Special adoption set for May 12-14 at PetSmart

From Staff Reports

May is National Pet Adoption Month and the Unicoi County Animal Shelter will hold a special adoption event on May 12, 13 and 14 at PetSmart in Johnson City.

The shelter will have both cats and dogs available for adoption, with the adoption fee for cats reduced to $50. All animals will be spay/neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped and have current rabies vaccinations.  With each adoption Pet Smart will provide a free bag of pet food, pet supplies and coupons for other pet supplies.

Check out the shelter website at unicoicountyanimalshelter.com, for further information or call the shelter at 743-3071.

Don’t forget the shelter can always use donations of cleaning supplies and food. Special needs this month are clumping and non-clumping cat litter, Fabuloso and canned cat food.

ETSU to recognize academic excellence on April 18

From Staff Reports

The Honors College at East Tennessee State University will recognize students for superior achievement during the annual Academic Excellence Convocation on Tuesday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the D.P. Culp University Center’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium.

A total of 126 students graduating from special programs — University Honors Scholars, Midway Honors Scholars, Fine and Performing Arts Honors Scholars, Honors-in-Discipline Scholars, and Roan Leadership Scholars—will be recognized and awarded stoles from their respective programs. Fifty-three students will receive the Faculty Award as the most outstanding graduates in their respective degree programs. Faculty Awards are determined by vote of the faculty in each program, and recipients receive specially engraved medallions. Other graduating students achieving a 3.5 to 4.0 grade point average, denoting cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude academic standing, will be recognized and honored as well.

The speaker for the event is ETSU Honors College graduate James Cronin. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in philosophy and speech at ETSU in 2004, Cronin completed a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Louisville in 2007, where he received the Warren Oates Award for outstanding contributions to the theatre program and for the promise of making significant contributions to the artistic community.

In 2008 Cronin moved to New York City where he regularly worked on stages in the city as well as around the country. In New York, he met the executive director at Audible Studios, who led him into a career as an audiobook narrator. Cronin has now narrated over 300 books, including many listed by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. This year he won an Earphones Award for his narration of a social sciences book, and he has been nominated for an Audie Award, the industry’s top honor, for his work on a thriller titled “The Short Drop.”

The 2017 ETSU Academic Excellence Convocation is free and open to the public. Family and friends of the students being recognized are encouraged to attend. A special reception, sponsored by the East Tennessee State University Foundation, will be held for students, families and attending faculty after the ceremony in the Culp Center Alumni Gallery and foyer. Entertainment will be provided by one of the ETSU bluegrass bands.

For more information or for special assistance for those with disabilities, call the Honors College office at 439-6076.

TWRA boating class begins April 18

From Staff Reports

Due to popular demand, the Johnson City Sail and Power Squadron has announced it will be offering TWRA’s Tennessee Safe Boating Course on Tuesday, April 18, and Thursday, April 20, at the Northeast State Community College Library, Room L226. This class will be taught over two nights from 5:30-8 p.m. The TWRA exam will be given at the conclusion of the class on Thursday. Individuals who pass the test will be issued TWRA’s Boating Safety Education Certificate which is required by the State of Tennessee of all boat and personal watercraft operators born after Jan 1, 1989. 

The class is free to the public. However, in order to take the exam and get your TN Boat Operator Permit, you must purchase ahead of time, and bring with you, TWRA’s Type 600 Boating Safety Exam Permit. These can be purchased for $10 at any TWRA hunting/fishing license vendor.  

The Tennessee Safe Boating Course covers: Your Boat, Getting Underway, Operating Your Boat Safely, Legal Requirements of Boating, Boating Emergencies – What To Do, Enjoying Water Sports With Your Boat. Contents are approved by TWRA, NASBLA and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard. Test Review will precede administration of test.

For more information, call Clarke Lucas at  538-4643

The Johnson City Sail & Power Squadron is the premier Tri-Cities boating organization promoting boating education and safety, community service, and fellowship. For further information, visit tricitiesboating.org.

