College celebrates National TRiO Day

Students and Staff from TRiO Student Support Services will participate in recognition of National TRiO Day on Thursday, Feb. 27.   As a show of appreciation TRiO staff and volunteers will be serving cookies at all three TRiO locations (main campus, Northeast State at Elizabethton, and the Kingsport Center for Higher Education).

A donation jar will be available and all proceeds will go towards the Student Needs project “Change for Change.” For millions of students from low-income families who strive to be the first in their families to attend and graduate from college, seven federally funded programs called TRIO are making a world of difference.

“TRiO Works! The services provided offer first-generation, low-income students the tools they need to persist and turn obstacles into opportunities,” said Virginia Reed, director of TRiO Students Support Services at Northeast State. “Our continued collaboration with Northeast State has allowed us to assist students with tutoring, degree completion, transfer to 4-year institutions and more. I love TRiO because I have seen students gain confidence and transform to college graduates. ”

Unlike student financial aid programs which help students overcome financial barriers to higher education; the TRIO programs (Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Veterans Upward Bound, Student Support Services, and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program) have been providing valuable supportive services to students from low-income and working families for over 40 years. According to Dr. Arnold Mitchem, president of the Council for Opportunity in Education, TRiO succeeds because it operates as a community program with an outcome-based objective.

“These programs work because they are run at the local level, student-centered, performance-based, and non-bureaucratic,” said Mitchem.

TRiO provides services such as assistance in choosing a four-year college; tutoring, personal and financial literacy counseling, career counseling; cultural trips and college visits, teaching balancing college and life skills, and assistance in applying for scholarships. All program services are free of charge to participants.

“TRiO changes students’ lives,” said Olivia Orten, a TRiO participant and upcoming Northeast State graduate. “My confidence has grown because of TRiO.”

TRiO Student Support Services at Northeast State serves more than 180 students and has been in existence nearly 30 years. Dr. Chris Lefler was the first project director, and TRiO has continued going strong since the program’s inception in 1984.

Today more than 1,200 colleges, universities, and community agencies host more than 2,800 TRIO projects that serve approximately 790,000 young people and adults.


Guitarist Muriel Anderson returns to Northeast State March 6

Guitarist Muriel Anderson returns to Northeast State on March 6 at 7 p.m. to perform a free concert at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, Anderson will host a free guitar workshop on March 5 at 7 p.m. at the WRCPA.

One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. An engaging performer, her obvious joy of music, humor, and facility across musical genres is revered by guitarists and audiences worldwide.

Anderson is a prolific composer of music on guitar and harp guitar, and tours year-round in North America, Europe and the Far East. She has recorded with country legend Chet Atkins, performed in New York with Les Paul, at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall with the Chicago Symphony, and in Tennessee with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra.

She is host and founder of Muriel Anderson’s All Star Guitar Night®, the premiere music event at the semi-annual NAMM music trade shows, and also the founder of the Music for Life Alliance charity.

Anderson recently released a double CD “Nightlight Daylight” featuring the first ever fiber optics CD cover. Her new CD includes collaborations with her friends and fellow musicians Victor Wooten, Phil Keaggy, Mark Kibble of Take 6, Danny Gottlieb, Stanley Jordan, Tommy Emmanuel, and Earl Klugh among others.

Her recording of “El Noi de la Mare” appears in Woody Allen’s film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and her “Heartstrings” recording accompanied the astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery.

She has released eight instrumental CD’s, instructional DVD’s, and guitar books.  Her compositions include commissioned classical works for the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and Vox Caelestis Women’s Chorus, as well as songs which have appeared as title tracks for three albums by various artists.

Check out audio samples at www.murielanderson.com. For more information, contact 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.


College offers eating disorder screenings

To increase awareness and encourage eating disorder treatment, Northeast State Community College is offering anonymous online eating disorder screenings through the CollegeResponse® National Eating Disorders Screening Program®. The educational initiative will coincide with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (February 23-March 1).

The anonymous and confidential screening is designed to help students examine any thoughts or behaviors that may be associated with eating disorders. After completing the self-assessment, students are provided with helpful resources and treatment information through Northeast State, if necessary.

