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1911 Society

The 1911 Society, established in 2020, honors East Tennessee State University’s most distinguished graduates from undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. Situated “in the shadow of the mountains,” ETSU has been educating, serving, and supporting the region since its founding in 1911. Students inducted into The 1911 Society have distinguished themselves among all graduates for academic excellence, service, and leadership.

Welcome Inductees 

Class of 2020 Students Inducted into The 1911 Society

JOHNSON CITY – (May 4, 2020) Ten members of the Class of 2020 at East Tennessee State University have been inducted into the newly formed 1911 Society. Named in commemoration of the year when ETSU was founded, the organization honors the university’s most notable graduates from undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. The 1911 Society recognizes students who have distinguished themselves among all graduates for academic excellence, service, and leadership.

ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland said, “For more than a century, ETSU has carried forth a mission to improve the quality of life for the people of this region. That initiative began in 1911 when the doors of this institution opened, and this new organization recognizes an elite group of graduates who have embodied that very mission. We are honored to recognize these members of the Class of 2020 and look forward to seeing the new ways they advance this mission as alumni during their future journeys.”

“The 10 students being inducted into The 1911 Society have achieved great accolades in the classroom, in research laboratories and in service to this campus and our communities,” said Dr. Wilsie Bishop, Senior Vice Provost for Academics and Interim Provost.  “Each has transformed ETSU in some way during their years as a student, and selecting them as inaugural members is our way of recognizing and celebrating the legacies they have established.”

Students selected for induction into The 1911 Society will receive a tartan stole to wear with their regalia. Names of new inductees will be identified in the Commencement program. Inductees, and members of their immediate families, will be invited to a lunch on the day of Commencement to celebrate and recognize this achievement.

2020 Inductees ~

Sarah Hamilton of Johnson City has been a member of the Preview and Orientation Leadership Organization, serving as Vice President and as one of the student leaders. In addition, she is the service-learning coordinator for the Language and Culture Resource Center. Hamilton is earning a B.S. degree in biology and a second B.A. in foreign languages with a concentration in Spanish.  Other campus-involvement initiatives include International Buccaneer Buddies, Volunteer ETSU, Admission Ambassadors, the ETSU Homecoming Committee and SGA Major Events.  Hamilton also served as a Spanish tutor at Science Hill High School and helped plan the Corazón Latino Festival.

Alexis Harvey from Dunlap was active with Volunteer ETSU throughout her four years and served on the executive council for the organization during her junior and senior years. A University Honors Scholar and a Ronald McNair Scholar, she was a member of the ETSU Honors College Student Council and also served as a site leader with Alternative Breaks for three years. Harvey is receiving a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She helped as a chemistry supplemental instructor for three years and as a chemistry TRIO tutor for two years. This spring she received an award from the Northeast Tennessee Section of the American Chemical Society that is given to an outstanding senior.  She also was the Department of Chemistry’s “Faculty Outstanding Student Award” recipient.

Gabrielle Johnson is earning a B.A. in English and philosophy.  The Knoxville native held several leadership roles with Phi Sigma Pi, Epsilon Xi, including President, National Delegate and Fundraising Chair. She was also active with Sigma Tau Delta, ETSU Philosophy Club, Alternative Spring Breaks and the ETSU Creative Writing Society.

Shannon Ketchem of Alexandria, Virginia is graduating from Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy.  While a student, she served as a student ambassador for the admissions committee and was class president during the 2017-18 year.  In addition, she was chapter president of the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society and a committee chair for the American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists.

Brianna McCoy of Ashe County, North Carolina was selected for the highly prestigious Roan Scholars Leadership Program.  She is receiving her bachelor’s degree in health sciences and is minoring in public health.  McCoy has held several leadership positions, including president of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Admissions Ambassadors, secretary of the Presidential Ambassadors and fundraising chair of Timmy Global Health. McCoy also completed a number of volunteer internships at health care facilities in the region.

Margaret Jean Miller of Knoxville is earning her M.D. degree from the Quillen College of Medicine and also a Master of Public Health degree from the College of Public Health.  While a student, she was active with the American Academy of Family Physicians, serving as a student member of the Board of Directors and student chair for the national conference.  She was recently inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and she is a former president of the Family Medicine Interest Group.  Miller trained in Quillen’s Rural Primary Care Track and worked closely with the Interprofessional Education Program.

Taylor Osborne came to ETSU from Clyde, North Carolina. While a student, she served as President of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and also held the roles of Vice President of Panhellenic Relations and Assistant New Member Coordinator.  She was selected for the highly prestigious Roan Scholars Leadership Program and spent a summer studying abroad in Spain. A member of the Pre-Law Society and the International Buccaneer Buddy Program, Osborne worked in the Crime Addiction Re-Entry Lab and was a Presidential Ambassador. She is graduating with a B.S. degree in psychology.

Aamir Shaikh of Knoxville served as President of the ETSU Student Government Association for the 2019-20 year and is graduating with a B.S. degree in microbiology.  While at ETSU, he completed an honors thesis exploring the role of a novel antidepressant in the treatment of depression, amongst other research projects at the Quillen College of Medicine. Shaikh’s volunteer work focuses on the provision of medical care to the isolated and underserved. His other leadership positions held on campus include President of the Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students, Secretary of State for the SGA, Vice President of the Honors College Student Council and working as a campus Diversity Educator.

