09-28-12

Because of You Campaign Schedule for Sept. 28

The Northeast State Community College Foundation kicks off the second year of the successful Because of You Campaign Sept. 24-28 to raise money for scholarships.

Campaign efforts include daily events by 20 academic programs and administrative departments. Here’s listing of activities and locations for Friday, Sept. 28:

Art Club
What: Art Exhibition
When: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Basler Library

Student Needs
What: Change2Change – Collecting Change for a Cause
When: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium

What: Fall Home Décor Sale
When: 10 a.m. -2 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium

GED
What: Car Wash
When: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Northeast State at Kingsport

Machine Tool/Manufacturing
What: Engraving Station
When: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium

College Access
What: Coffee Mug Sales
When 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Main Campus

Choral
What: Drawing for a $15 Subway Gift Card
When:  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium

09-27-12 

Because of You Campaign Schedule for Sept. 27

The Northeast State Community College Foundation kicks off the second year of the successful Because of You Campaign Sept. 24-28 to raise money for scholarships.

Campaign efforts include daily events by 20 academic programs and administrative departments. Here’s listing of activities and locations for Thursday, Sept. 27:

Art Club
What: Art Exhibition
When: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Basler Library

Student Needs
What: Change2Change – Collecting Change for a Cause
When: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium

What: Fall Home Décor Sale
When: 10 a.m. -2 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium

TRiO
What: Mum Sale
When: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium

What: Biggie’s Spirit Night
When: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Where: Kingsport, 417 W. Stone Drive

GED
What: Car Wash
When: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Main Campus

Machine Tool/Manufacturing
What: Engraving Station
When: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium

College Access
What: Coffee Mug Sales
When 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Main Campus

What: Chili Cook-off
When: 11:30 a.m. – Awards at 2 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Courtyard

Nursing
What: Food Sale – Breakfast Biscuits
When: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Where: Kingsport Center for Higher Education

Choral
What: Drawing for a $15 i-Tunes Gift Card
When:  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium

What: Spirit of Soul Benefit Concert
When:  7 p.m.
Where: Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts

Business Technologies
What: The Business of Social Networking
When:  3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Room C2308

09-26-12  

Because of You Campaign Schedule for Wednesday, Sept. 26

The Northeast State Community College Foundation kicks off the second year of the successful Because of You Campaign Sept. 24-28 to raise money for scholarships. 

Campaign efforts include daily events by 20 academic programs and administrative departments. Here’s listing of activities and locations for Wednesday, Sept. 26:

High School Transitions
What: Cornhole Tournament
When: 9 a.m.
Where: Courtyard

What: Food Sale - Corn dogs
When: 11 a.m.
Where: Courtyard

Art Club 
What: Art Exhibition
When: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Basler Library 

Student Needs 
What: Change2Change – Collecting Change for a Cause
When: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium

What: Fall Home Décor Sale
When: 10 a.m. -2 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium

 TRiO 
What: Mum Sale
When: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Technical Education Building

GED 
What: Car Wash
When: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Main Campus 

Machine Tool/Manufacturing 
What: Engraving Station
When: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium

College Access 
What: Coffee Mug Sales
When 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Main Campus

What: Make Your Own Wile Chile
When: TBA
Where: Main Campus 

Nursing 
What: Food Sale – Hot Dogs and Chips
When: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Kingsport Center for Higher Education

Choral 
What: Drawing for a $50 Restaurant Gift Card
When:  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium

Business Technologies 
What: QuickBooks for Non-Accounting Majors
When:  4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Room C2204

Honors 
What: Food Sale – Sausage Tortellini Soup
When:  11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium 

What: Glow 5K Run/Walk
When: 8 p.m. (Registration begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Where: Main Campus 

Learning Support 
What: Food Sale – Chicken Tortilla Soup
When:  11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Room C2427
 
 09-25-12 

Because of You Campaign Schedule for Tuesday, Sept. 25

The Northeast State Community College Foundation kicks off the second year of the successful Because of You Campaign Sept. 24-28 to raise money for scholarships.

