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  • Timeline: 1980s


    October  1980

    HASTINGS HALL DEDICATED. Thomas Nelson Community College has finally dedicated the $4 million Hastings Hall. The building was named after Charles and Mary Hastings. The Hastings founded an instrument company that manufactures radio navigational systems and other precision devices. The company is known as Teledyne Hastings-Raydist. Times Herald 10/19/1980 

    March 1982

    TNCC AND CNC REACH TRANSFER AGREEMENT – John Anderson, president of Christopher Newport College and Thomas Kubala, president of Thomas Nelson Community College signed the historic transfer agreement during a spirited ceremony at CNC. Although this is the first agreement of its sort for CNC, TNCC already has a limited agreement with ODU and similar agreements exist between Tidewater Community College and Norfolk State University. --  Daily Press 3/2016/1982 

    March 1982 TNCC BOARD PUSHES OLD IDEA OF ALUMNI GROUP TO BOOST COLLEGE - Thomas Nelson Community College is beginning to pick up on an idea that has been around at four year schools for a while: using a group of alumni to promote the school, recruit students and perhaps raise money.
    TNCC tried to found an alumni association 6 years ago but according to Ronnie Heck, director of institutional development, it failed “because of lack of staff support from the college.” Although the organization remained in name it has been inactive since the then, he says. This time $7,000 has been appropriated for the second half of fiscal year 1982 from locally raised funds. Times Herald 3/3/1982
    September   1983

    TNCC ENROLLMENT CLIMBS HIGHER – After record class attendance in the summer session, preliminary figures from the first day of classes, indicate that enrollment for the fall is up 4 % over last year. 
    Daily Press 9/23/83

    TNCC GIVEN GRADUATION GIFT BY YARD – Thomas Nelson Community College students are richer with their diplomas and their alma mater is richer with $20,000, thanks to Newport News Shipbuilding. Such were the causes for celebration as degrees were awarded to 624 graduates of the class of 1984. 
    Daily Press 6/16/84

    CHILD CARE AT TNCC – Thomas Nelson Community College opened its own child care center this summer as a laboratory for students studying pre-school care and teaching. The program called “Tommy Tots,” is designed to provide students in child development classes with experience before going on to be teachers or child care directors and employees. About 20 children, ages 3 to 5 from the TNCC community attend. 
    Your Neighbors 7/23/84

    December  1984

    TNCC FORMS TECHNOLOGY CENTER – Gino Canale, Director of continuing education for Thomas Nelson Community College, announced the formation of the Center for Automation and Technology. The center is an extension of the Funds for Excellence program conducted last year and over the summer, which sent faculty out into the business community to work for companies and polish their skills. 
    Daily Press 12/7/84

    August  1985

    TNCC BEGINNING HONORS PROGRAM - Thomas Nelson Community College is hoping to attract more bright, more highly motivated students with its new honors program. 
    Daily Press 8/30/85


    TNCC-TO-ODU TRANSFERS MADE EASIER – It’s now a little bit easier for Thomas Nelson Community College students to transfer to Old Dominion University, thanks to 11 new transfer agreements signed by the presidents of the two colleges. TNCC now has 44 transfer agreements with four area colleges: 29 with Christopher Newport College, 12 with ODU, 2 with Norfolk State University and 1 with the College of William and Mary. 
    Daily Press 4/8/86

    September  1986

    TNCC PICKS NEW PRESIDENT – PIEDMONT COLLEGE DEAN WILL REPLACE KUBALA – Robert G. Templin, Jr. has been hired as the new president of Thomas Nelson Community College. Templin will be TNCC’s fourth president. 
    Times Herald 9/16/86

    February  1988

    COLLEGE PERIODS CHANGING – Thomas Nelson will switch from quarters to semesters in June to teach courses with less distraction from registration and the frequent opening and closing of academic terms. 
    Daily Press/Times Herald 2/20/88


    TNCC MAKING MOVE TO EXPAND INTO JCC – Officials of Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton are talking with state higher education leaders and Williamsburg area businessmen, developers and government planners about establishing a learning center in James City County that would become a branch campus by late next decade. 
    Daily Press 5/19/89