Former ODU student named dean of College of Sciences
Richard V. Gregory, director of the School of Materials Science and Engineering and professor of polymer science at Clemson University, has been named dean of the ODU College of Sciences, Provost Thomas Isenhour announced June 4. His appointment, pending Board of Visitors approval, is effective July 25.

“Dick Gregory is a fine scientist, teacher and administrator,” Provost Thomas L. Isenhour said. “He will be a dynamic leader for the College of Sciences and an excellent addition to our senior administrative staff.”

Gregory, an Old Dominion alumnus, joined Clemson as an assistant professor in the School of Textiles, Fiber and Polymer Science in 1990 and became an associate professor in 1994. He served as director of the School of Textiles, Fiber and Polymer Science from 1998 to 2001. He has served as the Thrust II leader of the National Science Foundation Center for Advanced Engineering Fibers and Films since 1998 and director of the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Clemson since 2001.

With 14 years of academic experience, Gregory is a prolific researcher and dedicated teacher. He has written four books, more than 40 articles published in various journals and more than 80 papers reviewed at professional conference proceedings.

He has conducted 10 sponsored research projects and 19 presentations. Gregory has had six U.S. patents and two foreign patents issued, with five patents pending. He has advised 25 postdoctoral, doctoral and master’s students throughout his tenure.

Gregory received Clemson’s Outstanding Faculty Award for Excellence in the Sciences in 2002; the Scientific Excellence Award, Department of Commerce, National Textile Center in 2002; and the SEAM Award, Brooklyn Polytechnic University, Hermann Mark Polymer Institute in 2001.

Gregory received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Old Dominion in 1980 and doctorate in physical chemistry from Clemson in 1984.

He is a member of the American Chemical Society, New York Academy of Sciences, Material Research Society and American Physical Society. He was elected to the board of the Society of Plastics Engineers and served as technical program chair from 1998-2000.

Gregory will succeed Joe Rule, who has served as interim dean of the College of Sciences since December 2002. Back to top

Mary Hayward, Bob Evans win HACE employee, rookie of the year awards
The Hourly and Classified Employees Association (HACE) presented Staff Member and Rookie Staff Member of the Year awards to Mary Hayward, lab and research support supervisor for the biological sciences support facility, and Bob Evans, instructional support manager in the physics department, at HACE’s 27th annual luncheon May 21.

Hayward, an ODU employee for 24 years, was recognized as the Staff Member of the Year for being an active member of HACE, a dedicated employee who often comes in early and stays late, and a master gardener volunteer for the city of Norfolk. The award is open to any classified or hourly employee with more than two years of service at Old Dominion.

From her office in the Godwin Building, Hayward prepares materials for laboratory classes and research, maintains microbiological stock cultures for the departments, maintains equipment and supply inventories, and works with faculty on budgets. She also serves as the department’s safety coordinator, among many other tasks.

In her free time, Hayward coordinates a project at Norfolk’s Ernie Morgan Environmental Center involving maintenance of an ecological garden around the perimeter of the building and coordinating different activities between groups that have adopted certain areas such as the butterfly garden and grass garden.

Her favorite aspect of volunteering is working with children. “As you might guess, some of the volunteers start out a bit unwilling, having never worked in the soil,” she said. “Often, by the end of the time they have allotted, they’ve asked more questions about gardening than a master gardener.”

In his letter of nomination, Lytton Musselman, Mary Payne Hogan Professor of Botany and chair of the biological sciences department, said of Hayward, “It is difficult for us to imagine how we would function without Mary being here. During the past year, we have had considerable stress with budget reductions, requiring us to reallocate resources for supplies. Mary took on this responsibility in a quiet, effective manner.

“In a department with a great deal of sophisticated equipment, we frequently have breakdowns. These need immediate attention, especially when specimens are involved that might be destroyed without refrigeration.”

In one of the many letters supporting Hayward’s nomination, a colleague observed, “Who do the biology profs call for building maintenance problems? Equipment problems? Who maintains the biology vehicular fleet? The all-knowing one: Mary.

“Who is Lytton Musselman’s righthand knowledge queen? Who keeps a Siamese fighting fish on her desk to remind her of her strength when times are rough?”

As winner of the Staff member of the Year award, Hayward received $200 from the Jill Nolte Endowment Fund, a one-year reserved parking space, a pass to a Ted Constant Convocation Center event and a Norfolk Admirals prize package, among other items.

Evans, instructional support supervisor in the physics department, won the Rookie Staff Member of the Year award, which is open to any classified or hourly employee with at least six months, but no more than two years of service at Old Dominion.

A dedicated and passionate worker who is known for his ability to communicate well with students, Evans routinely reaches far and above the requirements of his position, such as participating in the Virginia Children’s Festival to promote ODU and the physics department to the community.

