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Nine alumni, two faculty will be honored at Founders' Day program

Nine alumni and two faculty members will be among those honored at the annual Founders' Day dinner Friday, Oct. 25, but not before the facility that serves as the site of the dinner program has its grand opening.

Indeed, it will be an eventful afternoon and evening at the new Ted Constant Convocation Center. Gov. Mark Warner will be on hand as the guest speaker for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which is scheduled for 5 p.m. It will be preceded by a reception at 4:30. Guided tours of the $56 million facility will be given from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Then it's on to the dinner program, titled "Realizing Dreams," which begins at 7 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $30 per person; students can attend for $15. Reservations are due by Monday, Oct. 21, and may be made by calling 683-3116. (RSVPs are also requested from those planning to attend the ribbon-cutting.)

Distinguished Alumni awards will be presented to:

  • Joan P. Brock (M.A. '91), of Virginia Beach, an original founder and former treasurer of Dollar Tree Stores Inc.
  • Melissa J. Buffington (M.B.A. '91), of Nashville, senior vice president of human development and planning for Dollar General Corp.
  • William B. Drewry '91, of Atlanta, entertainment industry analyst with Credit Susisse First Boston.
  • Gail R. Englert (M.S.Ed. '89), of Chesapeake, a fifth-grade math teacher at Sewells Point Elementary in Norfolk. USA Today named her to its All-USA Teachers second team last year.
  • Dr. Charles P. Fletcher '50, of Virginia Beach, a dentist and former vice chairman of Virginia Beach Federal Corp. (nowRoyal Bank of Canada).
  • Maj. Gen. Henry Osman '69, commanding general, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Forces Atlantic, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
  • Ping-Shia Tsao Kung (M.S. '83), of Alexandria, Va., founder and CEO of VoiceInVoiceOut Corp., and founder, president and chairwoman of INTECS International Inc. and the Taipei, Taiwan-based INTECS Information Ltd.
  • Michael Torrech '96, of Chesapeake, president of Tecnico Corp., a privately owned industrial and marine manufacturing firm headquartered in Chesapeake.
  • Melody C. Watts '83, of Yardley, Pa., deputy attorney general for the state of Pennsylvania and former Workers Compensation Section chairwoman at the law firm of David Oh, P.C.

Other awards to be presented on Founders' Day include:

  • The University Medal to James V. Koch, Board of Visitors Professor of Economics and President Emeritus of Old Dominion, and G. William Whitehurst, Kaufman Lecutrer in Public Affairs at the university.
  • The Batten Awward for philanthropy to The Norfolk Foundation, a group of Norfolk civic leaders dedicated to making grants that transform the quality of life and inspire philanthropy in southeastern Virginia.
  • The Albert B. "Buck" Gornto Jr. Regional Service Award to Joshua P. Darden Jr., president of Darden Properties Inc.
  • The Distinguished Entrepreneurial Award to Edward L. Hamm Jr.,president and CEO of E.L. Hamm and Associates Inc., a management and engineering consulting firm in Virginia Beach, and a former rector of Old Dominion's Board of Visitors.
  • Town-N-Gown Community Service Awards to the Hampton Roads Committee of 200+ Men, an advocacy group for African American causes in Hampton Raods, and The Lambert's Point Health Promotion Center, a partnership with the College of Health Sciences.
  • The Tim Miller Athletic Award to Robin D. Ray, president and CEO of Atlantic Dominion Distributors and owner of Hoffman Beverage Co.
  • Honorary Alumnus designation to Stephen B. Ballard, president and CEO of S.B. Ballard Construction Co.

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