New benefit seeks to put veterans back to work

A new federal program designed to help in-need military veterans aged 35 to 60 get an associate degree through a two-year college is available now at Northeast State.

Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law, the Veterans Opportunity to Work VOW to Hire Heroes Act authorizing the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) which offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed veterans age 35 and over.

"This new benefit seeks to put veterans back to work," said Pat Chandler, Veterans' Affairs Coordinator at Northeast State. "We want area veterans to know that they have an option if they are unemployed to come back to college and get these benefits toward earning a degree."

VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to veterans who are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old; are unemployed on the date of the application; and received an other than dishonorable discharge from their branch of service. Applicants cannot be eligible for any other Veterans Affairs education benefit program such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance benefit.

The office of Veterans Affairs at Northeast State can assist vets through the new VRAP system.
Applicants can visit the eBenefits web site to complete the VRAP application. An applicant will be asked to submit his or her direct deposit information (bank routing number and account number), the name and location of their school, the academic program being pursued, and the applicable high demand occupation.

Chandler said veteran applicants must also submit an application to the College and meet all admission requirements to get enrolled. Students can apply for admission to Northeast State at www.NortheastState.edu/apply.

Participants must be enrolled in a Veterans Affairs approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school. The program must lead to an associate degree, non-college degree, or a technical certificate, and train the veteran for a high demand occupation. VRAP will provide training for programs of education that lead to a high demand occupation. The U.S. Department of Labor offers employment assistance to every veteran who participates upon completion of the program.

Applicants cannot receive Veterans Affairs compensation due to unemployability or be enrolled in a separate federal or state job training program.

The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1 through Sept. 30, and 54,000 participants from Oct. 1 through March 31, 2014. Participants may receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program.

Northeast State is the only community college in northeast Tennessee administering VRAP benefits. The College served more than 250 students who received veterans benefits during the 2011 fall term.

"Area veterans can apply online through the eBenefits web site or through the G.I. Bill web site," said Chandler, "We will be glad to help them with anything they need."

To learn more visit www.NortheastState.edu or contact the office of Veterans Affairs at 423.323.0215 or the office of Admissions and Records at 423.323.0253 or 1.800.836.7822.


Job fair slated Aug. 16 at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium

Helping Our Potential Evolve (H.O.P.E.), a Kingsport non-profit organization, will host a job fair at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium, Aug. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants are asked to bring resumes, a reference list, and dress appropriately. For more information, contact Stella Robinette at 423.276.6541 or stella@hopetricities.com.


Keith Young composes music for Liberty

Northeast State's Dr. Keith Young composed the music for this year's performances of Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton. Director of the Northeast State at Elizabethton teaching site Young is the first individual to score music for the show.

Young has been a musician and storyteller for about 30 years and has degrees in music. He has performed in several theater productions including Northeast State's A Christmas Carol. He also performs at Northeast State events and emcees the College's annual Honors Convocation event.

Tennessee's official outdoor drama, the story is presented by local performers against the backdrop of Fort Watauga. The next performances are July 26-28 at 7:30 p.m.


Trey Hensley to play Northeast State stage

Called a "bona fide hillbilly rock star" by Marty Stuart, traditional singer/songwriter Trey Hensley is making his mark as a new breed of mature-beyond-their-years artists who has recorded with some of the biggest names in country music.

Hensley takes the stage of the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater at the main campus in Blountville at 7 p.m. on July 27.  Hensley's show is part of the College's "Hot Nights, Cool Music" summer concert series. The concert is free and open to the public.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

His most recent country CD, It Is What It Is, combined new, radio-friendly contemporary songs as well as songs with the classic sound of some of his heroes. The release offers covers originally performed by Elton John, Conway Twitty, Jimmy Dickens and The Gaither Vocal band.

