Website to Celebrate ETSU’s 100th

In conjunction with a special keepsake edition of the Johnson City Press, commemorating the 100th anniversary of East Tennessee State University, the Press has launched a new Web page which celebrates the university’s milestone with a collection of stories, videos, photos and more.

Readers can access the page by visiting or by clicking on the ETSU anniversary button below the headlines on the home page.

In addition to the stories, videos, and photo gallery located on the page is a webcam that overlooks the university’s Borchuck Plaza and a special section where readers are invited to share their memories of campus life at ETSU.

The interactive “Memories of ETSU” page is a way for Buccaneers young and old to share in the storied history of the university.

“One of the things we’d like to request of the public and any former ETSU student or someone who has a son or daughter there is to go to the site and share their memories with us,” Press information technology director Alan Broyles said.

After clicking the link on the right side of the ETSU page, readers will be directed to another page where they can register in order to post their memories of the campus.

Broyles said the “Memories” page will remain live until the end of the year.

Once the 14th annual ETSU Pride Week wraps up, the page will be the home for a variety of anniversary-related content that will be included in the Press’ “A Legacy of Impact” edition that is to be published Oct. 9.

The publication will feature stories on the history of the university and its impact on the region. It has been compiled in close association with the university.

“The community has supported it very well. It’s to chronicle the 100-year history of the university, which I think will be a great thing to have,” Press director of sales and marketing Tom Harris said. “We think it will be a collector’s edition or a keepsake edition for most people who have any sort of association with the university.”

In addition to the publication, the Press is putting together a documentary that will be featured on the website and the ETSU page; it will also be available for sale on DVD.

The special edition will be inserted and delivered to everyone who is a Press subscriber, and copies of the edition will be available for purchase.

To order the ETSU anniversary edition of the Press, call 929-3111.

For more information, click here.

ETSU Unveils Centennial Pictorial Postmark

East Tennessee State University unveiled a new pictorial postmark in recognition of the university’s centennial on Wednesday, August 10.

The public was invited to come to the second floor lobby of Dossett Hall, pick up an envelope with a cachet of the centennial logo, affix an ETSU stamp (one of three designs:  the Amphitheatre, the Carillon, and Sherrod Library), and have the pictorial postmark applied, all free of charge, while quantities lasted.

Designed by Jeanette Henry of ETSU Printing and Publications, the postmark features the centennial logo along with the words describing ETSU’s tri-partite mission: teaching, research, and public service. Harvey Byerley and the staff of the ETSU Mail Service coordinated the project along with the office of the Johnson City Postmaster and members of the Centennial Steering Committee. After the August 10 event, the cancellation will be in use at the ETSU Mail Service office for a period of 65 days.

For more information, contact ETSU Mail Service at (423) 439-6894.

Sawyer Addresses Legend of Christine Burleson at ETSU Centennial Event

Professor Robert Sawyer, member of the ETSU Literature and Language Department, holds image of Christine Burleson headline next to the "haunted" portrait of her father, David Sinclair Burleson, former Dean of Faculty.

It would come as no surprise that, as a scholar of Shakespeare at East Tennessee State University, Dr. Robert Sawyer would be drawn to the story of Christine Burleson’s life, with its classic Shakespeare markers: unrequited love, ghostly haunting, and suicide. But in launching a research project on her life and death, Sawyer set out not to draw parallels between Burleson’s life and a Shakespearean tragedy, but to dispel them. Sawyer, an ETSU professor of language and literature, will do just that when he presents his research findings Tuesday, March 29, in ETSU’s D.P. Culp University Center Ballroom. Sawyer’s talk, "Rest, rest, perturbed spirit," will be held from 7-8 p.m., with a reception to follow in the East Tennessee Room. The public is cordially invited to attend, and you can learn more about this project here. and visit the Johnson City Press site, including a video of an interview with Dr. Sawyer, here.

