“Animal Farm” earns award nominations, faculty awards

Northeast State Theatre’s recent production of Animal Farm earned students and award nominations by proctors from Region IV of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). The regional competition recognizes the best theatre work of two- and four-year colleges across the Southeast.

Students Gavin Strawn and Jordan David received Irene Ryan Award nominations for acting. Students receiving Design, Technology, and Management program award nominations were Rebecca Hopson for Stage Management; Jonathan Proctor for Sound Design; Olivia Skeens for Costume Design; and Kenzie Sawtelle for Mask Design.

Faculty awards were presented to Elizabeth M. Sloan for Directing, Brad McKenzie for Lighting Design, and Richard Curtis for Scenic Design.

The student nominees will compete at the KCACTF Region IV competition scheduled for 2020.

SACSCOC QEP Topic Development Team to hold info sessions this week

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Topic Development Team will be holding campus information sessions this week.

This will be a time for the campus community to ask questions and provide input and feedback about the QEP topics. The sessions are drop-in, and team members will be available to discuss the team’s work. ZOOM links are included for those who are not able to attend in person.

Wednesday, April 17: 2 – 3 p.m., Room B107 (https://zoom.us/j/809381434)

Thursday, April 18: 10 – 11 a.m., Room L226 (https://zoom.us/j/823531194)

If these sessions do not fit your schedule, please contact Nathan Weber (noweber@northeaststate.edu) with any questions or ideas.

Honors Convocation happens April 25 at MeadowView Center

Northeast State recognizes its most distinguished students, staff, and faculty members of 2018-2019 at the annual Honors Convocation scheduled April 25 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport.

Honors Convocation recognizes Northeast State’s top student achievers in each academic department, students graduating in May with honors, and the outstanding student, alumni, and faculty, and staff award winners. Honors Convocation also recognizes the students involved with service learning programs, student organizations and clubs, and individual awards won throughout the year from state and national organizations.

Honors Convocation happens April 25.

A reception honoring the President’s All-Academic Team will be held prior to the event beginning at 5:30 p.m. The reception recognizes Northeast State students who are graduating this spring with perfect 4.0 grade point averages.

For information, contact the College’s office of Student Development at 423.354.5120.


Alpha Iota Chi earns accolades at PTK national competition

Northeast State’s Alpha Iota Chi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society earned an unprecedented number of individual and chapter recognitions for their work at the PTK Catalyst Convention held April 4-6 at Orlando, Fla.

The Alpha Iota Chi officer team was named one of the Top 30 Most Distinguished Chapter Officer Teams in the nation. The 2018-19 team is: Angela Cobble, president; Brianna McMillan, vice president of Scholarship Christopher Jones, vice president of Leadership; Savannah Honaker, vice president of Service; Samantha Parrish, vice president of Communication and fundraising chair; Honors in Action chair, Summer Hunley; and Treasurer, Hannah Faucher.

Adding to the trophy collection. Again.

Distinguished Chapter Officer Teams are chosen based on the team’s demonstration of an exceptional atmosphere of teamwork, leadership abilities, promotion of Honors in Action, other engagement in the Society, and enthusiasm for the Hallmarks of the Society.

For individual recognitions, Linda Calvert, Northeast State’s Executive Director of Grant Development, earned a Distinguished Administrator award. Gavin Strawn was selected as a Distinguished Chapter Member. The event also recognized All-USA Silver Team scholars Christopher Jones and Brianna McMillan.

The chapter’s College Project – “Just Brew It!” – about establishing a coffeehouse on campus was selected as a Top 50 Most Distinguished College Project. The team organized and carried out the Honors-in-Action and the College projects during the 2018-19 academic year.

The chapter’s Honors in Action Project, “Breaking Free: Modern Day Sex Slavery in East Tennessee” received a Top 50 Most Distinguished Honors in Action Project. The project was also named a Top 3 Most Distinguished Honors in Action Project addressing the PTK Honors Study Topic: “Transformations: Acknowledging, Assessing and Achieving Change” and the specific  theme, “Visions of Justice”.

Cobble also served on the Tennessee Regional Officer Team. Under her leadership, the region received recognition as one of the nation’s most distinguished regional officer teams, and the Tennessee Region was one of only three regions recognized as a distinguished region. The Tennessee Region also received a Distinguished Service Award for its work on the statewide project, “When We All Vote.”

During the competition, Alpha Iota Chi was named one of the Top 40 Most Distinguished Chapters, one of the Top 10 Most Distinguished Chapters, and selected as the Fifth Finalist for the Most Distinguished Chapter in the nation.

To be considered for a Distinguished Chapter award, chapters must submit Hallmark Award applications for both the Honors in Action and College Projects. The award is determined by the average of those two scores. Phi Theta Kappa recognizes the top 40 chapters and the top ten.

The national society recognition follows the chapter’s impressive performance at the PTK Tennessee Regional competition. Alpha Iota Chi chapter won the 1st Place award as the state’s Distinguished Chapter. The chapter also took the 1st Place award for their Distinguished Honors in Action Project highlighting the hidden horror of human trafficking in East Tennessee. The chapter holds PTK’s coveted 5-Star Chapter and Chapter of Light distinctions.

Headquartered in Jackson, Miss., the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,300 chapters worldwide. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with about 134,000 students inducted annually.

SkillsUSA team captures 4 medals at the state competition

Northeast State’s SkillsUSA chapter earned two gold medals, one silver medal, and one bronze medal at the Tennessee 2019 Leadership and Skills Conference.

“We are proud, as always, of our students. They represented us well and excelled in their fields of study,” said Nichole Manz-Young, the College’s SkillsUSA advisor. “We are thrilled to go back to nationals and represent Tennessee and Northeast State.”

The gold medalists have the opportunity to compete in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills competition set for June 24-28 in Louisville, Ky. More than 16,000 students, teachers, and business partners are expected to participate in the week-long event.

Here are the Northeast State medalists:

Health Knowledge Bowl
Patterson Cox
Gretchen Minton
Prather Moorleghen
Sydni Trout

Electrical Construction Wiring
Tristan Morley

Automotive Service Technology
Zachary Staton

Computer Programming
Edgar Bowlin

Also participating in the state competition were Brandon Mathes (Automotive Refinishing) and Ethan Hopkins (Collision Repair Technology).

Northeast State advisors who attended the competition were David Blair, Roger Byington, Jeff Coalson, Nichole Manz-Young, Ernie Morelock, and Steve Smith.

Northeast State also garnered the James D. King Division II award for colleges. The award is named for King to honor his commitment to making SkillsUSA a priority experience for Tennessee College of Applied Technology students and his work to establish the Tennessee Postsecondary SkillsUSA Association.

The award is based on the most points accumulated by the school’s SkillsUSA chapter and the number and type of medals received at the state competition.

Also, Moorleghen, Staton, and Manz-Young represented Northeast State at the Governor’s VIP Dinner where Gov. Bill Lee spoke about technical education.