Tom Isenhour steps into role of university provost

Thomas L. Isenhour, until recently Old Dominion’s dean of the College of Sciences, stepped into the role of university provost and vice president for academic affairs Jan. 2 following his appointment to the position last month. The Board of Visitors approved the change on Dec. 13.

Isenhour said he considers increased collegiality within the sciences college and with other colleges on campus, improved student retention and the growth in interdisciplinary research among his most significant accomplishments at the university, and he hopes to continue that record in his new role.

“Old Dominion University is becoming a finer institution almost daily,” he noted. “It will be a thrill to work with all the academic programs through the Office of Academic Affairs. I am excited and honored to join President Runte’s fine administrative team.”

President Runte, who announced the appointment, said, “He has the degrees, the experience at the level of dean and provost at a number of universities, experience with a granting council, international experience, a record of diversity and, as a playwright, is sensitive to the arts. Dr. Isenhour has been an excellent dean while at Old Dominion and has worked tirelessly for the university.”

As dean here since fall 2000, Isenhour oversaw the implementation of tutorial programs in biology, chemistry, computer science and math for undergraduates; the implementation of five-year B.S./M.B.A. programs for majors in those fields and psychology; and the creation of the Center for Computational Science, which tackles cross-disciplinary, high-powered computing research in the sciences. The center has conducted research funded by the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

Isenhour succeeds David R. Hager, who had served as acting provost since the departure of former provost Jo Ann Gora in summer 2001. Hager will continue his work in academic affairs as vice provost.

Before joining Old Dominion, Isenhour served as professor and chair of the chemistry and biochemistry department at Duquesne University from 1994-2000. He was dean of arts and sciences (1987-90) and professor of chemistry (1987-94) at Kansas State University, and served as provost and professor of science at the American University in Bulgaria in 1992-93. He also has held academic and administrative positions at Utah State University, the University of North Carolina and the National Science Foundation.
He has published more than 180 professional papers, books and editorials, and has served as plenary lecturer at three international meetings.

In a statement to the campus community during the search process, Isenhour said, “We are in difficult times. A very limited budget has been dramatically reduced. We would have a right to be discouraged. But, Booker T. Washington said you can’t do anything if you are discouraged. So I refuse to be discouraged.

“If I become your new provost, I will do everything possible to improve our finances. It will be some time before Virginia can solve its budgetary woes, so I will work with President Runte to improve our situation through the capital campaign. Instead of being discouraged, now is the time to build, to innovate.”

Isenhour, who went on to say that the university needs to build its graduate programs and provide research support in all disciplines, offered the following list of specific goals that would be on his agenda as provost:

  • Raise mathematical competency so that all students have access to careers in engineering and science;
  • Improve faculty and staff morale (through communication, rewards and opportunities);
  • Increase opportunities for scholarship in underfunded areas;
  • Attract leading scholars;
  • Be flexible, improve our ability to revise programs upon demand;
  • Offer education that could produce a Da Vinci or a Michelangelo, a Marie Curie or a Stephen Hawking;
  • Be flexible and innovative about teacher education – the entire university needs to participate;
  • Continue the economic development of our Hampton Roads community through business and public policy and engineering and technology and health sciences;
  • Provide sold foundations in arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences;
  • Offer modern education with career paths; and
  • Be an example to Hampton Roads, Virginia, the U.S. and the world. Back to top

SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award goes to English dept.’s Sheri Reynolds

For the second year in a row, a novelist from Old Dominion’s English department has been selected to receive a prestigious SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award.

Sheri Reynolds, associate professor of English, is among 10 statewide winners who were honored yesterday in Richmond. Old Dominion’s winner last year was Janet Peery.

Since the program’s inception in 1987, 14 ODU faculty have been chosen as winners of the award.

Reynolds and the other 2003 winners were recognized Jan. 16 in a ceremony at the State Capitol Building. Each received a check for $2,200 and a plaque from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. In all, 76 faculty members from 31 colleges and universities statewide were nominated for this year’s awards.

Reynolds was further recognized as the “Rising Star” among the 2003 winners. According to Alan F. Edwards Jr., associate for academic affairs with SCHEV, “This designation indicates that, while she is still in the early stages of her career, she has already made outstanding contributions to her students, her institution, her community and her field.”

A favorite among creative writing students for her energetic and inspirational teaching style, Reynolds has also made a name for herself in the literary world. She appeared on “Oprah” in 1997 when her second novel, “The Rapture of Canaan,” became the sixth book chosen for the show’s monthly book club.

The novel, which explores the spiritual struggles of a 14-year-old girl as he looks for answers about sin and faith within her Southern religious community, held the No. 1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List for several weeks. The San Francisco Chronicle has called Reynolds the “newest and most exciting voice to emerge in contemporary Southern fiction.”

She is also the author of “Bitterroot Landing” (1995) and “A Gracious Plenty” (1997). She sent her fourth novel to her editor last fall.

While she may be well-known in literary circles, it is inside the classroom where students benefit most from Reynolds’ talent, and she regularly receives outstanding evaluations from underclassmen and graduate students alike. Students have described her as a spark plug.

“Sheri Reynolds is a warm, caring individual and communicates this to her students,” said President Roseann Runte. “She is a brilliant and talented writer who brings her creativity to the classroom. Her knowledge of literature and her enthusiasm for her subject makes her conversation so delightful that I think it would be a great privilege and a pleasure to enroll in her class myself!”

