News and Notes


Friends of Library dinner reservation date extended

If you missed the April 5 deadline for the Friends of the Library Author Dinner, don't worry. The deadline has been extended to 5 p.m. Monday, April 9.

The program, which features political analyst Larry Sabato, begins with a reception and book signing at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 and Sabato's lecture at 8. The dinner will include the presentation of the Friends of the Library Outstanding Achievement Award to Carl Boyd, Louis I. Jaffé Professor of History. All of the events will take place in Webb Center.

The cost of the reception/book signing, dinner and lecture (with reserved front-row seating, on a first-come, first-served basis) is $20. Checks should be payable to Friends of the Old Dominion University Library and given to Fern McDougal in room 229 of Perry Library. There is no charge to attend only the lecture.

For more information call McDougal at 683-4141.

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Board of Visitors to meet April 12 in Webb Center

The Board of Visitors will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the Webb Center Board Room.

Board committees will meet earlier in the day as follows:

--Academic Affairs - James/Lynnhaven River Room, 9 a.m. to noon.

--Administration and Finance - York/Potomac River Room, 9 a.m. to noon.

--Institutional Advancement - York/Potomac River Room, 1-3 p.m.

--Student Affairs - James/Lynnhaven River Room, 1-3 p.m.

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"Bandits" is final entry in German film series

Katja von Garnier's 1997 movie, "Bandits," will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, for the German film series "From Berlin to Hollywood." The final work in the spring series, it will shown in room 104 of the Batten Arts and Letters Building.

The movie tells the story of four female prisoners who form a rock band while behind bars. Their musical career takes off after they escape from jail. "This is one for the unruly girls everywhere ... a wild road adventure," according to a review in the Austin Chronicle.

The film, in German with English subtitles, is free and open to the public.

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Students can get help with term papers at library

Students in need of term paper help are invited to drop in Perry Library, room 163, any time from 1-4 p.m. Monday, April 9. Expert one-on-one help from reference librarians will be available on finding articles, using Internet resources, citing sources, and other related library needs.

A Writing Center professional will be on hand from 1-2:45 p.m. to help with grammar, style and other aspects of writing.

For more information call 683-4185.

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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.

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Grad. program directors travel to Korea in March

John Heyl, executive director of international programs, led a group of faculty graduate program directors to Korea over spring break, March 2-10.

The goal of the trip was to familiarize participants with opportunities for graduate student recruitment and creative partnerships with educational institutions in Korea. In addition, the group had dinner with Korean alumni March 8 in Seoul.

Participants included Kae Chung, business and public administration;Oktay Baysal, engineering and technology; Janet Bing, arts and letters; Laurel Garzon, health sciences; Steve Tonelson, education; and Anne Geyer and Bill Thompson, English Language Center.

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Three receive awards at college research day

Two faculty members and one student received awards at the College of Health Sciences' annual Research Day March 21.

Stacey B. Plichta, assistant professor of community health professions, was honored as the best faculty platform presenter for her presentation on "Violence Across the Lifespan: Effects on Health and Access to Care in U.S. Women." Plichta's research indicates that women who suffered some form of abuse, particularly sexual violence from a relative or boyfriend/spouse, were more likely to suffer from poor physical and mental health. "It seems obvious," she said, "but it took a lot of study to convince public policy makers of that."

Michele Darby, University Professor of dental hygiene, received the Best Faculty Poster award for her work on "The Effectiveness of Distance Education Strategies on Student Achievement in a Multidisciplinary Research Methods Course." Darby evaluated two sessions of her research methods course taught via TELETECHNET and plans to use the information to tailor specific learning methods to help those students.

Heather Balombiny, a graduate student in physical therapy, received the Best Student Poster award for her research project "The Effect of Variable Durations of Warm-Up on the Performance of Motor Tasks." Her research was conducted with three graduates of Old Dominion's physical therapy program: David Grant, Jason Nachazel and Derek Rosa, as well as with their faculty adviser, Michael Tamburello, assistant professor of physical therapy. Their research on 10 male subjects indicated that a five-minute warm-up can significantly improve physical performance.

Another PT student, Robin O'Connor, is repeating the research with different subjects this year to see if the results are consistent with the findings of the first test.

The winners received a plaque and monetary award.

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OOP founder is speaker for MBA Assn. dinner

Carl Hewitt, CEO and founder of Object Oriented Programming (OOP), will be the guest speaker at Old Dominion's MBA Association and Propeller Club dinner Saturday, April 7, in Webb Center.

In only two years, Hewitt made OOP, a company that builds complex software for the eBusiness world, into a highly respected and profitable eBusiness systems provider. He adopted Java programming in 1995 and began applying such approaches to developing OOP's advanced baseline technologies.

Recognized as an expert architect of distributed-object software, Hewitt solely designed and built OOP's flagship product, jFramework. He has also led the design and development of OOP's other products, which enable object-oriented approaches.

For more information call 683-3585.

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ROTC cadet wins regional award

Army ROTC Cadet Jennie E. Matthews, a senior from Norfolk, was recently selected as the First Region winner of the Women's Army Corps Veteran's Association Pallas Athene Award.

The First ROTC Region includes 101 colleges and universities in the eastern United States. The award is given annually to an outstanding female cadet in each region. Fifty-five nominations were submitted in the First Region this year.

A cytotechnology major, Matthews was also awarded the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement last summer. She will graduate in May as a second lieutenant in the Army's Medical Service Corps and hopes to become a MediVac pilot.

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