Hensley's third country album is in the works and will include mostly original songs. It is scheduled to be released in late summer or fall of this year. Since the transition from Bluegrass to Country, Hensley and his five-piece band have played everywhere from New York to Los Angeles, Nebraska to Texas, Minnesota to Washington D.C.

His own style of picking – whether on his Telecaster or acoustic guitar – bears the influence of some of his guitar heroes from country legends Buck Owens and Ricky Skaggs to bluegrass royalty Doc Watson and Tony Rice.

The concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact 423.279.7669 or e-mail jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.


Doug and Judy Smith play Northeast State July 28

Guitarist Doug Smith is a nationally recognized acoustic guitarist who weaves together folk, classical, jazz and contemporary forms into a unique, flowing fingerpicking style recalling the playing of Chet Atkins.

Smith and his wife, Judy, perform a free concert at Northeast State Community College on July 28 in the theater of the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts on the main campus in Blountville, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

The Smiths performance caps the College's well-received "Hot Nights, Cool Music" summer concert series. The show is free to the public and starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Smith won the prestigious Winfield International Fingerstyle Competition in 2006. His original music has been heard on radio and TV shows such as True Hollywood Story and Martha Stewart Living, and in movies such as Twister, Moll Flanders and August Rush.

Early in his career, Smith played in rock bands, focusing especially on the music of Genesis, Jethro Tull, Yes, and other progressive rock bands of the time. He went on to major in classical guitar music at California State at Fullerton.

Smith recorded two albums with American Gramiphone Records, Order of Magnitude and Labyrinth. He later recorded with Deep Heart with Honest Records and at the same time Honest published the Best of Doug Smith album. In 1998, he put out his hit solo acoustic CD Alone at Last on Solid Air Records (AMR).

Smith completed two CDs: The Power of Two and For You, a classical album with another Acoustic Guitar Summit guitarist and classical music composer Paul Chasman. In February of 2005, Smith and the other fantastic guitarists from Solid Air Records, won a Grammy Award for Best Acoustic Pop Album for the album, Henry Mancini - Pink Guitar.

Smith's music has been heard on radio and television productions on channels including The Discovery Channel, Martha Stewart Living, CNN, TNN, ESPN, and Encore. He currently resides in Portland, where he teaches guitar, writes, and performs.

For more information, visit www.NortheastState.edu or contact 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.


Gov. Haslam visits Northeast State to discuss workforce development

In the first of seven regional meetings across the state, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam met with local business leaders, lawmakers, and education officials at Northeast State Community College July 17 to discuss ways to better align higher education and workforce development.

"We have a lot of available jobs, but we're not necessarily providing the graduates we need to fill those jobs," Haslam said. "The number of unfilled jobs is staggering considering the state of the economy. I hope we come out with a better understanding of how we connect postsecondary education to the workforce."

Several positive examples were noted including Northeast State at Kingsport and the collaborative training efforts with Eastman Chemical Company and Domtar for training at the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

"We at Eastman feel pretty good right now about the pool of people we've generated that have the educational background and the desire to come and do the challenging jobs at Eastman Chemical," said Parker Smith, vice president and general manager of Worldwide Manufacturing Support. "We've got more to do, but it's been a great collaborative effort between all the entities."

Dr. Janice Gilliam, president of Northeast State, noted the College's DACUM – Develop a Curriculum – efforts, which analyzes curriculum to define the duties, tasks, skills, and knowledge a new employee in technical fields needs to know to perform his/her job duties. She also noted implementation of special classroom chairs, which promote group learning and social and team skills that are needed in addition to technical skills.

A large part of the discussion centered how to motivate prospective employees to understand the job skills needed by business and industry and turn that understanding into a willingness to get the proper training and credentials.

"People are motivated when it comes to completing the resume, but when we tell them they need to go back and get more training and education to get ready for that job, they lose interest," said Charlie Floyd, vice president and manager for Domtar. "They aren't motivated to do their part of what it takes to do that job and get ready for that employer."