“Bob Evans is anything but a rookie in his work,” said Walton Hooks, assistant chair and operations manager in the physics department. “As a prior career service member and teacher, he came to Old Dominion University with a wealth of experience, dedication and enthusiasm, which he used to quickly get a handle on the specific details of his job in the Department of Physics at a time when personnel turnover was such that he had little guidance and job demands were high.”

A catch-phrase often heard around the department, Hooks said, is “Ask Bob,” because everyone knows they can count on him to get things done.

Evans also was cited for his volunteerism. As noted in one letter supporting his nomination, “Mr. Evans has volunteered hundreds of hours of his time to the Pasquotank County High School Band. He rode on the bus with the band to every competition we were in this school year, assisting with logistics planning, equipment management and chaperoning.”

As winner of the annual Rookie award, Evans received $100 from the Jill Nolte Endowment Fund, a pass to a Ted Constant Convocation Center event and a Norfolk Admirals prize package, among other items. Back to top

Board of Visitors to meet in Webb June 16 and 17
The Board of Visitors and its committees will meet in Webb Center June 16 and 17. The full board is scheduled to meet from 1:15-3:15 p.m. June 17 in the Board Room.

The Institutional Advancement and the Student Advancement committees will meet from 3-5 p.m. June 16, respectively, in the Board Room and Rectors Room.

The June 17 slate of meetings will begin at 9 a.m. with an hourlong joint session of the Academic and Research Advancement and the Administration and Finance committees to hear a report on the operating budget and plan.

The joint session will be followed from 10 a.m. to noon by meetings of the Academic and Research Advancement and the Administration and Finance committees, respectively, in the Rectors Room and the Board Room. Back to top

Finance program in top 14 percent globally
Old Dominion’s finance program was ranked 121 out of 922 programs at academic institutions throughout the world in the winter 2002 issue of Financial Management, a journal of the Financial Management Association International.

Two ODU finance professors were ranked among the top 1,000 professors globally. John Doukas, professor and eminent scholar of finance, was ranked 351 and Mohammad Najand, professor of finance, was ranked 641.

The study was conducted by three University of Dayton finance faculty members. Rankings were based on an institution’s academic productivity, which they determined by analyzing research articles published in 16 of the most influential finance journals from 1990 to 2001. Back to top

International Programs names new ISSS director
The Office of International Programs has announced that Robbin Fulmore, senior international adviser at the University of Georgia, has been named director of international student and scholar services. She brings 23 years of experience working with international students and scholars to ODU.

“We are very fortunate to have someone as experienced and eager for a new challenge as Robbin to join the OIP leadership team,” said John Heyl, executive director of international programs. “Our expanding ISSS office will benefit from her experience at a larger, more complex institution that served its international students and scholars well.”

Fulmore will begin her work at ODU July 10 and succeeds Scott King, who accepted a position at the University of Iowa. She received both her master’s degree in adult education and her bachelor’s in international studies from the University of Arkansas.

At Georgia, she provided information on governmental regulations with regard to immigration and student visas. She also led outreach orientation for scholars, faculty and the university community. From 1980-2000, Fulmore was an international student adviser at the University of Arkansas. Back to top

ODU rated as one of best places to work in H. Roads
Old Dominion University was named one of the Top 25 Places to Work in Hampton Roads in the May 19 edition of Inside Business.

In the survey, in which Old Dominion placed 24th, it was noted that employees have “all the perks of college life – computer labs, physical fitness facilities, exercise classes, pools, tennis courts and a library.”

The piece also recognized the university for its more than 10 landscaped “quiet spots” around campus, it outstanding daycare options and the many name-brand eateries in Webb Center.

The university’s high participation rate in a variety of community service projects also played a big role in its selection as a great place to work. Back to top

University Gallery exhibit continues through 22nd
The exhibition “A Marriage of Art and Science,” featuring works by Barbara MacCallum, continues through June 22 at the University Gallery.

This multimedia installation consists of body casts of the artist’s physicist husband. MacCallum used paper printed with her husband’s recently published science theory to construct the casts. The relationship between art and science is reconsidered by MacCallum’s obliteration of the usual function of the papers and her reconfiguring of science into art.

MacCallum has widely exhibited across the country and is a winner of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Individual Artist Grant and the NEA/SECCA Artist-in-Residence Grant. Her works can be viewed at

The University Gallery, located at 350 W. 21st St., Norfolk, is open noon to 3 p.m.

Tuesday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m.

Friday and Saturday; and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 683-2355. Back to top

Calling faculty authors
The University Bookstore is giving its faculty authors section a facelift and wants to ensure that all titles on the shelves are representative of the Old Dominion campus community.

Faculty authors are asked to contact the bookstore with their book title(s) and ISBN(s) at or 683-0048. Back to top

ELC online course offered
The English Language Center will offer a seven-week online writing course this summer for students whose native language is not English and who need to pass the Writing Sample Placement Test of the Exit Writing Exam.

The course will run from June 30 to Aug. 14 and will cost $275. Students may register between now and the first week of class.