Reception, lecture planned in conjunction with Dali ‘Purgatory’ exhibit

From Staff Reports

“Salvador Dali and the Divine Comedy, Part II: Purgatory,” currently on display at the Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University, is the second installment in a three-year celebration of Dali’s series based on Dante Alighieri’s poetic masterpiece.

A reception will be held Saturday, April 15, from 3-5 p.m. at the museum, featuring guest of honor Dr. Frank Barham, an ETSU alumnus and donor of the Dali prints.

In addition, a lecture titled “From Flesh to Spirit: Dali’s Visual Transmutation of Dante’s ‘Purgatorio’” will be presented Tuesday, April 18, from 4-5 p.m. by Dr. Josh Reid, an assistant professor in the ETSU Department of Literature and Language.

“Purgatory,” the second section (or canticle) of Dante’s 14th century poem, is an allegorical telling of the climb Dante makes up Mount Purgatory.

The mountain has seven terraces, corresponding to the “seven deadly sins.” As “Purgatory” begins, Dante is still guided by the Roman poet Virgil until Beatrice replaces him for the last four subsections, or cantos.

Within the 33 cantos, Dante discusses the nature of human sin along with moral and political issues of the Catholic Church.  As in the first and third sections – “Inferno” and “Paradise” – Dali illustrates the “Purgatory” section in his surrealistic style, blending the sensual and sinister to frightening effect.

Barham donated 95 of the 100 prints of Dali’s “Divine Comedy” series to ETSU in 2014, and has since donated an additional print to complete the “Purgatory” section.

Barham graduated from ETSU before earning his medical degree from the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.  After practicing medicine for some time, he earned a master’s degree in health services administration from St. Francis University and worked as a hospital administrator.  Later, he earned another master’s degree in medical humanities, majoring in bioethics, at Drew University, where he also studied for a doctor of letters degree in ethics.

In addition, Barham has published two books, “Saving the World One Dog at a Time” and “The Religious Right is Wrong: The Ethics of Religion.” He also expanded his interests to sculpture, and he found representation at 14 commercial galleries.  His sculptures are also part of the collections of the Fine Arts Museum of Long Island and the New Orleans Museum of Fine Art.

Barham, who now lives in the Center City district of Philadelphia, sought a permanent home for his Dali works when the time came to downsize his collection.  He decided ETSU’s Reece Museum seemed like the perfect place because of his personal ties to the university and the region.

The exhibit, reception and lecture are free and open to the public. For more information, call the museum at 439-4392. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 439-8346.

Milligan to host its 4th Annual RISE Above Conference

From Staff Reports

Milligan College will host its 4th Annual RISE Above Conference on Thursday, April 20, from 2 to 8 p.m. in Derthick Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

At 7 p.m. in  Wilson Auditorium, Dr. Shauna Nefos Webb, a Milligan counseling and psychology professor, will deliver a lecture titled “I Got Here as a Student First,” highlighting the narratives of African American athletes at an NCAA Division I STEM Institution, which she says “run counter to the negative and largely inaccurate portrayal of black college athletes that the media tends to perpetuate.”

Milligan’s RISE Above conference is an opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines and majors to present their mentored research. It is also a chance for faculty members, other students and interested individuals from the community to hear about various research topics.

“RISE Above offers students an opportunity to practice their communication skills related to sharing research,” said Dr. Joy Drinnon, director of undergraduate research and professor of psychology at Milligan. “It also is a chance to encourage other students to engage themselves in a research project through our special call for papers for the 2018 conference.”

Among the students presenting their research will be junior Amanda Largent and senior Lucy Gaudiano. Largent conducted a research on the influence of political bumper stickers on people’s perceptions of others.

“I found out that people assume a lot about someone’s personality and likability just based on who they vote for,” said Largent.

Gaudiano did her research on unaccompanied alien minors from the Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala). She studied their journey from the border to the courtrooms and how the U.S. can galvanize long-term policies to address and protect the dignity and life of a child.

“I am excited to present my research because I am eager to share the stories of these children and give them a voice,” said Gaudiano, who will give her presentation in Spanish.

This year also will include presentations from Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan students.

For more information about the RISE Above Conference, visit www.milligan.edu/riseabove.