John Sterrett of Martin was a University Honors Scholar and served as a member of the ETSU Jazz, Trombone and Wind ensembles. Sterrett, who held executive leadership roles with the Student Dietetic Association and the Allied Health Student Association, was involved in research activities in ETSU’s Nutritional Biochemistry Lab and spent time as a tutor and a supplemental instructor on campus.  He was also active with the National Residence Hall Honorary.

Raina Wiseman of Crossnore, North Carolina is graduating with an M.A. in Brand and Media Strategy.  She worked for the East Tennessean student newspaper as a reporter and, for the past two years, executive editor. In addition to serving as a member of the Strategic Media Club, she was a co-creator of The ET Echo, a news show that aired on the campus radio station. Wiseman assisted in communication efforts and marketing for the Niswonger Foundation, Roan Scholars Leadership Program, ETSU University Relations and BucDigital.

[From ETSU News May 4, 2020]




Any East Tennessee State University student, domestic or international, who meets the eligibility requirements for their category are eligible to apply:

  • Undergraduate seniors who received their first baccalaureate degree in August or December 2020 or who will receive their degree in May 2021; or graduate students who received their first master’s or doctorate degree in August or December 2020 or who will receive their degree in May 2021; or pharmacy and medical students who will receive their degrees in May 2021.
  • Eligible students will have a GPA at the time of application which reflects academic excellence, as well as personal achievements which demonstrate and support the mission and values of East Tennessee State University.

To apply, students must submit responses to the application questions as well as the required two letters of references. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


Selection Criteria

From the applicants, the Selection Committee will choose no more than 12-15 students to be invited for an interview. The Committee will select no more than 11 students to be recognized during any one academic year (2-4 graduate and professional students and 6-8 undergraduate students) for induction into The 1911 Society.

Selections will not be based on GPA exclusively. The committee will base its decision on all of the following:

  • Academic achievement (GPA, scholarship, research)
  • Sustained service
  • Honors, awards, recognitions, publications, presentations
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Work experience, study abroad, internships, externships, clinicals
  • Personal narratives on application (including your most significant academic experiences, personal goals, the value of your ETSU experience)

Selection Committee

The Selection Committee will be composed of the following representatives:

  • President of Faculty Senate (or designee)
  • Designee from Student Life and Enrollment
  • Faculty designee from Graduate Council
  • Faculty designee from Quillen College of Medicine or Gatton College of Pharmacy
  • Vice President for Equity and Inclusion (or designee)
  • Faculty Athletic Representative

To Apply

Students should complete the responses to items 2-8 either as a MS Word document or a PDF file to be uploaded to the online submission. All documents should be submitted to the Office of the Provost at .

Respond to the following questions:

  1. Provide your name, degree, E#, degree/major, hometown, and cumulative GPA.
  2. List college activities and demonstrated leadership (examples include student government, sports, schools, publications, arts, exhibits, exchange programs, tutoring, etc.) Using a table/chart, list: College Activity, Dates, Offices Held, Average number of per week.
       a. Discuss one example of your effective leadership in one of the college           activities described above (not to exceed 250 words)
  3. List community and service activities while a student that are not required by your major/degree program, a service organization or judicial sanctions. Include projects with community organizations, environmental protection or conservation efforts, work with religious organizations, summer activities, etc. Do not repeat items listed previously. Using a table/chart, list: Activity, Dates, Offices/Position held, Average number of hours per week
  4. List part-time and full-time jobs, internships, clinical placements, and study abroad experiences since high school graduation. Using a table/chart, list: Type of Work, Employer, Dates, Average number of hours per week. 
       a. Discuss how this experience has contributed to your overall                           development.
       b. Discuss how this experience prepares you to achieve your leadership           goals.
  5. List publications, presentations, awards, scholarships, or special recognition (honors, awards) you have received while pursuing your current degree. Do not repeat items previously listed.
  6. Describe your most significant academic experience at East Tennessee State University during your current degree program, other than GPA (do not exceed 250 words).
  7. Personal Goal Statement. What additional personal goals do wish to share with the Selection Committee? You may wish to include a response to the question: Why should the Committee select you for this award? Do not repeat information already provided (not to exceed 250 words).
  8. Prepare a statement describing the value of your East Tennessee State University undergraduate, graduate, or professional program experience (selecting the appropriate level). This essay must not exceed 500 words in length and should be written in a clear, simple, and direct manner.)

Two Letters of Reference

  1. One letter of reference from a faculty member who taught you in your major field/program of study (at your current level) and knows you well enough to evaluate your academic performance.
  2. One letter of reference from a faculty member, advisor, counselor, employer, or other individual (non-family member) who has a special relationship with you while a current student at ETSU.
  3. Do not submit additional letters of reference.
  4. Reference letters should be submitted with your application or emailed directly to the Office of the Provost.

2021 Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm on March 1, 2021, to the Office of the Provost .

2021 Interviews will take place the week of March 22, 2021. Inductees will be notified of their selection no later than the week of April 5, 2020.


Inductee Recognition

Students selected for induction into The 1911 Society will receive a tartan stole to wear with their regalia. Names of new inductees will be identified in the Commencement program. Inductees, and members of their immediate families, will be invited to a lunch on the day of Commencement to celebrate and recognize this achievement. 





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