Northeast State, Walters State offer music workshop for grades 7-9

The Northeast State and Walters State music departments are partnering to present a two-day music workshop. The workshop will be held at Walters State on June 8 and 9, 2018.  Registration is June 8 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the Judge William H. Inman Humanities Complex.

The workshop is designed for grades 7-9, with students having the opportunity to sing with participants from various counties, learn theory, sight-singing, ear-training, and voice training. The event is free and participants will have lunch provided and receive a free t-shirt. Also, the choral singers will be invited to attend the musical “Singin’ in the Rain” at the discounted rate of $5 on June 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Inman Theatre at Walters State.

Ben Davenport
Ben Davenport

The workshop clinician is Ben Davenport, a native of Rogersville, and a versatile musician who has worked as an educator, conductor, soloist, and church musician. He is an alumna of Walters State Community College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Milligan College.

Currently, Ben is finishing his Master’s of Education in Educational Theory and Practice from Arkansas State University.  He joined Washington County Schools in 2015, where he teaches Pre-K through eighth grade, general music, choir, and serves as the Building-Level Fine Arts Coordinator. Also, his students have once again been recognized as the only middle school participants from his district to be selected to sing in the All-East Middle School Honor Chorus.

For more information, contact:
Tawana C. Teague at or 423-354-5164
Elissa Keck Hodge at
Laura Ritter at or 423-585-5969

Northeast State celebrates year’s best at HonCon 2018

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

The 2017-18 Outstanding Student Award was presented to Jason Abernathy. A double major in Criminal Justice and General Transfer parallel, Abernathy will graduate with a perfect 4.0-grade point average. That distinction made him a member of the President’s All-Academic Team. He is also a member of the College’s Nu Sigma Chi chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society. He will graduate summa cum laude in May.

Outstanding Student Award winner Jason Abernathy.

The Northeast State Program Area Awards recognized outstanding students in the College’s academic departments for 2017-18. Program Award winners are:

Advanced Technologies

Electrical Technology – Mark Carr; Electromechanical Technology – Johnny Davis and Dalton O’Neal; Industrial Technology/Automotive Body-Collision Repair – Alex Driskill; Industrial Technology/Automotive Service – Dominique Cross; Industrial Technology/Engineering Design Technology – Clay Kennedy; Industrial Technology/Machine Tool – Jesse Whittemore; Industrial Technology/Manufacturing Engineering Technology – Patricia Daniel; Industrial Design/Mechanical – Mark Sanders; Machine Tool Operations – Timothy Horner; Manufacturing Technology – Tucker Truswell.

 Behavioral & Social Science Division

Anthropology – Jessica Ralph; Criminal Justice (A.A./A.S.) – Sydnee Merritt; Criminal Justice (A.A.S.) – Christina Compton; Early Childhood Education – Tessa-Rae Marsingill; Mass Communications – Colton Chess; Political Science – Abbie Saulsbury; Psychology – DeAnna Barrett; Public Safety and Police Science – Derek Geisler; Social Work – Monica Tucker; Sociology – Whitney Keplinger; Speech Communication – Emily Burroughs; Teacher Education – Autumn Byrd; Teacher Education Pre-K-3 – Laura Greeson.

 Business Technologies

Administrative Professional Technology – Business Office – Madison Trinchera; Administrative Professional Technology – Legal Office – Nha Doan; Administrative Professional Technology – Medical Office – Denna Hall;  Business-Accounting (A.A.S.) – Irene Henley; Business-Management – Jessica Brooks; Small Business Management – Lacy Walden; Computer & Information Science/Information Assurance – Micah Arnold; Computer & Information Science/Internet & Web Development – Zachery Johnson; Computer Information Technology/Networking – Joshua Hobbs; Computer Information Technology/Programming – Alexander Wittman; Computer Information Technology/Systems Administration and Management – Jonathan Stamey; Computer Science – David Nelson; Entertainment Technology – Alec Glovier; Information Technology – David Beverley.

