Two from TNCC Honored as VCCA Showcase Award Recipients

Published: October 12, 2010

Two Thomas Nelson Community College faculty/staff members have been named Virginia Community Colleges Association (VCCA) Showcase Award recipients for 2009-2010. History Professor Eirlys Barker and Marcia Scrivener, an administrative assistant for TNCC’s Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences Division, were acknowledged on Friday, October 1 during a VCCA convention at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel and Waterfront Conference Center.

They were among Showcase Award honorees from 23 community colleges in Virginia. Barker received a VCCA Faculty Showcase Award and Scrivener, a Staff Showcase Award.

Barker received the same award in 2002. “It’s a peer review award, and it’s always good to know that your peers respect you. There’s also a sense of responsibility to my fellow faculty members,” said Barker.

Of the award, Scrivener said, “I think it’s a very nice honor. I never expected anything like this. It was a complete, complete surprise. I’m just very thrilled about it and I thank everyone for nominating me.”

Scrivener joined TNCC in 2006 having previously been with the University of Virginia Library’s Cataloging Department. She has a secretarial diploma from The College of Hampton Roads and has worked in the clerical field for numerous years with employers such as a local architectural firm, the City of Newport News and Albemarle County public schools.

Barker began her career at TNCC as an adjunct instructor in 1985 and joined the faculty in 1988. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from University College of Wales, Cardiff, a Master’s degree in American History from University of the South Florida and a doctoral degree in History from the College of William and Mary. She has served in numerous capacities during her tenure, including division chair, Faculty Senate President, and advisor for the Phi Sigma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Last year, Barker was named coordinator of the TNCC Honors Studies Program. Barker said one of her most significant contributions to the College was her work on the Vietnam Project, a 2002 grant that trained faculty and staff in the country’s history before nearly a month-long stay in Vietnam.

Barker’s efforts to educate others extend beyond the College. She served as a volunteer with Hampton History Museum, and is currently a member of the Gloucester-Mathews branch of Preservation Virginia. She is also a founding member of the North American Association for the Study of Welsh Culture and History.

Before teaching at TNCC, Barker taught history at the high school level in Wales and English as a foreign language in Germany. She also worked as a financial aid coordinator and adjunct professor in Florida.

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