TNCC President and Diversity Institute Among 2010 Unity Award Honorees

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The Hampton Citizens’ Unity Commission has announced that TNCC President Alvin J. Schexnider and the College’s Institute for Diversity & Inclusion have been named among recipients of the 2010 Unity Awards. The Annual Unity Awards Ceremony recognizes individuals, initiatives, organizations, schools, and businesses that have had a positive impact on racial and cultural diversity for Hampton.

Selected from a record number of nominations which were solicited from the community, the honorees will be recognized at the 2010 Unity Awards Dinner Ceremony on Thursday, May 13 at the Charles Taylor Arts Center in Hampton. Others selected to receive the 2010 Unity Award include Gaylene Kanoyton, Pastor Richard W. Wills Jr. and the Another View program from WHRO TV15.

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TNCC Graduate Donates Original Painting to Celebrate the College’s Diversity

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Having graduated from Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) on May 15, Najoua Benothmane leaves a piece of herself with the College. The Liberal Arts student is donating one of her original paintings, a depiction of a courtyard on the Hampton campus, to be displayed in the College’s library. A tribute to the diversity at TNCC, the acrylic and oil work was created as part of a class assignment in 2005. “I decided to donate this painting to TNCC to show my gratitude for the College and its wonderful faculty and staff [who were] always there when needed,” Benothmane said.

Benothmane is a native of Tunisia and moved to the United States from France in 1991. Her various cultural experiences contributed to her appreciation of TNCC’s diverse student body, faculty and staff. She created the work in a courtyard behind Moore Hall on the Hampton campus and transferred the serene feeling of the area to the canvas with a portrait of a bench surrounded by trees filled with vibrant-colored leaves. “The trees symbolize the many departments on the campus and the leaves [are] the students. The different colors of leaves represent diversity and harmony on campus,” she said.

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Diverse group trains, retrains at Thomas Nelson Community College

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A college graduate and a former construction worker going through the same program gives an idea of the diversity in job retraining seen these days.

Aspiring workers are flooding Thomas Nelson Community College’s Workforce Development programs, and they include the laid-off, degree-holding, degree-less and career switchers.

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