InsideODU: News for Faculty and Staff
Monday, January 24, 2011

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ODU Community to Honor Alumnus Kyle Middleton at Memorial Ceremony Jan. 27

Old Dominion will honor Spc. William K. Middleton, who was killed in combat operations in Afghanistan in November, during a ceremony on Kaufman Mall at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27. Known to his family and friends as Kyle, the Richmond, Va., native was a member of the ODU class of 2007 and had served in the Army since 2009. (Full Story)

MLK Observance Features Talk by Shirley Sherrod, Award Presentation to Portsmouth Mayor

Old Dominion honored an outstanding community leader and heard from a former U.S. Department of Agriculture official Wednesday night at programs in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Full Story)

Carpenter is Co-Author of New Guide to Atlantic Coastal Fishes

When Val Kells, one of the nation's top marine science illustrators, decided a few years ago to produce a book cataloging the fishes in the coastal waters of the eastern United States, she found a co-author in ODU marine biologist Kent Carpenter, who is an expert in species assessment. (Full Story)

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ODU to Host International Conference on Next Generation Infrastructures (Full Story)

Broderick Selected to Chair VCIC Humanitarian Awards Dinner (Full Story)

Women's Caucus to Host "Speed Networking" Session Jan. 26 (Full Story)

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Volunteers Sought to Help with "Extreme Home Makeover: Home Edition" Project and Related Food Drive

Old Dominion is partnering with ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," an Emmy Award-winning reality television program, to help local families in need. In two weeks, a crew from the television show will surprise a deserving Hampton Roads family with the news that they have been selected for a new home, and ODU is organizing volunteers to assist in the construction. (Full Story)

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Student-Athletes Excel in the Classroom During Fall Semester


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Bill Owings, left, professor of educational leadership, shares a laugh with a BBC reporter as they prepare for an interview. A BBC crew recently visited ODU, as well as an area middle school and high school, to develop a documentary on the U.S. Department of Defense's Troops to Teachers (TTT) initiative after learning about it through national news stories citing Owings' research on former members of the military who have entered the teaching profession. An initiative similar to TTT is being considered in Great Britain.

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Tuesday, Jan. 25

Pep Rally: ODU mascot Big Blue hosts an "Ice Cream and Cake" pep rally to thank those who supported his successful bid to become 2010 Capital One Mascot of the Year, 12:30-1:30 p.m., North Cafeteria, Webb Center.

Thursday, Jan. 27

"Celebrations and Conversations": Breakfast program to announce ODU's Quality Enhancement Plan proposal a requirement of the SACS reaccreditation process 8-9:30 a.m., River Rooms, Webb Center. RSVP at

Tuesday, Feb. 8

Save the Date: Screening of the 2010 film "Race to Nowhere," described as a hard-hitting education documentary that exposes the silent epidemic in our schools, sponsored by the Darden College of Education, 6:30 p.m., Big Blue Room, Constant Center. A panel discussion will follow. To view a trailer of the film, go to

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