Posted by: northeastnation | July 6, 2015

Second Harvest offers volunteer ops for TN Promise students

Tennessee Promise students eligible to receive financial awards this fall must complete 8 hours of community service by August 1. A great opportunity comes by volunteering to help Second Harvest Food Bank July 14 to July 16 with food packing. Volunteer food handlers will have aprons, hairnet and gloves (provided).

Tennessee Promise

Tennessee Promise

The morning shift operates from 9:00 am. to noon. The afternoon Shift is scheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

All volunteers need to wear closed-toe shoes. No food or drinks allowed in the warehouse.

Get a volunteer application from the website or contact or call 279-0430, extension 229.

Northeast State will provide a weeklong event July 10-18, to help Tennessee Promise Scholarship Program students complete community service requirements associated with eligibility.

Tennessee Promise students are required to complete at least 8 hours of community service prior to each term they receive funding. The deadline for the fall semester is Aug. 1, 2015. Community service is time contributed to a non-profit or public service organization.

As part of the weeklong Community Service BLAST!, Northeast State is partnering with non-profit and public service organizations in Bristol, Elizabethton, Johnson City, Kingsport, and Mountain City to offer volunteer opportunities to students during July 10-18.

Promise-logo1All community service hours must be submitted through the community service online form found on the tnAchieves website: Prior to the Aug. 1 deadline, the college will host a registration event on July 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to assist students with submitting their completed community service hours.

More details will follow with additional opportunities added daily. Joshua Johnson, the College’s TN Promise coordinator, is the contact for all Community Service BLAST! activities. He can be reached at 423.354.5235 or

Here is a list of community service opportunities. Where possible, specific events for July 10-18 are noted.

BELIEVE IN BRISTOL – Promoting the growth and development of downtown Bristol. Volunteers can work in the office, hand out fliers, and assist director as needed.

•EVENT: July 17 – Border Bash is a free summer concert series held annually on State Street in Historic Downtown Bristol, TN/VA–The Birthplace of Country Music!
Contact: Christina Blevins at 276.644.9700 or

HEALING HANDS – Supplying medical/dental/vision help for the needy. Mentors and chaperones are needed for doctor and nurse visits. Volunteers can also pack bags for distribution at expos and health fairs, and attend those events to support the staff. Other needs are landscaping and general maintenance. Contact: Amy Mosley at 423.817.1101 or

CARTER COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER – Volunteers can help with answering phone calls, general office work, walking or working with the animals, and animal adoption events. Contact: April Jones at

UNITED WAY – Volunteers are needed to help with administrative assistance, fund-raising, and Community Impact events which include financial independence workshops, career fairs, and poverty simulation skill sets. Event workers can work one on one with community members. Interested students with marketing and design skills are strongly encouraged to volunteer to assist with t-shirt and website design, social media , and other marketing. Contact: Cheri Tinney at 423.543.6975 or

Johnson City
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY – Volunteers can help with general office duties, Relay For Life events, Making Strides program, Reach To Recovery program, Road To Recovery program, Look Good…Feel Better program, and monthly support groups. Contact: Jessica Poff, community representative at 423.282.7010 or or Tammie Richardson, office manager at 423.975.0635.

FUN FEST 2015 – Fun Fest is held mid-July in Kingsport and offers nine days of family fun. The festival hosts nearly 100 events and includes concerts, hot air balloons, sporting events, and unique foods.

•EVENT: JULY 11 – Fun Fest has partnered with Stop Hunger Now to bring a food packaging event to Sullivan South High School on July 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. At the event, community members will put together food packs for those in need, with an ultimate goal of 300,000 packets. Volunteer sign up information can be found at or contact your organizer, Keith Goulder, volunteer coordinator, at

•EVENT: JULY 10 – 18 – Volunteers needed to perform various duties in support of Fun Fest. Opportunities are available each day of the event.

HOLSTON HABITAT FOR HUMANITY – Habitat ReStore in Kingsport to sort, price, and sell or pickup and deliver merchandise. Volunteer opportunities that compliment different skill sets are also available.

•EVENT: JULY 10, 11 and 14, 16, 18 – Preparation for, and working of, Fun Fest Activities.