To register, see Patty Rapp, ELC assistant director, in room 302 of the Batten Arts and Letters Building. For more information contact Rapp at 683-5687 or Back to top

TIAA-CREF to fund faculty awards program
Gov. Mark R. Warner announced May 23 that TIAA-CREF has agreed to provide financial support for Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Awards (OFA), the highest honor the commonwealth bestows to teaching faculty at Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities.

The $50,000 in funds will be used to support honorariums provided to each OFA recipient and the public events to be held in their honor.

“We phased out state funding for these awards as part of addressing our substantial budget shortfall this year,” Warner said. “But I asked Secretary of Education Belle Wheelan and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to seek assistance from the private sector. TIAA-CREF’s support lets us continue to acknowledge Virginia’s most outstanding faculty.”

Fourteen Old Dominion faculty members have received OFA awards since the program began in 1986. The university’s most recent winner, announced earlier this year, is Sheri Reynolds, associate professor of English. Back to top

Lil’ Kim concert canceled
Due to scheduling conflicts, The Roc Army Tour with Lil’ Kim, scheduled for Saturday, June 21, at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, has been canceled.

Those who purchased tickets for the concert can get refunds only at the original point of purchase.

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Virginia Rice Webb, ODU’s 1st first lady, dies
Virginia Fauntleroy Rice Webb, Old Dominion University’s first first lady, died May 25 after a long illness. She was 93.

The widow of Lewis W. Webb Jr., director of the Norfolk Division from 1946-62 and Old Dominion’s first president (1962-69), Webb set a high standard for future university first ladies. A Portsmouth native and Longwood College graduate, she taught school until her marriage in 1935 to Webb, then a young professor at the Norfolk Division.

As noted in the 2000 history book “Old Dominion University: From the Great Depression to the New Millennium, 1930-2000,” “With little to no financial or in-kind resources, Old Dominion’s first first lady still managed to entertain graciously, if sometimes simply. She planned, executed and catered events in the library and the gymnasium, often recruiting other campus women to help ....”

Former ODU administrator David Shufflebarger reportedly called Webb’s chicken salad “the cement that held this campus together.”

Like her husband, Webb offered a personal touch to a small but growing school. In 1950 she organized the Faculty Wives and Friends group. “She knew salaries were low and that many of these women had small children, so the group met one Friday night a month and recruited their husbands to look after the children,” according to the book. The group still exists and now includes women who are university employees.

Webb remained active in the university after her husband retired in 1969, participating in the activities of the Campus Beautification Committee, Town-N-Gown and the Faculty Wives and Friends Club. She was presented the University Medal, Old Dominion’s highest honor, in 1986. Her portrait hangs in Webb Center’s Virginia Rice Webb Room.

Webb was the mother-in-law of Robert L. Ash, interim vice president for research, and her son George and his wife, Jane, are associated with Christopher Newport University.

Other survivors include her son, George Randolph Webb, and daughter, Mary Lewis Webb Ash; three grandsons, Lewis W. Webb III of Virginia Beach, George R. Webb Jr. of Portsmouth and Wade L.R. Webb of North; three granddaughters, Charlotte Webb Chandler of Alexandria, Catherine Ash Kitchin of Virginia Beach and Susan Ash of Portland, Ore; and nine great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lewis and Virginia Webb Scholarship Endowment Fund at ODU, in care of the Office of Development. Back to top

Fond memories of Virginia Webb
Virginia Rice Webb was the very first person to welcome me to Old Dominion University and to Virginia in 1990. As soon as she learned of Jim’s appointment as president, she wrote me a warm letter, letting this stranger in Montana know that she was waiting for me to arrive in Norfolk.

And as soon as I was unpacked, into the circular drive at 5000 Edgewater Drive wheeled Virginia, the oversized car sporting the ODU 1 license plate and Virginia peering over the steering wheel. She brought words of welcome and encouragement and also guest mints and napkins from Gray’s Pharmacy.

As she apologized for the napkins and mints not being color coordinated, I thought, “Oh dear, can I follow the ins and outs of these new doors at Old Dominion?” But I needn’t have worried. Virginia was just being the ultimate in thoughtfulness; she wanted everything to be just right for anyone or anything connected to her university.

Throughout the years, until the very last few in which I was at Old Dominion and she was at Westminster Canterbury, Virginia carried the traditions and the histories of the university. She was unfailingly gracious in sharing those with me, and I was much better for her help. She was the epitome of Southern charm, but she was also never one to mince words. I respected her as much for her honesty as for her kindness.

“The first lady” is a term whose connotations are always shifting with the times and with the people who hear the label. To some it speaks of another era, when wives were obligated to be the unpaid adjunct to their husband’s paid position. To some it seems too political. To others it may seem too pretentious, or just the opposite, too condescending.

But Virginia endowed the term with all the very best meanings. She was the first: the wife of the first president of Old Dominion University, the first woman to represent the university as a whole in the community, the first woman to look at other faculty wives and recognize a need to bring them together and form a community in the ODU Faculty Wives Club, the first to help Old Dominion see itself as a family by offering hospitality outside of a sterile institutional environment.