Several suggestions advocated better advisement of college students as well as middle and high school students about employer needs. Requests were also made for better employment data to keep educators informed of trends and areas of need.

"I think you have to start early, perhaps as early as sixth grade, so students can understand their potential, " said Dr. Vicki Kirk, director of Greene County Schools. "Far too often, students see no real future and I think that lack of purpose and hope is our biggest enemy."

Kirk said Greene County is working to define pathways for middle school students to help them decide on career choices and devise an academic plan for their high school years that gives purpose to learning.

Parker Smith of Eastman echoes Kirk's sentiments, saying "We believe we have to be involved in the middle school years to help the students understand what it takes to get jobs at Domtar, Eastman, and other places. Because once they get to high school and they aren't in the right math and science courses…they don't have the knowledge we need to get them into the two-year associate degrees in the community colleges."

Haslam concluded the meeting by asking attendees for suggestions about allocating capital.
"If one of our key jobs is to prepare the workforce you need, are there places you'd invest capital perhaps differently than it's been done before?" Haslam said.

Suggestions ranged from more career-technical funding for high school curriculum, to work ethic training, to accessible and affordable teaching locations.

"I'm taking home a page full of notes," Haslam said. "This is the start of what I hope will become a path in Tennessee that lets us provide the workforce you need as employers. I also want to thank the educators as well…I've been incredibly impressed by the attitude and willingness of educators at all levels to be part of this and make it work."


Catch the Barefoot Movement concert

The Barefoot Movement is a group of immensely talented musicians from North Carolina and Tennessee whose sound simultaneously captures the rustic beauty of old Southern front porch Bluegrass improvisation with a refreshing dash of acoustic modern rock and jazz.

You can give a listen to this wonderful band when The Barefoot Movement performs a free concert at Northeast State on July 19 in the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts Theater on the main campus in Blountville, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The group's performance is part of the College's "Hot Nights, Cool Music" summer concert series. The show is free to the public and starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The group was initially formed when Noah Wall, singer and fiddler, and Tommy Norris, mandolin player, attended high school together in their hometown of Granville, N.C. and began setting Wall's lyrics to Norris's chords. Wall was a student of the Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Program at East Tennessee State University when she met Quentin Acres. Both were chosen to perform for the Old-Time Pride Band. They soon united to form The Barefoot Movement. The name evolved from Wall's tendency to remove her shoes during shows, a testament to the relaxed atmosphere and down-home sound of the group.

They released their album Footwork in 2012. Wall's voice is honest and captivating, marked by a clarity of tone and connection that is rare among modern singers. Mandolin player Norris and rhythm guitarist Acres provide an instantly recognizable and intricate backdrop of melody. Lyrics are written by Wall and are often based on her personal experiences. Listeners may find themselves engrossed in the travails of heartbreak or experiencing the anguish of war – whatever the subject, Wall's lyrics are a journey through the human experience.

For more information, visit www.NortheastState.edu or contact 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.


Chrissie A. Peters publishes poetry and prose collection

For Chrissie Anderson Peters, her writing life started in fourth-grade with a poem about Snoopy and snow on his French toast.

By Chrissie's admission, it was a bad poem, but her teacher loved it and encouraged her to keep writing. It was just what Chrissie needed at the time as her mother was going through a divorce and didn't have a lot of extra time to nurture a fourth-grader.

"I came to writing more or less as an escape. I enjoyed the fact it brought me a certain amount of attention and didn't take away from the things my mom was doing to get through with the divorce and get on with her life," said Chrissie, a native of Tazewell, VA. "I've always loved writing and the aspect of people enjoying what I've written."

That lifelong love of writing recently culminated in the publication of Dog Days and Dragonflies, a collection of poetry, and fictional and nonfictional prose that covers themes such as Appalachia, childhood, growing up, family, and church. Most of the pieces have been written since 2005 except for one poem she wrote as a high school senior that garnered a first place tie at the Chautauqua Festival in Wytheville.

