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Belinda Rafferty’s poem, “Hearts Like His,” chosen from more than 1,200 entries

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Dec. 16, 2005) – Chesapeake resident Belinda Rafferty, a recent alumna of Tidewater Community College, is one of 17 students whose work is showcased in the 2005 edition of Nota Bene, the annual literary anthology published by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Rafferty’s poem, “Hearts Like His” was written and submitted while she was a TCC student. It was chosen for publication in Nota Bene out of more than 1,200 submissions from community college students around the world. Rafferty also received one of the honor society’s four $500 Reynolds Scholarships.

Rafferty earned an associate degree in liberal arts from TCC, where she had seven submissions published in the college’s literary magazine, ChannelMarker. Now attending Old Dominion University, she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education while simultaneously in the accelerated master’s program for English literature. After earning her master’s, she plans to teach high school.

Nota Bene showcases exceptional work by Phi Theta Kappa members and promotes excellence in writing. First published in 1994, the anthology is distributed to more than 1,700 libraries nationwide and abroad.


Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 36,000 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