Northeast State Community College was named a 2011 Military Friendly School for second consecutive year.
The designation made by www.militaryfriendlyschools.com researches 7,000 colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide to determine the best academic opportunities, value, and receptiveness to military veterans.
“It is an honor and very rewarding to welcome our veterans back to college at Northeast State,” said Billy Benton, Northeast State registrar.
Northeast State is among only 15 percent of all colleges and universities surveyed across the United States to receive the Military Friendly School designation. Military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are using this college search tool to filter schools that value military experience.
More than 200 recently discharged veterans were enrolled at Northeast State this fall – a record for the College. 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 includes approved training toward graduate and undergraduate degrees, and vocational/technical training.
PTK welcomes 70 new members to honor society
Northeast State Community College welcomed a 70 new members to the Alpha Iota Chi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for the 2010 spring semester. The new members were inducted into Alpha Iota Chi during an induction ceremony held on Nov. 14 at the College’s main campus in Blountville. Jane Honeycutt is the chapter’s faculty advisor and director of the Northeast State Honors Program.
The newest members of Alpha Iota Chi are listed below:
Blountville: Erika L. Agnitsch, Mitzi Ann Daniel, and Katherine D. Sellers Bluff City: Susanna M. Hampton and Terra A. Smalling
Bristol: Freddie L. Boyd II, Sara B. Cannon, Thomas T. Compton, Sarah D. Freeman, Pamela K. Guinn, Amber R. Hatcher, Joshua N. Moser, Jessica N. Murray, Jennifer B. Rodefer, and Caroline G. Tice
Church Hill: Jeffrey S. Bailey, Beverly D. Campbell, Marilyn M. Conley, Charles Lynn Davidson, Beverly L. Henderson, Christian M. Johnson, Kymberli D. Myers, and Kristen Lee Stanford
Elizabethton: Cathy M. Barnaby, Sarah A. Calhoun, Jack V. Costello, Sarah E. Gustafson, Cassandra M. Loveless, and Gregory S. Norris
Gray: Joshua A. Johnson, Sarah M. Osborne, Darrell L. Russell, and Margaret R.Taylor
Greeneville: James W. GeFellers Hiltons, Va.: Rebecca Z. Moody
Johnson City: James A. Barger, Margaret E. Howell, Eric S. James, Jeffery L. Kennedy, and Andrea D. King
Jonesborough: Kaitlyn L. Franklin and Amy M. Walker
Kingsport: Cody P. Baker, Angela C. Barger, James J. Boyd, Brynna L. Forrester, Eric D. Gibson, Jessica L. Gray, Darlene S. Lawyer, Anitra R. Little, Rebecca Livesay, Jennifer L. Mahaffey, Lauren R.Moser, Jessica L. Murphy, Courtney B. Newland, Haley N. Sells, Teresa M. Smith, Nicole Wernick, Marilyn H. Willis, and Juanita A. Young
Laurel Bloomery: Anthony A. Summerow Midway: Joann S. Kirk Mount Carmel: Mykayla C. Porter
Mountain City: Alan D. Koch
Piney Flats: Kristy H. Epperson and Joshua W. Hodges Unicoi: Robert D. Dean, Julie I. Morrissey, and Michael A. Varney
Watauga: Larry H. Templeton
To qualify for membership in Phi Theta Kappa, a student must be enrolled full-time in an associate degree program, have completed at least 12 hours of college coursework, and have a minimum 3.5 grade point average. A college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter extends membership invitations to students meeting these criteria. The 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, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,200 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States and four countries.
Northeast State hosts Sullivan County Financial Aid Night Dec. 9
Northeast State Community College wants to help future college students discover financial aid opportunities by hosting the Sullivan County Financial Aid Night on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m., in the auditorium at the main campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.
High school students and their parents attending the Financial Aid Night will learn how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to apply for federal and state aid. Representatives from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (http://state.tn.us/tsac/) will present information about the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarships and other state programs available to students.
Northeast State staff members will also have information about the Educate and Grow Scholarship Program, Northeast State institutional scholarships, and other financial aid opportunities. Representatives from the following institutions have been invited to attend: Carson-Newman College; East Tennessee State University; Emory and Henry College; Tennessee Technology Center; King College; Tusculum College; Milligan College; University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Northeast State; Virginia Tech; Virginia Intermont College; and Walters State Community College.
The event is sponsored by the Northeast State office of Financial Aid. For more information contact 423.323.0252 or e-mail FinancialAid@NortheastState.edu.
Tierra Negra and Muriel Anderson play Northeast State Nov. 19
Renowned American harp-guitarist Muriel Anderson joins the German Flamenco duet Tierra Negra at Northeast State Community College on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts to perform a free concert of original music.
Tierra Negra, which is made up of Raughi Ebert and Leo Henrichs, Germany's most successful guitar duo, are doing their first American tour. They are at the forefront of Flamenco Nuevo music, producing six CDs since 1997 and playing on countless international guitar compilations. Ebert and Henrichs bring together their musical souls in Tierra Negra - while maintaining the thread to the Rumba-Flamenco tradition of the Camargue and Spain.
Anderson’s guitar range knows no boundaries. She performs instrumental works from Irish reels to Japanese Koto music to The Beatles. She was the first woman to win the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship and was also awarded a bronze level for classical in the 2009 Acoustic Guitar Magazine's Players Choice poll. She has been composing since the age of six and has published works for guitar and orchestra, voice, and solo guitar.
