The Sound Bearier

The Sound Bearier

The Sound Bearier seeks to acquaint listeners with Northeast State news and events. Our hosts April Allen, Matt Poole, and Thomas Wilson interview staff, faculty, students, and alumni to bring you the latest in all things Northeast State! ***All opinions expressed by the hosts and guests of "The Sound Bearier" are solely their opinions and do not necessarily reflect the official position or opinions of Northeast State Community College. Any content provided by our hosts or guests is for educational purposes.

Episodes

September 26, 2022 17 min

TRiO Student Support Services at Northeast State provides a pathway, and lifeline, to qualifying students pursuing a technical certificate or college degree. Federally-funded, TRiO serves first-generation college students facing financial or disability challenges to graduate from college.

Wes Greear joined Northeast State at TRiO director in 2021.  He joins The Sound Bearier to talk options, qualifications, and guiding students to ...

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The Northeast State Foundation administers more than 200 scholarships to help students reach their goals and earn an associate degree or certificate. 

The Sound Bearier sat down with Foundation Chair, Mr. Peter Raber, to talk about making smart financial decisions while earning a college degree. He talks about the Foundation’s drive to help students, minimizing dreaded student debt, and why cultivating your net worth at an early ag...

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Hazelnut or mocha? Team TSB wraps up the second season of Northeast State’s The Sound Bearier podcast with a roundtable coffee talk discussion.

In this episode, your hosts April, Matt, and Tom talk coffee we like, previous jobs we didn’t, and business ideas ready – or not – for investment by the Shark Tank judges.  The Sound Bearier goes on hiatus this summer. We return for our third season this fall with new guests and old friends...

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March 15, 2022 47 min

Live theatre is back on stage where it belongs!

The Sound Bearier welcomes Jillian Cox and SarahGrace Triplett to the podcast to talk about the Northeast State Theatre Department's upcoming production of Alice in Wonderland.  

Jillian and SarahGrace talk about the camaraderie of theatre students, the hard work of creating a production, and why you should run toward fear.

Alice in Wonderland opens April 14 and continues through ...

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Technology needs you. A wealth of opportunities awaits students-to-tech-professionals training to keep our civilization running on all microchips.

The Sound Bearier welcomes our friend Dr. Donna Farrell, dean of Technologies division at Northeast State.

Farrell talks about how a new generation of savvy thinkers can shape our technological future, how to understand the “Internet of Things” field, and how problem-solving skills help ...

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February 14, 2022 29 min

The Sound Bearier is delighted to welcome peer recovery coach Kenneth Knight to share his story of addiction and recovery. He works in Northeast State’s Counseling Services to help those battling addictions.

Kenneth talks about personal responsibility, the complexity of addiction, and our culture’s waning fear of dangerous things.

If you need help, please contact Counseling Services via their website: https://www.northeaststate.edu...

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January 3, 2022 29 min

Ducks and Pomeranians the size of elephants?

Elon Musk and Joan of Arc breaking bread in the Courtyard?

In a light-hearted episode depending on your point of view, The Sound Bearier’s Tom Wilson and Matt Poole riff on giant animals (not tarantulas), overrated super heroes, and the random questions we put to our guests in our seasonal wrap-up episode.

The Sound Bearier team says thank you to all our guests and the Northeast State De...

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The Sound Bearier is honored to welcome United States Air Force veteran Jesse Carter and United States Army veteran Joni Hughes to our Veterans Day week podcast. 

These two Northeast State alumni who stepped forward to serve their country talk about creativity, coming full circle in career paths, and navigating the civilian world.

Thank you to all veterans who served from The Sound Bearier team.

Listen, subscribe and visit Northeas...

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A two-headed hitchhiker in Carter County. A vengeful Pig Man lurking near an abandoned ordnance site. Unexplained lights and a creepy farmhouse.

Tis’ the spooky season. The Sound Bearier offers up a few scary stories and legend for our Halloween episode. Enjoy the tales and stay out of the woods!

