Two TNCC Graduates Receive High Honors


Published: July 1, 2009

Thomas Nelson Community College named graduating students Matthew Paul Faubion and Sandra Joy Brooks as recipients of 2008-2009 President‘s and Vice President’s Awards, respectively. The College presents the awards during commencement each spring in acknowledgment of students’ exceptional academic performance. Both recipients are graduating summa cum laude with 4.0 grade point averages.

Criteria for the awards include attaining the highest cumulative grade point average (GPA), completing at least 60 semester hours of course work and receiving an Associate’s Degree for the current year, among other criteria.

Faubion enrolled at TNCC in 2007 and has completed the requirements for an Associate of Science in Social Science. He plans to study Sociology/Criminology at Christopher Newport University in the fall and become a police officer, but his goals don’t stop there. Ultimately, he envisions himself as a local government official, possibly a mayor. “TNCC was excellent to prepare me for life at a four-year college. The teachers’ one-on-one interactions with the students really helped to facilitate a better learning environment,” Faubion said.

Faubion juggled his studies with a job as a waiter at Surry House Restaurant, but working didn’t impede his academic success. He maintained grades sufficient for membership in Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society for two-year colleges.

In his spare time, Faubion leads the youth group at Surry United Methodist Church and plays bass guitar. He is also a member of 4-H, an organization that promotes leadership, citizenship and more. Faubion resides in Surry County. His parents are Kent Faubion of Mount Pleasant, S.C. and Jeannie Rowland of Surry County.

Brooks is being recognized for her academic achievements in pursuit of an Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts. The Williamsburg resident enrolled at TNCC in fall 1997 and plans to continue her career as an admissions counselor at the College of William and Mary. In her role at W&M, she encounters roughly 25,000 visitors each year in the institution’s Undergraduate Admissions section and discusses with them enrollment criteria and other vital information about campus life.

Brooks plans to continue her career as a counselor while also seeking other opportunities for self-improvement. “In the future, I may pursue a Bachelor’s Degree and a higher position that involves social interaction. Whether or not I continue on and obtain a higher degree in the future, my degree from TNCC will always mean the most to me,” said Brooks.

“I thank all of those involved with the Williamsburg, Historic Triangle campus. I have encountered fantastic professors who have taught me things that I was often reluctant to learn but now I will never forget,” she added.

The mother of two — 21-year-old Samantha and 16-year-old Alexander — counts among her many interests learning Spanish, traveling abroad, learning to play the harmonica and pursuing volunteer services as she’s proficient in CPR and first aid.

Brooks is the daughter of Nancy Brooks of Willett, N.Y. and the late Gerald Brooks.

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