Northeast State professor honored by Phi Theta Kappa

A Northeast State Community College professor has received two awards for her work as a faculty advisor for students entering the College's chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society.

Jane B. Honeycutt received the Phi Theta Kappa Paragon Award for New Advisors at the society's regional convention held in Memphis this spring. Honeycutt is an associate professor of English and serves as faculty advisor to the College's Alpha Iota Chi chapter of PTK.

"The students did a lot of work submitting the nomination," said Honeycutt. "Knowing that they took the time to do the nomination is quite an honor."

Student members submitted a nomination of Honeycutt to PTK's regional chapter last fall. Nominations were sent to the society's international office where a committee reviews the chapter's status and the work done by the faculty nominees. The award recognizes advisors with less than four years of service to PTK who have made significant contributions to the growth of the students, served as the chapter's advocate on campus, and encouraged the chapter to be involved on the local, regional and/or international level. The society's Tennessee Region also presented Honeycutt with their Horizon Award recognizing the contributions of new advisors.

"Since Jane accepted the role of lead advisor for Northeast State's Alpha Iota Chi chapter, she has demonstrated scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship," said Lana Hamilton, vice president for Academic Affairs at Northeast State.

Alpha Iota Chi has inducted more than 250 new members during the past three years while Honeycutt has served as advisor. During that time, the chapter and several student members have earned society awards for leadership and community outreach. The chapter most recently received PTK's Chapter of Light Award at the regional convention. That award recognizes a chapter's success in fulfilling the Phi Theta Kappa hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, and Service. Alpha Iota Chi also won second place for Distinguished College Project and Distinguished Chapter Officer Team, and a third place award as Distinguished Chapter.

"We have had a wonderful group of students take part in Alpha Iota Chi," said Honeycutt. "They have dedicated themselves to the Phi Theta Kappa hallmarks and to this chapter."

In addition to her work with Alpha Iota Chi, Honeycutt directs the College's student Honors Program. Students enroll in honors levels courses of English, mathematics, history, humanities and sciences to get a broader academic experience and be recognized as honors graduates when they earn their associate degrees.

Honeycutt earned her bachelor's of arts degree and master's of arts degree in English from San Francisco State University. She also chairs the College's department of Women's Studies.


Spirit of Soul Dance Band plays Northeast State June 2

If you haven't had the opportunity to hear one of the area's hottest dance bands you can on June 2, at the premier show of Northeast State Community College's Summer Concert Series.

The Spirit of Soul Dance Band from Johnson City will be playing the favorite dance songs of the 60's, 70's and more. The show is free and open to the public and starts at 7 p.m. at the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts Center at the College's Blountville campus adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

The eleven-piece Spirit of Soul Dance Band has quickly become one of the area's most popular bands, with its incredible ability to cover the best in dance music. From the 60's best songs to favorites in the 70's, 80's and more including classic Soul, smooth R&B, Disco, Beach Music and Shag. You can hear favorite tunes by Earth, Wind and Fire, The Temptations, Wilson Pickett, Natalie Cole and more.

The group features three dynamic male and female lead vocalists supported by a five-piece rhythm section plus three terrific horn players.

"When we formed our group we wanted to make sure we selected songs that were the classics of that era and each one had to be danceable. We've added numerous new songs over the past year and will play some of them at this fantastic venue," said Mary Duke McCartt, one of the band's vocalists.

"Most of the venues we play for are private galas, weddings, corporate and charity events. Many people have not had the opportunity to hear the great tunes we play. We are passionate about the songs we select and work hard to make sure they are close to the original sound as possible," she said.

The Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts creates a unique performance site. The 36,000-square foot building contains a 500-seat performing arts theater.

"Our summer concert series, in addition to the Spirit of Soul Dance Band, will feature a variety of performers and music, including Grammy-Award-winning guitarists Al Petteway on June 21 and Doug Smith on July 30," said Jim Kelly, assistant professor and chair of the Northeast State Cultural Activities Committee. "Other events are in the process of being scheduled, so be sure to check our web site for updates. We want everyone in the Tri-Cities to come out to visit our beautiful new Performing Arts Center and enjoy some of the area's best music."

