Center for Plasma and Photon Processing opens at ARC in Newport News

Old Dominion will soon participate in a new "Innovation Center - The Center for Plasma and Photon Processing. Earlier this month, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Barry E. DuVal and the Center for Innovative Technology announced the selection of a new Innovation Center at the Applied Research Center in Newport News.

"I am excited about the selection of the Applied Research Center as a new Innovation Center. The ARC is a centralized gateway joining state-of-the-art technology, scholars and researchers from Virginia's universities and the commonwealth's growing business, DuVal said.

The center, combining the research expertise of faculty from four area universities, will help advance the use of intelligent processes to control energy for creating materials, structures and devices. The use of light and intelligent processes is critical for high-value-added manufacturing of computer and communication equipment, physical and chemical sensors and biomedical instruments, and plays an increasingly important role in aerospace, automotive and marine and semiconductor manufacturing industries.

The center will serve as a gateway for small, medium and large businesses to access the expensive equipment at the Applied Research Center. In addition, the center will provide an opportunity for Old Dominion researchers to assist in the development of new applications of technologies and share in the spin-off potential of new technologies developed at the lab.

Mool Gupta, Old Dominion's director of the Applied Research Center, received a plaque from DuVal to symbolize the partnership between companies, institutions and organizations that will make the center a valuable and successful resource to businesses across the commonwealth.

The new center, which will be operational in September, is expected to receive between $1 million and $2 million over the course of five years. The new center is expected to have a regional economic impact of 4,200 jobs and $160 million.

Engineering honor society sponsoring crab feast

Chi Epsilon, a civil engineering honor society, will sponsor an all-you-can-eat blue crab festival from 3-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, on Kaufman Mall.

In addition to crabs, hot dogs, hamburgers and soda will be available. The event is open to the public; tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the gate and $25 for a family of four. Proceeds will help the engineering honor society offset the costs of attending academic competitions. For more information call 683-3753.

Crossman honored for educational contributions in engineering technology

Gary R. Crossman, associate professor of engineering technology, recently received the James H. McGraw Award in Engineering Technology Education from Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, a global publishing, financial, information and media services corporation.

A faculty member at Old Dominion since 1970, Crossman was selected for the award for his "outstanding contributions to engineering technology education as an administrator and educator, for his conspicuous leadership and for his noteworthy professional achievements.

In its 49th year, the award is presented annually to an engineering technology educator in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of engineering technology education. The award consists of a plaque and a cash award of $1,000 supplied by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill.

Edgerton takes part in C-SPAN Summer Seminar

Gary R. Edgerton, chair of communication and theatre arts, joined 35 other college and university professors from across the country for C-SPAN's Summer 1998 Seminar for Professors.

Faculty members from disciplines as diverse as political science, journalism, speech, communication and public policy attended the Aug. 6-7 program at C-SPAN's Washington, D.C., office.

Edgerton was selected through a competitive application process open to all of the 4,900 college faculty members of "C-SPAN in the Classroom, the cable network's free national membership service for educators. The seminar was organized by C-SPAN's education relations department which, through "C-SPAN in the Classroom, provides free support materials to educators who utilize the network's programming for teaching and research.

Special Collections at library now offers access to research materials

The University Library's Special Collections will be open to researchers Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., starting Aug. 31 Special Collections houses the University Archives, which include theses and dissertations, university records, photographs, oral histories, local and regional history collections, and other historical resources.

Special Collections is also home to books about Virginia and Norfolk history, and its manuscript collections include photos, diaries, correspondence, legal papers, newspaper clippings, campaign files and maps. Also available are materials on the Civil War, women's history, 20th-century Norfolk and Virginia politics, desegregation of the Norfolk schools, military history and other local history. The collection even includes a few photos of the old Ocean View Amusement Park.

For more information visit the Web site at or call Jay Gaidmore at 683-4483.

DMV's "office on wheels coming to campus Sept. 15

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles' Mobile Customer Service Center will be on campus 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15.

DMV's "office on wheels will be available to provide all DMV services to faculty, staff, students and members of the surrounding community. It will be parked in the back section of the Powhatan parking lot, located at the intersection of 44th Street and Powhatan Avenue.

Library to give tours and introductory sessions

Members of the university community are invited to tour the new and improved University Library next month and to take part in introductory sessions. Registration is not required; participants should meet in the first-floor lobby.

Tours are offered from 12:45-1:15 p.m. Sept. 9, 14, 16 and 21, and will show the location of services and collections, such as the OCCS computer lab, Digital Services Center, Special Collections, microforms, journals and books.

"Introduction to the Library sessions are scheduled from 12:45-1:15 p.m. every Tuesday in September. Library staff members will offer tips for searching databases and answer questions about accessing the catalog and databases from home, finding subject-appropriate databases, using the online catalog effectively and deciding when to search by key word instead of subject.

The library is also offering student workshops on searching the World Wide Web to find resources for research papers and other course assignments. These are scheduled at various dates and times in September and require registration.

For more information call 683-4178.