The Tennessee Board of Regents named the chair of Northeast State Community College’s Foundation as a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy for 2010.
Keith Wilson, foundation chair and publisher of the Kingsport Times-News, was one of 13 recipients chosen from among TBR’s 46 member institutions. He was nominated for the award by the Northeast State Foundation last fall.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the Chancellor and Northeast State in this way,” said Wilson. “I feel that any contribution I have made has already been repaid tenfold to me through the tremendous success that Northeast State is enjoying. The growth in enrollment at Northeast State alone is very gratifying.”
Excellence in Philanthropy award nominations are reviewed by a donor recognition committee appointed by the TBR Chancellor. Awards are based on criteria of generous giving of time and resources to TBR institutions; major influence on volunteers to become involved in fund raising; effective example setting; and actively promotes importance of supporting higher education. Award winners are also gauged on their ethical leadership in philanthropy and civic responsibility and integrity.
“Keith has been instrumental in making education a priority,” said Northeast State President Dr. Janice Gilliam. “His leadership as an advocate of the Kingsport Center for Higher Education and the Educate and Grow Scholarship Program has transformed higher education in Sullivan County and across our region. He is a catalyst for change and has been a key player for many years in the Northeast region.”
Wilson championed the Sullivan County Educate and Grow Program which began in 2003 as a partnership between the municipal governments of Sullivan County and Kingsport and Northeast State. The city and county governments invested money to fund scholarships for students in Sullivan County and Kingsport who attend Northeast State. The Educate and Grow program ultimately expanded to all five counties of the College’s service area. The Kingsport Center for Higher Education (KCHE) opened in fall 2009 bringing Northeast State, King College, Lincoln Memorial University, and the University of Tennessee system under one roof. Classes offered by each institution reached capacity with more than 1,000 students enrolling at the KCHE.
Wilson graduated from the Indiana University. He became advertising director of the Kingsport Times News in 1986 and was named publisher in 1993. In addition to being chair of the Northeast State Foundation, Wilson served as chair of the Networks Sullivan Partnership last year and is a member of the KCHE Advisory Committee and Personnel Committee member of the Tennessee Press Association.
The Northeast State Community College Theatre Department announces open auditions for students, faculty, and the community on Jan. 24 from 3 – 6 p.m. and Jan. 25 from 6 – 9 p.m. for Roger Miller’s musical Big River and William Inge’s classic play Bus Stop.
Call backs for both plays will be made Jan. 26 between 6 and 9 p.m.
Based on Mark Twain’s timeless classic The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn, the musical Big River sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters form the novel.
William Inge’s Bus Stop depicts a stranded group of weary travelers that must hole up at a roadside diner until the howling snowstorm passes. Cowboys, nightclub singers, bus drivers, policemen, waitresses and professors experience a full spectrum of romantic relationships, good and bad, obvious and unlikely.
Performers are asked to prepare a one minute monologue and 16 bars of a song. There will be an accompanist available for those who bring sheet music. Performers are strongly encouraged to dress for broad physical movement.
Auditioning for both shows is a great opportunity to be seen by both of the directors, the musical director, and the choreographer. Don’t miss this great opportunity to sharpen your auditioning skills or try something new!
Northeast State Theatre strives to cast a diverse group of actors for each production. Theatre majors and non-Northeast State students and community members are encouraged to audition. It is only necessary to come to one night of auditions.
Big River requires two male leads (Caucasian to play the role of Huck and African-American to play the role of Jim), six women in featured roles and four men in featured roles as well as to be determined number of ensemble members. Bus Stop requires five men and three women. The ages of all characters in both plays range from 16 and up.
Auditions will be held at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on Northeast State’s main campus at Blountville, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.
Play performance dates are March 17-21 for Big River and April 23-25 for Bus Stop. For more information, contact 423.354.2479 or e-mail emsloan@NortheastState.edu.
Six Sigma Black Belt training beginning January 19 at Northeast State
The Institute for Business & Industry Services of Northeast State Community College is sponsoring Six Sigma Black Belt training beginning January 19, on the College’s main campus at Blountville, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.
Most class sessions will meet on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 5:30 – 8:30. The class requires eight daylong sessions. Those class times will be 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Black Belt Training provides in depth knowledge of all of the tools in Six Sigma methodology. Upon completion, the participant will be fully prepared to take on the role of Six Sigma Black Belt. The class provides mastery of all five phases complimented by the best training materials available including, but not limited to, Project Selection, Measurement System Analysis (MSA), Basic Stats, Capability, Inferential Stats, Hypothesis Testing, Normality, and Design of Experiments, Control Plans, and PFMEA. Each class will be a combination of lecture and hands-on study, and each participant will receive mentoring on individual project work relating to their organization.
Upon course completion and passing of a comprehensive exam, participants will receive a certificate of completion from Northeast State. Participants will also have the opportunity to achieve Black Belt certification after completion of a qualifying project and passing of a Black Belt certification exam.
The course instructors are Six Sigma professionals and have combined experience in the chemical, pharmaceutical, defense, healthcare and automotive industries. This course is designed for anyone who will be leading Six Sigma deployment in all types of organizations such as manufacturing, healthcare, banking, and retail plus anyone who might be participating on any Six Sigma project work.
The course fee includes all textbooks. Participants are required to purchase a full version of Minitab 15 prior to the class.
Please register by January 14. For more information or assistance with registration, call Cindy Tauscher at 423.354.2570 or e-mail cmtauscher@NortheastState.edu.
Northeast State hosts Sullivan County Financial Aid Night Jan. 12
Northeast State Community College wants to help future college students discover financial aid opportunities by hosting the Sullivan County Financial Aid Night on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m., in the auditorium at the main campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.
High school students and their parents attending the Financial Aid Night will learn how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to apply for federal and state aid. Representatives from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (http://state.tn.us/tsac/) will present information about the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarships and other state programs available to students. Northeast State staff members will also have information about the Educate and Grow Scholarship Program, Northeast State institutional scholarships, and other financial aid opportunities.
Representatives from the following institutions have been invited to attend: Carson-Newman College; East Tennessee State University; Emory and Henry College; Tennessee Technology Center; King College; Tusculum College; Milligan College; University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Northeast State; Virginia Tech; Virginia Intermont College; and Walters State Community College.
The event is sponsored by the Northeast State office of Financial Aid. For more information contact 423.323.0252 or e-mail FinancialAid@NortheastState.edu.