Northeast State at Bristol grand opening set for May 6

Northeast State Community College will hold grand opening ceremonies May 6 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at its new teaching site at 620 State St. in downtown Bristol. 

Northeast State is leasing 16,000 square-feet of third-floor space to house classrooms and offices. Northeast State President Dr. Janice Gilliam said the College plans to offer two-year associate degrees, certificates, workforce development training, and GED/Adult Education at the site. The College is also seeking partnerships with other area higher education institutions including Virginia Highlands Community College, King College, and East Tennessee State University. 

In addition, Northeast State officials are planning to offer an entertainment technology program that will mesh with Bristol’s “Birthplace of Country Music” brand. The program would focus on equipping students with sound, lighting, and rigging skills, which could be used in performances, hotels, churches, theaters, and other related venues. 

WHAT:  Grand opening for Northeast State at Bristol teaching site 

WHEN:  Monday, May 6 from 2 – 6 p.m. (Ribbon cutting at 3 p.m.) 

WHERE:  620 State St., Downtown Bristol 

 Contact: Bob Carpenter - 423.323.0259 /rccarpenter@NortheastState.edu 


Northeast State, Eastman noted in top five AACC award finalists

Northeast State was among a select group of colleges noted by the American Association of Community Colleges as a finalist for the 2013 AACC Award of Excellence in the Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership category.

The awards are part of a prestigious new program designed by AACC to recognize innovation and promising practices among two-year colleges nationwide. The award ceremony was held April 23 in San Francisco during the AACC’s annual convention.

The AACC selected Northeast State Community College and Eastman Chemical Company as finalists for the college/corporate partnership award.

"This prestigious honor puts Northeast State in the vanguard of community colleges nationwide, distinguishing it as a model of progressive practice and innovation," said Dr. Warren G. Bumphus, AACC president.

Finalists for the Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership award were Harper College (Ill.), Indian River State College (Fla.), Northeast Community College (Neb.), Northeast State Community College, and Richland Community College (Ill.).

Harper College was selected for the top honor and recognized for its 25-year relationship with Illnois-based Motorola Solutions.

The AACC nomination noted several Northeast State/Eastman collaborations including:

• Creation of 10 web-based courses in support of the chemical process operations program. The curriculum was developed using subject matter experts from Eastman who collaborated with a software development team located at Northeast State’s Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM).

• Development of scholarships for students majoring in advanced manufacturing fields. Eastman played a vital role in establishing the College’s Workforce Development Scholarship in 2008. The scholarship has awarded funds to more than 380 students majoring in electrical technology, electromechanical technology, machine tool technology, welding/metal fabrication, and chemical process operations. Since the start of the program, 231 students have graduated from Northeast State.

• Development and construction of the RCAM. In partnership with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development; Eastman, Domtar, the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, the City of Kingsport, and Northeast State formed the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) to establish RCAM, a 26,000 square-foot facility that combines classroom, online, and hands-on instruction in advanced manufacturing skill areas. Operating under a shared leadership model between Eastman, Northeast State, and AMP, RCAM opened in fall 2009 with about 150 students and now enrolls over 400.

“It was an honor to be in the top five out of 1,200 colleges in the U.S.,” said Northeast State President Dr. Janice Gilliam, “Our real reward is the partnership with Eastman; you cannot find a better community-oriented organization.”

The American Association of Community Colleges is a national organization representing the nation’s 1,200 community, junior and technical colleges, and their 13.5 million students. Community colleges are the largest sector of higher education, enrolling almost half of all U.S. undergraduates. For more information about AACC and community colleges, see www.aacc.nche.edu.


Meet the Northeast State Bears  

Northeast State has a new mascot. Thousands of online ballots were cast and a majority of voters selected the BEARS as the first mascot name to represent the College!

The voting results were revealed today in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater on the main campus at Blountville. Voters selected the Bears over the Owls and Jets mascot options. A Bear mascot will represent the College at various events as a goodwill ambassador.

