Northeast State concludes successful year of cultural events

Northeast State Community College welcomed more than 9,300 people to a series of cultural events during the past academic year as the College continues to host bigger and more diverse events.

“We exceeded our expectations in terms of attendance and interest in our cultural programs,” says Duncan Parsons, dean of Wayne G. Basler Library. “Having an asset like the center for performing arts, the College aspires to feature larger and more diverse events for our students and the region.”

The College’s cultural events brought audiences of 9,379 to Northeast State during the past academic year. Attendance figures reflect the total audience numbers of Northeast State students and the general public.

“During the coming year we anticipate increased use of the theatre, not only by our campus community but by non-affiliated groups as well,” said Jim Kelly, assistant professor of Humanities and Chair of the College’s Cultural Activities Committee. “As the old show business adage says, ‘You ain’t seen nothin’ yet’ when it comes to the scope of programs we can host in this new facility.”

Northeast State hosted a series of events with performers who shared their insights on subjects from entertainment and environmentalism to global relations and flamenco guitar music. Noted record producer and historian Steve Buckingham spoke on the topic of “Civil Rights and Rock And Roll”; Bernie Orenstein, executive writer and producer of such well-known TV shows as “Sanford and Son,” was part of a panel discussion focusing on the changing role of African-Americans on television; environmentalist and photojournalist Jon Waterman visited campus on Earth Day to discuss oil exploration and the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge. Historian and paranormal television show regular Michelle Belanger treated vampire aficionados to a history of vampire literature and movies for Halloween. Naomi Tutu, Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s daughter, delivered a stirring lecture about her homeland’s ongoing quest for equality. East Tennessee State University professor and musician Jane MacMorran, along with a group of her students, delivered a beautiful performance of Celtic music in March. Guitarist Muriel Anderson and flamenco guitar super group Tierra Negra performed to an enthusiastic audience in April. The legendary Doyle Lawson and his band, Quicksilver, are tentatively scheduled to take the theatre stage next spring.

Northeast State Theater productions continue to be a hot ticket with more than 4,000 people attending plays during the past year. This year’s productions featured “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” “Harvey,” and “Bus Stop” featuring student performers and local actors. The theatre also hosted actor/playwright John Hardy’s acclaimed one-man play “Rattlesnake” and “The Scarlet Letter” performed by the Barter Players. Northeast State’s performing arts center continues to create more opportunities for diverse entertainment events at the College.

A full-time manager will take the reins later this year to oversee the theatre’s operations and expanding schedule of events. The College also plans to implement a new online ticketing system within the year. The system gives patrons the ability to order and purchase tickets online.

“This has been a very active year for cultural activities on our campus, both in terms of the diversity of events and their number,” said Kelly. “You can expect to see Northeast State Community College taking a much more active role in the promotion of cultural activities throughout our region.”


Northeast State offering online how-to courses in June

The Institute for Business and Industry Services (IBIS) at Northeast State Community College is offering a series of courses demonstrative how social networking skills can improve small businesses and add a new stream of revenue.

Social Network Marketing with Facebook and Twitter, June 1 & 2, 6 – 9 p.m. Fee: $65. How can you use social networks to reach new audiences and sell more stuff? Participants will learn how to leverage social networking to hypertarget customers. They will develop a clear plan to use Facebook and Twitter to engage audiences around your brand, finding qualified leads, and transform customers into your sales force.

15 Free Online Tools That Will Save Your Small Business Thousands of Dollars, June 8, 6 – 9 p.m. Fee: $50. Instructor David Hite has been teaching these tools for the past five years to students and small businesses who want to be "up to speed" with technology but don't want to spend every dime on it. The course explains creating presentations and communicating live with clients and your employees, building and maintaining simple Web sites, and managing projects and customers.

eBusiness 101: Taking Your Business Online, June 4, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fee: $95. This introductory workshop assesses a business or business idea and determines a PLAN of action and online business plan. The plan covers how to identify partners, suppliers, and technology support to help you build a strong TEAM, technology tools to building a web site, and the 8-step process to put your business online. The course includes a free USB drive eCommerce tool kit full of free applications, templates, graphics, and white papers.

Jumping into the Blogosphere: Blogging for Business and Pleasure, June 9, 6 – 9 p.m. Fee: $50. What's the big deal about blogging? It's a HUGE deal. In this workshop, students learn the details of planning, creating and promoting a blog, getting indexed on Google, and earning money by blogging. Design Your Web Portfolio and Get a Job! June 9, 1 – 4 p.m. Fee: $50. Laid off and looking? Wanting to develop and advertise your personal brand? This workshop will provide the learner with identify your talents; online marketing of skills; developing an online and CD/DVD Portfolio authoring tools used to build Web portfolio and where to post it online.

Podcasting/Videocasting, June 12, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fee: $95. Getting tour audio or video message online: Create and learn how to make a podcast and a video for You Tube (and many other online multimedia sites). Different strategies will be reviewed for using these tools to virally market your business.

