Northeast State hosts debate tournament

Northeast State hosted a debate tournament March 24, competing against teams from East Tennessee State University, Piedmont College, Tennessee Tech University, and Walters State Community College.

Alan Koch earned fourth place honors and Sydney Crowder placed eighth out of 30 competitors. Northeast State debaters Britny Fox, Donnell Kerr, Carrie Keys, and TJ Lawson debuted at the tournament.

Northeast State student Beth Ross coordinated the tournament and was assisted by Denise Mosegue, Orlando Gonzalez, Shawana Strader, and Stephanie Taylor.

Northeast State faculty Dr. Laura Barnett, Jim Kelly, Kelley Hatch-Draper, and Dr. Ruth Livingston served as judges.


Mindset List creators visit Northeast State

Answering the questions of where American has been – and where it is going – is an imposing task. Taking on that job since 1998 are Ron Nief, former director of public affairs at Beloit College, and Beloit Professor Tom McBride who created The Mindset Lists of American History: From Typewriters to Text Messages, What Ten Generations of Americans Think is Normal.

McBride and Nief discussed Mindsets on Monday at Northeast State during two presentation held in the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts. Nief gave particular attention to the Millennial generation born after 1985. He noted how Mindsets follow how quickly culture changes with the evolution of technology as the major agent of change in how Millenials interact with the world.

"Millennials have always known a successful country in the United States and how economic systems are now engaged in a battle for dominance," he said.

McBride also said much was expected of the Millennials. This was the generation expected to keep America competitive and solve problems around the planet.

McBridge and Nief created the popular Beloit College annual Mindsets Lists in 1998. Nief described the generational evolution of ideas as "the hardening of the references" as people and ideas changed over time.

"Cold War and Beatles references don't play to the Millennials," said Nief.

McBride explained how The Mindsets list examined 10 American generations, from the time of their grandparents, born about 1880, to a speculative look at the world that awaits a generation born two years ago. The book's lists, distributed each August for the past 13 years, reflect the world view of 18 year-old entering college students each fall.

"That is how wisdom is transferred from one generation to the next," said Nief. "We pass the things that had meaning to us on to the next generation."

McBride noted the Baby Boomer generation had already passed the benchmark they once feared.

"They were the first generation to say 'Don't trust anyone over 30,' " said McBride. "Now they are more than twice age 30 and are living out their own words."


Noted communications expert presents workshop at Northeast State

If you're not listening, you're not communicating.

That's the message communications expert Dr. Denise Reading sounded loud and clear recently during a workshop she presented to Northeast State's Targeted Leadership Development Program.

Reading focused on developing habits to foster effective communication, which included listening strategies and techniques.

"The greatest failure in communication is that we're horrible listeners," Reading said. "The key is to understand this and why things get in the way, and then create habits to make us effective communicators."

Reading focused on five core skills sets:

1. Listen more
2. Focus on the listener
3. Remove barriers
4. Create clear, concise, and compelling messages
5. Match communication mode and message

"We all know that once we have a habit, it's hard to break," Reading said. "I want people to make a commitment to the five core skill sets and turn them into habits – we need communication to be intentional and part of what we do every day."

The workshop focused a several team-building activities designed to analyze the communication process and focus on why the process may fail.

A good deal of communications difficulty, according to Reading, lies with the listener who brings biases, distractions, and misconceptions to the conversation.

She counsels physically setting yourself up to hear and eliminating barriers that keep a listener from "being in the moment." She recommends creating a schedule that allows breaks before meetings and avoiding multi-tasking during meetings and conversations.

Reading said listeners must also be cognizant of emotions in a conversation and use open-ended responses to create empathy and a sharing of common goals and values.

"This creates trust," Reading said. "No one can be an authentic listener if people don't trust you. "

Reading also stressed that messages should be clear and concise and be matched with the right communication mode. For example, don't say a project is due ASAP (as soon as possible), rather state a day and time. Another illustration: don't use e-mail for a sensitive discussion that warrants face-to-face communication.