“Weight and diet obsession can lead to disordered eating habits,” says Sue Robertson, director of Health Services at Northeast State. “These unhealthy habits can be difficult to recognize, but over time, can develop into an eating disorder. The majority of individuals struggling with eating disorders are not receiving treatment. The screenings help direct students to the appropriate care they need.”

An anonymous self-assessment and treatment information is available at http://www.northeaststate.edu/mentalhealthscreenings/.

Goals of the National Eating Disorder Screening Program include increasing the dialogue about eating disorders, educating the public on the signs and symptoms of eating disorders, and correcting common misconceptions. Despite popular beliefs, someone suffering from an eating disorder can be of any weight and are often adept at hiding their illness.

Some common eating disorder signs and symptoms to watch out for:

  • Frequent comments about feeling “fat” or overweight
  • In general, behaviors and attitudes indicate that weight loss, dieting and control of food are becoming primary concerns
  • Skips meals or takes small portions of food at regular meals
  • Hides body with baggy clothes
  • Evidence of binge eating, including disappearance of large amounts of food in short periods of time or lots of wrappers and containers indicating consumption or large amounts of food
  • Maintains excessive, rigid exercise regimen—despite weather, fatigue, illness or injury—because of the need to “burn off” calories
  • Drinks excessive amounts of water and/or uses excessive amounts of mouthwash, mints and gum

The College Response National Eating Disorders Screening Program is sponsored by the national nonprofit Screening for Mental Health® (SMH) and is promoted annually in February as part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. SMH is dedicated to promoting the improvement of mental health by providing the public with education, screening and treatment resources. SMH programs — both in-person and online — educate, raise awareness and screen individuals for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, eating disorders and alcohol use disorders.


Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver play Northeast State Feb. 28

Northeast State welcomes beloved bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson and his band Quicksilver to campus for a performance on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.

Northeast State welcomes beloved bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson and his band Quicksilver to campus for a performance on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.

One of the popular performers ever to take the stage at Northeast State, Lawson and Quicksilver will perform at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the College’s main campus at Blountville, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Advance tickets are $20 and can be purchased online now at www.northeaststate.edu.

Doyle Lawson ranks as one of the most respected artists in bluegrass music. His name has been synonymous with high-octane acoustic bluegrass music. Lawson began playing the mandolin at age 12 and picked up the guitar and banjo soon thereafter.  Equally comfortable with both the progressive and traditional strains of bluegrass, Lawson’s one unifying element is quality.

DLQ burst onto the national spotlight in 1996 when their album, "There’s a Light Guiding Me" earned a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. They went on to receive three more Grammy nominations in the Best Bluegrass Album category.

He went on to play with bluegrass artists Jimmy Martin and J.D. Crowe before joining his first band, The Country Gentlemen.  He founded Quicksilver in 1979 and began a rise as one of the genre’s most popular and critically praised artists. Although the lineup has changed many times over the years, the DLQ sound remains true to its founder’s intentions.

Lawson, winner of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, has garnered no less than 14 International Bluegrass Music Awards and four Grammy nominations. The band also earned four previous Dove Award nominations for the Best Bluegrass Gospel Album and Best Bluegrass Gospel Song awards for their 2008 release, Help Is on the Way.

DLQ won several awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, winning Vocal Group of the Year six consecutive years from 2001-2007. The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America has honored the group with numerous awards for albums and recorded gospel songs.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information call the Northeast State Box Office at 423.354.5173.


KCHE celebrates opening of new tutor lab

A new tutor lab at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education (KCHE) seeks to assist and engage students enrolled in programs taught at the Northeast State at Kingsport learning site.

KCHE hosted an open house on Wednesday to celebrate the opening of The Learning Center at the KCHE tutoring lab.  This newly established lab in Room 211 provides daily tutoring services in a variety of academic programs.

“Tutoring was a need that we found in our student surveys last year requesting expanded tutoring services,” said Teressa Dobbs, executive director of KCHE. “Engaging students is a major part of success, and the tutor lab provides that engagement. We were really excited to open the lab this spring.”

Tutors provide help on subjects including Learning Support Math, Composition and writing courses, college-level math classes as well as Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Accounting.  Students can check the lab schedule and drop in for tutorial assistance Monday through Thursday.  Students can also request tutoring sessions on Fridays.

“We are very happy to have a dedicated room with computers and workspace for tutoring,” said Jill Bowers, coordinator of The Learning Center based at the College’s main campus.  “I think it is going to be really popular.”

