Teacher has history with TNCC: George Tyler has been at Thomas Nelson Community College since its doors first opened

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The Daily Press
By Jennifer L. Williams

Youthfulness is what led George Tyler to a career teaching math and it’s a quality he exudes to this day. One of two instructors at Thomas Nelson Community College the entire 40 years it’s been open, Tyler swears he weighs just three pounds more than he did in the tenth grade.

You can bet it’s true. His piercing blue eyes and trim white beard belie his approach to 70 next month. Forty years worth of old textbooks, including a college calculus one his father used in the 1920s, fill an office that tells his story.

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TNCC Faculty Member Honored by Region’s Cultural Arts Community

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Thomas Nelson Community College faculty member Shar Wolff has received the Bettie Minette Cooper Arts Educator Award.  The photography department head was acknowledged on Nov. 9 among honorees at the 2008 Alli Awards at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

Presented annually by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads, the Alli Awards celebrate contributions in the past year to the local arts community by individuals, businesses and the media.

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TNCC Faculty Member Shar Wolff Named Chair of Hampton Arts Commission

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Photography Department head and chair of TNCC Cultural Affairs, Shar Wolff has been named chairperson of the Hampton Arts Commission. She will hold the post for four years having previously served two years as a commissioner for the organization.

The Hampton Arts Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the Hampton City Council in the promotion of artistic and cultural programs in the city. The commission also works with the local government to affect means for City support of cultural organizations and programs. As chair of the Hampton Arts Commission, Wolff will conduct business meetings and liaise between regional cultural arts organizations and the Commission, among other responsibilities.

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Spotlight: Christy Hawkins Receives VCCS Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship

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Christy Hawkins, Assistant Professor of Health at Thomas Nelson Community College, was awarded the VCCS Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship to pursue her doctorate of philosophy degree in education at Old Dominion University. The fellowship provides up to a one-year leave of absence, with shared financial support, for doctoral study at accredited institutions of higher education. While on leave, Hawkins will complete her final course requirements, comprehensive exams, and defend her dissertation proposal. Hawkins plans to evaluate predictors for success in online learning in her doctoral research. She will return to teaching after spring break for the second eight-week session of the spring semester.

The VCCS Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship is awarded annually to no more than three outstanding faculty members in the VCCS. According to the website, “The purpose of the Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship is to ensure that capable people within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) have opportunities to prepare themselves for top-level management and instructional positions within the VCCS.” According to VCCS Director of Professional Development, Nan Ottenritter, Ms. Hawkins is the first faculty member at Thomas Nelson Community College to be selected as a Chancellor’s Fellow.

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TNCC Faculty Daniel Canfield Receives Full Fellowship to Attend Advanced Technology Conference

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Daniel Canfield, recently retired head of the Electronics Department at Thomas Nelson Community College, has received a Full Fellowship from the Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center (MATEC). Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the fellowship will enable Canfield to attend the SAME-TEC Advanced Technological Education Conference in Austin, Texas July 28-31, 2008.

The SAME-TEC conference gives education and industry partners from across the nation the opportunity to network and collaborate to promote the viability of high tech industries through the development of a highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce. Conference participants get an up-close look at the ever-advancing tools, training demands, and recent developments in emerging and converging technology fields.

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TNCC Faculty Selected to Participate in National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars

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Virginia Peninsula – Thomas Nelson Community College faculty members Dr. Victor Thompson, Professor of English and Dr. Ronald Goldberg, Professor of History have been selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers. Thompson’s seminar, which will be held in July in Concord, Massachusetts will focus on the writers of the Transcendental movement before the Civil War. Goldberg’s seminar to be held in June in Dearborn, Michigan will study the role of Henry Ford and the rise of the auto industry.

Thompson, who has been teaching American Literature at Thomas Nelson Community College for more than 30 years will incorporate the American counter culture into his syllabus as he studies writers such as Margaret Fuller or the Peabody Sisters and their impact on social action throughout the world. Thompson also plans to develop a six-credit course – three in English and three in Humanities – to be offered to students in the Honors Program. Goldberg will also add to his Survey of American History syllabus the impact industrialist Henry Ford had with the invention of the assembly line for automobile manufacturing.

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