The free concert is sponsored by the College’s Cultural Activities Committee. Check out audio samples at Anderson’s Web site www.murielanderson.com or Tierra Negra www.myspace.com/tierranegra. For more information, contact 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.
Anishinaabe poet Jim Northrup gives reading at Northeast State
Essayist and poet Jim Northrup of the Anishinaabe Indian tribe has drawn from a well of personal experiences – some wonderful, others horrible – to become one of the most respected contemporary writers of American Indian literature.
Northrup visits Northeast State on Nov. 17 for two readings of his poetry and prose at 10:30 a.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts and at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.
Northrup writes the syndicated column, Fond du Lac Follies, which is distributed in the The Circle, and News from Indian Country. “Fond du Lac Follies” was named Best Column at the 1999 Native American Journalists Association convention. He has been a mentor in the Loft Inroads Program, a Judge for the Lake Superior Contemporary Writers Series and The Jerome Fellowship, and a Member of the Minnesota State Arts Board Prose Panel. He also has given radio commentaries on the Superior Radio Network, National Public Radio, and BBC-Scotland.
Northrup and his family live the traditional life of Anishinaabe in his home state of Minnesota. He was named Writer of the Year in syndicated columns for 2001 by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writer's and Storytellers for his column The Fond du Lac Follies. His collection of short stories and poetry,Walking the Rez Road, was awarded a Minnesota Book Award and a Northeast Minnesota Book Award. He also won Best Feature Story award in 1987 from the Native American Press Association for the story Jeremiah, Jesse and Dan. The film Jim Northrup: With Reservations received an award at the Dreamspeakers Native Film Festival '97, and was named Best of Show at Red Earth '97. It was named Best Short Film at the Native American Voices Showcase of 2002 at the Fargo Film Festival. Northrup’s appearances at Northeast State are free and open to the public.
For more information, contact 423.354.2431 or tfstansberry@NortheastState.edu.
Northeast State to offer new health information course
In an effort to boost skills and knowledge in the health information field, Northeast State Community College has announced a special topics course to enhance patient record management. The Office Administration Technology course, OFMG 2990 – Introduction to Managing Health Information, will be offered during the spring 2011 semester.
The course, which does not require a prerequisite, provides an overview of the compilation and management of patient records. The course will be part of the department’s Medical Office Concentration, which has seen a nine percent increase in enrollment over the past year.
“This is a survey course designed to educate students about changes and trends in the healthcare information field,” said Dr. Pashia Hogan, department head. “It will give students a better understanding of how medical records are managed, stored, and transmitted.”
Hogan said the course will prepare students for potential changes now looming in healthcare laws. According to Hogan, the course will emphasize medical staff organization, patient record content, and procedures for categorizing and storing information.
“If trends continue, there will be a tremendous need for qualified and knowledgeable people to develop, maintain, and use health information systems,” Hogan said. “This course is a response to that need.”
For more information about the course or Office Administration Technology, contact Dr. Pashia Hogan at 423.354.2576 or phhogan@NortheastState.edu.
Pop music historian Elijah Wald visits Northeast State
The Beatles destroyed rock and roll?! Yes, according to pop music historian Elijah Wald, but in a good way.
Northeast State Community College welcomes this musical and postmodern historian to campus on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts to discuss the evolution of popular American music from the 1930s until today.
Wald’s misleadingly-titled book chronicling the history of American popular music, How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll, delves into the original sources—recordings, period articles, memoirs and interviews—in an attempt to understand how music was heard and experienced over the years. He covers pop music from the dawn of recording through the 1960s, which turns up new stories and provides a fresh outlook on old ones by looking at what people were listening to and dancing to over the years. He touches on the legends - Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, the Beatles – and other figures like Paul Whiteman, Guy Lombardo, Mitch Miller, Jo Stafford, Ricky Nelson and the Shirelles, who in some cases were far more popular and more accurately represent the mainstream of their times.
Wald focuses heavily on the world of working musicians and ordinary listeners rather than to stars and specialists. The book explores the past and attempts to make sense of American times and people who often seem very foreign, though they are our own parents and grandparents. He has also tries to make that history amusing and interesting, whatever we may think of ballroom orchestras, bobby-soxers, pop balladeers or British invaders.
Wald’s appearance is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.
Northeast State offers College Readiness workshop this month
Northeast State Community College will address the financial aid process as it continues a series of workshops designed to inform students and parents on how to prepare for college entry and academic requirements.
Presented by the office of College Readiness, “Getting Ready for FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid”, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 5:30 p.m. at the main campus in Blountville, will provide information about the importance of completing this time-consuming form known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form used by virtually all two and four-year colleges, universities and career schools to determine eligibility for federal, state, and college-sponsored financial aid, including grants, educational loans, and work-study programs.
Program staff will provide information and guidance on the application while identifying frequent errors to avoid. All attendees will be able to apply for a personal identification number and gain information about deadlines and other steps required to successfully complete the application process. All workshops have been designed to help high school students and their parents prepare for the transition from high school to college. There is no registration fee; however, reservations are strongly encouraged.
To reserve your seat or to obtain additional information, contact the office of College Readiness by e-mail at lwcalvert@NortheastState.edu or call 423.323.0223.