TNCC Student, Soldier Brings War in Iraq to Campus through Photographic Presentation

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THE VIRGINIA PENINSULA – Ferdinand Thomas, a Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) science education major and U.S. Army Soldier brings the war in Iraq to the Hampton campus by way of a presentation entitled “A Journalist’s Perspective of Iraq” Wednesday, March 15 at 2:30 p.m. in Diggs Hall, Room 100.

The one-hour presentation is sponsored by the TNCC Photography Club. Thomas will discuss his combat zone experiences and show a photo album of photos he captured on camera while serving in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a junior soldier assigned to the 214th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment in Richmond, Va.

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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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