April 11, 2003
News for Faculty, Staff, Students & Friends
Volume 32, No. 12

Photo by Chuck Thomas

“Over there”
While watching a second TV monitor in front of her inside a Gornto Center studio, Patricia Strait takes a question from one of her M.B.A. students aboard a Navy ship in the Persian Gulf. Personnel from six ships that were deployed for the war in Iraq take the synchronous classes, which Strait teaches Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Two ceremonies planned for May 10 commencement
Old Dominion’s spring commencement will feature two ceremonies at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on May 10 – the first for graduates of the colleges of Arts and Letters, Education and Health Sciences, and the second for graduates of the colleges of Business and Public Administration, Engineering and Technology, and Sciences. Full story

Batten gift will support hiring of 13 pre-eminent profs, Runte says
Presiding over a gathering in Webb Center March 17 to publicly thank media executive Frank Batten for his recent gift of $32 million to the university, and to share with members of the campus community how the money will be used, President Roseann Runte couldn’t help but speak of the future. Full story

Ties to war felt within university community
From the broadcast of M.B.A. classes to Navy ships in the Persian Gulf to the deployment of students, employees, spouses and relatives, Old Dominion University clearly has had a stake in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Full story

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