She was also a lady: She upheld a standard of behavior and decorum in which everyone connected to the university could be proud; she proved that one could indeed be intelligent whether or not one worked for a paycheck outside of the home; she made everyone – from students to faculty to support staff to administrators to campus visitors – feel comfortable and welcome. Virginia Rice Webb was a first lady of distinction and honor.

I will always cherish the memories that I hold of Virginia. She was a guide, an inspiration and most of all ... a good friend.

(Editor’s note: Donna Koch is the wife of James V. Koch, Old Dominion’s sixth president.) Back to top


Melaney Kay Gillaspie, assistant professor of ECI
Melaney Kay Gillaspie, 48, an assistant professor of educational curriculum and instruction at Old Dominion University since 1999, died June 6 at the home of her parents in Graham, Texas.

She had recently resigned from the university due to failing health and moved to Texas to be near her family.

Gillaspie received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas at Austin and both her master's degree in curriculum and instruction and her bachelor's in religious education from Baylor University.

She taught at St. Edward's University in Austin and the University of Texas for one year prior to coming to Old Dominion.

Condolences may be sent to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Antle, at P.O. Box 208, Graham, Texas 76450. Back to top

Rebecca Gay, former housekeeping manager
Rebecca L. Gay, a former housekeeping manager senior, died May 5. She was 74.

Gay, a native of Cheraw, S.C., worked in housekeeping for 27 years, retiring in 1992 “with a heart full of warm memories and deep lasting friendships,” according to Antioch Missionary Baptist Church’s “Service of Triumph” program. She was a member of the Norfolk church.

Survivors include her step-father and mother, Robert and Gerline Harvey; one daughter, Wanda Gay of Chesapeake; two sons, Willie Liles and Jerome Gay, both of Norfolk; and four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Back to top

Center for Fisheries Ecology honored by Salvation Army
There’s something very fishy going on at Old Dominion University’s Center for Quantitative Fisheries Ecology (CQFE).

Over the last two years the center has donated tons of the fish to the Salvation Army to feed adults at its rehab centers. CQFE was recognized for its volunteer efforts at the Salvation Army ARC Sobriety Awards and Volunteer Recognition Dinner May 28 in Virginia Beach.

Roxanne Carter Torres, CQFE lab technician, and Eric Robillard, CQFE research specialist, contacted the Salvation Army two years ago out of frustration of having to dispose of fish that could not be taken by various food banks due to their lack of freezer space.

“Periodically we get up to 400 pounds of fish and that was too much for most food banks to handle,” explained Cynthia Jones, professor of biological sciences and director of the center. “They don’t have the freezers. So we would often end up throwing out fish. That was heartbreaking and wasteful. Our lab cares about stewardship of natural resources and it was discouraging to find ourselves having to waste fish.”

The center purchases fish for its research from local fishermen through grants from the Virginia Recreational Fishery Advisory Board of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and collects fish on its own through additional grants. ODU students, scientists and technicians then process the fish, collecting such information as age, length, weight, growth, sex and sexual maturity. The data are used in stock assessment models to manage fisheries.

“The Salvation Army tells us how fortunate they are to get our fish, when we feel that the truth is how fortunate we are that they will use these fish to feed the people at the adult rehab centers,” said Jones.

None of the fish goes to waste. Bluefish, for example, is made into a fish stew. Other species are filleted and stored in freezers.

“We call the organization when fish arrive at the lab after we’ve examined them to make sure that they are fresh and in good condition,” said Jones. “Because the Salvation Army is so good about taking our fish, now we call them first.” Back to top

Alum creates second endowed professorship
E. James Hayes, a 1989 graduate of the mechanical engineering program, recently created a second professorship honoring a former engineering faculty member, P. Stephen Barna.

At a May 9 ceremony on campus, Oktay Baysal, interim dean of the College of Engineering and Technology, said, “As we launch our new capital campaign, Jim has stepped forward to establish a very generous leadership gift which, when matched from funds from an anonymous donor, will result in this new $250,000 endowed professorship in aerospace engineering.”

Hayes, a member of the Engineering Development Steering Committee, previously established the Ray Ferrari Endowed Professorship to honor a former professor of his.

Hayes, who lives in Northern Virginia, is project engineer for the Pentagon Renovation Program.

Barna, a native of Hungary, joined the ODU faculty in 1966. He is credited with designing and obtaining the funding for the “first fair-sized” wind tunnel housed on campus, Baysal said. Barna, who retired from the university in 1977, also was called upon to conduct a two-year survey of the flow field of the tunnel at NASA Langley Research Center, which the university now operates.

