News and Notes

M.F.A. Reading Series opens at Prince Books

Two graduate students from the Creative Writing Program will open the M.F.A. Spring Reading Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Prince Books in downtown Norfolk.

Both Nancy Jolemore and Temple West will read selections from their works. The readings are free and open to the public and begin at 7:30 p.m. The Prince Books cafe will be open during the readings, which last until approximately 8:30 p.m.

The five-part series continues Feb. 5 and 19, March 19 and April 9. Prince Books is located at 109 E. Main St. For more information call Michael Pearson, associate professor of English, at 683-6945.

Using Web search engines is faculty workshop topic

What's a search engine? A Web portal? A Dogpile? Faculty can find out the answers to these and other questions when the University Library presents the workshop "Vroom . . . Revving Web Search Engines and Using Them Effectively" from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28.

Participants will learn how to decide what tools best suit their Web searching needs and how to access and use them. Internet systems librarian Glenn Bunton will lead the workshop in Room 163 of the library.

For more information call 683-4546.

Biology seminar series resumes next week

The first seminar in the Department of Biological Sciences Alumni Seminar Series for 1999 will be "Fire Ecology and Policy Issues in Conservation of Longleaf Pine Ecosystems," presented by Lindsay Boring, director of the Joseph Jones Ecological Research Center in southern Georgia.

His talk is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in Room 102 of the Mills Godwin Jr. Building.

The lecture may be of interest to anyone concerned about forestry, ecology, natural history, endangered species or the role of policy in developing conservation programs, according to Lytton J. Musselman, professor of biological sciences.

Since 1985 the university has owned and maintained the northern-most stand of longleaf pine in North America, located on the Blackwater Ecologic Preserve. It is administered by the biology department.

For more information contact Musselman at 683-3610 or

National Geographic photographer to speak at World Affairs dinner

Former Virginian-Pilot photographer Karen Kasmauski will be the guest speaker for the next World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads dinner program, scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 21, in Webb Center.

A Norfolk native and currently a contributing photographer for National Geographic magazine, Kasmauski will speak on "Behind the Global Lens." Her talk begins at 8 p.m., preceded by a reception at 6:15 and dinner at 7 p.m.

The cost for the program is $16 for World Affairs Council members, $18 for nonmembers and $10 for students. Reservations are due by noon Tuesday, Jan. 19.

For more information or to register call 464-0200.

Basketball games televised

Three games featuring the women's and men's basketball teams will be televised this month. Although the Lady Monarchs' home game against No. 2 Tennessee is sold out, you can catch the action on HTS, Fox Sports South, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19. The Old Dominion women will be on the tube again (HTS) at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, when they visit VCU.

The Monarchs' next road game will also be televised by HTS when the team travels to William and Mary for a 2 p.m. contest on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Owens Center holding first Black Male Summit

The Hugo A. Owens African-American Cultural Center will host its first Black Male Summit Jan. 29-30 in Webb Center. The two-day program will feature speakers, workshops and cultural expression.

The summit gets under way 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, with a reception, followed by the opening ceremony. President James V. Koch will give the welcome address, and James Edward Sheffield, Richmond's first black Circuit Court judge, will deliver the keynote speech.

On Saturday, Jan. 30, concurrent workshops are scheduled for 10-11:50 a.m., followed by a luncheon. After lunch, eight former students will participate in a panel discussion, "The Real Deal," focusing on their experiences at Old Dominion and beyond.

The mission of the summit is to galvanize African-American males on campus and provide a forum in which they can come together to address issues that impact their academic, social, spiritual, physical and economic development success.

The summit is free to all Old Dominion students. To register call 683-5490.

Study Abroad Fair set for Feb. 2 in Webb Center

Students interested in expanding their educational horizons, while earning academic credit and enjoying the summer all at the same time, are invited to attend the Summer 1999 Study Abroad Fair, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, in the North Mall of Webb Center.

The fair is sponsored by the Office of International Programs' study abroad office. For more information call 683-5378.

Weekend College student wins Sims nursing award

Yvette Roy, a Weekend College student in the nursing program, has won the third Faye P. Sims Sophomore Student Award for Professionalism in Nursing.

Before enrolling at Old Dominion, Roy had completed six years of active duty in the U.S. Navy as a parachute rigger.

Presented twice a year - at the end of the fall and spring semesters - the award consists of all the textbooks published by Mosby Book Co. that will be needed to complete the undergraduate curriculum. The books are valued at over $1,000. Mosby supplies the books for the award, which recognizes self-motivation, responsibility, accountability, mentoring, integrity, veracity, appearance and independence.

Sims is an instructor of nursing who has taught at Old Dominion full time since 1985. The award was named for her because she initiated an increased emphasis on the socialization of sophomore students into the professional role in nursing.

Applications due Feb. 1 for NASA Langley programs

Applications and supporting materials for the NASA Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars Program and the NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program are due Monday, Feb. 1.

Open to students classified as a junior, senior or first-year graduate student as of May 31, the 10-week Summer Scholars Program offers a research internship at NASA Langley designed for those pursuing degrees in aeronautical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, materials science, computer science, atmospheric science, astrophysics, physics or chemistry.

The program, which begins June 7, requires a research project to be completed by each participant under the supervision of a LaRC mentor.

The Graduate Student Researchers Program is targeted to a culturally diverse group of promising students whose research interests are compatible with NASA's programs in space science and aerospace technology. Fellowships provide $22,000 annually and are renewable, based on satisfactory progress, for up to three years.

Applications and additional information about both programs can be obtained by contacting Surendra N. Tiwari, eminent professor of mechanical engineering, at 683-6363 or 683-3730.