NASA administrator to join university research office

Jeremiah F. Creedon, associate administrator for aerospace technology at NASA, has been named director of transportation research for Old Dominion, President Roseann Runte recently announced.

The newly created position will be effective Aug. 15.

“We are delighted to welcome a nationally recognized, visionary leader in transportation research and development to Old Dominion,” said Runte. “Dr. Creedon’s immense experience will bring a new dynamic to our current research program and our future efforts.”

In his new role, Creedon will guide major transportation research projects, including the Maglev demonstration project, and aerospace engineering initiatives. The position will be located in the Office of Research.

“I am very pleased to be joining Old Dominion,” said Creedon. “The university is a growing and vibrant organization with excellent efforts in transportation systems, modeling and simulation. I look forward to contributing to their efforts in these areas.”

Creedon joins Old Dominion after 40 years of service with NASA, where he has been in his current position since 2002. Under his leadership, NASA’s Office of Aerospace Technology developed innovative technology for aeronautics and space applications. In his current role, Creedon manages an annual budget of $3 billion, leads research and development efforts at all 10 NASA field locations, and oversees all aspects of operations at NASA’s four research centers.

Prior to being named associate administrator, Creedon was the director of NASA Langley Research Center. He began his NASA career at Langley in 1963 as a research engineer in the Navigation and Guidance Research Branch.

Since 1970, he has held a variety of management positions, including head of the Control and Information Systems Section, assistant head of the Avionics Technology Research Branch, chief of the Flight Control Systems Division, head of the Flight Systems Directorate, director of the Aeronautics Program Group and director of the Airframe Systems Program Office.

Creedon was twice awarded the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service for his outstanding contributions to the management of NASA programs; twice given the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive in the Senior Executive Service; and is the recipient of two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals. In addition, he was named the Federal Laboratory Director of the Year and received a NASA Distinguished Service Medal.

A native of Rhode Island, Creedon graduated from the University of Rhode Island with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering in 1961, 1963 and 1970, respectively. In 1998, he was inducted into the URI Engineering Hall of Fame. He also holds a master’s degree in management from Stanford University.

The author of more than 30 technical articles, Creedon is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

“With Jerry’s experience and skills, Old Dominion will become a national focal point in the application of new technologies to address critical transportation problems, ranging from Maglev systems through new approaches to increase the capacity and safety of our intermodal transportation networks,” said Robert Ash, interim vice president for research. “We are excited to have him join our team.” Back to top

Old Dominion announces two top-level appointments
President Roseann Runte announced recently the appointment of Alonzo Brandon to the position of vice president for development and alumni relations.

She also announced that John R. Broderick, vice president for institutional advancement and admissions, will take on additional duties as chief of staff for the Office of the President. The appointments, approved by the Board of Visitors at its June 17 meeting, were effective July 1.

“The organization has provided a wonderful opportunity to recognize two outstanding administrators and optimize the relationships among the departments. Additionally, it allows these individuals to use their experience, talents and skills to their – and the university’s – best advantage,” said Runte, who noted the changes will allow her to devote more time to fund-raising and on the major areas of university development and planning.

“I am looking forward to continuing to work with both John and Alonzo in their new roles.”

Brandon, who had been serving as the executive director of foundations and director of development, takes on the additional responsibility of overseeing the alumni relations office, a key pairing as the university prepares to publicly launch its second capital campaign.

An employee in the development office since 1993, Brandon has served as its director since 1999. He oversaw the completion in 2001 of the university’s first comprehensive capital campaign, which exceeded its $47.85 million goal two years ahead of schedule. Additionally, under his leadership, the university received its largest gift ever – $32 million from Landmark Communications founder Frank Batten in March.

Brandon is a 1985 graduate of Old Dominion with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Prior to joining the university, he served as president of Full Court Press Inc. and publisher of InSyte Magazine.

In addition to his duties as vice president for institutional advancement and admissions, Broderick assumes responsibility for community affairs and military affairs. Additionally, he will serve on one of the community boards currently served by the president, assume some public-speaking engagements on behalf of the president, and represent the president at meetings of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and the Virginia Council of Presidents.

Broderick joined Old Dominion in 1993 has served as vice president since 1996. In addition to his new responsibilities, he oversees admissions, governmental relations, publications, media relations, photography, marketing, special events, licensing and the Monarch Copy Center.

