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Many of the services available to students are coordinated through identified programs, offices or organizational units. While referenced elsewhere in this catalog and in other institutional literature, the following are some of the offices/programs where students may receive information or assistance.
Admissions and Records - The Office of Admissions and Records oversees activities relative to student admittance, enrollment, grade reporting, academic standards, transcripts, and graduation. The Admissions and Records Office is located in the Pierce Administrative Building, Room P203, telephone 423.323.0253.
Student Success Center - The Student Success Center provides a wide variety of services to both prospective and currently enrolled students. Included are: assistance with registration, academic advising, transfer advising, and career planning. Students who are uncertain about their academic major can work with advisors to complete interest inventories and computer-based career research to form an academic plan. The Student Success Center is located in the General Studies Building, Suite C2407. For further information, call 423.323.0214.
Bookstore - The bookstore at Northeast State is operated under contract for the convenience of faculty, staff and students. The bookstore stocks textbooks and educational supplies. The store also maintains a supply of other items such as caps and shirts imprinted with the college name/logo.
Business Office - Fees, tuition, bills, and fines can be paid in the Business Office, Pierce Administration Building, Room P107. Normal hours of operations are 8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The Business Office will close at 4:30 p.m. each day that classes are not in session. Extended hours on registration days will be noted in the class schedule. For further information, contact 423.323.0258.
Campus Information Center - The Campus Information Center is centrally located in the Pierce Administration Building Lobby and its staff provides general information to students, visitors, and employees of the college. Students can obtain copies of their schedules and other important forms. To schedule a tour or for more information, call 423.323.0243.
Campus Tour Guides - This program is open to all students who have an interest in providing tours to prospective students, parents, and visitors to Northeast State’s main campus. Applications to be a tour guide are accepted for a limited number of positions. More information, including eligibility requirements, may be obtained by contacting 423.323.0243.
Career Services - Career Services assists students in the selection of a college major, the development of job search skills such as letter writing, resume preparation, interviewing, employment search methods, and the utilization of the internet in employment searches. Career Services also serves as a liaison between the college and employers by maintaining information about the availability of employment opportunities, operating an ongoing program to acquaint employers with Northeast State and its academic programs, arranging interviews for current and/or former students, and posting job opportunities in the Career Services Office. For further information please call 423.354.5160.
Community Relations and Marketing - Northeast State’s Community Relations and Marketing Office is the primary media contact for the campus and also serves as the coordinating office for campus publications and promotional materials and activities. The office produces the semester Schedule of Classes and other major campus publications such as brochures, viewbooks, business cards, and flyers. For additional information, visit the Community Relations and Marketing Office in the Print Shop/Maintenance Building, Room N111 or call 423.323.0259 or 423.282.0800, ext. 3259 or 3307.
Emergencies - Students may want to share the telephone number where a family member or other individual may call in case of an emergency. This number is:
Office of Police and Safety – 423.323.0255
Calls to the Elizabethton campus, Kingsport campus, Gray campus, or other off-campus sites, and Weekend College should be directed to the Office of Evening and Distance Education.
Enrollment Services - The Office of Enrollment Services is responsible for the overall recruiting efforts of the college. The office routinely visits area middle schools, high schools, and businesses in the service area. New student orientation is coordinated by this office. During orientation students are given essential information regarding college policies and procedures. The Office of Enrollment Services is located in the Pierce Building, Room P201. For more information, call 423.323.0229.
Evening and Distance Education - The Evening and Distance Education division offers quality higher education programs, serves evening and off-campus students, and provides opportunities for lifelong learning through distance education, professional development, and the Weekend College. The Division of Evening and Distance Education facilitates services for the evening students and faculty on the Northeast State campus and offers classes at the off-campus sites in Elizabethton, Gray, Kingsport, Mountain City, and Unicoi County.
The Office of Evening and Distance Education is open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Call 423.323.0221 or visit the office for assistance.
Financial Aid - Financial assistance is available to students who qualify. Information about types of assistance and the criteria for receiving aid is found in the Financial Aid Office (F102), or online at www.NortheastState.edu. For further information contact 423.323.0232.
Food Service - Food service in The Courtyard cafeteria is provided by SUBWAY, a private vendor offering a breakfast and lunch menu of different types of sandwiches, subs and salads. Neither the college nor SUBWAY offers any type of meal plan for students. Vending machines with snack foods and drinks are available at various locations on campus.
