TELETECHNET Student Named to USA Today
Academic Team

Old Dominion University senior Linda K. Wolfe of Camp Verde, Ariz., received honorable mention in the 2002-03 USA Today All-USA College Academic Team competition. She was one of 83 students chosen from nearly 1,000 applicants nominated by colleges and universities across the country.

Judges – all educators – considered grades, academic honors, leadership roles on and off campus, students’ use of their talents beyond the classroom and the ability to express themselves in writing.

An interdisciplinary studies major with a 3.95 GPA, Wolfe takes classes at the Verde Valley campus of Arizona’s Yavapai College via Old Dominion’s TELETECHNET distance learning network. She is a founding member of Hispanic Outreach, a service organization for the diverse community of Yavapai County, and has served as a mentor for student support services at the college.

Wolfe’s research on Navajo culture and Latino work force development has been adopted by college officials as the basis for developing policies and programs to serve the needs of those communities in Yavapai County.

In her essay for the USA Today competition, Wolfe said, “While many studies, proposals and programs address Latino and Native American issues in terms of struggle, barriers and challenges, I believe my documents provide a fresh view (through a local lens), using the language of growth, potential and enriched resources.”

She added, “The TELETECHNET opportunity allows me to think globally and act neighborly. It also gives me an opportunity to enlighten others across the country about my homeland.”

Wolfe is the third Old Dominion student to be named to the prestigious USA Today teams. Kristine Gonzalez, a 1999 graduate from Suffolk, and Rosemarie Liu, a 2002 graduate from Burke, Va., were named to the competition’s third team in the last three years.