"In the end, communication – which is at the core of everything – builds trust, relationships, relationships, and resolves conflicts," Reading said. "

Reading has served as a sales representative with Proctor and Gamble, a fundraiser at Baldwin-Wallace College, as President of Cuyahoga Community College's Corporate College, and, most recently, as the founder and President of Global Corporate College, Reading is devoted to creating possibilities and committed to creating true partnerships to assist clients in achieving unprecedented levels of success and value creation.

Global Corporate College is a consortium of colleges and universities that, in conjunction with several international partners, have created a vehicle to provide consistent workforce training and development for businesses not only across America, but also throughout the world.

Reading received her bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas, her master's degree from Bowling Green State University, and her Ph.D. from Kent State University. She is credited as a highly successful fund-raiser in higher education and regularly serves on boards and advisory committees related to economic development, educational access, and the advancement of urban planning.


Northeast State Theater presents Godspell April 5 - 8

Northeast State Community College Department of Theater stages the popular musical Godspell April 5 – 8 in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts in Blountville.

Godspell is a musical created by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak. The production is a series of parables, based on the Gospel of Matthew. These are then interspersed with a variety of modern music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns.  As Jesus taught with parables and storytelling Godspell utilizes pantomime, acrobatics and vaudeville to tell the story of Christ's passion.

As the cast performs All Good GiftsTurn Back, O Man and By My Side, the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly and heartrendingly to life. Drawing from various theatrical traditions, Godspell presents a unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance, and love.  Don’t miss this wonderful play. It is a perfect event to go along with your Easter festivities.

Performances of Godspell are scheduled April 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. and April 7-8 at 2 p.m. in the Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the main campus, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $8 for students and seniors.  Northeast State students with valid student identification get one free ticket. Purchase tickets now at www.NortheastState.edu.  

For more information, contact Northeast State Theatre at 423.354.2479 or e-mail emsloan@NortheastState.edu.


Anime voice actor lectures at Northeast State

Vic Mignogna had spent several years working in live theater and as a voice actor when he got a call for work in Houston. A company needed voice actors to dub Japanese anime videos into English.

"I wasn't sure what anime was," Mignogna told fans during an appearance at Northeast State Community College on March 22. "But I went in and did it, and kept getting calls to do more."

The rest is anime history. Today, Mignogna is veteran voice actor who millions of fans know as Edward Elric in the Fullmetal Alchemist anime series. His other well-known roles are as Broly in Dragon Ball Z and Ikkaku Madarame in the classic series Bleach. His voice actor work appears in more than 80 anime titles.

He delighted dozens of fans who attended to lectures held at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts. Originating in Japan decades ago, the word "anime" comes from the Japanese abbreviated pronunciation of "animation." Mignoga recalled how at the time he started voice acting in anime films, the genre represented tiny niche of work in the United States.

Mignogna's performance skills extend to the stage and screen. His stage experience includes Camelot, The Crucible, The Waiting Room, and A Man for All Seasons. He has also composed and produced music for more than 20 years.

Mignogna said he most appreciated the chance he had to interact with young fans who found comfort in anime or other arts. He spoke about meeting fans who said they were often ostracized because they enjoyed anime or other pursuits considered off the beaten path.

"I tell them, 'There's nothing wrong with you. Keep doing what you love to do,'" he said. "Being able to positively influence the young people I meet is the greatest blessing I have in working as a voice actor in anime."

Mignogna recalled attending an anime convention where he was signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. He said the influence of his work became most profound when he paused long enough to see a crowd of people stretching back as far as he could see waiting to see him.

"I looked at (another actor) and said, 'Can you believe we're here?'" said Mignogna. "I am incredibly blessed to have gotten involved with anime and to do the work I love to do."


Talking about your generation - Mindsets at Northeast State March 26

What was the first American generation to experience Tang?  Wear zippers in clothing?  Eat frozen food?  Ask who Paul McCartney is?

To answer the questions of how generational thinking evolved Ron Nief, former director of public affairs at Beloit College, and Beloit Professor Tom McBride created, The Mindset Lists of American History: From Typewriters to Text Messages, What Ten Generations of Americans Think is NormalThis is also the duo who created the popular Beloit College annual Mindsets Lists in 1998.

