Student Organizations

*Financially supported by Student Activity Fees

Department of Student Life

Campus:  Blountville
Office:  Leadership Programs
Room:  A212, Student Services Building
Office Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Address:  2425 Highway 75, P.O. Box 246, Blountville, TN 37617
Phone:  423.354.2416         
Email:  studentlife@NortheastState.edu
Web:  www.NortheastState.edu/StudentOrgs



The Office of Leadership Programs supports the sanctioned student organizations on campus through policies and procedures oversight and leadership training.

Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor SocietyAlpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society is a nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of scholarship and to the recognition of non-traditional students continuing their higher education. Membership is extended by invitation in the spring of the academic year. The Nu Sigma Chi Chapter at Northeast State is one of over 300 institutional chapters throughout the United States. Mahmood Sabri (F203, 423.354.2572), Virginia Salmon (L304, 423.354.2523), Amy Lippo (L312, 423.354.5242), and  Michelle Wyatt (L214, 423.354.2422)  serve as advisors and/or campus contacts.

American Welding Society (AWS) Holston Valley Student Chapter – Northeast State’s student section of the American Welding Society promotes the application and research of welding/metal fabrication among students. Educational development, sound practices, and career opportunities are emphasized. Jon Cookson (RCAM144, 423.354.5212) and Nichole Manz-Young (F110, 423.354.5253) are the advisors.

Argumentation and Debate Society – The purpose of the Argumentation and Debate Society is to provide students with an opportunity to participate in competitive forensic tournaments. The society also provides learners with a forum for free expression and offers opportunities for students to voice their opinions on current events and matters of interest to the academic community. Dr. Rick Merritt (H215, 423.279.3691), Dr. Ruth Livingston (H214, 423.279.7657), and Dr. Laura Barnett (H206, 423.354.2556) are the faculty advisors.

The Art Club – The Art Club is open to all Northeast State students, faculty, and staff. The club's purpose is to promote an appreciation of visual artistic expression on the Northeast State Community College campus. Members seek to provide a forum through which NeSCC students, in particular, can obtain professional skills relevant to support academic endeavors in the visual arts. This organization also provides students, faculty, staff, and the community with opportunities to develop skills in a variety of visual art media. Dr. Christal Hensley (H120, 423.354.2595) and Donna Wilt (L303C, 423.354.5250) serve as advisors.

Aviation Club – The Aviation Club is open to all students, faculty, and staff who are aviation enthusiasts. The purpose of the Aviation Club is to promote and encourage interest in aviation through education, workshops, events, and personal experiences. The club provides networking opportunities within the aviation community. In addition, guest speakers will be invited to discuss aviation safety, emerging drone technologies, and job opportunities. Richard Blevins (C2201A, 423.354.5350) serves as advisor.

Black Student Association (BSA) – The Black Student Association is an educational and cultural non-profit and non-political organization based at Northeast State. The organization is open to all Northeast State students, faculty, and staff. Its primary purpose is to serve the interests of minority students. The BSA provides a professional, informational, and social network for students of African descent to ensure their retention, academic excellence, and participation in student life at Northeast State. Contact advisor Linda Calvert (P317, 423.323.0222) for more information.

Campus Christian Fellowship (CCF) – The Campus Christian Fellowship provides opportunities for students and employees to meet regularly to enjoy Christian fellowship and fun. Meetings include a variety of activities for encouragement, fellowship, Bible and topical studies, devotions, and prayer. Activities and meetings may be held on various NeSCC campuses. The club may also sponsor speakers or musical concerts for the campus, attend area concerts, and participate in school-wide events. CCF is not exclusive to any denomination and all are welcome to attend. John Melendez (F231, 423.354.2452) serves as the faculty advisor.

The Cinema Society – The Cinema Society provides diverse options for students of Northeast State Community College to experience the culture of movies and their relevance to said culture. The Cinema Society appreciates the fine art of cinema and provides opportunities to analyze movies that are viewed from themes and meanings of greater cultural and historical relevance. Jim Kelly (H108, 423.279.7669) and Tabetha Garman (H114, 423.354.5180) are the faculty advisors.

Clinical Laboratory Science Club – The Clinical Laboratory Science Club promotes understanding of the field of laboratory medicine through scheduled meetings, distribution of educational materials, participation in recruitment opportunities at elementary/secondary schools and organizations, as well as through community service projects. Funds are raised to attend state and national meetings for the purpose of continuing education and networking with peers. Anyone interested in club membership is invited to join. Rose Marie Spangler (RCHP124, 423.354.5500) is the faculty advisor.

