The Paul Brock Band plays Northeast State Nov. 1

Dance a jig and get your Irish on when the Paul Brock Band performs at Northeast State bringing an evening of unmatched traditional folk music.

This internationally acclaimed Irish folk band travels from Ireland to share Celtic, Irish and Global music and dance at a one-night-only show on Nov. 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the Blountville campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The concert is free and open to the public.

Paul Brock

Button accordionist and melodeonist, Brock is one of Ireland’s most celebrated traditional musicians and has been at the forefront of Irish music for many years. He gets splendid support by bandmates Shane Ferrell on banjo, Denis Carey on piano, and Dave Curley on guitar and vocals.

A multiple All-Ireland accordion champion born in Athlone, County Westmeath, Brock pursued a solo career through the 60’s and 70’s by mastering the single-row, two-row, three-row, and five-row button accordions. His illustrated lecture “Irish Traditional Music in America – The Golden Era” has been widely acclaimed.

As a soloist, Brock has toured extensively throughout the world. He has performed with leading musicians and has been a special guest artist on a number of occasions with the beloved Irish band The Chieftains. His list of awards and accomplishments are many.

Paul Brock and bandmates tuning up at the Grand Old Opry.

Brock previously performed at Northeast State as a part of the renowned Brock McGuire Band which he co-founded with Manus McGuire. They produced many well-received albums including Green Grass Blue Grass, a collaboration with Grammy-winning musician Ricky Scaggs that celebrated the deep historical connection between Appalachian and Irish music.

The band will also perform at 1:30 p.m. in the Kingsport Center for Higher Education in the auditorium. The performance is open to students, faculty, and the public.

The concert is sponsored by Northeast State’s International Education Committee. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit or email


Be a mentor & be a hero – sign up before Oct. 31

Returning Northeast State students can leverage their academic achievements into leadership experience as an EDUC 1030 peer mentor for the upcoming spring semester.

The EDUC 1030 Peer Mentoring Program needs returning students to help transition new students into the college environment. A peer mentor is a second-year student who leads a maximum of five (5) students enrolled in EDUC 1030 classes throughout the 2018 spring semester.

College can be a climb. Peer mentors can help.

An eligible peer mentor candidate is a second-year student with a grade point average of 3.0 or above. Training will take place during the latter half of the current fall semester. Students selected to serve as peer mentors are compensated with meals during training and will receive a $250.00 stipend upon completion of assigned duties and responsibilities.

If interested, please complete the Peer Mentoring Application Form no later than October 31, 2017.

For questions and details, please contact Jane Honeycutt at or Dr. Teressa Dobbs at

Northeast State hosts College Transfer Day Oct. 4

Northeast State Community College students get a look at their next step in higher education at College Transfer Day happening Oct. 4 at the Blountville campus.

Hosted by the TRiO Student Support Services, more than 25 college and university representatives will be available to answer questions. College representatives will meet with students from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the William Locke Humanities Building (1st floor).

Students can get information about transfer opportunities, tuition, entrance requirements, articulation agreements, financial aid, scholarships, housing, internships, and more. No appointment is necessary. The event is free to attend.

Colleges and universities scheduled to attend include: Alabama A&M University, Austin Peay State University, Bethel University, Bryan College, Carson-Newman University, Cumberland University, East Tennessee State University, Emory & Henry College, King University, Lees-McRae College, Lincoln Memorial University, Lindsey Wilson College, Lipscomb University, Maryville College, Middle Tennessee State University, Milligan College, Morehead State University, Old Dominion University, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Tech University, Tusculum College, University of the Cumberlands, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and Western Governors University.

Northeast State’s university parallel associate of arts/associate of science degree programs are designed for students who intend to complete the first two years of a baccalaureate degree program at Northeast State and then transfer to a four-year college or university to complete the bachelor’s degree. Northeast State has developed course-by-course equivalency tables and articulation agreements with many four-year colleges and universities.

For more information about College Transfer Day, contact TRiO Student Support Services at 423.354.2540.

Get your BOYC 2017 apparel today!

The Because of You Campaign 2017 is here! The Human Resources & Organizational Effectiveness team will be selling Northeast State apparel for the BOYC in support of the General Foundation Fund.

The General Foundation Fund provides monetary support for the Scholarship Reception and other various Northeast State student-related events. Long-sleeved cotton shirts and polo shirts are available in the colors, sizes, and prices below.

Polo shirt options.
Long-sleeved shirt options.









To order, email Jessi Waugh  ( and provide the style, color, size, and quantity desired.  All orders must be submitted by Friday, September 22.

Apparel must be purchased in advance. Please drop by the office of HR/OE (P315 Blountville) to submit payment. Questions, please call 423.354.5183.


Faculty Focus – Dr. Miriam Bryant

Faculty Focus, Dr. Miriam Bryant
Professor & Communications expert.
East Tennessee State University. Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate.
United States Navy veteran.
International marketer.
Coalfields native.

How did you find your way to Northeast State?
I am from Pound, Virginia. My father was a coal miner. My mother was a stay-at-home mom. The best way I felt to get to college was to join the Navy and served on active duty for five years until 2003. So I went to college and initially wanted to be a lawyer because I loved political science. I did my Master’s degree in communications with an emphasis in Business Management. I did international marketing for a number of years while I was teaching communications part-time as an adjunct. I started to feel that I was happier with my part-time job than with my full-time job. So I applied for communications faculty jobs. Those are really hard to get, but I was fortunate a position opened here at Northeast State.

What is the appeal of communications as a major and career?
Speech is an amazing major because it provides students a basis to all the behavioral science degrees. You will be seen as a more competent communicator than others. When people realize, ‘Oh, I can have a conversation with you’, you become a much stronger candidate in your field. I tell students it is all about how you market yourself.

Why does public speaking terrify people?
Most are terrified of it because they are striving for perfection. We think a speech has to be memorized and rehearsed perfectly. You memorize the entire speech and never deviate from it in a serious tone. That is the worst kind of speech. I want them to understand that they can take a breath and realize it is the extension of a conversation.

Dr. Miriam Bryant

How do you want students to see communications and the messages they encounter?
That we consume a great deal of media messages that shape who we are and how we see ourselves and others in the world. News and entertainment media are products. The person who created the message you see is seeking to sell more of their product. I want them to understand what they are seeing. They need to understand behind all these media messages they receive is the desire to make a profit. Even if it is heartfelt and has a great cause behind it, there is a profit motivation there.

With all the diverse methods of communications especially social media, have people become better or worse communicators?
Everyone is more conflict avoidant today. It has become harder to communicate because no one wants to have a negative interaction. I try to teach students that everybody is not going to agree with you. I teach them that you have to be able to communicate face to face. You have to handle conflict constructively wherever you work.

What appeals to you about Northeast State?
As a division department, I feel like I have gained a new family. It is really nice to know you can rely on that. We celebrate each other successes. Whatever challenges that arise, I know faculty remains focused on our students. My experience with them has strengthened my loyalty to the college.

As a Navy veteran, what advice do you give to a military veteran or any non-traditional student seeking to start anew by seeking his or her college degree?
It is never too late to start over. I didn’t start college until I was 24 years old. If you aren’t happy, make a change. For the traditional students that is usually easier to accept than the non-traditional student. But it is true. Your situation doesn’t make you, you make your situation!