Northeast State Nursing grads exceed 90 percent on state licensure exam

The second class of graduates from the Northeast State Community College Nursing Program proved their mettle as more than 90 percent of the 2010 class passed the national licensure examination on their first attempt.

Of the 52 nursing students who graduated from Northeast State in May, 92 percent passed the NCLEX-RN national nursing licensure exam the first time.

“We are dedicated to producing nurses who are ready to begin their careers with a high level of skill,” said Dr. Melessia Webb, dean of Nursing at Northeast State. “Our faculty gives their best effort to make ours students’ educational experience valuable as future nurses.”

Nursing students undergo the licensure examination formulated by the National Council of State Board of Nursing and administered to assist states in making licensure decisions. The first class of nursing students entered Northeast State in fall 2007 and graduated together in spring 2009. Nursing students follow a cohort-based, 65-credit hour associate of applied science degree program with 38 credit hours of nursing-intense course work.

The program has become one of the most popular and competitive degree programs at Northeast State. The College’s division of Nursing is housed at the Regional Center for Health Professions in downtown Kingsport. The Tennessee Board of Nursing granted initial approval to the nursing program in February 2007. The program received full approval from the board earlier this year.

“I am very proud of these students and our faculty,” said Webb.“Everyone has worked so hard to achieve their best and these results reflect the excellence of our faculty and students.”


College Enhances Security with Camera System

Northeast State Community College is adding an extra measure of security for students, faculty, staff, and visitors with the installation of a high-technology, Internet –based camera system for its locations in Blountville, Gray, Elizabethton, and Kingsport.

The camera system – manufactured by IndigoVision and installed by ADT - will be located in buildings, parking lots, and other public areas that may have higher than normal risk factors. The system will have more than 100 cameras monitored by officers in real-time on four flat-screen monitors in the college’s Welcome Center and two screens in the office of Police and Safety.

The HD cameras enhance video playback, providing crisp images of faces and activity. The system also features real motion analytics in that it can alert officers to motion and display video from the appropriate camera, allowing them to carry out other duties without having to focus exclusively on monitor images.

“We want to send a clear message to the campus and community that we take security very seriously,” said John Edens, director of Police and Safety. “Anyone coming on campus with criminal intent will be prosecuted. It’s also important for people to realize we’re only focusing on public areas and not trying to invade anyone’s privacy.”


Boilers Bring State-of-the-Art Efficiency

Northeast State Community College will soon see its heating costs begin to drop with the installation of a state-of-the-art system that will replace two antiquated gas-fired boilers.

The current boilers, installed in 1991, now run at 80 percent efficiency and must operate at full capacity no matter the heating demands of the college. The new system, which is funded at $483,000, uses eight condensing boilers, which allow the college to modulate energy capacities and meet heating demands on an as-needed basis.

“Each new boiler will have 10 different settings, which gives us the capability to run any number of boilers at a given time and we can regulate the output of each,” said Pete Miller, director of plant operations. “Even if we just ran one boiler, we could modulate its output to keep energy usage as low as possible.”

Miller said the refrigerator-sized condensing boilers are more economical because their engineering allows them to recycle heat that conventional boilers normally expel. According to Miller, the boilers will operate at 95 percent efficiency.

The college expects to save an estimated $50,000 per year in utility costs, meaning the system will be able to pay for itself in eight years. The boilers will heat all major buildings on the Blountville campus. Miller said the college anticipates having the new system in place by August 2011.


Northeast State named Military Friendly School for second year

Northeast State Community College was named a 2011 Military Friendly School for second consecutive year.

The designation made by www.militaryfriendlyschools.com researches 7,000 colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide to determine the best academic opportunities, value, and receptiveness to military veterans.

“It is an honor and very rewarding to welcome our veterans back to college at Northeast State,” said Billy Benton, Northeast State registrar.

Northeast State is among only 15 percent of all colleges and universities surveyed across the United States to receive the Military Friendly School designation. Military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are using this college search tool to filter schools that value military experience.

More than 200 recently discharged veterans were enrolled at Northeast State this fall – a record for the College. The new Post 9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after Sept. 11, 2001. The Post-9/11 GI Bill includes approved training toward graduate and undergraduate degrees, and vocational/technical training.


PTK welcomes 70 new members to honor society

Northeast State Community College welcomed a 70 new members to the Alpha Iota Chi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for the 2010 spring semester. The new members were inducted into Alpha Iota Chi during an induction ceremony held on Nov. 14 at the College’s main campus in Blountville. Jane Honeycutt is the chapter’s faculty advisor and director of the Northeast State Honors Program.