All courses are being taught at the College’s main campus in Blountville. To register or get more information contact the IBIS at 423.354.2570 or e-mail cmtauscher@NortheastState.edu.


Northeast State Foundation honors newest members of President’s Trust

The Northeast State Community College Foundation honored seven new members of the President’s Trust along with those making scholarship gifts to the College during the past year at the Foundation Board of Directors annual meeting held May 20 at the MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center.

The President’s Trust members for 2009/2010 are: Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlie and Rayma Gibbs, East Tennessee Foundation, Joe Wimberly, Mountain States Health Alliance, Pittsburgh Paint and Glass (PPG) Industries, and W.W. Grainger, Inc.

“The goal of the foundation is to provide scholarships for highly qualified students attending Northeast State, and through partnerships with community members and business and industry partners, we continue to increase the number of available scholarships,” said Dr. Katie Yates, vice president for Institutional Advancement at Northeast State.

The Foundation recognized new members of the President’s Trust as friends who donated $10,000 or more to the College to fund student scholarships. The President’s Trust was established to recognize individuals considered as major donors to the College.

“Northeast State is continuing to provide the people of our region with the best education possible,” said Keith Wilson, chairman of the Northeast State Foundation. “Northeast State has used innovation and ingenuity to produce skilled graduates that businesses need.”

The Foundation also recognized the individuals and organizations who established six new annual and endowed scholarships during the 2009/2010 academic year. The new endowed scholarships were created by Charlie and Rayma Gibbs, Florence J. Locke, and Pittsburg Paint and Glass Industries. The principle amount of an endowment is invested in perpetuity, and the earnings from endowed funds established through the Foundation provide revenue to support student scholarships. New annual scholarships gifted by faculty, alumni, and friends of Northeast State are the Edwin L. Hoots Book Scholarship, PPG Industries Scholarship, and the Wilson-Calvert Scholarship. The Edwin L. Hoots Book Scholarship was established by Northeast State President Dr. Janice Gilliam. The Wilson-Calvert Scholarship was established by Linda Calvert, director of the Bridge Program at Northeast State. Annual scholarship donors contribute to scholarships for students each year. Foundation Scholarships are made possible by gifts to the Northeast State Foundation from various businesses, industries, and individuals. Scholarship recipients are selected by the Northeast State Scholarship Committee.

“I am fortunate to work with the Northeast State Foundation, and I look forward to a bright future for the College, our students, and the region,” said Yates. “Last year, the foundation awarded more than 1 million dollars in scholarship awards, and the foundation is committed to ensuring that the students who make Northeast State their college of choice have funds available to off-set the cost of a college education.”


Northeast State Nursing pins second class of graduates

Northeast State Community College recognized the second class of nurses poised to graduate this spring during the pinning ceremony held May 10 in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts.

The Northeast State Nursing program honored 52 nursing students who graduated with their associate of applied science degrees.

“As nurses you are going to be leaders with everyone you work with,” said Dr. Melessia Webb, dean of the Nursing division. “Always remember that you are a nurse and that title carries with it significant meaning to everyone you will meet.”

Webb and other members of the division faculty placed a Northeast State Nursing pin on each student’s white lab coat signifying their completion of the program. Sherry Starnes won the program award as top nursing student with the highest grade point average and highest achievement in her two years in the program. Starnes along with Adnan Brka, Scott Harper, Vicki Rice, and Tara Romine maintained perfect 4.0 grade point averages throughout their enrollment at Northeast State. Northeast State Nursing graduates for 2010 are: James Barnett, Jama Barron, Daniel Bembry, Savanna Blevins, Jeffrey Bradford, Adnan Brka, Chad Cabell, Tyler Cabell, Jacqueline Carle, Aundrea Collins, Kimberly Cooke, Brandy Copas, Jennifer Cox, Jordan Crowe, Caroline Ellis, Amanda Estep, Rebecca Flora-Waterman, Jemima Forney, Misty Friede, Brandi Gaines, Mary Gillium, Paula Green, Ashley Hamm, Scott Harper, Rebecca Harris, Jessica Heaton, Katia Hite, Lindsey Hopson, Sebrina Johnson, Mary Jones, Nancy Julian, Alice Leonard, Amanda Lyons, Jeffrey Montgomery, Valerie Nickels, Jennifer Nutter, Matthew Oakes, Christy Overbey, Malory Pairgin, Kimberly Peters, Jessica Quillen, Christopher Rash, Vicky Rice, Tara Romine, Jennifer Stacy, Melissa Saylor, Sherry Starnes, Stacey Stokes, Jessica Tittsworth, Elizabeth Vaughan, Rebecca Whaley, and Charles Willis.

The class includes Adnan Brka who was recognized as Northeast State’s Outstanding Student of the Year for 2010 at the College’s Honors Convocation event in April. This is the program’s second class of graduates since the College’s Nursing program began in fall 2007.