TNCC Names President and Vice-President Award Winners for 2006-07 Graduating Class

Published: May 15, 2007

Thomas Nelson Community College has named the following graduating students as the recipients of the President and Vice-President Awards for the 2006-2007 graduating class: Cynthia Ann Catlett and Kristine ‘Kit’ Brady Rodriguez.

Cynthia Ann Catlett is the recipient of the President’s Award for this year’s graduating class. Catlett is being recognized for her academic achievements during the pursuit of an Associate of Applied Science degree in Information Technology/Microcomputer Applications. She is graduating Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 grade point average (GPA). Catlett is employed as a Fiscal Technician with the Department of Juvenile Justice. She plans to continue her education to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Her ultimate goal is to secure a management position with a local government agency.

Catlett has been a student at Thomas Nelson since fall 2000. “When I started at Thomas Nelson, my goal was only to complete my degree. However, it has been great to be able to maintain a 4.0 while working full-time and caring for a family,” said Catlett. “I am very appreciative for all the professors who are willing to work and support students who have families and who work full-time.”

While a student at Thomas Nelson, Catlett was a resident of Williamsburg. She was able to take many of her classes at the College’s Historic Triangle campus. She has recently re-located to Alexandria, Virginia. Catlett is married to John Catlett and has a daughter Jennifer who is a senior at Christopher Newport University.

Kristine ‘Kit’ Brady Rodriguez is the recipient of the Vice-President’s Award for this year’s graduating class. Rodriguez is being recognized for her academic achievements during the pursuit of an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts. She is graduating Summa Cum Laude, with a 4.0 grade point average (GPA). In the fall, she will transfer to the College of William & Mary to pursue a bachelor’s degree in English. Her ultimate goal is to become a faculty member in a community college.

Rodriguez has been a member of Phi Theta Kappa since December 2005 and has served this organization as treasurer and as co-chair of the Honors Committee. She has also been a participant in the Regional Honors Institute. Rodriguez has been actively involved with the Nelsonite, the College’s student newspaper, as the features editor and staff writer. In a recent student writing competition, she received a second place award in the Essay Writing category and two honorable mentions in poetry. Rodriguez was also named to the 2007 All-Virginia Academic Team. Selection is based on the nominations submitted by two-year colleges for the All-USA Academic Team, an international competition co-sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, USA TODAY and the American Association of Community Colleges.

“Thomas Nelson has been one of the best experiences in my life,” says Rodriguez. “At Thomas Nelson Community College, I found great instructors who helped me realize my potential. I studied hard and tried to participate in some of the many extra-curricular opportunities available at the College.” Rodriguez is a literacy tutor for high school and middle school students. A Hampton resident, Rodriguez is married to husband Luis and they have two grown twin children and a granddaughter, Sofia.

The President and Vice-President awards are presented at the College’s commencement ceremonies each spring. Criteria for these awards include, attaining the highest cumulative GPA, completing at least 60 semester hours of course work, receiving an associate’s degree for the current year, and taking an active role in college activities.

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