College Democrats – The College Democrats serve as a source of ideas, organization, and activism directed towards supporting students at Northeast State Community College who wish to gain experience in campus, local, state, or national politics. Activities such as voter education, voter registration, and voter turn-out efforts help students gain experience by aiding candidates or campaigns aligned with the ideals found within the platform, heritage, or future directions of the Democratic Party.  Andrea Frye (H124, 423.354.2519) and  Francis Canedo (H107, 423.279.3694) are the faculty advisors.

Computer Gaming Club – The purpose of the club is to promote an increased knowledge of the science, design, development, construction, language, and applications of modern computing machinery through the exploration of computer game development. The club provides a means of communication between persons having an interest in computer programming and game software development. David Blair (F202, 423.354.5269) serves as advisor.

The Cor Group – The Cor Group is a Christian organization for members of the NeSCC community. The name is derived from a teaching of John Henry Cardinal Newman, "Cor ad cor loquitur," meaning heart speaks to heart. This phrase embodies the vital calling of Christians to speak with more than just words and to reach out with love to the hearts of others. The Cor Group is involved with ETSU's Catholic Center, and Fr. Michael Cummins leads most of the discussions and activities. The Cor Group is not exclusive to any denomination, and members come from a variety of backgrounds. All are welcome! Dr. Michael Pagel (H115, 423.354.2431) serves as advisor.

Council for Leadership, Advocacy, and Student Success (CLASS) – Northeast State’s Council for Leadership, Advocacy, and Student Success strives to improve the quality of student life by representing the student body, providing leadership development opportunities, and promoting communication between students, administration, faculty, and staff. For more information, visit the CLASS Office located in the Student Services Building. Contact advisors Mark Beaty (A215, 423.354.5241) and Eric Fish (H118, 423.354.2400).

Criminal Justice Society (CJS) – The Criminal Justice Society serves as an organization dedicated to exposing students to critical issues of justice and equal treatment in America by agencies of the criminal justice system. To accomplish this goal, the society promotes excellence in the education of criminal justice; strives to promote better relations between local criminal justice agencies and the general public; serves as a liaison between local agencies and Northeast State, and provides members with information on the varied nature of career opportunities in criminal justice. Contact advisor Eric Stanton (H218, 423.354.5351) for more information.

Drama Club – The Drama Club is open to all students, faculty, and staff who want to expand their understanding and enjoyment of drama. Students who are interested in acting, directing, working backstage, or just watching live theatre are encouraged to join. Drama Club members raise funds to assist with travel to see top quality productions. Eric Fish (H118, 423.354.2400), Brad McKenzie (D181, 423.354.2563), and Elizabeth Sloan (H106, 423.354.2479) are the faculty advisors.

DREAM Club (Disability Rights, Education Advocacy, and Mentoring) – The purpose of DREAM is to provide students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to become involved in activities that facilitate the growth of a campus environment supportive of academic, social, and personal success; promote acceptance, respect, and inclusion; and build leadership and self-advocacy skills for any student with a disability. Tabetha Garman (H114, 423.354.5180) serves as advisor.

Echoes and Images Echoes and Images is Northeast State’s student literary and visual arts magazine. Published in the spring, the magazine features poems, short stories, essays, and visual art by currently enrolled students. Entry deadline for submissions is at the end of the fall semester. Exact dates are posted during the fall semester. Cash prizes are awarded to the first- and second-place winners in each category. Echoes and Images has been consistently recognized for excellence by the Southern Division of the Community College Humanities Association. Tempi Hale (H102, 423.354.2594), Dr. Christal Hensley (H120, 423.354.2595), Dr. Sandra Hiortdahl (H122, 423.354.5176), Josh Archer (H121, 423.354.2557), and Donna Wilt (L303C, 423.354.5250) are the faculty editors.

Elizabethton Service Club – The Northeast State at Elizabethton Service Club strives to generate and foster awareness and public interest within the community for Northeast State at Elizabethton. The club provides opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to develop leadership skills and to promote civic responsibility by working together through club activities. For more information, contact advisors Amy Drinnon (E132, 423.547.8450) and Paulette Davis (E108, 423.547.8450).

Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) – The primary objective of the Gay-Straight Alliance is to provide social and educational support outlets and to promote equality, understanding, and acceptance of all students, faculty, and staff members of the NeSCC community regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Francis Canedo (H107, 423.279.3694), Andrea Frye (H214, 423.354.2519), Brad McKenzie (D181, 423.354.2563), and Elizabeth Sloan (H106, 423.354.2479) are the faculty advisors.

