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Section Heading: Top Stories

Former Track Star Marion Jones to Speak at ODU Conference for Girls and Young Women

Marion Jones, the former Olympian who has committed her life to inspiring others facing life-challenging situations, following her own troubles with performance-enhancing drugs, will be the speaker for the CDC Conference for Girls and Young Women (Full Story)

Physics Department Hosting Beach Party to View Transit of Venus

ODU’s Department of Physics is hosting a beach party Tuesday, June 5, to celebrate one of the rarest phenomena of astronomy, the transit of Venus. (Full Story)

Federal Environmental Official in Norfolk June 7 for Forums at ODU, Nauticus

Kathryn Sullivan, an assistant secretary of commerce and deputy administrator for NOAA, will participate in a forum on the topic "The Human Dimensions of Climate Change and Sea Level Rise in Hampton Roads" June 7 at ODU. (Full Story)

Section Heading: More News

ODU’s Rod Evans Unleashes New Book on Wordplay, 'Tyrannosaurus Lex’ (Full Story)

Researchers Awarded Grant to Develop Class Modules on Loss Prevention (Full Story)

Economic Geographer to Give Keynote at CREED Annual Meeting (Full Story)

Veterans, Family Members Attend Presentation and Screening of ‘Hell and Back Again’ (Full Story)

Section Heading: Features

ODU Graduate Accepted to Prestigious Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program

Teenagers frequently look around for something a little different to latch onto, an interest that separates them from their peers. For most people, that interest wanes as they get a bit older. And then there is Melissa Bitter. (Full Story)

ODU Alum Living His Hoop Dreams as Owner of Firm Catering to Pro Athletes

Steve Trax came to ODU in 1985 to play Division I basketball. But he also arrived with a career game plan. (Full Story)

Students at Play – A Photo Essay

All school work and no play? Not for these Jacks and Jills, who found some fun ways to avoid the label “dull.” From the end of the spring semester to the start of the summer sessions, the campus grounds became everything from a croquet lawn to a Frisbee field. (Full Story)

Section Heading: Kudos

Education College’s DeBruin-Parecki Honored by Children’s Harbor Hampton Roads (More)


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Section Heading: A picture is worth ...

Chad Peevy, the university’s grounds supervisor – and a certified arborist and horticulturist – takes members of the Association of University Administrators on a tour of the new ODU Tree Trail May 23. The trail, which features 30 trees, each identified by a plant tag, will officially open sometime in the fall. ODU Tree Trail brochures are available at the Kaplan Orchid Conservatory for those wishing to take a self-guided tour.

Section Heading: Events

Through Saturday, June 23
Andrew Breitenberg, "Selah” exhibition, Gordon Galleries. 3-6271

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

Friday, June 1
Hampton Roads Youth Wind Ensemble Concert, Community Music Division, 7:30 p.m., University Theatre

Saturday, June 2
Fourth annual Conference for Girls and Young Women, “ Girls Rule the World: Strengthening Your Journey,” sponsored by the ODU Community Development Corp., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Webb Center. 3-6657

Mike Epps: I’m Still Standing Tour, 8 p.m., Constant Center. 888-3-COXTIX. $

Tuesday, June 5
Beach party to view the transit of Venus, hosted by the physics department, 6-8:20 p.m., Whitehurst Beach (in the event of overcast skies or rain, the event will begin at 5 p.m. in Pretlow Planetarium). RSVP by June 1 to 3-3116 or www.odu.edu/ao/univents (event code: TOV12)

Thursday, June 7
Deadline to register dependents for Lambert’s Point Summer Programs, 3-5210

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