Northeast State celebrates student achievers at annual Honors Convocation

Northeast State Community College recognized the distinguished students, staff, and faculty members of 2007-2008 at the annual Honors Convocation held Thursday night at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center.

The college’s Outstanding Student Award of 2008 was presented to Elaine Henry of Bristol Virginia who was chosen from four finalists. A University Parallel - Nursing major, Henry’s numerous accomplishments include being named an All-Tennessee Community College Academic Team Scholar, a Most Distinguished Chapter Officer of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and a member of Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges for 2008. Henry also won the best program award in the Articulated Nursing program and served as president of the Alpha Iota Chi, the College’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. She will graduate summa cum laude in May and will complete requirements for a second associate degree in English later this year.

Other award winners included Adult Learner of the Year – Beverley Ehrhart, Northeast State Student Ambassador of the Year – Jorane Thomas, and Outstanding Tutor Award – Denise Plank.

Distinguished Staff Awards were also presented to Northeast State faculty and staff who were nominated by their colleagues. David Wollert, associate professor of Biology, was honored with the annual Distinguished Faculty Member Award. He joined the faculty full-time in 2000. Wollert wrote and directed the 2007 documentary film “Paradise Lost: The Religious Life of Charles Darwin.” The film was named an Editor’s Pick earlier this year by Library Journal, the official journal of the American Library Association. Eric Fish, assistant professor of English, and Ernie Morelock, instructor of Automotive Service Technology, were recognized with the Outstanding Faculty Member Award for their contributions as faculty representatives. The College’s director of plant operations, Peter Miller, received the Distinguished Administrative/Professional Staff Member Award. Miller has been with Northeast State since 2002. He is responsible for plant maintenance operations of all Northeast State learning sites. Jeff Grindstaff received the Distinguished Support Staff Member Award. Grindstaff oversees publication printing across campus. He has been with Northeast State since 1985.

The Northeast State Program Area Awards recognized outstanding students in the academic department. Program award winners are: Behavioral & Social Science Division Aerospace – Tyler Stitt; Criminal Justice and Criminology – Kimberly Valentine; Early Childhood Education – Pamela Moore; Mass Communications – Tonya Sanzari; Psychology – Zachary McCarty; Safety and Justice Administration – Kimberly Valentine; Social Work – Christine Latham; Sociology & Anthropology – Brandi Coggins; Speech Communication – Adam Hall; Teacher Education – Debra Oglesby. Health-Related Professions Division Dental Assistant – Rebecca Tilson; EMT-Paramedic – Jacob Meehan; Medical Laboratory Technology – Mark Ableson; Surgical Technology – Melony Cox; Invasive Cardiology – Rachel Ward; Non-Invasive Cardiology – Stephen Shealy. Humanities Division Art – Sarah Stout; English – April McLeod; History – Matthew Huffines; Humanities – Paul Baker; Philosophy – Zachary McCarty; Spanish – Penny Nester. Mathematics Division Business – Vicky Christian; Engineering – Daniel Self; Mathematics – Dustin Wilson. Sciences Division Astronomy – Jessie Miller; Biology – Krisztina Johnson; Chemistry – Taylor Giese; Health Professions – Taylor Giese; Nursing/Articulated – Elaine Henry; Physics – Gabriel De Repentigny; Radiography – Tracie Stout. Technical Education Division Accounting – David Pearman; Management – Jeffrey Stanley; Small Business Management – Tammy Hunt; Chemical Process Operations – Steve Cox; Computer Programming – Brandon Bowers; Computer Science – Brian Wilson; Information Technology – Billy Boone; Internet & Web Development – Shirley Shields; Networking Systems – Daniel Maupin; Personal Computer Specialist – Jason Campbell; Drafting Design Technology – Adam Kilby; Electrical Technology – Gary Delph; Electromechanical Technology – Joshua Bowman; General Technology – Terry Bennett; Industrial Technology/Auto Service – Kevin Greene; Machine Tool – Bradley Sharp; Manufacturing – Michael Arrington; Mechanical – Logan Lyons; Welding/Metal Fabrication – Benjamin Ellis; Office Administrative Technology/General Office – Diana Harrison; Medical Office – Diana Harrison; Professional Studies/IT – Jeffrey Johnson.

Northeast State also recognized students graduating this spring for excellence in academic work. A total of 99 students are cum laude (honors) graduates, 41 will graduate magna cum laude (high honors), and 63 students are summa cum laude (highest honors) graduates. The Northeast State spring commencement will be held Tuesday, May 6 at Memorial Center in Johnson City.