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In honor of Dr. Alexsandria Manrov, former TCC biology professor

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Dec. 13, 2011) – The Women’s Center of Tidewater Community College has received $419,000 in gifts from the estate of Alexsandria M. Manrov, who gave the behest in honor of her late daughter, Alexsandria Manrov, Ed.D, who taught biology at TCC for many years.

Long-time family friends of the Manrovs, John and Delores Thomas, explain that Mrs. Manrov wanted to leave money to an organization that she knew, thought highly of, and that her daughter valued. “Alex considered TCC her family, and her mother wanted to honor that and make sure some young women would be able to benefit from her estate,” says John Thomas.

The Women’s Center plans to utilize the gifts to endow scholarships in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs, provide lactation rooms and help develop a leadership program for women students.

“Mrs. Manrov’s generous behest affirms the diligent work of TCC and the Women’s Center,” says TCC President Deborah M. DiCroce. “It came as a wonderful surprise that a faculty member’s parent shared her estate with the college. We’re grateful for her gifts that will benefit women attending TCC, while honoring the memory of her daughter, a dedicated science professor.”

Women’s Center Director Lonnie Schaffer notes, “We’re deeply appreciative of Mrs. Manrov’s gift – we will put it to excellent use in supporting student success through scholarships, programming and facilities.” Founded in 1993, TCC’s Women’s Center serves as a resource on women’s issues andworks to promote an atmosphere where diversity, inclusiveness and equity are valued.

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