General Education Development (GED) Department - The GED Testing Center administers the GED examination to residents in the service delivery area of Northeast State. For more information, call 423.323.0211, or 423.282.0800, ext. 3211.
Insurance - Students are encouraged to obtain student health and accident insurance. Information on student accident and health insurance is available from the Student Health Services Office, C2113, or online at www.NortheastState.edu.
Learning Center - The Learning Center, located on the first floor of the Wayne G. Basler Library, provides drop in tutoring and online resources in a wide variety of subject areas. Professional and peer tutors assist students as requested. For information about hours of operation and services provided or to view the tutor schedule, visit http://www.northeaststate.edu/TLC/ . The Center can also be reached by calling 423.354.5112.
Learning Support - The Learning Support Program is designed to meet the educational and counseling needs of under-prepared students and to provide instruction in English, mathematics, reading, and study skills to prepare students for college-level work. For more information, contact 423.354.0219.
Library - The Library makes available to faculty, staff and students a variety of multimedia materials and services for educational purposes, research and reference interests, career studies, personal enrichment and recreational reading. The Library has a fully automated public access catalog and numerous databases. Additional resources are available. The Library is open to all students, staff, faculty, and any members of the community from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, visit the Basler Library.
Scholarship Programs and Alumni Affairs - The purpose of the Office of Scholarship Programs and Alumni Affairs is to create and promote scholarship opportunities for Northeast State students while offering a range of services to enhance the scholar’s collegiate experience. Students are identified for campus scholarship programs as well as for national competitions and are provided individual mentoring to produce competitive applications. Students are made aware of scholarship opportunities at transfer institutions as well.
The Office of Scholarship Programs and Alumni Affairs seeks to develop and maintain the lifelong relationship among Northeast State and its alumni and friends through projects and activities that support the College’s mission, including support of the Northeast State National Alumni Association. The Alumni Association is open to all former students who have taken credit courses at Northeast State or the college by its former name, Tri-Cities State Technical Institute. The purpose of the Alumni Association is to further interest in Northeast State and to foster communication between the College and its alumni. The Alumni Association holds several events each year that encourages alumni to renew their ties with the institution and to cultivate friendships and professional relationships.
The Office of Scholarship Programs and Alumni Affairs works closely with the Northeast State Foundation to support academic, community service, educational scholarship, and other programs offered by the College. This includes sponsoring the Northeast State Scholars Foundation. The Scholars Foundation supports the activities of the Northeast State Foundation through student-driven initiatives that promote private giving and service learning.
Visit the Office of Scholarship Programs and Alumni Affairs in Room F100 of the Faculty Office Building or contact the staff at 423.279.7637.
Services for Individuals with Disabilities - It is the goal of Northeast State Community College to assure equal educational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Therefore, the Center for Students with Disabilities provides services and academic accommodations for students with disabilities who self-identify as having a disability and who provide appropriate documentation of the disability. Documentation guidelines are available upon request. Any student with a disability wishing to arrange or obtain approved accommodations must contact the Center for Students with Disabilities, General Studies Building, Room C1102.
According to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a student with a disability is someone who has a physical or mental impairment; has a history of impairment; or is believed to have a disability that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities; such as learning, speaking, working, hearing, breathing, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, or walking.
Services provided by the Center for Students with Disabilities - Services and accommodations for individuals with disabilities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Distribution of book vouchers from the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
- Assistance with pre-registration and registration
- Tutoring services for Vocational Rehabilitation Clients
- Wheelchair accessible tables and ergonomically correct chairs
- Extended time on tests, quizzes, and in-class writing assignments
- Note-takers, scribes, readers, interpreters
- Adaptive equipment/technology
- Testing in alternative locations
- Tape recording of class lectures
Appropriate accommodations are determined on an individual basis as per disability and/or diagnostic documentation. It is the student’s responsibility to provide appropriate documentation. To obtain accommodations, students must schedule a needs assessment with the coordinator. After receipt and review of required documentation, a letter will be prepared by the Center for Students with Disabilities, as requested by the student. Students must sign a written release in order for instructors to receive accommodation letters. Students are encouraged to speak with their instructors the first week of the semester relative to accommodations needed in each class. Instructors are not required to provide accommodations for students prior to the receipt of accommodation letters from the Center for Students with Disabilities.