Campaign efforts include daily events by 20 academic programs and administrative departments. Here’s listing of activities and locations for Tuesday, Sept. 25:

RCAM
What: Pancake Breakfast
When: 7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Where: Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing

Veterans Affairs
What: Food Sale - Waffles
When: 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium

Art Club
What: Art Exhibition
When: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Basler Library

Alumni
What: Alumni Lecture Series – Matthew Hill
When: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Where: Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts

What: Alumni Luncheon
When: 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Basler Library, L106

Student Needs
What: Change2Change – Collecting Change for a Cause
When: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium

What: Fall Home Décor Sale
When: 10 a.m. -2 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium

TRiO
What: Silent Auction
When: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium

GED
What: Car Wash
When: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Main Campus
Machine Tool/Manufacturing
What: Engraving Station
When: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium

College Access
What: Coffee Mug Sales
When 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Main Campus

What: Beef O-Brady’s Spirit Night
When: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Where: 300 Clinchfield St., Kingsport

Nursing
What: Food Sale – Pizza
When: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Regional Center for Health Professions

What: Elizabeth J. Shupe Book Signing
When: 3 p.m.
Where: Kingsport Center for Higher Education

What: Nursing Alumni Reunion
When: 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Kingsport, BANQ, 255 Broad St.

Choral
What: Drawing for a $50 Wal-Mart Gift Card
When:  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium

What: Kingsport After Hours
When:  5:30 p.m.
Where: Brock Terrace

Business Technologies
What: What is Information Assurance? What We Can Do for You!
When:  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Room C2427

What: Excel Functions
When:  3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Room C2302

 09-24-12 

Because of You Campaign Schedule for Monday, Sept. 24

The Northeast State Community College Foundation kicks off the second year of the successful Because of You Campaign Sept. 24-28 to raise money for scholarships.

Campaign efforts include daily events by 20 academic programs and administrative departments. Here’s listing of activities and locations for Monday, Sept. 24:

Veterans Affairs
What: Food Sale - Waffles
When: 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium

Art Club
What: Art Exhibition
When: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Basler Library

Student Needs
What: Change2Change – Collecting Change for a Cause
When: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium

What: Beef O-Brady’s Spirit Night
When: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Where: 300 Clinchfield St., Kingsport

What: Fall Home Décor Sale
When: 10 a.m. -2 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium

TRiO
What: Silent Auction
When: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium

GED
What: Car Wash
When: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Main Campus

Machine Tool/Manufacturing
What: Engraving Station
When: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium

College Access
What: Coffee Mug Sales
When 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Main Campus

What: Campus Parade and Hula Hoop Contest
When: 10:15 a.m.
Where: Main Campus

Nursing
What: T-shirt Sales
When: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Regional Center for Health Professions

What: Food Sale – Pizza
When: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Regional Center for Health Professions

Choral
What: Trading Places – President for a Day (students only)
When:  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Main Campus, Atrium

 09-20-12 

Get funky with the Spirit of Soul Dance Band

If you haven’t had the opportunity to hear one of the area’s hottest dance bands you can on Sept. 27 when the Spirit of Soul Dance Band plays Northeast State.  Spirit of Soul will be playing favorite dance songs of the 60’s, 70’s and more.

Tickets are $10 at the door. The show starts at 7 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts Center Theater at the College’s main campus, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

The Spirit of Soul Dance Band has quickly become one of the area’s most popular bands, with its incredible ability to cover the best in dance music. From the 60’s best songs to favorites in the 70’s, 80’s and more including classic Soul, smooth R&B, Disco, Beach Music and Shag.

The group features three dynamic male and female lead vocalists supported by a five-piece rhythm section plus three terrific horn players.

“When we formed our group we wanted to make sure we selected songs that were the classics of that era and each one had to be danceable. We’ve added numerous new songs over the past year and will play some of them at this fantastic venue,” said Mary Duke McCartt, one of the band’s vocalists.

The Spirit of Soul performers are Fred Goodwin, Don Nickell, Howard Bloom, Tom Huddleston, Sam Huddleston, Robin Williams, Jeff Williams, Norman Gray, McCartt, Bill Derby and Chuck Gordon.

