Cloudy skies and cold temperatures did not dampen the spirits of students as they gathered for the Chesapeake Campus Winter Festival at Tidewater Community College.
On tap – cookout fare and lively conversation, as well as the opportunity to fight hunger through a Stop Hunger Now drive, sponsored by the Student Government Association. Non-perishable food items and cash donations are being accepted through April16.
The Hunts, a seven-sibling singing group with TCC roots, performed original works for a standing-room only crowd in the Chesapeake Academic Building Theater. The songs featured the group’s signature acoustical instruments and enchanting harmonies.
“It’s always great to play in our hometown and to come back to TCC, the place we consider our alma mater,” said student Jessica Hunt.
“The new buildings are amazing,” added student Jennifer Hunt.
The group signed with Cherrytree records and recently completed a third U.S. tour “Six of my seven children have earned degrees or taken classes at TCC, so it’s great to see the expansion,” said Sandy Hunt, mom of seven and manager of The Hunts.
Student also got a peek inside the Chesapeake Student Center, which is set to open at the end of April. The 59,579 square-foot building features glass walls and expansive views of the preservation areas on campus. Students toured the building’s fitness center, dining area, basketball court, study rooms and gaming and lounge spaces.
“This student center has very clean lines and a great atmosphere. I’m looking forward to using the fitness center to release stress from class work,” said Matthew Coakley, who is studying emergency medical services.
Aaron Cochrane, a general studies major with plans to become a family physician, says he enjoys the fitness aspect. “I didn’t think this building was going to be this amazing. It’s more than I ever expected.”
“My favorite parts are the gaming center and the dining options,” added Brooke Kampney, who is working to become a physical therapist. “Right now, I wait in my car between classes. This is going to provide a great change of pace.”