IBIS announces Six Sigma Black Belt “Jump Start” training

The Institute for Business & Industry Services and Continuing Education of Northeast State Community College announces a unique opportunity for upcoming and current Six Sigma professionals. The Institute will offer a Six Sigma Black Belt “Jump Start” training course on Dec. 15 at Wayne G. Basler Library on the main campus. 

The course targets individuals seeking to broaden their knowledge of Six Sigma techniques and provide advanced planning for those who will be attending the Black Belt training on Jan. 19, 2009. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about Six Sigma deployment, alignment, and project completion. A sample Black Belt project will be presented. 

The current curriculum has been developed around automotive, health care, pharmaceutical, chemical, defense and other types of manufacturing. The one-day session lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Attendees also have the opportunity to register for a wide variety of door prizes that include training materials, books and others items.  Lunch will be provided. Instructors will be two Master Black Belts with industry experience in the automotive, health care, and chemical industries as well as a facilitator for the Malcolm Baldridge award. The course benefits executives, consultants, and existing Six Sigma professionals.

For more information or assistance with registration, call Cindy Tauscher at 423.354.2570 or e-mail cmtauscher@NortheastState.edu.


Gerhard & Mize return to Northeast State for holiday concert

Get the holiday season started off right when acclaimed guitar legends Ed Gerhard and Bill Mize return to Northeast State Community College for their free Christmas concert on Dec. 10.

The legendary duo will perform instrumental Christmas and holiday favorites as well as selected original works at the Northeast State Auditorium at the College’s main campus.

Ed Gerhard is a multiple Grammy Award winner and released his eighth CD “Sunnyland” last year.  His guitar work can be heard on recordings by Arlo Guthrie and Jorma Kaukonen and in the Ken Burns film “Mark Twain.”  He has released two critically lauded holiday recordings, “Christmas” and “On a Cold Winter’s Night.”

Bill Mize is also a Grammy-winning guitarist and renowned instrumentalist who has won a litany of praise. His music has been featured in numerous documentary films such as “The Appalachian Trail: Past, Present and Future” by Farrar & Ketelle Productions, “Common Cents: Philanthropy Roundtables” by YourStoryFilms, and “The National Parks, America’s Best Idea” also by Burns.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and show time is 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For information about the artists visit billmize.com and www.virturerecords.com. For additional information about the show, contact 423.279.7669.


Northeast State student clubs donate books and food to Range Elementary

A combined effort of student clubs at Northeast State Community College collected 340 new books for Range Elementary School to benefit students learning to read.

Author Thelma Kerns donated three of her books for each class: Flea Market Fleas from A-Z, Ducky Wedding, and You Don’t Pat a Bee.

Students from the College’s Psychological Society, Psi Beta Honor Society, GREENS Club, the Alpha Iota Chi Honor Society, and STEA Club teamed up to collect and distribute the books.

More than 90 percent of Range students receive reduced-cost lunch and 85 percent live in poverty, according to the Tennessee Department of Education.


Northeast State Theatre presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Dec. 10-13

A family of delinquent children bringing the Christmas Story to life? You will believe it when you see it this season at Northeast State Community College!

Enjoy a sweet and satirical holiday favorite as the Northeast State Theatre Department presents Barbara Robinson’s modern classic, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever on Dec. 10-12 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 13 at 2:30 p.m.

Grace Bradley is excited about the first day of tryouts for her church’s Christmas Pageant.  Excited, that is, until the Herdman kids show up demanding to audition. There’s nothing wrong with the Herdmans other than being lying, thieving, cigar-smoking arsonists with horrible dispositions and known to all as the worst kids in town.

Grace faces her worst fear when all six Herdman children start coming to Sunday school and are the only volunteers for the main roles in the play – Mary, Joseph the three wise men and the Angel of God. None of them have ever been to church and know nothing about the Christmas Story. How can the Christmas pageant possibly work with the Herdmans starring in the story of Christ’s birth?