Old Dominion’s Ruth and Perry Morgan Chair of Southern Literature, Reynolds encourages her students even as she critiques their writing. Jennifer Woodworth, an M.F.A. candidate in poetry, recalled, “At the end of my first story, Professor Reynolds wrote some constructive criticism, followed by, “But – it’s a great start here! You do have a fiction writer in you! We’ll urge it out.’”

According to Reynolds, however, it’s not only the students who benefit from the classroom give and take.

“Teaching is the truest kind of adventure for me,” she said. “No matter what class I teach, I can always count on my students to challenge me, to make me think in a whole new way. My students have opened my mind and my heart, so every class is its own kind of award.”

Reynolds, who joined the ODU faculty in 1997, said of her latest honor, “I’m excited. There are so many incredible, dedicated teachers in this state and in this university, so I’m just amazed and pleased to be recognized by SCHEV. I didn’t expect it, but I’m thrilled.”

In addition to her teaching and research (writing), Reynolds was cited in her nomination materials for her service. She coordinated the 24th annual Literary Festival, and she often visits public schools to speak to students, read from her works, consult on their literary magazines and answer their questions about writing.

A popular speaker, she gave the keynote address at the Eudora Welty Symposium in Mississippi in 2001. Back to top

Chandra de Silva is choice for dean of Arts & Letters

Chandra R. de Silva, chair of the Old Dominion history department, has been named dean of the College of Arts, Provost Thomas L. Isenhour announced last week.

The appointment will be effective June 25, pending Board of Visitors approval. De Silva will succeed Janet Katz, who has served as interim dean since August 2001.

“I look forward to working with Chandra as he provides leadership to the College of Arts and Letters and its faculty during the years ahead,” Isenhour said in a letter announcing the appointment to the campus community.

De Silva joined Old Dominion in 1998 as professor and chair of the Department of History. During his tenure, he strengthened the research productivity of the department and enhanced collaboration with the Darden College of Education. He has served on the university’s advisory councils for Asian Studies, Institute for Minority Issues and Filipino American Student Cultural Center.

Prior to joining Old Dominion, de Silva served as professor and chair of history at Indiana State University. He was a member of the University Council and dean of the Faculty of the Arts at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. He served as president of the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies and is currently a member of its executive committee.

A prolific writer, de Silva has published two monographs, dozens of articles and book chapters, and numerous reports and short works. He is an expert in Sri Lankan history and politics, Portuguese exploration and colonies, and Buddhism.

He received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Ceylon, a doctorate in history from the University of London and a Diplome de Langue Francaise from the Alliance Francaise de Paris. Back to top

Great Decisions Series to feature 3 ODU faculty
Three Old Dominion faculty will be among the speakers over the next two months when the World Affairs Council of Greater Hampton Roads begins this year’s Great Decisions Series of presentations on current global issues. The talks will be given at Virginia Wesleyan College’s Boyd Center, and all start at 10 a.m.

This year, Steve Yetiv, associate professor of political science, opens the series of eight Saturday morning programs Jan. 18 on the topic “Multilateralism or Unilateralism: Is the U.S. Alone or Together in the World?”

Jie Chen, also an associate professor of political science, will speak Feb. 15 on “China in Transition: Is Real Change Imminent?” Regina Karp, associate professor of international studies, will discuss “Europe: The State of the Union” on Feb. 22.

Other topics include: Afghanistan, U.S.-Saudi Relations, World Food Trade, International Women’s Rights and Nigeria.

Faculty and staff may register for the program ($35 for the series; $10 for individual sessions; the Great Decisions briefing book is $15) by sending a check to: World Affairs Council, P.O. Box 55463, Virginia Beach, Va. 23471. Full-time students may attend free of charge.

For more information contact John Heyl, ODU’s executive director of international programs, at 683-5195 or Back to top

Nursing graduates lead state in licensure pass rates
Graduates of the bachelor’s of nursing degree program achieved the highest licensure pass rate in the state in 2001 among baccalaureate programs, with an impressive 94 percent of graduates passing on their first try.

Old Dominion’s results on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) compared with a state average of 89.5 percent. Richardean Benjamin-Coleman, chair of the School of Nursing, said it marked the eighth consecutive year ODU graduates had achieved a 92 percent or higher pass rate.

“Our success on the NCLEX-RN is due to our excellent students and the program’s small clinicals, where students get the hands-on experience needed to learn nursing skills,” she said. Back to top

Carlton, Tiant to speak at Baseball Clinic, Jan. 24-25
Hall of Fame pitcher Steve Carlton and three-time All-Star righthander Luis Tiant will be the keynote speakers and clinicians for the 26th annual Greenwich Kitchens Old Dominion University Baseball Scholarship Clinic and ACS Systems Banquet, Jan. 24 and 25.

Tickets for the clinic, which begins at 9 a.m. in the Field House, are $5 for one session.

The weekend kicks off Friday, Jan. 24, with the ACS Systems “Meet the Stars” Banquet at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott, beginning with a social at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30. Tickets are $50 per person. Proceeds from the dinner and clinic support baseball scholarships.

