New TNCC Program for Male Students Launches Lecture Series


Published: February 24, 2009

Guest Speakers from Across the Region Featured

A new initiative called M.A.N. Up (Motivated to Achieve your Needs) that aims to help male students at Thomas Nelson Community College succeed launches a series of spring semester workshops beginning this month. Featuring presenters and speakers from across Hampton Roads, the series of 10 workshops begins Thursday, Feb. 26.

Rev. Kevin Swann, pastor of Newport News-based Ivy Baptist Church brings his presentation — “Why YOU need to MAN Up” — to the College’s Hampton campus that day from 12 to 1:15 p.m. in Hasting Hall, room 324. Swann will focus on the M.A.N. Up program’s purpose.

The workshops are scheduled through Tuesday, April 14 and will include presentations by experts in counseling, life coaching, finance and education, among other fields. Thomas Nelson Professor Heath Scott and Franz Albertini, the College’s Cooperative Education coordinator, are among featured speakers.

Other speakers include Randy Williams, an assistant dean from the College of William and Mary; Life Coach Veronica McMillan of Let’s Talk Inc.; Charles Sparkman, a Mary Immaculate Hospital chaplain; Brent Griffin of Genesis Counseling Center; Karen Orie of HR Educators’ Credit Union; Kevin Joyce, a Randolph Macon College counselor and Advocacy Counselor Claude Burton of Newport News Redevelopment & Housing Authority.

Created by faculty member Frances Graham, Ph.D., and counselor Chad Smith, both of Student Development, M.A.N. Up is a two-phase program designed to (1) create a mentoring group for men at TNCC to address academic, family, financial and employment responsibilities that create barriers to retention; and (2) create professional development opportunities in the spring 2009 for faculty and staff working with the male population to enhance student retention.

M.A.N. Up is supported by funds from the College’s Educational Foundation Faculty/Staff Mini Grant program.

For lecture dates, times and other details, please contact Smith at 757-825-2887.

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