Bears represent one of the most recognizable and awe-inspiring animals of our region and in the whole of North America. References to bears are found in ancient and modern literature, folk songs, legends, mythology, and children stories.  Bears are among the first animals that children learn to recognize.

The College sought to establish a symbol to represent college pride and reflect a regional identity for the public. Northeast State surveyed students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members to develop creative ideas for the campaign.

Northeast State wishes to thank everyone who voted and all the project’s contributors for their work and support.


College partners with Second Harvest to aid in-need students

College coursework presents a challenge to a student living in a comfortable environment. The challenge is magnified when the student lacks money or even a regular food supply.

Faculty and staff of Northeast State Community College endeavored to help students in need of food assistance through a pilot project with a regional food bank. The College’s Student Needs Project partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank as a destination for their Mobile Food Pantry to serve to students. Staff and student volunteers organized the first food deliveries made to the main campus on April 19 and designated for 45 in-need students.

“We hope to bring the mobile food pantry to the main campus once per month beginning in the fall semester,” said Raylene Steward, with Student Support Services TRiO Program at Northeast State. “The only qualification they need to have is being an enrolled Northeast State student.”

A $5 donation from a pantry partner provides a student with 40 pounds of food.  Donations are solicited from individuals across campus not from students in need. Faculty and staff members donated funds to cover the truck’s fuel costs and charges on this first trip.

Steward initiated the project as an assignment for a graduate level course she is taking at East Tennessee State University. She contacted Second Harvest about the mobile food pantry earlier this spring.

The mobile food pantry vehicle delivers perishable and non-perishable foods to participating organizations. The vehicle used by Second Harvest was provided through the “American Idol” television show’s charitable efforts.

“The need is there because our faculty talks to students and hears their stories every semester,” said David Haga, instructor of Mathematics and coordinator of the Student Needs Project. “Raylene did a fantastic job so we hope this is just the beginning of what we can do for students.”

Haga took the helm of the Student Needs Project last fall during the Because of You fundraising campaign launched by the Northeast State Foundation. He said the project aimed to offer food assistance for up to 60 students once each month during seven months of the 2013-2014 academic year.  He added the Northeast State at Kingsport and Elizabethton sites could be added as delivery points this fall.

“For many of our students, an education is the only way they have to get to a better life,” said Haga. “We are striving to keep them in class by helping meet those needs beyond the classroom.”

College welcomes 93 new members into PTK chapter

Northeast State Community College welcomed 93 new members to the Alpha Iota Chi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for the 2013 spring semester.

The new members were welcomed into Alpha Iota Chi during an induction ceremony held April 21 at the College’s main campus in Blountville.  The ceremony was led by Jane Honeycutt, the chapter’s faculty advisor and coordinator of the Northeast State Honors Program.

The newest members of Alpha Iota Chi are:  Jordan Appiah-Kesse; Tyler Arnold; Maria Beteta; Lauren Beuttel; Tiffani Bigelow; Donald Black; Jonathon Blackwell; Emmaline Bragg; Lori Burnettee; Kalena Butts; Tia Campbell; Tia Campbell; Sheryl Chapman; Jefferson Coalson; Patricia Coonley; Mary Cordero; Jonathan Creger; Mary Crowe; Christina Crowl; Elaine Cuddihee; Amy Dotson; Daniel Durbin; Rachel Durham; Stephanie Ernest; Alyssa Fair; Mallory Grey; Laurel Gustavsen; Brittany Hammitt; Courtney Harkleroad; Jamie Harris; Brooke Hartley; Steven Haun; Lindsey Hicks; Joshua  Hinkle; Kayla Hobbs; Hannah Hopper; Marc Huening; Katie Hyatt; Lacey Hyatt; Alicia Jantzen; Blake Johnson; Lori Jones; Glenna Kassem; Paige Kelly; Melissa Kendrick ; Virginia Ginny Ketron; Joy Kissel; Ryan Knowlden; Tyler Knowles;  Christopher Krajeck; Rebeka Lane; Ann Maines; Jennifer Marshall; Sarah Maxwell; James McCracken; Amanda McCracken; Christopher McGinn; Cassie McGrory; Savannah McKee; Natasha Miller; Nicole Neilson; Randa Norton; Holly O’Brien; Shannon Otterbine; Matthew Parker; Jennifer Pate;  Joe Pendergrass ;Jasmine Potter; Amber Quillen; Timothy Rice; Asten Rice; Cory Richardson; Austin Rowell; Katelyn Salyers; Stephen Saults; Elizabeth Savinsky; Scott-Michael Scarbrough;  Jessica Shoun; Dustin Silcox; Odette Simons; Bridgette Smith; Isabella Smith; Travis Sproles; Joshua Stansberry; Hannah Stevens; Amber Sturgill; Bonnie Tankersley; Edward Teal; Tracy Wagner; Cassandra Walls; Samuel Wells; Mackinzie Whitener; Matthew Wineman; and Jeff Woods.

