Michael Reynolds discusses TNCC’s engineering programs on The Hampton Roads Show.

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Michael Reynolds, Associate Professor of Engineering Technologies talks about TNCC’s engineering programs, partnerships and Articulation Agreements on The Hampton Roads Show.

NASA Langley Official is Keynote Speaker for TNCC’s 43rd Commencement

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will celebrate its 43rd commencement ceremony Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Hampton University Convocation Center. Stephen Jurczyk, Deputy Center Director NASA Langley Research Center, will deliver the keynote address.

Jurczyk has spent most of his 25-year career in aerospace with NASA in various systems engineering, management and senior leadership positions at NASA Headquarters I Washington, D.C., Hampton, Virginia-based Langley Research Center and Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He contributed to the development of several space-based remote sensing systems supporting Earth Science research including the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite, Landsat 7, and the Clouds and Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Observations mission.

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Virginia Space Grant Consortium Announces Scholarship Opportunity for Students Attending Virginia’s Community Colleges

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Kathryn Anderson, Financial Aid Director for Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC), has announced that the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is accepting applications for its 2012-2013 Community College STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Scholarship Program. Applications are due March 16, 2012.

Aiming to increase the number of talented community college students pursuing STEM related careers, the VSGC is especially seeking applications from underrepresented minorities, females, and persons with disabilities.

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TNCC Dean Honored at National Conference for Technology Education Professionals

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Dean of Science, Engineering and Allied Health Patricia Taylor received an Innovative Program Award during the High Impact Technology Exchange (HI-TEC) Conference held July 27-28 in San Francisco. She received the award along with Stewart Harris Jr., NASA Langley Research Center’s Deputy Director for Technical Services, Engineering Directorate. The pair also conducted a presentation about TNCC’s and NASA’s partnership during the two-day conference.

The award recognizes teams of advanced technology education professionals who have designed and implemented significant innovations that have led to a positive impact on student enrollment, retention and/or advanced technology education, according to HI-TEC. “It is a privilege to represent the team of TNCC faculty and NASA technicians and engineers who mentor students throughout their college experience and prepare them for the SpaceTEC certification exam and careers at NASA Langley,” said Taylor.

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TNCC Student Participates in NASA Scholars Program at Johnson Space Center

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) Mechanical Engineering student Trevor Jackson enhanced his classroom studies with hands-on experience during NASA’s National Community College Aerospace Scholars program October 20-22 at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Jackson was among 90 students chosen from community colleges in 23 states to participate in the pilot program. The students were chosen based on their performance in a NASA web-based summer program that explored topics in engineering and technology.

“I’ve always had an interest in performance mechanical engineering, mostly automotive, but really an interest in anything mechanical that is top of the line. … Because of the size and prestige of NASA, engineers are given a huge amount of resources,” Jackson said.

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TNCC Faculty Colloquium to Feature Retired NASA Researcher

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Department of Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences presents a faculty colloquium Tuesday, October 5 featuring retired NASA Researcher Ed Prior. Entitled “Scientific Investigation of the Shroud of Turin,” the one-hour presentation will begin at 2 p.m. in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium in Templin Hall on the Hampton campus and is free and open to the public.

The Shroud of Turin is an ancient linen cloth believed to reflect the image of the crucified Jesus Christ. Many who have studied and seen the shroud say the image is a miracle. Others insist it is a medieval painting fraud. NASA personnel made several personal contributions to studies of the cloth in 1978 and to its carbon dating in 1988. Prior was among millions of people who saw the famous cloth on display in Turin earlier this year.

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