Distinguished Alumni

Nine alumni and two faculty members were among those honored at the annual Founders’ Day program Oct. 25, an event held just hours after the facility that served as the site of the dinner program, the Ted Constant Convocation Center, had its grand opening.

Hundreds of alumni, students, current and former faculty and staff, and friends of the university attended the dinner program, which carried the theme “Realizing Dreams.” Distinguished Alumni Awards were presented to:

Joan P. Brock (M.A. ’91), of Virginia Beach, an original founder and former treasurer of Dollar Tree Stores Inc.

Melissa J. Buffington (M.B.A. ’91), of Nashville, senior vice president of human development and planning for Dollar General Corp.

William B. Drewry ’91, of Atlanta, entertainment industry analyst with Credit Suisse First Boston.

Gail R. Englert (M.S.Ed. ’89), of Chesapeake, a fifth-grade math teacher at Sewells Point Elementary in Norfolk. USA Today named her to its All-USA Teachers second team in 2001.

Dr. Charles P. Fletcher ’50, of Virginia Beach, a dentist in his 47th year of practice. A former board chairman for First Coastal Bank (now Royal Bank of Canada), he currently serves as vice chairman of the American Automobile Association of Tidewater board.

Maj. Gen. Henry Osman ’69, commanding general, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Forces Atlantic, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Michael Torrech ’96, of Chesapeake, president of Tecnico Corp., a privately owned industrial and marine manufacturing firm headquartered in Chesapeake.

Ping-Shia Tsao Kung (M.S. ’83), of Alexandria, Va., founder and CEO of VoiceInVoiceOut Corp., and founder, president and chairwoman of INTECS International Inc. and the Taipei, Taiwan-based INTECS Information Ltd.

Melody C. Watts ’83, of Yardley, Pa., deputy attorney general for the state of Pennsylvania and former Workers Compensation Section chairwoman at the law firm of David Oh, P.C.

The following awards were also presented:

The University Medal to James V. Koch, Board of Visitors Professor of Economics and President Emeritus of Old Dominion, and G. William Whitehurst, Kaufman Lecturer in Public Affairs at the university.

The Batten Award for philanthropy to The Norfolk Foundation, a group of Norfolk civic leaders dedicated to making grants that transform the quality of life and inspire philanthropy in southeastern Virginia.

The Albert B. “Buck” Gornto Jr. Regional Service Award to Joshua P. Darden Jr., president of Darden Properties Inc.

The Distinguished Entrepreneurial Award to Edward L. Hamm Jr., president and CEO of E.L. Hamm and Associates Inc., a management and engineering consulting firm in Virginia Beach, and a former rector of Old Dominion’s Board of Visitors.

Town-N-Gown Community Service Awards to the Hampton Roads Committee of 200+ Men, an advocacy group for African American causes in Hampton Roads, and The Lambert’s Point Health Promotion Center, a partnership with the College of Health Sciences.

The Tim Miller Athletic Award to Robin D. Ray, president and CEO of Atlantic Dominion Distributors and owner of Hoffman Beverage Co.

Honorary Alumnus designation to Stephen B. Ballard, president and CEO of S.B. Ballard Construction Co., lead contractor for the Ted Constant Convocation Center.


Posthumous Award

At the May 2002 Darden College of Education commencement program, Dean William Graves III presented a posthumous Distinguished Alumni Award to Frances B. Sellew ’64 in honor of her late husband, J. Frank Sellew ’64, former deputy superintendent of Norfolk Public Schools who died July 12, 2001. Sellew was a past president of the Alumni Association and a former Educational Foundation board member. Also present were John O. Simpson, superintendent of Norfolk Public Schools, and Macon Brock, president and CEO of Dollar Tree Stores Inc., who addressed the education graduates.