NBC “Early Today” anchor Tracie Potts visits Northeast State Oct. 6

Northeast State is privileged to welcome NBC national correspondent and news anchor Tracie Potts to campus on Oct. 6 for an insightful presentation about news and issues.

Potts will give two presentation in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts (WRCPA) the first beginning at 1:30 p.m. and the second beginning at 7:00 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Tracie Potts
Tracie Potts

Potts is the face of Washington D.C. news every morning for more than 150 local NBC stations and the “Early Today” show. As a national correspondent based on Capitol Hill, she reports on the federal government, the Obama administration, Congress and important consumer and health topics. Her live and taped updates are seen daily on “Early Today,” MSNBC and local affiliates in New York, Chicago, Washington, Atlanta, Miami, San Francisco and many other cities.

Potts impressive career includes covering the 2008 and 2012 Presidential campaigns and Inaugurations. She reported from the 2012 Olympics and the Royal Wedding in London, and followed the Royal couple during their first visit to the United States. She reported from Rome on the selection of Pope Benedict and from South Africa on the death of Nelson Mandela.

Before working in Washington, she was based in Los Angeles, covering earthquakes and wildfires, celebrity trials, school shootings, Super Bowls, the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and other news across the west coast and Hawaii. Prior to NBC, Tracie was an anchor and reporter at local NBC and ABC stations in Alabama and Tennessee.

She earned bachelor and master’s of Science degrees from Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism. Potts has been named a fellow of the National Press Foundation, the Poynter Institute and the Journalism Center of Children and Families. She won the Michelle Clark Fellowship from the Radio Television News Directors Foundation and has twice received NBC’s “Ovation” Award for outstanding employee contributions.

Potts has taught journalism classes at Knoxville College and Biola University, and edited the debut issue of Influence magazine. Currently, she volunteers with The News Literacy Project, sharing her experience with middle and high school students learning about journalism.

Tracie Potts is the face of Washington D.C. news for more than 150 local NBC stations and the “Early Today” show.
Tracie Potts is the face of Washington D.C. news for more than 150 local NBC stations and the “Early Today” show.

Potts enjoys engaging with the public whenever her schedule allows, she focuses most of her efforts outside work on her immediate community. Potts and her family are active in church activities where she coordinates Vacation Bible School and writes for a national church magazine, the Bethlehem Star.

For additional information about this event, visit http://www.northeaststate.edu or contact jpkelly@northeaststate.edu.

College honors two for saving classmate

“It was a first class we will never forget.”

That’s how student and licensed practical nurse (L.P.N.) Lynn Allen described the first fall class at Northeast State when she and classmate Madison Presnell put their life-saving skills to use by helping save a fellow student.

And it wasn’t even a laboratory period.

The incident happened at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education (KCHE) during math class. Chris Miller suffered a seizure rendering him unconscious and causing his airway to become obstructed. Allen, a licensed practical nurse, assessed Miller’s condition and began CPR.

“I heard a thud and from my own experience knew what was happening,” said Allen, an L.P.N. working in the home-health field. “I started doing chest compressions and asked if anyone had a breathing mask and Madison said she did.”

While Allen began chest compressions, Presnell grabbed a breath mask from her purse and began rescue breathing. Allen also moved to protect Miller’s head from injury after he fell from his seat.Class instructor Michael Neff called 9-1-1 for paramedic assistance while fellow instructor Denise Strong stayed with the class. The two kept up CPR staying focused on his care until emergency personnel arrived. Fortunately, Miller began breathing on his on before EMTs reached the scene.

Dr. Janice Gilliam, Lynn Allen, Madison Presnell, and Chris Miller.
(from left) Dr. Janice Gilliam, Lynn Allen, Madison Presnell, and Chris Miller.

Miller, a double major in business and pre-medicine curriculum, returned to class two days later. He said he felt no ill effects from the incident. After posting a high grade point average in his first college semester, he has no plans to slow down his academic pursuits. He was extremely grateful to have classmates not only skilled in CPR but ready to save put those skills to use.

“I’ve always had a heart to help people and a passion for science,” said Miller, a non-traditional student and father of four children. “I plan on pursuing medicine myself specifically in pediatric oncology.”

Allen has employed CPR during her professional and personal life. She is pursuing an associate of applied science degree in Nursing at Northeast State via the L.P.N.-to-R.N. program.

Dr. Gilliam awards a medal to Madison Presnell.
Dr. Gilliam awards a medal to Madison Presnell.

Presnell, a Cardiovascular Technology major, took a class to learn CPR earlier this summer. She said this was the first time she had put the skill to use.

“It was scary, but I couldn’t see it and not do anything,” said Presnell. ““CPR is something everyone should learn how to do it because you never know when you could be in a situation where someone needs it.”

Presnell said studying CPR and a subsequent class about electrocardiogram science had piqued her interest in the medical field. Also an aspiring chef, she said a CVT career looked promising as she continued her education.

