make all the difference in this upcoming season.”
Jacob Elliott Signs with Hiwassee College
Jacob Elliott signs his Letter of Intent to Hiwassee College. Standing behind him is Hiwassee College Assistant Basketball Coach Will Raby. Sitting are: (L to R) Jacob Elliot and his father, Gerald Reece Elliott.
It was a big day for South Doyle High School graduate Jacob Eugene Elliott as he signed a basketball scholarship with Hiwassee College, located in Madisonville, Tennessee. Elliott is ready to hit the court and play for Coach Hugh Watson, taking on the collegiate world of basketball. Coach Watson was very happy with the new member of the program, saying, “We are very excited to add Jacob to our men’s basketball team. He will be a great addition to the team and Hiwassee. Jacob will be the first of his family to attend college and with his skill and height, he’ll be able to play multiple spots on the court as well.”
Elliott can’t wait to start practice and learn everything he can from his new coach. A player since he was six years old, this is a lifelong dream come true. He stated, “I’m happy to be joining the Hiwassee Tiger’s basketball team. I will do everything that I can to make sure that everyone is proud of me and that I leave nothing but good memories behind.”
The Hiwassee College Men’s Basketball team is building upon their past experiences and are becoming true competitors in their league. Returning as head coach is Hugh Watson. Under his direction, Hiwassee won the Tennessee Junior College State Title three times and qualified twice for the NJCAA National Tournament. Overall, he compiled a 152-38 record and is looking to surpass that with the new talent he is bringing in for this and future seasons.
Hiwassee’s New Musical Image
Hiwassee College has a brand new musical image airing on the radio. Click below to hear it!
Hailey Maxwell Signs with Hiwassee College
Hailey Maxwell signs her Letter of Intent to play softball with Hiwassee College. Standing behind her is Hiwassee College Softball Coach Rickey Jennings. Sitting are: (L to R) Stacey Maxwell, mother, Hailey Maxwell and Wayne Maxwell, father.
It was a big day for Sequoyah High School graduate, Hailey Nychole Maxwell as she signed her letter of intent to play softball at Hiwassee College, located in Madisonville, Tennessee. Head Coach Rickey Jennings was especially excited about his new recruit, stating, “Hailey is a fresh look at what this program needs. Her enthusiasm and commitment is exactly what I am looking for in order get this team moving.”
Maxwell comes to the Lady Tigers with eight years of softball experience behind her. With several participation and most improved awards, she is ready to hit the Hiwassee College field and earn her position. She stated, “It may not sparkle, but I guard this diamond with my life. I am blessed to have come this far and will do the best job that I can to make sure that everyone is proud of me.”
Coach Jennings is excited to be receiving so much local talent. “I want to build upon the pride that Hiwassee College already has in place. In this amazing environment, recruiting is that much easier and I am confident I will bring in more than enough talent to restore the Lady Tiger’s softball team to its former glory and surpass it as well.”
Dr. Michael Boakye-Yiadom is the New Dean of Students
Dr. Michael Boakye-Yiadom will begin his duties as the new Dean of Students at Hiwassee College on July 8. A native of Ghana, Africa, Boakye-Yiadom comes to Hiwassee College from Ohio University.
Hiwassee College has announced the hiring of Michael Boakye-Yiadom, Ph.D. as the new Dean of Students. Boakye-Yiadom will be responsible for passing regulations to ensure the health, happiness, and most important of all, safety of all prospective and current students.
A native of Ghana, Africa, Boakye-Yiadom comes to Hiwassee College from Ohio University, located in Athens, Ohio. It was there that he finished his doctorate program while serving as Resident Director and Residential Coordinator with Ohio University’s Department of Residential Housing. Boakye-Yiadom agreed to sit for an interview, stating, “As James Keller once said, ‘A candle loses nothing of its light by lighting another candle.’ I have always found myself drawn to helping those on their path through life. That is why I am excited to start my position as Dean of Students at Hiwassee College.”
Boakye-Yiadom brings to the table a fresh perspective that he believes will help move Hiwassee College forward. He said, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling but in rising every time we fall. Hiwassee has had its rough patches, not unlike other colleges, but the real test will be rising to be better than it ever has been before. The immense potential that this campus exudes was noticeable from the second I stepped on to the campus grounds.” When questioned further, Boakye-Yiadom said, “I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences. Hiwassee is one of those experiences.”
