Welcome to Alpha Iota Chi!

Northeast State welcomed more than 130 new members from the fall and spring semesters into its award-winning Alpha Iota Chi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. The chapter hosted the spring induction ceremony on April 23 at the Blountville campus.

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-level coursework, and have a minimum 3.5-grade point average.

Taking the PTK oath.

Students inducted into Alpha Iota Chi chapter for the 2016-17 academic year were: Heather Allen; Ethan Bailey; Deanna Barrett; Michael Barrett; Matthew Bennett; April Blevins;  Yvette Bradley; Prince Buckman; Katherine Burke; Emily Burroughs; Kayci Caldwell; Paul Camp; Heather Carr; Alexandra Carroll; Kendra Carter; Erin Cassity; Cassie Charlton; Trevor Chase; Tera Clark; Dakota Cole; Tyler Cole; Anya Combs; Ansley Cook; Sam Cooper; Mara Cox; Courtney Crussell; Jeffrey Dalton II; Woody Davis; Courtney Day; Caleb Deal; Callie Dill; Paige Dipirro; Sarah Dotson; Autumn Earl; Daniel Effler; Alannah Estes; Jennifer Fair; Zachary Farmer; Hannah Fender; David Fitzgerald; Austin Gentry; Wenyan Glotzbach; Hannah Gobble; Dakoda Goodwin; Casey Graves; Nicole Greene; Jacob Greer; Elizabeth Grubb; Georgina Guffey; Sarah Hagy; Alec Hamaker; Kristin Harper; Emily Harris; Dorian Hawkins; Erin Helbert; Marvin Henson; Laura Hess; Patricia Hilmer; Gage Holmes; Joshua Houser; Kathryn Hyder; Jenna Jacobs; Elizabeth Jennings; Andrew Jimenez; Justin Jordan; Nathan Junge; Tori Kean; Bradley Kelley; Veronica Kennard; Angelique Krupsky; Tristan Lambert; Heather Lane; Bryan Lay; Kauli Lowe; Candace Lunsford; Noah Marks; Andrea Marshall; Jacob Mauer; Hannah McClain; Cooper McCoy; Elijah McCrary; Lindsey McGonigal; Cooper McCoy; Matthew McPeak; Sydnee Merritt; Matthew Miller; Kelly Modzelewski; Keith Moree; Eva Musket; Kimberly Necessary; Gary Nickles; Ethan Nussio; Evan Nussio; Rebekah Pennewell; Martha Perez-Ramos; Avery Peters; Jeffrey Peters; Dominic Peterson; Kevin Peterson; Allison Pigeon; Kristen Prince; Michaela Price; Hannah Puckett; Sarah Renfro; Isaac Roberts; Ame Royston; Heather Ryans; Erin Sanders; Sarah Saulsbury; Cynthia Seward; Alexa Sexton; Matthew Shannon; Joy Shepherd; Karlie Shoemaker; Lexi Simpson; Mackenzie Simpson; Sidney Simpson; Hannah Smith; Patricia Snapp; Rachel Starnes; Andrew Steinman; Janet Stork; Olivia Sturgill; Rebekah Thatcher; Hannah Tittle; Austin Townsend; Madeline Upchurch; Jasmine Vance; Veronica Vann; Elizabeth Vanhoy; Erin Wadley; Makayla Ward; Ashley Washington; Caleb Wheeler; Bethany Whittemore; Madison Williams; Katie Willis; Jamie Wismer; and Abdelhadi Zaoui.

Welcome to the society by Alpha Iota Chi chapter officers.

These students will be recognized at the College’s spring commencement exercises on May 9. Alpha Iota Chi has received several state and national awards for individual officers and as a chapter. The chapter holds five-star status, the highest level of participation in Phi Theta Kappa activities.

Lighting the candle symbolic of knowledge in PTK.

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-level coursework, and have a minimum 3.5-grade point average. A Phi Theta Kappa chapter extends membership invitations to students meeting these criteria.

The society supports the four hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship designed to give members opportunities for personal growth as well as service to others. Phi Theta Kappa 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.

The new member processional.

Honors Convocation 2017 celebrates the year’s best

Northeast State recognized the year’s distinguished students, staff, and faculty members at the annual Honors Convocation held Thursday night at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport.

The college’s Outstanding Student Award was presented to Kerri Jones. She won the academic program awards as the top student in both Pharmacy and Humanities. She will graduate summa cum laude in May. Jones has been accepted into the College of Pharmacy at Belmont College where she begins this fall.

The Northeast State Program Area Awards recognized outstanding students in the College’s academic departments for 2016-17.

The Convocation program and all the night’s honorees can be viewed at www.NortheastState.edu/Honors2017.  Award winners who chose to be photographed can be viewed at http://www.northeaststatephotos.com/2017-Honors-Convocation/.

Academic award winners are listed below under each academic division and program:

Advanced Technologies

Aviation Technology – Blake Williams; Chemical Process Operations – Corey Leamon; Electrical Technology – Trey Brown; Electromechanical Technology – Whitney Light; General Technology – Mark Fleming; Industrial Operations – Justin Carter; Industrial Technology/Automotive Service – Jill Basham; Industrial Technology/Automotive Body-Collision Repair – Tyler Jones; Industrial Technology/Engineering Design Technology – Jared Waesche; Industrial Technology/Machine Tool – Zachary Resha; Industrial Technology/Manufacturing Engineering Technology – Travis Fritts; Industrial Design/Mechanical – Roberto Chacon; Industrial Technology/Motor Sports – Adams Walker; Industrial Technology/Welding/Metal Fabrication – Kyle Scott; Manufacturing Technology – Joshua Williams.

 Behavioral & Social Science Division

Anthropology – Eli Kistner; Criminal Justice (A.A./A.S.) – Patrick Brown; Criminal Justice (A.A.S.) – Megan Bennington; Early Childhood Education – Lindsey Richards; Mass Communications – Stuart Tysinger; Psychology – Erica Callahan; Social Work – Nathan Carrier; Sociology – Erinn Wyatt; Speech Communication – Evan Stone; Teacher Education – Brittany Elliott; Teacher Education Pre-K-3 – Allison Bennett.

Business Technologies

Business-Accounting (A.A.S.) – Patricia Hilmer; Business-Management – Dorina Coggins; Small Business Management – Heidi Turner; Computer & Information Science/Computer Programming – Ashley Lord;  Computer & Information Science/Information Information Assurance – Tristan Lambert; Computer & Information Science/Internet & Web Development – Beverly Stipes; Computer & Information Science/Network Engineering Technology – Joshua Ganious; Computer Science – Timothy Higginbotham; Office Administrative Technology/General – Angelia Ratliff; Office Administrative Technology/Medical – Tammy Fields.

Health-Related Professions Division

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician – Jordan Meredith; Allied Health/Dental Assistant – Veronica Kennard; Allied Health/Medical Laboratory Technology – Michelle Grazier; Allied Health/Surgical Technology – Sierra Solewin; Cardiovascular Technology/Invasive – Amber Sexton; Cardiovascular Technology/Non-Invasive – Cassie Charlton; Emergency Medical Technician – Laura-LaRue Jones; Paramedic – Bryan Bradshaw.

Humanities Division

Digital Media – Jessica Fraysier; English – Patrick Cooley; History – Seth Manning; Humanities – Kerri Jones; Music – Abigail Bell; Philosophy/Religious Studies – Avery Bouton; Spanish – Abigail Bell; Theatre – Andrea Marshall; Visual Art and Design – Blainne Smith.

Mathematics Division

Accounting (A.S.) – Terina Lovelace; Business Administration – Shannon Arias; Engineering – Jared Thaxton; Mathematics – Edgar Bowlin.

Nursing Division

LPN to RN – Judith Spitznas; Traditional RN – Tracey Lewis.