Carlton won 329 games, second only to Warren Spahn among lefthanders, and his 4,136 strikeouts are exceeded only by Nolan Ryan. He once notched 19 strikeouts in a game, compiled six 20-win seasons and was the first pitcher to win four Cy Young Awards. He retired in 1988.

Tiant, born in Marianao, Cuba is one of only four pitchers in the 40-year expansion era to have pitched four straight shutouts. He accomplished this in 1972. That year, Tiant was 15-6 with a 1.91 earned run average. He also compiled a 1.60 ERA in 1968.

A three-time All -Star, Tiant helped the Boston Red Sox reach the 1975 World Series. He led the American League in shutouts three times, 1966, 1968 and 1972. Tiant retired after the 1982 season.

For tickets or more information call 683-5484. Back to top

Visiting biology lecture set for Jan. 23 in MGB
Piet Vorster of Stellenbosch University in South Africa will present a seminar in the biology department from 12:30-1:20 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in room 101 of the Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building.

Vorster will discuss cycads, highly adaptive plants that have survived for millions of years. He will also point out gaps that exist in our knowledge about them. The audience will be taken on a photographic journey to see cycad plants in different habitats and on different continents to demonstrate how they adapt.

For more information call Lytton Musselman, biology chair, at 683-3595. Back to top

Study Abroad Fair scheduled for Feb. 4
The Office of Study Abroad will sponsor its biannual Study Abroad Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in the North Mall of Webb Center. A drawing will be held for a $1,000 study abroad scholarship.

Information on new scholarships for study abroad students will be available , and participants will have an opportunity to talk with faculty who are leading summer programs, ODU students who studied abroad last year and exchange students who are on campus this semester. Back to top

Lady Monarchs to host “Baskets for Books” game
The Lady Monarchs will be raising money for the library when they host the VCU Rams Jan. 24 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

A portion of the box office proceeds from ODU’s annual “Baskets for Books” contest will go to the Perry Library.

Tickets are $13 for adults; $9 for ODU faculty/staff, children, senior citizens and military. Group rate tickets are available for $7 per person.

For tickets call 683-4444. Back to top

New exhibit opens Jan. 18 at University Gallery
The University Gallery will open “Everything Is Broken,” an exhibition of photographic works by Anne Bousquet, with a reception from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. The reception and exhibition, which runs through Feb. 9, are free and open to the public.

“Everything Is Broken” features recent images made with a Holga camera and transposed into large, digital photographic prints. The title reflects the nature of the cheap plastic Holga camera, used by Bousquet to create significant images touched with her strong sense of irony.

A well-known local artist, Bousquet has exhibited widely in Virginia and the western part of the country. Her work has evolved through nearly 20 years’ experience in teaching and making art that ranges from printmaking to mixed media to installation to performance to digital print.

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 or go to Back to top

NSF FastLane Workshop open to faculty researchers
The Office of Research and the Research Foundation will offer an NSF FastLane Workshop Thursday, Jan. 30.

It is designed for any investigator who is new to the National Science Foundation FastLane submission process or who wishes to better understand the process.

For more information or to register call 683-3460. Back to top

Nine faculty chosen for summer fellowship awards
Nine faculty members have been awarded up to $6,000 each in this year’s Summer Faculty Fellowship Program competition.

The fellowships, administered by the ODU Research Foundation, provide the faculty with funds and a small expense account while they conduct research or scholarly activities for an eight-week period during the summer. The funds that support his program come from indirect costs recovered from sponsored program awards to the university for faculty activities.

Fourteen applications were submitted.

“Although the total number of proposals was down this year, the quality was outstanding, and the Faculty Senate Scholarly Activity and Research Committee has done an outstanding job of reviewing and evaluating them. We have a number of new research initiatives that will produce compelling scholarship and become very competitive for external support,” said Robert L. Ash, interim vice president for research.

Recipients of this year’s fellowships are:

  • Joshua Behr, assistant professor of political science and geography “A Measure of Spatial Clustering.”
  • Desmond Cook, professor of physics, “Corrosion and Preservation of the USS Monitor.”
  • Stephen Gara, associate professor of accounting, “Market Reaction to Regulatory Changes: Adoption of SFAS 142.”
  • Austin Jersild, associate professor of history, “National Renewal and the Memory of Colonialism: Sino-Soviet Relations from Alliance to Conflict.”
  • Jennifer Morrow, assistant professor of psychology, “College Adjustment, Sense of Belonging and Intention to Persist: A Comparison of Learning Community and Traditional Students.”
  • Richard Nickel, assistant professor of art, “Developing a Clay Body and Color Palette: Construction, Surface and Content in Ceramic Sculpture.”
  • Min Song, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, “Packet Scheduling Algorithms for Multiservice Routing Switches.”
  • Ivan Sun, assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice, “Institutional Strength, Social Control and Neighborhood Crime.”
  • Glenn Williams, assistant professor,of mathematics and statistics, “Efficient Use of Secondary Structure Constraints in Molecular Structure Modeling.” Back to top

ECE prof’s fellowship leads to DOD grant and selection to prestigious research team
The rationale for the ODU Research Foundation to provide seed money via the Summer Faculty Fellowship Program is to help, in most cases, junior faculty get new research and writing projects off the ground in hopes that these projects will ultimately result in publications and attract future funding.