Baysal called Barna “a very unique individual who has left his mark on the College of Engineering and Technology.” Back to top

Who's Who: Milissa Story, Office Manager, College of Sciences
When something needs to get done in the College of Sciences, many people call on Milissa Story. As office manager, she balances a plethora of tasks, from scheduling meetings and making travel arrangements for the dean to coordinating the college’s participation in commencement.

Since the new commencement format was instituted last December, Story has worked to organize Hourly and Classified Employees Association (HACE) volunteers to help out on the big day. “HACE really is the best place to meet people in other departments and various levels of administration on campus and it is the best networking tool we have,” she said.

Story has quickly become an active member of the university community since her first day on campus as an office services assistant in the College of Business and Public Administration in January 1999. She has served as historian, legislative representative and first vice president of HACE and was the organization’s representative on the Provost Search Committee last year.

Volunteerism and improving practices in the college are top priorities for Story, but commencement ceremonies continue to be her favorite part of the job. Two of her most memorable campus moments have centered around graduation.“The first was watching my husband graduate from ODU with his first master’s and the second was watching a student worker, whom I had hired as freshman, graduate. The students are why we are all here and there is a certain amount of pride in seeing them walk across the stage.”

– Michelle Nery

College degrees: Christopher Newport University, B.S. in government and public administration, 2002. Now working toward a master’s in public administration at ODU.

Birth date: Aug. 12, 1967

Hometown: Hampton

Spouse: Larry Story, assistant law librarian, Norfolk Law Library

Pets: Three dogs, Shelby (German Shepherd), Molly (Golden Retriever) and Rosie, a.k.a. Diamond Bull’s Tiger Rose (English Bulldog)

Pet peeve: When my husband and I go to dinner and I pay for the meal, the server assumes the credit card goes to my husband. They don’t look at the name on the card and just hand it to him to sign the receipt. That will negate a tip faster than anything else they could possibly do during the meal.

Favorite place on campus: Perry Library in the summer, the peace and quiet

Last book read: “Secret Societies: A History” by Arkon Daraul

Favorite movie: “French Kiss”

Favorite quotation: “The truth of the matter is that there’s nothing you can’t accomplish if: (1) You clearly decide what it is that you’re absolutely committed to achieving, (2) You’re willing to take massive action, (3) You notice what’s working or not and (4) You continue to change your approach until you achieve what you want, using whatever life gives you along the way.” Anthony Robbins

Greatest accomplishment: Earning my undergraduate degree. It was something that took me longer than I would have liked and working full time and sometimes two jobs, it was a bit challenging. But, I feel you make your own situations and you have to deal with them. So I have moved on to my next degree and plan to achieve a Ph.D.

Activities outside the university: Member of the American Association of Public Administrators, Defenders of Wildlife and the Peninsula chapter of the SPCA

Favorite song: “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems” by Kenny Chesney

Idea of the perfect day off: Something out on the water, either kayaking or sailing, and having some peace and quiet to read a good book

Hobbies: Kayaking, sailing, cycling (bicycle and motorcycle), cross stitching

Favorite TV show: “The Shield” and anything on the History Channel

Favorite meal: Steamed crabs

Favorite sport: Baseball

Last vacation: Last summer used my bonus leave to take time off from work and painted the inside of my house

Favorite area restaurant: Second Street in Newport News

Last smart thing you did: Started master’s program in public administration

Last dumb thing you did: Asked my husband for help with this question

What profession, other than the one you’re in, would you like to attempt: University professor

What would you want your epitaph to be: I’d like to be remembered for contributions I have made to society. (But I’m not quite done yet.) Back to top

Alter ego: Jerry Harrell’s Dr. Madblood still concocting campy TV shtick in his Pungo swamp laboratory
The magic of television can turn a pair of old carwash sponges into a brain, a Portsmouth home into a spooky mansion in a Pungo swamp and a radio disc jockey into a vampire clone.

But most shockingly, in the case of the locally produced television program “Doctor Madblood Presents Friday Night Frights,” it can also turn Jerry Harrell – mild-mannered Old Dominion University video production manager by day – into a frizzy-haired mad scientist by night.

Since 1975, Harrell has played Maximillian Madblood in the show’s various incarnations on three local television stations. It can now be seen between 8 and 11 every Friday night on WSKY-TV, an Elizabeth City, N.C.-based station available to many Hampton Roads viewers on Channel 4.

The show works around, and in some cases in conjunction with, episodes of classic TV horror programs like “Thriller,” hosted by Boris Karloff, and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” Many of the then-unknown stars of those classic shows are familiar to TV viewers: film actresses Jessica Tandy and Barbara Bel Geddes, known for her work in the TV series “Dallas,” appear in Hitchcock episodes airing Friday, June 13.

The opportunity “appealed to me because it was back into a weekly spot,” Harrell said. “They said they wanted to do prime time. In 28 years of the show, the earliest we had been on was midnight. I wondered if it would work in prime time. It’s one thing to do it when people are half asleep. It’s another when people are paying attention.”

