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Student Needs Project

Department of Scholarship Programs and Student Needs

Campus:  Blountville
Office:  Student Needs Project
Room:  C2107, General Studies 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:  423.279.7637
Fax:  423.323.0240
Email:  studentneeds@NortheastState.edu
Web:  www.NortheastState.edu/StudentNeedsProject

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The Student Needs Project (SNP) addresses non-academic and socioeconomic factors that impact student success and retention by promoting access to campus and community resources. Campus initiatives focus on early alert, food security, resource development, student emergency funds, and transportation.

Office Hours

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

Mobile Food Pantry Distribution Dates

Students should submit the Mobile Food Pantry Application at least two days prior to the appropriate distribution date. Only one application should be submitted per semester. In the event classes are canceled or the institution is closed due to severe weather or road conditions, Mobile Food Pantry distributions will be rescheduled for a later date.


  • February 3 - 10:00 a.m.
  • March 3 - 10:00 a.m.
  • April 7 - 10:00 a.m.
  • May 5 - 10:00 a.m. 


  • February 3 - 1:30 p.m.
  • March 3 - 1:30 p.m.
  • April 7 - 1:30 p.m.
  • May 5 - 1:30 p.m.

Alternative Food Distributions and Pantries

Students attending the Bristol, Gray, Elizabethton, or Johnson City campuses may visit our Blountville or Kingsport distributions to receive assistance or may choose one of the community sites listed below:

Note: Students struggling with food-related issues on a regular basis may want to consider signing up for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). For more information, call College Access Programs (CAP) at 423.323.0223.

A directory of community resources is available here. Community resources are added to the directory after being reviewed by the Student Needs Project staff to determine if the organization's mission is appropriate for inclusion.

Faculty and staff refer students in need by utilizing the Early Alert Referral Form. Staff in appropriate offices will then contact the referred student.

The Northeast State Student Needs Project Consortium promotes access to campus and community resources that support the health, welfare, and needs of students outside the classroom. The consortium brings together various campus constituencies to facilitate this access. Contacts for each office are listed below.

Administrative Services

Fred Lewis

Reviews projects to meet Information Technology, Northeast State, and TBR policies; links community-initiated programs to campus constituencies.

Advising Resource Center

Kathy Coleman

Referrals of students identified through Early Alert to campus resources and programs as appropriate; provides Early Alert follow-up for unsatisfactory attendance.

Alpha Sigma Lambda, Nu Sigma Chi Chapter

Virginia Salmon

Referrals of non-traditional students in need of support and/or services.

Campus Activities

Mark Beaty / Beverly Leonard / Tony Kay

Promotes participation of students in Student Needs Project and service-related activities.

Career Services

Marquita Tittle

Assists in job searches and résumé development; referrals of students in need of support and/or services; assists students in identifying a major.

Center for Students with Disabilities

Betty Mask

Referrals of participating students to campus and community programs.

College Access Programs

Ashley Dickson

Grant-funded programs serving high school, high school equivalency, and adult learners entering Northeast State; services include mentoring, academic counseling, campus resource referrals, workshops, enrichment activities, transfer counseling, and SNAP referrals.

Committee for Recruitment, Enrollment, and Retention of Underrepresented Populations

Linda CalvertErin Blevins / Josh Johnson

Administers TBR Access and Diversity funding for activities and scholarships to aid underrepresented populations; referrals of students in need.

Counseling and Testing Services

Denise Walker / Melissa Ramsey

Provides short-term counseling, assessment and referral; provides Early Alert follow-up for food/shelter and emotional/behavioral issues; administers high school equivalency testing services.

Evening Services

Tammy Bartlett

Referrals of evening students in need of support and/or services.

Financial Aid

Holly Malone

Administers Federal and State financial aid programs; referrals of students in need.


David Haga

Liaison with faculty; assists with faculty training; coordinates BOYC fundraising.

Gardens to Degrees

Jim Henrichs

GREENS Club project to provide fresh produce to students who volunteer in the gardens.

Gay-Straight Alliance

Francis Canedo

Provides information to LGBT students looking for aid or counseling; informs students of campus projects in case of need.

Grant Development Office

Linda Calvert

Identification of grant opportunities and assistance with grant applications.

Health Services

Kim Rapcan

Community referrals; provides online links to community medical and health resources.

ITV Classroom at Mountain City

Katherine Motsinger

Referrals of Mountain City students in need of support and/or services.

ITV Classroom at Unicoi County

Dustin Street

Referrals of Unicoi County students in need of support and/or services.

Kingsport Center for Higher Education

Jennifer Thacker

Referrals of Kingsport students in need of support and/or services.

Leadership Programs

Beverly Leonard

Coordinates participation of student organizations in Student Needs Project related activities.

The Learning Center

Cindy Perry

Provides Early Alert follow-up for poor academic performance.

Northeast State at Bristol

Heather Blair

Referrals of Bristol students in need of support and/or services.

Northeast State at Elizabethton

Chris Hitechew

Referrals of Elizabethton students in need of support and/or services.

Northeast State at Gray

Shelby McKenzie

Referrals of Gray students in need of support and/or services.

Northeast State at Johnson City

Debbie Marsh

Referrals of Johnson City students in need of support and/or services.

Northeast State at Kingsport

Robin Dice

Referrals of Kingsport students in need of support and/or services.

Northeast State Foundation

Dr. Leigh Hornsby

Long-term planning for future initiatives; development of new scholarships to aid students.

Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Iota Chi Chapter

Jane Honeycutt

Implementing Honors-in-Action and College projects to benefit students; coordinating efforts with local agencies.

Scholarship Programs and Student Needs

Erin Blevins / Rayma Gibbs

Administration of the Student Needs Project; referrals of students in need; provides Early Alert follow-up for emergency expenses that affect enrollment; oversees student emergency funds.

Spanish Club

Francis Canedo

Provides outreach to Latino students in need of support and/or services.

Student Development

Greg Walters / Melissa GloverWill Riddle

Facilitates campus response and ensures communication between campus constituencies involved with the Student Needs Project.

TRiO Student Support Services

Jenny Reed

Federally funded grant program serving first-generation and/or low-income and/or students with a documented disability; services include academic and transfer advising, financial literacy, personal counseling, academic planning, career guidance and tutoring; offers referrals of high need students.

Veterans Affairs

Pat Chandler / Jessica Kelso / John Adcox

Provides referrals for in-need veteran students to Mountain Home VA Medical Center, the Vet Center, and other appropriate community programs.

Volunteer Northeast State

Dr. Laura Barnett

Coordinates volunteer placements in the community and individual student appeals as needed.

What is the Student Needs Project? 

The purpose of the Student Needs Project (SNP) is to address non-academic and socioeconomic factors that impact student success and retention by promoting access to campus and community resources.

How is the Student Needs Project funded?

An ad hoc committee of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members raise funds to support SNP initiatives. All monies are donated to the Northeast State Foundation, which administers various accounts to fund SNP programs.

How can students receive assistance/help from the Student Needs Project?

The Early Alert Referral Form can be completed and submitted online by faculty and/or staff. On the Early Alert Referral Form, under Student Needs Project, Socioeconomic Needs and/or Personal/Emotional Issues box(es) should be checked and a brief explanation of the student's situation included in the "Further information/explanation of referral" box. Student Needs Project staff will follow-up to determine how best to help the student.

Who should I contact if I have questions about the Student Needs Project?

Contact the Office of Scholarship Programs and Student Needs located in Room C2107 of the General Studies Building on the Blountville campus.

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