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Five faculty and staff selected to represent the college with the VCCA

Kathy O’Connor Joyce Banks Martha Burns Roger Fuller Christina Jordan



HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Sept. 28, 2007) – Several Tidewater Community College faculty and staff members have been selected by their peers to represent TCC as Virginia Community College Association (VCCA) Showcase recipients.


For the Chesapeake Campus, faculty member Kathy O’Connor and staff member Joyce Banks were recognized for their innovative work and dedication. O’Connor joined TCC in 1988 as associate professor of English and foreign language. Her TCC experience includes coordinating the college-wide summer study abroad program to Costa Rica and coordinating the college’s multi-level ESL program with 10 faculty members at the Virginia Beach Campus. Banks, media resources supervisor at the Chesapeake Campus, joined the college in 1994. She has served as the Classified Assembly chair for two years and coordinates the Salvation Army’s Dress-a Bear and stocking-stuffer programs.


At the Norfolk Campus, Martha Burns, adjunct instructor and former project manager for Workforce Solutions’s military programs, and librarian Roger Fuller share the Showcase honor. Both were recognized for going beyond the scope of their positions to advance the college’s mission. Burns joined TCC in 2004; one of her first accomplishments was to write the technical studies degree curriculum for homeland security and emergency management for the Navy. She also led the “First Amendment Freedoms” political science/history symposium with guest cartoonist John Rose. Fuller serves as reference librarian, and for more than three decades has shared his skills to help students and faculty with their academic pursuits through his work in the college’s Learning Resource Centers. He established audio-visual services and support of the Learning Lab and classrooms at the Chesapeake Campus; set up audio-visual services at the Norfolk Campus; and launched the teaching/learning/technology resource center at the Chesapeake Campus. Fuller also provides audio-visual support for TCC’s theatre program.


Christina Jordan, Virginia Beach Campus duplicating center supervisor, was recognized with a showcase award for her longevity of service, almost 25 years, and dedication to quality work. Managing ever-increasing, technically advanced copy machines, Jordan and her staff output over a million copies a month during peak times. She also serves as coordinator of the Virginia Beach holiday families Thanksgiving and Christmas project, an effort that has provided outreach to needy families for many years.


VCCA Showcase nominees are selected annually by their peers and recognized at the VCCA convention, held this October in Richmond, Va.



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