In a hilarious and thought-provoking way the Herdman family acts out the pageant in their own way – the “Herdman” way, with some thoughtful direction from Grace. When Gladys Herdman, the angel of God appears to proclaim, “Hey, unto you a child is born,” the shepherds really tremble in fear. The three wise men appear bearing the Herdman’s ham from their yearly charity basket – they want to bring something useful, not frankincense or gold or myrrh. By the end of the pageant, the Herdmans and the whole church congregation learn about the true meaning of Christmas through “the best Christmas pageant ever.”

All performances are being held at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the main campus at Blountville, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.  Northeast State graduates and former students can enjoy one free ticket to the Dec. 10 performance designated as Alumni Night at the Theatre.

Advance tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the Northeast State Business Office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or by calling 423.354.2511.  Tickets at the door are $8 general admission, $7 seniors (55+), $6 for groups of 10 or more. Admission is free to Northeast State students with a valid student ID.

The play is being directed by Elizabeth McKnight Sloan.  For more information, contact 423.323.0258 or e-mail emsloan@NortheastState.edu.


Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society to welcomes 56 new members

Northeast State Community College has named the newest members to its Alpha Iota Chi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for the fall semester.

The students will officially join Alpha Iota Chi during an induction ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. at the College’s main campus in Blountville. The students and their towns of residence are:

Afton: Leigh M. Venters
Blountville: Michal E. Sellers and Dwight A. Wieger
Bluff City: Laura L. Anderson and Deanna J. Hayden
Bristol: Angela B. Abbott, Courtney A. Cole, Casey L. Gragg, Jessica H. Ingle, Mark R. Musselman, and Jaclyn C. Raines
Church Hill: Carey Ann Shelton, Stacy L. Stokes
Elizabethton: Garrett S. Johnson, Ginger T. Kidd, and Hillarie A. Yelton
Erwin: James N. Leonard
Gate City, Va.: Scott C. Harper
Gray: Rebecca J. Bolling
Hampton: Jeff L. Caudell
Johnson City: Tara L. Hendrix, Migelonna M. Price, and Margaret E. Wahl
Jonesborough: Jeanee S. Birchfield, Shelby D. Edwards, Jennifer D. Estepp, and Jonathan C. Miller
Kingsport: Issac B. Allman, Leslie Arnold-Grimaud, Dennis R. Avery, Anita R. Basham, Whitney N. Benton, Michael A. Brooks, Nikki L. Farley, Sydney L. Hartley, Brandon V. Johnson, Jonathan C. Light, Chris A. McMillan, Rachel D. Peavler, Morgan A. Pecktol, Sandra G. Peters, Betsey J. Ritz, Tammy L. Salyers, Michael R. Skinner, Giovanna C. Lima-Smith, Richard J. Templeton, and Joshua R. Whitfield
Mount Carmel: Katherine L. Hurd
Piney Flats: Andrew M. Burke and Tanya M. Dickenson
Roan Mountain: Bryon K. Simmons
Rogersville: Jose S. Woods

To become a member in Phi Theta Kappa, a student must be enrolled full-time in an associate degree program, have completed at least 12 hours of college course work, and have attained a minimum grade point average of 3.5. A college’s local chapter extends membership invitation to students meeting these criteria.

Northeast State’s Alpha Iota Chi Chapter has achieved five-star status, the highest level of participation in Phi Theta Kappa activities. The society supports the four hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship that are designed to give members opportunities for personal growth as well as service to others.

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,200 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 states and four countries.


Northeast State sets Veterans Day commemoration ceremony

Northeast State Community College will commemorate Veterans Day on Nov. 11 with a special ceremony honoring the sacrifices and return of the nation’s servicemen and women.

The Honor Guard from Sullivan North High School NJROTC will present the colors and Congressman Phil Roe will speak about the legacy of Veterans Day in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts at 9 a.m.  Roe is a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and served two years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.  

All veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms to the event.

Northeast State welcomed a record number of students classified as military veterans enrolling in courses this fall.  The new Post 9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after Sept. 11, 2001.  The Post-9/11 GI Bill became effective August 1, and includes approved training toward graduate and undergraduate degrees, and vocational/technical training.

The event is open to the public and the community is encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Keith Glover 423.354.2474 or keglover@NortheastState.edu.