InsideODU: News for Faculty and Staff
Thursday, May 17, 2012

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ODU Announces Plans to Join Conference USA

President John Broderick announced today that ODU’s athletic programs have entered into a membership agreement with Conference USA, and that the university will seek reclassification of its football program from the NCAA Division I FCS to the FBS, effective July 1, 2013. (Full Story)

Marsillac Continues to Attract DOE Funding for Solar Energy Research

The solar energy research of Sylvain Marsillac, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has received significant recognition recently from the U.S. Department of Energy. (Full Story)

HACE Presents Staff Member, Rookie Staff Member of the Year Awards

HACE presented employee awards and installed officers at its annual luncheon May 9. The Staff Member of the Year is Cynthia Williams; Rookie Staff Member honors went to Stacey Parks. (Full Story)

Provost Selected to Attend Harvard Workshop on Success, Retention of Junior Faculty

Provost Carol Simpson has been selected to participate in a workshop at Harvard with the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education, a group whose focus is on retention and success of junior faculty. (Full Story)

ODU and Universidad Privada Boliviana Sign MOU

President John Broderick and the president of Universidad Privada Boliviana, Manuel Olave, signed an MOU May 15 that could lead to student exchanges for coursework or research projects. (Full Story)

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ODU Colleges Present Annual Faculty and Staff Awards (Full Story)

ODU, TCC Sponsor Free Screening of War Documentary ‘Hell and Back Again’ (Full Story)

New Gordon Galleries Exhibition Opens with Reception May 19 (Full Story)

SVCC Recognizes Its Sizable Contingent of Employees with ODU Degrees (Full Story)

Section Heading: Features

Students Get Unique Lesson in ‘Collective Intelligence’ Via Wikipedia Editing Assignment

In the academic community, Wikipedia has been viewed with skepticism, or far worse. But there’s no denying its presence on the Internet. Search a topic via Google, and the Wikipedia entry about it is among the first results to appear. (Full Story)

Lafayette Landings: Waterfowl Visitors Touch Down at Campus Inlet

The Lafayette River inlet behind Rogers Hall East and its surrounding wetlands attract a variety of waterfowl. Recent visitors have included a mallard duck and her brood, a blue heron and snowy egret. (Full Story)

Section Heading: Kudos

Education Profs’ Paper Wins Distinguished Published Research Award from ALA (More)

Coed Sailing Team Qualifies for ICSA National Championships (More)


Published by the Office of University Relations, InsideODU is sent to faculty and staff on Monday and Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. It is distributed once a week, on Thursday, during the summer.

Section Heading: A picture is worth ...

These students were among a relatively few who were out and about on campus the week following spring commencement. Things got busy again, however, with the start of summer school sessions 1 and 3 on Monday of this week. Session 2 classes begin Monday, May 21.

Section Heading: Events

Through Thursday, May 24
Churchland High School Annual Visual Art Scholars’ Senior Show exhibition, featuring works by Terron Sorrells, Dustin Berman, Melissa Pisciotti, Celeste Poisson, Kanitra Hatton and Crystal Garnes, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Tri-Cities Center

Through Tuesday, June 5
Full-dome show, "When Venus Transits the Sun," 5-5:30 p.m., Pretlow Planetarium.

Through Thursday, June 28
“The Face of the Ghetto” an exhibition of 50 prints, part of the Holocaust remembrance activities in and around Hampton Roads, Learning Commons, Perry Library

Saturday, May 19
Jefferson Lab open house, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 757-269-7100

Opening reception for the exhibition “Andrew Breitenberg, Selah,” 7 p.m., Gordon Galleries. Exhibit continues through June 23. 3-6271

Monday, May 21
Summer school session 2 classes begin

Town-N-Gown Annual Meeting and Military Dinner, 6 p.m. (reception), 6:30 p.m. (dinner), 7:30 p.m. (guest speaker), Webb Center. Reservations due May 17: 464-2885. $

Tuesday & Wednesday, May 22-23
Faculty Summer Institute on Teaching and Learning, sponsored by the Center for Learning and Teaching, Webb Center. 3-3172

Wednesday, May 23
Tour of ODU’s new Tree Trail, sponsored by the Association of University Administrators, noon, Kaplan Orchid Conservatory. Reservations due May 21 to

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