•EVENT: July 11 – Re-Art at the Re-Store event.
Contact: Milburn Lane at 423.378.4760 or

RED CROSS – Offering emergency help, education/CPR training and support to military families serving worldwide. Volunteers are needed for disaster preparedness education, disaster assistance, clerical duties, military family support and fund-raising events. Contact: Glenda Bobalik at 423.765.4222 or or visit the website at

SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK OF NORTHEAST TENNESSEE – Offering food for students through the Food for Kids Backpack program and food for the community through the Mobile Food Pantry. Volunteer help is needed with sorting food, salvage, mobile food pantry distribution, loading trucks, and the summer food service program. Hours: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday for warehouse work and varying hours for other programs. Contact: Shannon Bonacci, volunteer coordinator at 423.279.0430 ext. 228 or or visit the website at

Mountain City
RED CROSS – Offering emergency help, education/CPR training and support to military families serving worldwide. Volunteers are needed for disaster preparedness education, disaster assistance, clerical duties, military family support, and fund-raising events.

•EVENT: July 18 – Smoke Alarm Distributions and Fire Safety Instruction in the Mountain City Community. One to two hours of training required and four hours on the day of the distribution. Additional hours can be arranged with the Red Cross. Contact: Dawn Day at 423.765.4219

Posted by: northeastnation | June 30, 2015

Basler Library’s OneSearch goes live

The Wayne G. Basler Library’s new search platform OneSearch is now available for use.

The new OneSearch platform simplifies accessing library materials.

The new OneSearch platform simplifies accessing library materials.

Northeast State and East Tennessee State University have rolled out ExLibris Alma/Primo as the new integrated library system and discovery platform. It is a fast and easy way to search multiple sources at the same time.

Library patrons will notice these changes:

• New Name – TBR Libraries NorthEast OneSearch provides users a joint library discovery platform between Northeast State and East Tennessee State University.

• New Discovery Interface – Powered by ExLibris Primo, you will encounter a brand new, very responsive, search experience.

• New My Account Features – View and renew current loans, create e-shelf lists, export citations, and more.

Users may search far beyond Basler Library’s physical materials. With Primo Central and OneSearch,, users may instantly search hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources of global and regional importance. These include journal articles, e-books, reviews, legal documents and more that are harvested from primary and secondary publishers, multiple databases, and from open-access sources.

Patrons will still have access to the catalog under the Library Collections tab, which has been designed to deliver a local catalog experience. The Online Databases section on the Library website will allow users to select a specific individual database to search.

In addition, the system that allows users off-campus access to e-resources will still function the same, but will have new branding along with a new URL. OneSearch is browser compatible with smartphones and tablets.

A OneSearch Quick Guide is available at:

For more information, please contact the Basler Library at 423.354.2429 or

Posted by: northeastnation | June 18, 2015

The Vicki Genfan Trio plays Northeast State June 23

Drawing from folk, jazz, pop, soul and world music, Vicki Genfan is redefining singer/songwriter culture.

Hear this masterful guitarist/songwriter when the Vicki Genfan Trio performs at Northeast State June 23 in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater, located on the College’s Blountville campus, next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The show beings at 7:00 p.m. and is free and open to all.

With a mastery of the acoustic guitar that borders on pure alchemy, audiences are mesmerized by the waves of sound Genfan creates with just two hands and her voice. Using 29 alternate tunings and the percussive technique she calls ‘slap-tap’, Genfan’s pure, expressive vocals dig deep and stir the heart to be the perfect accompaniment on many of her songs.

Vicki Genfan

Vicki Genfan

Genfan writes and beautifully sings her own brand of music and lyrics while putting her unmistakable imprint on familiar tunes like the Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood.” An evening with Genfan is far more than a concert; stories, warmth and humor are gift wrapped in an unforgettable evening of music that leaves the audience always wanting more.

She has been recognized among the world’s greatest guitarists and musicians at festivals such as The International Montreal Jazz Festival, Germany’s Open Strings Guitar Festival, Italy’s Soave Guitar Festival, as well as at venues and Performing Arts Centers across the United States and abroad. In 2005 she was one of the featured artists on La Guitara, the first compilation CD featuring female guitarists from around the globe, released by Vanguard Records.

