Gov. McAuliffe to Speak at Thomas Nelson’s May 15 Commencement Ceremony

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffeThomas Nelson Community College will celebrate its 45th commencement ceremony Thursday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at the Hampton Coliseum with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe as keynote speaker.

Gov. McAuliffe is a graduate of Catholic University and Georgetown Law School. He entered politics at age 23 and served as the National Finance Director for Jimmy Carter. He was named Democratic National Committee Chair in 2000 and served through 2005.

As governor, he is focused on growing Virginia’s economy, working in a bipartisan manner, expanding access to health care and increasing educational opportunities for students. He is the first governor to have visited all 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth.

Gov. McAuliffe is also dedicated to ensuring that the Commonwealth is open and welcoming to all. On his first day in office, he signed Executive Order Number 1. The order prohibits discrimination instate government based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Gov. McAuliffe and his wife, Dorothy, have five children – Dori, Jack, Mary, Sally, and Peter.


Thomas Nelson’s Local Board Meets April 23

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T2homas Nelson Community College’s Local Board will meet Wednesday, April 23 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton campus in the College Board Room, Moore Hall.

The Board’s committee meetings will take place at 4 p.m. in Harrison Hall. The Financial and Municipal Liaison Committee will convene in Room 3 and the Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Services Committee in Room 9.

In accordance with Section §.2-3711.A (1) and Section §2.2-3711.A (7), of the Code of Virginia, the Board will convene in closed session to discuss specific personnel and legal matters. The general Board meeting is open to the public in accordance with the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.

For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations and Marketing at (757) 825-2725.

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 Hosts Annual Spring Career Fair

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Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development is offering students and members of the community a chance to spring into new careers at the Spring Career Fair on Thursday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center (PWDC) at 600 Butler Farm Road in Hampton.

Representatives from the region’s top manufacturing, retail, finance and other leading industries will be available to meet prospective employees face-to-face. Many employers will be accepting resumes for part-time, full-time and internship positions.

Career Services will offer free career seminars providing job-seekers with a chance to write winning resumes, sharpen interviewing skills, find federal jobs and start their own business.

During the fair, the Thomas Nelson On Ramp program will hold an information session about opportunities for free training for individuals who have been laid off due to no fault of their own. The On Ramp information session will take place in room 1118 at 11 a.m.

Job seekers may also take advantage of additional resources at the PWDC, including the One Stop Career Resource Center for free seminars and workshops as well as the Virginia Employment Commission for additional assistance in their search for jobs.

Career fair attendees are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes as some employers will conduct on-site interviews.

For more information about the fair call (757) 865-5882 or visit our Job Fair page.

The Career Services Center is a function of Thomas Nelson Workforce Development, connecting students, graduates and the workforce with employers and careers through skill assessment, career counseling, program information, and job referral services.



Blood Drive

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The Thomas Nelson Red Cross Club will host the final Blood Drive of the year on April 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The event will be held in a new location,  Library Gallery, Wythe Hall at the Hampton campus. Red Cross Club President Alissa Moreno says “This time of the semester can be stressful, but setting one hour of your time aside to give blood will make you feel good  — one donation can save three lives!”

Thomas Nelson Performing Arts to Hold Auditions for ‘Pirates of Penzance’

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Community members with a passion for the stage can show off their acting ability at Thomas Nelson
Community College during open auditions for Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance.”  Stage hopefuls
can audition Monday, April 14 or Tuesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. on the Hampton campus in the Dr. Mary T. Christian
Auditorium (MTCA) in Templin Hall.

Thomas Nelson’s Performing Arts Department will present the comedic operetta July 11- 20 at MTCA
with performances Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Performers interested in a chorus part are asked to bring 16 bars of music to sing. American
musical theater selections are acceptable. Those seeking a principal role are asked to bring a second 16-bar
selection in a contrasting style to demonstrate range along with a prepared one-minute monologue. An
accompanist will be provided for musical selections. Performers need also dress for movement as light
choreography will be involved.

For more information about the auditions, contact Michael Sundblad, Head of Performing Arts, at or (757) 825-3659.



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