All documentation is confidential and should be submitted to:
Coordinator, Center for Students with Disabilities
Northeast State Community College
2425 Highway 75, Box 246, Blountville, TN 37617- 0246
Phone: 423.279.7640 (Phone/TDD)
Student Activity Fee - The purpose of the Student Activity Fee is to provide and promote programs to assist in the development of educational, social, cultural, vocational, athletic, and leadership skills of all students. The fee, as approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents, is collected from each regularly enrolled student per term during the regular academic year. Such fee shall be collected in addition to the regular maintenance fees and out-of-state tuition fees. The Student Activity Fee Committee is a standing committee appointed by the President of Northeast State Community College and is responsible for the allocation of all student activity fees. The committee hears requests for allocations and recommends the allocation of funds to the President of Northeast State Community College through the Vice President for Student Affairs.
All activity fees collected are state funds and as such, are subject to all procedures, rules, and regulations relative to state funds, including collection, disbursement, and audit. Ultimate authority for the use of the activity fee rests with the President of Northeast State Community College pending approval by the Board. Primary consideration will be given to those programs that are available to all students.
No funds shall be allocated to student programs not officially sanctioned by the college or to student organizations not meeting the conditions of annual renewal of registration.
No funds shall be allocated to programs limited to special interest groups, unless such program is open to the entire student body and the Student Activity Fee Committee recommends approval based on a determination that the program will benefit the entire student body. No funds shall be used to finance instructional activities, charitable causes, or partisan political activities. Northeast State prohibits the expenditure of allocated Student Activity Fee funds on charitable causes that include, but are not limited to, monetary or item donations to an individual or individuals and/or monetary or item donations to an organizational entity.
A detailed statement on the policies and practices of the Student Activity Fee Committee is available from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (P315).
Student Development and Activities - Northeast State is committed to the concept of total student development and support by encouraging participation in cocurricular activities that lead to the development of individual and team skills. The college sanctions various student organizations, programs, and academic/co-curricular committees in support of student life. Student life programs and student organizations are coordinated through the Center for Student Development and Activities, which serves as a clearinghouse and resource center for campus programs designed to promote student involvement. For more information, visit the Center for Student Development and Activities in A212 or call 423/354/2474.
Student Health Services - The purpose of Northeast State Student Health Services is directed toward enhancing the educational process by modifying or removing health-related barriers to learning, promoting optimal wellness, enabling individuals to make informed decisions about health-related concerns, and empowering students to be self-directed and well-informed consumers of health care.
Services include but are not limited to the following.
- A registered nurse is available for brief nursing assessment and consultation as allowed by the State Nurse Practice Act.
- Minor first aid supplies and some over the counter medications are available. Self-care instruction sheets on common symptoms are provided.
- Blood pressure and weight screenings and monitoring are available.
- Special screening clinics are coordinated for the campus.
- Health education materials including a collection of books, brochures, and audio material on current health topics are available for students, staff, and faculty.
- Wellness programming is based on Healthy People 2010, the prevention agenda for the Nation. Healthy People 2010 includes two Overarching Goals: first, to increase quality and years of healthy life; and second, to eliminate health disparities. Most of our programs or services can be placed in one or more of the ten major health issues for our nation: Physical Activity, Overweight and Obesity, Tobacco Use, Substance Abuse, Responsible Sexual Behavior, Mental Health, Injury and Violence, Environmental Quality, Immunization, and Access to Health Care.
- Health related education is also available to students via the Northeast State Student Health Services web page at www.NortheastState.edu.
For further information call 423.323.0212 or visit the Student Health Clinic in Room C2113 of the General Studies Building.
TRIO Student Support Services - TRIO Student Support Services is a federally funded grant program that is designed to provide an array of free services to 180 eligible participants each academic year, to enable them to achieve their educational goals. Eligibility is established by the U.S. Department of Education and all students served must meet qualifying criteria. Students may meet qualifying criteria based on being a first-generation college student, meeting low-income guidelines (based on household income), and /or having a documented disability.
The goal of TRIO Student Support Services is to provide the necessary support for our participants to be successful in completing a college degree. Our services include academic support (individualized tutoring, study skills, test taking, dealing with test anxiety, etc.), career planning (for students who are undecided about a major, and/or those who need additional information about their career choice), transfer advising (to assist students with planning and process of transferring to a four-year college or university), and personal support to help students deal with the challenges that arise while enrolled in college.
Students interested in applying for the program should see a staff member in the TRIO Student Support Services Office, General Studies Building, C1107.
Note: Students interested in working as paid peer tutors are encouraged to apply in the TRIO Student Support Services Office, General Studies Building, C1107.
