TNCC Biology Professor Awarded by VCCS for Teaching Excellence

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s Martin D. Zahn, associate professor of Biology has received the 2008 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.  Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Chancellor Glenn DuBois presented the award during the State Board Annual meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008 in Richmond, Va.

The prestigious award is given annually to one faculty member in the VCCS “who distinctly represents the teaching excellence found at VCCS colleges.” The VCCS accepted only one nomination per campus for the award. As this year’s honoree, Mr. Zahn received a VCCS stole and $5,000.

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Veteran Educator, Administrator Brings Vast Experience to TNCC

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) welcomes Alvin J. Schexnider, Ph.D., as interim president. The College’s current President Dr. Charles Taylor began a nine-month sabbatical on October 1  to assume a leadership role on a student access and student success research project critical to the next Virginia Community College System strategic plan.

Joining TNCC on October 1, Dr. Schexnider brings vast higher education experience to the College. His career as an administrator includes both interim and acting president positions at Norfolk State University as well as chancellorship at Winston-Salem State University. The veteran educator has also held faculty and administrative positions at Southern University, Syracuse University, The Federal Executive Institute, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Virginia Commonwealth University and Wake Forest University.

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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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Community College Chancellor Bicycling 700 Miles to Enhance College Opportunities for Foster Care Youth

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RICHMOND — Glenn DuBois, the chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, is using his summer vacation to bicycle hundreds of miles to raise awareness of the plight of Virginia’s foster children. Dubois’ trip will stretch 700-miles from Winchester, south to Wytheville and then east through Hampton Roads. It’s expected to take two weeks.

DuBois’ ride will take him through seven of Virginia’s Community Colleges, several of which are participating in this coming year’s Great Expectation pilot program. You can follow his progress and learn more about the program and the challenges facing Virginia’s foster youth by visiting the website www.GreatExpectations.vccs.edu. (more…)

More than 450 Students to Attend VCCS Student Leadership Conference

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More than 450 student leaders from community colleges across the Commonwealth of Virginia will assemble on the Peninsula for the Virginia Community College System’s (VCCS) Annual Student Leadership Conference to gain valuable information on how to become effective leaders. The Nov. 2-4 conference at the Newport News Marriot Hotel is co-sponsored by the VCCS and Northrop Grumman Newport News. Thomas Nelson Community College is serving as the host institution for this year’s conference. TNCC President, Dr. Charles A. Taylor will greet and welcome students during the 6:00 p.m. Opening Session on Friday, November 2.

Entitled, Leaders under Construction, the conference will give students an opportunity to meet leaders of major corporations such as Mr. Mike Petters, CEO of Northrop Grumman Newport News. Among featured speakers for the event are Dr. Terry Whisnant, President of Horizon Seminars whose presentation is entitled “How to Get Almost Everything You Want Almost All the Time;” noted author Mr. Jonathan Sprinkles of Sprinklisms presenting “Never, Never Give Up!” and Comedian Bernie McGrenahan presenting his “Happy Hour Tour” which provides insight about when partying in college interferes with achieving one’s educational goals. Others speakers include Mr. Paul Michael Marretti, a strong supporter of the Special Olympics discussing “How to be One’s Best” and Dr. Charles E. Wilson Jr., Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Dean of University College presenting, “Leaders Under Construction.”

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University of Mary Washington and VCCS Sign Agreement

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The University of Mary Washington (UMW) and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) today signed an agreement guaranteeing admission to UMW to students at any of Virginia’s community colleges who have earned a transfer-oriented associate degree and who meet certain other eligibility requirements. The intent of the agreement is to ease the transfer process for students who wish to complete a bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of liberal studies or bachelor of professional studies degree at UMW. “I am so pleased that we have been able to develop this agreement,” said Dr. William J. Frawley, president of the University of Mary Washington. “It shows how UMW and the community colleges can be close partners in addressing regional and state educational needs in a direct and consequential way.”

“Our agreement with the University of Mary Washington is one more example of our commitment to ease transfer for students across the Commonwealth, providing them a gateway to the future through guaranteed admission agreements,” said Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of the Virginia Community College System. “The University of Mary Washington is an important partner in providing this benefit statewide, and we look forward to working with them to boost opportunity for all Virginians and their families.”

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