Special Announcement: Why Wait in Line at the Bookstore?

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Students who have anticipated aid in excess of paying their tuition and fees have three ways to purchase their books and supplies up to $650.00, for the upcoming fall semester:

Option 1: Beginning Wednesday, August 10, 2011, students may order books and supplies online through the TNCC bookstore.  Go to www.efollett.com; pick Virginia then Thomas Nelson Community College. Choose the campus on which the class is being held.  The Hampton Bookstore carries textbookss for all campuses (Hampton, Historic Triangle and Distance).  The Historic Triangle (HT) Bookstore in Williamsburg only stocks the textbookss for the HT campus.  A student ID number is required to place the order.

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New Kathy Lynn Camper Scholarship

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The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education is accepting applications for its Kathy Camper Legacy Scholarship. The scholarship will award $3,500 each to two students from throughout Virginia’s 23 community colleges. The deadline to apply is July 1.

The scholarship supports students seeking degrees in Information Technology or Childhood Education and honors the late Kathleen “Kathy” Lynn Camper, a long-time information technology staff member with the VCCS.

TRiO Program at TNCC Launches New Initiatives for Student Success and Retention

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) TRiO program aims to increase student success and retention with two new initiatives, Smart Start to TNCC and Academic Boot Camp. Smart Start targets 2010 high school graduates and Academic Boot Camp is designed for students ages 25 and older. All applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for TRiO, a federally-funded program open to students in a transfer curriculum who are first-generation college students and meet low-income requirements.

Additionally, upon taking TNCC’s placement test, students must place into English College Composition I (ENG 111) and Pre-algebra (MATH 03) to qualify. The courses are part of the fall class schedule pre-selected by students when they enroll at TNCC.

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TNCC Promotes Mental Health Awareness During Free Seminar

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Disabled Student Services team aims to increase mental illness awareness with two free seminars. Set for Monday, April 12 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, April 13 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., the sessions will be held in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall, Hampton campus.

Alison K. Malmon, founder and executive director of Active Minds, Inc., will share personal stories and encourage open dialogue to combat the stigma associated with mental illness on college campuses. Malmon started her first mental illness awareness organization, Open Minds, in 2001 as a junior at the University of Pennsylvania after the suicide of her 22-year-old brother. The death of her only sibling prompted Malmon to create an organization that would push for early detection and treatment of mental illness, thus, preventing others from suffering in silence as her brother did.

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TNCC Raises Awareness About Disabilities, Depression with Play and Panel Discussion

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TNCC and Had to Be Productions, a theatrical group based in California, will present “Into the Fire” at the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium (MTCA), Templin Hall, on the Hampton campus. Performances will take place Tuesday, February 23 at 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the play explores the stories of disabled veterans who work to adapt to life at home after experiencing combat-related trauma in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam.

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A Helping Hand from Someone who Almost Lost it All: TNCC Adjunct Faculty Helped Victims of Hurricane Katrina

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THE VIRGINIA PENINSULA – In September, as Thomas Nelson Community College adjunct faculty Doris Bryant watched the news about the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast Area, she felt the urge to actively help those who had lost all their belongings and in many cases their family members to this natural disaster.

Bryant became a volunteer for the Red Cross and after attending an orientation and training session, was sent to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to be part of the relief efforts. From October 6 through October 20, she was part of a team of volunteers driving trucks and delivering hot meals to shelters in Baton Rouge. She lived in the River View shelter along with hundreds of victims of Hurricane Katrina. Her living conditions were the same as all other refugees. She slept on a cot and shared the shelter’s facilities with hundreds of victims. Her day usually started at 4:30 a.m. in a line in front of the restrooms. At 6:30 a.m., she was ready to start her official 12-hour day shift loading and unloading hot meals around the town. At 6:30 p.m., exhausted, Doris ended her day. The people she had met during the day would give her the motivation to continue her volunteer work the following day. In her rounds, Bryant met many people whose positive attitude in spite of their grim reality taught her a valuable lesson in life. “I was amazed at the positive attitude of people,” Bryant said. “They were determined to make it through the rough times and recover from the devastation they were suffering after Katrina. Many of the people had lost absolutely everything.”

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