The newest members of Alpha Iota Chi are listed below:

Blountville: Erika L. Agnitsch, Mitzi Ann Daniel, and Katherine D. Sellers Bluff City: Susanna M. Hampton and Terra A. Smalling

Bristol: Freddie L. Boyd II, Sara B. Cannon, Thomas T. Compton, Sarah D. Freeman, Pamela K. Guinn, Amber R. Hatcher, Joshua N. Moser, Jessica N. Murray, Jennifer B. Rodefer, and Caroline G. Tice

Church Hill: Jeffrey S. Bailey, Beverly D. Campbell, Marilyn M. Conley, Charles Lynn Davidson, Beverly L. Henderson, Christian M. Johnson, Kymberli D. Myers, and Kristen Lee Stanford

Elizabethton: Cathy M. Barnaby, Sarah A. Calhoun, Jack V. Costello, Sarah E. Gustafson, Cassandra M. Loveless, and Gregory S. Norris

Gray: Joshua A. Johnson, Sarah M. Osborne, Darrell L. Russell, and Margaret R.Taylor

Greeneville: James W. GeFellers Hiltons, Va.: Rebecca Z. Moody

Johnson City: James A. Barger, Margaret E. Howell, Eric S. James, Jeffery L. Kennedy, and Andrea D. King

Jonesborough: Kaitlyn L. Franklin and Amy M. Walker

Kingsport: Cody P. Baker, Angela C. Barger, James J. Boyd, Brynna L. Forrester, Eric D. Gibson, Jessica L. Gray, Darlene S. Lawyer, Anitra R. Little, Rebecca Livesay, Jennifer L. Mahaffey, Lauren R.Moser, Jessica L. Murphy, Courtney B. Newland, Haley N. Sells, Teresa M. Smith, Nicole Wernick, Marilyn H. Willis, and Juanita A. Young

Laurel Bloomery: Anthony A. Summerow Midway: Joann S. Kirk Mount Carmel: Mykayla C. Porter

Mountain City: Alan D. Koch

Piney Flats: Kristy H. Epperson and Joshua W. Hodges Unicoi: Robert D. Dean, Julie I. Morrissey, and Michael A. Varney

Watauga: Larry H. Templeton

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 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.

Phi Theta Kappa, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,200 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States and four countries.


Northeast State hosts Sullivan County Financial Aid Night Dec. 9

Northeast State Community College wants to help future college students discover financial aid opportunities by hosting the Sullivan County Financial Aid Night on Thursday, Dec. 9 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.


Tierra Negra and Muriel Anderson play Northeast State Nov. 19

Renowned American harp-guitarist Muriel Anderson joins the German Flamenco duet Tierra Negra at Northeast State Community College on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts to perform a free concert of original music.

Tierra Negra, which is made up of Raughi Ebert and Leo Henrichs, Germany's most successful guitar duo, are doing their first American tour. They are at the forefront of Flamenco Nuevo music, producing six CDs since 1997 and playing on countless international guitar compilations. Ebert and Henrichs bring together their musical souls in Tierra Negra - while maintaining the thread to the Rumba-Flamenco tradition of the Camargue and Spain.

Anderson’s guitar range knows no boundaries. She performs instrumental works from Irish reels to Japanese Koto music to The Beatles. She was the first woman to win the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship and was also awarded a bronze level for classical in the 2009 Acoustic Guitar Magazine's Players Choice poll. She has been composing since the age of six and has published works for guitar and orchestra, voice, and solo guitar.

The free concert is sponsored by the College’s Cultural Activities Committee. Check out audio samples at Anderson’s Web site www.murielanderson.com or Tierra Negra www.myspace.com/tierranegra. For more information, contact 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.


Anishinaabe poet Jim Northrup gives reading at Northeast State

Essayist and poet Jim Northrup of the Anishinaabe Indian tribe has drawn from a well of personal experiences – some wonderful, others horrible – to become one of the most respected contemporary writers of American Indian literature.