Animal Shelter plans dog adoption event

From Staff Reports

The Unicoi County Animal Shelter is sponsoring a “Make A Dog Smile” adoption event on Saturday, April 15, at Downtown Farming, 221 Cherry St., Johnson City. Adoption hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The shelter will have some wonderful animals available for adoption, all looking for their forever home.

The shelter is also participating in a special fundraising event during the month of April. Fetching Apparel has a great selection of animal theme T-shirts and the shelter will receive 40 percent from the sale of each item ordered online. Just go to fetching-apparel.com to check out the shirts and, if ordering, use the code: UNICOI.

Don’t forget the shelter can always use cleaning supplies such as paper towels, bleach, Fabuloso and cat litter, both clumping and non-clumping.

ETSU to host Appalachian Student Research Forum

From Staff Reports

Students from all colleges and universities in the region and the general public are invited to attend the 2017 Appalachian Student Research Forum at East Tennessee State University.  The forum will take place April 11 and 12 in the D.P. Culp University Center on the Johnson City campus.

The forum is an annual event in which undergraduate, graduate and medical students as well as post-doctoral fellows and medical residents present their research.

According to Dr. Aruna Kilaru, forum chair and associate professor of Biological Sciences at ETSU, 62 oral presentations will take place April 11, followed by 183 poster presentations the morning of April 12.

The keynote speaker for the forum will be Dr. Karl Hasenstein, a world-renowned gravitational plant biologist and current holder of the Wayne G. Basler Chair of Excellence for the Integration of the Arts, Rhetoric and Science at ETSU. He will speak at 1 p.m. April 12 in the Martha Street Culp Auditorium.

The Appalachian Student Research Forum is coordinated by the ETSU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and members of the ASRF task force committee.  There is no admission fee for the forum.

For more information, contact Dr. Kilaru at 439-6931 or kilaru@etsu.edu or visit http://www.etsu.edu/studentresearch. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 439-8346.

Investment strategist Jeff Saut to speak at ETSU on ‘What’s Next for the Market?’

From Staff Reports

“Now That the Election and First 100 Days are Behind Us, What’s Next for the Market?” is the topic to be addressed by nationally known investment strategist Jeff Saut on Tuesday, April 11.

This free public talk will begin at 10 a.m. at the Millennium Centre and is hosted by the East Tennessee State University College of Business and Technology, Citizens Bank and Raymond James.

As Raymond James’ chief investment strategist and a managing director of the firm’s Equity Research department, Saut provides timely and insightful market commentary to Raymond James financial advisors, their clients, portfolio managers and institutional clients through daily strategy calls and weekly written commentary, as well as national media appearances. He is a frequent guest on PBS, NPR, CNBC, FOX News, Bloomberg TV and the USA Network. He is often quoted in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Barron’s, The Washington Post, BusinessWeek, U.S. News & World Report, Fortune and SmartMoney.

“We are excited about the opportunity to bring Jeff to campus and very honored to partner with Raymond James and Citizens Bank in sponsoring this event,” said Dr. Dennis Depew, dean of the ETSU College of Business and Technology.

For more information, call the College of Business and Technology at 439-5300.  For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 439-8346.

Milligan hosts local journalists for panel on the role of news media

From Staff Reports

Milligan College is pulling together local journalists and the college’s faculty to discuss the role news media play in society at a free and public event on Tuesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Milligan’s Hyder Auditorium located in the Science Building.

The event titled “Living with Today’s News Media: The Truth, The Whole Truth and Something Like the Truth” will include these panelists:

  • Josh Smith, evening news anchor, WJHL
  • Becky Campbell, senior reporter, deputy news editor, Johnson City Press
  • Dr. Amy Edmonds, assistant professor of political science
  • Dr. Phil Kenneson, professor of theology and philosophy
  • Jim Dahlman, professor of communications and journalism, moderator

“The last few years have brought about many changes for the news media: the Internet, social media, punditry, economic pressures, as well as the large-scale skepticism about facts,” said Dahlman. “Our panelists will discuss these topics and more, as well as address how we can be discerning as citizens, as consumers and as Christians.”

The event will be followed by a Q&A. Learn more about Milligan arts events at www.milligan.edu/arts.