With several additional ground-breaking recordings behind her, recent acquisitions of the 6-string banjo, 12-string and baritone guitars, high demand at clinics and music camps and an ongoing European presence, she continues to reach beyond musical borders and into new territory.

For more information about this or other events in the Hot Nights, Cool Music series, visit or contact 423.279.7669 or

Posted by: northeastnation | June 15, 2015

The Model City Wrecking Crew performs June 18

Steeped in great musicianship and the roots of rock and roll, The Model City Wrecking Crew brings their terrific rock music show to Northeast State this week.

The Crew performs  June 18 in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts, at the College’s Blountville campus, next to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The band’s performance is part of the College’s “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series. The show is free and open to the public. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Crew features Lawson Garrett on vocals, Joe Ball on guitar and vocals, Jimmy Dale on keyboard, Dwight Brown on bass guitar, and Gary McKinney on drums. The Crew performs material from artists including Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eric Clapton, The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, The Steve Miller Band, REM, and the Atlanta Rhythm Section among others.

The Model City Wrecking Crew

The Model City Wrecking Crew

Garrett has performed with several groups since an early age. While living in New England in the 1980s, he joined the critically acclaimed band TAZ and played throughout the Northeast. He has played either as a solo act or leading bands of his own including Hard Monkeys, Peaces of Way, and The Hygienics. Ball has played folk and folk rock music from the early 1970s influenced by James Taylor, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Not long after he began moving from acoustic to electric guitar being influenced by Eric Clapton, Joe Walsh, Steve Miller, The Eagles among others.

Dale has played with bands from the early 80s including the popular local band, Uptown Country. His musical influences include Leon Russell, George Harrison, The Who, and Led Zeppelin. Brown grew up in Georgia when The Beatles influenced many budding musicians to start bands. McKinney began playing drums before his teenage years and has played in several bands since the early 70’s playing mostly rock and boogie. After playing rock music early on he expanded his musical horizon to include jazz and his love of the blues.

For more information about this or other events in the Hot Nights, Cool Music series, visit or contact 423.279.7669 or

For the fall semester 2015, Northeast State Community College will issue Tennessee Promise and other new full-time, degree-seeking freshmen who meet established criteria iPad mini 2 devices.

As envisioned, the iNortheast initiative will enhance the Northeast State educational experience, which includes transforming the learning, technological, and social environment.

Integration of pilot iPad initiatives at Northeast State in various disciplines as well as other school, colleges, and universities across the nation has shown a variety of positive educational impacts including improvements in academic performance, increases in engagement and motivation, added instructional flexibility, and integrated focus on content quality and design.

In addition to similar gains in student performance and retention, the iNortheast initiative seeks an overall reduction of textbook costs, enhanced technology skills needed for the job market, and increased access to student support services.

In addition, the iPads will positively enhance teaching and delivery methods by engaging mobile device technology. In a recent survey, 86 percent of the Northeast State faculty expressed interest in integrating iPads into classroom instruction if devices were provided and training is implemented.

Scholarships Coordinator Josh Johnson (far left) & Dr. Janice Gilliam with three TN Promise students set to attend Northeast State this fall.

Scholarships Coordinator Josh Johnson (far left) & Dr. Janice Gilliam with three TN Promise students set to attend Northeast State this fall.

The Northeast State Foundation approved a one-time investment of about $340,000 from federal Title III funds to underwrite the project for 2015-16. Expansion of the iPad initiative will continue over the next two to three years until fully integrated.

The College will engage a national study to collect data on student performance, retention, enhanced technology skills, cost savings utilizing online book and resources, and paper usage reduction. Northeast State will also study the impact of iPads on student services and the challenges mobile devices present for a connected campus and the science of teaching.

College faculty teaching freshmen classes in 2015-16 will receive iPads and training beginning in July. Students, upon meeting financial aid and other requirements, will receive their iPads in August prior to the start of classes on Aug. 24. In addition, Northeast State is in the process of expanding Wi-Fi capabilities at its campuses to handle increased traffic.

iPads will be available for lease for students who do not qualify for the one-time, one-year grant/pilot this year. They may pay $100 for the lease of the device and the required protective cover each semester. Students enrolling at Northeast State in fall 2015, who are not part of the pilot/grant program and are interested in paying for a lease of an iPad, should e-mail by Aug. 1.