Get some insight into how your parents, grandparents, and friend view the world when Nief and McBride visit Northeast State Community College on March 26 for two free presentations at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts at the main campus in Blountville.

The Mindsets book looks at 10 generations, from the time of their grandparents, born about 1880, to a speculative look at the world that awaits a generation born two years ago. The book’s lists, distributed each August for the past 13 years, reflect the world view of 18 year-old entering college students each fall.

“One reason we began the List was to remind faculty members and the general public that entering college students have a particular and limited range of experiences,” said McBride. “It’s a neat new way to trace American social history. What was it like, for example, to be the first generation to enjoy the luxury of zippers on clothes?”

The book and Mindset List techniques are currently being tested in the history curriculum at the secondary level, and course ideas are being developed for post-secondary use. An educational supplement is being developed for use with the book when it is published. Many teachers have made use of the daily questions that appear on the Mindset List Facebook page.

“A rewarding aspect of the annual Mindset List is the way in which it has prompted conversation, in the classroom, at conferences and in the media,” added Nief. “We hope the book will do the same thing, particularly among generations in the same family. We anticipate multiple generations of families gathering once again at the breakfast or dinner table to talk about what people did before remote controls, voice mail, and touchtone phones.”

Both presentations are free and open to the public.  For information contact 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@NortheastState.edu03-21-12

Private Pilot Ground School course offering this spring

Get started toward a fascinating career in aviation when Workforce Solutions at Northeast State Community College offers the Private Pilot Ground School course next month.  

The Private Pilot Ground School course works well for any individual interested in the aviation field for a career or personal enjoyment.  The course will prepare the student to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private Pilot Written Exam.

The course is designed to inform the student about careers and opportunities in general and commercial aviation, learn the basics of flight planning and navigation, and explore the concepts of flight instruments, aviation weather, and airplane performance.

The class will meet on Tuesdays, April 17 to July 17 (no class on July 3). Course hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the College’s main campus in Blountville.  The course fee is $300 and includes all materials.  Course instructor is Richard Cantley, a retired United States Army Master Aviator and Certified Flight Instructor for Airplane/Helicopter.

Priority registration date for the class is April 2.  For more information, contact 423.354.2570 or e-mail cmtauscher@NortheastState.edu.


For more information, contact Chrissie Anderson Peters at 423.354.2463 or by e-mail at capeters@NortheastState.edu.03-19-12

Youth author George Ella Lyon to present three programs at Northeast State

George Ella Lyon, author, novelist, poet, musician, and children's author extraordinaire will visit Northeast State April 10 and present three programs about her work.

Lyon will appear on the Blountville campus at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. in Room L106 of the Basler Library. She will visit Northeast State at Elizabethton at 1:30 p.m. Lyon will sell and sign copies of her work after each program.

Lyon's programs focus on the writing process and journal keeping. She discusses how a book gets from her experiences, thoughts, and feelings to the library bookshelf. She shows slides of home and family - where she grew up and where she lives now, commenting on how her books come from this experience. She brings many things to show the children - journals, drafts, artists' sketches, and a display on the printing process.

Lyon hails from Kentucky, but is known nationally and internationally for her picture books, young adult novels, literacy projects, and poetry.

Lyon is the author of With a Hammer for My Heart (a novel), Catalpa (poems, winner of the Appalachian Book of the Year Award) and Where I'm From, Where Poems Come From, a primer for young poets. Her books for young readers include five novels (among them Borrowed ChildrenThe Stranger I Left Behind, and Here and Then), 22 picture books (among them Come a TideTogetherWho Came Down That Road?Counting on the Woods and Book), and an autobiography, A Wordful Child.

The Basler Library is located at 2425 Highway 75, Blountville, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Northeast State at Elizabethton is located at 386 Highway 91 North, Elizabethton.

Governor and Education Commissioner announce STEM grants

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman recently announced that a new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) school will open in Sullivan County. In addition, schools are also planned for Hamilton and Putnam counties.

The new schools will be funded through Tennessee's Race to the Top grant award and will be part of the education department's statewide STEM Innovation Network, designed to increase student participation and interest in those subjects.

