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The May 17 event to be moderated by TCC President Deborah DiCroce


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (April 30, 2007) – In commemoration of Jamestown’s 400th anniversary, Tidewater Community College joins with the Virginia Arts Festival and the Virginia Opera in an exploration of American Indian Princess Pocahontas.


A panel of diverse experts will address Pocahontas: The Woman on Thursday, May 17, at 7 p.m. in TCC’s Roper Performing Arts Center, 340 Granby St., Norfolk. The event is free and open to the public.


In preparation for the May 19 world premiere of the chamber opera, Pocahontas, also at the Roper, the panel will open new lines of discussion on the role of Pocahontas in the founding years of colonial America. Panel expertise ranges from researching and writing the music for this historically accurate world premiere opera to considering the Indian princess as a “cultural broker” between native-Virginian Powhatans and English colonists.



  • Linda Tutas Haugen, composer of Pocahontas (world premiere opera)
  • Robert W. Cross, executive director of the Virginia Arts Festival and a trained musician who plays with the Virginia Symphony
  • Mary Hanlin, a media services librarian for TCC
  • David Kiracofe, an associate professor at TCC specializing in United States history, with a book on Thomas Jefferson about to be released
  • Mary Pat Liggio, coordinator of TCC’s Women’s Center and former American history instructor
  • Doug Thiele, English instructor at TCC and a published poet and lyricist who writes about his native heritage



Deborah M. DiCroce assumed the presidency of TCC in May, 1998. She previously served for nine years as president of Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville.  Dr. DiCroce began her career as a faculty member in English at TCC in 1976. She has 30 years of experience in higher education spanning both teaching and administrative roles. She holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Virginia, The College of William and Mary, and Old Dominion University.


TCC sponsored the opera, Pocahontas - co-commissioned with Virginia Opera and the Virginia Symphony. For more information on the panel event, call TCC’s Information Center at 822-1122; for opera tickets, $10, call the Virginia Arts Festival at 671-8100.




Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls over 38,000 students annually, the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 35th largest community college in the nation, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. 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-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit