TNCC Names President and Vice-President Award Winners for 2007-08 Graduating Class


Published: May 13, 2008

Thomas Nelson Community College has named the following graduating students as the recipients of the President and Vice-President Awards for the 2007-2008 graduating class: Valerie Murray Link and Amanda Leigh Collier.

Valerie Murray Link is the recipient of the President’s Award for this year’s graduating class. Link is being recognized for her academic achievements during the pursuit of an Associate of Science degree in Business. She is graduating Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 grade point average (GPA). She is currently employed by Swiss Log as a Quality Manager. This fall, she will continue her education at Old Dominion University where she will pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/ Information Systems Technology.

Link, who has been a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the College’s International Honor Society deems her experience at TNCC positive. “The College’s flexible class schedule enabled me to complete my associate’s degree while working full-time,” she says. “I had dedicated instructors who helped me get the most out of each class. TNCC is a great college that allows students right out of high school or adults who want to get a degree to pursue their higher education goals.” 

Link resides in Newport News with husband, Russell and their two children, Michael and Tara.

Amanda Leigh Collier is the recipient of the Vice-President’s Award for this year’s graduating class. Collier is being recognized for her academic achievements during the pursuit of an Associate of Science in Social Science. She is graduating Summa Cum Laude, with a 4.0 grade point average (GPA). In the fall, she will transfer to Old Dominion University to pursue a Bachelor of Science in History. Her ultimate educational goal is to get a Master’s degree in History.

Collier, who has also been a member of Phi Theta Kappa says that she has had a pleasant time attending TNCC and that she has acquired valuable knowledge.

Collier resides in Newport News. Her parents are David and Colleen Collier also of Newport News.
The President’s and Vice-President’s 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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