For information about tickets contact the Northeast State Box Office at 423.354.5173.

09-20-12 

Get R.A.D. this fall

A class designed to give women the basic tools of self-defense and confidence to use them begins this month at Northeast State’s main campus in Blountville, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Women can learn the art of self-defense and survival through the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D) course taught three successive Thursdays, Sept. 27, Oct. 4 & 11 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The class meets in the Upper Courtyard of the Student Activities building.

The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only class 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, and is 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.

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 or ffcanedo@NortheastState.edu.
 
09-18-12 

You served, now it’s our turn 

Victory Media has named Northeast State to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. 

“It is an honor to be included in this select group of colleges and universities for the 4th consecutive year,” said Pat Chandler, coordinator of Veterans Affairs at the College. “Northeast State strives to offer the best possible services to those who have already given so much.  We want these students to be successful.”

The College served more than 250 students who received veterans benefits during the 2011 fall term. Northeast State also administers the new federal Veterans Retraining Assistance Program which offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed veterans age 35 and over.

The Military Friendly Schools web site features the complete list with interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.  The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Northeast State’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs and vice president at Victory Media.

Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology and criteria developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/board.

09-17-12 

Bakery founder shares story with business students

When Cotton Roberts and his wife decided to open a bakery, the skeptics were many.

Starting a bakery in a down-trending economy was a pipe dream, said some. But Roberts told students a dream is often the best start to any business.

“It takes a dream first,” Roberts told the class. “But you got to put some feet under that dream.”

Roberts spoke to Professor Dr. Garry Grau’s business management course this week about his experiences doing a business start-up in a depressed economy.

Family Bakery co-founder Cotton Roberts talks cupcakes and tax rates with Dr. Garry Grau’s business class.

Roberts retired from Eastman Chemical Company before opening Family Bakery three years ago in downtown Gate City, Va.  The bakery idea came from Vicky who had experiencing in the catering field.  Needless to say, they received plenty of discouraging words about taking on big name stores with in-house bakeries.

“We wanted to do this a unique way,” Roberts said. “We didn’t want to offer things that everyone else had.”

What they had were baked-that-day cinnamon rolls, muffins, scones, and the undisputed pastry star of the Family Bakery, the Cupcake. Not just any cupcake, mind you. A couple dozen varieties all branded with names to fit the flavors. Devil in a Blue Dress. Wedding Cake.The Dark Side of the Moon. The Dirty Snowball.

“It’s not a cupcake,” said Izzy Leonard, a business management major and would-be entrepreneur who attested to the Family Bakery. “It is a little piece of heaven.”

Armed with knowledge, strong faith, and a pretty sound business plan, the Family Bakery opened in May 2009.  The opening proved a resounding success. The workforce jumped from two employees to eight including Roberts’ sons and daughter. The bakery added specialty cakes to the menu. Lunch service began a few months after the grand opening.

“It is an extraordinary story of doing business right,” Grau told his class.“To make it work in this economy is phenomenal.”

Representatives from a Scott County Economic Development Authority guided Roberts through the drafting of his business plan and advised him on tax and business issues. He urged future entrepreneurs to draft a business plan. A business plan mapped out a business operation and future. It was also a necessity to secure financial assistance from any reputable lending institution.

“Forming a business plan is one of the biggest steps you can take,” Roberts said.“If you don’t have a business plan on how you are going to do it, you will fail.”

Roberts dispenses some advice about starting up a small business.

The business plan enabled Roberts to secure a low-interest loan to purchase equipment and to outfit the bakery. However, he also pointed out no plan was immune from setbacks.   Roberts said the grand opening plans were pushed back several times. He recalled one of the most frustrating moments occurred when the building flooded when a water pipe burst only days before the scheduled opening.

“Don’t be discouraged,” he said. “Whatever happens you got to be able to push through it, that’s usually the difference in failing or making it.”

Students peppered Roberts with questions about his experiences on everything from advertising to property use. He explained the finer points of accounting and banking demands for operating a small business.