Testing Services - Testing Services coordinates the administration of academic placement testing, graduate exit exams and other college assessments. The office also proctors online exams for distance education and provides GED testing services to citizens in the College’s five county service area. For further information, call 423.323.0211.
Students may choose to become involved in a wide variety of student life activities at Northeast State based upon their individual interests. The college’s commitment to the concept of total student development and support is evidenced by these student life programs that are designed to enhance the individual’s collegiate experience. Assessment starts with what matters most-you, the student. You may be asked to cooperate in various surveys, interviews, focus groups, and other data-collection efforts by the college. Northeast State is a member institution of the American Student Association of Community Colleges, the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities, and the National Council on Student Development. The following are college sanctioned student organizations, programs, and academic/cocurricular committees in which students may participate.
Sanctioned Student Organizations/Programs
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Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society - Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society is a nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of scholarship and to the recognition of non-traditional students continuing their higher education. Membership is extended by invitation in the spring of the academic year. The Nu Sigma Chi Chapter at Northeast State is one of over 300 institutional chapters throughout the United States. Virginia Salmon (L304, ext. 3323), Maggie Flint (F232, ext. 3391), and Mahmood Sabri (F203, ext. 3372) serve as advisors.
American Welding Society (AWS) - Northeast State’s student section of the American Welding Society promotes the application and research of welding/metal fabrication among students. Educational development, sound practices, and career opportunities are emphasized. Charlie Bloomer (S100, ext. 3399) is the faculty advisor.
Argumentation and Debate Society - The purpose of the Argumentation and Debate Society is to provide students with an opportunity to participate in competitive forensic tournaments. The society also provides learners with a forum for free expression and offers opportunities for students to voice their opinions on current events and matters of interest to the academic community. Laura Barnett (H206, ext. 3356), Ruth Livingston (H214, ext. 7657), and Rick Merritt (H215, ext. 3691) are the faculty advisors.
Art Club – The Art Club is open to all Northeast State students, faculty and staff. Our purpose is to promote an appreciation of visual artistic expression on the Northeast State Community College campus. We seek to provide a forum through which Northeast State students, in particular, can obtain professional skills relevant to support academic endeavors in the visual arts. This organization will also provide students, faculty, staff, and the community opportunities to develop skills in a variety of visual art media. Christal Hensley (H120, 354.2595) is the advisor.
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) - The Association for Computing Machinery is an international scientific and educational professional organization dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences, and applications of information technology. With a world-wide membership, ACM is a leading resource for computing professionals and students working in the various fields of information technology and for interpreting the impact of information technology on society. The Northeast State chapter provides a way for students to meet and interact with other members on the local level as well as participate in events sponsored by the professional organization on the regional and national levels. Allan Anderson (F208, ext. 3398) and Karen Nunan (F216, ext. 3384) serve as faculty advisors.
Black Student Association (BSA) - The Black Student Association is an educational and cultural non-profit and non-political organization based at Northeast State. The organization is open to all Northeast State students, faculty, and staff. Its primary purpose is to serve the interests of minority students. The BSA provides a professional, informational, and social network for students of African descent to ensure their retention, academic excellence, and participation in student life at Northeast State. Contact advisor Chrystal Lampkin (F103, ext. 3432) for more information.
Campus Christian Fellowship (CCF) - The Campus Christian Fellowship provides opportunities for students and employees to meet regularly to enjoy Christian fellowship and fun. Meetings include music, prayer, devotions, Bible study, and praise and worship, as well as fun and laughter. Activities may be held in conjunction with Campus Crusade members and events. The club may also sponsor speakers or musical concerts for the campus, attend area concerts and participate in school-wide events. Kim Nunn (F227, ext. 3353) and Mary Ella Poteat (F240, ext. 3390) are the faculty advisors.
Campus Tour Guides - This program is open to all students who have an interest in providing tours to prospective students, parents, and visitors to Northeast State’s main campus. Applications are accepted each semester for a limited number of positions. More information, including eligibility requirements, may be obtained by contacting Deb Johnson (P201B, ext. 3229).
Clinical Laboratory Science Club - The Clinical Laboratory Science Club promotes understanding of the field of laboratory medicine through scheduled meetings, distribution of educational materials, participation in recruitment opportunities at elementary/secondary schools and organizations, as well as through community service projects. Funds are raised to attend state and national meetings for the purpose of continuing education and networking with peers. Anyone interested in club membership is invited to join. Linda Lahr (RCHP 124, ext. 5500) is the faculty advisor.