Tutors are students, faculty members and contracted tutors who have experience in the subject.  Tutors use practice assignments and online resources to help students grasp course fundamentals. The new lab features computers and desktop workspace for tutors to engage students face to face. Student tutors must have taken and earned a “B” grade in their course and hold a minimum overall 3.0 grade point average.

Northeast State at Kingsport boasts an enrollment of nearly 1,700 students. The site’s growing population fueled an expansion of student services including the creation of the tutor lab at KCHE.

“We’ve begun to start filling the lab to capacity during peak hours of the week,” said Wendy Taylor, advisor for TRIO and the tutor lab coordinator at KCHE.  “Math and Anatomy and Physiology draw a lot of students, but we also get many requests for English and writing tutors.”

The Regional Center for Health Professions of Northeast State at Kingsport houses the College’s health-related programs where Anatomy and Physiology classes and chemistry-related courses are needed for degree requirements.

Tutoring is available to Northeast State students and the tutor lab itself is open to all students who attend other institutions at KCHE including King University, Lincoln Memorial University, Milligan College, Tusculum College, and the University of Tennessee. For more information about tutoring times and subject areas contact kche@northeaststate.edu.

“We want to create a sense of community here at KCHE,” said Dobbs. “Research demonstrates that students who are engaged with their college and their colleagues have higher retention rates and earn their degrees.”


Mass Gospel Choir concert set for Feb. 22

The Northeast State Music Department, East Tennessee State University Multicultural Gospel Choir, King University Choir, and the Milligan College Concert Choir invite the community to attend a choral collaboration on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The concert happens at the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts Theatre on the main campus in Blountville adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The program, “Lift Every Voice” featuring African-American Spirituals will begin at 7:30 p.m. The event celebrates Black History Month commemorated during February.

Each choir will present a wide variety of music from a cappella, slow to fast, and some with piano and percussion. The Mass Gospel Choir will perform spirituals by Glenn Burleigh, Thomas A. Dorsey, Greg Gilpin, Sue Ellen Page, and Matt Redman.

Admission for the Mass Gospel Choir is a non-perishable food item or cash donation for Second Harvest Food Bank. For more information, contact 423.354.5164 or tcteague@northeaststate.edu.


Workforce Solutions sets TOSHA maintenance seminar

Workforce Solutions at Northeast State Community College will offer a day-long seminar March 12 on safety and health topics for maintenance personnel.

Maintenance personnel are responsible for, or have a hand in, many activities covered by Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) standards. In this seminar, TOSHA inspectors will provide insight to aid safe work practices and reduce workplace hazards.
Safety and health topics for maintenance personnel include lockout/tagout overview, machine guards, electrical hazards, permit-required confined space, health hazards, noise, hazardous chemicals, bloodborne pathogens, asbestos, housekeeping, emergency planning and fire protection, exit routes, and grinder and compress gas safety.

Registration Deadline:  March 5, 2014

Online registration: www.NortheastState.edu/wsonline 

Class Dates: March 12, 2014
Course Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus in Blountville, TN
Fees: $150.00 per participant
Instructor: TOSHA
For more information, contact Diana Harrison with Workforce Solutions at 423.354.5520 or dlharrison@northeaststate.edu.


Northeast State schedules spring open house

Curious about what awaits you at college? Get the basics and some inside information at an open house event hosted by Northeast State on Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Blountville campus, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Curious about what awaits you at college? Get the basics and some inside information at an open house event hosted by Northeast State on Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Blountville campus, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Sponsored by Northeast State’s office of Enrollment Services and Campus Information, the open house highlights the College’s academic programs, student support programs, financial aid, scholarships and applying for admission.

Attendees will check in at 5:45 p.m. in the Humanities Building and enjoy a variety of learning sessions.  Staff and faculty will conduct three sessions at 6:15, 6:45, and 7:15 p.m. describing the academic opportunities in the Advanced Technologies, Business Technologies, the LPN-to-RN Bridge program, Financial Aid, Nursing, Scholarships and University Parallel/ Tennessee Transfer Pathway degrees. Staff will also present sessions detailing financial aid and scholarship opportunities available at Northeast State.