To qualify for membership in Phi Theta Kappa, a student must be enrolled full-time in an associate degree program, have completed at least 12 hours of college-level coursework, and have a minimum 3.5 grade point average. A college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter extends membership invitations to students meeting these criteria.

The Alpha Iota Chi chapter has achieved five-star status, the highest level of participation in Phi Theta Kappa activities. The society supports the four hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship that are designed to give members opportunities for personal growth as well as service to others.


Honors convocation recognizes distinguished students, staff, and faculty

Northeast State recognized the year’s distinguished students, staff, and faculty members at the annual Honors Convocation held Thursday night at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport.

The college’s Outstanding Student Award was presented to Elizabeth Ross. She holds membership in the College’s Alpha Iota Chi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the Northeast State Scholars Foundation, and the President’s All-Academic Team. She holds a 4.0 grade point average. Ross also won the Adult Learner of the Year Award given to a non-traditional student with high achievement after returning to college. She will graduate summa cum laude in May with an associate of science degree in Speech Communication.

Northeast State alumnus Dr. David Long, ’92, received the Outstanding Alumni Award for 2013. Long serves as assistant director of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Prior to the Convocation, the College held a reception for the President’s All-Academic Team. The team is composed of students who are graduating with a 4.0 grade point average.

The Northeast State Program Area Awards recognized outstanding students in the academic department. Program award winners are:

Advanced Technologies 

Chemical Process Operations – Benjamin Sanders; Electrical Technology – James May; Electromechanical Technology – Michael Clay; General Technology – Todd Rust; Automotive Service – James Dollard; Auto Body Service Technology – Alan Daniel; Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning – Justin Brickey; Industrial Drafting Design – Jordan Pate; Machine Tool – Steven Hensley; Manufacturing – James Foster; Mechanical – Marshall Haney; Motor Sports – Alexander Arnold; Welding/Metal Fabrication – Michael Johnson.

Behavioral & Social Science Division 

Criminal Justice and Criminology – Justin Sparks; Early Childhood Education – Jamie Trivett; Mass Communications – Michael Wells; Psychology – Hannah Todaro; Public Safety and Justice Administration – Robert Conley;  Social Work – Rebecca Lecka; Sociology & Anthropology – Jasmine Potter; Speech Communication – Josh Shearer; Teacher Education – Mallory Grey; Teacher Education Pre-K-3 – Cory Parker.

Business Technologies 

Accounting – Kristen  Dempsey; Management – Michael Devereaux; Small Business Management – Billy Harrah Jr.; Computer & Information Science/Computer Networking Systems – Patricia Coonley;; Computer & Information Science/Computer Programming – Joshua Blevins;  Computer & Information Science/Internet and Web Development – Jonathan Hinkle;  Computer & Information Science/ PC Management – Jimmy Absher; Computer & Information Science / Information Technology – William Bailey; Office Administrative Technology/General – Laurie Anspaugh; Office Administrative Technology/Legal – Michelle Sprouse; Office Administrative Technology/Medical – Sandra Baker.