Such was the case, on both counts, for Vijayan K. Asari, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, a recipient of one of last summer’s awards.

Asari, who came to ODU in fall 2000 as a visiting associate professor, received $6,000 to pursue research in statistical pattern recognition, particularly the development of a new technique for the automatic extraction of object region and boundary from images with complex background environments.

The research, which involves the development of novel algorithms (predetermined sets of computational instructions for solving a specific problem in a limited number of steps), is “specifically useful for real-time recognition of tumors and polyps in gastrointestinal images in an endoscopy procedure,” said Asari, who previously was a member of a research team in Singapore that developed a microrobotic colonoscope.

He presented a paper based on his research at the IASTED International Conference on Applied Modelling and Simulation, Nov. 4-6 at MIT, which was well-received and published in the conference proceedings. He even credited the Research Foundation in his paper.

As an outgrowth of the research, Asari also applied for and recently received a $68,000 grant from the Department of Defense to join a select team of researchers in a project whose ultimate goal is to combat terrorism through facial image detection. The initial call for proposals resulted in 12,500 applications from around the world. Following the review, Asari was one of only nine faculty from seven universities chosen to take part in the collaborative study, which holds the promise of continued funding. The prestigious group also includes researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Asari’s unique approach will concentrate on developing a new algorithm which will, in essence, enhance facial images taken by still and video cameras under poor lighting conditions.

“The long-term goal is to develop a face-locating and tracking system which will be able to locate all the detectable human faces in an image under varying background lighting environments, camera positions, pose of the faces, size of the face regions and skin color,” he explained.

For more information about Asari’s research visit Back to top

Three students representing university in USA Today academic competition
Linda K. Wolfe of Camp Verde, Ariz., a senior interdisciplinary studies major; Justin Crocker of Yorktown, a junior biology major; and Katrina R. Blandford of Chesapeake, a senior nursing major, have been selected to represent Old Dominion in USA Today’s 2002-03 All-USA College Academic Team competition. Winners will be notified late this month.

USA Today honors outstanding students annually with its All-USA College Academic Team. The 10 students selected to the All-USA First Team will be pictured in the newspaper and receive a $2,500 cash award. Forty runners-up will be named to the Second and Third Teams.

Wolfe takes classes at Yavapai College via TELETECHNET and has a 3.95 GPA. She hopes to find a job in public service or community development after graduation. She is a founding member of Hispanic Outreach, a service organization in the diverse community of Yavapai County, and has served as a mentor for student support services at the college.

Her research on Navajo culture and Latino work force development has been adopted by college officials as the basis for developing policies and programs to serve the needs of those communities.

Crocker hopes to pursue a career as a physician; he has a 3.8 GPA. He spent his last five summers with the Appalachia Service Project through St. Luke’s Methodist Church in his hometown, most recently as the leader of a group repairing homes in the region’s poorest towns.

His research dealt with factors affecting the Appalachian counties of Russell and Dickenson, where the ASP worked in 2001 and 2002, including the history of the poverty and hardships their residents face.

Blandford, who is studying to become a nurse practitioner, has a 3.88 GPA. She has donated more than 600 hours of her time since 2000 to the Blue Horse Mukwa Equine Retirement and Rescue Center, a sanctuary for abused and neglected horses.

Kristine Gonzalez, a 1999 ODU graduate from Suffolk, and Rosemarie Liu ’02, from Burke, Va., were named to the competition’s third team in the last three years. Back to top

Courier moving to monthly publication schedule
Due to budget cuts, The Courier will move to a monthly publication schedule for the foreseeable future. Remaining publication dates for calendar year 2003 are: Feb. 14, March 14, April 11, May 16, June 13, July 11, Aug. 22, Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 14 and Dec. 5. For more information contact Steve Daniel at 683-3093 or Back to top

Black History Month promises variety of events, lectures
The campus community will celebrate Black History Month in February with an array of programs, featuring everything from literature and lectures to films and the fine and performing arts.

The month’s events, which collectively carry the theme “Soul Food: Feeding the Black Soul,” also include a student conference and the Fifth Annual East Coast Gospel Music Festival, and will conclude Feb. 27 with guest speaker Linda Faye McCord, a white woman raised as black for nearly 50 years, who will give the annual Black History Month Lecture.

On Thursday, Feb. 6, the U.S. Postal Service will unveil a new commemorative stamp of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall on campus. The event is scheduled for 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Big Blue Room at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

Marshall, who died 10 years ago Jan. 24, joins 25 other honorees in the postal service’s Black Heritage Series, which salutes outstanding African American activists, theorists, educators and leaders.
The following Black History Month events are scheduled through Feb. 15:

