McCartney bandmate Laurence Juber performs May 1

A former member of the band on the run, Laurence Juber performs a free concert at Northeast State on May 1 at 7 p.m. in the WRCPA Theater at the main campus, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

The lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s Wings (with whom he earned a Grammy), Juber is a world-renowned guitar virtuoso, composer and arranger.   He has released 19 acclaimed solo albums.  His solo arrangement of The Pink Panther earned him a second Grammy.  His last CD is a follow-up to LJ Plays The Beatles, which is one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s all-time Top Ten acoustic albums.

Laurence Juber

As a studio musician, he can be heard on recent albums from artists as diverse as Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks and Barry Manilow, plus he is featured on the soundtracks to hundreds of TV shows and films including the Academy Award-winning Good Will Hunting and most recently, The Muppets. His music is featured on the ABC show The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

Juber has contributed to the soundtrack of the video game “Diablo III.” His music is also featured in the Ken Burns’ documentary The Tenth Inning.

With his wife Hope Juber, he has composed the scores to the musical comedies Gilligan’s Island: The Musical, A Very Brady Musical and It’s The Housewives!  The show is free and open to the public.

For information contact 423.279.7669 or

Hope for Haiti concert set April 27

The Northeast State Music Department presents the “Music for Haiti” concert on April 27 at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater on the main campus in Blountville.

Headlining the show are regional favorites Lightnin’ Charlie and the Upsetters.  Also performing are The Diamonds Jazz group and students from the College’s Music Department.

Lightnin' Charlie, the Diamonds jazz band, and NeSCC music students perform at Hope for Haiti.

The concert benefits the Hope for Haiti relief effort.  The College collaboration with the Hope for Haiti relief organization seeks to aid orphans and elderly Haitian resident get access to food and medical resources they so desperately need.  The concert admission is free but donations are welcomed to help turn hurt and hunger into hope.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Attendees are encouraged to donate canned food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and medical supplies for benefit for Hope for Haiti.  For more information contact 423.354.5164 or

Brittany Thomas earns All-USA academic honors

Northeast State’s Brittany Thomas is one of 20 outstanding students named to the All-USA Community College Academic Team. She was chosen from more than 1,700 applicants representing 800 community colleges across the nation. She is the first Northeast State student to receive the honor.

The American Association of Community Colleges, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, USA Today, and the Follett Higher Education Group collaborate on the annual honor, focusing on students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and community and college involvement.

Thomas received a $2,500 award and a medallion at a ceremony today in Orlando, Fla. USA Today featured the team in its April 23 edition.

Brittany Thomas

In addition, to the All-USA Academic Team honor Thomas was named the New Century Scholar from Tennessee for receiving the state’s highest All-USA Academic Team application score. For this honor, she will receive an additional $2,000 stipend from the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation and Coca Cola Refreshments.

“I never imagined I would be on this level with other people in the country,” Thomas said. “I feel proud of myself for accomplishing more than I ever thought I could. Getting national recognition makes me feel like I can do everything I want to and be the best possible person I can be.”

Thomas, a graduate of Hampton High School, is a nursing major and plans to transfer to either East Tennessee State University or Lipscomb University. From there, she plans to sign on for a U.S. Air Force tour and pursue a master’s degree. She eventually hopes to become a nurse practitioner.

“I really love helping people. I know that sounds like a cliché, but I really look forward to those types of situations,” Thomas said.

Thomas is president of Northeast State’s Alpha Iota Chi of Phi Theta Kappa chapter, coordinator of Foundation programs for the Scholar’s Foundation, and a Volunteer State Northeast member. She also served on the Foundation’s Because of You Campaign and Scholarship committees.

Thomas said her Phi Theta Kappa experiences have served her well academically and helped her learn more about leadership and service.

“Phi Theta Kappa has built me up and made me a better person,” Thomas said. “It’s prepared me to take the next step in college and given me so many opportunities and experiences.”

Phi Theta Kappa recognizes academic excellence in the two-year college with more than 2.5 million students inducted since the society’s founding in 1918. The society is comprised of more than 1,200 chapters at community, technical, and junior colleges in all 50 states and several foreign countries.

Alpha Iota Chi welcomes new members

Northeast State welcomed more than 80 new members to the Alpha Iota Chi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for the 2012 spring semester.

The chapter inducted the new students into Alpha Iota Chi during a ceremony held April 22 at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts at the College’s main campus.

Blountville: Elizabeth M. Goodwin, Karen L. South, and Emrick L. Whitfield

Bluff City: Ferida Abdu, Mark A. Jones, Rene T. Scalamera, Tracy Slagle, and Breanna S. Tenpenny

Bristol: Heather C. Blair; Krista B. Bobbitt; Tara Lynn Davenport; Steven J. Hensley; Sarah E. Murray; Hope O. Nunn; Dwayne D. Raines; Christian G. Ratliff; Jeremy S. Ringley; Mary Ann Stapleton; Lacey N. Williams

Chuckey: Dustin E. Neubrand and Daniel A. Neubrand

Church Hill: James P. Fuller, Earl C. Hulse, Mary Anne Morelli, and David A. Richmond

Elizabethton: Jordan A. Dyer, Isaiah S. Grindstaff and Rhonda S. Guess

Fall Branch: Anna J. Musket

Fayetteville: Jamie N. Ballew

Gate City, Va.: Dottie J. Hillman

Glade Spring, Va.: Terri C. Keesee

Gray: Raymond A. Hasty, Melissa L. Loyd, and Derek T. Silvis

Greeneville: Michael P. Jackson

Johnson City: Daniel G. Anders; Lila J. Archer; Fatima Brka; Franklin Campbell; Jeffery Cooper; Megan C. Coram; Mark A. Dearstone; Rebecca Lynn Dison; Jenna B. Estep; Summer K. Kremer; Tommy Laws; April L. Lawson; Heather M. Simpson; Ashley E. Sisk; Padra Turner; and Diane Weis