The open house also features a Student Services Fair where attendees can speak with representatives of various offices about their support services. Campus Tours will be conducted throughout the evening beginning at 6 p.m.

To attend the open house, please make a reservation by calling the office of Enrollment Services at 423.323.0243, e-mail CollegeAnswers@NortheastState.edu or visit www.northeastnation.com.

Reservations are recommended, but walk-in visits are most welcome.  If registering online go to www.northeastnation.com. For more information, contact Enrollment Services at 423.323.0243 or CollegeAnswers@NortheastState.edu. 



Echoes and Images contest winners announced

Winners of the Echoes and Images XXIV competition have been announced by the Northeast State Humanities Division. The judges reviewed submissions made during the fall semester in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Visual Arts. Judges selected first, second, and third place award winners earlier this year.

In the Fiction category, Andrew Christian won first place for "Winter Skies," Michelle Miller received second place for "Stargazer Lilies," and Erin Ryder earned third place for "Case #02041937:  The Case of the Poisoned Apple."  Honorable Mention went to "Margo" by Michael Stalvey.

In the Non-fiction category, "Dying to Learn" by Toby J. Stidham won first place. Second place went to "Daddy’s Girl" by Beth Edwards and "A Distant Love" by Kassidy Hubbard took third place. "Those Nine Months" by Mckayla Bacon and "Thanksgiving" by Robert Northrup received honorable mention nods.

Christian also won first place in the Poetry category for his poem, "Pickets." "Pirate Bones" by Kevin Carrier received second place, and "As I Walk" by Elizabeth Harrison took third place in the division. Honorable mention notices were given to the following contestants: "Equine Sunrise" by Katie Barnett; "9 September 2001" by Heather Russell; "Winter and From Drowning" by Cassandra Walls; "Forgotten Fighter" by Charles Stuart Forstall; "Church Meeting House and Downtown Bar" by Andrew Christian; and "Perhaps When This Is Over" by Kevin Carrier.

In the Visual Art category, "The Fight Against Cancer" by Caitlin Meadows won first place. Daniel Neubrander’s "Self-portrait: Graphite on Vellum" earned the second place. Third place went to Katrina Gibbs-Macdonald for her work "Untitled." Honorable mention notices went to Meadows for "Diagnosed as Human" and the Michelle Miller for "Bird’s Eye Books."

Other Visual Art finalists recognized were: "Sailor’s Delight" by Erin Ryder; "Live in the Gray" by Zachery Sturgill; "1,000  Words" by Ashley Pierce; "My Mummy Head" by Katrina Gibbs-Macdonald; "Tell-Tale Tessellations" by Kelly Tolley; "Even God Rests" by Caitlin Meadows; and "Tree Frog" by Daniel Neubrander.

First, second, and third place winners in all categories will be published this spring in Echoes and Images.  


Olivia Orten, Nikki Sumner named to All-Tennessee Academic Team

Northeast State students Olivia Orten and Nikki Sumner, both of Kingsport, have been named to the All-Tennessee Community College Academic Team of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.
Orten is a social work major with a 4.0 grade point average. After graduation, she plans to transfer to East Tennessee State University (ETSU), pursuing bachelor’s of science and master’s degrees. Orten plans to return to Northeast State and become a TRiO Student Support Services transfer advisor. Orten is TRiO CLuB president and Glee Club president. She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the President’s Student Leadership Academy, and the Council for Leadership, Advocacy, and Student Success. She currently holds the Brock Services, Ltd., scholarship.

Sumner is a nursing major, planning to transfer to ETSU in fall 2014. Her career goal is to work as an operating room registered nurse and eventually become a physician’s assistant. In addition to her position as secretary/treasurer for the Alpha Iota Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, she is the administrative liaison for the Council for Leadership, Advocacy, and Student Success; secretary of the Green's Club; a member of the Northeast State President's Student Advisory Council; and a member of the Scholars Foundation. She also holds the Academic Work Scholarship.

The All-Tennessee Academic Team is comprised of students nominated by their colleges to be considered for the All-USA Academic Team, sponsored by USA Today and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society. Each of the state’s 13 community colleges selects two outstanding students to recognize for their academic achievement, leadership, and service to the community.