For more information about the Summer Concert Series or other events visit www.northeaststate.edu or contact 423.279.7669 or jpkelly@northeaststate.edu05-10-11

Northeast State WIA students honored

High school students participating in the College Readiness Programs of Northeast State Community College were honored this spring for their achievements at the annual College and Career Fair.

The College Readiness Program helps increase awareness of students to the demands of postsecondary education and prepares students for college-level coursework. The Program also helps facilitate a smooth, seamless transition between high school and college for students.

Students were selected from participating high schools of Sullivan East, Sullivan Central and Sullivan South as well as Dobyns-Bennett High School. Students honored from each participating high school were:

Dobyns-Bennett: Brandon Gilliam, Brittany Kreps, Brittany Snapp, Dashanta Lee, David Foudy, John Bowser, Joseph Taylor, Joshua Wallis, Kaiesha Watterson, Kayla Puckett, Kayla Thacker, La’Keysha Blevins, Laura Laster, Matthew Parker, Quamina Williams, Raina Watterson, Shuvonna Williams, Ursella Huff, Vanessa Charity Hale, and William Brown.

Sullivan Central: Adam Castle, Amber Manley, Brie Holt, Clinton Kirkpatrick, Dana Key, David Burleigh, Derek Haga, Jessica Harvey, Jonathan Coffey, Katherine Hoelscher, Kayla McClellan, Kayla Nichols, Marinna Mullins, Mary Mayberry, Parker Stine, Ryniashna Mason, Scout Fleenor, William Robertstad, and Zachary Amos.

Sullivan East: Michael Camper, Erin Camper, Kelsey Collins, Nathan Gibbs, Jamie Harkleroad, Destiny Kirk, Lebreeska Leonard, Megan Lowe, Victoria Morris, Seika Pierson, Ashley Reynolds, Michael “Chase” Roberts, Erika Sexton, Mary Shaffer, Samantha Tallman, Justice Walden, Pam Wright, and Charlotte Yaromey.

Sullivan South: Abigail Sawyer, Alex Reed, Alex Skidmore, Ashley Meade, Brett Lawson, Brooke Almany, Cody Dyer, Elizabeth Sluss, Emily Dillard, Harley English, Heather Johnson, Jacob Lockhart, Jordan Paul, Kaela Lewis, Kasey Ferguson, Katelyn Salyers, Kayla Musser, Kristie Ford, Lindsey Cox, Paige Smith, Shelby Partridge, Sophia Law, Taylor Payne, Tina Anjonrin-Ohu, West Mann, and Zac Birch.

The College Readiness Program is funded through the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) In-School Youth Grant Program. Students attending Dobyns-Bennett and designated Sullivan County high schools who meet guidelines established by the WIA are eligible to apply. Students are initially interviewed by high school faculty members and evaluated for acceptance into the program.

Created in 1998 to replace the Job Training Partnership Act, WIA funds workforce development activities and provides one-stop, universal access system to training and employment services for a range of individuals, including low-income adults, low-income youth, and dislocated workers.


Northeast State pins third class of Nursing graduates

Northeast State Community College recognized its third class of Nursing graduates at the 2011 Pinning Ceremony held Monday night at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts.

In the Dean’s charge to the graduates, Nursing Dean Dr. Melessia Webb contrasted the abilities of champions and leaders. She challenged graduates to extend themselves and become leaders in the profession of nursing.

“A leader is someone everyone looks to up to, but is also someone who listens and hears what others are saying,” she told the 43-member graduating class. “A leader, to me, is a realistic dreamer; one who sees the future and makes the impossible possible for everyone involved.”

Northeast State Nursing graduates for 2011 are: Heidi Bacon, Amber Ball, Amanda Begley, Geri Bennett, Jessica Bowers, Robin Branum, Lisa Brummitte, Sara Campbell, Alicia Catron, Cynthia Clawson, Rachel Coleman, Amy Crawford, Christopher Dalby, Chris Dickson, Lori Dotson, Kelly Eidson, Courtney Faulkenberry, Yvonne Fields, Elizabeth Fields, Scotty Fletcher, Ne'Ermanyah Garcia, Jayme Gregory, Tara Higgins, Carrie Holder, Leslie Houghton, Susan Jackson, Erica Jones, Timothy Kaney, Angela Keith, Melissa Lovin, Felicia McConnell, Seth McLaughlin, Rhonda Meade, Jamee Peay, Morgan Pecktol, Lyndsey Ratliff, Stacey Robinson, Lindsey Rompa, Jodi Shaffer, Penny Simcox, Kristie Smith, Judith Williamson, and Lindsey Woodlief.

