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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Faculty Administrator Retirees

Six retiring faculty administrators were recognized at the Faculty Awards and Retirement Dinner on May 1.

Veronica Finch, director of student financial aid, began her career at Hampton University in 1969 and served as director there from 1986-92. She joined Old Dominion in 1992 as assistant director of financial aid and became director of the unit in 2005.

Finch was the technical lead for the financial aid Banner implementation. She also served on several committees in the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA), Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Finch also served as SCHEV liaison for VASFAA and ODU.

Karen Medina, director of the English Language Center, received an Ed.D. and M.Ed. from Rutgers University and an M.A. and B.A. from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining Old Dominion as director in 2001, she was program administrator at Educational Testing Services and held positions at Hudson Community College and Rutgers University.

During Medina’s tenure as director, she tightened existing policies and procedures, skillfully guided curriculum revisions and led the English Language Center to membership in University and College Intensive English Programs and American Association of Intensive English Programs, two influential governing bodies in the field. She was a member of the Association of International Educators and other professional organizations.

Robert Norman, director of the Peninsula Higher Education Center, received an M.A. in history from Florida State University and a B.A. in broadcast and film communication from the University of Alabama. He retired from the U.S. Army and joined Old Dominion in 1996 as an hourly employee of the Naval Programs in Distance Learning. Norman moved to the Peninsula Center as facilities coordinator, later became assistant director and was named director of the center in 2001.

Norman established partnerships with Thomas Nelson Community College and the Hampton and Newport News school divisions. He was an active participant in the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and the Education and Training Committee of the Peninsula Council on Workforce Development. Throughout his career, Norman taught history at TNCC. He was committed to the students, faculty and alumni at the Peninsula Center.

Sue Stahl, the winningest lacrosse coach in school history with 142 career victories, retired after 21 seasons at the helm of the Lady Monarch program. She was a five-time CAA Coach of the Year and leaves behind a storied legacy, not only at ODU, but also on the national scene. Stahl led the Lady Monarchs to three Colonial Athletic Association regular-season championships (1993, 1995, 2003) and a tournament championship in 1995.

She was the head coach of the U.S. National Lacrosse Team from 1988 to 2005, winning four World Cup championships (1988, 1993, 1997 and 2001) and earning runner-up honors in 2005. She was recognized on the All-Century Women’s Lacrosse team in 1999 and in 1997 she was honored as Coach of the Year by the International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse Association.

Already a member of the Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Stahl was inducted into both the U.S. and Virginia Lacrosse halls of fame in 1999. Additionally, she was inducted into the Delco Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. She received the Diane Geppi-Aikens Award from the IWLCA for lifetime achievement and commitment to the sport and the Nancy Chance Award from U.S. Lacrosse in 2005.

Barry Smith, director of the Tri-Cities Higher Education Center, received an M.S.Ed. in guidance and counseling and a B.A. in English from Old Dominion. He began his ODU career in 1981 as an academic advisor, a role in which he served until 1997 when he became the site director at the Tri-Cities Portsmouth site. Smith was instrumental in the construction and opening of the new ODU Tri-Cities building.

He was an active member of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and served on the Portsmouth Chamber’s Education Committee. In addition, he met regularly with city officials from Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Suffolk and brought numerous events to the center. He also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Darden College of Education and taught courses in the human services program.

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