Sciences Division

Biology – Mariah Tedder; Chemistry – Trevor Carter; Dental Hygiene – Tiffany Hall; Environmental Health – Erin Helbert; Health Professions – Brandon Sexton; Nursing (A.S.) – Jenna Snyder; Pharmacy – Kerri Jones; Physical Therapy – Isaac Roberts; Radiography – Blakely Poiroux.­

The College also honored the President’s All-Academic Team of 2016-17 at a ceremony held shortly before Convocation. The All-Academic Team recognized the 59 students graduating this spring with a perfect 4.0-grade point average.

Konah Buckman received the Adult Learner of the Year Award. An inspiration to the entire College, Buckman was also named Outstanding  Student Support Services TRiO Participant.

The Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award was presented to Timothy Hill, ’03. He serves as State Representative of the 3rd District – a seat he has held since being elected in 2012. After earning his associate degree at Northeast State, Hill attended East Tennessee State University where he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. Hill is a small business owner in Northeast Tennessee. He and his wife, Charity, are the parents of two children.

Distinguished Staff Awards were presented to Northeast State faculty and staff who were nominated by their colleagues for their outstanding service to students and the College.

Melissa Brickey won the Distinguished Support Staff Member award. A Northeast State alumna, she serves as a technical clerk at the Financial Aid Help Center. Brickey joined the Northeast State staff in 2014.

Chris Hitechew received the Distinguished Administrative/Professional award. Hitechew serves as director of the Northeast State at Elizabethton campus. He previously served as a professor with the College’s EMT-Paramedic Program training scores of EMTs. Hitechew joined the Northeast State faculty in 1997.

Dr. C.H. Charlton was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Member Award. An associate professor of Reading/Learning Strategies, Dr. Charlton joined the Northeast State faculty in 1992. “The Rev” as he is affectionately known is renowned for serving as both teacher and mentor to the countless number of students who have taken his classes.

The 2017 graduating class features 177 students graduating cum laude with grade point averages (GPAs) of 3.49 to 3.74, 100 students graduating magna cum laude with GPAs of 3.75 to 3.89, and 99 students graduating summa cum laude with GPAs of 3.90 to 4.0.  The College’s spring graduation ceremony will be held May 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the East Tennessee State University/Mountain States Health Alliance Memorial Center in Johnson City.

TNReconnect Info session set April 25

Northeast State invites the public to learn more about returning to college at an Information Fair scheduled April 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Wayne G. Basler Library, Room L226, on the Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75. The College’s Office of Enrollment Services hosts this free informative session for adults as well as younger students seeking a college degree or certificate.

Northeast State representatives from the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, and Veterans’ Affairs will be on hand to answer questions. Fair attendees can meet with staff and learn more about the College and Tennessee Reconnect.

For more information about this event, contact Northeast State Enrollment Services at 423.323.0229 or admissions@northeaststate.edu.

Volunteer Northeast State hosts Book Fair April 19

Find a great book and start your summer reading list at Volunteer Northeast State’s Book Fair happening April 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Humanities Building on the Blountville campus. All proceeds from the sale go to the Sevier County Fire Victims Fund. This fund was established to help victims of the wildfires that occurred in Sevier County last year.

Buy a book, help people in our area.

Browse a variety of books from fiction and non-fiction, children’s books, inspirational, gardening, and more. Visit the book fair, select the items you want to read, and leave a donation. Suggested donations are $1.00 to $2.00 for top quality books and $1.00 for older books.

Students and faculty are invited to donate anything except textbooks to the fair.  The book-generous are asked to bring their donations to the Humanities Building, Room H-206 or to the tables during the Book Fair. Donated books can be of any genre including fiction; non-fiction; biography; poetry, how-to; recipe and cookbooks; travel; and magazines. Volunteer Northeast State thanks you for your support.

Northeast State holds Honors Convocation April 20

Northeast State hosts one of our favorite nights of the year at Honors Convocation 2017.  The College recognizes its most distinguished students, staff and faculty members of 2016-2017 at the annual convocation scheduled April 20 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, Outstanding Alumni, and Outstanding Faculty and Staff award winners. Honors Convocation also recognizes the students involved with service learning programs, Volunteer Northeast State, club and individual awards won throughout the year from state and national organizations.

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 more information, contact the College’s Office of Student Development at 423.354.5120.