When asked about his plan of action, he replied, “I will spend the next few weeks reaching out to community leaders, faculty and staff, students, and parents to build positive relations for partnership and collaboration. I believe that the student is the central reason Hiwassee College exists. Therefore, we have a responsibility to provide exceptional and innovative services and opportunities for students to develop into responsible life-long learners and global citizens.”
Dr. Robin Tricoli, President of Hiwassee College, is pleased to welcome Dr. Boakye-Yiadom to the staff. “Michael is a very ambitious, hardworking, and self-motivated individual. He is just what this college is looking for in terms of getting things done. With change blowing through Hiwassee, we will need people like Michael to ensure that our students have the best possible experience while attending the college.”
McKane and Moser Sign with Hiwassee College
Coaches and family surround Forrest McKane (L) and Dustin Moser (R) as they sign their Letters of Intent to play baseball at Hiwassee College.
It was a big day for Sequoyah High School graduates Forrest McKane and Dustin Moser as they signed a baseball scholarship with Hiwassee College, located in Madisonville, Tennessee. Both are ready to take on the collegiate world of baseball with the Hiwassee College Tigers and play for Coach Shane Gardner. Coach Gardner stated on signing day, “Forrest is an outfielder with a strong arm. He will be a welcomed addition to our program. He has a great work ethic and will be very successful within our program. I am excited to have him in the program and to watch him grow the next few years.”
He was also very excited about the signing of Dustin Moser. “Dustin is a great young man! He is also a welcomed addition to our program. He has been instrumental in helping Sequoyah High School get to a high level of play over the last few years so he knows what it takes to be successful. He has a great glove in the infield and is a solid hitter. I can’t wait to see him in action.”
McKane is eager to learn everything this program has to offer. He’s ready to hit the field, earn a starting position, and take the team as far as he can. He stated, “The Hiwassee Tigers are an amazing team that I am excited to be a part of. In the coming years I hope to accomplish much and leave no regrets on the mound.”
Not to be outdone, Moser is likewise ready to step up to become an essential part of this program. He brings his high school career with him and plans on using that as his foundation for the future. “I am excited to be joining the Hiwassee College Tigers. I am looking forward to hitting the field and doing all that I can to make both my team and myself better for the upcoming season.”
Coach Gardner was pleased to have found great players so close to home, stating, “Getting our local high school players to join the program is crucial for us. We need players to have a sense of pride in their home while we are returning this program to a championship level. This allows the young men to continue to grow and prosper in an already supportive community.”
Dr. Alan Jackson is the New Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
Dr. Alan Jackson will begin his duties as the new Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Hiwassee College on July 1.
Hiwassee College has announced the hiring of Alan Jackson, Ph.D. as the new Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. Jackson will be responsible for the leadership of the entire academic enterprise including, program development and evaluation as well as evaluation of current academic programs and faculty, the library, registrar, TRIO programs and oversight of activities related to institutional accreditation and institutional research.
Jackson will be taking the place of current Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Beth Scruggs. Dr. Scruggs has served Hiwassee College faithfully for 40 years, implementing programs that have helped to advance the college. She is happy to have someone of Jackson’s caliber taking her place, stating, “Alan is a unique individual who knows what he is doing. I have held some interesting discussions with him and he asks all the right questions, listens to what is being said, and is willing to do whatever it takes to keep this college moving forward.”
Jackson brings to the table over 20 years of experience. In a recent interview, he stated, “Because of the many successful roles I have played in my career I feel that I can offer insights that would make me an excellent member of the administrative team.” He went on to say, “For a college to be successful, it must be active and engaged in order to ensure that its faculty, staff, students, and community are working together.”
Hiwassee College President, Dr. Robin Tricoli said, “We are very excited to have an individual as highly skilled as Dr. Jackson join our team. We have many exciting plans in our future and I am confident that Dr. Jackson is the best person to lead the charge.”
Jackson joins the Hiwassee College staff coming from Georgia Perimeter College, located in Dekalb County, Georgia. It was there that he held many positions, including Campus Academic Coordinator, Acting President of the College, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dean of Academic Affairs. “I was excited to get the offer,” he stated, “Hiwassee College holds enormous potential and should prove to be quite the adventure.”
