Hamilton named vice president for Academic Affairs

After a national search and extensive selection process, Allana Hamilton has been named vice president of Academic Affairs for Northeast State Community College by a selection team made up of representatives from across the campus.

“I am honored to represent the office of Academic Affairs and Northeast State,” said Hamilton. “I am looking forward to the future and continuing to develop the College’s academic offerings to students.”

Northeast State President, Dr. Janice Gilliam, recommended her for appointment to the Tennessee Board of Regents, which was approved by Chancellor Charles Manning earlier this month. Hamilton had been serving as vice president on an interim basis since 2008.
“Lana has been instrumental in developing and leading articulation agreements with other colleges and universities to make it easier for our students to transfer to four year institutions, several over the last few months,” said Gilliam.

As interim vice president, she was actively involved in the SACS reaccreditation process, leading the writing of academic-related responses and the Quality Enhancement Plan.

“Northeast State is a very collaborative college,” said Hamilton. “The staff and faculty work well together and that was demonstrated by our success in the reaccreditation process.  The office of Academic Affairs has the responsibility of providing quality academic programs in accordance with the College’s mission.  I am honored to represent Northeast State – we have a dedicated faculty and staff.”
Hamilton is near completion of a doctorate in Education at East Tennessee State University. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Tusculum College and a master’s degree at East Tennessee State University.  She joined the Northeast State faculty in 1992 as an instructor of biology later serving as dean of the Sciences division from 2004-2009 when she was appointed interim vice president of academic affairs.

Hamilton has also played a leadership role in working with educational partners at Kingsport Center for Higher Education and Northeast State academic leaders to fill classrooms in the, doubling enrollment for Kingsport in the last two years. Northeast State enjoys academic partnerships with institutions at KCHE including: Lincoln Memorial University, Carson-Newman College, King College, and the University of Tennessee.  Northeast State signed a new academic agreement with Milligan College in April, and is working with Tusculum College on two new academic agreements to expand educational opportunities to students.

“Northeast State will continue to expand course offerings at our teaching sites as well as through our content delivery systems,” she said. “As the College grows, our commitment to maintaining strong academic integrity and high expectations for our students will not waver.”


Northeast State recognizes top students, faculty, and staff

Northeast State Community College recognized the distinguished students, staff, and faculty members of 2009-2010 at the annual Honors Convocation held April 22 at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center.

The college’s Outstanding Student Award of 2009 was presented to Adnan Brka. A Kingsport resident and native of Bosnia, Brka has maintained a 4.0 grade point average at Northeast State. His accomplishments include being named an All-Tennessee Community College Academic Team Scholar, a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges for 2009-2010. Brka will graduate summa cum laude in May with his associate of applied science degree in Nursing.

The Northeast State Program Area Awards recognized outstanding students in the academic department. Program award winners are: Behavioral & Social Science Division Criminal Justice and Criminology – Clarice Jones; Early Childhood Education – Shelly Smith; Mass Communications – Rhonda Hawn; Psychology – Richard Wilson; Public Safety and Justice Administration – Stephanie McDavid; Social Work – Sherry Nelson; Sociology & Anthropology – Derick Sherfey; Speech Communication – Freddie Boyd II; Teacher Education – April Barrett. Health-Related Professions Division Dental Assistant – Whitney Williams; EMT-Paramedic – Sara-Anne Willis; Medical Laboratory Technology – Toni Leslie; Surgical Technology – Christy Taylor; Invasive Cardiology – Gina Truesdell; Invasive Cardiology – Angelia Guimond. Nursing - Sherry Starnes. Humanities Division Art – Michael Skinner; English – Gracie Rossie; History and Spanish – Michal Sellers; Honors Program – Kimberly Mann; Humanities – Shelby Edwards; Philosophy – Harrison Bell; Theatre – Laura Cole. Mathematics Division Business – April Blevins; Engineering – Laura Larkins; Mathematics –Robert Bledsoe. Sciences Division Astronomy – Jennifer Brady; Biology – David Christoph; Chemistry – Claree Nguyen; Health Professions – Anna Sawyer; Nursing/Articulated – Karri Wingfield; Physics – David Minnick; Radiography – Mark Musselman. Technical Education Division Accounting – Brenda Wheeler; Management – Noel Church; Small Business Management – Willie Barkley II; Chemical Process Operations – David Minnick; Computer & Information Science/Computer Networking – Wesley Craft; Computer & Information Science/Computer Programming – Keith Wilt; Computer & Information Science/ Computer Sciences – Katherine Hurd; Computer & Information Science/Internet and Web Development – Jason Smalling; Computer & Information Science/ PC Management – James Leonard II; Electrical Technology – David Elliott; Electromechanical Technology – Billy Hall; General Technology – Tammy Davis; Industrial Technology/Automotive Service – Kenneth Hunley; Industrial Drafting Design – Kenneth Smith; Machine Tool – Darin Bledsoe; Manufacturing – Mike Blackburn; Mechanical – Michael Willis; Welding/Metal Fabrication – Jeremy Maskew; Office Administrative Technology/General – Chelsea Leonard; Office Administrative Technology/Office Technology – Carol Lyon; Office Administrative Technology/Medical – Carol Weems.

