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Student Achievements Recognized at John Tyler Community College Awards Banquet and Ceremony

Primary Media Contact:
Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager

Secondary Media Contact:
Heather Busch
Creative Services Manager

Released on May 09, 2013

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – John Tyler Community College honored its outstanding students during the College’s annual Awards Banquet and Ceremony, held April 26, 2013, at the College’s Chester Campus. The following awards were presented (zip codes follow recipient names):

Theresa Windham Service Award
This award was first presented in 1996 in honor of Theresa Hands Windham who succumbed to a sudden illness in 1993 at the age of 37 while serving at the College’s coordinator of grants and development.  During her short tenure at the College, Ms. Windham’s kindness and selflessness touched the lives of countless students, faculty, and staff.  Always smiling, always striving to help others, she was loved by all who had the good fortune to make her acquaintance. This award recognizes students who personify Ms. Windham’s dedication to service without regard for personal gain or adulation. This year’s recipient is Donna Simmons (23231). Ms. Simmons is in the Human Services, Pre-Social Work Specialization program at John Tyler, and serves as the president of the Human Services Club and as secretary of the College’s Student Council. She received the award in recognition of her service to John Tyler and the local community.

Sherwood Forest Art & Literary Review Winners
The Sherwood Forest Art & Literary Review is an annual publication of John Tyler Community College and is published in conjunction with the annual student literary and art contest. The publication has highlighted the creativity and talent of John Tyler students since 1968. Students submit entries in the categories of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and art.  Judges review and select first, second and third place winners in each category. Honorable mention awards may be given if the judges choose to recognize additional entries. The winning entries are published in the Review. An electronic copy of the publication may be downloaded at

First Place – James Moore (23838)
Second Place – Davis Macfarlane (23236)
Third Place – Lynsy Sprouse (23803)
Honorable Mention – Jeremy Da Costa (23860)

First Place – Amy McVaugh (23139)
Second Place – Phillip Trezza (23230)
Third Place – Beata Czarniak-Cruz (23113)

First Place – Zoe Davis (23112)
Second Place – Dylan Lewis (23113)
Third Place – Brandon Whited (24649)
Honorable Mention – Heather Marie McIntosh (23235)

First Place – Margaret Robinson (23838)
Second Place – Robert Wynne (23236)
Third Place – Tyler McCartt (23112)
Honorable Mention – Mary Miller (23113)

JTCC Foundation Book Awards
Full-time faculty in each of the College’s four academic divisions are invited to nominate an outstanding student for the Book Award(s) for their division. Nominees are evaluated by a committee composed of an academic dean, a department chair, two faculty members, a representative from student affairs, and a representative from the John Tyler Community College Foundation. Evaluations are based on the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence (a minimum GPA of 3.2);
  • Graduation in a degree or certificate program in Summer 2012, Fall 2012, or Spring 2013;
  • An outstanding record of participation in extracurricular activities and/or service to his/her fellow students.

Division of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Julianna Morgan (23831)

Division of Engineering, Business and Public Services
Daniel Glidewell (23114)

Division of Health Sciences
Sara Kaut (23112)

Division of Mathematics, Natural and Behavioral Sciences
Carmen “Cally” Buchanan (23225)

John Tyler Community College Alumni Association and Foundation Award Recipients
The Defining Your Future Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a student by the John Tyler Community College Foundation. The award is presented annually to a student for outstanding academic performance and volunteer service to John Tyler and who the faculty and staff believe will achieve great success and will define the future of the College and the nation.  

The Rising Star Award was established by the John Tyler Community College Alumni Association to be presented annually to a student who faculty and staff believe will not only be an ambassador for the College but will also distinguish himself or herself in his/her chosen career.

Defining Your Future Award
Christopher Deloglos (23236)

Rising Star Award
Julianna Morgan (23831)

The Daniel Dalton Award, named in honor of a John Tyler Community College founding faculty member, is presented annually to an outstanding club or student organization that exhibits excellence in the areas of service to the College, commitment to community service, and dedication to academics. This year’s award was presented to the Human Services Club. The award was accepted by the club’s president, Donna Simmons (23231) and the club’s advisors, Dr. Christine Diggs and Dr. Yvonne Barry. 

The Marshall Denison Society, named for the College’s second president, was established to recognize individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the student activities program at John Tyler. Mary Beth Wentworth, associate professor of English, was this year’s inductee.  Ms. Wentworth’s was recognized for her devotion to her students and for her dedication to enriching their lives through study abroad programs. Her work has helped produce an outstanding international education program at John Tyler, and her efforts have made study abroad accessible to so many John Tyler students. 

Photographs taken during the awards ceremony may be downloaded from the College’s Flickr page at

John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 14,895 students during the 2011-12 academic year, offers 18 associate degrees, eight certificates, and 35 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 15,000 non-credit students and more than 1,000 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for Hamel Hall on its Midlothian Campus, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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