  • Sunday, Feb. 2 – African American Read-In Chain: Faculty, staff, students and community members will gather to read from books authored by African-American writers, 4-7 p.m., Hugo A. Owens African American Cultural Center.
  • Monday, Feb. 3 – “The Essence of Black Creativity Speaks: Black Art Gallery,” featuring the talents of local African American high school, college and community artists, noon to 8 p.m., River Rooms and Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb Center.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4 – “Black Face ... White Face,” an exploration of what it means to be “black,” 8 p.m., River Rooms, Webb Center.
  • Thursday, Feb. 6 – Thurgood Marshall Stamp Unveiling, the local premier of the U.S. Postal Service’s 2003 Black History Month stamp featuring Thurgood Marshall, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Big Blue Room, Ted Constant Convocation Center.
  • Saturday, Feb. 8 – UMOJA 2003, student conference addressing issues of African American college students; guest speaker is Hasani Pettiford, author of “Black Thighs, Black Guys and Bedroom Lies,” 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Webb Center. $
  • Monday, Feb. 10 – “Mi Gente: History of African Influence in Latin America,” guest lecture by community activist Seko Varner, 7:30 p.m., Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb Center.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11 – “Dance With Me,” a program exploring African Americans’ influence on dance, 7 p.m., Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb Center.
  • Saturday, Feb. 15 – Fifth Annual East Coast Gospel Music Festival, an evening of gospel music, praise and dance, 6 p.m., North Cafeteria, Webb Center. $

For more information about these and other upcoming Black History Month events call the Office of Multicultural Student Services at 683-4406. Back to top

HACE says thanks
The past year brought many challenges to our campus – challenges we faced head on. Normally, when budgets are frozen and raises are not given, donations and giving drop in relation to the leaner times – not so with our caring staff, administrators and faculty!

The HACE Thanksgiving Food Drive helped 83 ODU families plus 14 others who lost their jobs because of the cuts. And our “Spirit of the Holidays” party was attended by more than 50 families who enjoyed food, face painting and more, and whose children received a nice gift from Santa.

None of this could have been possible without the generous and thoughtful help of our faculty and staff. Thank you ODU for helping us take care of our own!

– Phyllis Fryer Brown
President, HACE

Dec. 15 was a day of firsts. It was our first time having a combined commencement ceremony and the first time one was held in the convocation center.

It was also the first time that the Hourly and Classified Employees Association volunteered its services for the ceremony. James “JB” Brown of the foreign languages and literatures department, Terri Everett of the finance office and Phyllis J. Brown, a new member of HACE, were an integral part of making the Sunday program a success.

Terri, Phyllis, JB and I enjoyed talking with the families and handing out programs. I am sure this is just one of many volunteer opportunities HACE and its members will seek in the new year.

I am writing to recognize our members who so willingly and eagerly gave up a large portion of their Sunday afternoon to come out to the ceremony and greet the graduates, family members and friends.

– Milissa Story
First Vice President, HACE.
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Developing a world view: Center for Regional and Global Study helping ODU gain reputation as state’s “International University”
As the College of Arts and Letters’ umbrella organization for international activities, the Center for Regional and Global Study encourages faculty and students to think beyond American borders.

“It’s very important that this country, with all the power it has, not look inward but look outward,” said Regina Karp, center director and associate professor of international studies. “It’s an absolute must that we get involved. We want people to think of the world as more than their country.”

Thinking outside U.S. borders has become more crucial in the past year, as Americans have realized that not everyone supports the country and its policies. Calling the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks a wake-up call for Americans, Karp stressed that transnational communication must be developed among scholars in order to educate people about prejudice. “The more we educate people to develop sensitivities with regard to other cultures and history, the more successful this country will be and the better understood it will be.”

The terrorist attacks brought a mixed response from the university community. “People are still trying to interpret what it means to them,” Karp noted. The center sponsored a faculty panel to discuss the attacks on Sept. 14, 2001. Another panel also tackled the situation on the first anniversary of Sept. 11. “It hasn’t brought more people per se to do international studies, but it raised a lot of people’s awareness that international things matter.”

Formed in 1998 to help ODU reach its goal of becoming Virginia’s international university, the center is a product of a two-year discussion between Karp and former dean Karen Gould, Karp said. They wanted to help faculty and students come together to discuss global issues and promote the internationalization of the university.

“The center stimulates international conversation among faculty and helps faculty create a community of scholars who get together and discuss the internationalization of the university,” Karp said.

One way the center helps students develop a world view is through its annual spring break trip to Berlin for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation seminar. Supported by Germany’s Christian Democratic Party, the foundation funds the trip for 20 to 25 ODU students who are recommended by professors and deans from across the university. The students meet with political, academic and business leaders, as well as Russian and German students. In the past, the trip has included jaunts to Poland, the Czech Republic, Belgium and Holland. The center has also hosted German students, arranging for them to tour Williamsburg and Washington, D.C.

“No other university has this kind of relationship with a foreign foundation,” Karp said. “It familiarizes young Americans and international students with European, and particularly, German politics. Particularly after 9/11, this is very important.”

The center also hosts graduate and undergraduate students from more than a dozen universities throughout the East Coast for its annual Graduate Research Conference. This year’s conference, “Global Dimensions of Cooperation and Conflict,” will be held Feb. 13-14, and will feature an international career workshop, as well as sessions and panel discussions led by Old Dominion faculty. Simon Serfaty, eminent scholar of international studies, funds the conference from his Eminent Scholar fund. “Without his support, we could not run the conference this year,” Karp said.

An essay contest open to all undergraduate students is scheduled to be launched this spring and will celebrate the university’s new motto, “Portal to New Worlds.” “We want to encourage people to think outside their own discipline,” Karp explained. “Whatever it is you study, there is an international angle to it.”

The center also sponsors the Global Issues Series, held several times each semester, which focuses on matters affecting the global community. Topics range from public health to nuclear energy.

