InsideODU: News for Faculty and Staff
Thursday, December 15, 2011

Section Heading: Top Stories

NATO Leader, Columbia Law Professor to Give Commencement Addresses

A senior leader of NATO and a well-known Columbia University law professor will be the guest speakers for Old Dominion's commencement programs on Saturday, Dec. 17. (Full Story)

Scientists Find Nemo, and Friends, Are Threatened

The Global Marine Species Assessment project headquartered at ODU is part of a research consortium that is using the animated movie "Finding Nemo" to publicize the researchers' latest findings about extinction threats for fish, turtles, sharks and other sea creatures. (Full Story)

Graduate Student Chosen to Attend Commission on the Status of Women

ODU graduate student Savannah Eck has been selected to attend the Commission on the Status of Women at U.N. headquarters in New York as a delegate to the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. (Full Story)

Section Heading: More News

Housing & Residence Life Staff Members Selected for Positions in Professional Organization (Full Story)

Tolk Chairs Military Training and Simulation Asia Conference (Full Story)

University Libraries, Webb Center, Bookstore Announce Holiday Hours (Full Story)

Section Heading: Features

December Graduate Took Full Advantage of Campus Life Opportunities Following Transfer to ODU

Having to transfer to in-state Old Dominion University for financial reasons ended up being the best "bad news" Diane Dougherty ever received. (Full Story)

Section Heading: Kudos

Administration & Finance Gazelle Award Goes to Parking Services' Mike Frizzell (More)

Soccer's Yannick Smith Named All-American (More)


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Section Heading: A picture is worth ...

Elyse Gambardella, coordinator for leadership in the Office of Student Activities and Leadership, and Natina Gurley, assistant director of residence education in the Office of Housing and Residence Life, were among the more than 20 staff and faculty members who volunteered to serve students a late-night breakfast on Monday, the first day of finals week. Approximately 700 students attended the "Exam Jam" breakfast in the Webb Center cafeteria.

Section Heading: Events

Friday, Dec. 16

Senior Brunch, for graduating seniors (reservation required), 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Big Blue Room, Constant Center. 3-3097

AROTC Winter Commissioning ceremony, 11 a.m., University Theatre. 3-3663

Saturday, Dec. 17

Fall commencement exercises, 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Constant Center.

Monday, Dec. 19

Hispanic/Latino Employees Association social, noon to 1:30 p.m., Monarch Sports Grille (all ODU faculty/staff receive at 10 percent discount). RSVP by Dec. 16 to Denisse Thillet-Castillo,

Faculty/staff holiday party, hosted by President and Mrs. Broderick, 3:30-5 p.m., North Mall, Webb Center. RSVP by Dec. 15 to 3-3116.

Tuesday, Dec. 20

Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia Art Awards program, 6 p.m., Lecture Hall 244, Va. Beach Higher Education Center. Each original work of art represents the creativity and vision of students who attend the clubs in grades K-12.

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