"Bringing together partners from across our communities to educate Tennessee students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math is so important to the future prosperity of our state," Haslam said. "The jobs of the 21st Century require the practical, hands-on, college-oriented and career-aligned curriculum that STEM offers, and we must prepare our children to compete."

The winning schools were chosen through a competitive grant process, and each has a STEM "hub" - a partnership between school districts, post-secondary institutions and STEM-related or innovative businesses and non-profit organizations committed to supporting STEM programs in an area - associated with it.

According to Matt DeLozier, dean of Early College and STEM at Northeast State, the College is a full partner in the grant and involved in curriculum planning and design.

"Our strong dual enrollment history will come into play as we move through implementation and planning," DeLozier said. "The platform school is to be a middle school so our role is still being defined. Course offerings, professional development, and research opportunities are all likely to be areas which will be fully partnered in moving forward. "

Sullivan County and Kingsport school officials said Brookside Elementary School in Kingsport is a possible location. Officials said the school may have slots for as many as 200 students divided between city and county populations.

According to the $1.5 million grant's structure, the two school systems will receive $1 million in funding while $500,000 will go to East Tennessee State University to serve as the STEM hub. The hub will work with partners to support the STEM school, leverage STEM assets in the region and state, and stimulate best educational practices.

"ETSU has led the way for the higher education partners and we look forward to being members of the STEM hub," DeLozier said.

Here are funding totals for future STEM schools and hubs:

Chattanooga (Southeast STEM Initiative)
To be named STEM School - $1 million
STEM Hub - $850,000

Cookeville (Upper Cumberland Rural STEM Initiative)
Prescott South - $1 million
STEM Hub - $500,000

Tri-Cities area
Northeast STEM Platform School - $1 million
East Tennessee State University STEM Hub - $500,000

Huffman said he believes the statewide focus on STEM will improve teaching and learning across all subjects.

"This statewide approach will improve teaching and learning across all subjects. It is not only a subject matter, but a way of teaching with a focus on active learning," Huffman said. "Because of this, we incorporate the philosophy of STEM into all of the work we do, including our teacher evaluation model and implementation of Common Core State Standards."


Police, Sullivan DA warn about dangers of synthetic drugs

Chemicals and containers were on display at the Regional Center for Performing Arts on Friday as law enforcement and mental health professionals presented an informational session on the dangers of synthetic drugs in the region.

Sgt. Burk Murray with the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office along with Sullivan County District Attorney Barry Staubus explained how heretofore legal drugs such as bath salts, synthetic marijuana and methamphetamine were becoming a toxic terror. The effects of bath salts effects mimic those of cocaine and amphetamine combining hallucinations and psychosis, explained Murray.

It is like playing Russian roulette with five bullets and one empty chamber, he said.

Nancy Hancock, of Frontier Mental Health, also highlighted the dramatic rise in synthetic drug overdoses treated at local hospitals and mental health facilities. She added that health care providers did not have counter-balance drugs that were effective to stop or even slow the effects of a bath salts overdose.

I would almost call it a pandemic," said Hancock. "his problem has spread around the world."

Bath salts use became front page news in recent months with reported abuse and overdoses.The drug's relatively newness and lack of history also leaves little known about the long-term effects users may suffer.

Murray also presented the material and chemical components used to manufacture methamphetamine. The laboratory often consists of a plastic bottle filled with various chemicals used to cook meth into a drug form. The chemicals create a highly volatile mixture capable of producing explosions or chemical fires when mixed with water. Meth cooking and explosions also produce toxic gases.

"We treat it like it is a bomb," said Murray of police officers who must deal with meth lab components.

Murray noted that most synthetic marijuana often referred to as K2 had been exported from countries such as China and Mexico. The green leafy materials could be anything from oregano to grass clippings. The green material was then sprayed with THC the active chemical ingredient found in marijuana to create the mind-altering effect.

Staubus advised audience members to education themselves further about the problem and warn family and friends.� He also touted new legislation introduced this year in the Tennessee Legislature aimed at making synthetic drugs and their chemical derivatives illegal.