Chrissie is one of number of writers who have chosen to publish their works themselves using a combination of online and traditional methods to reduce lengthy publishing times and save money. She opted to use createspace.com, a sister company of Amazon.com, that gave her the tools to become an indie publisher.

"When I started bringing the book together my intent was just for me to have all my writing that had been published in one place," Chrissie said. "However, it's every writer's goal to share his or her writing and hopefully have folks see themselves or their lives in that writing, so I added some stories and poems that had not been published. I really wanted to get it out there for my three living grandparents so they could have a copy and read it."

Chrissie said one of her greatest enjoyments as a writer is being able to tell stories that keep her family's history and memories alive. She spends a good amount of time with older family members – especially her grandparents – recording bits of conversations and recollections that often will spin themselves into a poem or story.

"I love telling my family stories – even the dark ones, which upsets my grandmother," Chrissie said. "Even if you're not writing your family's history, which you should be, you should be recording it somewhere because someone somewhere is going to have questions. It's so sad when the stories and the facts behind them are lost."

The first story in the book deals with a young girl's pre-school days spent at her great-grandmother's house. The girl helps her great-grandmother fasten on her prosthetic leg each morning, watches her hand-roll cigarettes, helps her cook dinner – lunch in those days – and watches soap operas while the older woman provides a running commentary about the errant lives of the TV characters. Every day was much the same, but solid with warmth and security.

In another - "Learning to Drive" – a girl's grandfather agrees to teach her how to drive, only the old gentleman spends most of the day talking about driving while loading hay bales in a field – never giving the girl a turn behind in the wheel. Finally, he relents which results in a hilarious sequence of bad braking that sends hay bales flying everywhere.

In the more modern day tale of "Corey's Quarry," a girl attending a fun-filled festival in Salem, MA, learns of the story of Giles Corey, a victim of the Salem Witch Trials. Corey was slowly crushed by rocks placed on him to elicit a confession. The girl's fun adventure vanishes as she realizes the real history of the festival. Ultimately, she comes to appreciate Corey's last words of "more weight" as a way to live life more completely.

Chrissie said she really became serious about her writing in 2005 after taking a creative writing course at Northeast State under Tamara Baxter. She followed it with another creative writing class and an Appalachian literature course with Gretchen McCroskey, who has since retired from the College. She has also attended several writing workshops in the region and finds the support and camaraderie a definite inspiration for her writing.

She especially likes the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival at Lincoln Memorial University where attendees get to stand up and announce "I am a writer."

"Most of us don't think of ourselves primarily as writers. We're librarians, we're teachers, we're parents, or whatever. I find it empowering to stand up and say I'm a writer. I always look forward to that at the conference because it renews my faith in me as a writer. If you don't call yourself a writer, then it's hard to think of yourself as a writer," Chrissie said.

Chrissie said she tries to write every day, even if it's just a paragraph or two. She also jots down ideas for stories or lines for poems that she keeps in a notebook.

"The key is just getting those things down – then I like to go back to that notebook and see what happens," she said.

For Chrissie, there's no doubt one of the biggest thrills about Dog Days and Dragonflies is the book's listing on Amazon.com. Published June 8, 2012, the book is available in paperback and Kindle versions.

"It was so exciting to be listed on Amazon – who doesn't want their book on Amazon," Chrissie said. "I still like to go there and look at it – oh my gosh – there's my book."

Author George Ella Lyon said this about the book: "If you're looking for a brave vision in a new voice, Dog Days and Dragonflies is the book for you. Chrissie Anderson Peters' stories of friendship, hardship, family love and betrayal will stay with you long after the last page."

Silas House, author of Same Sun Here and Parchment of Leaves, said "Chrissie Anderson Peters takes us into the complicated, dark, and beautiful heart of contemporary Appalachia with these intriguing stories, essays, and poems."