In addition, faculty and graduate students meet each month for the Faculty-Student Research Seminar Series in which they present ongoing research for feedback. Participants are welcome from each of the university’s six colleges.

ODU faculty, as well as from other local colleges and universities, are invited to participate in the center’s Regional Round Tables, which began in November.

Karp and her graduate assistants, Tanya Banerji, a doctoral candidate studying South Asian security, Wyman E. Shuler III, a doctoral candidate studying conflict and cooperation in U.S. foreign policy, and Andrew Vincent, a master’s student studying religion in politics, are also helping the center reach out to the local community. As the university’s global persona, the center is developing The New Atlantic Community, a speaker series designed to enhance Old Dominion’s relations with international armed services members at SACLANT, the Joint Forces Staff College and Fort Monroe.

Currently, about 50 doctoral students and 50 master’s students are pursuing degrees in international studies. The College of Arts and Letters also offers minors in European studies, Middle Eastern studies, Latin American studies, Asian studies and Japanese studies.

“Our goal is to bring more and more of these students into developing international perspectives in their work,” Karp said.

Although the number of students taking courses in international studies is growing, Karp noted that many people still hesitate to immerse themselves in the culture, ideas and language of another country. “Sometimes people are intimidated by the world out there. We have to think of ways to get them interested.” Back to top

British scholar to discuss Blair, international relations
Jeremy Black of the University of Exeter, one of Britain’s most noted diplomatic historians, will give a talk on “Blair, Britain, Europe and International Relations” at noon Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Burgess Room of the Batten Arts and Letters Building.

His appearance is sponsored by the Center for Regional and Global Study and the history department.

Black’s presentation will focus on the choices Britain faces in its relationship with Europe and the U.S. at a time when uncertainties about the British role in the world abound. He will offer insights into how British foreign policy goals are determined as well as the constraints and opportunities guiding Blair, America’s staunchest ally in the campaign against terrorism.

Black is among the most prolific European historians. He has published well over 40 single-authored books, taught at Cambridge and Oxford, and extensively lectured internationally. His scholarship spans five centuries of British and European history. Back to top

BOV grants tenure, emeritus appointments
The Board of Visitors approved a midyear tenure appointment and a faculty emeritus appointment
Dec. 13.

Ingrid P. Whitaker, assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice, was approved for tenure, effective at the start of the spring 2003 semester. She has taught at ODU since 1996.

The board granted the title of emeritus to Ali Nowroozi, a professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, who retired in May.

He began his career at ODU in 1982, teaching geophysics and geology. While at the university, he authored 28 of his 64 papers on geophysical studies and environmental issues. Among his research grants were those from the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy and Virginia Water Resources Research Center. Back to top

Honor Wall unveiling set for Jan. 24 in Webb
Officers from five faculty and staff organizations will be on hand to help unveil a new Honor Wall during a ceremony in Webb Center at noon Friday, Jan. 24. President Runte will be the guest speaker.

Located outside the Hampton/Newport News Room, the wall will feature a plaque with the names of past presidents and organization award winners from the Association of University Administrators, Coalition of Black Faculty and Administrators, Faculty Senate, Hourly and Classified Employees Association, and Women’s Caucus. Back to top

Tuition bills can now be paid via Internet
ODU students now are able to pay their tuition bills via the Internet.

According to William R. Fisher, university controller, students can pay all debts recorded on their student account, using Visa or MasterCard, through Leo Online ( Students must be registered so that the debt will have been recorded prior to payment, Fisher said.

Payments may also be made via touchtone telephone at 683-6150 or in person at the cashier’s office in Rollins Hall.

The online payment system is available 4:15 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday. More information is available by calling 683-3030, select “0”; or via e-mail at Back to top

HACE town meeting features planetarium show
The Hourly and Classified Employees Association will sponsor a town meeting at noon Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the Pretlow Planetarium. Bruce Hanna, planetarium director, will present a show. Light refreshments will be served. All classified and hourly staff members are invited to attend.

A slate of officers for 2003-04 will be presented during the meeting. Back to top

Pat Kotten named school’s first women’s golf coach
Pat Kotten, a two-time conference coach of the year, has been named women’s head golf coach at Old Dominion. The new program will begin competition in fall 2003.

Kotten has 12 years of Division I golf coaching experience. He served as the men’s head coach at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and started the women’s program, which he coached four seasons. Back to top

Field hockey’s Tiffany Snow selected for Honda Award
Senior Tiffany Snow was announced last month as field hockey’s Honda Award winner. The awards are given annually to the top collegiate players in the nation competing in various sports.

Snow, of Escondido, Calif., was a midfielder for the Lady Monarchs. She was tied for second in the nation in points (75), second in goals scored (30) and 11th in assists (15). Defensively, she led her team to six shutouts. She is the sixth Lady Monarch to receive the Honda Award. Back to top

CVC giving at 98 percent
As of Jan. 6, the campus community had donated $110,921, or 98 percent of the universitywide $113,00 goal, to the annual Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign.

CVC coordinator Heather Huling, on behalf of ODU, received a gold award for overall campaign excellence. The average gift in this latest campaign was $155.57, and the participation rate was 36 percent. Back to top

MLK programs scheduled for Jan. 20 and 21
Old Dominion University will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but the campus community will honor the late civil rights leader with a program from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the North Cafeteria of Webb Center. Designated speakers will relate the impact of King’s legacy on their lives.

