Center for Civic Advancement (CCA)

In support of Tusculum University’s mission of providing an education rich in civic engagement, the Center for Civic Advancement (CCA) provides opportunities for students and the greater university community through civic programing, community partnerships, and service opportunities. In 2019, The Center for Civic Advancement was the proud recipient of a Day of Service grant through the Corporation for National and Community Service. We are excited to watch this grant unfold over the next several years supporting our central service opportunity at the university – Nettie Day!  A day who’s namesake comes from Mrs. Nettie Fowler McCormick whom donated greatly to the institution both in her service and with her finances. Almost 100 years after her death, McCormick Hall is still named after her in remembrance of a large donation that made its construction feasible.

The last quarter of 2019 was spent collecting feedback from CCA stakeholders including: staff, faculty, students, Bonner Leaders, administration, and community partners. These constituents outlined the ideal physical space, collaborated on promoting the work of the CCA and determined what we would consider success in the Center for Civic Advancement. As the calendar year came to a close the physical space underwent a transformation with the location of a separate storage facility, new technology, signage, and board chairs.


The Center for Civic Advancement seeks to engage the heart, mind, and soul of Tusculum through cultivating awareness of self and of others.

We aspire to do this through the establishment of meaningful relationships with our local,
national, and global communities.


“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” — Helen Keller

The Center for Civic Advancement posts all events on the CCA MobileServe app or online via Mobile Serve. Service hours worked are valid towards scholarships, class credits, and an overall good feeling of helping our community.

Hours can be verified by the CCA for scholarship purposes. We cannot report service hours to scholarship organizations directly.

To see all of the CCA Volunteer Opportunities, create an account with MobileServe, click the button below.

Organization code: TSCLUM
Student/Faculty ID#: number on TU ID card


For instructions on how to sign-up, click here.

Choose Your Own

Green Team

Passionate about environmental preservation and keeping your local community clean? Reach out to the CCA or Dr. Conor Keitzer at for more information!

Community Partnerships

Tusculum has developed partnerships with several agencies in the region. These partnerships enrich the Tusculum community.  We encourage faculty to explore the rich and varied opportunities offered within these partnerships for developing the qualities of citizenship we seek in our students. If this is more than an individual volunteer effort, or if you would like the CCA to set up a volunteer effort with any of the following please contact the CCA.

Tusculum University has formalized partnerships with the organizations listed below. This represents a commitment to an ongoing relationship yielding reciprocal benefits. These agencies are knowledgeable about the university and our mission and interested in working with our students.



Nettie Day

Nettie-Like is one of Tusculum University’s Pioneer I’s, a set of values we challenge all Pioneers (employees and students) to live and exhibit.

Being Nettie-Like means “I volunteer my time to help others, seek ways to improve the lives of others, and lead others to find ways to serve my community.”


Stay tuned for this year’s Nettie Day activities and schedule!


College of Business Dean |
Center for Civic Advancement Executive Director
(423)636-7389 ext. 7389

Administrative Assistant to the Deans of the Colleges of Business and Education | Assistant Director for the Center for Civic Advancement
(423)636-7479 ext. 5479