GREENS – The GRassroots Environmental Efforts at Northeast State is a club for students, staff, and faculty who are interested in helping preserve our fragile environment. The club’s main focus is to foster environmental leadership and stewardship at Northeast State and beyond. GREENS accomplishes this through education and action. Everyone has a part to play, and GREENS intends to educate others on how they can participate in this worthwhile effort. Jim Henrichs (P202, 423.354.2481), Michele Glass (B104F, 423.354.2496), and Rebecca Moody (C2301A, 423.354.5353) serve as advisors.

The International Club – The International Club is for all students who like to meet people, eat food, plan and enjoy entertainment, and learn about cultures from countries around the globe. In our increasingly interconnected world, there is a need to understand the similarities that bind us together and to appreciate the differences that make us unique. The club will sponsor activities and events that celebrate the diversity of Northeast State's students, faculty, and staff for the learning and enjoyment of the members and the campus at large. Caitlin Chapman-Rambo (J1097, 423.354.5328) serves as advisor.

Intramurals – Intramurals, athletic activities, sports tournaments, and wellness events are offered by Student Life to help students safely acquire behaviors conducive to healthy lifestyles that enrich the quality of life, including access to gym equipment during open hours at the campus Physical Education Classroom (Room D192). Contact Mark Beaty (A215, 423.354.5241) for more information.

Los Americanos – Los Americanos strives to teach awareness and understanding of Hispanic culture and traditions, as well as of the Spanish language. The club seeks to introduce members to a variety of concerns, issues, and current events that impact the Latin community. Students are not required to speak Spanish to become members of the organization. Francis Canedo (H107, 423.279.3694) is the faculty advisor.

Northeast State National Alumni Association – This association is open to all former students who have taken credit courses at Northeast State or the College by its former name, Tri-Cities State Technical Institute. The purpose of the association is to further interest in Northeast State and to foster communication between the College and its Alumni. The association holds several events each year that encourage alumni to renew their ties with the institution and to cultivate friendships and professional relationships. Contact Dr. Leigh Hornsby (P316, 423.354.5255) for more information.

Northeast State Scholars Foundation – The purpose of the Northeast State Scholars Foundation is to support the activities of the Northeast State Community College Foundation through student-driven initiatives that promote private giving and service learning. As a student foundation, the organization cultivates philanthropy among campus constituencies and seeks to incorporate philanthropic campaigns within the College’s mission. Membership is comprised voluntarily of students receiving Northeast State Scholarships, enrolling in the Northeast State Honors Program, or earning memberships in the campus honor societies. Contact Rayma Gibbs (C2107, 423.279.7637), Joshua Johnson (C2107A, 423.354.5235), or Erin Blevins (C2107B, 423.354.2507) for more information.

Northeast State Student Navigators – This organization is a community relations support group representing Northeast State. It is the Navigators’ duty to promote and uphold the vision, mission, and guiding beliefs of the College to the students, faculty, and staff as well as the five-county service area. The Northeast State Student Navigators contribute valuable time and effort toward enhancing the community relations and enrollment efforts of the College. The service provided by the Navigators is not duplicated by any other sanctioned student organization. Applications and/or additional information may be obtained by contacting advisor Jim Henrichs (P202, 423.354.2481).

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society – This organization is the international honor society that recognizes and promotes commitment to academic excellence in two-year colleges. Phi Theta Kappa supports the four hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship that are designed to give members opportunities for personal and academic growth as well as service to others. The Northeast State chapter is Alpha Iota Chi, and it has achieved five-star status, the highest level of participation in Phi Theta Kappa activities. Dr. Jane Honeycutt (H203, 423.354.2596), Erin Ferris (H209, 423.354.5222), and Dr. Teressa Dobbs (H218, 423.354.5299) are the faculty advisors.

President’s Student Advisory Council – The President’s Student Advisory Council provides the president of Northeast State with a student perspective on activities and/or issues prevailing on the campus and makes suggestions and recommendations as deemed appropriate. Contact Student Life (A212, 423.354.2416) for more information.

Sci-fi/Fantasy Guild – The Sci-fi/Fantasy Guild is open to all students, faculty, and staff who enjoy science fiction and fantasy literature, film, games, and culture. The Sci-fi/Fantasy Guild has book and film discussions, themed fundraisers, and special interest outings. Nona Shepherd (H104, 423.279.3686) and Audrey Peters (H123, 423.354.2417) are the faculty advisors.

