Because of You Campaign raises $50,000 for scholarships

Northeast State’s recent Because of You campaign to raise scholarship dollars saw an overwhelming response from faculty and staff, raising more than $50,000 for new and existing scholarships.

Heather Cook, executive director of the Northeast State Foundation, said the campaign’s goal was to increase participation by 20 percent - a goal that was more than doubled as 56 percent of employees participated in the effort.

“Congratulations to staff and faculty for seeing the value in what they do every day,” Cook said. “More than half of our campus is supporting the main reason we are here – our students.”

The campaign ran for three weeks with individual groups and organizations each taking a day for fund-raising. Events were staged at Northeast State’s Blountville campus, as well as teaching sites in Elizabethton, Gray, and Kingsport. The Foundation added $1,000 to the top fund-raising programs, with the overall winner receiving $2,000.

“Obviously, it’s above and beyond the goals we set and we’re very excited about that,” said Northeast State President Janice Gilliam. “Now we’re ready to go out and ask for support because we have committed our own resources."

The top fund-raising programs and totals were: Learning Support - $10,770; Theatre Department - $2,417; TRiO Student Support Services - $2,360; Honors Program - $2,337; Veterans Affairs - $1,929; Alumni Program - $1,925; Nursing Program - $1,505; Medical Lab Technology - $1,165; Spirit Award - College Access Program - $1,331; and Cardiovascular Technology - $796.


Northeast State honors Dr. Paul Stanton

Northeast State administration, faculty, and staff honored outgoing East Tennessee State University President Paul Stanton Nov. 18 with a reception at the College’s Basler Library.

Stanton will step down from in his post in January 2012 after 15 years as ETSU president. Stanton arrived at ETSU in 1985 and worked in the College of Medicine as a professor, Department Chair of Surgery, and Dean and Vice President of Health Affairs before becoming president in 1997.

“Dr. Stanton has been a long-time supporter and friend to Northeast State,” said Janice H. Gilliam, president of Northeast State. “He is greatly respected and admired in this region and across the state. He has been a great mentor and friend to me. We have enjoyed a great relationship with ETSU and staff under his tenure. We wish him well in his retirement.”

Gilliam presented Stanton with a certificate of recognition, noting the first seat in the first row of the Regional Center for Performing Arts will be named in his honor. Northeast State faculty and staff will present Stanton with a scrapbook of photos and written remembrances at a later date.

“You have done great things here,” Stanton said of Northeast State. “Northeast State is our top feeder school and all your students do a great job at ETSU. I plan to continue my relationship with Northeast State and I applaud all your successes.”

Starting Feb. 1, Stanton said he plans to return to teaching at the Quillen VA Medical Center.

Dr. Stanton guided ETSU to unprecedented growth and national recognition, through a theme of partnerships and regional outreach. Enrollment at ETSU reached an all-time high in the fall of 2010 when the university topped the 15,000-student mark.

Funding for research and sponsored program activity has set institutional records during the Stanton administration, reaching $49.2 million in 2010. ETSU consistently leads the TBR system in private fund-raising. Among Stanton’s major accomplishments is the the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, funded entirely through private dollars.

The Tennessee Board of Regents announced that Brian Noland is expected to be named the ninth president to lead ETSU, pending approval by the Tennessee Board of Regents on Monday.

Noland, who currently serves as chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, was selected after an extensive nationwide search.

Noland has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee State University, and Nashville State Community College. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and both an M.A. degree in public policy studies and a bachelor’s degree in political science from West Virginia University.


Northeast State raises $11,000 for AHA

Northeast State student, faculty, and staff rose to challenge of fighting heart disease this fall, raising more than $11,000 for the American Heart Association. In addition, the College hosted an AHA Heart Walk Oct. 30 at the J. Allen Hurley Wellness Trail.

Northeast State President Janice H. Gilliam served as chair of the Heart Walk this year, facilitating fund-raising and recruitment efforts.

“It’s a great event because we’re able to raise funds for a very good cause and help people focus on positive health habits,” Gilliam said. “It was a very rewarding experience.”

According to AHA officials, the event had 54 teams and 11 sponsors participate, raising a total of $110,000 – a $49,000 increase over last year. More than 500 walkers participated in the event. Northeast State raised the most donations in the company category, followed by Laughlin Memorial Hospital, and American Water Heater.

The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's largest grassroots fundraiser. Participation not only raises funds but also encourages employees to improve their heart health through actions like the American Heart Association's My Life Check Assessment - an online tool designed to help people understand their heart score and enhanced corporate wellness programs, like hosting walking challenges among employees throughout the year.

