Spring 2015 Volunteer Newsletter


Looking Back at the Fall Semester

There are many talents and resources that our volunteers bring to the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts and we so appreciate the generous gift of their time.  Over 30 volunteers helped us this past semester, and some of our volunteers had multiple roles – ushering, delivering posters, and and being a docent in the Reece Museum, to name just a few.

Eight of our events this semester required the help of our volunteers, and there were many (way too many) opportunities to help with poster distribution. Thank you to the distribution team for being so hard working, and for driving all over town multiple times.

We had 19 students work with us this fall, as well as the reliable participation of our stable core of community volunteers. The diversity in age and background is refreshing, and it tells us that whether you are a retired alumni, part of the ETSU staff or faculty, a senior who is interning with us, or a freshman needing to get more involved, we have something to offer you and you certainly have something to offer us.

More to Come - Spring Semester 2015

What is next! Never fear, another interesting semester of events is in the planning. We will present three more films from the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers – all free and with filmmakers present for the talk back and reception. In addition to these films we can look forward to the American Shakespeare Center’s performance of Doctor Faustus, a solo theatre performance by Mike Wiley, a concert by Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, and a presentation by pianist Robin Spielberg about music and health.

Below is a list of the events that will require ushering assistance. You may find out more about these performances and films by going to our web site www.etsu.edu/martin.  Please take a look and see what appeals to you and fits your schedule. Email our Assistant Director and volunteer coordinator Heidi Ehle at ehleah@etsu.edu  or call her at 423-439-8333.

Once you let us know of your interest we will confirm with you right away so you can get it on your calendar. Two days before the event you will get an email reminder with all the specifics that you will need to know to work the event. Have no fear, a brief training takes place just before the event - so you will know exactly what to do.



Ushering Needs - Spring 2015


Friday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Doctor Faustus

American Shakespeare Center

Martha Street Culp Auditorium

19 ushers needed, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m .

The New Black , documentary film

Martha Street Culp Auditorium

3 ushers needed - 6:15 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Thursday, Mar. 5, 7 p.m.

An Evening of Health, Wellness, and the Arts

with Robin Spielberg

Martha Street Culp Auditorium

4 ushers needed - 6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Mar. 16, 7 p.m.

Old South , documentary film

Martha Street Culp Auditorium

3 ushers needed - 6:15 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder with the ETSU Pride Band

Martha Street Culp Auditorium

19 ushers needed, 6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.

Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till - theatre

w/Mike Wiley

Martha Street Culp Auditorium

8 ushers needed - 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Monday, Apr. 20, 7 p.m.

A Kind of Order , documentary film

Ball Hall Auditorium

3 ushers needed - 6:15 p.m. - 9 p.m.



Special Conference Provides Many Opportunities for Volunteers

The Appalachian Studies Association Conference will take place on campus Thursday March 26 – Sunday March 29. We have been approached by ETSU’s Center for Appalachian Studies, to help gather volunteers  from our team to be anchors in some of the areas that are using volunteers. It seems YOUR reputation as an effective, friendly and competent work force has traveled across campus!

Many students will also be volunteering – but we have been asked specifically for adult community volunteers to act as team leaders in various areas. Some of the jobs needed will be Break Host, Registration Assistants, Information Table assistants, Concurrent Sessions Aides, Ushers in various events, Exhibit and Silent Auction Aides, Tour Attendants, etc.

To get more details for the shifts available, see job descriptions, and to sign up, contact Selena Harmon at 423-439-4338, or email .


  Volunteer of the Semester

Each semester, we will feature a brief introduction to one of our volunteers. Hopefully this will gradually introduce us to each other in a little more depth, since we are usually too busy working to chat much while on the job.

Spring Semester’s Featured Volunteer: Courtney Klein

This will be Courtney’s fifth semester volunteering for Mary B. Martin School of the Arts! Courtney is a junior majoring in Environmental Health. She hopes to become a Food Safety Professional and has her fingers crossed for an internship and/or future job at Disney World. She is from Baltimore, MD., and is a performer herself. She has been dancing for 17 years and takes tap lessons at the Gay Whitt School of Dance in Jonesborough during the school year. She works at Little Bucs Childcare Center when she is at ETSU and as an assistant dance teacher when she is at home.  Courtney’s lovely smile and calm intelligence make her a wonderful addition to any team of volunteers hosting an event. We are happy to have her lovely countenance and warm spirit as one of the faces that the public thinks of when they remember their experience at our events. Thank you, Courtney!  


Volunteer Appreciation Event April 28 - Save the Date

Every year we celebrate our volunteers with a special event to thank them for their help during our season. Last year we had an indoor picnic, barbecue and dance. This year we have decided to host a poetry reading.

On Tuesday, April 28 at 5 p.m., we will invite all of our active volunteers to a poetry reading by ETSU faculty Jesse Graves in the Archives of Appalachia (in the Sherrod Library). This volunteer appreciation event will be held in a lovely room on the 4th floor of the Sherrod Library, overlooking the campus. After a 30 to 40 minute reading, we will have a light reception and time to socialize and nibble on some delectable snacks. An invitation and RSVP date will be sent to each active volunteer as we get closer to the date.

  Here is a little information about Jesse:

Jesse Graves grew up in Sharps Chapel, Tennessee, about 40 miles north of Knoxville, in a community his ancestors settled in the 1780s. He is an Associate Professor of English at East Tennessee State University, where he won the 2012 New Faculty Award from the College of Arts & Sciences. His first poetry collection, Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine, was published by Texas Review Press, and won the 2012 Weatherford Award in Poetry from Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association, as well as a Book of the Year Award from the Appalachian Writers’ Association. He was given the 2013 Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing from Morehead State University. His second collection of poems, Basin Ghosts, was published in the spring of 2014. Graves was awarded the 2014 Philip H. Freund Prize for Creative Writing from Cornell University, and will receive the 2015 James Still Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers.


















Volunteers in Action  

Courtney, Ashley and Anne

Courtney, Ashley, and Anne


Alpha Phi Alpha

Alpha Phi Alpha Sorority


Presidents Pride

Brad Fisher - President's Pride


Upcoming Events

American Shakespeare Center -Dr. Faustus

American Shakespeare Center

Robin Spielberg

Robin Spielberg

Ricky Skaggs

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

The New Black

The New Black - Documentary Film






ASA Conference Announcement 




Courtney Klein  

   Courtney Klein 




Jesse Graves 2 

Jesse Graves (on right), with student