News and Notes

Champagne re-elected as chair of Faculty Senate

At its organizational meeting April 11, the Faculty Senate elected its executive officers, and approved appointees to senate standing committees, as well as nominees and appointees to university committees, for the 2001-02 academic year.

The executive officers and committee members will assume their duties May 5.

Paul Champagne was elected to a third consecutive term as chair of the Faculty Senate, and Harold Wilson was elected vice chair. Ron Johnson was re-elected as secretary.

William Drewry and Jack Robinson were re-elected as at-large members. Mable Smith was elected as the third at-large member.


Jefferson Lab open house scheduled for April 21

The Jefferson Lab in Newport News will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21. The event is free and open to the public.

Every major area of the facility will be open. In addition to the unique electron beam accelerator, located 25 feet underground, visitors will be able to see two of the lab's experimental halls, the free electron laser and laser labs, and the test lab where the components for the accelerator are assembled and tested.

Experts will be on hand to answer questions and provide information. Lab staff will give a liquid nitrogen demonstration throughout the day.

Visitors also will be able to see the Jefferson Lab's Computer Center and view a 15-minute video, and the U.S. Department of Energy will have an information booth. A human resources information table will be staffed to answer questions about job opportunities.

The Jefferson Lab is managed and operated for the U.S. Department of Energy by the Southeastern Universities Research Association, a consortium of 54 universities from Maryland to Texas.

More information about the open house is available at or by calling Sarah Ingels at 269-7444.


Faculty, staff contribute nearly $110,000 to Annual Fund campaign

The 2001 Faculty/Staff Annual Fund campaign topped its goal of $105,000 by 4 percent, taking in $109,715 from nearly 600 members of the university community.

A total of 592 employees (including faculty emeriti), or 29 percent, made contributions to the campaign, run by the Office of Development. The average gift increased from $168.06 last year to $185.33 this year.

Student Services edged out last year's winner of the trophy for highest rate of participation, the Office of the President, 76 percent to 74 percent.

Other campaign highlights included:

- Academic Affairs and Athletics tied for the highest percentage of goal (123 percent), followed by Administration and Finance (104 percent) and Perry Library (100 percent).

- The College of Business and Public Administration raised the most money, $15,099, which represents an average gift of $296.05 from 51 donors.

- The Faculty Emeriti Association posted the highest average gift ($627.22).

- The environmental health and safety office recorded the highest participation rate by office or department. Tom Longo, who headed the effort, won four Tides baseball tickets.

- Perry Library recorded the highest payroll deduction rate (100 percent).

- Donna Meeks, volunteer representative for Administration and Finance, was recognized for having the largest number of employees to solicit (565).

- Gary Crossman, associate professor of engineering technology, won the drawing for a one-year reserved parking space. Employees who contributed $100 or more to the Annual Fund were eligible to win.

- Jeanie Kline, director of distance learning operations, won the drawing for two season tickets to either the Monarchs or Lady Monarchs home basketball games. Employees who contributed $100 or more as a designated gift to the Big Blue Club were eligible to win.


History students' papers win awards at region

Three Old Dominion students, members of the Theta-Xi history honor society chapter, received awards at the Virginia regional conference of Phi Alpha Theta chapters, held April 7 at Radford University.

Prizes were given in both graduate and undergraduate categories. These categories were further subdivided into U.S History and World History (other than U.S.)

In the graduate student, World History category, Old Dominion students captured both first and second prizes.

Gregory A. Wojcikewych won first prize for his paper, "The German Occupation of Ukraine: 1941-1945." Second prize was awarded to Jamie Helmick for her paper, "An Analysis of the German Resistance to Hitler: The Key Conspirators and Their Activities from 1938 to 1944."

In the undergraduate, World History category, Rachel Gardner placed third for her paper "Hypatia," a study of the Egyptian mathematician and philosopher of the late fourth and early fifth centuries, A.D.


Dharamsi honored as Distinguished Lecturer

Amin Dharamsi, director of the electrical and computer engineering graduate program, recently received the Distinguished Lecturer Award from the Laser and Electro-Optic Society (LEOS) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He was one of only three professors worldwide selected for the honor.

The Distinguished Lecturer Award recognizes interesting speakers who have made significant contributions to the field of lasers and electro-optics and enhanced the programs of local LEOS chapters. As a Distinguished Lecturer, Dharamsi will be allocated a travel budget allowing him to give talks on a topic of his choice at various chapters around the globe. His lecture topic is "Advanced Optical Sensing Using Laser Modulation Spectroscopy for Industrial and Scientific Applications."

Dharamsi has made several contributions to the area of nonintrusive measurements with lasers. His most significant accomplishment is the development of an extension to the technique of modulation spectroscopy that allows for simultaneous measurements of signals using demodulation at several harmonics of the modulation frequency.


Athletic department receives Kersee Award

The Boys and Girls Club of South Hampton Roads, Colonial Unit, presented the Old Dominion athletic department with the 2001 Jackie Joyner-Kersee Volunteer Award April 8.

The award recognized the athletic department for its community involvement and promotion of women's athletics. The university has provided the local club with used equipment as well as clinics for members. Boys and girls also have been invited to athletic events on campus.

The award is named for Joyner-Kersee, the winner of six Olympic medals and holder of world records in the heptathlon and long jump.


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