Northeast State celebrates National TRiO Day

Students and Staff from TRiO Student Support Services will participate in recognition of National TRiO Day on Thursday, Feb. 27.   As a show of appreciation TRiO staff and volunteers will be serving cookies at all three TRiO locations (main campus, Northeast State at Elizabethton, and the Kingsport Center for Higher Education).

A donation jar will be available and all proceeds will go towards the Student Needs project “Change for Change.” For millions of students from low-income families who strive to be the first in their families to attend and graduate from college, seven federally funded programs called TRIO are making a world of difference.

“TRiO Works! The services provided offer first-generation, low-income students the tools they need to persist and turn obstacles into opportunities,” said Virginia Reed, director of TRiO Students Support Services at Northeast State. “Our continued collaboration with Northeast State has allowed us to assist students with tutoring, degree completion, transfer to 4-year institutions and more. I love TRiO because I have seen students gain confidence and transform to college graduates. ”

TRiO Student Support Services.
TRiO Student Support Services.

Unlike student financial aid programs which help students overcome financial barriers to higher education; the TRIO programs (Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Veterans Upward Bound, Student Support Services, and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program) have been providing valuable supportive services to students from low-income and working families for over 40 years. According to Dr. Arnold Mitchem, president of the Council for Opportunity in Education, TRiO succeeds because it operates as a community program with an outcome-based objective.

“These programs work because they are run at the local level, student-centered, performance-based, and non-bureaucratic,” said Mitchem.

TRiO provides services such as assistance in choosing a four-year college; tutoring, personal and financial literacy counseling, career counseling; cultural trips and college visits, teaching balancing college and life skills, and assistance in applying for scholarships. All program services are free of charge to participants.

“TRiO changes students’ lives,” said Olivia Orten, a TRiO participant and upcoming Northeast State graduate. “My confidence has grown because of TRiO.”

TRiO Student Support Services at Northeast State serves more than 180 students and has been in existence nearly 30 years. Dr. Chris Lefler was the first project director, and TRiO has continued going strong since the program’s inception in 1984.

Today more than 1,200 colleges, universities, and community agencies host more than 2,800 TRIO projects that serve approximately 790,000 young people and adults.

Guitarist Muriel Anderson returns to Northeast State March 6

Guitarist Muriel Anderson returns to Northeast State on March 6 at 7 p.m. to perform a free concert at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, Anderson will host a free guitar workshop on March 5 at 7 p.m. at the WRCPA.

One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. An engaging performer, her obvious joy of music, humor, and facility across musical genres is revered by guitarists and audiences worldwide.

Muriel Anderson
Muriel Anderson

Anderson is a prolific composer of music on guitar and harp guitar, and tours year-round in North America, Europe and the Far East. She has recorded with country legend Chet Atkins, performed in New York with Les Paul, at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall with the Chicago Symphony, and in Tennessee with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra.

She is host and founder of Muriel Anderson’s All Star Guitar Night®, the premiere music event at the semi-annual NAMM music trade shows, and also the founder of the Music for Life Alliance charity.

Anderson recently released a double CD “Nightlight Daylight” featuring the first ever fiber optics CD cover. Her new CD includes collaborations with her friends and fellow musicians Victor Wooten, Phil Keaggy, Mark Kibble of Take 6, Danny Gottlieb, Stanley Jordan, Tommy Emmanuel, and Earl Klugh among others.

Her recording of “El Noi de la Mare” appears in Woody Allen’s film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and her “Heartstrings” recording accompanied the astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery.

She has released eight instrumental CD’s, instructional DVD’s, and guitar books.  Her compositions include commissioned classical works for the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and Vox Caelestis Women’s Chorus, as well as songs which have appeared as title tracks for three albums by various artists.

Check out audio samples at For more information, contact 423.279.7669 or

Northeast State educates and screens students for eating disorders

To increase awareness and encourage eating disorder treatment, Northeast State Community College is offering anonymous online eating disorder screenings through the CollegeResponse® National Eating Disorders Screening Program®. The educational initiative will coincide with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (February 23-March 1).

The anonymous and confidential screening is designed to help students examine any thoughts or behaviors that may be associated with eating disorders. After completing the self-assessment, students are provided with helpful resources and treatment information through Northeast State, if necessary.

“Weight and diet obsession can lead to disordered eating habits,” says Sue Robertson, director of Health Services at Northeast State. “These unhealthy habits can be difficult to recognize, but over time, can develop into an eating disorder.  The majority of individuals struggling with eating disorders are not receiving treatment. The screenings help direct students to the appropriate care they need.”

An anonymous self-assessment and treatment information is available at

Goals of the National Eating Disorder Screening Program include increasing the dialogue about eating disorders, educating the public on the signs and symptoms of eating disorders, and correcting common misconceptions. Despite popular beliefs, someone suffering from an eating disorder can be of any weight and are often adept at hiding their illness.

