02-28-08
 

Northeast Student Ambassadors score three awards in District ASAP competition

BLOUNTVILLE – The Northeast State Student Ambassadors won three awards at the Association of Student Advancement Programs (ASAP) District 3 Conference held in Savannah, Ga., Feb. 21-23.

The 2007 Northeast State Angels Project was honored with the Most Outstanding External Program Award for organizational programs that benefit a college's students or community. Other winners in this category were participants from Florida State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of North Florida.

The 2007 Parking Lot Sale received the Most Outstanding Internal Program Award for programs that benefit the sponsoring organization. Eastern Kentucky University also was recognized in this category. The 2006 Parking Lot Sale was recognized at the national level by the ASAP last year. The Ambassadors presented an educational session on the planning and implementation of the Parking Lot Sale to conference delegates on Feb. 23.
The 2007-2008 Student Ambassador delegates, dubbed “Team Horizon,” attending the conference were: David Bray, Rachel Brown, Kim Coalson, Tiffany Harrald, Joe Harris, Brad Ketron, Amanda Noe, Amanda Patterson, Laura Simpson, Jorane Thomas, Caitlin Trent, Jeremy Williams, and advisor Greg Walters.

The D3 Conference sponsors a Lip Sync competition each year for the participating colleges and universities. This year, the Northeast State team won the Best Choreography Award for its performance of “Rock Through the Ages.” The Lip Sync team consisted of performers Bray, Brown, Coalson, Harris, Noe, Patterson, and technicians Simpson and Thomas. Best Costumes went to Appalachian State University while James Madison University won Best Overall Performance.

The Student Ambassadors is an award-winning, internationally recognized program of Northeast State Community College for student advancement and leadership training comprised of students who have made significant academic and social contributions to the college and community.

District 3 is comprised of colleges and universities from nine Southern states. More than 455 student delegates and advisors attended the conference. The Association of Student Advancement Programs is an affiliated program of the Council for Support and Advancement of Education and is made up of student advancement organizations from across North America.

Contact
Greg Walters
Director of Scholarship Programs
423.354.5120
gnwalters@NortheastState.edu 

02-22-08
 

Northeast State hosting first regional theater scholarship auditions March 1

BLOUNTVILLE – Northeast State Community College is hosting the first ever regional scholarship audition giving area students the chance to earn academic scholarships and study theater in college.
Student auditions for the first annual Mountain Empire Theatre Alliance (META) Regional College/University Scholarship will be held at 9 a.m. on March 1 in the Northeast State Auditorium located in Building A of the main campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Directors of college theatre programs from across East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia will convene to hear auditions of high school juniors or seniors who are interested in scholarships to study theatre. Representative schools include Northeast State, East Tennessee State University, King College, Milligan College, Virginia Intermont College and others. From this audition, a student may receive offer(s) for scholarship monies.

“It is a way to get the kids to do one audition and be seen by all of us in the area instead of asking them to go to all of our campuses,” said Michael Aulick, assistant professor of theater at Northeast State and founder of META. “We are offering this opportunity as a means to help students achieve their goals for a future in the performing arts.”

Actors should prepare two monologues, one serious and one comic, totaling no more than two minutes combined. Those wishing to sing should prepare a sixteen-measure excerpt from a song to be performed a cappella. Design and technical skill students should bring a portfolio to be reviewed by the META selection committee.

The event will begin with an orientation meeting for all students with auditions and design/tech walkthroughs held immediately afterward.

For more information, contact Aulick at 423.354.2479.

 

 

 

 

02-20-08
 

“A Committed Life” highlights Black History Month celebration at Northeast State

BLOUNTVILLE – In celebration of Black History Month, the Black Studies Class at Northeast State Technical Community College will present a program entitled, “A Committed Life” on Wednesday Feb. 27 at 10:20 a.m. in the auditorium at Northeast State Technical Community College at Blountville.

Members of the class will share insights on the lives of Alex Haley, John Brown, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, and Mary McCleod Bethune through three acts of student characterizations and interviews.
“The students researched and wrote their presentations, and I am very pleased with their sincerity and determination to do well,” said Dr. C.H. Charlton who teaches the course. “These experiences make teaching an awesome experience.”

“Wade in the Water” brings to life contemporary scholar Alex Haley, a native Tennessean and author of the classic novel “Roots,” and controversial white abolitionist John Brown who led a raid on Harper’s Ferry, Va. in 1859.
“Go Down, Moses” introduces the audience to one-time slaves turned abolitionists and humanitarians Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman – two courageous women whose stories of struggle and valor against the backdrop of slavery and the Civil War rival any hero of American history. “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” features the stories of Booker T. Washington and Mary McCleod Bethune whose dedication laid the groundwork for African-Americans to receive public education and attend college.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 423.279.7669.

02-20-08
 

“A Committed Life” highlights Black History Month celebration at Northeast State

BLOUNTVILLE – In celebration of Black History Month, the Black Studies Class at Northeast State Technical Community College will present a program entitled, “A Committed Life” on Wednesday Feb. 27 at 10:20 a.m. in the auditorium at Northeast State Technical Community College at Blountville.

