Celebrating the year’s best at Honors Convocation

Northeast State recognized the year’s distinguished students, staff, and faculty members at the annual Honors Convocation held tonight at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport.

The college’s Outstanding Student Award was presented to Emmaline Bragg. She holds membership in the College’s Alpha Iota Chi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the Northeast State Scholars Foundation, and was named a Silver Scholar on the 2014 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar. Bragg won top student awards in the History and Social Work programs as well as Outstanding Honors Program Student. She served the Council for Leadership, Advocacy, and Student Success, and the Green’s Club. She will graduate summa cum laude in May with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

The Northeast State Program Area Awards recognized outstanding students in the College’s academic departments for 2014-15. Program award winners are:

Advanced Technologies
Chemical Process Operations – Jennifer Griffin; Electrical Technology – David Dexter; Electromechanical Technology – James Raxter; General Technology – Sam Fanning; Industrial Operations – Craig Cox; Industrial Technology/Automotive Service – Roger Rains; Industrial Technology/Machine Tool – Charles Spencer; Industrial Technology/Manufacturing Engineering Technology – Jason Luster; Industrial Technology/Mechanical – Jason Payne; Industrial Technology/Motor Sports – Steven Jones; Industrial Technology/Welding/Metal Fabrication – George Lee III.

Behavioral & Social Science Division
Criminal Justice and Criminology – Jennifer Linebaugh; Early Childhood Education – Eva Rodriguez; Mass Communications – Holly Carter; Psychology – Taylor Jenkins; Exercise Science – Austin Cross; Public Safety and Justice Administration – Samantha Shelton; Social Work – Emmaline Bragg; Sociology & Anthropology – Jennifer Fields; Speech Communication – Kasey Coggins; Teacher Education – Suzanne Watson; Teacher Education Pre-K-3 – Carly Fields.

Business Technologies
Business-Accounting – Layne Willen; Business-Management – Marvene Hughes; Small Business Management – Katherine Cumbow; Computer & Information Science/Computer Programming – Kevin Jackson; Computer & Information Science/Information Information Assurance – John Porter; Computer & Information Science/Internet & Web Development – Bridgette Smith; Computer & Information Science/Network Engineering Technology – Jeremiah McClain; Computer & Information Science/PC Management – John Matherly; Information Technology – Alex Woods; Office Administrative Technology/Legal – Heather Hance.

Health-Related Professions Division
Dental Assistant – Caitlyn Marsh; Emergency Medical Technician – Jessica Havener; EMT-Paramedic – David Kindle; Medical Laboratory Technology – Chelsea Anderson; Surgical Technology – Kelli Hayes-Smith; Invasive Cardiology – Miriam Little; Non-Invasive Cardiology –April Frost.

Humanities Division
Art – Kelly Tolley; English – Heather Christian; History – Emmaline Bragg; Honors Program – Emmaline Bragg; Humanities – Brittany Curtis; Philosophy – Patricia Hinegardner; Spanish – Sarah Craddock; Theatre – Hannah Duncan.

Mathematics Division
Accounting – McKensie McGee; Business Administration – Jenna Carmody; Engineering – Charles Forstall; Mathematics – Jacob Smith; Surveying and Mapping – Charles Wells.

Nursing Division – Connie Ballard.

Sciences Division
Biology – Carolyne Thomas; Cardiopulmonary Science – Jenny Hilton; Chemistry – William Byington; Health Professions – Joshua Capwell; Nursing/Articulated – Cassandra Ross; Radiography – David Medukas.

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.

Deb Johnson won the Distinguished Support Staff Member award. Johnson serves as enrollment specialist at the College’s Bristol campus and has a long history helping students in the offices of Admissions and Enrollment Services.

Dean of the division of Mathematics, Malissa Trent, received the Distinguished Administrative/Professional award. Trent has been a professor of mathematics at Northeast State and also directs the Learning Support program.

Mathematics professor David Haga was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Member Award. Haga is a 2015 recipient of the Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

A big night for students and Northeast State.
A big night for students and Northeast State.

President Gilliam announced Dannette “Danni” Williams, ’04, as this year’s recipient of the College’s Outstanding Alumni Award for 2015. After graduating from Northeast State, Williams earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Wesleyan University. Her career with Marriott International includes many roles in hotel management. She is a past president of the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association, Rotary International Atlanta Airport Club and former member on the Board of Directors for Girls, Inc.

The College’s spring graduation ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on May 12 at the East Tennessee State University/Mountain States Health Alliance Memorial Center in Johnson City.

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