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October 11, 2021 11 min

Northeast State alumna and higher ed pro Dawn Carter keeps students on track to graduate as director of Student Success at Kingsport. 

Get to know our friend Dawn as she and April talk about finding a path to passion, the three people she would most like to have dinner with, and parasailing as a treatment for acrophobia (That means fear of heights. We looked it up). 

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September 28, 2021 31 min

Hola, friends!

We are delighted to welcome Northeast State Spanish instructor Norma Sanchez-Webb to this episode of La Barrera del Sonido. 

Norma talks about learning English in school as a non-English speaking child, the nuances of ALL languages, and how Spanish-speaking students navigate college life. 

TSB celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. Why not take a foreign language? You will be glad you did.

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September 16, 2021 30 min

(Editor's note: This episode was recorded in spring 2021 prior to the newest COVID-19 case surge. The episode reflects the experiences and lessons of that moment in time. The fluid nature of the pandemic and the resurgence of COVID-19 during the summer created new set of standards and challenges.)

The COVID pandemic continues.  Health care workers of all stripes feel the burn. Northeast State Health Professions' students co...

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August 23, 2021 54 min

Season two of The Sound Bearier kicks off with a visit from our beloved colleague Mr. Gregory Walters. 

A friend and ally to countless Northeast State students, Greg recently retired after 30 years of dedicated service at the college. While Greg’s contributions are well-known and many, April and Matt talk to the man about his life, personal drive, and plans for the future.

Have a few tissues handy. Thanks, Greg.

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Matt Poole welcomes new Northeast State alumnus Isaiah Quaintance, '21, to this episode. 

This Daniel Boone High School graduate made his way to Northeast State thanks to the wonderful Angela Shrum.  Get to know Isaiah as he talks about mass communications, being a Direction Northeast host, the connection between playing football and live interviews, and his friendship with Professor Gary Potter. 

Who Dat? It's The Sound Be...

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July 12, 2021 21 min

Fall semester approaches!  What classes do I need to get the degree I want?

In this episode, Northeast State Academic Advisor and Completion Coach Julie Dykes answers this question and many others.

Julie talks about navigating class schedules, how to thrive in a virtual class setting, and what questions students SHOULD ask advisors. She and Northeast State’s Advising Resource Center team assist students with academic advising in pe...

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June 21, 2021 21 min

First-generation college student. Social Work major. Keeping Our Promise mentor. Hiker.

Melanie Fischer represents many students who overcame the challenges of college and COVID to succeed, and succeed mightily.  She received Northeast State's Outstanding Student Award for 2020-21 graduating summa cum laude this spring.  

Give a listen to this Daniel Boone High School alumna with a dedication to help people and the drive to suc...

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Musician, professor, and encyclopedia of American history. Professor Jim Kelly embodies an imaginative teaching style to engage students and help them understand history.  

Our host Tom Wilson interviews Professor Kelly about his philosophy of teaching. We might even get a special musical performance from the man himself!

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Northeast State alumna.  People person. Animal lover. Owner of a pet snake.

As a communications representative for our college, Kirsti Graybeal is often the first person people meet when arriving on the Northeast State campus for the first time.

Get to know this free-spirited East Tennessee native in a new Bear Biography episode with host Matthew Poole.

 

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May 3, 2021 25 min

Namaste, friends!

Tune into our latest Bear Biography episode and get to know Rebecca Moody, Coordinator of Workforce Solutions. Rebecca goes to great lengths in not only helping our students, but also our community. Rebecca shares her love for yoga, family, and has an interesting collection. Find out what that is and why it’s important to her. Rebecca will have you laughing with her answer to the infamous random question April ask...

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Interested in occupational therapy as a potential career? In this episode of The Sound Bearier, Matt Poole interviews Gym Assistant, Carson Dilley. Come hear about this occupational therapist in training's story and his passion for pediatric therapy. Carson also gives us tips on what exercises we can utilize to alleviate mental ruts while navigating the pandemic. This and many more engaging topics will be explored with our gues...

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