“He pretty much confirmed the suspicions I had about how hard it would be,” said Leonard.

Roberts also walked students through the necessities of securing a tax identification number with the Internal Revenue Service, acquiring a business license, and get a state and federal sales tax numbers.

“I got a good feeling for how he went about planning for it,” said Bryce Salyers, a small business management major.

Roberts urged future business owners to carve out their niche with a business identity that set them apart. He illustrated the point with a verse from the Song of Solomon.

“There are 60 queens, 80 concubines, and countless virgins,” Roberts said, “but my love, my perfect one, is unique.”

09-18-12  

Rep. Matthew Hill to deliver Alumni Lecture Series address

Matthew Hill measures his success as a state representative by the way people greet him at places such as football games, breakfasts, yard sales, and Wal-Mart. If he hears “Hi, Matthew” or “Hello, Matthew,” he counts it as a badge of honor.

Hill likes to relate a story of a politician he watched years ago work an event. The lawmaker received formal greeting after formal greeting as he moved through the crowd. To Hill, the salutations rang false.

“It was apparent they did not view him as one of them,” said Hill, a 2001 Northeast State graduate. “That’s why I like it when I hear “Hey, Matthew” because if someone feels comfortable calling me by my first name, they’re willing to call me up when they have a problem.”

Hill, a four-term representative for Tennessee’s 7th District, will present this year’s Alumni Lecture Series address Sept. 25 at 9 a.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts. The lecture is entitled: “Getting Involved and Making a Difference.”

In addition to his lawmaking duties, Hill is vice president of operations of the Information Communications Corp., having begun working with ICC and its radio stations while in high school. Presently he is the host of the nationally syndicated "Matthew Hill Show" on the IRN/USA Radio Network and is heard as Mr. Matthew on the children's program "Bible Buddies" on WHCB 91.5 FM. He also graduated from East Tennessee State University with a bachelor of science degree.

Hill said his radio career has been the perfect preparation for politics, teaching him the value of communication and the importance of knowing his audience.

“You don’t talk at people, but with them,” Hill said. “Even more important is listening  you can learn so much just by listening.”

In fact, Hill loves to relate small stories about his constituents and the problems and concerns they’ve brought to him. He said he isn’t always able to solve every problem, but he makes sure he does everything possible to get results  regardless of politics.

“It’s their government and I represent every one of the 64,000 people in my district,” Hill said “I’m not here to occupy space or take up time - I’m here to make a difference now while staying true to what I believe. My job is to remove the barriers so people can get access to their government.”

Hill, the College’s commencement speaker for 2012, fondly recalls his time at Northeast State, mentioning the old library in the Pierce Building and the long-gone gravel parking lots where the library and humanities buildings now stand.

“Most of all, I remember the personal nature and feeling of acceptance by the faculty and staff,” Hill said. “They really cared and took the time to listen – that pervasive attitude of service is why Northeast State excelled then and why it does now.”

Hill said he urges everyone – no matter their station of life – to pursue an education and map out goals. For most successful people, education was the catalyst for their achievements, Hill said.

“Education is a process, but for it to work it has to start,” Hill said. “When I started at Northeast State would I have known I would be a four-term state representative, have a radio career, and a beautiful family? No, and I certainly wouldn’t have all those things if I hadn’t started the process.  The important thing is to complete your education and don’t quit – no matter how hard it gets.”

In addition to his lecture, Hill will also visit several classes and talk with students. For more information about the Alumni Lecture Series, contact Rayma Gibbs at 279.7637 or rjgibbs@NortheastState.edu.

The Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts is located on the Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

09-18-12  

Business Technologies offers courses for fund-raiser

The Northeast State Community College Foundation kicks off the second year of the successful Because of You Campaign this month to raise money for scholarships.

In support of this effort, the Division of Business Technologies is offering several popular software courses. The cost is $99 per person per session. All proceeds from the courses will go to the foundation for scholarships and other needed items. To register, contact Cindy Tauscher at 423.354.2570 or cmtauscher@northeaststate.edu.