Broderick holds a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and a master’s from St. Bonaventure University. Prior to joining Old Dominion, he served on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, was the director of public relations and marketing at St. Bonaventure, and was director of tourism for both the Island of Martha’s Vineyard and The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Back to top

Three new members named to Board of Visitors
Gov. Mark Warner announced June 27 the appointment of three new members to ODU’s Board of Visitors. They are:
  • David W. Faeder of Vienna, a 1978 Old Dominion graduate and recipient of the 2000 Outstanding Alumni Award, and vice chairman of Sunrise Assisted Living Inc.;
  • Conrad M. Hall of Norfolk, a former member of the board of the Old Dominion University Foundation and president and CEO of Trader Publishing Co.; and
  • Katherine Ashhurst-Treherne, M.D., of Chesapeake, a dermatologist;
  • Current member Patricia M. Woolsey of Springfield was reappointed to a four-year term. Woolsey is a member of the board of directors of George Mason University’s Center for Public Policy and president and CEO of Woolsey Consulting.
  • Faeder, Hall and Ashhurst-Treherne will replace Beverly B. Graeber, a Norfolk civic activist; the Rev. Anthony C. Paige, leader of First Baptist Church, Lamberts Point, and Joel R. Wagner, a Norfolk school administrator. Back to top

Applications due Aug. 1 for Fulbright awards
Aug. 1 is the deadline to apply for 2004-05 faculty Fulbright awards. Applications may be requested by contacting John Heyl, executive director of international programs, at or 683-5195. Applications are also available online at

ODU faculty have won 24 Fulbright awards since 1992, including five during the 2002-03 academic year.
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Verlander delivers the heat for Team USA on July 4
Justin Verlander, an ODU sophomore, pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings for the U.S. National Baseball Team July 4, leading the squad to a 3-0 victory over Japan in Myrtle Beach, S.C. His record improved to 2-0.

Verlander’s fireworks resulted in five strikeouts and no runs; he allowed only three hits.

A first-team All-CAA selection, Verlander was named to Team USA’s 20-man roster in June. The squad began play on July 2. The righthander from Goochland, Va., is the sixth Monarch in school history to earn a spot on the team.

For the Monarchs this season, Verlander compiled a 7-6 record with a 2.40 earned run average. He led the CAA in strikeouts with a school-record 139 in 116.1 innings. Back to top

Household items sought for international students
The Office of International Programs is collecting household items for international students who will be arriving in August. The collection will run throughout the summer.

Kitchen items, lamps, tables and small appliances are especially welcome. A tax receipt will be provided if requested. Items (preferably boxed) should be brought to the back door of the Dragas International Center.

For more information contact Patty Wade at or 683-5195. Back to top

Tuition assistance deadline for fall semester is Aug. 1
The deadline for the fall semester tuition assistance program for employees, spouses and dependents, administered by the Department of Human Resources, is Aug. 1.

The program policies may be seen at Information, applications and related forms may be obtained at the following Web address:

For additional information call 683-4237. Back to top

“Press the Flesh” exhibit continues through Aug. 10
“Press the Flesh,” an exhibition featuring a survey of artwork by artists and contemporary print studios around the country, opened June 28 and continues through Aug. 10 at the University Gallery. It is free and open to the public.

The exhibition will feature:

  • Vue Dieu – A print portfolio by 25 artists from the 2002 Southern Graphics Council Conference, New Orleans; organized and curated by ODU faculty members Ken Daley and Clay McGlamory.
  • Yee-Haw Industries – A selection of prints from this independent print shop in Knoxville, Tenn. Yee-Haw Industries specializes in original art-like products – from letterpress posters promoting special events, music acts and theater shows to handmade, woodcut fine art prints. The work is custom-to-order, designed, set and pressed by hand. More information is available at the Web site
  • Kevin Quandt Fine Art – An independent printmaking representative in Minneapolis, featuring work by Adrienne Armstrong, Teresa Mucha and Jenny Schmid. More information is available at
  • Cannonball Press – Working in Brooklyn, N.Y., the Cannonball Press has been described as “a down-home dish that will put meat on your bones and mess with your face. Artists work together with a one-eyed master-printer to produce prints that are mysterious, funny or twisted. Throw Fine Art in trash.” More information is available at

The exhibition will also feature the latest work by ODU alumni Sean Star Wars and Dennis McNett.

