Northeast 07-15-08

Northeast State Theater auditioning for G.B. Shaw’s You Never Can Tell July 28-29

State Theater announces open auditions July 28 and 29 at 5 p.m. in the Northeast State Auditorium to cast for George Bernard Shaw’s biting comedy You Never Can Tell.

Shaw’s a four-act play is set in a seaside resort town in England. The play focuses on liberated writer Mrs. Clandon and her three children, Dolly, Phillip and Gloria, who have just returned to England after 18 years on Madeira Island in Portugal.

The children have never met their father, Mr. Crampton, until through a series of misunderstandings they end up inviting him to a family lunch. The family must also contend with a dentist named Valentine who has fallen in love with the eldest daughter, Gloria. But romance proves difficult as Gloria sees herself as a modern woman and claims to have no interest in love or marriage.

A series of comic mix-ups and confused identities ensues witnessed by the friendly and wise waiter, Walter, most commonly referred to by the characters as "William," because Dolly thinks he resembles Shakespeare. Walter’s subtle yet stinging observations include the titular phrase, "You never can tell.”

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script, but prepared monologues are also acceptable. The production will cast of 12 to 15 women and men ranging in age from 18 to 65.

Northeast State Theater strives to cast a diverse group of actors for each production. Theater majors and non-Northeast State students of all backgrounds are encouraged to audition.

The play’s text can be viewed in its entirety at the Project Gutenberg Web site: The Northeast State Auditorium is located on the main campus at Blountville, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

For more information, contact 423.323.0218 or e-mail


Northeast State awards Eastman Annual Scholarships to 15 students

Northeast State Community College has awarded the Eastman Annual Scholarship to 15 recipients who are pursuing degrees in technical education majors coveted by the region’s top manufacturing employers.

Eight recipients maintained full-time enrollment and grade point average to retain the scholarship for a second year. Seven of the scholarship winners are 2008 graduates from high schools around the region.

The new recipients are Jeremy Bishop, a graduate of David Crockett High School; Christopher Eaton, Science Hill High School; Steven Still, Volunteer High School; Kenneth Edens, Daniel Boone High School; Jonathan Henderson, Volunteer; Juan Lozano, Science Hill; and Robert Waterman, Sullivan North High School. Returning Northeast State students retaining their scholarships are Chad Arney, Joshua Fillers, Derek Hightower, Mike Leonard, Philip Martin, Joshua Rasnake, Brad Stufflestreet, and Clifton Worley III.

“This scholarship will benefit students seeking degrees in technical science fields and give them an inside track to future employment opportunities,” said Katie Yates, executive director of Northeast State Foundation.

The Eastman Annual Scholarship sponsors students enrolled at Northeast State in the associate of applied science degree programs of Electrical/Electromechanical Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Welding Technology, or the Chemical Process Operations technical certificate program. The scholarship may be available for students enrolled in other Technical Education programs as designated by the company.

The scholarship provides up to $600 per student each academic year.

New scholarship recipients must score at least 19 on the ACT exam and enroll as full-time students at Northeast State. Enrolled students may receive the scholarship if they have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and are enrolled full-time.


Northeast State students surpass national exit exams scores

The quality of Northeast State Community College’s general education program was recently affirmed through its performance on an annual exit exam, which was completed by students graduating from the institution.

For the seventh year in the last eight years, the College ranked at or above the national average as compared to other peer community college on the Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress (MAPP) exit exam. “Northeast State’s results are indicative of the quality of education students receive at the College,” said William Wilson, dean of Humanities and chair of the General Education Committee.

“The results showcase the College’s commitment to providing outstanding academic programs and support services to our region.”

The MAPP test, which is a requirement for graduation, measures skills acquired in seven primary areas: humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, college-level reading, college-level writing, critical thinking, and mathematics. The results allow Northeast State to examine strengths and weaknesses when compared to other peer institutions throughout the country and make changes as necessary to improve the quality of instruction and learning.