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.

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