Information Session Title: Intro to Excel 2010
Date: Saturday, Sept. 22
Time: 9 a.m. – Noon
Location: C2309
Instructor: Dr. Kurt Kominek
Professor, Computer and Information Sciences

This seminar provides an introduction to 2010 version of Excel. Basic operations covered in this workshop will prepare you for the Microsoft Excel Functions seminar on Sept. 25. Topics will include creating workbooks and charts and using formulas and functions.

Information Session Title: Excel Functions
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 25
Time: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: C2302
Instructor: Karen Nunan
Assistant Professor, Computer Science

The focus on Excel 2010 continues with the Excel Functions seminar covering the use of additional features.

Information Session Title: QuickBooks for Non-Accounting Managers
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 26
Time: 4:30 p.m.  –  7:30 p.m.
Location: C2204
Instructor: R. Lynn Anderson, CPA
Assistant Professor – Business Technologies

This seminar will give a short overview of data entry, focusing on entering checks, bills, receipts from customers, and deposits. We will also discuss bank reconciliations – how to do them and what to look for in a bank reconciliation report.

Information Session Title: The Business of Social Networking
Date: Thursday, Sept. 27
Time: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: C2308
Instructor: Dan H. Perry
Associate Professor, Department Head Computer and
Information Sciences

Do you have a business? Do you have a Facebook, Twitter, G+, Pinterest, or other social network account? Are you using those accounts in your business? Join us to discuss ways social networking can improve your business. This workshop will introduce various social media and discuss how they can be used in business. We will also spend time brainstorming with the group as to ways to apply social networking to various types of business. Attendees will take away knowledge about how to use social media in their business.

09-13-12  

Let us peaceably assemble for constitution week

Northeast State invites the public and civic-minded to the College’s commemoration Constitution Awareness Week held Sept. 17-23 and sponsored by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.  The week celebrates the 222nd anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

The 8th annual “We the People” forum scheduled for Sept. 17 at 10:30 a.m. in the performing arts center on the main campus brings together Northeast State students and faculty to discuss the Constitution’s structure and impact on American history from the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the present day. Panel members Amanda Broome, Beth Ross, Matt DeLozier, and Mark Pollock engage in a lively discussion about the meaning and relevance of the Constitution.  The forum will be moderated by John Grubb.

Attorney Jim Culp will deliver the Constitution Awareness Week keynote address, “Our Constitution: Legitimacy, Stability, and Popular Opinion” at the WRCPA Theater on Sept. 18 at noon. Culp serves as legal counsel for the city of Johnson City.

The public is invited to both events to learn about one of the most important documents ever written and the model for democratic governments throughout the world.

Information, contact 423.279.7669 or e-mail jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.

 09-13-12  

TRiO mum sale to raise scholarship funds

As part of Northeast State’s Because of You scholarship campaign, the TriO CluB will sell mums on the Blountville campus from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26-28 while supplies last.

Proceeds will go toward scholarship funds for TRiO Student Support Services participants.

TRiO Student Support Services provides counseling, advising, resources, and a variety of cultural experiences that support and promote retention, graduation, and transfer.

While supplies last, choices include 8-inch and 12-inch mums in the colors of red, purple, white, yellow, and orange. The 8-inch mums are $7 each or three for $20 and the 12-inch mums are $15 each.

The sale will take place at the Technical Education Building on the main campus, 2425 Highway 75, Blountville, Tenn.

During 2011-12, TRiO CLuB contributed $1,000 to the TRiO Participant Scholarship Fund and three TRiO participants were awarded scholarships for 2012-13.

Last year’s Because of You campaign saw an overwhelming response from faculty and staff, raising more than $50,000 for new and existing scholarships for 17 programs.

09-11-12  

Philadelphia Dance Company to ‘Wake Up’ audiences

When Joffrey Ballet performs, you can count on seeing exquisite classical ballet. When River Dance comes to town, the fare will be exclusively Irish step dance. But when Philadelphia Dance Company, known as PHILADANCO, takes the stage, the program offers a vast array of dance idioms, ranging from traditional ballet to the hippest hip-hop.

