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Faculty team bests university competitors

TCC winning faculty team No. 1

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Dec. 8, 2008) – It takes brains, strategy, timing and perhaps a little luck to win a challenging competition like WorldQuest. This year, Tidewater Community College made its mark, showing up university competitors to take first place in the faculty category.

TCC faculty beat faculty teams from Old Dominion University, Christopher Newport University, Virginia Wesleyan College and the Joint Forces Staff College. TCC table No. 1 team members were Cynthia Horen, Kevin McCarthy, Kinji Ridley, Bill Rodner, Bonnie and Tom Startt, Letty Stone and Cindy Welch. Table No. 2 members were Wendy Cook, Paul Gasparo, Brittany Horn, Jan Mullis, Andrea Pearman, Michael Riley, Amy Ruedisueli and Joshua Weinstein.

Total participants numbered more than 400 this year, with teams competing in five categories around a central theme of questions related to Dubai.

The annual WorldQuest competition, held each November, gives faculty and staff a chance to put their cerebral mettle to the test. During last year’s brain games, TCC’s team placed third in the faculty category.

WorldQuest is an annual Jeopardy-style game designed to test understanding of current events, geography, international affairs, history and general knowledge. WorldQuest is sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads, which strives to educate and engage grassroots America in world affairs.

Faculty/staff interested in taking part in WorldQuest 2009 can contact Dixie Dickinson,


Laurie White
Media Relations

Celebrating its 40th year, Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls nearly 40,000 students and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 23rd highest producer of associate degrees in the nation, and the 35th largest community college, 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 Norfolk’s theater district, 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