Northeast State President Dr. Janice Gilliam presented the Distinguished Staff Awards to Northeast State faculty and staff who were nominated by their colleagues for their outstanding service to students and the College. Professor of Business, Dr. Gary Grau, was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Member Award. He joined the Northeast State faculty full-time in 1993. He is coordinator of the College’s Business program.

Josh Crowder received the Distinguished Administrative/Professional Staff Member Award. Crowder joined Northeast State in 2005 and is a research analyst.

Angela Huddle received the Distinguished Support Staff Member Award. Huddle is secretary of the Sciences division. She has been with Northeast State since 2000.

Other winners included the Adult Learner of the Year award given to Larry Templeton and the Outstanding Tutor Award presented to Jeffrey Howe. Northeast State also recognized students graduating this spring for excellence in academic work. A total of 120 students are graduating cum laude (honors), 69 will graduate magna cum laude (high honors), and 77 students are summa cum laude (highest honors) graduates. The College’s spring graduation ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on May 11 at Memorial Center in Johnson City.


Rattlesnake at Northeast State April 26

Sherman Trent lives among killers.

He also lives among a slew of characters all brought to life on stage by one remarkable actor. Abingdon-based actor/playwright John Hardy brings his acclaimed one-man show Rattlesnake to Northeast State Community College on April 26 at 7 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts. The play is free and open to the public.

Rattlesnake centers on Sherman Trent, a man of West Texas who longs to fulfill his only ambition of fatherhood. His attempts to realize this ambition are stifled in his romantic life, and rejected by the local adoption agency. He retreats to a small patch of prairie left to him by his long gone mother and father. Here, he meets the rattlesnake, and immerses himself in their world finding a comfort and belonging that eludes him in the outside world. He lives with rattlesnake and takes their skins for crafting into hatbands, belt buckles and other items for sale. Recalling the lessons of a boyhood acquaintance named Noni he learns to cook the meat of the rattlesnake and becomes a noted chef. Sherman’s newfound celebrity takes him to Paris where he meets Sidonie, a chef who opens her heart to him. Despite his love for Sidonie, he cannot break his bond with the rattlesnake. He returns to Texas and enters a rattlesnake den where he sleeps knowing that the den will become his tomb. As the day wakes he is alive and alone. Sherman emerges from the den and returns home to find Sidonie waiting with news that will change both their lives. The play encompasses thirty years in flashback and takes place in various locations in West Texas and later, Paris.

Hardy is an associate artist with The Barter Theatre. He has been working around the country as a playwright, actor, and director for over 30 years with numerous stage performances at The Cincinnati Playhouse, The Brooklyn Repertory Theatre, and the American Southwest Theatre Company among others. He earned his bachelor’s degree in theatre from East Tennessee State University and his doctorate from Texas Tech University.

The show is sponsored by the Northeast State Cultural Activities Committee. For information, call 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.


Hypnopalooza returns to Northeast State April 15

Hypnotist and mentalist Rich Aimes brings his hilarious “Hypnopalooza!” show to Northeast State Community College on April 15 for two free performances scheduled at noon and 7 p.m.

The audience becomes the stars of this show as Aimes demonstrates his techniques into funny situations as hypnotic subjects. The performance sheds some light on the power of suggestion and influence that can be exerted on the human thought with the right prompting. His dramatic flair and uncanny abilities has won over audiences across the country.

Aimes is a board certified hypnotist with the National Board of Hypnotist Education and Certification (NBHEC) and studied psychology and theater as an undergraduate. As a student of hypnosis, he trained in Los Angeles and Florida with some of the top hypnotists in the country. Marielle, his wife and stage partner, is also a board certified hypnotist with NBHEC. The couple has wowed audiences including corporate clients, fairs, and theme parks.

Aimes’s performances are being sponsored by the Northeast State Cultural Activities Committee. The performances are being staged in the Auditorium on the College’s main campus at Blountville. Both performances are free and open to the public. For more information, contact 423.279.7669 or e-mail jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.


Debate Team captures multiple awards at annual spring debate tournament

The Northeast State Community College Debate Team racked up several awards at the College’s 4th Annual Spring Debate Tournament held in March. In the Parliamentary format, teams receive a topic and debate that topic with only 15 minutes of preparation time. Northeast State student debaters faced off against students representing Middle Tennessee State University, East Tennessee State University, and Walters State Community College.

Northeast State team members Mike King and David Fields, Richard Wilson and Nathan Musick competed individually while Cathy Barnaby teamed with Steven Knapp from ETSU to form a hybrid team for the competition. Fields, in his first competition, won the award as the seventh place speaker at the tournament. Wilson took home the award for fifth place speaker. Barnaby and Knapp won the third place team trophy.

“All the student competitors put in a good deal of time and effort to compete in intercollegiate debate,” said Dr. Rick Merritt, assistant professor of Speech. “The students represented Northeast State extremely well.”

The Parliamentary format is modeled after the Parliamentary debates in England. In this format teams receive the topic 15 minutes before the start of the round. Upon receiving a topic, the teams must decide on what approach to use during the debate. The debaters use no specific evidence during the debate relying only on common knowledge.

The Northeast State Debate Team’s next competition is the Annual Little Brown Jug Tournament held at ETSU on April 24.