Northeast State first TBR community college to launch mobile app

Northeast State has become the first community college in the Tennessee Board of Regents system to launch its own mobile application.

The free app is available for both Android and Apple devices and can be downloaded from the Android Marketplace or from the iTunes Store by searching for Northeast State.

The app currently includes buttons to search the college directory, look at maps of the main campus and the Kingsport teaching sites, read recent news articles about the college, view contact information for all of Northeast State’s teaching sites, and access to Library information and various research databases.

Northeast State students can now download the College's free mobile app from Android or iTunes.

Users may also use the app to access Northeast State’s Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter sites. The Android version has a button for NORSTAR access and the Apple version will soon have that capability. For the Apple version, devices should have an iOS 5+ operating system.

“I am pleased to announce the mobile app is now available, giving students, faculty, staff, and the community access to the College on the go,” said Fred Lewis, vice president for information technology. “This is the first version of the app and we plan to add additional features over time.”

A Pearson Foundation Community College Student Survey conducted last fall noted 57 percent of community college students own smartphones, with 42 percent of that group using their devices to study or do homework.

“We know the trend toward uses of mobile devices will continue to grow,” said Dr. Janice Gilliam, Northeast State president, “This mobile app is a big step in keeping Northeast State information convenient and accessible for our students and the community at-large.”

A 10-person team designed and created the app under the direction of lead developers Chris Demas, a Northeast State librarian, and Russell Bowman, the College’s Webmaster.  The College plans to share the source code with sister Tennessee Board of Regents’ institutions.

Northeast State to host noted leadership speakers

Northeast State will host two nationally recognized speakers Feb. 2 and 3 as part of the College’s ongoing professional development and targeted leadership development (TLDP) programs. The events are scheduled for the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

Dr. George Baker III, the Joseph D. Moore Distinguished University Professor Emeritus for Community College Leadership at North Carolina State University, will present a program on Feb. 2 entitled Leadership and the Community College. Dr. Baker is scheduled to speak to TDLP participants from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. and to the college-at-large from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Baker has received several awards for his research, teaching, service, and national leadership in the community college movement, including awards from governors of Kentucky, Mississippi, and Texas for contributions to education, as well as many more.

Mrs. Emma Morris, head of the Atlanta-based Morris Group, will speak on Feb. 3 about Managing Change. Mrs. Morris will speak to TDLP participants from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and to the college-at-large from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Mrs. Morris has held executive level positions with IBM, Ernst & Whinney, Dun & Bradstreet Software, and served as founding CEO for three technology companies subsequently acquired by global firms. An expert on rapid growth, merger integration, and corporate change, she graduated cum laude from Emory University and earned an M.B.A. in international marketing from the University of South Carolina.

Battle of the Bands returns at Northeast State

Northeast State wants to hear from the region’s best bands to play the College’s spring fling event later this semester.

Dr. Enuf and Northeast State are sponsoring the third annual Battle of the Bands contest with recorded performance entries being accepted through Feb. 17.  All musicians are expected to submit an original song.  The top acts will be announced on March 1 and if chosen, the top acts must be willing and able to perform on March 17.

The winning band will be chosen by popular vote and given a contract to perform at Spring Fling in April.  To participate, one band member must be a student at Northeast State and complete the registration form available at the circulation desk in Basler Library or online at

Bands are to submit their original song in an MP3 or WAV file.  In addition to completing the registration form, the band must mail a biography (maximum 150 words), photo of the band, and a copy of the selected song (MP3 or WAV file) to Tawana C. Teague, Northeast State Community College, P.O. Box 246, 2425 Highway 75, Blountville, Tenn., 37617.

Northeast State is a public institution responsible to its constituents and all bands are expected to present appropriate material.

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Author Ed Sullivan lectures at Basler Library Jan. 31

Noted author Ed Sullivan will lecture at Northeast State’s Basler Library Jan. 31 at 1:30 p.m.

Sullivan will discuss his newest book, The Ultimate Weapon: The Race to Develop the Atomic Bomb, written for young people.  He was inspired to write the book when he moved to Oak Ridge and discovered there were no books in youth literature telling the whole story of the Manhattan Project.

Sullivan spent six years researching and writing this chronicle of how scientists in universities around the country, and hundreds of thousands of civilian and military personnel living and working in secret cities in Los Alamos, N.M., Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Hanford, Wash., worked together to build the first atomic bomb.

Sullivan, a former teacher and librarian, has published over two hundred articles, bibliographies, interviews, and reviews in such publications as Book LinksBooklist, Book PageHorn Book Magazine, and School Library Journal.

The lecture is scheduled for Room 106 in Basler Library, 2425 Highway 75, Blountville.  For more information, contact Chrissie Anderson Peters at 354.2463 or e-mail at

SunTrust gifts $10,000 to Northeast State Foundation

A generous donation by SunTrust Bank to the Northeast State Foundation expands scholarship opportunities for students.

The new gift of $10,000 adds to the existing SunTrust Bank Endowed Scholarship.  SunTrust regional president Jerome Julian and Phil Kellar presented the gift to Northeast State officials earlier this month.

SunTrust Bank expands their endowed scholarship at Northeast State with a gift of $10,000.

“SunTrust Bank has been a longstanding, generous donor to Northeast State, and we truly appreciate Jerome Julian’s effort in securing these additional dollars for scholarship students,” said Heather Cook, executive director of the Foundation. “It is always rewarding when others see the potential in our students as well as the importance in educating our region.”

The new endowment was made possible through the SunTrust grants program.  SunTrust also donated a mural that will be displayed in College’s new downtown Johnson City teaching site.  The mural will be unveiled when the Johnson City teaching site opens. SunTrust operates more than 1,600 institution branches primarily located in Southeast and Mid-Atlantic markets.

The Northeast State Foundation administers academic scholarships, provides community service, and directs other programs offered by the College. The Foundation administers more than 100 Northeast State-based scholarships and others such as the Academic Work Scholarship.