Watauga Association of Genealogists to meet April 4

The Watauga Association of Genealogists (WAGS) will meet at the Johnson City Public Library, 100 West Millard Street, on Tuesday, April 4.

The April meeting will be a program on Daniel Boone presented by Nancy Ayres, a WAGS member, who lived near the Daniel Boone Home and Burial Site at Marthasville before moving to Washington County.

For additional information, please contact Jim Wilson, 283-0318 or visit the organization’s website at www.wagsnetn.org.

ETSU volleyball coach Lindsey Devine to speak in ‘Women on Wednesdays’ series

From Staff Reports

East Tennessee State University women’s volleyball coach Lindsey Devine will speak on “Power of Passion – Pillars of Success” in the “Women on Wednesdays” lecture series on April 5.

This free public event, sponsored by the ETSU Women’s Studies Program, will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the presentation room of the Multicultural Center, located on the second level of the D.P. Culp University Center.  A light lunch will be provided.

In her talk, Devine will address ways to balance life as a woman, a mother, a student and a professional. She will reveal the key ingredients necessary to achieve success and find a way to inspire, mentor and lead.

Devine, originally from Toronto, Canada, has been the ETSU volleyball team head coach for 15 seasons and has recorded the most victories as a coach in the history of the ETSU volleyball program. She also has two silver medals from the World Championships in Thailand and Peru while functioning as the assistant coach to the USA Youth National team.

Devine’s talk is the final event of the spring semester in the ongoing “Women on Wednesdays” series, which is designed to raise awareness about the research, scholarship and community engagement that women at ETSU are doing; to provide a venue where women on campus and in the community can discuss and support each other’s work; and to give students an opportunity to meet faculty who could become mentors for their studies.

For more information, call Dr. Phyllis Thompson, director of ETSU Women’s Studies, at 439-4125. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 439-8346.

ETSU Wind Ensemble to perform ‘Chicago Connections’ prior to trip to Windy City

From Staff Reports

The East Tennessee State University Wind Ensemble will present a free public concert of works related to the city of Chicago on Tuesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in the Science Hill High School auditorium.

The “Chicago Connections” program includes the pieces the Wind Ensemble will perform in the showcase performance of the 2017 Chicago International Music Festival on April 12.

ETSU’s band was invited to perform at the festival by staff of the California-based music festival planning company World Projects, who recalled the ensemble’s performance at the New York Wind Band Festival in 2009.

“The five pieces we’re doing have something to do with the city of Chicago, or a person related to the city,” said Dr. Christian Zembower, director of bands in the ETSU Department of Music.  “One of the pieces is ‘The Chicago Tribune March,’ which a gentleman named Paris Chambers wrote in 1892 for the paper.

“When we performed in New York, it was a program called ‘New York Perspectives,’ for which I programmed pieces that either related to the city or composers who had lived in New York City or were living there at the time, so this Chicago program is parallel.”

The ETSU Wind Ensemble will leave for Chicago on Monday, April 10, and perform along the way at Zionsville (Indiana) High School in a suburb north of Indianapolis.  While in Chicago, members of the Wind Ensemble will have opportunities to see the Chicago Symphony and explore the city between rehearsals.

The trip will culminate in the April 12 showcase concert in Chicago’s famed Symphony Hall.  Other bands scheduled to perform in the Chicago International Music Festival include the El Cerrito (California) High School Wind Ensemble, the Berkeley (California) High School Orchestra and the Normal (Illinois) West High School Wind Symphony.

“Our students are excited,” said Zembower, who will be among the adjudicators for the high school band performances during the festival.  “We normally give two concerts on campus or in the area each semester, and this is quite an honor and has given them something different to look forward to.”

For more information on the April 4 concert at Science Hill, call the ETSU Department of Music at 439-4276.

Annual autism educational conference planned

From Staff Reports

The Autism Society of East Tennessee will host a full-day autism education conference on Saturday, April 1, in Johnson City from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Autism Society’s conference provides an incredible opportunity for parents, educators and professionals to learn new skills, understand best practices, and network with other like-minded individuals.