Members of the class will share insights on the lives of Alex Haley, John Brown, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, and Mary McCleod Bethune through three acts of student characterizations and interviews.
“The students researched and wrote their presentations, and I am very pleased with their sincerity and determination to do well,” said Dr. C.H. Charlton who teaches the course. “These experiences make teaching an awesome experience.”

“Wade in the Water” brings to life contemporary scholar Alex Haley, a native Tennessean and author of the classic novel “Roots,” and controversial white abolitionist John Brown who led a raid on Harper’s Ferry, Va. in 1859.
“Go Down, Moses” introduces the audience to one-time slaves turned abolitionists and humanitarians Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman – two courageous women whose stories of struggle and valor against the backdrop of slavery and the Civil War rival any hero of American history. “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” features the stories of Booker T. Washington and Mary McCleod Bethune whose dedication laid the groundwork for African-Americans to receive public education and attend college.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 423.279.7669.

02-18-08
 

Northeast State students earn Phi Theta Kappa All-Tennessee Academic Team honors

Two Northeast State Community College students were named to the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society’s All-Tennessee Community College Academic Team during the 12th annual recognition ceremony held in Nashville on Feb. 12.

Northeast State All-Tennessee team member Elaine M. Henry is pursuing a double major in nursing and speech communication. She is president of the Alpha Iota Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and secretary/treasurer of A Toast to Education, the college’s Toastmasters International affiliate. Henry is also a competitive figure skater and volunteers with her certified therapy dog. She plans to transfer to Maryville College to complete her bachelor’s degree.

Fellow team member Debra A. Oglesby is pursuing her dream to teach first grade by majoring in early childhood education at Northeast State. She balances work and school with volunteering in the community and participating in college activities. Oglesby is president of the college’s Student Tennessee Education Association chapter and vice president of member services for the Northeast State Student Ambassadors. She plans to transfer to East Tennessee State University to complete her bachelor’s degree.

Henry and Oglesby are among 24 students from 14 Tennessee public and private community colleges named to the 2008 All-Tennessee team.

The All-Tennessee Community College Academic Team is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, USA Today, and the American Association of Community Colleges as part of the All-USA Community College Academic Team selection process.

State team members are nominees for the All-USA team which will be announced in April. All-Tennessee team members are eligible to receive scholarships from each of the six universities in the Tennessee Board of Regents system if they choose to enroll.

02-14-08
 

Northeast State wins President’s Honor Roll Award for service

BLOUNTVILLE – The Corporation for National and Community Service has for the second consecutive year named Northeast State Technical Community College to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth.

“We are building Service Learning into the curriculum in order to help students discover the special needs of the community,” said Dr. Laura Barnett, coordinator of Volunteer Northeast State, the college’s student volunteer organization. “We are grateful to the community partners and organizations who welcome our student volunteers in order to help them participate in civic action.”

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Award winners were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovativeness of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

Volunteer Northeast State provides numerous service learning opportunities such as tutoring at area elementary schools and participating with agencies such as Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, and the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.

The Northeast State Angels Project provides Christmas gifts to the children of students facing financial challenges during the holidays. Since 1999 more than 1,000 children of students have been adopted and received gifts from a caring campus and community.

The college also boasts several student activity clubs such as Students in Free Enterprise, the Criminal Justice Society, and Black Student Association who participate in the Angels Project among other volunteer efforts. The student clubs’ annual Thanksgiving Food Drive collected more than 900 pounds of food for Good Samaritan Ministries to provide for those in need during the holiday season and throughout the year.

“We strive to match the student to their discipline” said Barnett, also an associate professor of speech communication. “In addition to civic action, these service learning activities allow students to achieve experiential learning toward management skills and task development in their chosen field.”

The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the Corporation, through its Learn and Serve America program, and the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

In congratulating the winners, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings said, “Americans rely on our higher education system to prepare students for citizenship and the workforce. We look to institutions like these to provide leadership in partnering with local schools to shape the civic, democratic and economic future of our country.”

The Community Service Honor Roll awarded six schools with Presidential Awards. In addition, four schools were recognized as Special Achievement Award winners, 127 as Honor Roll with Distinction members and 391 schools as Honor Roll members. In total, 528 schools were recognized. A full list is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The Corporation administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service-learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations. For more information, go to www.nationalservice.gov.

02-06-08
 

Northeast State tops spring enrollment record

BLOUNTVILLE – Northeast State Community College followed fall’s record student enrollment with a record spring enrollment according to admissions reports finalized Feb. 1.

Admissions data found a total of 4,810 students enrolled at Northeast State for the spring semester. The figure represents an increase of 2.6 percent over spring 2007 recorded enrollment of 4,623 students.

Total enrollment encompasses all part-time and full-time students taking classes in Blountville, Elizabethton, Gray, and Kingsport.

The enrollment data continues a trend of enrollment and retention at Northeast State. The college continues to make student success and persistence to graduation a top priority to help students achieve a college degree.

Contact
Jennifer Starling
Director of Admissions
423.279.7635
jgstarling@northeaststate.edu.