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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Wythe Woman’s Club of Hampton Supports TNCC Students with Millie Brown Scholarship

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The Wythe Woman’s Club of Hampton is sponsoring the Millie Brown Scholarship to provide financial support to a full-time or part-time student at Thomas Nelson Community College. Students applying for the scholarship must demonstrate financial need, be enrolled in a degree program or be a candidate for an A.A., A.S. or A.A.S. degree and be able to maintain a G.P.A. of 3.0 in the first semester to receive the award for the second semester.

The $1,000 scholarship is divided into two installments available to the student in the fall and spring semesters. The scholarship pays for tuition, books, fees and any additional supplies that may be required by an instructor. In addition to the eligibility requirements, students interested in applying for the Millie Brown Scholarship must complete a scholarship application form available at the College’s scholarship office and write a letter to the TNCC Educational Foundation Scholarship Committee outlining how the scholarship will assist the applicant in fulfilling their personal, educational, and career goals. The Scholarship Committee will review the applications and name the recipient.

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Historic Triangle Campus Gains Life-Saving Equipment

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Historic Triangle Campus Gains Life-Saving EquipmentStudents, faculty, staff and visitors at Thomas Nelson Community College’s Historic Triangle Campus will now have a better chance of surviving a cardiac arrest as a result of a newly installed Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The AED was provided through the Historic Triangle Public Access to Defibrillation initiative, funded by the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation.

An AED is a life-saving device that shocks a heart in sudden cardiac arrest, often restoring its regular rhythm. According to statistics shown in the Historic Triangle Public Access to Defibrillator Program information packet, survival rates are drastically increased when an AED is used within three to five minutes of a sudden cardiac arrest event. These statistics also indicate that sudden cardiac arrest is typically caused by ventricular fibrillation and is responsible for about 340,000 adult deaths annually in the United States and more than 300 in the greater Williamsburg region. About 95 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital.

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