Health-Related Professions Division 

Dental Assisting - Carrie Murray; Medical Laboratory Technology - Kipling Woods; Emergency Medical Technology-Paramedic - Kristi Gross; Surgical Technology - Jessica Shoun; Invasive Cardiology - Brittany Hicks; Non-Invasive Cardiology - Sara Graham.

Humanities Division 

Art – Tommy Laws, Jr.; English – Andrew Christian; History – Amanda Broome; Spanish – Jessi Stevens; Honors Program – Alicia Jennings.

Mathematics Division 

Business – Diane Campbell; Engineering – Christopher Martinez; Mathematics – James Wagner.

Nursing Division – Debra Evans.

Sciences Division 

Astronomy – Kimberly Campbell; Biology – Brandie Newman; Chemistry – Stanley Pierce; Dental Hygiene – Rachel Hygiene; Health Professions – Jocelyn Spenillo; Nursing/Articulated – Angelica Bridges; Physical Therapy – Daniel Neubrander; Physics – Laura Wemple; Radiography – Ian Wolf.

Northeast State President Dr. Janice Gilliam presented the Distinguished Staff Awards to Northeast State faculty and staff who were nominated by their colleagues for their outstanding service to students and the College.

David Lewis won the Distinguished Support Staff Member Award. Lewis provides support services around campus and takes on the challenging job of lab assistant with the Sciences Department.

Sandra Gardner received the Distinguished Administrative/Professional Staff Member Award. She is an academic advisor with the Student Success Center providing guidance and learning resources for students.

Jim Kelly was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Member Award. He is an associate professor of history and humanities at Northeast State. Kelly also chairs the College’s Cultural Activities Committee that brings educational and entertaining speakers to campus each year.

Northeast State also recognized students graduating next month with academic honors. A total of 129 students are graduating cum laude (honors), 65 will graduate magna cum laude (high honors), and 72 students are summa cum laude (highest honors) graduates.

The College’s spring graduation ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on May 14 at the East Tennessee State University/Mountain States Health Alliance Memorial Center in Johnson City.


Convocation to honor the year's best

Northeast State will recognize the year’s most distinguished students, staff, and faculty members of 2012-2013 at the annual Honors Convocation held Thursday, April 18 at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport.

The Honors Convocation recognizes Northeast State’s top student achievers in each academic department, students graduating in May with honors, and the Outstanding Student, Outstanding Alumni, and Outstanding Faculty award winners.  The Honors Convocation also recognizes the students involved with service learning programs, Volunteer Northeast State, club and individual awards won throughout the year from state and national organizations.

The event begins at 7 p.m. in MeadowView’s main convention center. For information, contact the office of Student Life at 423.354.2416.


Poet Kane Smego to perform April 23

Kane “Novakane” Smego, a nationally-recognized spoken word poet and artistic director of Sacrificial Poets, will perform April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts.

Smego is noted for his dynamic performances that explore the power of stories and voice as tools for self-transformation, non-violent resistance, and community engagement.

Smego grew up in North Carolina and graduated in 2010 with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a National Poetry Slam finalist and he has performed at prominent venues such as the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York City, the, Chicago’s Green Mill, and the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn.

For more information, visit http://www.consciouscampus.com/portfolio/kane-smego/.

The performing arts center is located at 2425 Highway 75 in Blountville, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Smego’s performance is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Kelly at jpkelly@NortheastState.edu or 423.279.7669.


Prepare to be mesmerized by Hynopalooza

Prepare to be mesmerized when hypnotist and mentalist Rich Aimes brings his riotous “Hypnopalooza!” show to Northeast State Community College on April 17, for two free performances scheduled at 12 noon and 7 p.m. at the Northeast State Auditorium on the main campus, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Aimes makes audience members the stars of the show by putting them into funny situations as hypnotic subjects.  The performance sheds some light on the power of suggestion and influence that can be exerted on the human thought with the right prompting. His dramatic flair and uncanny abilities has won over audiences across the country.

