News and Notes


Security message to be added to computer system

During the week of Jan. 8, Old Dominion will implement a change to the procedure for all faculty and staff computer account log-ins.

When the control + alt + delete key combination is pressed, the system will display the following security message which must be acknowledged before the log-in process will continue: "This Old Dominion University system may be used only for authorized purposes. Unauthorized modification of the information stored on this system may result in criminal prosecution. Your usage of this system implies consent to monitoring/auditing."

According to Rusty Waterfield, director of communications and networking services for the Office of Computing and Communications Services, the primary purpose of the security message is to post an electronic "No Trespassing" sign for outside intruders who may attempt to access the university's computer systems. He added, "The intent is to protect the integrity of the data stored on university systems, which includes a significant amount of scientific research and other proprietary information."

The text of the message is pulled from the Acceptable Usage Statement signed by all university faculty, staff and students prior to obtaining any account for accessing the Old Dominion's computer systems.

The display and required acknowledgement of a log-on security message was recommended by both the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice to help protect the university's right to prosecute computer system intruders.

Similar recommendations were made to many other universities, particularly those located in critical geographic areas that are potential targets for subversive activity. Both the university's general counsel and the data security administrator have endorsed Old Dominion's implementation of the recommended security message.

Detailed information regarding "authorized purposes" of Old Dominion's computing resources is available on the university's Policies and Procedures Web page. A link is provided under the Procedures and Guidelines section of the Faculty and Staff page at web.odu.edu/home/faculty.html.

Questions or concerns regarding the log-on security message may be e-mailed to occshelp@odu.edu.

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Students nominated for USA Today academic team

Christine M. Bacon and Jacob A. Marshall, both of Norfolk, have been selected to represent Old Dominion in USA Today's All-USA College Academic Team competition.

Their qualifications will be judged against nominees from other schools across the country. Winners will be announced in the newspaper early next year.

Bacon, a communication major with a cumulative GPA of 3.97, is a member of Golden Key National Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and Lambda Pi Eta National Honor Society. She is an undergraduate teaching assistant for the "Introduction to Human Communication" course and a member of the university's advising subcommittee, which was established to assess and improve advising at Old Dominion.

Bacon also serves as a tutor for Bosnian-Croatian refugees through Refugee and Immigration Services in Norfolk.

Marshall, who carries a 3.9 GPA in interdisciplinary studies/aesthetic theory, was inducted into the academic honor society of Phi Theta Kappa International at the age of 16 and was also inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma International Academic Honor Society.

The founder and president of the Old Dominion chapter of Joel 2:28 campus ministry, Marshall has traveled to the Philippines, India and South Africa in the last two years. An accomplished drummer who also plays piano and guitar, he was an exhibitor at international music exchanges in China and Mexico. Marshall is also a certified USA Gymnastics coach.

To be eligible for USA Academic Team consideration, a nominee must be a full-time undergraduate student at an American four-year college or university. Selection to the team is based on grades, awards and activities, leadership, and the ability to use academic skills outside the classroom.

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Faculty development workshops on S.E. Asia to be offered in spring

Friday, Dec. 15, is the deadline to register for a series of faculty development workshops on Southeast Asia, sponsored by the Institute of Asian Studies. The free Saturday workshops are open to full- and part-time faculty.

Four workshops will be offered, starting Jan. 27 with Southeast Asian geography. Other workshops will cover history and culture, economics and business, and politics and international relations.

One of the objectives of the workshops is to help faculty acquire expertise on Southeast Asia and enable them to create new courses and/or infuse Southeast Asian content into existing courses.

For an application call 683-6130.

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AUA collecting children's books for charities

The Association of University Administrators is collecting new and gently used children's books (suitable for youth up to age 16) through Tuesday, Dec. 12. The books will be donated to Kids Inc. and H.E.R. (Help and Emergency Response).

Books may be brought to a collection box in the North Mall of Webb Center or to any AUA building representative. Financial donations will also be accepted.

For more information call Heather Jones at 683-5777.

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Marina DiGiacomo wins Honda Sports Award

Senior Marina DiGiacomo of Mendoza, Argentina, has been selected as the 2000-01 Honda Sports Award winner for field hockey, as announced Dec. 6 by the Honda Awards Program.

As field hockey's honoree, DiGiacomo is automatically nominated for the Honda-Broderick Cup, to be presented to the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year at the Honda Awards Program banquet June 1 in Salt Lake City.

DiGiacomo, a captain of Old Dominion's 2000 NCAA national championship field hockey squad, becomes the fifth Lady Monarch to be honored with this award, symbolic of the National Player of the Year in each of the NCAA's 11 sponsored women's sports.

DiGiacomo is one of three members of Old Dominion's field hockey team named recently as All-Americans. Also selected to the 2000 AstroTurf/NFHCA Division I All-America team, as announced by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, were junior Adrienne Yoder (Coopersburg, Pa.) and sophomore Marjolijn van der Sommen (Leiden, Netherlands).

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New exhibition opens at University Gallery

"Edition 0" is the title of a new exhibition at the University Gallery, which will be up from Dec. 9-17. A survey of printmaking techniques, the student exhibit is curated by Dennis McNett and features works by Marcia Brown, Solomon Isekeije, Clay McGlamory, Sean Star Wars, April Taylor and McNett.

For gallery hours or more information call 683-6227.

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Announcement expected on CAA expansion

Colonial Athletic Association officials are expected to announce Dec. 13 the expansion of the league to 10 teams beginning next year.

The University of Delaware, Hofstra University of Hempstead, N.Y., Drexel University of Philadelphia and Towson University near Baltimore are expected to join the CAA for the 2001-02 academic year. The four newcomers are all currently members of the America East Conference.

In the last 14 months, three CAA schools - Richmond, American and East Carolina - announced they would be leaving the conference for, respectively, the Atlantic 10, the Patriot League and Conference USA.

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