Jeffery Benson Signs with Hiwassee College
Jeffery Benson signs his Letter of Intent to Hiwassee College. Standing behind him are: (L to R) father, Bobby Benson, mother, Kathy Benson and Sequoyah High School Coach, Justin Miller. Sitting are: (L to R) Jeffery Benson and Hiwassee College Soccer Coach, Dustin Debty.
Family and friends surround Sequoyah High School graduate Jeffery Elisha Benson recently as he signed a Soccer scholarship with Hiwassee College located in Madisonville, TN. Benson will trade in his Sequoyah High School Chiefs uniform for one with the Hiwassee College Tigers under Coach Dustin Debty. Coach Debty remarked, “Jeffery is a very experienced and versatile player. He is also a great guy and I’m very excited to have him on the team, his ability on the field should provide just the competition we are looking for.”
Benson is already looking forward to the new season of soccer. The thrill of the chase begins soon at Hiwassee College. He stated, “I am extremely excited to start my journey at Hiwassee College. I will do my very best to succeed both in the classroom and on the field.”
Benson’s Parents are very excited about the opportunity their son has been given. In an interview, they said, “We are thrilled with Jeffery’s decision to play at Hiwassee College. We feel that this is a stage that he can strive and excel on. We are proud to call Hiwassee our family.”
Lydia Frazier Signs with Hiwassee College
It was a big day for Cleveland High School graduate, Lydia Rose Frazier, as she recently signed a volleyball scholarship with Hiwassee College, located in Madisonville, Tennessee. Frazier is eager to see what the collegiate world of volleyball with the Hiwassee College Tigers and Coach Libby Tipton will be like. Coach Tipton was ecstatic when everything became official, stating, “I am extremely excited to sign Lydia to the team. She will most definitely raise the skill level of the team and will make an excellent asset to Hiwassee College.”
Frazier hopes to accomplish much at Hiwassee College. She joins the team with experience of playing all through high school and constantly showing off her competitive edge. “I am excited to be joining the Hiwassee College Tigers. I am looking forward to hitting the court and competing for that starting position.”
Coach Tipton is pleased to have so much talent coming in for the next season. “All of these girls that have come forward are eager and ready to get this season under way. As a coach, I couldn’t ask for a better start to the pre-season practices.”
Jenkins and Owens Sign with Hiwassee College
It was a big day for Greenback High School graduate Hannah Elizabeth Owens and Sequoyah High School graduate Kaylee Elizabeth Jenkins as they both signed a volleyball scholarship with Hiwassee College, located in Madisonville, Tennessee. Long-time friends, Owens and Jenkins were happy to be signing together and are both eager to see what the collegiate world of volleyball with the Hiwassee College Tigers and Coach Libby Tipton will be like. Coach Tipton was ecstatic when everything became official, stating, Coach Tipton remarked, “I am excited to see our local talent taking such an interest in Hiwassee. With players as skilled as Kaylee and Hannah, we are bound to go far.”
Owens comes to Hiwassee College with dreams of impacting this program and learning as much as she can. She is relatively new to the game, but with all of the potential that she shows she is ready to show the team what she can really do. Hannah stated, “I am thrilled to be joining the Hiwassee College Volleyball team. I can’t wait to see what all I can do to boost this team into the playoffs.”
Owens’ mother, Hiwassee College Assistant Professor, Melissa Owens-McKenna, is very proud her daughter has chosen Hiwassee College. She said, “Hannah will be a valuable asset to not only the volleyball team but also to academics and student life. I am very excited that she will be majoring in Criminal Justice and following in my footsteps.”
Jenkins comes to Hiwassee College looking forward to the experience it will give her. She stated, “I am motivated to commit to both my studies and my team. I will do my best to make sure that my time at Hiwassee is well spent and memorable.”
Jenkins’ parents are very excited about the opportunity their daughter has been given. In an interview, they said, “We are very proud to see our daughter go this far. It is with happiness that we wish her well in her college career. She will go far and show us how strong she is.”
Trey Dyer Signs with Hiwassee College
It was a big day for Sequoyah High School graduate Trey Dyer as he signed a baseball scholarship with Hiwassee College located in Madisonville, TN. Dyer is taking a big step and will be moving to the collegiate world of baseball with the Hiwassee College Tigers to play for Coach Shane Gardner. Coach Gardner was happy on signing day, stating, “We are excited to have Trey join our program. He is a fine young man with an outstanding work ethic that will help us move back to a higher level of playing.”
Dyer comes to Hiwassee College with expectations of the high quality of experience this program has to offer. In turning down an NCAA Division 2 team, Dyer has shown great respect for what Hiwassee has to offer him. He stated, “I am excited to be joining the Hiwassee College Tigers. I am looking forward to hitting the field and doing all that I can to make this team better.”
Coach Gardner was pleased to have found someone so close to home, stating, “Getting our local high school players to join the program is crucial for us. We need players to have a sense of pride in their home while we are returning this program to that level. This allows the young men to continue to grow and prosper in an already supportive community.”
Hiwassee College Welcomes Will Raby as the New Men’s Assistant Basketball Coach
Coach Raby is a life-long resident of Monroe County and former student at Hiwassee College. He has spent countless hours helping develop young local talent in the area. While attending college, he coached Tellico Youth Basketball and Junior High School. Will’s passion is playing basketball and motivating students to excel in the sport.
Raby is excited to be at Hiwassee College and to assist Coach Watson in bringing the men’s basketball program to another level. He stated, “I am excited to be working for Coach Watson. It’s a great opportunity to learn from someone who has had so much success!”
Raby and his wife, Beth, reside in Tellico Plains and are expecting their first child.
Mary Badillo Signs with Hiwassee College
Mary Badillo signs her Letter of Intent to Hiwassee College. Pictured are: (L to R) Richard Badillo, father, and Mary Badillo.
It was a big day for Tampa, Florida native, Mary E. Badillo, as she signed a volleyball scholarship with Hiwassee College located in Madisonville, Tennessee. Badillo will trade in her Robinson High School Knights uniform for one with the Hiwassee College Tigers to play for Coach Libby Tipton. Coach Tipton remarked, “Mary will be an excellent addition to the team. I look forward to seeing her rise to her full potential during the season.”
Badillo comes to Hiwassee College with eight years of volleyball experience. One accomplishment she is most proud of is her Team Spirit Award that she earned in 2011. Regarding playing volleyball for Hiwassee College, Badillo stated, “I am excited to be joining the Tigers. I am sure that I will play an important part in the upcoming season.”
Badillo has a proud father that is very excited about the opportunity his Daughter has been given. In an interview, Richard Badillo said, “I know that Mary will excel at this stage of her life. Her enthusiasm for volleyball has always carried her far and spurred her forward in life. Hiwassee College will be a good start for her career.”
Chase Wright Signs Soccer Scholarship with Hiwassee College
Chase Wright signs his Letter of Intent to Hiwassee College. Standing behind him are: (L to R) Chris Wright, father, Heather Watson, mother, Van Watson, stepfather and Justin Miller, Sequoyah High soccer coach. Sitting are: (L to R) Chase Wright and Dustin Debty, Hiwassee College soccer coach.
Family and friends surround Sequoyah High School graduate Chase Jackson Wright recently as he signed a Soccer scholarship with Hiwassee College located in Madisonville, TN. Wright will trade in his Sequoyah High School Chiefs uniform for one with the Hiwassee College Tigers in order to play for Coach Dustin Debty. Coach Debty remarked, “Chase is a great midfielder with a lot of experience. I am expecting him to make a huge impact on the team and help us to go far.”
Wright is already looking forward to the new season of soccer. The thrill of the chase begins soon at Hiwassee College. He stated, “I am excited to start my journey at Hiwassee and I thank my loving family for supporting me. I will not let them down and will do the very best that I can to succeed.”
Wright’s parents are very excited about the opportunity their son has been given. In an interview, they said, “We are extremely excited to be a part of the Hiwassee family. We feel that our son will go far and make us proud.”
Michael Todd McGill Signs with Hiwassee College
Todd McGill signs his Letter of Intent to Hiwassee College. Standing behind him are: (L to R) Hiwassee College Golf Coach, Keith McElroy, and South Doyle Golf Coach, David Scott. Sitting are: (L to R) father, Mike McGill, Todd McGill and mother, Mickey McGill.