Chrissie is currently in the process of lining up readings and will soon travel for a signing and reading In Sylva, NC, on Aug. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. She also will be signing copies of her book July 21 at the Tazewell Main Street Heritage Festival. Additionally, a program at Johnson City's Barnes & Noble Bookstore is planned for Saturday, Aug. 4 at 3p.m.

In late July, Chrissie will attend the Hindman Settlement School's Appalachian Writers Workshop in Hindman, KY. The prestigious workshop only admits 75-80 people annually based on the submission of a poem or story.

Chrissie Anderson Peters graduated from Tazewell High School, and completed her bachelor's degree in English/Education from Emory & Henry College. She received her master's degree in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee. She currently works as a librarian at Northeast State Community College in Blountville, Tennessee. She resides in Bristol, TN, with her husband, Russell, and their feline children.

For more information, check out her Web site at www.ChrissieAndersonPeters.com, or e-mail her at TheWriteWayToGo@gmail.com.


Workshop Solutions sets Root Cause Analysis workshop Oct. 8-9

The Institute for Business and Industry Services at Northeast State Community College presents a Root Cause Analysis (RCA) course scheduled Oct. 8-9, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Wayne G. Basler Library on the College's main campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Root cause analysis is a powerful way of looking at underlying processes to determine how their design and/or implementation impacts project performance. The Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide and Standard book includes RCA as a technique for analyzing issues such as defects, variances, problems, and sources of risk. However, like many other standards/guidelines issued over the past two decades, it does not provide information on how to carry out such an investigation.

This two-day workshop will provide participants with an effective model for guiding RCA, as well as when to use it. It will consist of discussion, examples and practice with the model and some of the more important tools for performing such an analysis. Key issues to be covered include: Differences between creative and analytical problem solving; criteria for deciding when to do RCA; five iterative steps for finding causes, and steps for solution selection implementation.

The course instructor is Northeast State alumnus Duke Okes, who holds degrees in technology, business and education, and authored the book Root Cause Analysis: The Core of Problem Solving and Corrective Action.

The course is ideal for quality/process engineers, technicians, coordinators, managers, supervisors, team leaders, and process owners; anyone wanting to improve their ability to solve recurring problems.

Course fee is $425 per participant. Priority registration date is July 22. For more information, contact Cindy Tauscher at cmtauscher@NortheastState.edu or call 423.354.2570.


Keeping your job in a slow economy

The Career Development Services Center presents the one-day workshop How Not to Get Fired in a Tight Economy on July 11 at 9 a.m. in Room C2418 of the General Studies Building on the main campus, 2425 Highway 75, Blountville, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

This workshop will help participants better understand how not to behave on the job. Instructors will cover the top 10 reasons that people lose their jobs and how these mistakes can be avoided.

Contact the Career Development Services Center office at CareerDev@NortheastState.edu for more information.


Johnson City Community Concert Band takes the stage July 14

In 1983, members of the Johnson City community finally realized their vision of forming a community concert band that would perform for community events and would provide citizens an opportunity to practice and perform music as a community service.

Still going strong today, the Johnson City Community Concert Band performs a free concert at Northeast State Community College on Saturday, July 14 in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts, located on the College's main campus in Blountville, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

The band's performance is part of the College's "Hot Nights, Cool Music" summer concert series. The show is free and open to the public. The performance begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Originally sponsored by the Johnson City/Washington County Chamber of Commerce, a task force of Johnson City musicians got together to form the Band. Over the years the band has had several directors, assistant directors and has rehearsed in several locations in the Johnson City area. One thing however has stayed the same; the band has grown and improved each year in the quality of members and quality of performances.

Joe Hermann was the Band's first director and was one of the task force members that helped form the band. Past conductors include George Jones, Lee Ruffin, Randy Coapstick, Tom Stites, Paul Hinman, Joe Borden, Mike Smith, Roxanne Haskill, and Mark Foster. Jim Culp is the current Director for the Band. The Johnson City Community Concert Band is an all-volunteer, non-profit, concert band whose members are from all over the region.