"We cannot allow people to kill themselves," said Staubus. "As a society we cannot allow the kind of destruction these drugs have on society and just stand by and let it happen."


His presentation is a multimedia event for anime enthusiasts and those who have no idea about anime.  Both presentations are free and open to the public.  The event is presented by the Northeast State Cultural Activities Committee. For information, contact 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@northeaststate.edu.03-14-12

Anime voice actor Vic Mignogna comes to Northeast State

Anime ranks as one of the most visionary and visually stunning film genres around with millions of rabid fans worldwide.

But who gives these animated characters their life and voice? One voice behind the visual is renowned anime voice actor Vic Mignogna who visits Northeast State Community College next week to discuss this wildly popular film and art form.

Mignogna delivers two presentations on March 22 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Regional Center for the Performing Arts at the main campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.   Mignogna is veteran actor most well known as the voice of Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist. His other well-known roles are as Broly in Dragon Ball Z and Ikkaku Madarame in the classic Japanese television series Bleach.  His voice work appears in more than 80 anime titles including StreetfighterA.D. PoliceShadow Skills, and many others.

Originating in Japan decades ago, the word “anime” comes from the Japanese abbreviated pronunciation of “animation.” Why is anime so popular?  Mignonga explains how the genre’s stories and characters reflect the human condition as any great story should do.

Mignonga’s performance skills extend to the stage and screen. His stage experience includes CamelotThe CrucibleThe Waiting Room, and A Man for All Seasons.  He is a professional music composer/producer with more than 20 years singing, producing, and composing commercial songs and scores. 

Poet Jesse Graves and novelist Charles Dobb White to read at Northeast State

Poet Jesse Graves and novelist Charles Dodd White will appear at Northeast State Community College March 27 for afternoon and evening readings. The programs are set for 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Basler Library, Room L106, and are free and open to the public.

Jesse Graves was born and raised in Sharps Chapel, TN, where his ancestors settled in the 1780s. His poems and essays have appeared in Prairie SchoonerSouthern QuarterlyConnecticut Review and other journals, anthologies, and collections. The Texas Review Press recently published his poem collection: Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine. 

Graves teaches writing and literature classes at East Tennessee State University, where he is an assistant professor in the Department of Literature and Language. He also serves as faculty editorial advisor to the Mockingbird, ETSU's student literary magazine.
Charles Dodd White was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1976. He currently lives in Asheville, NC where he teaches English at South College, and is on the creative writing staff of the Hindman Settlement School's Appalachian Writers Workshop. He has been a U.S. Marine, a fishing guide and a journalist.

White is author of the novel, Lambs of Men and the story collection, Sinners of Sanction County. He also serves as co-editor of the contemporary Appalachian anthology, Degrees of Elevation. In 2011, he was awarded a fellowship in prose from the North Carolina Arts Council.�His fiction has appeared in Appalachian HeritageThe CollagistFugue,�Night Train,�North Carolina Literary Review,PANK, and Word Riot. He also frequently contributes to Rain Taxi Book Review. He is currently�at work�on another novel.

The Basler Library is located at 2425 Highway 75, Blountville, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

For more information, contact Chrissie Anderson Peters at 423.354.2463 or by e-mail at capeters@NortheastState.edu.


Northeast State hosts seminar about synthetic drug dangers March 16

In response to the stories of synthetic drug use around the region, Northeast State Community College will host a one-hour information session about synthetic drugs on Friday, March 16.� The session is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Regional Center for Performing Arts (RCPA) at the main campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Barry Staubus, District Attorney General for Sullivan County, a member of the Sullivan County Drug Suppression Team, and a representative from Frontier Mental Health will present a short presentation dealing with legal concerns, law enforcement concerns, and the treatment issues associated with this epidemic impacting our community.� Specifically, the synthetic drugs K2 and Bath Salts will be discussed.

The public is invited to ask questions and get information.� For more information contact the Northeast State Department of Police and Safety, 423.279.7655.