Family and friends surround South Doyle High School graduate Michael Todd McGill recently as he signed a letter of intent to play golf at Hiwassee College, located in Madisonville, Tennessee. McGill will trade in his South Doyle High School Cherokees golf shirt for one with the Hiwassee College Tigers logo in order to play for Coach Keith McElroy. Coach McElroy remarked, “I am excited to sign Todd to Hiwassee. He’s going to make Hiwassee Golf a team to contend with in the fall.”
McGill is already looking forward to the new season of golf. In an interview he stated, “I am very excited to play golf and further my education at Hiwassee College. I hope to represent them well in the utmost fashion that I can. Go Tigers!”
McGill’s parents are very excited about the opportunity their son has been given. In an interview, they said, “We are very excited for Todd and proud of him. We feel that he will be a valuable asset to the college.”
Carmen Conner Wins 2013 Miss Tennessee American Coed Pageant
Carmen Conner, a Hiwassee College sophomore from Madisonville, Tennessee, took home the crown at the 2013 Miss Tennessee American Coed Pageant held in Atlanta, GA on April 27.
Hiwassee College Student, Carmen Conner, was recently crowned the winner of the Miss Tennessee American Coed 2013 Pageant that took place in Atlanta, Georgia. Carmen, a sophomore from Madisonville, Tennessee, has exhibited potential for great things from the very first day she stepped foot onto the Hiwassee College campus.
“I was asked to be in the pageant while in cheerleading under Sharon Tallent,” she said in a recent interview. “I immediately started training with Blaina Best and it is with her help that I won.” Carmen went on to say, “I thought it would be more competitive than what it was but I ended up making a lot of new friends. This whole experience has been uplifting and has helped to raise my confidence, speaking skills, and the ability to be myself.”
Paul Barker, Assistant Professor of Information Technology, stated, “I am proud to have personally taught Carmen. She is a shining example of what makes this college such a special place. We all wish Carmen the best of luck in following her dreams.”
Moving forward, Carmen has already set her sights on her next target. The National Miss American Coed Pageant will take place Thanksgiving weekend in Orlando, Florida. “I know it will be more challenging, but I am going to keep training with Blaina because this is a dream that I am willing to work toward.”
- by James Shaffer
Jabar Olusesi Signs with Hiwassee College
Jabar Olusesi signs his Letter of Intent to Hiwassee College. Standing behind him are: (L to R) Hiwassee College Head Basketball Coach, Hugh Watson & Assistant Coach, Matt Ivers.
Father, mother and coaches surrounded Whitewater High School senior Jabar Olusesi recently as he signed a basketball scholarship with Hiwassee College, located in Madisonville, TN. Olusesi will trade in his Whitewater Wildcats uniform for one with the Hiwassee College Tigers in order to play for Head Coach, Hugh Watson. In an interview, Watson remarked, “Jabar will be a key addition to our team and really allow us to get bigger in the post and also add some additional length. He has a knack for rebounding on both ends and with his length does a great job of altering shots.”
Olusesi is looking forward to playing basketball at Hiwassee College. He stated, “I really like the vibe at Hiwassee and the current players were really welcoming to me and seem like great guys to be around. Coach Ivers talked to me for a long time and recruited my brother as well. He showed he really cares about me and I appreciate that, along with having a chance to play at a high level. Going to a small Christian college was something I was looking for. I want to help this program grow and eventually compete for what everyone else wants, a national championship.”
Olusesi was a school leader in blocked shots and rebounds for Whitewater High School, located in Fayetteville, Georgia. Standing 6 foot, 6 inches and weighing 225 pounds, Olusesi is a power forward who averaged 14.1 points per game, grabbed an average of 10.3 rebounds per game and blocked 2.9 shots per game. He was named AAAAA All-Region Team in the state of Georgia his senior year.
Hiwassee College Assistant Basketball Coach, Matt Ivers said, “Aside from basketball, Jabar is the type of kid that will be well-liked and his character will shine through on campus. He has a great head on his shoulders. We are very excited to have him as part of the team.”
Hugh Watson is the New Men’s Basketball Head Coach
Dr. Robin Tricoli, Hiwassee College President, welcomes Hugh Watson as the new Head Coach of the Men’s Basketball Program. Watson coached the Tigers from 1984 until 1990 and is happy to be back courtside at Hiwassee College.
