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Buffalo Tales, Dec. 5

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Dec. 3, 2019) — Storytelling is an inherent part of culture in Northeast Tennessee. For many Milligan College students, their onstage storytelling debuts occur at the college’s annual “Buffalo Tales.” This family-friendly, student storytelling event will occur on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. in the college’s McGlothlin-Street Theatre located in the Gregory Center. The event is free and open to the public.

“Buffalo Tales” serves as the final exam for students in Milligan’s storytelling class. The event will feature a variety of tales, including children’s stories, biblical retellings and personal anecdotes.

“Storytelling is an art and a powerful form of communication,” said Dr. Bruce Montgomery, professor of communications. “I really enjoy seeing each student step onstage for their final and showcase the skills they’ve learned in class.”

This year’s show will feature several personal anecdotes, including entering a neighborhood’s haunted house, highlighting the different personalities of one’s parents and catching a wild turkey with only your bare hands.

Prior to the final exam, students practiced their stories in class with local professional storytellers and received feedback and encouragement. This semester, Milligan welcomed Tama Lunceford, Rebecca Alexander and Milligan alumnus Tony Marr for the occasion.

“Many renowned storytellers call this region home, and our students benefit from receiving their guidance before the final exam,” shared Montgomery. “Practicing with professionals helps our students perfect their stories before their big performance.”

For more information on Milligan’s arts events, visit milligan.edu/arts.


MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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