Northrup visits Northeast State on Nov. 17 for two readings of his poetry and prose at 10:30 a.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts and at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

Northrup writes the syndicated column, Fond du Lac Follies, which is distributed in the The Circle, and News from Indian Country. “Fond du Lac Follies” was named Best Column at the 1999 Native American Journalists Association convention. He has been a mentor in the Loft Inroads Program, a Judge for the Lake Superior Contemporary Writers Series and The Jerome Fellowship, and a Member of the Minnesota State Arts Board Prose Panel. He also has given radio commentaries on the Superior Radio Network, National Public Radio, and BBC-Scotland.

Northrup and his family live the traditional life of Anishinaabe in his home state of Minnesota. He was named Writer of the Year in syndicated columns for 2001 by the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writer's and Storytellers for his column The Fond du Lac Follies. His collection of short stories and poetry,Walking the Rez Road, was awarded a Minnesota Book Award and a Northeast Minnesota Book Award. He also won Best Feature Story award in 1987 from the Native American Press Association for the story Jeremiah, Jesse and Dan. The film Jim Northrup: With Reservations received an award at the Dreamspeakers Native Film Festival '97, and was named Best of Show at Red Earth '97. It was named Best Short Film at the Native American Voices Showcase of 2002 at the Fargo Film Festival. Northrup’s appearances at Northeast State are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact 423.354.2431 or tfstansberry@NortheastState.edu.


Northeast State to offer new health information course

In an effort to boost skills and knowledge in the health information field, Northeast State Community College has announced a special topics course to enhance patient record management. The Office Administration Technology course, OFMG 2990 – Introduction to Managing Health Information, will be offered during the spring 2011 semester.

The course, which does not require a prerequisite, provides an overview of the compilation and management of patient records. The course will be part of the department’s Medical Office Concentration, which has seen a nine percent increase in enrollment over the past year.

“This is a survey course designed to educate students about changes and trends in the healthcare information field,” said Dr. Pashia Hogan, department head. “It will give students a better understanding of how medical records are managed, stored, and transmitted.”

Hogan said the course will prepare students for potential changes now looming in healthcare laws. According to Hogan, the course will emphasize medical staff organization, patient record content, and procedures for categorizing and storing information.

“If trends continue, there will be a tremendous need for qualified and knowledgeable people to develop, maintain, and use health information systems,” Hogan said. “This course is a response to that need.”

For more information about the course or Office Administration Technology, contact Dr. Pashia Hogan at 423.354.2576 or phhogan@NortheastState.edu. 


Pop music historian Elijah Wald visits Northeast State

The Beatles destroyed rock and roll?! Yes, according to pop music historian Elijah Wald, but in a good way.

Northeast State Community College welcomes this musical and postmodern historian to campus on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts to discuss the evolution of popular American music from the 1930s until today.

Wald’s misleadingly-titled book chronicling the history of American popular music, How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll, delves into the original sources—recordings, period articles, memoirs and interviews—in an attempt to understand how music was heard and experienced over the years. He covers pop music from the dawn of recording through the 1960s, which turns up new stories and provides a fresh outlook on old ones by looking at what people were listening to and dancing to over the years. He touches on the legends - Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, the Beatles – and other figures like Paul Whiteman, Guy Lombardo, Mitch Miller, Jo Stafford, Ricky Nelson and the Shirelles, who in some cases were far more popular and more accurately represent the mainstream of their times.

Wald focuses heavily on the world of working musicians and ordinary listeners rather than to stars and specialists. The book explores the past and attempts to make sense of American times and people who often seem very foreign, though they are our own parents and grandparents. He has also tries to make that history amusing and interesting, whatever we may think of ballroom orchestras, bobby-soxers, pop balladeers or British invaders.

Wald’s appearance is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.


Northeast State offers College Readiness workshop this month

Northeast State Community College will address the financial aid process as it continues a series of workshops designed to inform students and parents on how to prepare for college entry and academic requirements.

Presented by the office of College Readiness, “Getting Ready for FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid”, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 5:30 p.m. at the main campus in Blountville, will provide information about the importance of completing this time-consuming form known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form used by virtually all two and four-year colleges, universities and career schools to determine eligibility for federal, state, and college-sponsored financial aid, including grants, educational loans, and work-study programs.

Program staff will provide information and guidance on the application while identifying frequent errors to avoid. All attendees will be able to apply for a personal identification number and gain information about deadlines and other steps required to successfully complete the application process. All workshops have been designed to help high school students and their parents prepare for the transition from high school to college. There is no registration fee; however, reservations are strongly encouraged.

To reserve your seat or to obtain additional information, contact the office of College Readiness by e-mail at lwcalvert@NortheastState.edu or call 423.323.0223.