Some common eating disorder signs and symptoms to watch out for:

  • Frequent comments about feeling “fat” or overweight
  • In general, behaviors and attitudes indicate that weight loss, dieting and control of food are becoming primary concerns
  • Skips meals or takes small portions of food at regular meals
  • Hides body with baggy clothes
  • Evidence of binge eating, including disappearance of large amounts of food in short periods of time or lots of wrappers and containers indicating consumption or large amounts of food
  • Maintains excessive, rigid exercise regimen—despite weather, fatigue, illness or injury—because of the need to “burn off” calories
  • Drinks excessive amounts of water and/or uses excessive amounts of mouthwash, mints and gum

The College Response National Eating Disorders Screening Program is sponsored by the national nonprofit Screening for Mental Health® (SMH) and is promoted annually in February as part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. SMH is dedicated to promoting the improvement of mental health by providing the public with education, screening and treatment resources. SMH programs — both in-person and online — educate, raise awareness and screen individuals for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, eating disorders and alcohol use disorders.

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver return to Northeast State Feb. 28

Northeast State welcomes beloved bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson and his band Quicksilver to campus for a performance on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.

One of the popular performers ever to take the stage at Northeast State, Lawson and Quicksilver will perform at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the College’s main campus at Blountville, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Advance tickets are $20 and can be purchased online now at

Doyle Lawson ranks as one of the most respected artists in bluegrass music. His name has been synonymous with high-octane acoustic bluegrass music. Lawson began playing the mandolin at age 12 and picked up the guitar and banjo soon thereafter.  Equally comfortable with both the progressive and traditional strains of bluegrass, Lawson’s one unifying element is quality.

DLQ burst onto the national spotlight in 1996 when their album, There’s a Light Guiding Me earned a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. They went on to receive three more Grammy nominations in the Best Bluegrass Album category.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

He went on to play with bluegrass artists Jimmy Martin and J.D. Crowe before joining his first band, The Country Gentlemen.  He founded Quicksilver in 1979 and began a rise as one of the genre’s most popular and critically praised artists. Although the lineup has changed many times over the years, the DLQ sound remains true to its founder’s intentions.

Lawson, winner of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, has garnered no less than 14 International Bluegrass Music Awards and four Grammy nominations. The band also earned four previous Dove Award nominations for the Best Bluegrass Gospel Album and Best Bluegrass Gospel Song awards for their 2008 release, Help Is on the Way.

DLQ won several awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, winning Vocal Group of the Year six consecutive years from 2001-2007. The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America has honored the group with numerous awards for albums and recorded gospel songs.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information call the Northeast State Box Office at 423.354.5173.

KCHE celebrates opening of new tutor lab

A new tutor lab at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education (KCHE) seeks to assist and engage students enrolled in programs taught at the Northeast State at Kingsport learning site.

KCHE hosted an open house on Wednesday to celebrate the opening of The Learning Center at the KCHE tutoring lab.  This newly established lab in Room 211 provides daily tutoring services in a variety of academic programs.

“Tutoring was a need that we found in our student surveys last year requesting expanded tutoring services,” said Teressa Dobbs, executive director of KCHE. “Engaging students is a major part of success, and the tutor lab provides that engagement. We were really excited to open the lab this spring.”

Tutors help students in a variety of academic programs.
Tutors help students in a variety of academic programs.

Tutors provide help on subjects including Learning Support Math, Composition and writing courses, college-level math classes as well as Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Accounting.  Students can check the lab schedule and drop in for tutorial assistance Monday through Thursday.  Students can also request tutoring sessions on Fridays.

“We are very happy to have a dedicated room with computers and workspace for tutoring,” said Jill Bowers, coordinator of The Learning Center based at the College’s main campus.  “I think it is going to be really popular.”

Tutors are students, faculty members and contracted tutors who have experience in the subject.  Tutors use practice assignments and online resources to help students grasp course fundamentals. The new lab features computers and desktop workspace for tutors to engage students face to face. Student tutors must have taken and earned a “B” grade in their course and hold a minimum overall 3.0 grade point average.

Northeast State at Kingsport boasts an enrollment of nearly 1,700 students. The site’s growing population fueled an expansion of student services including the creation of the tutor lab at KCHE.

The Learning Center at KCHE is already drawing a significant number of students.
The Learning Center at KCHE is already drawing a significant number of students.

“We’ve begun to start filling the lab to capacity during peak hours of the week,” said Wendy Taylor, advisor for TRIO and the tutor lab coordinator at KCHE.  “Math and Anatomy and Physiology draw a lot of students, but we also get many requests for English and writing tutors.”

The Regional Center for Health Professions of Northeast State at Kingsport houses the College’s health-related programs where Anatomy and Physiology classes and chemistry-related courses are needed for degree requirements.

Tutoring is available to Northeast State students and the tutor lab itself is open to all students who attend other institutions at KCHE including King University, Lincoln Memorial University, Milligan College, Tusculum College, and the University of Tennessee. For more information about tutoring times and subject areas contact

“We want to create a sense of community here at KCHE,” said Dobbs. “Research demonstrates that students who are engaged with their college and their colleagues have higher retention rates and earn their degrees.”