News and Notes

Beth Anders named National Coach of the Year

Beth Anders, head coach of the 1998 national champion Lady Monarch field hockey team, was recently named National Coach of the Year by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.

It is the first such honor for Anders, who was named Dita/NFHCA South Region Coach of the Year. During her 17-year tenure at the helm of the Lady Monarchs Anders has compiled an impressive 348-47-7 record, which makes her the winningest coach in the history of women's collegiate field hockey. This season she led her team to a 23-2 overall record, a 6-0 Colonial Athletic Association conference record, a seventh CAA title and an eighth NCAA crown.


Library hosting performance of works by Richmond composer

The University Library will host a performance of the work of Richmond composer Vernon Perdue Davis in Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7. Robert Shoup, director of the Virginia Chorale, will conduct. The performance is free and open to the public.

Davis' manuscripts were donated to the library's Diehn Composers Room in 1996. Davis was well known in the Episcopal Church for work he did on the part of the Diocese of Virginia. He wrote books on plainsong and ancient hymnody, including "The Tones of Plainsong" and "A Plainsong Primer." He composed choral and instrumental works such as church hymns, symphonies, operas, chamber music and anthems. "The Virginia Music Series," published by E. C. Schrimer, contains many of his works.

Several of his pieces are known in the Episcopal Church, although most of his work has never been performed outside of private musicales.

In conjunction with this performance, the Diehn Composers Room is hosting an exhibition that will run through Feb. 21.


Free massages, information offered at Health and Wellness Fair, Feb. 4

Faculty, staff and students are invited to a Health and Wellness Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in the North Mall of Webb Center.

Sponsored by Student Health Services' Office of Health Promotion, the fair will offer free massages and health and wellness information on such topics as breast cancer, bone marrow, dental hygiene and nutrition. There will also be blood pressure checks and screenings for diabetes, cholesterol ($12 fee) and sickle cell ($12 fee). Checks will be accepted from faculty and staff, while students may sign a billing agreement.

For more information call 683-5927.


Black Male Summit to open Jan. 29 with talk by Richmond judge

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


El Ni–o and its effect on human health is topic for science lectures

Dr. Jonathan Patz, director of the Program on Health Effects of Global Environmental Change at Johns Hopkins University, will give two talks on campus next week for the College of Sciences Distinguished Visitor Lecture Series.

He will present "El Ni–o and Human Health: The United Nations and U.S. Assessments" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in MGB 101, and "El Ni–o and Health: New Research Findings" at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, in room 100 of the Oceanography and Physics Building.


Free film series for children continues here Jan. 30

The second annual "Through the Eyes of Children" film festival, highlighting the wonder, faith and meaning of childhood experiences, opened on campus Jan. 16.

The film series, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 2 p.m. in room 107 of the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center. It is sponsored by In Support of Children, a campus organization working to prevent violence in the lives of children and their families.

The remaining films scheduled is as follows: "Fly Away Home," Saturday, Jan. 30; "The White Balloon," Sunday, Feb. 14; "The Secret Garden," Sunday, March 7; and "Ponette," Sunday, March 28.

For more information call 683-3800.


Music and dance concerts coming to campus

Three music concerts and the Student Choreographed Dance Concert are scheduled over the next two weeks on campus.

The Cavalier Consort will perform music of 17th-century France at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30. For tickets call 683-4075.

The Hampton Roads Early Music Society will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5. For tickets call 683-3020.

The Norfolk Chamber Consort will perform at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, in honor of Thea Musgrave's 70th birthday. For tickets call 683-3020.

The Student Choreographed Dance Concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12. For tickets call 683-3020.

All of the concerts will be in Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center.


Three faculty tapped for Great Decisions series

Three Old Dominion faculty members will give talks for the Great Decisions 1999 lecture series, sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads.

The series, which opened Jan. 23, will explore eight of today's most current international foreign policy issues and the ways they affect our lives. Remaining presentations are scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon each SaturdayÊmorning from Jan. 30 to March 13 at Virginia Wesleyan College. The cost for the series is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Tickets for single presentations are $5.

Old Dominion faculty speaking are:

  • Feb. 13 - Francis Adams, assistant professor of political science and geography, "Latin America: A Broad Overview."
  • Feb. 27 - Simon Serfaty, professor of international studies, "Implementing NATO Enlargement: Difficult Choices Ahead."
  • March 13 - Maria Fornella, director of the Model U.N. Program, "U.S. Role in the U.N.: A Changing Dynamic?"

    For reservations or more information call 464-0200.


    Wisconsin prof to speak for biology seminar series

    Calvin B. DeWitt, professor of environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin, will give a talk titled "Science, Ethics and Praxis: A Framework for Doing Science in an Ecological Age" at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, for the Biological Sciences Alumni Seminar Series. The free program will be in MGB 102.

    DeWitt's most recent book is "Caring for Creation" (1998). His current research focuses on the integration of science and environmental ethics in application to praxis in secular and faith-based communities.