Today the band is made up of approximately 60 members and associate members who have a diverse background in music, from professional band directors to no- music professionals of all ages that just want to continue the joy of playing music and performing. The band also features several associate members who taken up playing challenging music. 
For more information about this or other events in the Hot Nights, Cool Music series, visit www.NortheastState.edu or contact 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.


Ed Snodderly and band to visit Northeast State

Acclaimed songwriter and East Tennessee native Ed Snodderly and his band visit Northeast State July 12 for a free performance at 7 p.m. in the performing arts center on College's main campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Snodderly's performance is part of the College's "Hot Nights, Cool Music" summer concert series. The concert is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

With an armful of memorable songs – many recorded by some of today's most respected artists – Snodderly draws his audience into a musical narrative that at once reveals a strong sense of place and a graceful momentum. Raised by a musical family, he incorporated the regional influences of his home and those from his travels to create a sound all his own. The Country Music Hall of Fame recognized the lasting quality of Snodderly's songs and placed "The Diamond Stream" in the Hall of Honor.

Snodderly received national attention with The Brother Boys, a duo featuring his original songs, instrumental virtuosity, and lead vocals. As evidence of the growing admiration for his work, renowned musicians such as Sam Bush, Missy Raines, Jerry Douglas and John Cowan have recorded Snodderly's songs.

Snodderly also remains dedicated to running the Down Home, a world-famous listening room in downtown Johnson City that he co-founded. It remains one of the region's most esteemed music venues, known for its superior acoustics and artists. For more information, contact 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.


CAMP COLLEGE helps students build on GED accomplishment

Northeast State's CAMP COLLEGE set for July 23-25 is designed to give GED earners critical support and guidance to make them successful college students.

Students earning GEDs often do not take the next step to college in spite of the fact they stand to make considerable wage gains with a college degree. For example, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says a person with an associate degree earns $564 more per month than a person with a high school diploma or GED.

"I think the main reason GED students don't attempt college is that they haven't received a lot of encouragement and support to attend college," said Megan Charles, coordinator of College Transition Programs at Northeast State. "The biggest challenge is making sure they know what forms to fill out and what to do next. We're here to let them know they've got someone on campus that wants them to continue, will push for them, and help in any way."

Getting admitted to any college as a full-time student requires considerable work. Admission to Northeast State requires an applicant to forward a transcript of their high school record or GED score, submit an immunization record, complete an application, and pass any learning support tests needed. Participants have to be admitted as students to Northeast State to attend the camp and participants in College Access, WIA, or College Transitions programs.

Charles has spent considerable time in the last few weeks helping students navigate the admissions process and filling out the necessary forms to gain admission to Northeast State.

"You can tell when you provide that kind of support they jump at the chance," Charles said. "Once you give them some help, they get excited about college and are pumped up to go."

The three-day camp – scheduled for the Kingsport Center for Higher Education - introduces students to responsibilities of college life. Campers meet with admissions and financial aid representatives, academic counselors, tutors, and business office personnel to learn the ins and outs of college life and what it takes to be successful. Campers also learn about the D2L online learning system, how to access MyNortheast online services, and participate in a number of team-building exercises.

Charles said many GED earners also face hurdles such as job and family obligations, lack of transportation, and limited computer and Internet access, which often leads to discouragement.

"We're trying to reduce those fears and obstacles with the College Transitions Program and CAMP COLLEGE. Most of them are at a critical point – we want them to get excited about getting enrolled in college and capitalize on the great accomplishment of receiving a GED," Charles said.

Charles said the ultimate goal of the camp is to give students a feeling of community where they have friends and are familiar with faculty and staff who can provide answers and help.

"If we can get them to feel they belong here, that they can see themselves here, I think the chances of them staying in college are greatly improved," Charles said. 
CAMP COLLEGE also gives participating students one hour of college credit. Students are required to participate in the College Access Programs to attend the camp.

