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Rare opportunity to explore newly successful archeological site

Rhonda Deussen

NORFOLK, Va. (May 19, 2006) – An ancient artifact pulled this spring from the sea near Athens, Greece, fills the computer screen of a local college professor. It, and other objects from a newly successful archeological dig, could mark a new page in understanding the content of historic art.

So hopes Rhonda Deussen, a Tidewater Community College art history instructor, as she looks at images of the bell-shaped sculpture - the first of many objects that she will examine for artistic value and origins. Deussen has won a prestigious Fulbright Award to study this summer at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece, and investigate an archeological dig. The award gives her unique access to research and publish her findings from the dig.

“Winning the Fulbright award was a very ambitious endeavor for me, and I couldn’t have won it without the help and encouragement I received from the TCC community,” says Deussen. “Ed Gibbs, director of the Visual Arts Center, and Dr. Terry Jones, provost of our Portsmouth Campus, were especially supportive of my efforts throughout the entire selection process.”

Deussen plans to focus her Fulbright studies on the topography and monuments of Greece in their historical context, the interpretation of literature and historical writings, and how ancient sources can interpret archaeological discoveries. As a result of the award, she intends to add Athens and the Peloponnesus to TCC’s study-abroad programs.

Each year, the traditional Fulbright Scholar program sends some 800 American faculty and professionals to 140 countries to lecture, do research or participate in seminars, and some 800 foreign faculty come to the United States. The Council for International Exchange of Scholars, under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State, administers the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals.


Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 37,000 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