News and Notes

President Koch receives Urban League award

President James V. Koch recently received the Marian Palmer Capps Award from the Urban League of Hampton Roads for outstanding contributions to education.

During the Urban League annual dinner March 15, the league also announced that beginning next year President Koch will have an Urban League award named in his honor. He will become the first non-African-American to be so honored by the organization.

The Capps Award is named for one of the founding members of the Urban League of Hampton Roads. She is a professor emeritus at Norfolk State University and a community activist.


Hispanic Lecture Series kicks off March 28

Luis Lobo, a native of Costa Rica and newly appointed vice president of retail banking for BB&T, will be the guest speaker for the Old Dominion University Latino Student Alliance's first Hispanic Professional Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in the Hampton/Newport News Room of Webb Center.

A small reception will precede the lecture at 6:30 p.m. in Webb Center's Potomac River Room.

For more information contact Eric Xavier Barreto, president of the Latino Student Alliance, at 683-4406 or


Library gains access to 650 electronic journals

Perry Library recently gained access to 650 electronic journals in medicine, technology and the sciences through ScienceDirect, a product of Elsevier Science. Previously the library had print copies of only 250 of the journals.

To access the journals, go to the library home page,, click on Information Resources and scroll down to Highlighted Resources.

An Elsevier representative will be on campus Thursday, April 5, to demonstrate the capabilities of ScienceDirect to faculty, staff and graduate students. The session is scheduled for 3-4 p.m. in room 163 of Perry Library.

For more information call 683-4148.


Hamchetou Maiga named CAA Player of the Year

Senior forward Hamchetou Maiga of Bamako, Mali, captured CAA Player of the Year honors after leading the Lady Monarchs to a 15-1 mark in conference play and the top seed in the CAA women's basketball tournament, held on campus last weekend.

The honor marked the 10th consecutive year that Old Dominion has produced the award winner.

A tri-captain, Maiga ranked fifth in the CAA in scoring (14.1), fourth in rebounding (7.6), first in field goal accuracy (57.8 percent), fifth in steals (2.2) and eighth in blocked shots (0.8). She was also voted to the CAA All-Defensive and All-Academic Teams.

Sophomore guard Okeisha Howard of Virginia Beach joined Maiga on the All-CAA first team. The 5-5 Howard was second in the CAA in both scoring (14.8) and free throws made (125).

Freshman Monique Coker of Bronx, N.Y., was named the CAA conference tournament MVP. Joining her on the all-tournament team was Tiffany Thompson, a junior from Clinton, Md.


Engineering students win regional ASC competition

A team of students from the College of Engineering and Technology placed first out of 11 teams at the Associated Schools of Construction Region 1 Bid Competition, held March 1-4 in Matamoros, Pa.

The team, which won the commercial bid competition, received a check for $2,000. The students are competing this weekend against six other teams at the Associated General Contractors National Convention in Nashville.

Advised by Carol Considine, associate professor of engineering technology, the Old Dominion team consists of Matt Posniewski, Daniella Bezerra, Molly Keffer, Chad Rexrode, Rodney Shields and Amir Nekoumand.


Basco to teach coastal engineering in Caribbean

David R. Basco, professor of civil and environmental engineering, will conduct eight weeks of short courses on coastal engineering this summer on five Caribbean islands: Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Joining Basco will be scientists and coastal engineers from the Coastal Hydraulics Laboratory Engineering Research Development Center of the Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, Miss.

The courses will be taught with civil engineering faculty from the University of West Indies.

Old Dominion is one of only three U.S. universities selected to participate in the program, part of the USAID-OAS Hurricane Lenny Reconstruction Project. The program's budget is being administered by the Old Dominion University Research Foundation.


Student paper takes first in national competition

Ram Prasad, a graduate student in the civil and environmental engineering department, was awarded first place in the graduate category of the national paper competition of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

He has been invited to present his paper, "Removal of Tributyltin from Shipward Wastes," at the EWRI Conference in Orlando, May 21-22. He also will receive a $500 award.


Library introduces e-delivery of photocopies

Perry Library's Interlibrary Loan Services (ILS) can now provide users with electronic delivery of some photocopies requested through interlibrary loan.

Many interlibrary loan photocopies are received in the ILS office in an electronic format from the supplying library. The practice has been to produce a paper copy of an electronic file for the user to keep. With a new software program, Prospero, electronic files can be stored on a computer server and accessed via the Web for viewing or printing as desired.

Interlibrary users are notified by e-mail that a photocopy they requested is available electronically.

To take advantage of the electronic delivery of interlibrary loan materials, users must have Adobe Acrobat installed on their computer and a valid e-mail account. Web-accessed photocopies are subject to the same copyright guidelines that apply to printed material.

For more information call 683-4170.


Entries sought for spring golf tournament

Entries are due Friday, March 30, for the annual spring golf tournament sponsored by the recreational sports department.

Open to faculty, staff and students, the event will be held Saturday, April 7, at Ocean View Golf Course in Norfolk. The entry fee is $50 and checks should be made payable to the golf course.

To enter call 683-3384.


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