News and Notes

“Violence in Our Schools” is topic for public forum

Throughout the nation, violence in America’s schools has skyrocketed, leaving parents, teachers, administrators and the community asking many questions. A public forum, “Violence in Our Schools: Getting an Education Should Not Be Dangerous,” will bring teachers, administrators, students and juvenile judges together to discuss solutions to school violence in our elementary, middle and high schools, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Sponsored by the Virginia Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, and Old Dominion, the forum is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Mills Godwin Jr. Building auditorium. WTKR-TV anchor Cathleen Trigg will serve as moderator.

Panelists will include: Jerrauld C. Jones, member of the House of Delegates of Virginia; Glenn L. Koonce, Chesapeake Public Schools director of pupil discipline and student activities; Roy D. Nichols Jr., Old Dominion distinguished educator in-residence; Frank Sellew, Norfolk Public Schools deputy superintendent for operations; Carolyn Smith, Hunt-Mapp Middle School teacher; Kenneth W. Stolle, member of the Virginia Senate; Anita O. Poston, Norfolk School Board chair; Patricia A. West, Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judge; Alotha C. Willis, Portsmouth Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court chief judge; and Rosemary A. Wilson, Virginia Beach School Board vice chair.

For more information about the public forum call Chris Boynton at 391-3128 or Randy Blow at 427-8892.

Grant writing workshop scheduled Nov. 2 and 12

Faculty can learn to identify the key components of a successful research proposal and learn how best to present them at a workshop this month sponsored by the Office of Research, Economic Development and Graduate Studies.

“Mechanics of Grant Writing” will also instruct participants on how to write project objectives, supporting documentation, evaluation and dissemination, and other sections. In addition, faculty will learn how to organize proposals, utilize the most successful writing style and identify the key elements of a preproposal/letter of intent.

The workshop is scheduled for 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, in the James and Lynnhaven River Room of Webb Center. It will be offered again at the same time on Nov. 12 in room 239 of Kaufman Hall.

Registration information is due one week before the date of each workshop. To register contact Lynn Farrugia at 683-3148 or

Participants are advised to bring their lunch; cookies and soft drinks will be served.

Faculty Wives and Friends sponsors coffee tasting

Is premium coffee worth the extra expense? Those who attend next week’s coffee tasting, hosted by the Old Dominion Faculty, Wives and Friends organization, decide for themselves after sampling freshly brewed cups in side-by-side taste tests.

Marc Harlan of the Colley Avenue Starbucks will give a talk on coffee history and lore, and have many varieties available for sampling at the meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography. CCPO is located on 52nd Street, just east of Colley Avenue.

The cost is $4, and proceeds will go to the group’s scholarship fund. All women faculty, wives and friends of Old Dominion are invited. Those planning to attend should call Chris McAfee at 420-3734.

Intergroup dialogue will explore the topic “Being Gay or Straight”

“Being Gay or Straight” is the title of an intergroup dialogue being offered next week by the Office of Multicultural Student Services.

According to the flier for the event, “This dialogue takes place in an open, but respectful, atmosphere. This is your chance to share beliefs and ask questions if you’re gay or straight.” The program is scheduled for 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the York and Potomac River Room of Webb Center.

Registration is required. To register and pick up a reading list, stop by the Office of Multicultural Student Services in room 2109 of Webb Center. For more information call 683-4406.

Registrations due Oct. 26 for bus trip to winery

The Alumni Association’s Pride of Richmond will host “Halloween Jazz on the Lawn,” a wine tasting and tour on Saturday, Oct. 31, at Stonewall Vineyards and Winery in Concord, Va. The Office of Alumni Relations will sponsor a bus to and from the event for members of the university community. The combined cost for transportation and admission to the event is $30 (the price was listed incorrectly in the last Courier).

Participants will receive a souvenir wine glass, free glass of wine, catered lunch and live music. Halloween costumes are encouraged.

The bus will leave from campus at 8 a.m. and return after the event concludes at 6 p.m. The registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 26. To register or for more information call Kenisha Roberson in the alumni office at 683-3435.

Music faculty to perform

Several members of the music faculty will perform over the next two weeks.

Agnes Fuller will give a voice recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, in Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center.

John Toomey’s Trio will accompany jazz vocalist Mark Murphy at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, for the Diehn Concert Series, also being held in Chandler Recital Hall.

James Kosnik will give an organ recital at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Norfolk, and on Wednesday, Nov. 4, the University Wind Ensemble will play at 7:30 p.m. on the University Theatre stage.

Violist Amadi Hummings and pianist Andrey Kasparov will present a recital, joined by Melody

Ruffin-Ward of the University Dance Program, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in Chandler Recital Hall.

All of the performances are free and open to the public. For more information call 683-3020.

Old Dominion’s No. 1 field hockey team hosts arch-rival UNC on Nov. 1

The top-ranked Old Dominion field hockey team will take on the former No. 1 UNC Tar Heels Sunday, Nov. 1, at Foreman Field, and the athletic department is hoping for a big turnout for this great rivalry.

The 1 p.m. contest will mark the 44th meeting of the two teams, which share 10 national titles between them, led by Old Dominion’s seven crowns. The Lady Monarchs beat North Carolina a month ago, 4-3, in Chapel Hill, and the Nov. 1 rematch will be the final regular season match for the Old Dominion squad.

Admission will be charged for the game, marking the first time the university has sold tickets for a regular season game in the program’s long and successful history. Proceeds will go toward field hockey scholarships.

General admission is $3; students with I.D. cards will be admitted free.