Springtime Congratulations

Tameka Parker speaking at the CHSS Freshman Academic Achievement reception
Tameka Parker speaking at the CHSS Freshman Academic Achievement reception

New Century College congratulates the following “NCC family” members for their outstanding achievements. Best wishes to all!

Tameka Parker, a psychology major and childhood studies minor, was selected by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) as the featured student speaker at the CHSS Freshman Academic Achievement reception on March 28.

Three years ago, Parker won the Freshman Academic Achievement scholarship and earned a variety of honors during her time at Mason. Among her accomplishments, Parker was awarded research funding from the Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities and Research (OSCAR) and has worked with NCC Professor Pamela Garner as a research assistant.

In fall, Parker’s article, “Service-learning linking family child care providers, community partners, and preservice professionals” was published in the October, 2015 edition of the journal Early Child Development and Care. Next fall, Parker will enter Mason’s Master of Social Work program in the College of Health and Human Services.

Associate Professor Julie Owen was awarded the Thomas Magoon Distinguished Alumni Award by the Department of Higher Education. This award is given to program alumni who pursue the best practices of academic research and “uphold the best tradition of scholarly work in the spirit of Tom Magoon,” a former faculty member in the department.

Term Professor Suzanne Scott-Constantine’s art will be featured in a monthly artwalk on Saturday, in her new studio space in Building 5 at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA. The event will be held on April 9 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. All members of the community are welcome.

Scott-Constantine’s interdisciplinary arts practice, which encompasses mixed media visual art, writing and performance, highlights the transformative power of art. Her work makes common cause with and incorporates people and objects too often and too easily discarded. Her artworks hold traces of personal memory, extending beyond personal narrative through symbols of a fragmented and traumatized world, one with too many disposables.