Student-Juried Art Exhibition Awards Reception & Film Festival

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​Thomas Nelson’s Visual Arts Department is showcasing student talent during its Annual Student-Juried Art Exhibition through Thursday, April 17 on the Hampton campus in the Dr.  Mary T. Christian Auditorium (MTCA), Templin Hall. Free and open to the public, the exhibit features 2D, 3D and multimedia pieces.

An Awards Reception takes place on Wednesday, April 16 at 6 p.m. followed by a Student Film Festival at 7 p.m. The free festival will include a diverse lineup of entries, including commercials, music videos and public service announcements. Motion graphic works, including animation, typography in motion and network logo pieces will also be featured.

“Our jury will be awarding $400 in prizes to [student artists in] certain categories:  fine art, photography, graphic design and video.  This is our first juried student show and we are very excited.  We have entries displayed not only upstairs but in the downstairs gallery hallway in Templin [Hall]… the students are excited,” said Visual Arts Department Head Cece Wheeler.

Thomas Nelson Selects Former Faculty Member Turner Spencer as Eighth Presidential Leadership Award Recipient

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Thomas Nelson Community College has selected the Honorable Dr. Turner M. Spencer, former Hampton Vice Mayor and Hampton City Councilman, to receive its Eighth Annual Presidential Leadership Award. Part of the College’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance, the award presentation takes place Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 9 a.m. on the Hampton campus in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall. Part of the College’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance, the award presentation is takes place Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 9 a.m. on the Hampton campus in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall. The event is free and open to the public. At 10 a.m., a “Gratitude Reception” honoring Dr. King takes place in Wythe Hall Gallery.

The College established its Presidential Leadership Award to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by recognizing an outstanding community leader and important role model for students.

Dr. Spencer is a professor emeritus and former Biology department Chair at Thomas Nelson. After more than 30 years on the faculty, he has maintained connection with the College since 2008 through its Educational Foundation Board of which he is immediate Past President. He also served a stint as Vice President of the Foundation.

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Thomas Nelson Workforce Development Partner Awarded 2013 Chancellor’s Award

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Shawn Avery, vice president of the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development, was awarded the 2013 Virginia Community Colleges Chancellor’s Award in the Career Paths category on December 12.

The award was presented at the annual Hire Education Workforce Conference Innovator’s Award Show and Banquet. This year’s conference was attended by more than 400 workforce professionals from colleges, workforce boards, industry, and schools.  Virginia’s Community Colleges hosted the event.

Nominated by Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development, Avery had a major impact in the success of the partnership between Thomas Nelson and the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development, which recently resulted in four career pathway grants totaling more than $5.5 million. 

“Shawn is an exceptional leader of a strategic plan for industry-education career pathways that is already seeing results,” stated Dr. Deborah Wright, vice president of Thomas Nelson Workforce Development. “His understanding of business needs and economic development, K-12 and community college program capacity and possibility, and workforce board priorities has made an invaluable difference in allied health and advanced manufacturing career pathways.”

The Chancellor’s Awards are designed to recognize outstanding contributions made by workforce development professionals in support of the college’s mission in serving Virginia’s workforce and community. 

Through Avery’s efforts, the partnership between Thomas Nelson and the Peninsula Council produced a career pathway training strategy designed to meet the regional needs of 11,000 additional workers in advanced manufacturing, a strategic training plan for the region in Allied Health, and a proposal that awarded the region $5 million in health occupation training funds.

In addition, Avery was fundamental in developing a career pathway electronic library in manufacturing, allied health and numerous Career Cafés in the Peninsula. The Career Cafés provide career pathway advice to more than 5,000 young adults in the region.

Recently, Avery led the effort to help Thomas Nelson receive more than $240,000 in grant funds to support a manufacturing training program, along with Workforce Investment Act, to serve recently separated veterans.

“Business-education partnerships happen on the Peninsula because of strong partners,” stated Avery. “It is a great honor that Thomas Nelson nominated me for this award.”

Avery was awarded the Virginia Community College System’s Expanding Workforce Opportunities Award in 2010.

TNCC Student Earns Prestigious Valley Proteins Fellowship

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) student Albert Kates has been selected as part of the third class of the Valley Proteins Fellows Program, administered by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. Out of the more than 400,000 students Virginia’s Community Colleges serve across the state, only 10 are selected for the Valley Proteins Fellows Program. The approximate value of the scholarship, accompanied with professional development, travel, and cultural opportunities, is $15,000. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to meet so many important people and opening a lot of doors for myself,” Kates said.

The core mission of the Valley Proteins Fellows Program is to help promising, second-year students at Virginia’s Community Colleges pursue their academic goals and strengthen their leadership skills. In addition to receiving full tuition, book expenses and fees, the Fellows participate in a unique curriculum of intellectual and cultural activities. The Fellows also volunteer 80 hours of community service during the academic year to hone their leadership abilities and develop a strong foundation for future success.

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TNCC’s Top Two Academic Awards Being Presented during 44th Commencement Ceremony

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) named Michael D. Snyder and Megan V. Saunders as recipients of the 2012-2013 President’s and Vice President’s awards, respectively. In acknowledgement of the two summa cum laude graduates’ exceptional academic performance, the awards will be presented during TNCC’s 44th commencement exercises on Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at the Hampton Coliseum.

Snyder and Saunders are among nearly 1,400 students who have applied to graduate during the 2012-2013 academic year. This figure includes students who completed their curriculum requirements in summer 2012, fall 2012, and those who applied for graduation in spring 2013. Graduating students will receive Associate degrees, certificates, career studies certificates, or a combination of these academic credentials. Criteria for the President’s and Vice President’s awards include attaining the highest cumulative grade point average, completing at least 60 semester hours of course work and receiving an Associate’s Degree for the current year, and more.

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TNCC to Honor Local Citizens During 44th Commencement Ceremony

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will present the Thomas Nelson Medallion and Dana B. Hamel Award during its 44th commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 14 at the Hampton Coliseum. Presented by TNCC’s Local College Board, the awards honor citizens who champion higher education and public service.

The Thomas Nelson Medallion honors citizens who exemplify the spirit and highest ideals of Thomas Nelson – patriot, soldier-statesman and governor. The medallion will be awarded posthumously to both Joseph A. Gutierrez, Jr. and Roosevelt “Rosy” Takesian. Members of their families will accept the awards.

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