ROTC Alumni Enjoy Their "Return to the Buc Battalion"

East Tennessee State University Army ROTC alumni and their guests enjoyed a reception, breakfast, and even some physical training this past weekend, sharing stories from the past and ideas for the future as part of a "Return to the Buc Battalion" mini-reunion. Held at the Carnegie Hotel, the event was hosted by current cadre and Cadets, and attended by alumni representing every decade since an Army ROTC unit was assigned to ETSU in 1952.

LTG (Ret) Ron Hite, '64, shares an idea with fellow ROTC alumni and guests during the recent "Return to the Buc Battalion" mini-reunion.

Friday evening, guests attended a welcome reception, then moved to the Mountain States Health Alliance Athletics Center (Mini-Dome) to root on the Men's basketball team during their victory against Jacksonville. Buc Battalion Cadets were also out in force: members of the Pershing Rifles Drill and Ceremony Team presented the colors before the game, while the entire battalion led cheers in the student section. Following the game, alumni and cadre returned to the Carnegie for an "officer's call" social gathering.

Saturday morning began with an opportunity to conduct physical training, followed by a group breakfast in the Carnegie. LTC Scott Jeffress, the Professor of Military Science, provided an overview of Army ROTC, as well as Buc Battalion-specific successes and current initiatives. The group then spent time discussing ways to improve communications, involve alumni in future events, and benefit cadets through new battalion-alumni partnerships.

"Overall," said Jeffress, "the weekend was a great event! Our current cadre and Cadets really enjoyed the opportunity to talk with the alumni, and the event gave folks a chance to not just return to campus but to hear about and see all the great things our cadets are doing today. One graduate, for example, hadn't been back to ETSU in nearly forty years, and he chose to attend this mini-reunion – that says something significant about ETSU Army ROTC."

With memories of the weekend still fresh in their minds, cadre are already looking ahead to the next gathering and making plans to again call alumni to "return to the Buc Battalion." Look for details about upcoming events on the ETSU ROTC website and Facebook page.

Centennial Steering Committee Announces Awards of Second Round of Centennial Mini Grants

Continuing its mandate to promote centennial-oriented projects in commemoration of ETSU's year-long celebration, the Centennial Steering Committee has announced the recipients of the second round of Centennial Mini Grants:

  • Centennial Musical Composition for Oboe, Horn, and Wind Ensemble
    Project Directors: Dr. Aryn Sweeney and Mr. Jeffery Whaley, Department of Music
  • Revise, Frame, and Digitize Poster Commemorating the History of Public Health Education at ETSU
    Project Director: Dr. Randy Wykoff, College of Public Health
  • Create a Real and Electronic Display Documenting the History of the College of Public Health
    Project Director: Dr. Randy Wykoff, College of Public Health
  • Oral Histories of Early Practice Nurses
    Project Directors: Dr. Sharon Loury and Dr. Florence Weierbach, College of Nursing
  • Create Permanent Display and Short Film Highlighting the History of Broadcasting Education at ETSU
    Project Director: Ms. Shara Lange, Radio/Television/Film Division, Department of Communication
  • Create and Install Mural Depicting the History of ROTC at ETSU
    Project Directors: Captain Jason McKenzie and Mr. Adam Strachn, ROTC graduate assistant, Department of Military Science
  • First Alumni Reunion for the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    Project Director: Dr. Saravanan Elangovan, Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
  • Intramural Sports Centennial Cup
    Project Director: Mr. Adam Knobloch, Department of Campus Recreation
  • Centennial Sign for Softball Field
    Project Director, Ms. Barbara Mason, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Centennial Sign for Summers-Taylor Stadium
    Project Director: Ms. Barbara Mason, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Traditions of Greek Leadership: A Celebration of Fraternity and Sorority Life for ETSU’s Centennial
    Project Director: Ms. Joy Fulkerson, Office of Greek Life, Student Organization Resource Center
  • The 1958 Desegregation of Undergraduate Education at East Tennessee State College: A Panel Discussion
    Project Director: Dr. Dorothy Drinkard-Hawkshawe, African and African American Studies

