News and Notes

Old Dominion contingent to attend Japan symposium

A contingent of four faculty and administrators will take part in an international educational symposium in Hiroshima, Japan, May 15.

Jane Hager, interim dean of the Darden College of Education; Pat Tow, chair of the exercise science, physical education and recreation department; and Hiroyuki Hamada, director of the U.S.-Japan programs in the education college, will be keynote speakers. David Hager, associate vice president for academic affairs, also will participate in the symposium, which will focus on educational reforms and impending policy issues facing both nations.

Some 300 educators, administrators and ministry policy makers from Japan, along with 40 American English teachers stationed in Japan, also will attend.

The Old Dominion group will take part in a similar forum in Kitakyushu May 17.


Student wins award at aeronautics conference

Whitney Seay, an engineering technology major, won third prize in the undergraduate division of the student branch of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics regional conference in April. He received an award of $250 for his talk on enhancing the aerodynamic performance of a race car.

Aerospace graduate student Julian Alvarez presented a paper on the construction of a Wright Flyer airfoil for wind tunnel testing.

Both students work in support of the Langley Full-Scale Wind Tunnel with Drew Landman, faculty adviser.


Library makes call for summer reserve materials

On-campus faculty wishing to place print articles and books on reserve for the summer semester must do so seven days in advance of reserve reading assignments. Copies of journal articles to be placed on reserve should be brought to the circulation desk. For electronic reserves, materials should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester in which they will be used.

Library reserve materials are provided in two formats: in print at the reserve desk in the Perry Library and distance learning sites, or electronically via the Web to any registered Old Dominion student, faculty or staff member. In accordance with copyright guidelines, electronic access is password protected. The campus ID number without spaces or hyphens is the user name, and the word "viva" in lowercase letters is the password.

Submissions after the beginning of a semester will be processed as quickly as possible, but faculty should allow at least seven days before assigning materials that have been submitted for E-Reserves once classes have begun.

Information about E-Reserves is available from the Library Services option on the library's Web site or at For more information about E-Reserve contact Marie Howard at or 683-4154.

For more information about reserve materials contact Virginia S. O'Herron at 683-4186.


Summer Institute on College Teaching to be held June 10-15 at W&M

The Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education will conduct its 23rd annual Summer Institute on College Teaching June 10-15 at the College of William and Mary.

Topics covered will include instructional innovation; testing and grading; small-group strategies; lecturing; cooperative learning; technology in the classroom; course and teacher evaluation; questioning skills; teaching and learning styles; student assessment; syllabus construction; and how to make classes more interactive.

The fee is $685; the consortium advises prospective participants to contact their school administration to see if faculty development funds are available to help defray the cost.

The institute includes lectures, demonstrations, workshops, individual consultations, and five days' room and board.

For more information call 683-3183 or visit the Web site


Exercise science major receives McNair award

Delphis Hope Nevins is preparing for graduate school though she's only half-way to her undergraduate degree at Old Dominion.

The rising sophomore from Jamaica left recently for the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement program at the University of Tennessee.

Nevins, 20, an exercise science major, is one of only 35 students from U.S. colleges selected to take part in this year's McNair program at the University of Tennessee.

The program awards grants to institutions of higher education for projects designed to prepare participants for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. The goal is to increase the number of students from underrepresented segments of society in doctoral programs.

Services provided by the program include: research opportunities, mentoring seminars and other scholarly activities designed to prepare students for doctoral studies, and summer internships.

The program is named for Ronald McNair, one of the seven crew members killed in the 1986 explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. He was the second African American to fly in space and a nationally recognized laser physics.


VATS conference set for June 14 on campus

The Virginia Assistive Technology System of Southeastern Virginia, part of the Darden College of Education, will host the VATS Conference 2001, Taking Control: Empowerment Through Self Advocacy and Advocacy, on June 14 in Webb Center.

The annual conference is designed for disabled individuals and care providers. The registration fee is $40; however, there is no fee for authorized care providers accompanying a participant.

Skip Wilkins will be the keynote speaker and state Sen. Yvonne Miller will serve as panel moderator. Among the presenters will be Maureen Hollowell of the Endependence Center, Linda Harris of the Department of Rights for Virginians with Disabilities and Althea Pittman of Eastern Shore Center for Independent Living.

For more information call 683-5773.


Former faculty member dies

Gerald Wayne Thompson, associate professor emeritus of educational curriculum and instruction, died April 13 in Chesapeake.

Following a 22-year career as a lieutenant colonel in the Army, Thompson retired from the military and began a second career as an educator, teaching at Old Dominion from 1972 to 1984.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Arleen J. Thompson; his son, Larry Alan Thompson of Bellingham, Wash.; a daughter, Leslie Ann Beasley of Chesapeake; a sister, Jo Ann Ahrens of Fort Scott, Kan.; and a brother, Kenneth Bain Thompson of San Antonio, Texas.


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