“I liked talking to the patients and learning the technology,” she said. “I can open my own café later.”

CPR protocol trains caregivers to give two rescue breaths. Give the first rescue breath — lasting one second — and watch to see if the chest rises. If it does rise, give the second breath. If the chest doesn’t rise, repeat the head-tilt, chin-lift maneuver and then give the second breath.

CPR keeps oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and other vital organs until a patient can get definitive medical treatment to restore a normal heart rhythm. The procedure uses a cycle system to measure a victim’s response to the breath. Thirty chest compressions followed by two rescue breaths is considered one cycle.

Northeast State faculty and staff honored students Allen and Presnell this month for their quick response. Northeast State President Dr. Janice H. Gilliam presented the students with a medallion recognizing their heroic efforts.

“We also want to thank the instructors and the whole class for the awesome job you did in this effort,” Gilliam told the class.

Several days later the students were back in class at KCHE moving forward with the semester. Allen and Presnell are both proponents of teaching people how to perform CPR and why that action could be the difference in life or death for a relative, friend, or stranger.

“CPR is not hard to learn, and it is something we all should know,” said Allen. “Gaining that little bit of knowledge that can mean so much in life.”

Earn volunteer hours at Fairmont El fall festival Sept. 26

TN Promise students can earn volunteer hours this month when Fairmont Elementary School in Johnson City hosts its annual Fall Festival on Friday, Sept. 25.

Class of 2014 TN Promise students must complete 8 hours of community service by Dec. 1.
Class of 2015 TN Promise students must complete 8 hours of community service by Dec. 1.

Festival organizers are looking for student volunteers to help with the different games and activities for the night. TN Promise students can earn up to four (4) volunteer hours at the event. Organizers have shifts available from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. or students can do both to get four hours.

For more information, contact Bethany Teilhet at 423.943.1090 or e-mail bethteilhet@gmail.com.

Eastman, ASQ host meeting Sept. 24

Eastman Chemical Company and the American Society for Quality (ASQ) are proud to announce an upcoming meeting on Sept. 24  at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center, Room 219, 400 W. Wilcox Dr., in Kingsport.

ASQ Treasurer and 2017 chair, Eric Hayler, will present a remarkable program on quality processes at his workplace, BMW. The topic will be of special interest to those working in Eastman’s Quality Assurance organizations. Faculty, staff, and students of Northeast State Community College are also invited to attend.

Registration opens at 5:00 p.m. with the tutorial beginning at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:15 p.m. The feature presentation will begin at 6:45 p.m.

Eastman is honored to co-host this program with the Northeast Tennessee Section of ASQ. The section will provide dinner at a cost of $10 (Adults) and $5.00 (Students) for those who register for the dinner. Also, the section will provide a tutorial before the dinner for early arrivers. The tutorial opens a discussion on “The ASQ Recertification Process” with Joe Kirkpatrick which will be of particular interest for any attendees who currently bear an ASQ certification.

Eric Hayler will present the BMW Manufacturing Co.'s Lean Six Sigma and Value Added Production System.
Eric Hayler will present the BMW Manufacturing Co.’s Lean Six Sigma and Value Added Production System.

Hayler will conduct the evening’s featured presentation on  the BMW Manufacturing Co. – Quality and Continuous Improvement, Lean Six Sigma and Value Added Production System.

BMW Manufacturing has been producing the Ultimate Driving Machine in Spartanburg, S.C., for 20 years. The BMW X3, X4, X5, and X6 are made for 140 markets around the world. BMW is known for its quality. In this presentation, how BMW manages quality and continuous improvement will be discussed. Insight into product quality assessment, process assessment, and balanced scorecard approach will be included.

Hayler is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at BMW Manufacturing in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is ASQ Treasurer and will be ASQ Chair in 2017.

To attend, please register at http://www.asq1106.org/register.asp (to cancel, please contact Ashok Gala at 423-229-3498 or agala@eastman.com).

Check Your Male! Creating a culture of consent

Noted lecturer Graham Hackett wants to upgrade the conversation about sex and consent.

He’ll bring his “Check Your Male!” presentation to Northeast State Sept. 17 when he talks about sexual assault awareness, violence prevention, healthy relationships, and loving kindness.

According to Hackett, the presentation is a detailed invitation for men to recognize their power and privilege as resources for helping build a healthier sexual environment.

Graham Hackett Sept. 16 at Northeast State.
Graham Hackett Sept. 16 at Northeast State.

Hackett will lecture at the Blountville campus auditorium at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 7 p.m. His talks are part of the College’s Campus Safety week, which runs Sept. 14-18. The campus is located at 2425 Highway 75.

Hackett will explore the impact of societal expectations, inadequate education, and mass media on how society perceives sexual relationships. He will emphasize how men can become advocates for ending sexual assault in their communities.

Hackett draws from a deep personal history of supporting women in his family and community who have experienced abuse. As an educator, he also spent years working with youth and youth service organizations like Outward Bound and the YMCA, as well as detention facilities.