Aimes is a board certified hypnotist with the National Board of Hypnotist Education and Certification (NBHEC) and studied psychology and theater as an undergraduate. As a student of hypnosis, he trained in Los Angeles and Florida with some of the top hypnotists in the country. Marielle, his wife and stage partner, is also a board certified hypnotist with NBHEC. The couple has wowed corporate clients, fairs, and theme parks.

This is the perfect event for relieving end-of-semester strains and stresses, and you are invited to bring your students, family, friends, and colleagues. Students of psychology, performing arts, and speech should especially enjoy this program (as well as anyone who needs a relaxing “escape”).

Aimes’ performances are being sponsored by the Northeast State Cultural Activities Committee. Both performances are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact 423.279.7669 or e-mail jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.


Tax details critical for business students

Death and taxes. While both are inevitable, business owners should not have to fret over taxes when they have the right information.

Charles Archer, a tax auditor with the Tennessee Department of Revenue, visited Dr. Garry Grau’s business management classes during the current academic year to talk taxes and answer questions from students/budding entrepreneurs.

Archer fielded questions about subjects ranging from 501© non-profit organizations to interstate commerce regarding tax levies from state to state. He talked about sales and use tax, the primary revenue generating source for the state.

“When an entity has ‘nexus’ – or a physical connection with our state – that entity is subject to our state tax laws,” Archer explained.

The state’s sales tax rate covers retail items purchased in the state.  The use tax is applied to “tangible personal property” purchased from outside the state and imported into Tennessee for use or consumption.

Grau frequently welcomes professionals from sectors of business and regulation into his classes to engage business students with real-world scenarios.

“Connecting students with the business world means bringing business world professionals into the classroom,” said Grau.  “The students’ experience must include encounters with the people they will interact with as professionals and business people.”

Cities and counties may impose a local option sales tax rate of up to 2.75 percent. These municipal governments report the local option tax collections to the state.  Archer explained the state used a complex formula to return those local option sales tax revenues to the municipalities for use in their public administration.

The department of Revenue hosts free tax information workshops to assist small business owners encountering business-related taxes for the first time.  The department’s Johnson City regional office hosts informational workshops each quarter.  These workshop discussions can focus on business tax, sales and use tax, unemployment tax and tax enforcement procedures.  Archer noted business owners could find their best answers through the http://www.state.tn.us/revenue website.

“I don’t think anyone goes into a business blind today,” said Archer.  “Our department works with every small business to spell out their responsibilities for reporting taxes.”

(Northeast State professor Dr. Gary Grau welcomes workforce professionals, small business owners, and entrepreneurial thinkers from around the region to meet and interact with his business students during the semester.)


Northeast State Derby Day gala set for May 4

The Northeast State Foundation will turn Bristol’s Foundation Event Facility into a miniature Church Hill Downs May 4 with a fund-raising event that features hats, roses, food, music, and fun.

Last year, the event raised more than $10,000 for scholarships, and Dr. Heather Cook, executive direction of the Foundation, said plans are under way to make the occasion even bigger and better this year.

“More than 200 people attended last year and it was a fun and successful event,” Cook said. “With the experience of last year, we expect it will be a must-attend affair for Northeast State supporters.”

Cook said the event will feature wall-sized video screens for viewing the race, a silent auction, a hat contest, and live music by the Spirit of Soul Dance Band to round out the evening. The facility is located at 620 E. State St.

For more details, visit www.derbynortheast.com. Tickets for the events can be purchased online or by calling 423.279.7630.


College adds Automotive Body/Collision Repair A.A.S. degree

Northeast State’s Advanced Technologies Division has announced the addition of a new concentration in Automotive Body/Collision Repair within the existing Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology. The 60-hour program will offer classes starting in fall 2013.

Students will receive state-of-the-art training in areas such as welding, metal fabrication, refinishing, auto painting, body and chassis electronics, computer and engine controls, and repair estimation.