The results pleased both Harrell and officials at the station. Ratings were up and feedback from the doctor’s loyal followers was at an all-time high. Surprisingly, Madblood is a ratings monster among 18-34-year-old women in its current slot, beating out several other channels including PBS programs on WHRO.

The weekly program is more demanding in terms of scripts, sets and shooting the show, Harrell said, but all things considered, the crew is invigorated by the challenge. Later this summer, they will begin shooting the second season on Sky 4, episodes of which will begin airing in September.

Madblood has come a long way since it debuted on WAVY around Halloween 1975 in the 1 a.m. time slot, following a fledgling NBC program called “Saturday Night Live.” It started as a way to build interest in the station’s series of 77 Universal Studios horror films from the 1930s through ’50s, like “Dracula” and “Frankenstein.”

A true child of the television age, Harrell said his earliest memories are of being around a studio, watching his mother hosting “The Bets Harrell Show,” a cooking/talk format program on local TV in Johnson City, Tenn. He himself hosted a daily children’s program, “Bozo and Superdog,” in Richmond before coming to Hampton Roads. So when he joined WAVY in 1974, he noticed a dearth of local programming and proposed that the station provide a host for its series of horror films on Saturday night.

“When you’ve done daily live TV, nothing will ever frighten you again,” Harrell joked. “In three years (of doing the Bozo show), you come up against everything imaginable. It’s working without a net.”

Some aspects of the Madblood milieu, like Harrell’s wardrobe, the show’s theme song, “Green Eyed Lady” by Sugarloaf, and Madblood’s lair, actually a house at Court and North streets in Portsmouth, have remained unchanged through the years. The show’s most popular character, the wisecracking Brain, was created when former WAVY weatherman Mark Young, who played Madblood’s original sidekick, Wally (pronounced “Volley” with a fake European accent), glued a pair of carwash sponges together and stuffed them into a punch bowl.

In his account of the show’s history written in the late ’90s, Harrell observed, “Twenty-two years later, I’m on the third fright wig, the seventh lab coat, the 355th T-shirt, but it’s still the same Brain.”

Madblood’s extensive list of characters includes many of Harrell’s friends and coworkers. Longtime Hampton Roads radio personality Mike Arlo plays, among others, Count Lacudra (Dracula spelled sideways) and Father Beeribelli, a boxer who fought under the name Kid Exorcist.

Carter Perry, a senior video producer at ODU, portrays Ernie, the monster from the basement, along with a number of assorted oddball characters, and has been part of the Madblood gang almost from the beginning.

From 1989 to 2001, the show was on Channel 33, appearing once a month in its final years. Film packages became scarce as cable networks like Turner Broadcasting and American Movie Classics bought them up and Madblood found himself hosting mainstream slasher films like “Friday the 13th.”

“We would do segments like keeping track of the ‘stupid teenager body count,’” Harrell said. “But it didn’t fit with the kind of thing we wanted to do.”

After seven years there, the show moved to WHRO for two years, where it was syndicated to public TV stations around the state.

Nowadays, the same lack of creative local programming is one reason Madblood remains vital, Harrell believes. And as long as the process remains fun, Dr. Madblood will remain in his lab.

“It would be fun to make 30 years,” he said. “When I finished the second season, I said, ‘I’m done. I’m out of ideas.’ When we finished the WHRO run, I said, ‘That’s it.’ At 20 years, we seriously thought about wrapping it up. I would’ve ended it if [Sky 4] hadn’t said, ‘Come play in our yard.’

“I make the comparison to gym class. It’s not work for us; it’s play. Sometimes it’s difficult, but it’s play. As long as we can keep playing and they want us to keep playing, we’ll do it.” Back to top

World economy is subject of June 23 teleconference
“Battles for the World Economy,” a teleconference sponsored by Old Dominion University and the World Affairs Council of Hampton Roads, will be held from 6-8 p.m. June 23 at the Gornto TELETECHNET Center.

Daniel Yergin and Andy Kohut, two renowned specialists on oil markets and the global economy, will make presentations and be available for questions through a special video link with the World Affairs Councils of America in Washington, D.C.

Yergin is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of two books: “The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power” and “Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy.” He frequently lectures at Harvard University and serves as the chairman of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, leading its team of international research experts.

Kohut, a nationally known pollster for the Pew Research Center, will unveil new findings on globalization. The moderator for the event will be Jerry Leach, national president of the World Affairs Councils of America.

The deadline for reservations is noon on June 20; seating capacity is limited. Reservations by e-mail are preferred, at, but may also be made by calling 464-0200. Light refreshments will follow the teleconference. Back to top

Two new books released by ODU faculty members
“At the Crossroads: Indians and Empires on a Mid-Atlantic Frontier, 1700-1763”
– by Jane T. Merritt

White settlers and American Indians weren’t always at war with one another. In the early 1700s, they lived together in harmony in Pennsylvania, according to a new book by Jane T. Merritt, associate professor of history.

