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From excellence in science teaching to furthering TCC in the information age


NORFOLK, Va. – (May 2, 2005) – Tidewater Community College has recognized Anne M. Pinkerton with the Professor of the Year Award and Jacque Dessino with the Special Achievement Award during its annual Awards and Recognition Program.

The Professor of the Year Award - a peer award established by the TCC Faculty Senate - recognizes excellence in teaching. Pinkerton joined TCC in 1996 as an adjunct professor, becoming a full-time professor in 1997. Today, she chairs the sciences and health departments at Norfolk Campus and teaches anatomy and physiology and medical terminology. About her devotion to teaching, Pinkerton notes, “Fortunately, scientists are by nature inquisitive … I try to impart this spirit of curiosity to my students. Learning should be fun.” Among her projects at TCC, she launched internships at Nauticus and the zoo.

The Special Achievement Award, also a peer award given by the TCC Faculty Senate, recognizes accomplishments that go above and beyond the call of duty. Dessino, praised as “truly a citizen of the College, belonging to no individual campus, but having responsibilities to all campuses,” is TCC’s electronic services librarian. She serves as project chair for Virginia Community College System’s LRC Live that gives access from off site to a live librarian. Credited with advancing the college further into the information age, she also heads up other statewide and TCC electronic projects and serves on several campus-wide committees and task forces.

Pinkerton is a resident of Norfolk; Dessino lives in Portsmouth.



Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 35,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit