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Chesapeake professor, Virginia Beach student earn prized Hallmark Awards


Pamela Bonesteel       Martha Bagby and Pamela Bonesteel

SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (May 24, 2007) – Tidewater Community College faculty member Martha Bagby and honor student Pamela Bonesteel have received top awards from Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges.


Both women received Hallmark Awards honoring their leadership in promoting the society’s hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship. A competitive program, the Hallmark Awards recognizes individuals, chapters and regions in the nation and beyond.


Bagby, a TCC Chesapeake Campus professor, was one of 30 chapter advisors named Distinguished Advisor, acknowledging her many years of dedication and service.


Bonesteel, a Virginia Beach resident, received the Distinguished Chapter President Award, and the Distinguished Regional Officer Award - as one of only 10 regional officer winners.


Bonesteel also was honored May 2 at TCC’s Women’s Center leadership event, where she received the annual student award and scholarship. Profoundly deaf and the mother of two teenage children, Bonesteel has earned her associate degree in criminal justice and is now completing coursework toward a transfer degree in social science.


Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students by providing the opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence. Founded in 1918, PTK has more than 1,200 chapters at community, technical and junior colleges in all 50 states, Canada, Germany and U.S. territories abroad, making it the largest and most prestigious honor society serving two-year colleges.



Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls over 38,000 students annually, the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 35th largest community college in the nation, 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 the theater district in downtown Norfolk, 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