Council for Leadership, Advocacy, and Student Success (CLASS) - Northeast
State’s Council for Leadership, Advocacy, and Student Success strives to improve the quality of student life by representing the student body, providing leadership in the development of campus-wide activities, and promoting communication between students, administration, faculty, and staff. For more information, visit the CLASS Office in Room A212C of the Student Services Building or call 423.279.3697. Keith Glover (A213, ext. 3274) and Eric Fish (H118, ext. 3462) are the faculty advisors.
Criminal Justice Society (CJS) - The Criminal Justice Society serves as an organization dedicated to exposing students to critical issues of justice and equal treatment in America by agencies of the criminal justice system. To accomplish this goal, the society promotes excellence in the education of criminal justice; strives to promote better relations between local criminal justice agencies and the general public; serves as a liaison between local agencies and Northeast State, and provides members with information on the varied nature of career opportunities in criminal justice. Steve Buttolph (H216, ext. 3227) is the faculty advisor.
Cultural Activities - The Cultural Activities Committee (which includes two student representatives) identifies, plans, and coordinates a series of cultural events and activities each year. Performers include regionally or nationally known artists, musicians, singers, dancers, writers, and lecturers. The performances are free and open to the public. Jim Kelly (H108, ext. 7669) is the committee chair.
Drama Club - The Drama Club is open to all students, faculty, and staff who want to expand their understanding and enjoyment of drama. Students who are interested in acting, directing, working backstage, or just watching live theatre are encouraged to join. Drama Club members raise funds to assist with travel to see top quality productions. Elizabeth Sloan (H106, ext. 3279), Eric Fish (H118, ext. 3462) and Louise Dickson (H101, ext. 3257) are the faculty advisors.
Echoes and Images - Echoes and Images is Northeast State’s student literary magazine. Published in the spring, the magazine features poems, short stories, essays, and visual art by currently enrolled students. Entry deadline for submissions is at the end of the fall semester. Exact dates are posted during the fall semester. Cash prizes are awarded to the first- and second-place winners in each category. Echoes and Images has been consistently recognized for excellence by the Southern Division of the Community College Humanities Association. Tamara Baxter (H123, ext. 3363), Tempi Hale (H102, ext. 3394), Christal Hensley (H120, ext. 3395), Gretchen McCroskey (H117, ext. 3397), and Sandra Hiortdahl (H220, ext. 5176) are the faculty editors.
Electrical Technology Club - The Electrical Technology Club is open to all students currently registered at Northeast State majoring in the field of electrical technology. Its purpose is to contribute to campus life and individual development by giving students a greater opportunity to meet others with the same interests and goals. Meeting topics may include current employment opportunities as well as guest speakers seeking employees. Fred Cope (T102A, ext. 3442) and Steve Smith (T104A, ext. 3472) are the faculty advisors.
GREENS - (GRassroots Environmental Efforts at Northeast State) is a club for students, staff, and faculty who are interested in helping preserve our fragile environment. The club’s main focus is to foster environmental leadership and stewardship here at Northeast State and beyond. We will accomplish this through education and action. Everyone has a part to play, and we intend to educate others on how they can participate in this worthwhile effort. Jim Henrichs (P202, ext. 3275) serves as advisor.
Health and Wellness Education - The focus of the Health and Wellness Education program sponsored by Northeast State’s Student Health Services is on health promotion and illness prevention through workshops, distribution of educational materials, and sponsorship of the annual Wellness Fair. Awareness programs focus on the 10 major national health issues: physical activity, overweight and obesity, tobacco use, substance abuse, responsible sexual behavior, mental health, injury and violence, immunization, environmental quality, and access to health care. Special educational programs and events are scheduled for National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, National Depression Screening Day, the Great American Smokeout, Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and World AIDS Day. Sue Robertson (C2113, ext. 3212) is the College Nurse.
Honors Convocation - Northeast State recognizes its outstanding students each academic year during Honors Convocation held at the end of the spring semester. Awards for outstanding students in each academic program area and the overall Northeast State Outstanding Student Award are announced during the ceremony. In addition, students who have made significant contributions in various student life programs are honored. Contact Keith Glover in the Center for Student Development and Activities (A212, ext. 3274) for more information and award criteria.
