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Former Navy diver Carl Brashear is speaker for Black Male Summit

Carl Brashear, the first black master chief diver in U.S. Navy history and the subject of the recent motion picture "Men of Honor," will be the keynote speaker for Black Male Summit 2001 Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26-27.

Brashear, a Virginia Beach resident, will speak at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the North Cafeteria of Webb Center. A question-and-answer period will follow.

A native of Kentucky, Brashear enlisted in the Navy in 1948. While assigned to a salvage ship in 1966, he was badly injured in an accident; as a result, surgeons had to amputate his left leg below the knee.

He refused to submit to medical survey boards attempting to retire him as unfit for duty. After demonstrating that he could still dive and perform his other duties, Brashear in 1970 qualified as the first black master diver in U.S. Navy history.

The Black Male Summit's opening ceremony will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday. A series of workshops on topics including HIV/AIDS, motivation, health trends and issues, and leadership skills will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Speakers include Walter Kimbrough, vice president for student affairs at Albany State University in Georgia and former director of student activities and leadership at Old Dominion.

All of the Black Male Summit activities will take place in Webb Center.

The summit is free, although registration is required. To register, call 683-5490 or for more information consult the Web site www.odu.edu/blackmalesummit2001.

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Cellist Paul Tobias to perform Jan. 29

Cellist Paul Tobias will perform on campus at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, to kick off the spring edition of the Diehn Concert Series. The free concert will be held in Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The New York Times has called him "master of the instrument and the music inflected with the intensity and subtlety of a great singer."

Tobias has performed with distinguished conductors Piere Boulez, Zubin Mehta and Michael Tilson Thomas. He has also played with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. He is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.

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Nomination letters due soon for Stern Award

Faculty and students are invited to nominate outstanding faculty from the College of Arts and Letters for the Robert L. Stern Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Nomination letters should be submitted to the nominee's department chair by Friday, Jan. 19. Other nomination and supporting materials must be submitted to the Office of the Dean by Feb. 9.

Faculty and students are also invited to nominate part-time faculty from the College of Arts and Letters for the Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award. Nomination letters should be submitted to the nominee's department chair by Feb. 21.

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Rear Adm. Cole is guest speaker for Jan. 25 Town-N-Gown dinner

Rear Adm. Christopher W. Cole, commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, will be the guest speaker for a dinner meeting Thursday, Jan. 25, sponsored by the Town-N-Gown organization. It is open to the public.

Town-N-Gown is an independent, informal association of men and women dedicated to developing a mutual understanding between Old Dominion and the various civilian and military communities of Hampton Roads.

A reception will begin at 5:45 p.m. in the North Cafeteria of Webb Center, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and Adm. Cole's remarks at 7:30 p.m. He will speak on the subject of the Navy and Hampton Roads.

Musical entertainment is also being planned for the dinner program, which costs $16 per person.

The reservation deadline is Thursday, Jan. 18. Reservations may be made by calling Wilma Robinson at 489-8438.

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Jeff Richards to address Literature Faculty Forum

Jeffrey Richards, chair of the English department, will open the spring edition of the Literature Faculty Forum Tuesday, Jan. 16, with a talk on "Robin or Fieldfare: Joseph Lord and the Origins of Natural History Writing in Colonial America."

His talk will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Burgess Room of the Batten Arts and Letters Building.

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Baseball Clinic features Harmon Killebrew

Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, baseball's fifth all-time home run hitter with 573 playing for the Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins, will be the keynote speaker and clinician for the 24th annual Greenwich Kitchens/Old Dominion University Baseball Clinic Jan. 26-27.

Tickets for the clinic, which will be held at the Field House Saturday, Jan. 27, are $5 for the one session starting at 9 a.m.

The weekend opens Friday, Jan. 26, with the ACS Systems "Meet the Stars" Banquet at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, beginning with a social at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person, and are on sale at the Athletic Ticket Office. Proceeds from the sales support baseball scholarships.

Killebrew won five home run titles and led the American League in RBI three times and twice in slugging. In 1969, he was the league's Most Valuable Player when he hit 49 home runs, drove in 140 runs and walked 145 times. Those totals were tops in both leagues. Killebrew was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.

Killebrew, who played both third and first base during his career, is third all-time in home run percentage at 7.0 behind only Babe Ruth and Ralph Kiner.

For more information about the clinic and banquet call 683-4444.

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World Affairs Council sponsors talk by World Bank director

Mamphela Ramphele, managing director of the World Bank, will address a symposium of students and faculty from area universities from 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in the Hampton/Newport News Room of Webb Center.

The symposium, sponsored by the World Affairs Council, is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Ramphele, a South African national, assumed her position with the World Bank in May 2000. As a member of the senior leadership team, she is responsible for managing the institution's human development activities in the areas of education, health, nutrition, population and social protection. She provides oversight and guidance to the bank group's efforts with client governments in strengthening human development support systems.

The World Bank is the world's largest source of development assistance, providing nearly $16 billion in loans annually to its client countries. It uses its financial resources, highly trained staff and knowledge base to help each developing country onto a path of stable, sustainable and equitable growth in the fight against poverty.

Prior to joining the bank, Ramphele was vice chancellor of the University of Cape Town, a post she assumed in 1996, becoming the first black woman to hold this position at a South African university. During her tenure at Cape Town, she published books and articles on education, health and social development issues.

She has also worked as a medical doctor, civil rights leader, community development worker and academic researcher.

From 1977 to 1984, Ramphele was banished by the South African government to the remote township of Lenyenye, near Tzaneen. There she continued her work with the rural poor and established the Ithuseng Community Health Program.

For more information or to register call 683-5195.

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