Dr. Roseann Runte to Keynote TNCC Commencement 2008

Published: April 15, 2008

dr_ruth_oduThomas Nelson Community College will hold its 39th Annual Commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at the Hampton Coliseum. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Roseann Runte, President of Old Dominion University.

About Dr. Runte:
Dr. Runte became president of Old Dominion University on July 1, 2001. She previously served as President of Victoria University, Principal of Glendon College, and President of l’Université Sainte-Anne.

Dr. Runte has remained faithful to her love of students and the classroom, teaching at least one course each year. In addition, she continues to write academic, creative, and editorial pieces.

She has served on numerous boards and commissions including UNESCO, the Club of Rome, the National Bank of Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Foundation for International Training, EXPO 2000, and the Southern Commission on Colleges. She was the President of the American Council of Education’s Commission on International Education and is a member of the International Parliament of Cultures and the Virginia National Industrial Defense Authority.

Dr. Runte has been awarded the Order of Canada, the French Order of Merit, fellowship in the Royal Society, a prize from the French Academy and a number of honorary degrees.

In July 2008, Dr. Runte will leave Old Dominion University to begin her tenure as president of Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

TNCC – ODU Relationship:

Since 1980, Old Dominion University and TNCC have had a strong partnership through articulation agreements guaranteeing transfer for students who meet minimum requirements. Eighteen articulation agreements are currently offered to TNCC students who complete an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in the following fields: Communication, Criminal Justice, English, French-German & Spanish, History, Sociology, Philosophy, Civil – Computer – Electrical – Environmental & Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Science, Elementary & Special Education, Biology, Biochemistry and Chemistry. In addition, TNCC offers Associate Degree programs in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Electronics Technology that prepare students for their junior year at ODU in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Electrical Engineering Technology respectively. TNCC students participating in the TNCC-Northrop Grumman Newport News Design co-op program or a co-op program recently developed with NASA regularly take advantage of this opportunity.

To share program information and better prepare TNCC students for transfer to ODU, Ms. Patricia Taylor, Dean of Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies is a member of the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology Advisory Board.

In addition to the articulation agreements, TNCC has a unique joint admission program with ODU. The Seamless Teacher Education Program allows students who are interested in pursuing a career in teaching mathematics or science to take their first two years at TNCC and continue without interruption at ODU. TNCC and ODU share funding for a joint faculty position to support the Associate of Science in Social Sciences, Education Concentration. Dr. Joan Hecht serves as the coordinator of the program, which prepares potential teachers to transfer to four-year institutions.

TNCC, ODU, Northrop-Grumman Newport News and NASA are also currently working to establish a new Engineering Technology degree program in Modeling and Simulation that the College will begin offering as soon as ODU has the bachelor’s degree in place.

To provide students with program information, course selection, articulation agreements and related issues, ODU has an on-site advisor located on the TNCC Hampton campus and at the Old Dominion Peninsula Higher Education Center. This individual also serves as a resource for counselors in providing current information to prospective transfers to ODU, as well as acting as liaison for TNCC staff and students.

ODU and TNCC are also partners along with six school divisions in a grant program to establish the Governor’s Academy for Innovation, Technology and Engineering (GAITE). This academy will provide a pathway to mechanical and electrical engineering technology programs and careers.

Another key to ODU and Thomas Nelson’s partnership is the formation of programs that promote regionalism and economic development. A partnership of the six localities, TNCC, ODU, the Greater Peninsula Workforce Investment Board and the Virginia Employment Commission, the Peninsula Workforce Development Center is a state-of-the-art center that was designed with an advisory committee of regional businesses to meet their employment and training needs.

For additional information, please contact the TNCC Office of Public Relations at 825-3811.

Release #08-0423

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