 Health Professions Division

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician – Walter Schuppan; Allied Health/Dental Assistant – Hannah Hensley; Allied Health/Medical Laboratory Technology – Chelsea Kelly; Basic Emergency Medical Technology – Stephen Cantrell; Cardiovascular Technology/Invasive – Stephanie Roller; Cardiovascular Technology/Non-Invasive – Madison Warden; Nursing/LPN to RN – Taylor Hamby; Nursing/Traditional RN – Victoria Childress; Surgical Technology – Brianna Lawson.

Honors Program

Honors Program – Dakoda Goodwin

Humanities Division

Digital Media – Alexander Lawrence; English – Matthew Bennett; History – Matthew Bennett; Humanities – Sydnee Merritt; Music – Elizabeth VanHoy; Philosophy – Makayla Ward; Theatre – Christian Bell; Visual Art and Design Studio – Jenna Jacobs.

Mathematics Division

Accounting (A.S.) – VY Tran; Business Administration – Tanya Rios; Engineering – Sarah Rhoton; Finance – Timothy Carroll; Management (A.S.) – Brandon Hernandez; Mathematics – Abdelhadi Zaoui.

Sciences Division

Agriculture- Animal Science – Alexis Steffey; Biology – Daniel Klug; Dental Hygiene – Cynthia Henley; Nursing (A.S.) – Emrie Boone; Occupational Therapy – Bethany Whittemore; Physical Therapy – Nathan Wise; Physics – Terry McAninch; Radiography – April Blevins; Wildlife and Fisheries – Cameron Mitchell.­

A full list of the night’s award winners and recognized students can be found online at

The College also honored the President’s All-Academic Team of 2017-18 at a ceremony held shortly before Convocation. The All-Academic Team recognized 61 students graduating this spring with a 4.0 grad4.0-gradeverage.

The 2018 graduating class features 187 students graduating cum laude with grade point averages (GPAs) of 3.49 to 3.74, 99 students graduating magna cum laude with GPAs of 3.75 to 3.89, and 106 students graduating summa cum laude with GPAs of 3.90 to 4.0.

The Outstanding Alumni of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Susan Graybeal ’92. Dr. Graybeal currently serves as associate dean for Accreditation and Institutional Effectiveness at King University. She previously served as vice president for Institutional Effectiveness at Northeast State.

Distinguished Staff Awards were presented to Northeast State faculty and staff who were nominated by their colleagues for their outstanding service to students and the College.

John Adcox of the Northeast State Office of Veterans Affairs received the Distinguished Support Staff Member award. A U.S. Army veteran, Adcox often leads the College’s Veterans Academic Success orientations, assisting the transition from veteran to student at Northeast State. He developed a workshop for student veterans who will be transferring from Northeast State to a university. He also completed his fourth year as advisor to the college’s Student Veterans of American chapter.

Director of Enrollment Services, Jim Henrichs, received the Distinguished Administrative/Professional award. Over his 11 years at Northeast State, Henrichs has chaired numerous committees including the TN Reconnect Committee, which helps adult students return to college tuition-free.  He also volunteers his time for Honors Convocation, Commencement, Career Days, the Spring Career Fair, and the 8th Grade Career Expo.

Speech Professor Dr. Rick Merritt was honored with the 1st Place Distinguished Faculty Member Award. Merritt has worked with students on the Northeast State Debate Team to prepare for competitions and the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature. He also serves as an advisor for the College’s Toastmasters Club–A Toast to Education. As a club, they host Area 10 and 11 speech contests and the Toastmasters Leadership Institute in both the fall and the spring.

Psychology professor Kristin Lazarova won the 2nd Place Faculty Award. Lazarova has been teaching full-time at Northeast State since 2004. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Early Childhood. Along with teaching several psychology courses, she has developed and managed the online Psychology Teaching and Learning Forum. She has also developed an online Psychology Enrichment Network to assist Northeast State Psychology students with advisement and their academic and career goals.