Hiwassee College has announced the hiring of Hugh Watson to the Tiger coaching staff. Watson will serve as the Head Coach of the Men’s basketball program and will be in charge of the recruiting, coaching, scheduling, and day-to-day operations of the team at Hiwassee College.
In an interview, Hiwassee College President, Dr. Robin Tricoli, stated, “We’re excited to welcome back Coach Watson to Hiwassee College. It’s an honor to have someone of his experience, commitment and energy as part of our athletics program. Coach Watson has a very impressive resume and I know he will do a fantastic job.”
Coach Watson is a Monroe County native, growing up on a dairy farm in Sweetwater, Tennessee. He attended and played basketball for Hiwassee College, graduating in 1962. Watson went on to play for Lee University, earning a B.S. degree in Social Studies and Physical Education. While at Lee University, he entered coaching as an assistant to Dale Hughes. After college, Watson returned home to take the position as Head Coach of the girls’ basketball team at Loudon County High School. He later took over the Boys’ program and remained at Loudon for 17 years.
In 1984, Hiwassee College offered Coach Watson the position of Athletics Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach. He was excited to be given the opportunity to coach for his alma mater. Under his direction, Hiwassee won the Tennessee Junior College State title three times and qualified twice for the NJCAA National Tournament. At Hiwassee, he compiled a 152-38 record and was named Coach of the Year in 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1990. Coach Watson was an inaugural inductee into the Hiwassee College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
Coach Watson left Hiwassee College in 1990 to serve as an assistant coach at the University of Idaho. He has also served as the Head Coach at Columbia Central High School in Columbia, Tennessee and Head Coach at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where he was named the 1997 Coach of the Year for the Scenic West Athletic Conference.
Watson is excited to be back coaching at Hiwassee College. “I love Hiwassee. I love coaching here and I have a lot of friends here,” said Watson. “It’s exciting to be back. I met my wife at Hiwassee College, two of my kids went here and my father-in-law was an alumnus. Coming back to Hiwassee to coach again is a great honor. I look forward to helping raise the basketball program to another level.”
There will be a reception to welcome Coach Watson and his wife, Anna Sue, on April 1 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. The reception will take place in the Laycock Alumni Center and refreshments will be served. The community is encouraged to attend.
Hiwassee College and Boys & Girls Club of Monroe County Form Formidable Union through “Graduate to Go!”
The Boys & Girls Club of Monroe County traveled to Hiwassee College recently to thank them for their partnership in the “Graduate to Go!” program. Pictured are: (Back row L to R) Brad Davidson; Kalib Elliot; Hiwassee College Admissions Counselor, Jordan Huettel; Megan Steffa; Darius Tran; Hiwassee College Financial Aid Director, Ronda McClanahan; Aubree May; Hiwassee College Dean of Students, Mark Johnson; Boys & Girls Club Marketing & VISTA Coordinator, Sarah McDougal; and Boys & Girls Club Executive Director, Jamison Sliger. (Front row L to R) Jared Jones; Johnathan Duncan; and Bradley Teague.
The Boys & Girls Club of the Monroe Area and Hiwassee College have formed a formidable union through the joint efforts of “Graduate to Go!,” a program designed to educate teenagers about college life. The Teen Center visited the Hiwassee campus throughout the summer learning about the financial aspects of attending college, how dorm life works, the various programs Hiwassee offers, and student life. Over 40 teens were invited to the campus to participate in a dental hygiene demonstration, Q & A with some of Hiwassee’s professors and students, and campus games. “Graduate to Go!” is a program offered to Boys & Girls Club of the Monroe Area’s Teen Center members that focuses on increasing the rate of teenagers that continue higher education by informing them of the opportunities that would be available to them in a college lifestyle. “Graduate to Go!” programming was made possible through a grant funded by the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens.
Again, the Boys & Girls Club of the Monroe Area would like to extend a gracious thank you to Hiwassee College, its wonderful staff and the following who took an intricate part in the program’s development: Dr. Robin Tricoli, President; Dr. Beth Scruggs, V.P. and Academic Dean; Mark Johnson, Dean of Students; LeSean Brannon, Admission Counselor; and Ryan Queen, Director of Student Activities.