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Gary T. McCollum, Ann P. Ambrose, Sam E. Lang

SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Feb. 15 , 2010) – Celebrating the dream and life of Martin Luther King Jr., Tidewater Community College announces three award winners who exemplify the civil rights leader’s goals. The 2010 recipients were celebrated at a TCC Martin Luther King Jr. college event held Feb. 12.

The 2010 award recipients, followed by brief profiles, are:

~ TCC Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Distinguished Service Award:

 Gary T. McCollum, senior vice president and general manager of Cox Communications Inc. of Hampton Roads and Roanoke

~ TCC Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. College Distinguished Service Award:

Chesapeake resident Ann P. Ambrose, dean of business, public services and technologies/TCC Portsmouth Campus

~ TCC Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship:                                                                   

Norfolk resident Sam E. Lang, TCC student

Gary McCollum was appointed senior vice president and general manager of Cox Communications Inc. for Hampton Roads and Roanoke in May of 2009. He was named one of the “Most Influential Minorities in Cable” by CableFAX in 2008. Prior to moving to Hampton Roads, he served as the lead executive for Cox’s Northern Virginia system where he was awarded the Community Leadership Award from the Northern Virginia Community Foundation. McCollum also received the Corporate Trail Blazer Award from the Fairfax County NAACP. During his career, he also served as vice president and general manager of Cox’s Roanoke system where he spearheaded an effort to bring the information super highway to all segments of the community including low-income households. McCollum serves as a major in the U.S. Army Reserves, after spending eight years as an active-duty Army Ranger. Community minded, McCollum serves as vice rector of Norfolk State University Board of Visitors and board member for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula, Smart Beginnings and The First Tee program. He is also a licensed Christian minister. The first in his family to graduate from college, McCollum was born in a housing project in Richmond.

TCC President Deborah M. DiCroce, with TCC Board Chair Lee Armistead, presented Gary McCollum with the TCC Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Distinguished Service Award.

Ann Ambrose has provided leadership for more than 110 faculty and hundreds of students for eight years as dean of business, public services and technologies/Portsmouth Campus; she also oversees the Beazley School of Nursing. Prior to becoming dean, Ambrose was a professor of business, teaching administrative-support technology for more than two decades at TCC. She has published books on computer education, accounting and keyboarding. Ambrose serves as advisor for the Beating the Odds group, a mentoring club for males at the Portsmouth Campus. In 2001 she was given the distinguished Norfolk State University Alumni Award by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. A member of Queen Street Baptist Church, Ambrose serves others through organizations like Girl Scouts and has tutored children in various settings. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and past president of Order of Eastern Star, Adeline Ward Chapter 197 – both community service organizations. Ambrose’s father was active in the Civil Rights movement in their hometown, giving her the opportunity to be in Washington, D.C. to hear Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech in 1963.

TCC President Deborah M. DiCroce, with TCC Board Chair Lee Armistead, presented Ann Ambrose with the TCC Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. College Distinguished Service Award.

Honor roll student Sam Lang plans to become a kindergarten teacher. While he struggled in elementary and secondary school due to an undiagnosed learning disability, things changed for him at TCC when he was diagnosed with dyslexia. With training and support, Lang successfully overcame this learning challenge and excelled in the classroom. He started the Early Childhood Development Awareness Club and now serves as the club president. He also belonged to the Green Earth Society and has volunteered with STOP, a Head Start program for Hampton Roads. Lang is pursuing an associate degree in early childhood development and hopes to give students in his care a quality education that meets their individual needs.

TCC President Deborah M. DiCroce, with TCC Board Chair Lee Armistead, presented Sam Lang with the TCC Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship.



Laurie White

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - will serve a projected 47,000 students in 2009-10. The 15th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling & 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 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