The College currently offers a 21-hour technical certificate in Auto Body Service Technology and students who finish, or have finished, the certificate may transfer those hours into the A.A.S. program.

“This really takes the program to another level for our students and opens up more opportunities for advancement in the auto body industry,” said Sam Rowell, dean of Advanced Technologies. “The additional general education, estimating and management, and quality and inspection courses will give students added value as employees.”

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment of automotive body technicians is expected to grow 19 percent from 2010 to 2020 and “those with formal training and industry certification should have very good job opportunities.”

The program is housed at the Pal Barger Regional Center for Automotive Programs, 337 W. Center St. in downtown Kingsport. The facility, which opened in February of 2012, has two classrooms, two offices, 14 workstations, four virtual paint stations, a large shop area, and a state-of-the-art paint booth.

The building is the fifth facility at Northeast State at Kingsport. Other buildings include the Kingsport Center for Higher Education, the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing, the Regional Center for Health Professions, and the Regional Center for Applied Technology.

Students interested in admission to the Auto Body Service Technology program may contact the Office of Admissions and Records at 800.836.7822 or e-mail admissions@NortheastState.edu.



PTK chapter scores major awards at national conference

The accolades continue to pile up for Northeast State Community College’s Alpha Iota Chi chapter.

The College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society scored major awards at the PTK Annual Convention held recently in San Jose, Calif. Out of 1,400 Phi Theta Kappa chapters worldwide, Alpha Iota Chi was recognized among the top 100 chapters based on the judging scores received on their College Project and Honors in Action Project award applications.

“These students exemplify leadership and pursuit of excellence,” said Jane Honeycutt, advisor for the chapter and Northeast State associate professor of English and Women’s Studies.  “They set high standards for themselves and the chapter and worked diligently to develop and implement meaningful projects.”

Alpha Iota Chi’s college project, The President’s Student Leadership Academy, was chosen among the top 30 projects submitted for consideration.  The Academy formed last fall bringing together students nominated for their leadership potential by faculty and staff.  Students spent the fall and spring semesters involved in group dynamics and breakout sessions to learn more about themselves and each other.

The chapter’s vice president of Scholarship, Elizabeth Ross, was recognized as one of the top 30 Phi Theta Kappa officers in the nation.  Ross won 1st Place as Most Distinguished Chapter Officer in the state at the regional convention in February.  Her colleague and vice president of Communication, James Wagner, took 4th Place in the same category.

Honeycutt was also named as one of the top 30 Phi Theta Kappa Advisors in the nation.  As chapter advisor and director of the Northeast State Honors Program, Honeycutt works with Alpha Iota Chi and Honors Program students on a variety of projects. The Alpha Iota Chi chapter and student members have been consistently recognized for their achievements under Honeycutt’s guidance.

Northeast State President Dr. Janice Gilliam received the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction.  President Gilliam was one of only 30 college presidents recognized with the Gordon Award, ranking her among Phi Theta Kappa’s most distinguished college presidents.

At the Tennessee Regional Convention held in February, Alpha Iota Chi won 1st Place as Most Distinguished Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa in the state and 1st Place for the Most Distinguished College Project for The President’s Student Leadership Academy. Honeycutt also received the 1st Place award as Most Distinguished Faculty Advisor in the state.

Honeycutt attributed the chapter’s year-long success to student leadership provided by Anne Rowell, chapter president; Ross; Hope Nunn, vice-president of Leadership; Wagner; Sharon Woods, secretary; and Heather Blair, treasurer.

“Phi Theta Kappa offers students a unique opportunity to grow leadership skills and become competitive for generous transfer scholarships to both public and private universities,” said Honeycutt.

Alpha Iota Chi members engage in research projects each year as part of their independent study.  An Alpha Iota Chi member must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and demonstrate leadership and community service consistent with Phi Theta Kappa principles.

Phi Theta Kappa has recognized academic excellence in the two-year college with more than two million students inducted since the society’s founding in 1918.  The society is composed of more than 1,200 chapters at community, technical and junior colleges in all 50 states and several foreign countries.