In her book, “At the Crossroads: Indians and Empires on a Mid-Atlantic Frontier, 1700-1763” (University of North Carolina Press), Merritt says that prior to 1755, Indian and white communities in Pennsylvania shared a certain amount of interdependence. They traded skills and resources and found a common enemy in the colonial authorities, including the powerful Six Nations, who attempted to control them and the land they both inhabited.

Using innovative research in German Moravian records, among other sources, Merritt explores the cultural practices, social needs, gender dynamics, and economic and political forces that brought American Indians and European Americans together in the first half of the 18th century.

Tracing the daily lives of the Delaware and Mahican tribes who lived in mission communities in eastern Pennsylvania, Merritt reveals their adaptation of Christianity and the market economy as new strategies for survival.

The tolerance and cooperation that marked relations between the two communities expired, however, when Delawares attacked white settlements during the Seven Years’ War, Merritt notes. By the 1760s, stronger, nationalist identities developed among both groups, and differences between Indians and whites became increasingly characterized in racial terms.

Fred Anderson of the University of Colorado, Boulder, writes, “I know of no portrait of relations between European colonizers and native peoples that does a better job than this one in depicting the human realities of religious faith, intercultural accommodation and violent conflict. A splendid book.”

“Learning, East and West: A Lifelong Journey for Love of Wisdom”
– by Joong Fang

Joong Fang, professor emeritus of philosophy, has recently published “Learning, East and West: A Lifelong Journey for Love of Wisdom” (London: Athena Press), which he describes as “one man’s journey through two different worlds of thought.”

A native of North Korea, Fang studied at Yale and Columbia universities in the early 1950s and received his doctorate from the University of Mainz in West Germany. He joined ODU’s philosophy department in 1974 after teaching philosophy and math at Memphis State University. He retired in 1990.

Throughout his teaching career, Fang studied Western philosophy and the core differences between the Greeks and the great East Asian thinkers, which are reflected in his book.

“As a study on culture and how it affects an individual’s way of thinking about the world, language and mathematics, ‘Learning, East and West’ will open new horizons to all readers, East or West,” he says.

Fang lives in North, Va. Back to top

New ODU license plate available
A new Old Dominion University license plate is now available from the commonwealth of Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

The new plate features the university’s “ODU and Crown” logo. It replaces the former university license plate, which used the now phased-out Monarch (or “Food Lion”) logo.

A portion of the revenue raised from the sale of the plate will come back to the university to be used for scholarships.

To purchase the new ODU license plate, visit your local DMV branch or visit the Web site and click on “Plate Purchase” on the lefthand side of the page. Back to top

ODU physicists to lead Physical Society group
For the first time in the history of the American Physical Society Topical Group on Few-Body Systems and Multiparticle Dynamics, two people from the same institution will hold consecutive leadership terms. Rocco Schiavilla, ODU professor of physics and previously vice chair of the organization, will serve as chair for the 2003-04 term. Colm Whelan, chair of the ODU physics department, will serve as vice chair for the same term and chair in 2004-05.

The topical group is an umbrella organization of atomic, molecular, nuclear, particle and mathematical physicists, as well as quantum chemists, who are interested in the exact description of the dynamics of systems containing a small number of interacting particles. Back to top

Media embedding is topic for prof on June 16 show
Gary Edgerton, chair of the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts, will be a guest on the radio program “With Good Reason” June 16.

Edgerton, co-editor of the Journal of Popular Film and Television, will join Richmond Times-Dispatch reporter Rex Bowman, who was deployed with U.S. forces in Iraq, for a discussion of media embedding. More live footage was broadcast of the first two days of the recent Iraqi war than in all of Operation Desert Storm in 1991, Edgerton said.

The program, which highlights the expertise of Virginia’s college and university faculty, airs at 11 a.m. on WHRV-FM (89.5). Back to top

Summer camps coming up
Old Dominion will sponsor a variety of camps this summer, including the following sports camps: baseball, basketball, lacrosse, sailing, soccer, swimming, tennis and wrestling. For details call 683-3779.

For information about cheerleading camp call 1-800-527-4422.

The ocean, air and earth science department will again sponsor its popular Sea Camps. For details call 683-4285.

Also offered is the National Youth Sports Program for minority youth. For details call 683-3779. Back to top

University Libraries present annual awards
The University Libraries presented their annual librarian and staff member of the year awards June 11.

Wayne M. Burton, head of access services, was named Librarian of the Year, not only for his many years of dedicated service to the library, but also for his outstanding service and leadership over the past year when he served as both interlibrary loan librarian and head of access services.

Nominators noted that Burton provides excellence in customer service, caring and motivating leadership to his staff, eagerness for continuing improvements in services and operations, and exploration and identification of new technology and processes.

Burton began his career as a librarian at Old Dominion in 1975 after receiving his master’s in library and information science from the University of Tennessee.

Marie Howard, reserve services coordinator in the circulation department, was named Library Staff Member of the Year. Nominators cited her excellent customer service, problem solving and multi-tasking in circulation, handling electronic reserves with remarkable care, and her patience and good humor.