Student Historical Society – The purpose of the Student Historical Society is to provide positive experiences and learning opportunities within all aspects of history. Goals of the society include expansion of knowledge through activities and discussion, increase campus awareness of historical events, and foster relationships between students and faculty. Sherman Patrick (H111, 423.354.2493) and Tabetha Garman (H114, 423.354.5180) serve as faculty advisors.

Student Tennessee Education Association (STEA) – The Student Tennessee Education Association helps prepare the education major to assume the role of a teacher and make a smooth transition from the campus to the classroom. This pre-professional organization gives students a voice in education by working in conjunction with local, state, and national associations. STEA provides personal growth through community service projects and professional growth through leadership and teamwork opportunities. STEA helps prepare teachers for the challenges of the 21st century classroom. Contact faculty advisors Mitzi Neeley (H204, 423.354.2550), Deborah Ramey (H211, 423.354.2565), and Tricia Crawford (H212, 423.354.5117) for more information.

Student Traffic Court – The Student Traffic Court hears cases of students contesting traffic citations that result from violations of the Northeast State Traffic and Parking Regulations. A Chief Justice, an Associate Chief Justice, and a maximum of four Justices are selected from the student body through an application and interview process. Students who wish to contest a ticket must submit appeals online. Contact Student Life (A212, 423.354.2416) for more information.

Student Veterans of America – The purpose of Student Veterans of America is to provide support and assistance to transitioning veterans; provide a network for mutual support and assistance among veterans, reservists, and those on active duty; encourage those who are seriously considering military service (ROTC/DEP); assist in the social, intellectual, and personal development of fellow veterans; and to contribute to the atmosphere and development of Northeast State. John Adcox (A102, 423.354.2528), Jessica Kelso (A102, 423.354.2527), and Jeremy Bryant (C2307, 423.354.2418) serve as advisors.

Students in Action Service Club – The Students in Action Service Club strives to generate and foster awareness and public interest within the community for Northeast State at Kingsport. The club provides opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to develop leadership skills and to promote civic responsibility by working together through club activities. Jan Stout (KCHE106, 423.354.5541) and Rose Marie Spangler (RCHP124, 423.354.5500) serve as the advisors.

Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) – Northeast State’s Student Chapter, a “Delta” chapter affiliated with the Upper East Tennessee Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (www.tnspe.org) and a member of the State Society of the National Society of Professional Engineers (www.nspe.org), was recognized and certified eligible for participation in the Program for NSPE Student Chapters in May 1999. All students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) are eligible to join. Janice Lewenczuk (F229, 423.354.2549) serves as the advisor.

A Toast to Education – A Toast to Education is a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which each individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills that foster self-confidence and personal growth. The purposes of the organization include helping its members improve their abilities to communicate effectively, encouraging members to read and listen analytically, and affording leadership training for its members. A Toast to Education is affiliated with Toastmasters International and the District of Toastmasters International organizations. Dr. Ruth Livingston (H214, 423.279.7657) and Dr. Rick Merritt (H215, 423.279.3691) serve as faculty advisors.

TRiO CLuB – The purpose of the TRiO CLuB is to provide an opportunity for members to be involved in activities which will facilitate the development of a campus climate supportive of academic, social, and personal success; build leadership skills; broaden individual experiences; and extend benevolence to others who are in need. It is open to all Student Support Services participants, staff, and any other enrolled Northeast State Community College student who is committed to the purpose of the organization. Virginia Reed (C1108, 423.354.2491), Wendy Taylor (KCHE330, 423.354.5538), Rita Lay (C1107, 423.323.0216), and Donna Addington (E110, 423.354.5227) serve as advisors.

Volunteer Northeast State – The purpose of Volunteer Northeast State is to facilitate public and community service opportunities for students at Northeast State. This program and its related student organization provide the framework for experienced-based learning opportunities that develop student leadership and increased social responsibility. Dr. Laura Barnett (H206, 423.354.2556), Lisa Poole (H205, 423.354.2486), and Dr. Rick Merritt (H215, 423.279.3691) serve as coordinators/faculty advisors.



Guidelines and policies for sanctioning student organizations can be found by clicking here. A list of additional campus resources can be found in the Guide to Campus Resources.

Many of the commonly used forms needed by advisors of sanctioned student organizations to gain institutional approvals can be found on the \\polaris\STUDENTORGFORMS drive on the campus network. 

Visit the Office of Leadership Programs in Room A212 of the Student Services Building for more information on student organizations at Northeast State.