NE Theatre wins big at KCACTF competition

The Northeast State Theatre Department continues to win awards and impress critics and audiences in our region and beyond.

Northeast State Theatre earned seven awards at the Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) competition held Feb. 6-10 at Georgia Southwestern University, in Americus, Ga. The adjudicated competition recognizes the best theatre work of two- and four-year colleges across the Southeast.

Jon Wampler (left) and Allen Lopez in “The Foreigner.”

The Northeast State festival caravan featured two faculty members, six students, two alumni, 12 workshops attended, four plays attended, three panel discussions, three faculty awards received, a performance at the KCACTF IV Gala Event, and four student design awards received.

Awards presented to Northeast State faculty and staff were:

Weiss Allied Craft Design First Place Winner, Shelby Minogue

Weiss Lighting Design Second Place Winner, Allen Lopez

Winner of the Don Childs Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas Award, Shelby Ashley

Vector Works Lighting Award, Shelby Ashley

Meritorious Achievement Award for Excellence in Applied Theater Technology, Crimes of the Heart, Brad McKenzie

Meritorious Achievement Award for Excellence in Directing, The Foreigner, Brad McKenzie

Special Recognition Award for Invited Gala Awards Ceremony Scene, The Foreigner, Brad McKenzie

“We can’t thank everyone enough for the assistance and the support that we have received for this event,” said Elizabeth M. Sloan, associate professor and director of Northeast State Theatre. “It means so much to work with colleagues that support the arts.”

Apply online now for Tennessee Reconnect!

Looking to reboot your life? Take a step forward and apply for the Tennessee Reconnect Scholarship at

Tennessee Reconnect encourages adults to return to college to earn a degree or technical certificate. The program allows every Tennessee resident to attend a technical school or college without having to pay tuition. Tennessee Reconnect is a last-dollar scholarship created for adults to earn an associate degree or technical certificate, tuition-free.

Whether you are enrolling in college for the first time, returning to finish a degree, or a service veteran applying for admission, Tennessee Reconnect provides the steps to navigate the college admissions process. Adult students planning to apply for Tennessee Reconnect should follow these steps:

  • Fill out the Tennessee Reconnect application and submit it.
  • Create a login on the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) portal at this link:  Once you have created an account, Select “Apply for Scholarships” on the TSAC portal, and then choose “Tennessee Reconnect.”
  • Submit an application for admission to Northeast State.
  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at
  • Enroll in a degree or certificate program at Northeast State as a part-time or full-time student.

Created in 2013, The Drive to 55 Initiative seeks to increase the state’s educational attainment rate from 37 percent to 55 percent by the year 2025.

Representatives of the Northeast State Office of Enrollment Services are happy to provide information and answer questions about Tennessee Reconnect. For more information, contact Northeast State Enrollment Services at 423.323.0229 or

Submit the spring graduation app by Feb. 5

Set to graduate this spring? Turn in your application for graduation form before the Feb. 5 deadline.

An application to graduate form must be submitted to the Admissions and Records Office. You can download an application in the Admissions and Records Office or the Campus Information Center or access the application form in pdf format at the How to Graduate link.  The link also provides important information about graduation requirements.

Students may complete requirements for more than one concentration of study within the degree program by successfully completing all course requirements in both concentrations. A separate Application for Graduation must be submitted for each concentration. Students will receive separate diplomas, one for each concentration.

Spring commencement exercises are held in May at East Tennessee State University’s Memorial Center.


Submit a scholarship application by March 1

Students searching for financial aid to attend college need financial help now more than ever. It’s never too soon to submit a scholarship application to Northeast State Community College for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The Northeast State Office of Scholarship Programs administers more than 185 Foundation-related scholarships to help students pay college expenses. To be considered, students should submit the Online General Scholarship Application as well as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). First-time applicants to the College must also complete an application for admission. The application deadline for Foundation-related scholarships is March 1, 2018.

Apply for a scholarship. Save money. Be financially ahead when you graduate.

Northeast State awards scholarships to qualifying applicants following a competitive review process. Foundation Scholarships may fund maintenance fees and even textbook costs for recipients. Northeast State also administers the Academic Work Scholarship and the Educational Access and Diversity Scholarship programs.

The Online General Scholarship Application qualifies a student only for Foundation and Academic Work scholarship consideration.  A separate application must be completed for the Educational Access and Diversity program (June 1 deadline to apply).

To apply for available Foundation and Academic Work scholarships, visit select “Northeast State Scholarships” and complete the Online General Scholarship Application. For information, email

Thacker, Oxendine-Woodby named to 40 Under Forty class of 2017

Two Northeast State leaders were recognized among the region’s next generation of movers and shakers in The Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty class of 2017.

Jennifer Thacker and Mary Beth Oxendine-Woodby were selected as 40 Under Forty recipients recognizing the region’s professionals for noteworthy career and civic accomplishments. The entire 40 Under Forty class was featured in the Journal’s December issue.

As Northeast State’s director of the Kingsport Center for Higher Education (KCHE), Thacker provides leadership and management for operations for administrative and support staff. She works in coordination with other departments, Kingsport campus buildings, staff, city and state officials, and other stakeholders.

Jennifer Thacker

Thacker received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from East Tennessee State University (ETSU), a Master of Education from Milligan College, and is entering the dissertation phase of her Ph.D. in Education – Cultural Studies from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  She began her career in education as a high school English teacher then transitioned to post-secondary education. She joined Northeast State as site coordinator for the Gray campus in 2010 and later took on the role of cohort and academic support specialist. In addition to reestablishing and directing the College’s cohort-based programs, she served as director of Northeast State at Bristol prior to moving to her current role as director of KCHE in November 2015.

Mary Beth Oxendine-Woodby

Oxendine-Woodby has built a career around strengthening the region’s workforce. As career development coordinator for Northeast State, she works closely with area employers to ensure that they have access to highly-skilled job candidates. She has been working at Northeast State since 2011. Oxendine-Woodby works closely with individuals, school systems, and community agencies to promote training opportunities and job skills. She has also been an active volunteer with the United Way of Greater Kingsport since 2012, serving on councils in both leadership and member roles.  Oxendine-Woodby has served as a tnAchieves mentor since 2014 to help Tennessee Promise students adjust to college.

“I am honored and humbled to be selected as a 40 Under Forty recipient this year,” said Oxendine-Woodby. “Being recognized alongside such a talented group of professionals is truly inspiring.”

Oxendine-Woodby earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from ETSU and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development from Tusculum College. She holds credentials as a Global Career Development Facilitator and a Certified Professional Resume Writer. Prior to joining Northeast State, Oxendine-Woodby worked in the Tennessee Department of Labor Career Centers, providing training and pre-employment services through the Alliance for Business & Training.

Award nominees are 39 years old or younger as of October 2017, live and work in East Tennessee or Southwest Virginia, are involved in their communities and show the potential to be a leader in the business community during the next decade.

According to the Journal, this year’s 40 Under Forty honorees inducted the 1,000th member since the class began in 1993. The Journal promotes young talent through this program — one that has become the top honor for the region’s businesspeople under the age of 40.