“Each year, it’s a privilege to recognize the hard work, dedication and commitment these students have exhibited at their colleges,” said John Morgan, chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents. “They’ve not only achieved a high degree of success in the classroom, but they’ve made significant contributions to their communities through their volunteer efforts and leadership skills.”

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education, with more than two million members and 1,200 chapters in the U.S. and beyond. Students must have a 3.5 grade point average to qualify for membership.


Northeast State seeks to expand dual enrollment offerings

In his recent State-of-the-State address, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam made note of high school dual enrollment as an important way to help students succeed in college and prepare for the workforce.

Dual enrollment allows high school students to earn college credit while still in high school. In fact, many students in the program complete large portions of their freshman course load while in high school. There is a 94 percent probability that those students will go on to college - much higher than the estimated 60 percent probability for students in regular courses.

Haslam is proposing that Tennessee offer one dual enrollment course to high school students at no cost with discounted courses available after that.

“This is truly a historic time for community colleges in Tennessee,” said Northeast State Community College President Dr. Janice Gilliam. “Never has it been easier for students to get a higher education degree or certificate that leads directly to a job in that field or transfer to a four-year university.”
To further boost student participation in the program, Northeast State is compiling a list of possible dual enrollment courses for local high school principals and career and technical educators to consider. The classes could be offered via interactive television, the Internet, or by conventional classroom methods
Possible new course offerings include Engineering Graphics, Computer-Aided Design, Industrial Concepts, Safety in the Workplace, Principles of Accounting, Records Management, Principals of Business, Business Law, Marketing, Introduction to Computer Networking, Information Security Fundamentals, and Microcomputer Operating Systems.

Northeast State uses a Develop a Curriculum (DACUM) system that 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.

There are two main pathways for students at community colleges: 1.) The first two years of a four-year degree through the university parallel/college transfer associate degree programs and applied science degree programs; or 2.) Certificates and two-year terminal degrees in which students complete programs in a variety of majors and go directly to work.

Dual enrollment is not new at Northeast State. Since 1996, the College has offered courses focused on general education subjects such as English, Math, and Psychology. Since 2007, approximately 3000 students have taken general education courses offered through our dual enrollment program. Within the last year the College has sought to make dual enrollment more inclusive with offerings in Welding, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, and Quality and Inspection.

The College is currently working with Sullivan County and Elizabethton city administrators to develop a Machine Tool cohort at Sullivan East High School and to offer Computer Science courses at Elizabethton High School for fall 2014. Northeast State’s new A.A.S. Dual Enrollment Coordinator Chelsea Rose said she is “excited to collaborate with high schools to expand career and technical educational dual enrollment opportunities throughout the region.”

“We really try to work with the high schools to determine what courses they need,” said Gwen Widner, Dual Enrollment Coordinator at Northeast State. “That’s really contributed to growth and interest in the program.”

Widner said the College offered more than 50 sections last fall, with almost 600 students enrolled.

A recent Community College Research Center study noted career-focused dual enrollment programs aid high school graduation, provide a college GPA boost, and improve persistence to college graduation. Northeast State statistics show a 95 percent pass rate for dual enrollment students.

“Another success of Northeast State’s program is that many students are learning in their high school environment with small class sizes up to 25 students, which means a lot of one-on-one-attention,” said Shelby McKenzie, an administrator for the program.
Currently, students may apply for the Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant. To offset tuition costs, students are eligible for up to $300 per semester for one course. Students may receive an additional $300 per semester if they have a 21 composite ACT score or a 3.0 high school GPA.

If eligibility requirements are met, students may receive $1,200 in grant money without it affecting their Tennessee HOPE Scholarship funds.

“We feel like the completed credit hours give students the incentive and confidence to continue on to college – that’s what we’re all about,” said Gary Lee, Director of the College’s High School Transitions Program. “The deans at Northeast State do an outstanding job of bringing in the right faculty and adjunct to teach college level courses at high schools, which lays the foundation for an environment that creates a very high success rate.”

For information about general education dual enrollment, contact Gwen Widner, coordinator, Dual Enrollment Programs, at jgwidner@NortheastState.edu, 423.354.2586/423.354.2505 or contact Shelby McKenzie at swmckenzie@NortheastState.edu, 423.354.5186. For information about career and technical education dual enrollment, contact Chelsea Rose, coordinator, High School Programs, at cdrose@northeaststate.edu, 423.354.5166.