Theatre professor Elizabeth M. Sloan received the 3rd Place Faculty Award. As director of the College’s Theatre program since 2009, Sloan oversees one of the most popular and beloved programs on campus. Theatre students win awards and are consistently recognized by the region’s top theatre festival organization for their work. Sloan said, “Essentially, we help students grow every day. They grow as artists, but more importantly, they grow as humans. We ask these students for their time, commitment, bravery, willingness to risk, willingness to fail, and willingness to collaborate. Watching them grow is the most rewarding aspect of my job.”

Congratulations to all the night’s award winners and honorees. It is Northeast State’s great privilege to recognize you for your achievements.

NE State awarded PepsiCo recycling grant

Northeast State Community College has been selected as one of 19 recipients for the 2017-2018 PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund.

PepsiCo Zero Impact Fund LogoThe Zero Impact Fund, now in its second year, was created to help college and university partners create or strengthen sustainability initiatives on campus.  Schools may receive up to $10,000 to support environmental projects.

As part of the effort, Northeast State was selected out of more than 60 proposals to receive $9,900 for a Blountville campus water conservation project.

Larry Hatfield, director of Auxiliary Services and Sustainability, said the funds would be used to replace 33 water faucets in the Basler Library and the Locke Humanities Building with touchless faucets. The new faucets will save an estimated 146,000 gallons of water annually.

“We are very grateful to PepsiCo for the grant,” said Northeast State President James D. King. “This gift funds a project that’s important to our sustainability goals and one that will save water resources for years to come.”

Alpha Iota Chi posts strong showing at PTK Catalyst awards

Northeast State’s Alpha Iota Chi chapter received several awards for their achievements at the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Catalyst 100 Convention held in Kansas City, Mo., April 19-21.

The international honor society recognized Alpha Iota Chi with the following individual and chapter awards:

Sydnee Merritt, Top 30 Distinguished Chapter Member.
Dakoda Goodwin and Paige Dipirro, Top 30 Distinguished Chapter Officer.

Dr. Jane Honeycutt, Top 15 Continued Excellence Advisor.

 “Snapchat Hijack”, Top 50 Distinguished College Project.

Distinguished Honors in Action Project, Top 32 (“The Gift of Freedom from Substance Abuse: A Conversation about Opioid Addiction”).

The chapter was also named a Top 35 Distinguished Chapter award winner.

The 2017-18 chapter officers are: President, Dakoda Goodwin; Co-Vice Presidents of Scholarship, Jenna Jacobs and Paige DiPirro; Honors in Action Chair, Lindsey Post; Vice President of Leadership, Abbie Saulsbury; Vice President of Fellowship, Emily Burroughs; Vice President of Communication, Cooper McCoy; Vice President of Service, Prince Buckman; Caleb Wheeler, Secretary; and Joy Shepherd, Treasurer.

Alpha Iota Chi was recognized as a Five Star chapter and a Chapter of Light at the PTK’s Tennessee Regional Convention earlier this year.

Let’s horse around at Derby Day May 5!

Let’s horse around for fun and a good cause! The Kentucky Derby ranks among the greatest spectacles of sports. If you can’t make it to Churchill Downs this year, watch the race with us at the Northeast State Foundation’s Derby Day party on May 5 at the Foundation Event Facility in downtown Bristol.

Join us for Derby Day on May 5.

The event features the best hat and best-dressed contest, and live music by the Spirit of Soul Dance Band to round out the evening. It is sure to be an event to remember! Cost is $75 per person or $600 per table (seating 8). Derby Day is being held at 620 E. State St., in Bristol. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Don your derby hats, sip a mint julep, indulge in a full menu of savory hors-d’oeuvres, and enjoy three wall-sized viewing screens to watch the race. Pick your favorite horse for a chance to win some terrific prizes. All proceeds of this event benefit Northeast State student scholarships through the Foundation.

Buy tickets online at or buy them at the event on race day. For more information, contact or 423.279.7630.