First Group of Black Undergraduate Students at ETSU to Speak during Forum

Four of the six students who were the first black undergraduates at what was then East Tennessee State College in 1958 returned to their alma mater on Tuesday, Jan. 25, for A Panel Discussion: The Integration of ETSU’s Undergraduate Education. Participating in the panel discussion and speaking about their experiences as students and graduates will be Clarence McKinney of Johnson City, Elizabeth Watkins Crawford of Elizabethton, Luellen Wagner of Maryland, and George Nichols, who lives near Memphis. This event was held as part of ETSU’s Centennial celebration, Partnerships, Promise and Hope for 100 Years and included a presentation by the ETSU ROTC Color Guard, a question-answer session with the panelists, and musical entertainment.

The First ETSU Women to . . .

The Women's Studies Division, part of East Tennessee State University's Department of Literature and Language, has developed a list of firsts by ETSU women, including accomplishments ranging from our first doctoral candidates to our first appearance at the NCAA Basketball Tournament. You can find our first women ROTC graduates, our first to earn a PhD, and other firsts by downloading this list.

Centennial Steering Committee Announces Recipients of Mini-Grants

Earlier this summer, President Stanton announced that several mini-grants were available to support special projects to help celebrate the ETSU Centennial.  The Centennial Steering Committee voted to fund the following projects:
  • Development of an original theatrical production for the centennial, featuring theater and choral students from University School
    Project director: Joe Borden, University School
  • Support for a year-long fundraiser at University School benefiting a local non-profit organization
    Project director: Dr. April Blakely, University School
  • Creation of an art exhibit, Reunion:  Invitational Exhibition of 100 Alumni
    Project director: Karlota I. Contreras-Koterbay, Department of Art and Design and Slocumb Galleries
  • A retelling of the story of the late Christine Burleson, who taught courses in Shakespeare at ETSU and was, in 1967, the first woman recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Member award.
    Project director: Dr. Robert Sawyer, Department of Literature and Language
  • Support for a special event for alumni, friends, and current students celebrating Greek life at ETSU
    Project director: Joy Fulkerson, Office of Greek Life
  • Development of Centennial Buccaneer t-shirts to be distributed to ETSU fans at all men’s and women’s basketball home games
    Project director: Barb Mason, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Development of Centennial Buccaneer t-shirts to be distributed to fans at ETSU volleyball, softball, baseball, and men’s and women’s soccer home games
    Project director: Barb Mason, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Placement of a Centennial Buccaneer logo on the concrete wall in front of the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center
    Project director: Barb Mason, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Development of pre-game/practice shirts featuring Centennial Buccaneer logo for all student athletes
    Project director: Barb Mason, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Placement of two Centennial Buccaneer logo decals on the playing floors for the men’s and women’s basketball teams
    Project director: Barb Mason, Intercollegiate Athletics

President Stanton Rallies University Community for Centennial Event

President Paul E. Stanton, Jr., sent the East Tennessee State University community a letter inviting participation in the ETSU Centennial year events. You can read the letter here.

The Centennial Logo Designer: Amy Light-Karlsson

The designer of the ETSU Centennial logo, Amy Light-Karlsson of Kingsport, has strong ties to the university. Light-Karlsson has already earned two degrees from ETSU, a bachelor of fine arts in 1997 and a master of science in engineering design technology in 2000. After the Centennial Steering Committee chose her entry as the winner in a logo design contest,  Light-Karlsson said she would apply the $1,911 cash prize toward her educational expenses–she is currently pursuing a master of arts in teaching degree at ETSU. A freelance graphic designer, Light-Karlsson based her design on the university’s mountain logo, which has been in use since its creation by ETSU alumnus Richard Maxey in 1988.