Posted by: northeastnation | June 2, 2015

Vaneese Thomas heats up Hot Nights, Cool Music June 9

Vaneese Thomas embodies the rich heritage of sweet soul and rhythm and blues music of Memphis. At the same time she has combined all the influences of her background and experience – R&B, gospel, blues, and jazz – to cultivate a soul-stirring style that’s all her own.

Come enjoy this versatile, brilliant performer when the Vaneese Thomas Group kicks off Northeast State’s Hot Nights, Cool Music summer concert series on June 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts on the College’s main campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The show is free and open the public.

Born in Memphis, Thomas is the daughter of Rufus Thomas, a legendary musician and entertainer who began in Vaudeville and spanned more than half a century in rhythm-and-blues recording and radio. Her older siblings are the hit recording artist “Memphis Queen” Carla Thomas and the highly respected keyboardist and producer, Marvell Thomas.

Vaneese Thomas

Vaneese Thomas

Her most recent release Blues for My Father hit #1 in September 2014 in France, #7 in the United State for 2014 and garnering two Blues Music Association award nominations for 2014. Her talents as a singer, songwriter, producer, and actor have made her a sought-after solo performer as well as a first-call vocalist for projects by other top-name artists. She has worked with the renowned recording producer Phil Ramone and sung with legendary performers including Luciano Pavarotti, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, and others.

Thomas has also produced recordings, created vocal arrangements, and written songs for Patti Austin, Freddie Jackson, Bob James, Larry Coryell, Melba Moore, and Diana Ross, who scored a Top Ten hit in the United Kingdom with “One Shining Moment.”

Geffen Records released Thomas’ first major recording in 1987. The self-titled album included the Top Ten R & B hit “Let’s Talk it Over.” In 1999 Thomas used her own Peaceful Waters Music label to release When My Back’s Against The Wall, a gospel crossover hailed by Billboard Magazine as “a small label masterpiece that begs for attention from savvy majors.” Following a few years later was A Woman’s Love, which combined R & B and silky, smooth-jazz vocals and Soul Sister Vol. One.

Thomas was the voice of Grace the Bass on the PBS series “Shining Time Station.” She has sung on numerous film soundtracks including Anastasia, Mighty Aphrodite and The First Wives Club. Her numerous TV appearances include “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and “NBC’s Today.”

The Hot Nights, Cool Music concert series continues through summer. For more information, visit

Posted by: northeastnation | May 28, 2015

Northeast State awarded a Promise Forward grant

Northeast State has been awarded a $75,000 Tennessee Promise Forward grant from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). The program is designed to focus on success and retention of Tennessee Promise students.

The grant is part of $522,638 awarded by THEC to seven community colleges across the state. Other colleges receiving funding included Chattanooga State, Cleveland State, Columbia State, Dyersburg State, Pellissippi State, and Volunteer State.

Northeast State’s program, entitled Keeping Our Promise: Access, Completion, and Community, will focus on a peer mentoring program and development of a mobile application specific to the College and the Tennessee Promise program.

Promise-logo1The mentoring program will seek and train student leaders from campus to act as near peer mentors to incoming Tennessee Promise students. The mobile app will support the mentor-mentee relationship by providing a method for communication and information between students.

“Tennessee Promise has provided students in Tennessee with an incredible opportunity to go to college,” said Mike Krause, executive director of Tennessee Promise and Drive to 55. “The Tennessee Promise Forward program supports those students and simplifies the transition to college.”

In general, the programs funded through Tennessee Promise Forward will support student retention through increased student engagement and advising. Many of the funded programs plan to engage students using mobile technology, such as texting and mobile apps, to connect students to advisors and other college resources.

Other institutions are developing near-peer advising and mentor programs to assist students with academic and financial aid requirements. To apply for funding, institutions were required to formally partner with their local Tennessee Promise partnering organization in support of the program.

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission was created in 1967 by the Tennessee General Assembly. The Commission coordinates two systems of higher education, the University of Tennessee institutions governed by the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, and the state universities, community colleges, and technology centers governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents. There are nine public universities, two special purpose institutes, 13 community colleges, and 27 colleges of applied technology in Tennessee that educate nearly 250,000 students.

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