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Campuses celebrate Veterans Day with activities, speakers, luncheons

HAMPTON ROADS – Nov. 5, 2010 – Tidewater Community College’s Veterans Day activities range from vets pinning their service areas on a world map to guest speakers and commemorative photo-taking. Highlights for each campus feature:

Chesapeake Campus, Nov. 11, welcomes veterans for lunch and a short program at 11 a.m. The event will be held in the Whitehurst building, room 2005. Contact: Mary Parzynski, 822-5141.

Norfolk Campus, Nov. 11 welcomes veterans to a reception in the Andrews building form 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Nov. 18 (delayed date), the campus honors veterans with lunch and speakers from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and military transition staffers, 1-3 p.m., in the Martin Building, room 2610. Contact: Linda Jacobs, 822-1207.

Portsmouth Campus, Nov. 11, hosts a 12-2 p.m. luncheon event for veterans featuring representatives from Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, Vietnam Veterans, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, held in the Forum, Building A. A map activity involving each veteran in attendance highlights the event. They will place pins on a large world map showing places they’ve travelled during military service. Contact: Veronica Cianetti, 822-2197.

Veterans Keith Travis and Darrell Alexander prepare to place pins on places they traveled in service.

Virginia Beach Campus, Nov. 11, welcomes veterans to a luncheon featuring a “green screen” with a patriotic theme for guests to have their photo taken. Veterans will enjoy music with a DJ, food and flags, as well as gifts of lapel pins representing their service branches, 11 a.m., cafeteria, Kempsville building. Contact: Emanuel Chestnut, 822-7235.

As a “best college for veterans,” TCC ranks No. 1 among community colleges and No. 11 among the top 100 colleges and universities in the nation, according to Military Times Edge magazine. TCC also ranks No. 1 among community colleges for the number of veterans enrolled using the Post-9/11 GI Bill and in the top five among all higher education institutions, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

For more information, contact the TCC Information Center, 822-1122; for maps and directions, visit


Laurie White

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - topped 45,000 students in 2009-10. The 16th 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