Old Dominion will also host and co-sponsor the Urban League of Hampton Roads’ 19th annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leaders Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 20 in the Ted Constant Convocation Center. (Reservations for the breakfast, which is also sponsored by Norfolk State University and Tidewater Community College, were due Jan. 10.)

Guest speaker for the program will be nationally known trial attorney Willie E. Gary, whom Forbes magazine has listed as one of the top 50 attorneys in the U.S.

Charles Wilson Jr., chair of the English department, will preside during the program, and President Roseann Runte will introduce the guest speaker. Cecelia Tucker, assistant to the president for community relations, is co-chair of the breakfast planning committee. Back to top

Rule named interim dean of College of Sciences
Joseph H. Rule, associate dean of the College of Sciences, has been named interim dean of the college following Thomas Isenhour’s appointment as provost.

Rule has served as associate dean since 1995 and a professor in the Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences since 1998.

Rule has held various academic appointments at Old Dominion, where he first arrived as an assistant professor of geophysical sciences in 1976. In 1991, he was named a Fulbright scholar, lecturing in environmental sciences at Marie Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland.
The author or co-author of many articles and reviewer of other articles in his discipline, Rule published a book, “Topics in Environmental Sciences,” a compilation of notes from his Fulbright lectures in 1994. He also wrote a chapter on trace metal adsorption in soils in 1998 in a book titled “Adsorption and its Application in Industry and Environmental Protection, Vol. II.”
At Old Dominion, Rule has assumed the roles of graduate program director of the geophysical sciences department and assistant chair and chair of geological sciences. Recently, he served as a member of the University Advisory Committee on Technology and was chair of the E-Learning subcommittee. He also is credited with assisting in the preparation of the College of Sciences’ Strategic Plan. Back to top

Computing Corner: “Tools” offers options for communicating with students
By Connie Merriman
Information Support Coordinator

For instructors seeking ways to cut down on mail in their faculty e-mail accounts, “Instructional Tools” offers several options for managing electronic communications with students. To utilize Instructional Tools, instructors must have a course Web page (URL) where students can access links to the Tools. All URLs are posted under the Course Web Pages link on the university Web site, grouped by college to help students easily locate the Web pages for their courses.

Access to Instructional Tools for a specific course is restricted to students registered for that course and of course the instructor and teaching assistants. Access is controlled through a “course group,” which is created when the Instructional Tool is requested. Students must use their university student e-mail user name and password, while faculty members use with their Lotus Notes user name and Internet password.

The electronic request form for Instructional Tools can be accessed from the university home page by selecting the Faculty/Staff link, then scrolling to Online Resources and selecting the Instructional Tools Request Form link. The required authentication is your Lotus Notes user name and Internet password.

Instructional Tools that may be requested electronically include:

  • FSCS (Faculty/Student Communication System): This is a Web-based application that provides posting of messages directly to an electronic database, rather than using e-mail. Faculty members have the flexibility to submit messages, including attachments, to the entire class or to an individual student. Students may view messages and announcements from the instructor, send messages to the instructor and submit assignments electronically. Instructors may view submissions in several ways, including read/unread, by site or by date. Students may view a list of what they have submitted and see when the instructor has read their submission. With instructor rights to the database, teaching assistants may help the instructor manage the electronic communication conducted via FSCS.
  • Discussion Databases: These provide an electronic meeting place for group collaboration. Discussion is asynchronous, therefore students do not need to be online at the same time. Students participate in the discussion by proposing new main topics for discussion and by composing responses to others’ comments.
  • Course Groups: These are automatically created whenever an FSCS or Discussion Database is requested. Faculty members who chose not to use either of these Instructional Tools may request a Course Group to restrict access to their course Web page or other online materials.

Assistance with these instructional tools, as well as additional resources such as Sametime, which provides synchronous (real time) communication, and Blackboard, is available from the Center for Learning Technologies at 683-6109. Back to top

Estate, annuity gifts from retired professor Carl Helwig will endow humanities scholarships
Associate Professor Emeritus Carl Helwig spent most of his adult life fulfilling his dream of becoming “an American scholar,” and now he has taken steps to help future motivated students pursue their educational goals at Old Dominion.

The Virginia Beach resident recently reaffirmed his intention to will his entire estate to the university, and in addition has established a charitable gift annuity to ODU. This contribution will ultimately be applied to the estate gift to create the Carl Helwig Undergraduate Humanities Scholarship Fund.

In return for establishing the gift annuity, Helwig will receive an annuity from the newly created ODU trust fund that, according to Richard A. Massey, foundations manager for the Office of Development, “is considerably more than he would have received had his money remained in CDs.”

Massey said Helwig’s endowment will one day fund up to five full-time scholarships annually. The renewable, merit-based awards will go to selected undergraduates majoring in the humanities, including education majors, who have and maintain a 3.4 minimum GPA.

“Dr. Helwig is a believer in education and in excellence,” said Massey, who noted that Helwig is the first among ODU’s emeriti faculty to will an entire estate to the university.

Asked why he chose to establish the scholarship fund, Helwig replied, “I enjoyed my years at ODU, and I like what the university is doing. I’ve been a member of the Faculty Emeriti Association since I retired, and I still have a sense of identity with the school.” He added, “Some of us feel that the humanities have been neglected a little bit.”