Howard, who has worked for the University Libraries since 1980, managed, coordinated and implemented several projects such as the implementation of the e-reserve program and ED database.

Both Burton and Howard received $100 and will have their names engraved on a plaque displayed in Perry Library. Back to top

Sexual harassment teleconference is June 19
The Federal Training Network (FTN) will present a live teleconference, “A Manager’s Guide to Preventing Sexual Harassment,” from 1-3 p.m. June 19 at the Gornto TELETECHNET Center.

The conference is hosted by Linda Ford, who will guide participants through the maze of sexual harassment policy, giving guidance and strategies for maintaining a workplace that is free from sexual harassment.

FTN is offering the conference and two CEU credits at no cost to ODU departments. Admission is free. To register contact Jeanette Chappelle at or 683-5065. Back to top

Interlibrary loan services reports schedule changes
Perry Library’s interlibrary loan services office will be closed June 14-15 for remodeling. Patrons may pick up and return ILL materials at the circulation desk.

From June 16-20, interlibrary loan services will be relocated to the digital services office, room 341. Operating hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. During this period, interlibrary loan books may be picked up at the circulation desk; patrons returning ILL books should go to digital services. Requests can be submitted online at Back to top

Interlibrary loan services will be closed again June 21-22, and return to its regular schedule on June 23. Back to top

Web site offers portal information
Members of the university community who are interested in learning about ODU’s portal project now have a Web site they can access for detailed information and updates about the process.

Developed by the project’s Marketing Committee in conjunction with the Office of Computing and Communications Services, the Web site explains what a portal is and how it differs from a typical university Web site. It also presents a list of frequently asked questions and includes a link to the University of Wisconsin portal, where one can get an idea of what a portal entails for a campus community.

“In essence, a portal is a Web site that provides all of the services a user might need in one convenient place,” said Maria Ferguson, Marketing Committee chair and director of university marketing.

The Old Dominion portal, which has been named “my ODU,” will be pilot-tested by selected faculty, staff and students sometime during the fall semester, according to Ann Tatman, portal project director and the university’s acting director of administrative services.

The portal development Web site can be accessed at Back to top

“If I had to boil America down for a foreigner, I would say that our history and literature depict a special land of promise, protest and the struggle for pluralism. Throw into this mix American ideas about boundless space, the frontier, freedom, individualism, self-reliance, race, the spiritual quest and optimism, and you begin to have the ingredients for a Great American Novel.” (Joseph Cosco, assistant professor of English)

– “American Dreams, Rediscovered”
Essay in Port Folio Weekly, June 3

“Athletics are a huge driving factor, which presents us with a very interesting challenge because we don’t have football. We’re trying to find creative ways to get out there in the marketplace and increase our presence while not having the largest demand sport that there is.” (Ken Gideon, assistant director of licensing and special events coordinator)

– “Marketing the Monarch: Old Dominion University Merchandise Has Found New Life Off Campus”
Inside Business, May 12

“I’m all about the air conditioning, but making sure I could get enough tickets for my family was kind of a hassle.” (Ruthanne Bancroft, a psychology graduate at the May 10 commencement)

– “ODU Packs Convocation Hall Twice, Calls About 1,500 Names”
The Virginian-Pilot, May 11

“The premise for such dangerous stereotypes ignores the fact that Islam is a peaceful religion and that Osama bin Laden is as unrepresentative of Islam as Timothy McVeigh is of Americans in general. To think otherwise is fatuous and pernicious.” (Anouar Boukhars, doctoral candidate in international studies)

– “Muslims Must Separate American Policy from the People”
An op-ed piece in the Roanoke Times, May 9

“The use of cold plasma to sterilise heat-sensitive reusable medical tools in a rapid, safe and effective way is bound to replace the present method which uses a toxic gas, ethylene oxide. Plasma is also being seriously considered for the decontamination of biological warfare agents.” (Mounir Laroussi, research associate professor of electrical and computer engineering)

– “Non-toxic Way to Sterilise Equipment”
BBC News, May 4

“The thing we have to understand about technology is, all we can do is become a partner with it. It has its own fate, its own future.” (Composer Phillip Glass, at a reception following his lecture on campus, “Music and the Moving Image”)

– “Where Technology Meets the Arts”
The Virginian-Pilot, May 1

“I’m here to tell you that this 1903 Wright Flyer reproduction will fly.” (Robert L. Ash, interim vice president for research)

– “Countdown to Kitty Hawk”
Airline Pilot, May

“I am proud of Old Dominion’s diversity. When I did focus groups of our faculty, staff and students, I learned that they were also proud of the university’s diverse population. Many students specifically chose Old Dominion for this reason.” (Roseann Runte, president)

– “Schools Have Mixed Success in Attracting Black Students”
Associated Press story that ran in several Virginia newspapers in mid-April Back to top