Pirate historian sails into Northeast State

Get a crash course on pirates and plunder when noted author and all-out “piratologist” Gail Selinger delivers her fascinating lecture “Pirates and Popular Culture” at 7 p.m. on April 3 at Northeast State.

Selinger free evening lecture happens in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater on the College’s main campus at Blountville. Her free and open to the public lecture happens in conjunction with Northeast State’s presentation of Treasure Island in April.

Selinger began her writing career at age seven, self-publishing a weekly newspaper highlighting her family’s activities. So how did she get interested in pirates?  Following after her big sister Carol Sue, Gail watched pirate movies.

When Selinger turned nine, she discovered pirates were real people. She became fascinated by that fact and thus began a life-long interest. The Selingers grew up two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean in Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York where the sight of sailboats and commercial ships sailing by helped fuel her imagination. When riding on the Staten Island ferry the sisters made believe it was their pirate ship.

After graduating college with a B.A. in art education and history, she traveled the East Coast of the United States, Great Britain and the Caribbean Islands researching pirates. With her wealth of knowledge, Selinger is considered a pirate historian or as some labeled her a “piratologist." She was thrilled when asked to write a non-fiction book on her favorite subject.

Selinger penned The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Pirates, a spellbinding book tracing real pirates from the Ancient Phoenicians to modern day. The book also takes a look at the social, political and economic ramifications of piracy on world history. It is also an eye-opening look at the modern-day pirates who raid oil tankers, cargo ships and even cruise ships.

Her workshop “Real Life on the Rolling Sea: The Golden Age of Piracy 1690-1720” is a highly acclaimed course in which she incorporates authentic items of the period for a unique hands-on experience. Her lectures and workshops are adapted to the age of her audience.  She also teaches writing classes in character development and research techniques.

Selinger is seen on the History Channel programs “Modern Marvels: Pirate Tech” and “True Caribbean Pirates.” She appears in the Special Features section on the DVD Princess Bride (Dread Pirate Roberts) and (Buttercup ) editions. She provided the historical pop-up’s for the Blu-Ray edition of the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

She is currently a member of the privateer historical re-enactment group, Port Royal Privateers, having been one of the original founders of the re-enactment group Brethren of the Coast in 1984.

She has written numerous novels, short stories and articles on a variety of subjects including Jack Tar, With Admiration, The Magic Toybox, and Devil’s Blade.

She is a member of The Authors Guild, Science Fiction Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society, and a Patron Saint of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS).

For more information, contact 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@northeaststate.edu.


Theatre Department presents Treasure Island

A pirate story worthy of the most daring buccaneer hits the stage when Northeast State Theater presents Treasure Island, a whirlwind of adventure, special effects, and drama on the high seas.

Adapted by Ara Watson from the novel of Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island is the coming-of-age story of Jim Hawkins’ thrilling adventure – as reflected upon by his adult self – in search of buried treasure on a distant and mysterious island.
Treasure Island at Northeast State

Directed by Elizabeth McKnight Sloan, the play features a cast of swashbuckling pirates surrounded by elements of wind and water, swords and sea chanteys, and old ropes and rowboats on the South Seas. The play follows young Jim’s adventures with the pirates, ship battles, betrayal, and the infamous Long John Silver, who just may be the “devil hisself.”

The show will run for two successive weekends of April 4-7 and April 12-14. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., April 4-6 and April 12 and 13.  Matinee performances begin at 2 p.m., April 6-7 and April 12-14.

Tickets are $10 general admission. Performances are free to current Northeast State students, but they must pick up tickets at the box office. Tickets can be purchased online at www.NortheastState.edu or at the theater’s box office one hour prior to the show. The house opens 30 minutes before show time.

All shows will be held in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts (WRCPA) Theater on the College’s main campus at Blountville, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The play is being presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

For more information, contact Northeast State Theater at 423.354.2479, e-mail emsloan@NortheastState.edu or visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NSCCTheatre.


