InsideODU: News for Faculty and Staff
Thursday, May 12, 2011

Section Heading: Top Stories

Commencement Speakers Exhort Graduates to Be Courageous, Dedicated and Innovative

Echoing themes of courage, dedication and innovation, Old Dominion graduation speakers challenged students to leave their mark on their community, the country and the world at the university's 114th commencement exercises on May 7. (Full Story)

Outstanding College Scholars Honored at Commencement Exercises

ODU honored six graduates as Alumni Association Outstanding College Scholars at the May 7 commencement exercises. Civil engineering major Calvin Whealton, who had a 4.0 cumulative GPA, was named the overall Outstanding University Scholar. (Full Story)

Sociology Major Named Winner of Kaufman Prize

Chantal Matthews, a sociology major from Portsmouth who aspires to work as a university student health services director, was named the winner of ODU's 2011 Kaufman Prize. The Kaufman Prize is regarded as one of the highest student honors at the university. (Full Story)

ODU to Host Oceanic History Conference May 12-13

ODU will host the North American Society for Oceanic History's annual conference, May 12-13. The event, which includes professors, graduate students and professionals from the U.S., Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom, will consist of seminars on naval history, submarine history, U.S. naval interests in the Pacific, whaling, seaport development and American history. (Full Story)

Section Heading: More News

Lt. Gen. Bednarek '75 Stresses Leadership at ROTC Commissioning Ceremony (Full Story)

ODU Facilities, Offices, Shops Announce Summer Hours (Full Story)

Research Foundation Open House Rescheduled to June 22 (Full Story)

Spring Homearama Pays Homage to Old Dominion University (Full Story)

Ted Alexander Named Director of Broadcasting for ODU Sports Properties (Full Story)

Section Heading: Features

Edgerton's New Book Explores World of TV's 'Mad Men'

Gary Edgerton, chair and professor of communication and theatre arts, is editor of the new book "Mad Men: Dream Come True TV," which features a collection of 15 essays exploring the cultural significance of the highly acclaimed television show. (Full Story)

Ceramics Students Raise Money for Japanese Relief from Pottery Sale

ODU ceramics students raised more than $2,000 from their end-of-semester Haha no hi (Japanese for Mother's Day) pottery sale to benefit the people of Japan. Students and faculty from the ceramics and art education classes made and donated bowls and cups for the sale. (Full Story)

Section Heading: Kudos

Darby Receives Pitt School of Dental Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award in Dental Hygiene (More)


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Hourly and Classified Employees Association officers for 2011-12 were installed at the organization's annual luncheon Wednesday in Webb Center. Leading HACE will be, from left: Jarin Cornish, secretary; Chariety Brown, vice president; Donna Bean, treasurer; and Kathy Pim, president.

Section Heading: Events

Thursday – Friday, May 12-13

Europe Day Celebration Conference, "Europe and America – Learning from Each Other": Keynote address by European Union Ambassador João Vale de Almeida at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and seminars from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Webb Center. RSVP at 3-3116.

Monday, May 16

Classes begin for Summer Session 1 and continue through June 28.

Open enrollment ends for Health Care and Flexible Reimbursement Accounts (FRA).

Wednesday, May 18

Presentation on efficiency at ODU by Bill Edmunds, acting administrative operations officer, Office of Finance, sponsored by the Association of University Administrators, noon, 221 Gornto. RSVP to

Thursday, May 19

Reception for "Beyond the Bones," an exhibition of artworks created by Princess Anne and Tallwood high school students in response to a unit of study on genocide and the national art collaborative project: One Million Bones, 5:30-7 p.m., Virginia Beach Center. The exhibition is on display through May 20.

Saturday, May 21

Tread at the Ted 5K & Family Fun Run, to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Norfolk, 8 a.m. Register at $

Third annual Conference for Girls and Young Women, sponsored by the ODU Community Development Corp., Webb Center. 3-6657

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