Northeast State results:
The Heartbeats Cardio Team - $1,821.50 (Cardiovascular Students)
Beauties and the Beast (Administrative) - $1,720
Rick Merritt - $1,212.80
Student Wellness Team led by Mark Beaty - $980.
General Team Donations to Dr. Gilliam: $850
Admissions (Jessica Munal): $690.89
BusiTrackers (Carol Cole): $595
Happy Hearts (Jim Henson): $560
EDE Meanderers (Matt DeLozier): $375
Business Affairs (Dottie Corey): $330
The Pythagoreans (Jan Lewenczuk – Math Department): $328
Glass Class (Michele Glass – family team): $255
Science (Bill Wright): $150
Computer Services (Margaret Lester): $175
Student Leaders (Keith Glover): $25

Sue Robertson 
ksrobertson@NortheastState.edu / 423.323.0212 


Northeast State hosts financial aid workshop

The Northeast State College Access Program invites high school students and their parents  to start “talking” college  by attending a Financial Aid Workshop on Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga, Johnson City. Refreshments will be served at 5 p.m.

Program staff will provide an overview of how to apply for financial aid and the importance of timely submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  They will also be available to help students access the FAFSA site and sign up for a PIN.  The FAFSA is used to apply for federal financial aid, such as grants, work-study, and loans. Also, many colleges, universities, and career schools use FAFSA information to award state and college aid. The process is free.

This project is funded by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) College Access Challenge College Mentor Corps Grant under an agreement with the Alliance for Business and Training (AB&T).

Linda Calvert
423.323.0222 / lwcalvert@NortheastState.edu 


Project Management course scheduled at Northeast State

Workforce Solutions at Northeast State Community College is offering a Project Management course next month. This course also prepares participants for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam.

The class will meet Nov. 14 through Nov. 18, Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the College’s main campus at Blountville, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Course instructor will be Cynthia West, a practicing project manager and Certified Project Management Professional.  Course structure is based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge, which consists of all the topics, subject areas and intellectual processes that are involved in the application of sound management principles to the administration of projects.  

Students learn project scope management, time management, cost management, risk management, procurement and subcontracts, quality management, communications, human resources management and review sample PMP certification exam questions.  The course is ideal for professionals new to project management, professionals who manage any size project, industry specialists who need a core project management approach and professional project managers preparing for PMP certification.

Course fees are $725 which includes all materials, a continental breakfast Monday through Friday, and lunch Monday through Thursday.  The priority registration date for this course is Nov. 7.

For information or to register, contact 423.354.2570 or e-mail cmtauscher@NortheastState.edu.


Northeast State participates in completion rate conference

NASHVILLE – College and university presidents from across Tennessee are joining forces to develop strategic plans for increasing student graduation and retention rates on their campuses.

Presidents, senior-level campus administrators, faculty representatives, and community leaders from eight institutions – Austin Peay State University, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Tennessee Tech University, Columbia State Community College, Dyersburg State Community College, Jackson State Community College, Northeast State Community College and Roane State Community College – participated in the inaugural Tennessee College Completion Academy, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in Franklin.

The Tennessee College Completion Academy is a state-level simulation of the national academies developed by Complete College America, a national organization committed to increasing U.S. college completion, and the academy builds on the state’s deep commitment to improving college completion, as articulated by the Complete College Tennessee Act and subsequent work toward implementation.

“If we’re going to become the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs, we must increase the number of Tennesseans with college degrees and credentials,” Haslam said. “We must work together to identify the best practices that will help students succeed if we want to reach our goals of increasing the number of college-educated Tennesseans.”

Reports indicate that more than 60 percent of jobs in Tennessee will require a college education by the end of the decade. Today, only 31 percent of Tennessee’s adults aged 25-34 hold a college degree, according to a report by the Lumina Foundation.

“The academy helps us to identify best practices and put them to use to improve retention and graduation rates at Northeast State,” said Janice Gilliam, president. “This will, in turn, create a stronger and more qualified work force to build the region’s economy and quality of life.”
The two-day intensive meeting will allow campus leaders to learn from national content experts and help them develop strategic plans and goals in areas such as: improving time-to-degree; designing new structures to help students balance education with careers and families; aligning resources for success; engaging campus leaders; and building community support.

“The academy gives us a chance to compare notes and to share methods on ways to help campuses push students toward completing their degrees in an efficient and timely manner,” said Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan. Statistics show the longer it takes a student to get through college, the less likely he or she will graduate."

The Tennessee College Completion Academy is organized by the Tennessee Business Roundtable with support from Complete College America and in partnership with the Governor’s Office, Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Tennessee Board of Regents, and University of Tennessee.

To accommodate demand, a second academy is scheduled for spring 2012 for other public college and university leaders throughout the state.

Janice H. Gilliam, President
jdgilliam@NortheastState.edu / 423.323.0201