TNCC Educators Receive Chancellor’s Award for Podcasting Initiative that Enhances Learning

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A team of Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) faculty and staff received a Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Chancellor’s Technology in Education Award at this year’s New Horizons Conference. Former VCCS Chancellor Arnold Oliver and the VCCS New Horizons Conference Committee established the annual awards program in 2000 to acknowledge excellence in the use, adaptation, and development of technology that enhances teaching, learning, and working environments in the system’s 23 colleges across the state.

The TNCC group won top honors in the creation and/or best use of shared learning content category for its recently launched podcasting initiative. TNCC is first in the VCCS to initiate such technology.

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AAWCC at TNCC Promotes Equity and Excellence for Women in Higher Education

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The American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC), Hampton Roads Chapter, Thomas Nelson Community College invites the community to a presentation entitled, Breaking through the Glass Ceiling: Leadership and Negotiation Skills with Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy, President, Eastern Shore Community College. The presentation, scheduled for Wednesday, April 30 will be held at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center, 600 Butler Farm Road from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served at 12:30 p.m. There is no fee to attend this presentation. To reserve a seat, please contact Ms. Sandy Spain at 825-3583.

The local AAWCC also invites members of the community-at-large to join the organization. AAWCC is a national organization that champions women and helps them maximize their potential. For more than 30 years the AAWCC has promoted equity and excellence for women in community, junior and technical colleges.

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TNCC Faculty Member Publishes “Safe at Home: Baseball and Other Forms of Life”

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TNCC Faculty Member Publishes 'Safe at Home: Baseball and Other Forms of Life'

Thomas Nelson Community College English Professor, Dr. Victor Thompson has published a book, “Safe at Home: Baseball and Other Forms of Life in a Small New Jersey Town.” The book is a collection of essays and stories written over many years about his childhood hometown in Northern New Jersey. “I wanted to make sure that my memories of growing up in New Jersey during the Eisenhower times were kept for generations to come,” Thompson said. On Wednesday, April 11 at 1:00 p.m., Thompson is inviting the community to attend a presentation during which he will discuss excerpts from his book. The presentation will take place in the Espada Conference Center in Moore Hall on the College’s Hampton campus.

This book is the result of Thompson’s passion for baseball and his interest in sharing his life experiences growing up in New Jersey as a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers during the Eisenhower times. One of the essays included in the book, “My Father’s Glove” received an award and was published in the Daily Press in 1988.

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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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TNCC Faculty Karl DeBate Qualifies for Boston Marathon

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THE VIRGINIA PENINSULA –Karl DeBate, Department Head of the Physical Education department at Thomas Nelson Community College, has qualified to participate in the 110th Annual Boston Marathon, one of the oldest and most popular professional marathons in the world. The marathon will be held on April 17 in Boston, Massachusetts. About 20,000 professional and amateur runners from all over the world will compete for a chance to win this internationally recognized sporting event.

Being selected to participate in the Boston Marathon, however, was not an easy task. DeBate has been training for several months running 40 to 50 miles a week. In October, he participated in the 30th Annual Marine Corps Marathon held in Washington D.C. where he completed the 26.2 miles in 3 hours and 6 minutes. He finished 190th of 25,000 runners. With these results, he also won a chance to participate in the Boston Marathon. Karl had participated in the Boston Marathon in 2001. His goal was to have another opportunity to be part of this event. On April 17, his goal will be fulfilled.

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