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Winners were chosen from all four TCC campuses

HAMPTON ROADS, VA (Sept. 30, 2011) – Several Tidewater Community College faculty and staff members were honored as Virginia Community College Association (VCCA) Showcase Award winners at the annual conference held in Williamsburg
Sept. 29-30.

Honorees were chosen by their peers for significant contributions to education and the college, and for their commitment to professional and personal development. The VCCA is the professional organization for Virginia’s community college employees.

Tempie Forosan, a Virginia Beach resident and counseling office manager at the Chesapeake Campus, was recognized for going above and beyond her regular duties. She is known for her excellent customer service and problem-solving skills, and is routinely sought by faculty and staff for her expertise and willingness to serve. Forosan was awarded certificates from Student Services and the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges for outstanding customer service and her commitment to ongoing professional development.

Chesapeake resident Marilyn Medley, enrollment services coordinator at the Norfolk Campus, was selected for her dedication to student support. Medley is considered an expert in the functions related to enrollment services and records. Her managerial skills and work routinely go above and beyond everyday expectations. A top organizer, Medley ensures that everything runs smoothly in her area. She is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service; and, notably, students and the public routinely ask for her when entering the office.

Director of Upward Bound Patricia Saunders, a Chesapeake resident, displays high energy and enthusiasm in her work and special projects. She utilizes her professional experience and administrative skills to provide strategic leadership and enhance educational and cultural development for a diverse population. Saunders is committed to promoting and encouraging students and staff members to reach their goals.

Portsmouth resident Migdalia Siegmund, educational support specialist with the financial aid office at the Portsmouth Campus, was selected for her willingness to help students understand the financial aid process, and for her dedication to serving the campus community.Siegmund also volunteers in outreach with her church doing nursing home visitations, ministries and raising money for the poor here at home and in Haiti.

Virginia Beach resident Carolyn Williams, counselor and instructor at the Virginia Beach Campus, was selected for her dedication to helping students realize their dreams. She tirelessly serves students, often reflecting on the words of Martin Luther King Jr. when he said, “Whatever affects one directly, affect all directly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be…" Williams enjoys daily opportunities to help students become what they "ought to be." She volunteers as a mentor and advisor for the Student African American Brotherhood.

Norfolk resident Sheila Thorpe, an administrative assistant, was selected for her dedication to the college and the health profession programs she supports. She serves the division of health professions on the Virginia Beach Campus, assisting staff and faculty as they train the next generation of allied health professionals. Thorpe is a lifetime member of Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast with over 30 years of member, leader and trainer experience. Her favorite role: being a great-grandmother to 2-year-old Zoey.


Laurie White

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - served more than 46,000 students in 2010-11. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling and simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was 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 Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the Regional Health Professions Center and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach, as well as the Regional Workforce Solutions Center in Suffolk. Forty-five percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit