Pick up six hours of credit only one night a week

Northeast State will unveil paired courses this spring, allowing students to pick up six hours of credit by attending class only one night a week.

The classes run from 6 – 7:20 p.m. and 7:30 – 8:50 p.m. and will be available at the Elizabethton, Johnson City, and Johnson County teaching sites.

Composition II (ENGL 1020) and Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 1010) will be offered on Tuesdays, while U.S. History II (HIST 2020) and General Psychology (PSYC 1030) will be offered on Thursdays.

The courses are in a hybrid format, meaning content is delivered 50 percent online, with the remainder of course meetings delivered face-to-face.

“This is for students who need flexibility in scheduling,” said Dr. Pashia Hogan, assistant vice president of Multi-Campus Programs. “They may be working full-time or have other responsibilities that make it too overwhelming to be out of the house two or three nights a week.”

Initially, all the courses will be general education core classes, which are needed by most students regardless of their major. Students must have taken any pre-requisite courses required for the classes before enrolling.

The College has also scheduled Survey of Art History I (ARTH 2010) on Wednesdays and Intermediate Algebra (MATH 1100) on Thursdays for students who want to take an additional class during the week. MATH 1100 is only offered in Elizabethton and Johnson City.

If the paired courses prove successful, the College envisions expanding offerings to other campuses and in areas such as Administrative Professional Technology, Business, and Computer Information Technology.

College officials also hope to develop an academic plan using paired courses to help TN Reconnect students graduate in a timely manner. TN Reconnect, which starts in fall 2018, is a last dollar scholarship for adults to attend community college tuition free.

For more information about paired courses, contact:

Northeast State at Elizabethton – NSEliz@NortheastState.edu or 423.547.8450

Northeast State at Johnson City – NEJCity@NortheastState.edu or 423.354.5307

Johnson County – trmullins@NortheastState.edu or 423.354.5223

Ed Gerhard performs holiday concert Dec. 7

Grammy-winning guitar master Ed Gerhard returns to Northeast State Community College for his annual Christmas concert performance on Dec. 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts Theatre on the College’s Blountville campus.

Gerhard will perform instrumental Christmas and holiday favorites as well as selected original works. The performance is free and open to the public.

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Ed Gerhard in a recent performance at Northeast State.

From Tokyo to Rome and venues across the United States, Ed Gerhard’s music has touched audiences all over the world. Performing on 6-string, 12-string, slide guitar or Acoustic Hawaiian Lap Slide, Gerhard captivates his audiences with virtuosity, generosity and sly humor.

Based truly on the quality of his work, Gerhard built his considerable reputation, beginning with his debut album Night Birds in 1987. It garnered a spot in the Boston Globe Critics Poll Top 10 Albums of the Year. He followed that up with Christmas featuring a selection of holiday favorites. His subsequent albums Counting the Ways and On a Cold Winter’s Night cemented Gerhard’s status as one of the top guitarists of the modern era.

Gerhard released his ninth CD There and Gone in 2012. He was awarded a Grammy® for his inclusion on the CD Henry Mancini; Pink Guitar. Warner Brothers, MelBay and Hal Leonard have all released Ed Gerhard’s music in books. His guitar work can be heard on recordings by Arlo Guthrie, Jorma Kaukonen, Bill Morrissey and in the Ken Burns films Mark Twain and The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.  For more information, http://www.virturerecords.com. For additional information about the concert, contact 423.354.2449 or visit https://virtuerecords.com.

Faculty Focus – Prof. Nona Shepherd

Faculty Focus, Prof. Nona Shepherd
English Professor & Fantasy Literature guru.
Clinch Valley College (University of Virgina’s College at Wise) Bachelor’s degree.
East Tennessee State University. Master’s degree.
She’s Morgan le Fay in another realm.

Has Southern Appalachia always been home to you?
My family moved to Wise, Va., from Baltimore when I was 12 years old. So my formative years were spent in Southwest Virginia. I graduated from Clinch Valley College (now University of Virginia’s College at Wise) where I was an English major with a concentration in Communications. I was also a dorm director for three years. My director of residence life told me I needed to move on to graduate school.

What prompted your decision to return to graduate school?
Initially, when I was going to graduate school I applied to get a degree in counseling. It was the loss of my dad and my friends’ discussion of their passion for layout design that nudged me back towards literature. That experience brought me back to language, stories, and the people telling them. I thought, ‘You’ve loved this your whole life.’ That is when I realized what I’m most passionate about. So I was accepted into the graduate program at East Tennessee State University where I earned my Master’s degree in English. After I earned my Master’s degree, I worked as a community educator for six-and-a-half years at the Sexual Assault Response Center.

