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Event News Notes

THE PROGRAM: Preceded by a montage of TCC images played on huge screens at either side of the stage, the dedication featured music by the U.S. Fleet Forces Ceremonial Band, which opened the ceremony with the national anthem. Emceed by Portsmouth Campus Provost Terry Jones, a range of speakers embodied the partnerships and abiding mission of TCC and its newest campus. [News Release]

To see a photo montage of the dedication event, please click here.

Along with President DiCroce and Gov. McDonnell, the speakers were, in order of appearance: Alexis Towe, First College Program alumna and TCC student; Emily L. Wilson, assistant professor of biology; Diane P. Griffin, president of the Portsmouth Partnership; Richard S. Bray, president and chief executive officer of The Beazley Foundation Inc.; James E. Bridgeford, chair of the Portsmouth City School Board; Kenneth Chandler, city manager, Portsmouth; and Lee B. Armistead, chair of the Tidewater Community College Board.

Deborah M. DiCroce
Gov. Bob McDonnell
Terry Jones
Alexis Towe
Emily L. Wilson
Diane P. Griffin
Richard S. Bray
James Bridgeford
Kenneth Chandler
Lee B. Armistead


ALMA MATER: Delving into archival materials brought forth an interesting, extra surprise that timed fortuitously with the dedication. President DiCroce discovered an Alma Mater for the college, written in 1972 by Danny Edwards – and, by all accounts, never sung before!

What perfect timing, to share the college’s song at this dedication of the reinvented, original TCC campus – the Portsmouth Campus. It was sung by the Doorway Singers, with the crowd invited to sing along with the words printed on the back of the program.

Alma Mater

By Atlantic’s crystal waters, ‘neath the blue Virginia sky,
Stands our noble Alma Mater, where our heart shall e’er abide.
May she always grow and prosper, long may she prevail.
TCC forever onward, Alma Mater hail, all hail.

MURAL: Building A features a floor-to-ceiling mural created by local public artist and muralist John Hickey. The larger-than-life mural pulls color and history into the modern soaring space.


The 38 x 35-foot mural captures a “TCC-over-time” theme. It depicts the original campus as it looked back in 1968 when it was founded – the arch overhead was what the original entrance looked like. The man with the fedora pictured at left is Fred Beazley (as he looked back in 1968), whose Beazley Foundation donated the former Frederick College – approximately 750 acres – and $1 million to the Commonwealth of Virginia for the campus.


WAYFINDER: The new campus also boasts the first TCC electronic “way finders” that show how to locate faculty, staff, offices and resources in each building.

The touch-screen system offers clickable data delivery, designed by TCC staff. The campus has two way finders in each building; all of TCC’s campuses will feature way finders in the near future.

 TCC’s Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth awarded design treatment and production of the city’s icon, a 4 x 5-foot model sailboat, to design student Rali Manouk last year.

Now an alumnus transferring to ODU in the fall, Rali executed his design totally by hand.

He received an award of $500 for his work – chosen from 10 excellent submissions by a committee of faculty members, says VAC Director Christina Rupsch – and presented by Portsmouth Campus Provost Terry Jones.





TCC Chief Communications Officer: Laurie White
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