Funding for CAMP COLLEGE is provided through two grants; the Workforce Investment Act In-School Youth Grant supplied by the Alliance for Business and Training and the College Access Challenge Grant supplied by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

Any student interested in more information about CAMP COLLEGE can contact the College Access Programs office at 423.323.0223 or by emailing CollegeAccess@NortheastState.edu.


Day 5: Practicum – A Capstone Event: Participants experience working in the production and set-up for singer/songwriter Trey Hensley's evening concert on July 27 at the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts Theater on the main campus.

Sounding, lighting, and design workshop geared to entertainment industry

Whether doing sound or lighting for a new band, a church production, or new venue, individuals interested in working in the music/entertainment industry have a wonderful opportunity to learn comprehensive production skills when Northeast State presents a weeklong workshop with award-winning professionals in the field.

Workshop instructors include members of the award-winning lighting and artistic design team that created the Oedipus Rex production of Northeast State Theater.
The Sound, Lighting, and Production Workshop focuses on the aspects of basic sound, applied lighting design (artistic and technical), and production management. The five-day workshop meets July 23 – 27 at the College's performing arts center at the main campus in Blountville, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Course instructors are industry professionals in the lighting, entertainment and management fields. The workshop schedule is:

Day 1: Basic Sound – Participants learn the aspects of live sound set up, stage level sound setup and sound mixing and effects. Participants will work with live sound and in the theater sound booth.

Day 2: Applied Lighting Design – Participants learn the technical details of lighting systems to capture the right effect and the use of lighting as an artistic effect.

Day 3: Promotion – Participants learn how to tailor lighting and sound effects for different venues. An outdoor setting, a large indoor theater, or a church stage require specific lighting and sound effects. Additionally, participants learn how to promote performances.

Day 4: Management – Behind the stage curtain, entertainment professionals work on venue management and legal details for performances. This day covers venue management and details such as writing and fulfilling contacts with performers, insurance demands, and agreements with booking agents.

Course fee is $525 which includes all study materials. Priority registration date is July 16. For more information, contact Cindy Tauscher at cmtauscher@NortheastState.edu or 423.354.2570.


Shillito named chair of Northeast State Foundation

The board of directors for the Northeast State Community College Foundation has named A. Lee Shillito as its new chairman. Shillito was nominated and confirmed at the Foundation board's meeting held earlier this month.

"We've had some great leadership for the Foundation, and I look forward to working with everyone on the board," said Shillito, of Bristol.

Lee Shillito is the new chairman of the Northeast State Foundation board of directors.
A native of western North Carolina, Shillito launched Triad Packaging, Inc., in 1984. As president and chief executive officer, he oversaw the company's growth from one facility and three employees to 50 employees and 300 regular customers. Triad also operates a facility in Gastonia, N.C.

Shillito was named a member of the College's President's Trust in 2008. He succeeds former Nuclear Fuels Services President Dwight Ferguson who had served as board chairman since 2010.

"Lee is a truly dedicated servant to this community," said Ferguson. "I am so proud that he is our incoming chairman."

Active in numerous civic organizations and professionals boards, he has previously served as chairman of the Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce and president of the Bristol Rotary Club. He founded Believe in Bristol, served as board chairman of The Paramount Theater's Foundation, and is past chairman of the Tri-Cities TN/VA Economic Development Alliance. He currently serves on the administrative boards for the Bristol Salvation Army and Bristol Train Station Foundation.

Shillito officially took the helm as chairman on July 1.


RCAM video earns excellence award

A 30-minute video detailing the Regional Center of Advanced Manufacturing in Kingsport recently won an award of excellence in the International Videographer Awards competition.

The film was produced by Hillhouse Graphic Design and Hillhouse Video Works. The video was produced in 2011 as part of an awareness campaign for RCAM, a teaching site at Northeast State at Kingsport. To view the video, visit www.manufacturingfuture.net.