Noted educator Ron Clark to speak at Educate 4 Success conference

Noted educator Ron Clark will be the keynote speaker at Northeast State’s Educate 4 Success conference scheduled for Sept. 30.

Known to many as “America’s Educator,” Ron Clark is the 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year, a two-time New York Times bestselling author, the subject of a television movie, and the founder of The Ron Clark Academy. He is regularly featured on network and cable television. Visit to learn more about Clark, the Academy, and books he has authored.

Ron Clark with kidsThe Educate 4 Success conference is designed to bring together a variety of stakeholders in the field of education to discuss issues related to student success and completion, including the formulation, development, and/or illumination of solutions to these issues.  Stakeholders include professionals in postsecondary and second education, business, government, and nonprofit organizations.

The College’s Targeted Leadership Development Program (TLDP) is spearheading this conference which seeks to offer solutions and inspiration through engagement with influential thinkers, motivators, and colleagues.

Registration for the public will open on May 1. Visit for more information.

For those interested in presenting at the conference, Educate 4 Success, is now accepting proposal submissions. Topics include:

  • The Body: Adventure, Creativity, Reflection – Share successful education strategies.
  • The Mind: Common Sense, Appreciation, Resilience, Balance – Share the broader thought processes and purposeful behaviors behind your success.
  • The Soul: Enthusiasm, Compassion, Confidence, Humor – How can we develop and maintain positive, productive attitudes toward education, especially under less-than-perfect circumstances?

All proposals must be submitted no later than May 1.  For more information about submitting a proposal, visit

For more information about the conference, contact Jessica Barnett at 423.354.2589 or

Northeast State celebrates 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 Thursday night at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport.

Outstanding Student Award winner for 2016, Victoria Hewlett.

The college’s Outstanding Student Award was presented to Victoria Hewlett, of Elizabethton. A member of the College’s Alpha Iota Chi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), Hewlett is an Honors student and member of the President’s All-Academic Team with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. A double major in Sociology and Speech Communication, she is the Tennessee regional vice president-east for Phi Theta Kappa. She was named a New Century Scholar for Tennessee by PTK earlier this spring. She is also an officer in Northeast State’s Student Government organization, the Council for Leadership, Advocacy, and Student Success (CLASS). Hewlett has competed with the Northeast State Debate Team and is a member the Toastmaster’s Club. She plans on attending St. John’s College in New Mexico next fall.

The Northeast State Program Area Awards recognized outstanding students in the College’s academic departments for 2015-16. Program award winners are:

Advanced Technologies

Chemical Process Operations – Hannah Casey; Electrical Technology – William Allen; Electromechanical Technology – Christopher Vermejan; General Technology – James Weaver; Industrial Operations – Daniel Jeter; Industrial Technology/Automotive Service – Aaron Terry; Industrial Technology/Machine Tool – John Yeazel; Industrial Technology/Manufacturing Engineering Technology – Joshua Head; Industrial Technology/Engineering Design Technology – Isaac Wentz; Industrial Technology/Automotive Body-Collision Repair – Jordan Ortega; Industrial Technology/Welding/Metal Fabrication – James Taylor.

 Behavioral & Social Science Division

Criminal Justice and Criminology – Kyla Faust; Early Childhood Education – Alicia Holley; Mass Communications – Abigail Hathorn; Psychology – William Feijoo; Public Safety and Justice Administration – Phillip Baumgardner; Social Work – Shawna Burrow; Sociology & Anthropology – Victoria Hewlett; Speech Communication – Chelsi Crockett; Teacher Education – Casey Osborne; Teacher Education Pre-K-3 – Mary Klug.

 Business Technologies

Business-Accounting – Antje Campbell; Business-Management – Jimmy Murphy; Small Business Management – Mary Chess; Computer & Information Science/Computer Programming – Heather Wilson;  Computer & Information Science/Information Information Assurance – Michael Bowers; Computer & Information Science/Internet & Web Development – Martin Mozingo; Computer & Information Science/Network Engineering Technology – John Deakins; Computer & Information Science/PC Management – Shawn Stuart; Computer Science – Annie King; Information Systems – Dakota Alford; Office Administrative Technology/General – Jennifer Baird; Office Administrative Technology/Medical – Shannon Lane.

 Health-Related Professions Division

Allied Health/Dental Assistant – Sarah Bradley; Allied Health/Medical Laboratory Technology – Eileen Madden; Allied Health/Surgical Technology – Dale Stafford; Cardiovascular Technology/Invasive – Landis Johnson; Cardiovascular Technology/Non-Invasive – Bridget France.

 Humanities Division

English – Kilian Thomas; History – Moriah Jones; Honors Program – Victoria Hewlett; Humanities – Gabriel Hobbs; Philosophy/Religious Studies – Rena Baker; Spanish – Tayla Sluss; Visual Art and Design – Whitney Culbertson.

Mathematics Division

Accounting – Sarah Black; Business Administration – Jeffrey Robinson; Engineering – Jacob Ellis; Mathematics – Nicholas Hodge.

Nursing Division – Charity Conklin.

 Sciences Division

Biology – Cassandra Ross; Chemistry – Carolyne Thomas; Dental Hygiene – Taylor Slaughter; Nursing/Articulated – Matthew Boyd; Occupational Therapy – Hannah Fink; Physics – William Byington.

Student members of the President's All-Academic Team graduating with 4.0 grade point averages.
Student members of the President’s All-Academic Team graduating with 4.0 grade point averages.

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.

Other award honorees included Alicia Blasini who won the Adult Learner of the Year Award and Rayma Gibbs who received the Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award.

Jane Honeycutt recognizes the Honors Programs students for 2015-16.
Jane Honeycutt recognizes the Honors Programs students for 2015-16.