Curriculum development workshops set for three programs

Northeast State Community College has scheduled curriculum development workshops with experts in Welding/Metal Fabrication, Computer Science, �and Office Administration � Legal Office - to define the duties, tasks, skills, and knowledge a new employee in those fields needs to know to perform his/her job duties. �

The process - known as a DACUM (Developing A Curriculum) Job Analysis � helps ensure that course content prepares candidates to meet industry needs.�The Welding/Metal Fabrications sessions are scheduled for March 15, the Computer Science is slated for March 29 and 30, and Office Administration � Legal Office - is scheduled for March 20 and 27. The location for the meetings is on the Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75.

The College plans to use the DACUM process to review each of its Business Technologies and Advanced Technologies programs over the next five years to keep pace with industry needs. A DACUM process was held in December 2011 for the Auto Body Service Technology program.

For more information, contact Danny Lawson, Interim Dean of Business Technologies at dllawson@NortheastState.edu or 423.323.0234 or Sam Rowell, Interim Dean of Advanced Technologies atssrowell@NortheastState.edu or 423.354.2582.


Noted community college leadership expert visits Northeast State

Noted expert in community college leadership, Dr. John Roueche, visited Northeast State Community College March 9, participating in the free-ranging discussion about leadership and communication with members of the College's Targeted Leadership Development Program (TLDP).

Roueche, professor and director of the Sid W. Richardson Regents Chair at the University of Texas, has written 35 books and more than 150 chapters and articles about community college education.

Roueche touched on several leadership traits he said were keys to success: listening, patience, and persistence. Without those practices, he said trust and respect will not develop and an organization will face difficulty in achieving its goals.

"Listening is how we how respect for other people and care about what they say," Roueche said. "You have to earn trust and people have to think you�re genuine. If you listen to their opinions and value what they say, a lot of they will be supportive and loyal to you."

Roueche said leaders are not necessarily extroverts with demonstrative speaking skills, but rather those individuals who know how to motivate people and have them take ownership of an idea or initiative.

"That's the genius of leadership," said Roueche, who recently celebrated 40 years as director and professor of UT's Community College Leadership Program.

Roueche also noted that leaders must be persistent and patient. First, they must have the vision and drives to get ideas accomplished, but they also must possess patience to allow the idea to take hold and move forward.

"It's a fine balance," Roueche said. "Too much persistence, trying to move too fast, trying to do too much will meet with resistance. On the other hand, too much patience and nothing gets done. You have to have persistence and the right amount of patience for a goal to get accomplished."

On a side note, Roueche said he believes faculty should be as interested in student success, if not more so, than the discipline they teach.

"So many of us in faculty identify with our discipline and will say 'I teach nursing or I teach math,' which infers the indirect object is the student," Roueche said. "But the proper object is not the content, but it's the growth and development of students - that's why we're here."

Roueche started the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Develop (NISOD) more than 30 years ago to aid the professional development of administrator, faculty, and staff at the community college level. Currently, NISOD sponsors an annual conference and has more than 700 community college members.

The TLDP team also heard a presentation from Dr. Treva Berryman, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Tennessee Board of Regents. Berryman covered the academic program development process and the processes and pathways for getting new programs approved. She outlined guidelines for curriculum, timelines, delivery methods, needs, resources, and budgets.

In addition, the team participated in several media crisis scenarios with the help of local journalists. On hand for the exercises were John Soares, WJHL news director; Paul Johnson, WCYB news anchor; and Jim Maxwell, regional publisher for the Bristol Herald Courier. Several group members served as a mock president of the College and responded to questions about a fire, a hepatitis outbreak, and a shooting.


TRiO honors top students

The TRiO Students Support Services Program at Northeast State honored its top students for the year at the 3rd annual Breakfast with the President event held on March 5.

TRiO director Teressa Dobbs welcomed students named as program scholars and students graduating from the program this spring. She presented awards to current student scholars and scholar graduates who will be graduating from Northeast State this spring.

"We are so proud of all our student scholars," said Dobbs. "We are going to miss our graduating students because we've grown so close to you all."

The TRiO Student Support Services is a federally funded grant program designed to provide free services to 180 eligible participants each academic year to enable them to achieve their educational goals. Student Support Services strives to support at-risk students in their quest to complete a college degree. Services include academic support, tutoring, career planning, transfer advising, and personal support to help students deal with the challenges that arise while enrolled in college.