Guest speaker and nurse Kathryn Visneski advised her future colleagues to always be present mentally and emotionally with their patients. She also reminded students that providing care also extended to them personally as they entered the rewarding but stressful world of nursing.

“You have chosen well,” said Visneski, an oncology nurse at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport. “There are a lot of changes coming up for you, so take care of yourselves, too.”

The pinning ceremony provides a symbolic welcoming of new nurses into the profession. Each graduating student received a Northeast State Nursing pin on his or her white lab coat signifying completion of the 65-hour associate of applied science degree program. McLaughlin won the Nursing program award as the class’s top student. He along with Keith and Woodlief will graduate with perfect 4.0 grade point averages. Garcia was named Adult Learner of the Year.

“In my honest opinion I believe each individual graduate here tonight possesses the same qualities and characteristics that the leaders of nursing that came before us also possessed,” said Woodlief who delivered the students’ response to the Dean’s charge. “We each strive for quality patient care, we put forth our very best effort, we stand up for what is right, and we do not back down from the decisions that we make.”

These students graduate at the College’s commencement ceremony scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight at Memorial Center on the campus of East Tennessee State University.


Northeast State pins third class of Nursing graduates

Northeast State Community College will recognize its third class of nurses poised to graduate this month at the third annual pinning ceremony held May 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts.

The College’s dean of Nursing, Dr. Melessia Webb, and other members of the division faculty place a Northeast State Nursing pin on each student’s white lab coat signifying their completion of the program. The traditional pinning ceremony is a symbolic welcoming of newly-graduated nurses into the nursing profession.

Seth McLaughlin won the Northeast State program award as top nursing student with the highest grade point average and highest academic achievements.

The College welcomed its first group of Nursing students in fall 2007.


An assessment is now under way to address soil sampling as well as other areas identified by the Phase I study. Once the facility is cleared, Gilliam said renovations such as flooring, walls, restrooms, offices, lighting, and wiring will be addressed as well as installation of equipment.

Northeast State starts renovations on auto program facility

After receiving results from an Environmental Protection Agency Phase I site assessment, Northeast State Community College has received approval to move forward with some renovations to the Pal Barger Regional Center for Automotive Programs.

According to Northeast State President Dr. Janice Gilliam, exterior painting and signage installation is under way. The College also has permission to replace the facility's garage doors.

The facility is the former Free Service Tire Company building located on Center Street in Kingsport. Northeast State Foundation purchased the building with a $400,000 donation from Kingsport executive Pal Barger. Free Service Tire Company leased the building from the Foundation from January 2009 to September 30, 2010 and vacated the building in September after finding a new location in Kingsport.

The Phase I assessment satisfies the due diligence requirements of a property transaction by identifying possible environmental issues with a particular property. The College and Foundation will follow guidelines for removal of identified hazardous materials so that renovations can begin.

Northeast State has purchased nearly $300,000 in state-of-the-art equipment to refurbish the facility. The equipment includes a virtual auto painter that allows students to practice painting techniques, which translates into cost savings for equipment and supplies.

Gilliam said Northeast State is still on target to start classes for fall 2011.

As envisioned, the auto body service technology certificate program will instruct students on how to repair and rebuild auto bodies involved in accidents and collisions. Students will receive state-of-the-art training in areas such as welding, metal fabrication, refinishing, auto painting, and repair estimation.

The Tennessee Board of Regents approved the program in July 2010 and the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools gave approval in December 2010. Based on those approvals, the U.S. Department of Education recently approved eligibility of federal financial aid for students.

While a suggested idea in a Foundation Property Committee meeting was posed for consideration to transfer the buildings owned by the Foundation to the College, neither the Foundation nor the College is taking any action to do so, Gilliam said.

Northeast State is now taking applications for students interested in the new Auto Body Service Technology certificate program offered in the Kingsport Academic Village beginning this fall 2011. Potential students interested in admission to the Auto Body Service Technology certificate and the General Technology degree may contact the Office of Admissions and Records at 800.836.7822 or e-mail admissions@NortheastState.edu.