“Our annual Tri-Cities conference creates unity by providing accessibility, compassion, collaboration, education, and support to those living, working, and supporting the journey known as autism” said Kandis Burney, executive director for Autism Society of East Tennessee.

The Annual Autism Conference includes keynote speaker, Pepper Basham. Breakout sessions include: Neurofeedback, Trusts and Conservatorships, Music Therapy, Benefits of Service Dogs, Developing Sensory Friendly Church Programs, and Special Education Basic Rights.

Sessions will be presented by a highly acclaimed lineup of industry experts, including Kim Wheeler of The ARC of Washington County, Cindy Gardner of Mauer & Gardner, Dr. Baker of Blountville Braincore, Melissa Keeler of STEP and ASA-ETC Board member, Shari Cate of West Park Baptist Church, and several more. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to meet and greet with exhibitors and sponsors that provide local autism services.

Everyone is invited to a fun and informative day filled with stories and professional advice to help educate and raise awareness of autism spectrum disorder. For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-tri-cities-autism-conference-tickets-29595968338

The CDC estimates that as many as 1 out of every 68 children born today will be diagnosed with some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person’s lifetime and affects how a person perceives the world, interacts with others, and communicates. There is no known single underlying cause of autism.

The Autism Society is the nation’s leading autism organization providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research, and advocacy. The Autism Society of East Tennessee provides services to 36 counties in East Tennessee.

Daughter of late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to speak at ETSU

From Staff Reports

Dr. Bernice A. King, daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King, will speak at East Tennessee State University Monday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m.  in Brooks Gymnasium.  Her appearance is part of the SGA Civility Celebration 2017.

Bernice A. King is the Chief Executive Officer of The King Center, which was founded by her mother in 1968.  She was appointed to this position in January 2012 by the Board of Trustees.  She began her oratorical journey when she spoke in her mother’s stead at the United Nations at age 17.  Over the years, she has had the occasion to speak in such places as the steps of The Lincoln Memorial, The White House, major corporations and universities, and in places throughout the world including South Africa, Germany, and New Zealand to name a few.

In January of 2011, King launched the “100 Days of Nonviolence” campaign at the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy to expose the girls to nonviolence as modeled by her father and to encourage them to begin embracing it as a way of life.

Through her work at the King Center, King has continued to educate youth and adults about the nonviolence principles modeled by her parents.  In 2012, she implemented an annual N.O.W. Encounter Summer Camp which has educated youth from New Mexico, South Carolina, Michigan, and Alabama and as far away as Cyprus. Because of the impact the camp had on their lives, youth from Cyprus returned two years in a row.

In 2013, as she continued her parents’ legacy, she spearheaded the August 28, 2013, “Let Freedom Ring and Call to Action” event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and her father’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.  This global event included President Obama, former presidents Clinton and Carter, members of Congress, as well as many other international leaders, dignitaries and entertainers. In the spirit of her father, she was an instrumental factor in helping Aboriginals and others in Vancouver, Canada understand the importance of forgiveness, unconditional love and reconciliation when she spoke to a crowd of over 75,000 people.

In 2014, as part of the Center’s Nonviolence 365 education and training initiatives, she launched Students with King, which enables students to interact with King and Farris family members, as well as those who knew and worked with Dr. King and Mrs. King. Also in 2014, King launched a series on interactive web-talks with students throughout the country using “Google Hangout” as the platform. This initiative enables King to use technology to converse with students while she is at The King Center and the students are in their classroom.

As part of her work in 2014, King provided Nonviolence 365 education training in Ferguson, Missouri, that included students, teachers, law enforcement, gangs, businesses, community leaders and activists.  She encouraged them to commit themselves to embracing nonviolence as a lifestyle. The work in Ferguson, Missouri, continues, and the requests for Nonviolence 365 education and training continue to pour into The King Center.

In January 2015, under King’s leadership, The King Center hosted its first Beloved Community Talk entitled “The Race Factor: The Lies, The Myths and The Truths” as part of its 2015 King Holiday Observance. One of the most moving and inspirational experiences hosted by her was The King Center’s program commemorating her mother’s life and legacy entitled “Mothers in the Movement: From a Daughter’s Perspective.”

