News and Notes

University signs new partnership with Navy

In a move that's expected to provide major research, training and student internship opportunities, Old Dominion has established a formal partnership with the U.S. Navy Operational Test and Evaluation Force (OPTEVFOR).

The partnership, signed Oct. 13, is the latest of Old Dominion's nearly 40 such relationships with the corporate and federal sectors. Approximately half of those partnerships are with military organizations and focus on education, training, research and development.

Since 1945 OPTEVFOR has provided the Chief of Naval Operation its independent effectiveness and suitability evaluations of naval aviation, surface, subsurface, cryptologic, space systems, communications and command and control systems to support acquisition decisions.

Initial partnership activities will focus on operations research analysis, training and education, and modeling and simulation, supported by Old Dominion's Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center in Suffolk. The new agreement also provides for collaboration between Navy and university research and development staffs, as well as a wide range of internship opportunities for engineering and science graduate students.

"This significant new relationship will provide a wealth of education and technology benefits to the Navy and the university," said President James V. Koch. "For two organizations with so many mutual interests, located just a few miles apart, this partnership makes infinitely good sense and is certainly very good business."

Rear Adm. Robert E. Besal, OPTEVFOR commander, remarked, "The incredible talent and resources resident in both Old Dominion and my command solidified by this partnership will significantly enhance our ability to provide only the very best weapons systems to the fleet,"

East meets West in Nov. 3 "Landscapes, Literatures"

A multimedia presentation, "East Meets West: Landscapes and Literatures," is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, in the Burgess Room of the Batten Arts and Letters Building.

The free program is sponsored by the foreign languages and literatures department. Light refreshments will be served.

"Landscapes have always inspired the literary imagination of their people around the world. In this cultural matinee, faculty members will present and illustrate various aspects of foreign literatures and landscapes through a kaleidoscope of texts and images from Japan and China to Spain and Germany," said Frederick A. Lubich, chair of the foreign languages and literatures department.


Dec. 1 is deadline for employee educational aid

Qualified university employees and their dependents have until Dec. 1 to apply for spring semester educational assistance and scholarships from the Human Resources Department. Funds are available on a seniority basis.

Educational assistance is available to classified employees who have worked at Old Dominion for at least one year and make less than $70,000 annually. The Human Resources Department will pay for a maximum of 15 credit hours for the year - three credit hours in the summer and six each in the fall and spring. Scholarships for the same number of credit hours are also available for full-time classified employees' spouses and dependents.

Part-time classified and hourly employees with three or more years of service to the university are also eligible for educational assistance. Scholarships are available for their spouses and dependents, as well. For these employees, spouses and dependents, the Human Resources Department will pay a prorated amount of the tuition fees for up to 15 credit hours, based on the number of hours the part-time employee works during a 40-hour week.

Scholarships are available for faculty and faculty administrators (nine credit hours per year) and their dependents and spouses (a maximum of three credit hours each in the fall, spring and summer). The employee or sponsoring employee must have at least one year of full-time university service and make less than $70,000 annually.

Educational aid and scholarships for graduate-level courses may be considered as taxable income. Receiving educational aid or a scholarship from the Human Resources Department may affect any other financial aid award a student may get.

For more information contact Kathryn Whitson at 683-4237 or Visit the HRD Web site (benefits page) to see the complete tuition assistance policies; applications and related forms are available on the HRD Web site forms page.


Library expanding document delivery service

Perry Library is expanding the availability of the UnCover document delivery service to include on-campus faculty, and distance learning students and faculty. UnCover is a commercial document delivery company which supplies articles from its database of nearly 9 million articles from more than 18,000 journal titles.

Through the Perry Library's arrangement with UnCover Co., faculty may order articles at no charge if the total listed price, including the copyright fee, is $25 or less.

From the library's Web page,, click on Library Services and beside the second entry, "I need something the library doesn't own ..." click on UnCover for Faculty Use.

Faculty can also select "UnCover - Faculty Use" from the quick links menu at the bottom of the Web page. The material is delivered directly to the requestor via fax.

Some articles may be available in electronic format that can be downloaded as PDF files. Requests for articles from journal titles and volumes in the library collection will not be accepted by the UnCover ordering system. These articles may be ordered through Interlibrary Loan Services using the request form in UnCover, or the user may buy the articles directly from UnCover.

The UnCover database of articles is strongest in the science, technology and medical areas, but the social sciences and the humanities are also represented.

For more information contact Wayne Burton at 683-4171 or


Chemical Bank chairman to address Economics Club

Burton G. Malkiel, Chemical Bank chairman and author of the best-selling investment book "A Random Walk Down Wall Street," will speak at the Economics Club of Hampton Roads luncheon Thursday, Nov. 9.

Co-sponsored by the College of Business and Public Administration, the luncheon will begin at noon at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel in downtown Norfolk. Reservations are required; the cost of the luncheon is $30 for nonmembers.

Malkiel is a former chair of the Princeton University economics department. He also served as dean of Yale University's School of Organization and was the William S. Beinecke Professor of Management Studies there.

A past appointee to the Council of Economic Advisors, he is a director of several companies, including Vanguard Group of Investment companies; Prudential Insurance Co. of America; and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Gestinova o Madrid.

Malkiel is a past president of the American Finance Association and a member of the American Economic Association. He is the author or co-author of nine books, the most recent of which are "Global Bargain Hunting: An Investor Guide to Profits in Emerging Markets" and "The Index Fund Solution."

Malkiel, who holds degrees from Harvard and Princeton, began his career in the investment banking department of Smith Barney & Co.

For more information or to make reservations call Martha Anderson at 683-4058.



Ray Morgan, professor of educational curriculum and instruction, and Irwin Levinstein, assistant professor of computer science, should have been identified as co-principal investigators in the Oct. 20 story about the five-year, $3.19 million grant awarded to the research group headed by Danielle McNamara, assistant professor of psychology.


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