TRiO Director Teressa Dobbs (left) congratulates Robin Walsh for her win as Outstanding Participant for 2012.
"I can't say enough good things about the TRiO program or all the professors I've had," said Robin Walsh who was named TRiO's Outstanding Participant of the Year. "We need to support this program with whatever we can do after we graduate."

SSS Scholars recognized were: Wilma Barnette, Thatcher Card, Jose Diaz, Caitlan English, Paul Fitzpatrick, Angel Fugate, Julia Gonder, Janet Haun, Nicole Herring, Dottie Hillman, Shelley Hines, Sherri Lester, Olivia Orten, Renee Powell, Jessica Ross, Joseph Safis, Brandon Scott, Tracy Silva, Zachary Spangler, Shana Wise, Sarah Wolfe, and Elizabeth Jo Sensabaugh.

SSS students graduating from the program this spring are: Ferida Abdu, Fadila Abedo, Maylena Corpuz, Lance Hale, Beverly Henderson, Jennifer Houser, Felicia Hutson, James Isley III, Jian Li McKee, Wade McMackin, Phillip Millard, Stephanie Minton, Denise Monseque, Kevin Rhodes, Amy Stacy Litz, Ginger Stiles, Shawana Strader, Katrine Walsh, Robin Walsh, Sherri Wiggins, and Alyssa Vorel.

TRiO welcomed 22 student scholars and 21 student graduates at the 3rd annual Breakfast with the President event.
SSS Tutor Coordinator Raylene Steward presented the Advanced Tutor of the Year award to Jenny Reed and Peer Tutor of the Year to Kevin Rhodes, himself an SSS scholar. Members of the College's Alpha Iota Chi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society tutored several TRiO students on subjects including math and chemistry. The results found more than 90 percent of students passing � and often excelling at � the subjects that had been their academic weak point.

"The TRiO program has been there for me so much," said Denise Monseque, TRiO club president and graduating SSS student. "They have helped me bloom like a flower."


Chronicle of Higher Education notes College for completion rate

The Chronicle of Higher Education's College Completion Web site lists Northeast State Community College as having the top graduation rate among public two-year colleges in Tennessee.

Northeast State's completion rate three years after enrollment is 16.8 percent, followed by Motlow State at 16.4 percent and Walters State at 16.0 percent.

The College also was the top performer in efficiency, spending an average of $33,023 per completion, compared with the state average of $47,537 per completion. According to the Chronicle, this refers to estimated educational spending - expenses related to instruction, student services, academic support, institutional support, operations, and maintenance - per academic award in 2010. The figures include all certificates and degrees.

College Completion is a micro-site produced by The Chronicle of Higher Education with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The link to the site�s complete listing of tables and charts is at http://collegecompletion.chronicle.com/.

The link to the Chronicle�s story about the project is at http://chronicle.com/article/The-RiseFall-of-the/131036/.


Northeast State takes part in The Bandana Project

The Spanish and Art clubs of Northeast State Community College are participating in the national campaign to highlight the social issue or domestic violence against migrant female farm workers.

The Bandana Project is a national campaign to raise awareness and educate farm-worker women about their rights. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a staggering 90 percent of migrant women farm-workers have reported some type of sexual harassment or assault.

��Working in the fields is one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S., and the fields are often not a safe environment for women, especially undocumented immigrant and migrant women,� says Francis Canedo, instructor of Spanish at Northeast State.� �Undocumented women farm workers tend to believe they have no rights or protections from the law.� They feel scared, afraid to speak out against sexual violence because they feel they may lose their job.�

Working in the fields is often not a safe environment for women, especially undocumented immigrant women.� Women farm-workers tend to believe they have little to no rights or protections. If they speak out against sexual exploitation they feel they may lose their job.

Because women farm workers wear bandanas to hide their faces in the fields to help protect themselves from sexual harassment, in the Bandana Project, bandanas are being painted and decorated across the country as a symbolic gesture of support for farm-worker women.