Prof. Nona Shepherd

How did you find your way to Northeast State?
Someone told me that I should go talk to this guy (Humanities division Dean William) Wilson about becoming an adjunct instructor at Northeast State. So he gave me a few classes to teach. I was also teaching adjunct at ETSU. I applied for a full-time faculty position that year but didn’t get the job! But I applied again the next year and was hired as a full-time instructor. So I’ve been here 12 years full-time and 14 years overall. I never imagined being able to teach in college as a profession.

In an increasingly visually driven world of communication, why are English and literature critical to how we express ourselves?
I think you communicate the complexities of life through language. The use of written language handles the true depth of human communication whereas visual images give you a moment. Words are the most natural expressions of ourselves. Literature helps us understand each other because it is the story of others. Literature tells the story of humanity.

What is the biggest challenge for students to improve their writing?
Their confidence level. Students tell me, ‘I know what is in my head but I can’t get it down on paper.’ They don’t have the confidence in their ability to communicate well in their writing. So we develop that confidence through writing and practicing writing what we want to express.

What appeals to you about Northeast State?
Because we invest in students. I don’t know how many students I’ve had say, ‘I wish I could come back’ and ‘I hated to leave.’ I feel like we give them a foundation to do what they want to do and move forward to their next step in life. It feels more like a graduate school experience where the classes are more intimate and the relationships between the faculty and students are personal. We are in this together. We are a team. That camaraderie among everyone has carried us through a lot.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver perform Christmas concert Dec. 2

Northeast State welcomes musical legend Doyle Lawson with his band Quicksilver to campus for a rip-roaring Christmas show on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Lawson and Quicksilver will perform at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the College’s Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Advance tickets are $25 and can be purchased online now at www.northeaststate.edu/boxoffice or at the Box Office on campus.

Doyle Lawson

Lawson and Quicksilver (DLQ) have nearly 40 albums to their credit. Called a “mandolin virtuoso” with “perfectly silken harmony” by The New York Times, Lawson was inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 2012 at the Ryman Auditorium. DLQ’s recent albums In Session and Burden Bearer were both nominated for Grammy Awards as Best Bluegrass Album of the Year for 2016 and 2017.

His latest release Life Is a Story mixes Bluegrass styles “from the middle of the road to the very traditional.” But the album never strays from the heart of the genre.

“So much of what makes good Bluegrass and Country music compelling comes down to great songwriters – and the stories told in their songs,” Lawson said. “Life itself is really a continuous story that embraces the beginning, the middle and inevitable ending.”

DLQ are seven-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Vocal Group of the Year winners, and have multiple Grammy, Dove, Inspirational Country Music Association, and other IBMA award nominations. For his contributions to cultural heritage as a musical trailblazer, Doyle received the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship award in 2006.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information call the Box Office at 423.354.5169.

Alpha Iota Chi chapter of PTK welcomes new members

Northeast State welcomed more than 30 new members to the Alpha Iota Chi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for the 2017 Fall semester.

The new members were welcomed into the Alpha Iota Chi chapter during an induction ceremony held Nov. 19 at the Auditorium on the Blountville campus. The chapter’s officer team presents the hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa membership. Faculty advisor Dr. Jane Honeycutt presented the certificates to the inductees. Dr. Sam Rowell, interim vice president for Academic Affairs, was the featured speaker.

The newest members of Alpha Iota Chi are: Robert Arnold, Matthew Bennett, Jennifer Bradley, Autumn Byrd, Gavin Bundy, Sharon Burnette, Timothy Carroll, Derek Cartozzo, Bridget Courtney, Hannah Cox, Phoenix Croy, Devanie Dishner, Kendra Fields, Heather Gill, Natasha Harrison, Maylee Haynes, Sarah Hyder, Lilly Ide, Colin Lawrence, Heather Leonard, Brianna McMillan, Jessica Moore, Cedrick Pierson, Serena Potter, Leslie Price, Tyler Smith, Lindsey Suder, Shelby Sulpazo, Morgan Sylvia, Carsen Terry, Samantha Tracey, Monica Tucker, Audrey Walker, Christina Wilmoth, Brianna Woodard, Isaac Wyco, Soboleva Yelyzaveta, and Rylee York.

NE State’s Alpha Iota Chi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa held its annual induction ceremony Nov. 19 for more than 30 new members.

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 college’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter extends membership invitations to students meeting these criteria.

The award-winning Alpha Iota Chi chapter has achieved five-star status, the highest level of participation in Phi Theta Kappa activities. The chapter recently hosted “A Gift of Freedom from Substance Abuse: A Conversation about Opioid Addiction to address the opioid addiction crisis in the region. 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.