Helwig, who came to Old Dominion in 1968 as an assistant professor of education, retired in 1979 with the rank of associate professor of educational foundations and special programs. He later returned to the university to pursue a master’s degree in humanities.

It was 1990 when he came back to campus as a student to “plug in the holes” from his undergraduate work, and five years later, at the age of 78, he proudly donned his cap and gown to receive his third master’s degree.

The role of nontraditional student was nothing new for Helwig. He first entered Case-Western Reserve University in 1956 as a 38-year-old freshman, following a distinguished career in the U.S. Army, which included service during World War II. After earning a bachelor’s degree in 1960, he received his first master’s degree, in American studies, the following year, and his second master’s, in English, in 1967, both from Case-Western Reserve. He went on to earn a doctorate in administration and supervision from the University of Akron.

With a contribution to Old Dominion University of marketable securities, cash or other property, donors can earn a competitive fixed rate of return, reduce or eliminate capital gains, and reduce their taxes. For more information about the benefits of a charitable gift annuity contact Page Stooks, senior development officer, at 757-683-5789 or Back to top

Soprano Julianne Baird to perform Jan. 27 for Diehn Concert Series
ODU’s F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series will feature soprano Julianne Baird in recital at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, in Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Accompanied by harpsichordist Karen Flint, Baird will perform Musica Dolce, a program of works by Claudio Monteverdi, Benedetto Ferrari, Giuseppino del Biabo, Frencesco Cavalli, Giulio Caccini and Luigi Rossi. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door.

Baird has been hailed as “one of the most extraordinary voices in the service of early music that this generation has produced. She possesses a natural musicianship which engenders singing of supreme expressive beauty.” She maintains a busy concert schedule of solo recitals and performances of baroque opera and oratorio.

With more than 100 recordings to her credit on Decca, Deutsche Gramophone, Newport Classics and Dorian, Baird is among America’s most recorded women. In addition to her major roles in the acclaimed series of Handel operatic and oratorio premieres, she has a new solo album titled “Glorious Handel.” The New York Philharmonic’s recent commemorative box set to its century of recordings includes her recording of Reich’s “Tehillim.”

Other new recordings include “Dance on a Moonbeam,” featuring Baird, Meryl Streep and Frederica von Stade, and a solo recording of “Passionate Pavanes.” Baird has also been featured in the tile role of a recording of Deidamia, the last opera of George Frederic Handel.

Tickets for the performance are $15 for general admission; $10 for ODU faculty and staff, senior citizens and non-ODU students; and $5 for ODU students with valid ID. Tickets may be purchased at the Arts and Letters Box Office in the atrium of the Diehn Center or by calling 683-5305. Back to top

Legendary coach Arthur “Bud” Metheny dies Jan. 2
Arthur “Bud” Metheny, who served Old Dominion 32 years as head baseball coach, head basketball coach and athletic director, died Jan. 2 after a long illness. He was 87. His wife of 61 years, Frances, also died only hours earlier the same day at age 82.

Metheny joined the athletic staff in 1948 as head baseball coach, compiling a 423-363-6 record before retiring in 1980. He was honored by the NCAA as the Eastern Regional Coach of the Year in 1963 and 1964, a period when his Monarchs captured College Division crowns. Metheny was named National Coach of the Year in 1964. In 1980, his final season as the Monarchs head coach, ODU captured the Virginia State Championship.

Metheny served as head basketball coach from 1948-65, compiling a 198-163 record and posting 16 winning seasons. His 198 wins are still the most among men’s basketball coaches at Old Dominion. He also served as athletic director from 1963-1970.

“Bud Metheny was a legend at Old Dominion University,” said current athletic director Jim Jarrett. “His years of service to our university provided great leadership and support for the student-athletes he coached. He was admired and respected by fellow coaches, players and faculty, who also valued his friendship.

“Bud’s devotion to the Monarch athletic program never waned, even into his retirement years. His impact on our program will be felt for generations to come.”

Metheny came to Old Dominion after a career with the New York Yankees organization from 1938-47. He played for the Yankees in the second and last games of the 1943 World Series as the Yankees defeated the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1984, to honor Metheny and his days with the Yankees, ODU adopted the Yankee uniform look of the distinctive blue pinstripes.

“As a whole, my four years with New York were very pleasant,” Metheny said in a 1975 interview, adding that he was fortunate to play with such great players as DiMaggio, Williams and Dickey.

In the minors before joining the Yankees, Metheny won pennants with Norfolk and Kansas City, as well as the so-called “Little World Series” with Newark. After the Yankees, the William and Mary graduate played and coached for Class “D” and “B” teams. He played outfield for the Portsmouth Piedmont League team in 1949-50 and managed the Newport News team in 1950.

Metheny was enshrined in the College Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in Dallas in 1983. He is a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, William and Mary Hall of Fame and Tidewater Baseball Hall of Fame.

“Professional athletics is a very uncertain thing, and I do like to get into things that are more stable,” Metheny said about his decision to leave pro baseball. “I felt that coming here to the college that I could do the same work and have a more stable situation, and also I’d be dealing with young people. And I’ve always wanted to deal with young people and develop them.”

Opened in 1983, the Old Dominion baseball stadium was officially named in Metheny’s honor. Back to top