Jonesborough: Erica Bergmann

Kingsport: Philip T. Alford; Tammy Bewley; Lauren E. Brooks; Kyle E. Browder; Alice D. Buckles; Erin R. Cassel; Teresa A. Cook; Altheria Davis; Lily A. Davis; Phillip J. Dougherty; Darlene E. Estep; Jonathan L. Henderson; Traci Ann Hensley; Mikayla B. Hicks, Shelly L. Hines; Michelle L. Hughes; Alicia M. Jennings; Ryan M. Jones; Michael B. Kirby; Hang Lei; Jessica M. Lester; Tonya S. Martin; Aaron J. Oakes; Lauren M. Oberfeitinger; Cory E. Parker; Laken K. Parker; Julia M. Perry; Bryan K. Richardson; Cynthia L. Robbins; Joshua I. Scalf; Whitney S. Sensabaugh; and Nathan P. Skeens

Limestone: Robert L. Conley

Morristown: Juliann Rich and Gabrielle M. Barlow

Piney Flats: Amber L. McGuire

Roan Mountain: Brittany D. Arnett, Sarah J. Cook, and Amanda M. Haun

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 coursework, and have a minimum 3.5 grade point average.

The Alpha Iota Chi Chapter has achieved five-star status, the highest level of participation in Phi Theta Kappa activities. The society supports the four hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship that are designed to give members opportunities for personal growth as well as service to others.

Phi Theta Kappa, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., 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.

Celebrating the year’s best at Honors Convo

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 Joshua Johnson.  His holds membership in the College’s Alpha Iota Chi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the Northeast State Scholars Foundation, and serves as coordinator of Alumni Programs.  Johnson also won the Lifelong Adult Learner of the Year Award given to a non-traditional student with high achievement after returning to college.  He will graduate cum laude in May with his associate of science degree in Speech Communication.

Josh Johnson receives the Outstanding Student Award from Dr. Janice Gilliam.

Northeast State alumnus Matthew Hill, ’01, received the Outstanding Alumni Award.  Hill represents Washington County as state representative for the 7th House District. He earned an associate of science degree at Northeast State and a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University.

The Northeast State Program Area Awards recognized outstanding students in the academic department. Program award winners are:

Advanced Technologies

Chemical Process Operations – Floyd Manis; Electrical Technology – Jared Ledford; Electromechanical Technology – Elmer Taylor; General Technology – Troy Christian; Automotive Service – Daniel Jeter; Industrial Drafting Design – Jordan Pate; Machine Tool – Bryan Richardson; Manufacturing – Christopher Painter; Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning – Christopher Cox; Mechanical – Allen Foster; Welding/Metal Fabrication – Philip Swain.

 Business Technologies

Accounting – Phillip Millard; Management – Cheri Kuzio; Small Business Management – Nicole Kroshus; Computer & Information Science/Computer Networking – Ricker Montgomery; Computer & Information Science/Computer Programming – Lemuel De Repentigny; Computer & Information Science/Internet and Web Development – Darlene Brooks; Computer & Information Science/ PC Management – Terri Keesee; Office Administrative Technology/General – Amy Stacy-Litz; Office Administrative Technology/Legal – Amber Lindholm; Office Administrative Technology/Medical – Lacy Thouin.

 Behavioral & Social Science Division

Criminal Justice and Criminology – Lauren Thompson; Early Childhood Education – Wendy Eaton; Mass Communications – Joey Morris; Psychology – Kasey White; Public Safety and Justice Administration – Nikki Cassidy; Social Work – Margaret Vorel; Sociology & Anthropology – Kassandra Kerns; Speech Communication – Joel Vicars; Teacher Education – Kelly Stapleton.

Health-Related Professions Division

Dental Assistant – Jordan Dyer; EMT-Paramedic – Megan Archer; Medical Laboratory Technology – Steven Wagner; Surgical Technology – Kelli Turnmire; Invasive Cardiology – Angela Baker; Non-Invasive Cardiology – Erin Cassel.

 Nursing Division – Heather Grindstaff.

Humanities Division

Art – Fred Lyle; English – Matthew Gilbert; History – Carolyn Keys; Spanish – Brittany Boone; Honors Program – Brittany Thomas; Humanities – Katherine Sellers; Philosophy – Alan Koch; Spanish – Catherine McFarlane; Theatre – Richard Curtis.

Mathematics Division

Business – William Saulsbury; Engineering – Jessika Samples; Mathematics – Steven Raines.

Sciences Division

Astronomy – Nick Rycek; Biology – Laura Wemple; Chemistry – Jian McKee; Dental Hygiene – Monica Scheiman; Health Professions – Julia Cosgrove; Nursing/Articulated – Daniel Finnie; Physical Therapy – Wesley Tate; Physics – Kevin Rhodes; Radiography – Jennifer Honeycutt.

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

Nancy Forrester received the Distinguished Administrative/Professional Staff Member Award.  Forrester is dean of the Mathematics Department and director of Learning Support.  Last year she led her department to create a new Learning Support math curriculum including a new textbook.

Dr. Ed Osborne was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Member Award. Osborne is an associate professor of chemistry at Northeast State.

Erin Blevins won the Distinguished Support Staff Member Award.  Blevins administers the popular Educate and Grow Scholarship Program at Northeast State.  Educate and Grow provides scholarship funds to students residing in all five counties of the College’s service region.

The College’s spring graduation ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on May 8 at the East Tennessee State University/Mountain States Health Alliance Memorial Center in Johnson City.