Northeast State Nursing students get their pins

Northeast State recognized its newest class of Nursing program graduates at the 2017 Spring Pinning Ceremony held May 5 at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts at the Blountville campus.

The graduating class of more than 50 students received their nursing pins. Members of the Nursing faculty affixed the pins for students on stage. The students also made the Nightingale Pledge for service to their profession. Northeast Nursing graduates of 2016-17 are listed below.

Amanda Alford; Alixandria Allen; Mathew Allen; Stacey Andis; Katie Barnette; Kimberly Beach; Katherine Blair; Alyssa Brackins; Kim Campbell; Tasha Carrico; Rachel Casey; Nikki Christian; Brandi Church; Rebekah Cloyd; Morgan Durant; Cara Dykes; Jessica Edwards; Audra Emmert; Jennifer Fair; Angel Fugate; Whitney Gilliam Brackins; Caitlin Gleason; Megan Gresham; April Grizzle (Gillenwater); Amber Hardin; Angela Hite; Hannah Hudson; Ashlee Johnson; Donna Jones; Sandra Kahl; Chris Ketron; Angelique Krupsky; Hannah Leonard; Courtney Lewis; Tracey Lewis; Jordan Lovelace; Tiffany Mathews (Case); Brittany McMillian; Hannah Mobley; Blaise Ndikum; Marah Newell; Natalie Newton; Heather Oaks;  Cierra Payne; Darcy Paz; Penelope Pearce; Christina Perkins; LeAnna Reynolds; Brooklyn Rice; Jennifer Russum; Amanda Slagle; Ruth Smith; Judith Spitznas; Terra Sproles; Emily Street; Keisha Thompson; Sara Watson; and Keela Whetsel.

The Northeast State Nursing graduates of 2017 at the Spring pinning ceremony.

The pinning ceremony provides a symbolic welcoming of new nurses into the profession. Each graduating student received the Northeast Nursing pin on his or her white lab coat signifying completion of the associate of applied science degree.

Judith Spitznas was named Outstanding Student in the Licensed Practical Nursing to Registered Nurse curriculum. Tracey Lewis earned the Outstanding Student Award for the traditional Registered Nurse curriculum.

The Nursing students graduating this spring will receive their diplomas on May 9 at the College’s commencement ceremony scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the East Tennessee State University/Mountains State Health Alliance Athletic Center on the campus of ETSU in Johnson City.

Diploma and Degree: Lexi Simpson takes home both this spring

Lexi Simpson is one of triplet sisters, but she stands alone this spring as a student scholar earning her high school diploma and an associate degree from Northeast State Community College in the same semester.

Simpson will receive her associate degree from Northeast State at the College’s May 9 graduation commencement ceremony.  She will receive her high school diploma from Tri-Cities Christian Schools (TCCS) on May 20.

“I thought I could keep on track to finish my high school work and earn my degree, so I dedicated myself to doing it,” said Simpson. “The days are a little bit long, but it is worth it.”

Lexi Simpson

The University Parallel Dual Enrollment Program unites local high schools, home-schools, and the Northeast State in a cooperative effort to provide qualified high school students an opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. Students such as Simpson can earn up to 12 hours of transferable college credit each semester. The challenge to complete the credit hours needed to earn the degree is daunting – Simpson is the first dual enrollment student to pull off the feat at Northeast State in several years.

“I would tell any student considering it to start off slow and do not overwhelm yourself early on,” said Simpson. “Take a few classes and get accustomed to the schedule.”

Simpson enrolled in dual enrollment classes during her sophomore year of high school. She dedicated herself to college courses and will graduate summa cum laude with a University Parallel General Studies degree. She heads to East Tennessee State University this fall where she has already been admitted to the College of Nursing as a junior-year student.

“A lot of my immediate family members are engineers,” she said. “It was interesting, in that, I chose to forge my own path.”

A typical week during her senior year found Simpson taking high school classes in the morning. From Monday to Thursday, she spent afternoons attending college classes. Class and lab work often kept her on campus until the early evening.

The hectic schedule required her to prioritize her time. That meant giving up sports such as TCCS girls’ soccer and basketball. However, she kept her spot on the girls’ volleyball team.

“Because Tri-Cities Christian is a small school, all the same kids play the same sports and you become pretty close,” she said.

Simpson completed prerequisite health-related courses including her favorite classes of Anatomy and Physiology I and II. She also found time to take elective classes in theatre that opened up a new world to her.

“I had never been involved in theatre at all, but Professor (Elizabeth) Sloan made the class an incredible experience,” she said.

Simpson said her sisters, Sidney and Mackenzie, push each other to excel. All three sisters are dual enrollment students at Northeast State. All three were also inducted into the Alpha Iota Chi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society earlier this year.

Simpson said both sisters had themselves accumulated almost enough college credit hours at Northeast State to graduate this spring. That hard work and competitive drive gave Simpson a leg up in her academic pursuits and future career.

“Dual enrollment is a challenging prospect for anyone,” she said. “You have to make the class work a priority because it takes a lot of time and effort.”

Carrier, Yerton named to All-TN Academic Team

Northeast State students Nathan Carrier and Shannon Yerton have been named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Tennessee Community College Academic Team.

The All-Tennessee Academic Team is comprised of students nominated by their colleges to be considered for the All-USA Academic Team, sponsored by USA Today and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society. Each of the state’s 13 community colleges selects two outstanding students to recognize for their academic achievement, leadership, and service to the community.

PTK2009_KEYLOGO_BL281_copyrightCarrier will graduate summa cum laude in May 2017. He was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities and is an Honors Program graduate. He was named the outstanding student in Social Work in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Division, and he was a finalist for the College’s Outstanding Student Award.

Yerton will graduate magna cum laude in May 2017, and she is a TRiO Student Support Services graduate. She was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities and is an Honors Program graduate. Yerton earned the President’s Academic Leadership Award, was nominated for the College’s Adult Learner of the Year Award and was a semi-finalist for the Outstanding Student Award. She was named a distinguished chapter officer at PTK’s state convention, and she earned a 2017 Honors Case Study Challenge Award at the organization’s national convention.

“It’s a pleasure to have this opportunity to recognize the hard work, dedication, and commitment these students have exhibited at their colleges,” Dr. Flora W. Tydings, chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, said. “They’ve achieved a high degree of success not only in the classroom, but they’ve made significant contributions to their communities through their volunteer efforts and leadership skills.”

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education, with more than two million members and 1,200 chapters in the U.S. and beyond. Students must have a 3.5 grade point average to qualify for membership.

Changes coming to eTextbook “Opt In” process for Fall semester

Attention Northeast State students! The process you use to “Opt In” to your eTextbook(s) is changing for the Fall 2017 semester.

Beginning with the fall semester, you will have five (5) days of free access to your Vital Source eTextbook(s). During that time period, you will need to Opt In so that your eTextbook charges can be applied to your financial aid. (NOTE: All Summer 2017 semester procedures will be identical to Spring 2017 procedures.)

To view information about your eTextbook(s), log into your My.Northeast account and click on the View eTextbook Information link. The screen will display information about classes, along with the titles and costs of associated eTextbooks. You can also see on the screen whether you have “Opted In” to any eTextbooks.

The Opt In to eTextbooks link will take you to a screen where you will be able to Opt In to the eTextbook(s) for your classes. The screen includes a button to Opt In to the eTextbook(s). When you click the Opt In button, the system will check to determine whether you have a sufficient fund balance in financial aid to cover the cost of the eTextbook(s).

If you have enough financial aid funds to cover the eTextbook(s) cost, a screen will appear asking whether you agree to have the eTextbook cost deducted from your financial aid balance. If you click AGREE, your financial aid will be charged for the cost of the eTextbook(s), and your financial aid refund will be reduced by that amount.

If you do not have sufficient financial aid funds, a message indicating funds are not available to cover the eTextbook cost will be displayed. The message will provide a direct link to the Follett Bookstore where you can purchase eTextbook(s) with a credit card.

For additional information on eTextbook(s), email bookstore@NortheastState.edu.

Northeast State to graduate record class at spring commencement

Northeast State celebrates a record number of graduates receiving degrees and certificates at the 2017 spring graduation ceremony happening May 9 at the East Tennessee State University/Mountains State Health Alliance Athletic Center on the campus of ETSU in Johnson City. The ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m.

The 2017 graduating class of 1,475 students represents the largest class in the College’s history. That total represents a 25 percent increase from last year’s graduating class of 1,184 students.

The College will award a total of 1,675 associate degrees, technical certificates, and academic certificates. This class features 177 students graduating cum laude with grade point averages (GPAs) of 3.49 to 3.74, 100 students graduating magna cum laude with GPAs of 3.75 to 3.89, and 99 students graduating summa cum laude with GPAs of 3.90 to 4.0.

Spring commencement happens May 9.

Delivering the commencement address will be Kerri E. Jones, a 2017 graduate, and the College’s 2016-2017 Outstanding Student Award winner. Jones is graduating summa cum laude with an associate of science degree in Biology. A 2015 graduate of Sullivan Central High School, she was a member of the first class of high school students receiving the Tennessee Promise scholarship.

She has been named to both the President’s and Vice President’s honor lists at the College. She serves as Vice President of Communication and Secretary/Treasurer for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She is also a member of the Northeast State Scholars Foundation and is listed in the 2017 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She is a Keeping Our Promise Mentor and received the 2016-2017 Program Area awards in Humanities and Pharmacy. Jones will transfer to the Belmont University College of Pharmacy this fall to begin work on her doctorate in pharmacy as part of Belmont’s Class of 2021.

For additional information about the ceremony please visit, http://www.northeaststate.edu//Graduation-and-Beyond/Graduation-Ceremony/.