Honors Program - The Honors Program holds as its central purpose and philosophy the stimulation and encouragement of academic excellence and intellectual growth. It strives to bring together dedicated faculty and highly motivated students who share a commitment to the finest qualities of scholarship. The Honors Program is open to new and currently enrolled students who meet eligibility requirements. Honors Program course offerings are listed in the published semester schedule under the Honors heading. Additional information is available from Jane Honeycutt (H203, ext. 3396) who serves as coordinator of the program.
Institutional Standing Committees - Northeast State students have the opportunity to serve on various institutional standing and ad hoc committees that advise, recommend policy, generate new programs, or assess existing programs at the college. These committees are advisory rather than directive. Students are appointed to these committees by the Vice President for Student Affairs. Contact Keith Glover in the Center for Student Development and Activities (A212, ext. 3274) for more information.
The International Club- The International Club is open to all Northeast State Community College students, faculty, and staff. Our purpose is to provide a forum through which Northeast State students, in particular, can gain and share knowledge and experiences about world cultures. We also seek to offer community and support for Northeast State Community College’s international students. Through service, fellowship, and cultural activities, this organization will promote multicultural awareness in an effort to educate our students, staff, faculty, and local community about our diverse world. Kristin Lazarova (H207, 423.354.2554), Maria Floresguerra (B204G, 423.354.5131), and Christal Hensley (H120, 423.354.2595) are the faculty advisors.
The Lyceum - The Lyceum is a lecture series sponsored by the Honors Program at Northeast State. Guest lecturers representing a variety of disciplines and perspectives present programs to stimulate critical thinking and to enlighten students, faculty, staff, and the community. Lectures are free and open to the public. For each semester’s Lyceum schedule, contact Jane Honeycutt (H203, ext. 3396), who serves as coordinator of the Honors Program.
Northeast State at Elizabethton Service Club - The Northeast State at Elizabethton Service Club strives to generate and foster awareness and public interest within the community for Northeast State at Elizabethton. The club provides opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to develop leadership skills and to promote civic responsibility by working together through club activities. Contact advisor Faye Fair (Northeast State at Elizabethton, Lobby, ext. 3417) for more information.
Northeast State “Glee” Club- The Northeast State “Glee” Club is open to all Northeast State Community College students who have an interest in music. The purpose of Northeast State “Glee” Club is to create and foster fellowship by giving students an opportunity to meet with one another, exchange ideas, encourage the understanding of the cultures of all students, develop character and leadership, and promote activities that stress the love and importance of music in our lives. Tawana Teague (H208, ext. 5164) serves as faculty advisor.
Northeast State National Alumni Association- This association is open to all former students who have taken credit courses at Northeast State or the college by its former name, Tri-Cities State Technical Institute. The purpose of the association is to further interest in Northeast State and to foster communication between the college and its alumni. The association holds several events each year that encourage alumni to renew their ties with the institution and to cultivate friendships and professional relationships. Contact Erin Blevins (F100B, ext. 3307), Rayma Gibbs (F100A, ext. 7637), or Greg Walters (F100, ext. 5120) for more information.
Northeast State Scholars Foundation- The purpose of the Northeast State Scholars Foundation is to support the activities of the Northeast State Community College Foundation through student-driven initiatives that promote giving and service learning. As a Student Foundation, the organization cultivates philanthropy among campus constituencies and seeks to incorporate philanthropic campaigns within the College’s mission. Membership is comprised voluntarily of students receiving Northeast State Scholarships, enrolling in the Northeast State Honors Program, or earning memberships in the campus honor societies. Contact Erin Blevins (F100B, ext. 3307), Rayma Gibbs (F100A, ext. 7637), or Greg Walters (F100, ext. 5120) for more information.
Northeast State Student Navigators- This organization is a community relations support group representing Northeast State. It is the Navigators’ duty to promote and uphold the vision, mission, and guiding beliefs of the college to the students, faculty, and staff as well as the five-county service area. The Northeast State Student Navigators contribute valuable time and effort toward enhancing the community relations and enrollment efforts of the college. The service provided by the Navigators organization is not duplicated by any other sanctioned student organization. Applications and/or additional information may be obtained by contacting Keith Glover (A213, ext. 3274) or Beverly Leonard (A212B, ext. 3416).
Personal Experiences Empowering People’s Self-Confidence (PEEPS)- PEEPS is open to all Northeast State Community College students. Our purpose is to help others learn from objective judgments, provide lasting experiences and friendships, plus offer opportunities to participate in diverse social activities and provide volunteer mentoring. Laura Barnett (H206, ext. 3356) and Jane Honeycutt (H203, ext. 3396) are the faculty advisors.
Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society - This organization is the international honor society that recognizes and promotes commitment to academic excellence in two-year colleges. Phi Theta Kappa supports the four hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship that are designed to give members opportunities for personal and academic growth as well as service to others. The Northeast State chapter is Alpha Iota Chi, and it has achieved five-star status, the highest level of participation in Phi Theta Kappa activities. Jane Honeycutt (H203, ext. 3396) is the faculty advisor.
President’s Student Advisory Council - The President’s Student Advisory Council provides the president of Northeast State with a student perspective on activities and/or issues prevailing on the campus and makes suggestions and recommendations as deemed appropriate. Contact Keith Glover in the Center for Student Development and Activities (A212, ext. 3274) for more information.
Psi Beta - Psi Beta is the National Honor Society of Psychology for two-year colleges, a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, and an affiliate of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. This organization serves as a means of national recognition for students’ interest and dedication to the field of psychology and scholastic advancement. It also provides opportunities to become acquainted with the broader field of psychology and provides a forum for developing one’s perspective as it builds a sense of community among those in the field. Faculty advisors are Kristin Lazarova (H207, ext. 3354) and Lisa Poole (H205, ext. 3486).
Psychological Society - The Psychological Society welcomes students from all majors who have an interest in psychology. With an emphasis on scholarship and service, the Psychological Society endeavors to provide members with the skills and resources needed to serve their community and excel in their career and educational goals. To accomplish this, the club sponsors lectures, community service projects, field trips, and other activities. Faculty advisors are Kristin Lazarova (H207, ext. 3354) and Lisa Poole (H205, ext. 3486).
Sci-fi/Fantasy Guild - The Sci-fi/Fantasy Guild is open to all students, faculty, and staff who enjoy science fiction and fantasy literature, film, games, and culture. The Sci-fi/Fantasy Guild will have book and film discussions, themed fundraisers, and special interest outings. Nona Shepherd Whisenhunt (H104, ext. 3686) is the faculty advisor.
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) - This organization promotes the advancement of scientific knowledge in the field of manufacturing. Activities allow the application of knowledge in practice and in educational settings. Established in 1932, SME has more than 200 student chapters worldwide. Sam Rowell (T105A, ext. 3382) and Michael McAninch (C2112, ext. 3385) are the faculty advisors.
Spanish Culture Club - The Spanish Culture Club strives to teach awareness and understanding of Hispanic culture and traditions, as well as of the Spanish language. The club seeks to introduce members to a variety of concerns, issues, and current events that impact the Latin community. Students are not required to speak Spanish to become members of the organization. Francis Candeo (H107, ext. 3694) is the faculty advisor.
Student Activities - Co curricular activities such as Fall Finale, Spring Fling, campus-wide fundraisers and competitions, student appreciation events, and club fairs are planned each semester to benefit the student body and are sponsored by the Council for Leadership, Advocacy, and Student Success. For more information, visit the CLASS Office in Room A212C of the Student Services Building or call 423.279.3697. Keith Glover (A213, ext. 3274) is the Coordinator for Student Development and Activities.
Student Biological Society (SBS) - The Student Biological Society is open to any and all students with an interest in the biological sciences. Participating students expand their knowledge of biology through group discussions, off-campus field trips, and research projects. The society also takes part in campus fundraising events to assist with travel expenses. SBS is an excellent opportunity to build relationships with other students and faculty with a shared interest in the life sciences. Faculty advisors are Misty Carriger (B204B, ext. 3511), and Tom McNeil (B204D, ext. 3516).
Student Historical Society - The purpose of the Student Historical Society is to provide positive experiences and learning opportunities within all aspects of history. Goals of the society include expansion of knowledge through activities and discussion; increase campus awareness of historical events; and to foster relationships between students and faculty. David Toye (H103, ext. 3361) and Stuart Frye (H110, ext. 5113) serve as faculty advisors.
Student Mathematics League (SML) - The Student Mathematics League exists to strengthen and advance the study, appreciation, and application of mathematics within the Northeast State community, including residents of all ages in the college’s service area. Activities include providing opportunities for students to compete in math contests, engaging students in enjoyable mathematical puzzles and games, sponsoring forums on the historical and future roles of mathematics in society, and establishing a network of tutoring support for the study of mathematics. The organization also hosts math fairs at local elementary schools to encourage mathematics education. Derrick Thacker (F236, ext. 3347), Cindy McNabb (F238, ext. 3364), and John Melendez (F231, ext. 3512) serve as faculty advisors.
