Former TNCC Dual Enrollment Student Auditions for New Trivia Show Featuring Gifted Kids

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Former TNCC dual enrollment student Grace Duval is in the running to be a contestant in Mark Burnett’s new trivia show that features gifted children who are experts in a specific subject. Mark Burnett Productions, the company responsible for television shows such as “Survivor” and “The Apprentice,” is casting the new program.

As part of the audition process, Grace has completed several telephone interviews that included trivia questions covering English literature and Humanities. The upcoming audition will include a video interview. Filming for the show will start in December and the program is slated to premier early next year.

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NASA Langley – TNCC Co-op Students Involved in Newest U.S. Space Craft

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Nearly 20 Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) students are officially part of United States aerospace history. A product of their work at NASA Langley Research Center soared into the stratosphere on October 28 when NASA’s newest craft – its Constellation Program’s Ares I-X test rocket – roared off Launch Complex 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

With more than 12 times the thrust produced by a Boeing 747 jet aircraft, the Ares I-X lifted off for a six-minute flight test. The launch was the first from Kennedy’s pads of a vehicle other than the space shuttle since the Apollo Program’s Saturn rockets were retired, according to NASA officials. This project is among several initiatives that are part of NASA’s new vision for space exploration to replace U.S. space shuttles that have been in flight since the 1980s.

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TNCC Student Government Association Presents STARS Holiday Gifts

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Student Government Association (SGA) wants to support TNCC families in need during the holiday season.  The organization launched its STARS Holiday Gifts effort this month decorating holiday trees with stars  bearing the names of students’ children.

The trees — located at the Hampton and Historic Triangle campuses — have afforded the entire college community an opportunity to select individual stars and purchase gifts for children up to age 16.

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TNCC’s New Engineering Club Enhances Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Curriculum

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HAMPTON, Va. – Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) students have the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom thanks to a new Engineering Club founded by Jason Colley, a student at TNCC. The organization invites students in Engineering, Mathematics and other Technology-related areas of study to share ideas, collaborate on various projects, and learn the newest technology and more.

Ji Hyon Mun, Associate Professor and Engineering Department Head, serves as the faculty advisor for the club. “They wanted to form a club so that they can do engineering applications outside [of] the classroom because you can know in the classroom they are pretty much confined to what I tell them and what I expect them to do; but out of the classroom they can apply whatever they’re learning from their other classes and have fun with it,” she said.

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TNCC Students Explore Shenandoah National Park During Virginia’s Geological Field Conference

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HAMPTON, Va. — Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) Geology students supplemented their in-class lessons with a hands-on look at geology during the Virginia Geological Field Conference October 2 – 3 at Shenandoah National Park. The conference is held in a different region of Virginia each year and gives students a first-hand look at the geology the Commonwealth has to offer. TNCC students first attended the conference in 2007 when it was held in Williamsburg. Last year, the conference was held in Marion, Va.

Geology Instructor and Department Head Peter Berquist accompanies the students each year and says it’s an invaluable experience. “Students who have participated in these trips in the past always refer back to these field trips throughout the semester, recalling when they saw a certain rock or fossil or discussing an important geologic process or event. These experiences clearly stick with the students and provide them with their own frame of reference to which they can incorporate course content,” Berquist said.

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TNCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Holds Fall Induction

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HAMPTON, Va. – Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Phi Sigma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society will host its fall 2009 induction on Thursday, November 5th. Free and open to the public, the ceremony takes place at 7 p.m. in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium, Templin Hall, located on the Hampton campus.

Virginia Keithley, director of the TRiO Program at TNCC, is the keynote speaker. Mrs. Keithley has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Christopher Newport University, and a Master’s degree in Student Personnel Services as well as an Educational Specialist degree in Counseling from the College of William and Mary. She joined TNCC in November 2005.

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