The Bandana Project involves students with an art contest to decorate bandanas highlighting both issues.� Contest entrants create art with their bandanas including messages written in Spanish and English.� Submissions are evaluated by a faculty committee composed of art, Spanish, theatre, and English instructors.

For more information, contact Francis Canedo, instructor of Spanish, at 423.279.3694 or ffcanedo@NortheastState.edu. 


Workforce Solutions offers three Microsoft Excel programs

The Workforce Solutions department at Northeast State presents this spring three workshops this spring on the Microsoft Excel 2010 program. All three workshops will be taught at the Northeast State at Elizabethton teaching site.

Basic Excel introduces students to the basics of Microsoft's Excel 2010 program. Students learn how to create and work spreadsheets, enter data, manage workbooks, and use graphics. The workshop meets March 9, om 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Room E118 of the Northeast State at Elizabethton. Course fee is $110 per participant.

Intermediate Excel continues instruction for worksheets and workbooks, advanced formatting, tables, cell and range names, advanced charting, documenting and auditing tools and PivotTable and PivotCharts. The workshop meets March 30, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Room E118. Course fee is $110.

Advanced Excel teaches the advanced features of the Excel 2010 program including use of financial data functions, data tables, exporting and importing data, analytical options, and other custom functions. This workshop meets April 13, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Room E118. Course fee is $110. The priority registration date is March 30.

Northeast State at Elizabethton is located at 386 Highway 91, across from the Elizabethton Municipal Airport. Make reservations by contacting Cindy Tauscher at 423.354.2570 or e-mailcmtauscher@NortheastState.edu.


The course is free to women ages 13 years and older.� Registration is required. �To register or learn more, contact course instructor Francis Canedo at 423.279.3694 orffcanedo@NortheastState.edu.03-05-12

College offers free RAD self-defense course for women

A free course designed to give women the basic tools of self-defense and confidence to use them begins this month at Northeast State Community College in Blountville.

Women can learn the art of self-defense and survival through the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D) course offered on March 13, 20, and 27 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.� The course is being taught at the College�s main campus, 2425 Highway 75, in the Courtyard of the Student Activities Building.

The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that teaches awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. �The course includes lecture, discussion and self-defense techniques, suitable for women of all ages and abilities.

The R.A.D. program was developed through the contributions of instructors across the United States and Canada. �More than 250,000 women have attended a R.A.D. Basic Physical Defense course.

Former Northeast State professor to discuss latest novel

Former Northeast State associate professor of English, James Whorton, Jr. will return to the College March 12 and 13 to discuss his latest novel, Angela Sloan. Whorton, who taught at Northeast State from 1995-2006, is also the author of Frankland and Approximately Heaven.

Whorton will visit Northeast State at Elizabethton at noon on March 12. On March 13, Whorton will discuss his novels and writing at the Basler Library, Room L106 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. At 6 p.m., Whorton will lecture in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts.

With Angela Sloan, Whorton delivers a curious Nixon-era caper of broken men and stoic runaways who learn just how much there is to gain, and lose, when you go undercover. Angela Sloan, a seemingly average teen-ager living in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., is left to lie low and fend for herself when her father, a retired CIA officer, skips town in the wake of the Watergate scandal.

Driving a Plymouth Scamp she has just learned to operate, Angela encounters strangers literally at every turn. A fugitive Chinese waitress won�t get out of the car. A jaded lady spy offers up free therapy and roadside assistance. A restless pair of hippies keeps preaching about the evils of monogamy. And, an anteater lurks in the unlikeliest of places. But through all of her outlandish adventures, Angela keeps focused on one urgent wish: to reunite with her father. 
Bold and quirky, Angela Sloan is a priceless, coming-of-age story about stealing diner food and salvaging lost identities.
Whorton currently lives in Rochester, New York, with his wife and their daughter. He is an associate professor of writing and literature at SUNY Brockport. For information about Whorton and his novels, visit http://www.jameswhortonjr.com/.
The Basler Library and the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts are located at 2425 Highway 75, Blountville, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Northeast State at Elizabethton is located at 386 Highway 91 North, Elizabethton.

For more information, contact Chrissie Anderson Peters at 423.354.2463 or by e-mail at capeters@NortheastState.edu.