Dottie Corey with the Human Resources Department won the Distinguished Support Staff Award. Dean of Enrollment Management, Jennifer Starling, received the Distinguished Administrative/Professional Staff award. English professor Tempi Hale was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Member Award.

Donald Coleman, ’87, received the College’s Outstanding Alumni Award for 2016. Coleman earned his EMT-Paramedic certification from Northeast State in 1987. He went on to earn his bachelor’s and master’s degree from East Tennessee State University. During 20 years of service as a SWAT Team paramedic and reserve police officer, Coleman participated in more than 100 SWAT missions and complied more than 4,260 volunteer hours. Today, Coleman serves as assistant vice president of Academic Affairs and associate professor of Emergency Medical Technology at Northeast State.

The College’s spring graduation ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m. on May 10 at the East Tennessee State University/Mountain States Health Alliance Memorial Center in Johnson City.

Northeast State holds Honors Convocation April 21

Northeast State Community College will recognize its most distinguished students, staff and faculty members of 2015-2016 at the annual Honors Convocation scheduled for Thursday, April 21 at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport.

Honors Convocation recognizes Northeast State’s top student achievers in each academic department, students graduating in May with honors, and the Outstanding Student, Outstanding Alumni, and Outstanding Faculty and Staff award winners. Honors Convocation also recognizes the students involved with service learning programs, Volunteer Northeast State, club and individual awards won throughout the year from state and national organizations.

Hon Con night
The annual Honors Convocation recognizes Northeast State’s high achieving students.

A reception honoring the President’s All-Academic Team will be held prior to the event beginning at 5:30 p.m. The reception recognizes Northeast State students who are graduating this spring with perfect 4.0 grade point averages.

Honors Convocation begins at 7 p.m. in MeadowView’s main convention center. For information, contact the College’s office of Student Development at 423.354.5120.


New music degree program approved between Northeast State, King

Northeast State Community College recently approved a two-year transfer degree in Music between the College and King University.

The College will offer an associate of science degree in Music – Transfer to King University, beginning fall semester of 2016.  This partnership between Northeast State and King University will give Northeast State students the opportunity to major in music and take individual applied music lessons in organ, harpsichord, voice, band instruments, and piano at King.

“This music initiative began in 2013, and we are pleased to announce that Northeast State will be able to offer a degree in music – Transfer to King University,” said Tawana Teague, assistant professor of Music at Northeast State. “At present, Northeast State does not have the facility to offer individual applied music lessons, but this partnership with King will give our students that opportunity.”

The two-year degree requires 64 credit hours and features two areas of emphasis: Instrumental Education and Performance, and Choral/Vocal Education and Performance.  The new degree program was approved by the curriculum subcommittee and academic affairs committee of Northeast State.

Teague said individual applied music lessons will be taken at King University. Northeast State will offer courses in Voice Class, Music Theory I & II, Aural Skills-Ear-Training I & II, Choral Ensembles, such as Northeast State Singers, and special topics courses in music.

For more information, contact or 423.354.5164.

Alpha Iota Chi chapter welcomes new members to honor society

Northeast State welcomed more than 70 new members to its Alpha Iota Chi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for the 2016 spring semester.

The new members were welcomed into Alpha Iota Chi during an induction ceremony held April 17 at the Blountville campus. The ceremony was led by Jane Honeycutt, the chapter’s faculty advisor and coordinator of the Northeast State Honors Program.

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Keynote speaker Linda Calvert leads new Alpha Iota Chi chapter members in an exercise to reach higher for their dreams.

The newest members of Alpha Iota Chi are: Jason Abernathy; Whitney Adkins; Casey Arwood; Rebekah Baird; Christina Ballard; Dalton Bass; Hannah Beach; Jacob Beals; David Behnia; Allison Bennett; William Bever; David Beverley;Taylor Blair; Christina Blevins; Sarah Bowers; Whitney Breeding; Courtney Brooks; Patrick Brown; Michael Burton; Heather Byrd; Erica Callahan; Megan Carr; Nathan Carrier; Luisa Carvajal; Tiffany Case; Hannah Casey; Whitney Chambers; Victoria Childress; Jennifer Christian; Angela Conen; Patrick Cooley; Devin Darnell; Jessica Davis; Sarah Davis; Bryson Dennis; Matthew Dunn; Bethany Echols; Bo Edwards; Susan Evans; Taura Fields; Karter Geagley; Amanda Greene; Daniel Hamilton; Heather Harrison; Carl Henopp; Allison Hensley; Brandy Hensley; Kerri Hite; Emily Hodge; Kelly Holley; Charity Hubbard; Delores Johnson; Rachel Johnson; Kurt Kominek; Pagie Laponsie; Ashley Lovin; Cheyenne Maggart; Seth Manning; Katie Martin; Kristi McAllister; Joely McClain; Michael McGee; Arlene McMahan; Sarah Minor; Rachel Moncier; Joseph Morin; Anthony Morrow; David Mounger; Lejla Muhic; Brenda Ochoa; Rebekah Ornduff; Phillip Parris; Harrison Pollitte; Matthew Runion; Hayley Russell; Amber Sexton; Mariah Tedder; Kilian Thomas; Amanda Trent; Heidi Turner;  Xiaodi Whitfield; Blake Williams; Mason Williams; Hannah Woods; Dillon Wyatt; and Shannon Yerton.

Alpha Iota Chi has received several state and national awards for individual officers and as a chapter.  Alpha Iota Chi won 1st Place for Most Distinguished Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa in the state of Tennessee and 1st Place for Most Distinguished Chapter Officer Team at the PTK Regional Convention in Murfreesboro in March. AIC also received 1st Place awards including the Most Distinguished College Project and the Honors in Action Project at the convention.

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New members await induction to Alpha Iota Chi.

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-level 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 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.