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Call to Action
Students encouraged to use all of TCC's resources to complete their degrees

Sept. 6, 2013 — It takes a village to succeed. And everyone at TCC is part of your village.

That’s the message students on the Portsmouth Campus heard during Call to Action, a rally that attracted hundreds to the Quad.

The event was part of a nationwide challenge supported by Phi Theta Kappa that promotes college completion. The initiative is seeking to increase the number of community college certificates and associate degrees by five million in the next 10 years.


Students were encouraged to sign up for clubs during the Call to Action rally.
Students were encouraged to sign up for clubs during the Call to Action rally.
"We rock in Portsmouth," said Provost Michelle Woodhouse.

"We rock in Portsmouth," said Provost Michelle Woodhouse.


“The synergy, the passion, the enthusiasm we’ve created on this campus is just awesome,” said Provost Michelle Woodhouse. “Here in Portsmouth, we are coming together. It takes a village. You can’t make it any other way.”

Speaker Adolph Brown – a Portsmouth native from a single-family welfare home who earned a doctorate and a master’s in addition to a bachelor’s from the College of William and Mary, reminded students that poverty is not a disability.


“When I started reading, I realized poverty is only temporary,” he said. “Education is what did it for me. It’s hard. You’ve got to do things other people aren’t willing to do.

“Dance through the storms,” he stressed. Anybody can be happy when everything is going good. Who are you when it’s raining?”

Brown encouraged students to “show up, step up and stay up.”

“Every day should be a day of learning,” he said.

Speaker Adolph Brown encourages students to "show up, step up and stay up."

Advisor Cressida Leonard talked to the students about the First Year Success program, designed to improve learning for new students via orientation, student development courses, family and friends information sessions and academic alerts.

Students finished the afternoon by lining up to sign a pledge promising to complete their degrees.


Cressida Leonard inspired students in song.

Cressida Leonard inspired students in song.

From left, Raphael Turner, Chris Rupsch, Katina Barnes, Ann Ambrose, Woodhouse, Jenefer Snyder, Phyllis Eaton and Dana Singleton all make up the village at the Portsmouth Campus.

From left, Raphael Turner, Chris Rupsch, Katina Barnes, Ann Ambrose, Woodhouse, Jenefer Snyder, Phyllis Eaton and Dana Singleton all make up the village at the Portsmouth Campus.