Get a good deal at the Scholars' Attic Sale

Get a great deal and help support students at The Scholars’ Attic Sale sponsored by the Northeast State Scholars Foundation.

The Scholars’ Attic sale is scheduled Thursday, April 4, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Friday, April 5, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The sale is being held in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room, A110 of the Students Services Building on the College’s main campus at Blountville.   The sale is open to the public.

Shoppers can delve through an eclectic set of items including coveted 45 RPM records, adult and children’s clothing, household items, small appliances, books, DVDs, and toys.  All proceeds benefit scholarships for students administered by the Northeast State Foundation.

All purchases must be made by either cash or check. Items must be picked up and removed from campus at the time of sale.

For more information, contact the office of Scholarship Programs 423.279.7637 or scholarships@NortheastState.edu.


CAMP COLLEGE provides inside track to campus life

Higher education can be a mysterious and challenging place for students. Navigating financial aid forms, registration, or even where to park can create frustrating barriers to college success.

To make students more confident and college-ready, College Access Programs at Northeast State Community College will again offer its three-day CAMP COLLEGE which introduces students to the ins and outs of college life.

“The objective is to orient, educate, and inspire students to connect with the resources that will make them successful in their initial semester of college,” said Megan Charles, a counselor with Northeast State’s College Transitions Program.

Campers will meet with admissions representatives, counselors, tutors, and business office personnel to learn the details of maintaining status as a student. Campers are brought up-to-speed on D2L online learning, how to access MyNortheast online services, and where offices and resources are located on campus. On the last day of camp, students will receive academic advising and register for classes.

In addition, campers will participate in a learning style inventory to help them understand the ways they learn best and how to get supplemental help with mastering course material.
One of the most useful benefits of the camp is the chance to bond with other students and staff members to create a network of support.

“It takes students from different high schools, brings them together, and creates a cohort,” said Erika Adams, director of College Access Programs. “It lets them create their own little support group and that’s hugely powerful.”

Adams said last summer’s CAMP COLLEGE cohort has a 96 percent retention rate through two semesters and the average GPA for former campers is 3.0, which is higher than the at-large Northeast State student population.

“They connect with us on a regular basis – not only if they have a crisis or are stressed – but also just to check in and update us on what they’re doing,” Adams said. “They have a social connection on campus and that has meant a lot to their commitment to the process. We expect to see increased completion and retention because of the relationships that are built.”

In addition, Adams said several cohort members were able to take care of - or progress toward - learning support requirements, bringing themselves up-to-speed academically for college-level work.

CAMP COLLEGE participants also earn an hour of college credit in only three days for EDUC 1010 – College Success. Normally, that would require a half-semester of class attendance.

Participants have to be admitted as students to Northeast State and enrolled in any of Northeast State’s College Access Programs to attend the camp. These include the Workforce Investment Act Youth Grant Program, College Mentor Corps, GEAR UP, or College Transitions Program.

There will be three CAMP COLLEGE sessions this summer: June 17-19, July 23-25, and July 30 – Aug. 1 – all on the Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75. The sessions will run from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day.

The camp is free and each session is limited to 20 students. Participants are admitted on a first come-first served basis, Adams said. Participants will receive course materials, a planner, a camp t-shirt, meals, and a backpack with assorted college survival gear.

Interested students may pick up an application from Northeast State college mentors at area high schools. High schools include Dobyns-Bennett, Sullivan East, Sullivan Central, Sullivan South, Sullivan North, Tennessee High, Unaka, Happy Valley, Elizabethton, Johnson County, Unicoi County, Daniel Boone, David Crocket, and Science Hill. Other students interested in signing up may pick up an application from the College Access office (Room C2301, General Studies Building) on the Blountville campus.

Adams said Northeast State also envisions providing a summer enrichment program for high school juniors. The program is currently under development and will be based on a business entrepreneurship model to aid students in making career choices. The program will have 40 slots and be similar in structure to CAMP COLLEGE.
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 CollegeAccess@NortheastState.edu.