Funding for Dr. King’s appearance is made possible by several ETSU offices and organizations, including the Multicultural Center, President’s Office, Office of Equity and Diversity, Student Affairs, Sherrod Library, Summer and Winter Sessions, Academic Health Sciences Center, Enrollment Services, Resident Housing Association, Women’s Resource Center, Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement and the Student Government Association.

More information and tickets are available at http://www.etsu.edu/sga-lectures. Tickets are $10 for the general public and free for students, faculty and staff with a valid ID.  For more information, contact the ETSU Student Organization Resource Center at 423-439-6633.

Claremont professor to give higher education lecture at ETSU

From Staff Reports

“Building Academic Centers of Excellence” is the title of a March 22 talk by Dr. David Drew of Claremont Graduate University. The talk is part of the Clemmer College of Education’s Dean’s Research Series at East Tennessee State University.

“An academic program, school or university must deliver both outstanding teaching and significant research,” Drew writes. “But these two goals require different skill sets, which sometimes creates frustration for individual professors and internal conflict for programs and schools.”

Drawing upon his own research and that of others, Drew will describe strategies that have been successful in creating centers of excellence that have transformed the academic landscape. Among the questions he will address is:  How can an institution grow and become more productive while respecting its history and retaining its identity?

Drew holds the Joseph B. Platt Chair in the Management of Technology at Claremont. His teaching focuses on quantitative research methods, statistical analysis, and model building. For 10 years, he served as Dean of Claremont’s School of Educational Studies. In the past few years, he has been a consultant or advisor to the senior leadership of the College Board, the Los Angeles Police Department, the international clothing company Patagonia, and the Nevada Higher Education System. His book “STEM the Tide:  Reforming Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education in America” is published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Drew received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Drew’s talk is open to ETSU faculty, staff and administrators. It will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Forum of the D.P. Culp University Center.  A reception will immediately follow.

For more information, email potterp@etsu.edu.  For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.

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Watauga Association of Genealogists to meet March 7

From Staff Reports

The Watauga Association of Genealogists will meet at the Johnson City Public Library, 100 West Millard Street, on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm.

The March meeting will be an Open Forum with Members Helping Members. Attendees are encouraged to bring their “brick wall” questions written down.

The group will also discuss the success stories members have in researching their ancestors.

For additional information, please contact Jim Wilson at 283-0318 or visit the organization’s website at http://www.wagsnetn.org/.

Northeast State hosts Information Fair at Johnson City campus Feb. 21

From Staff Reports

With Tennessee Promise the high school kids are alright. Now, the Tennessee Reconnect Act hopes to give adults their turn.

Northeast State invites the public to learn more about returning to college at an Information Fair scheduled Feb. 21 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the College’s Johnson City campus, 101 E. Market Street. Northeast State hosts this free informative session for adults as well as younger students seeking a college degree or certificate.

Northeast State representatives from the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships and Veterans’ Affairs will be on hand to answer questions. Fair attendees can meet with staff and learn more about the College and Tennessee Reconnect.

Like the Tennessee Promise Scholarship for upcoming high school graduates, the Tennessee Reconnect Act seeks to establish a last-dollar scholarship for adults to attend a community college tuition-free. With this extension of the Drive to 55, which comes at no additional cost to taxpayers, every Tennessean will have the opportunity to enter or reenter public higher education with no tuition expenses.

For more information about this event, contact the Northeast State Enrollment Services at 323-0229 or admissions@northeaststate.edu.

ETSU to host ‘Facing the Surge’ documentary

From Staff Reports

East Tennessee State University’s Environmental Studies minor and the Citizens’ Climate Lobby-Northeast Tennessee Chapter will present “Facing the Surge,” a documentary about climate change, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in Brown Hall auditorium. The free event is open to the public.

“Facing the Surge” was released in 2016 and chronicles the tangible costs of sea level rise in Norfolk, Virginia, home of the largest United States naval base.

For further information, contact Dr. Kevin O’Donnell, professor in the Department of Literature and Language and director of the ETSU Environmental Studies minor, at odonnell@etsu.edu. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 439-6679.