PHILADANCO will bring its diverse dance palette to Upper East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m., sponsored by East Tennessee State University's Mary B. Martin School of the Arts. To accommodate the company’s wide variety of dance programming, the performance will be held at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts at Northeast State Community College in Blountville.

PHILADANCO’s variety of rave reviews are as varied as its repertoire and innovation. “The members of the Philadelphia Dance Company can do almost anything: leap like arrows in flight, spin, stretch, kick and melt like hot wax,” reported The Washington Post.

The Philadelphia Dance Company was created in 1970 by Joan Myers Brown to address the shortage of opportunities for minority dancers in the Philadelphia region.

In a rousing program called Wake Up, this season, PHILADANCO is performing two dances from its recent 40th Anniversary Gala — Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s By Way of the Funk, a feast of American rhythm and blues, and the hip-hop masterpiece Philadelphia Experiment by Rennie Harris, founder of Puremovement.

The presentation of PHILADANCO was made possible by the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project. Major support for NDP is also provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Tickets are $5 for all area students with a valid student ID, $20 general admission and $15 for seniors 60 and over. Northeast State is located at 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport in Blountville, Tenn.

For more information, contact Anita DeAngelis, Mary B. Martin School of the Arts director, at 423.439.5673 or deangeli@etsu.edu, or Lise Cutshaw, media and marketing coordinator, at 423.773.5410 or cutshaw@etsu.edu. For more on PHILADANCO, visit http://www.philadanco.org.

 09-05-12  

New NortheastState.edu goes live

The www.NortheastState.edu web site got a fresh new look when the Northeast State web site went live today.

The College adopted the Ektron content management system to reorganize the new site and improve navigation capabilities for both students and faculty.

“It is one of the best content management systems in the industry,” said Russell Bowman, webmaster at Northeast State’s information technology department.

Bowman has spent the better part of one year rebuilding the web site from the ground up. Pages were migrated on a temporary beta page built into the new web site. The soon-to-be-replaced web site hosted approximately 2,700 separate web pages. The new site is condensed to half that number with more direct links and navigation mapping.

“The existing website for Northeast State has been in use since 2002, so we are very excited about transitioning to a new site,” said Fred Lewis, vice president for Information Technology at Northeast State. “The new site should be more visually appealing, easier to navigate, and provides additional capabilities we did not have with the old web site.”

Designed for easier navigation for new and current students, the new site features quick access hover menus at the top of the page. Students can easily access links to apply for admission and financial aid, register for classes, check out scholarships, and find an advisor.

Students can access familiar online tools of Desire 2 Learn, MyNortheast, and NORSTAR to manage student account information and course assignments. The site features built-in analytics to gauge popular pages and get feedback from students and staff about the site’s use. Each page also can be commented on via the social networks of Facebook or Twitter.

Ektron counts private sector clients including Eastman Chemical Company and Wal-Mart as well as the Tennessee Board of Regents, Northeast State’s governing body.

“Rebuilding the site has been a long process but the finished product is well worth it,” said Bowman. “We have made an enormous leap forward with NortheastState.edu.”

09-05-12  

Noted change management expert to lecture at Northeast State

Emma Morris, head of the Atlanta-based Morris Group, will lecture Sept. 25 at Northeast State Community College about change management. Morris will speak to business leaders, faculty, staff, and students from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts, 2425 Highway 75, Blountville. 

Morris’ passion is advising and coaching executives to become phenomenal leaders and growers of leaders throughout their organizations. She believes people are the life and future of the organization and that every generation has much to learn from those ahead and behind of them. 

Morris recently published Wingtips for Women: Success Without Compromise, a candid discussion about successful women and their practical tips about mentoring, coaching, and leadership. 

Morris has held executive level positions with IBM, Ernst & Whinney, Dun & Bradstreet Software, and served as founding CEO for three technology companies subsequently acquired by global firms.  

An expert on rapid growth, merger integration, and corporate change, she graduated cum laude from Emory University and earned an M.B.A. in international marketing from the University of South Carolina. She serves on numerous for-profit and not-for-profit boards.