Student Tennessee Education Association (STEA) - The Student Tennessee Education Association helps prepare the education major to assume the role of a teacher and make a smooth transition from the campus to the classroom. This pre-professional organization gives students a voice in education by working in conjunction with local, state, and national associations. STEA provides personal growth through community service projects and professional growth through leadership and teamwork opportunities. STEA helps prepare teachers for the challenges of the 21st Century classroom. Contact faculty advisors Mitzi Neeley (H204, ext. 3350), Deborah Ramey (H211, ext. 3365), and Tricia Clark (H212, ext. 5117) for more information.
Student Traffic Court - The Student Traffic Court hears cases of students contesting traffic citations that result from violations of the Northeast State Traffic and Parking Regulations. A Chief Justice, an Associate Chief Justice, and four Justices are selected from the student body through an application and interview process. Students who wish to contest a ticket during a regular court session must sign up for a hearing in the Office of Police and Safety and must present their tickets to the Student Traffic Court on the date of the hearing. Students may also submit appeals online at www.NortheastState.edu/trafficcourtappeal. Contact the Student Traffic Court in Room A212C of the Student Services Building or call 423.279.3697 for more information.
Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) - SIFE is a not-for-profit organization that works in partnership with business and higher education whose purpose is to provide college students an opportunity to make a difference and to develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills through learning, practicing, and teaching the principles of free enterprise. The Northeast State SIFE team prepares and presents projects promoting free enterprise during the school year and reports on these projects in a regional competition in the spring. All students, regardless of their major, are encouraged to join the SIFE team or enroll in BSMG 2990 Team Dynamics-SIFE for class credit as a technical elective. Carol Cole (F214, ext. 3424) is the faculty advisor/Sam Walton Fellow. For more information, contact SIFE national headquarters at 1-800-677-SIFE or visit www.SIFE.org.
Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) - Northeast State’s Student Chapter, a “Delta” chapter, affiliated with the Upper East Tennessee Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers ( www.tnspe.org ), a member State Society of the National Society of Professional Engineers ( www.nspe.org ), was recognized and certified eligible for participation in the Program for NSPE Student Chapters in May 1999. All students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) are eligible to join. No dues are required, only a valid E-mail address. We have evolved to an “E” club to conserve energy and save costs - a “green” organization. We have eliminated weekly meetings. Members are kept informed electronically of interesting STEM activities - participating in those events subject to their interests and schedules. Contact Faculty Advisor, Dr. Mark A. Pollock, Ch.E. (UTK), P.E., Room: F-226, Office: 423.354.2506, Home: 423.929.8231.
Theatrical Activities - Theatrical Activities at Northeast State serve to identify, plan, coordinate, and present a series of dramatic performances each year. The performances are full-length productions that are open to the public. In an effort to provide a variety of programming, Northeast State offers theatre in its many forms (dramas, comedies, classics, and musicals). While the theatre program has a student-first policy when casting productions, members of the community are encouraged to audition and are frequently cast in the shows. Elizabeth Sloan (H106, ext. 3279), is the director of the theatre program, contact her for more information.
A Toast to Education - A Toast to Education is a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which each individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills that foster self-confidence and personal growth. The purposes of the organization include helping its members improve their abilities to communicate effectively, encouraging members to read and listen analytically, and affording leadership training for its members. A Toast to Education is affiliated with Toastmasters International and the District of Toastmasters International organizations. Ruth Livingston (H214, ext. 7657) and Rick Merritt (H215, ext. 3691) serve as faculty advisors.
Volunteer Northeast State - The purpose of Volunteer Northeast State is to facilitate public and community service opportunities for students at Northeast State. This program and its related student organization provide the framework for experienced-based learning opportunities that develop student leadership and increased social responsibility. Laura Barnett (H206, ext. 3356) and Rick Merritt (H215, ext. 3691) serve as coordinators/faculty advisors.
Workshops and Seminars - Many departments at Northeast State offer a variety of workshops and seminars throughout each semester that students can attend at no cost. Topics typically include test taking and note-taking strategies, time and stress management, health and wellness, financial aid, college transfer, career planning, and resume writing. Sponsoring offices, locations, dates, and times are posted for each workshop or seminar.