The University Gallery, 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 visit or call 683-2355. Back to top

Monarchs travel to UNC for first game of season
The men’s basketball team will open the 2003-04 season on the road at the University of North Carolina as the coaching debut for Tar Heel coach Roy Williams, renew an old Sun Belt Conference rivalry with South Alabama, travel to Virginia Tech, and host St. Joe’s, Charlotte, George Washington, VMI, Liberty and

CAA conference rivals in the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

“I am extremely proud of the schedule we have put together, especially in the early going, which is eye-catching and a virtual murderers row,” said head coach Blaine Taylor. “It will be interesting to watch our young team take on these challenges, but we believe this schedule will pay dividends for the program in both the short and long term.”

The Monarchs will travel to Chapel Hill on Nov. 21 in Roy Williams' coaching debut with the Tar Heels, and return home on Nov. 29 for their home opener with St. Joe’s. This will be the Hawks’ first visit to Norfolk since the 1995-96 season.

For the full schedule visit the athletic department Web site, Back to top

Summer camps still accepting registrations
Several university-sponsored summer camps are still accepting registrations, including the boys’ basketball residential/commuter camp (ages 10-18), July 31 to Aug. 3, and girls’ basketball day camp (ages 10-18), July 28-31.

Registration is also open for the boys’ soccer residential/commuter camp (ages 10-18), July 20-24, and day camp (two sessions: ages 5-8 and 9-18), Aug 4-8.

In addition, a residential/commuter tennis camp for ages 8-18 will be held July 29 to Aug. 3 and a cheerleading camp will take place July 24-27.

For details about the basketball, soccer and tennis camps call 683-4358. For information about the cheerleading camp call 800-527-4422 or visit the Web site Back to top

Civil engineering council hosting Aug. 1 golf tourney
ODU’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Visiting Council will sponsor the Seventh Annual James A. Rives Sr. Memorial Golf Tournament Aug. 1 at the Bide-A-Wee Golf Club in Portsmouth.

The event, which is open to the public, is a four-man Florida Best Ball competition and begins with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Check-in is at 7:30.

The entry fee is $65, which covers green fees and cart rental, prizes and a picnic after the tournament. Proceeds will go toward an endowed scholarship fund in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

To register call David W. Plum at 499-4224 or visit Back to top

Board of Visitors approves operating budget

Enrollment growth plan presented at meeting
“The Board of Visitors approved the 2003-04 operating budget and plan and heard a report on the university’s enrollment growth proposal at its June 17 meeting.

The total university budget of $262.7 million is an increase of 4.4 percent over last year’s operating budget. The increase is primarily attributed to the anticipated expenditures in increased student loan funds and auxiliary services (University Village debt service and operations of the Ted Constant Convocation Center) despite the significant reduction in general fund appropriations.

In his presentation to the board, Robert Fenning, vice president for administration and finance, said, “When you lose 21 percent of your state funds over a biennium, it’s challenging to say the least. Our concern has to be with the continuing effects on programs and strategic initiatives.”

During President Roseann Runte’s report to the board, she presented Old Dominion’s plan to add 10,000 more students by 2008, an initiative aimed at helping the state accommodate an expected 32,000 additional students at public colleges and universities by the end of the decade. If the plan is adopted, enrollment could reach 30,000 in five years, making ODU the school with the largest student body in Virginia.

Most of the new enrollments would result from an expansion of asynchronous course delivery offerings, a larger TELETECHNET program and a revised summer school program.

Runte noted that the plan has received favorable support from a number of state legislators, adding that she will be meeting with more legislators in the coming months. She said that nearly all members of the Hampton Roads delegation had written letters to Gov. Mark Warner endorsing the proposal, and she expressed hope that it can be part of the governor’s budget later in the year.

At the meeting, Rector Frank Batten Jr. expressed his endorsement. “I think it’s a very creative plan,” he said. “It’s good for ODU and it’s very good for taxpayers and for parents of the commonwealth to take on these extra students in a cost-efficient way.”

During his report on the operating budget earlier in the day, Fenning cited a recent State Council for Higher Education funding report which noted that a greater proportion of Old Dominion’s education and general fund goes toward academics than at other institutions, while ODU remains one of the lowest funded doctoral institutions in the state.

The majority of the budget – $140.2 million – is allocated for educational and general programs, which include instruction, research and sponsored programs, public service, academic support, student services, institutional support and operations and maintenance of the physical plant. The remainder of the budget – $122.5 million – is allocated for auxiliary services, grants and contracts, gifts and discretionary, scholarships, and student loan funds/direct federal lending.

As a result of the actions taken by the governor and the General Assembly in the 2003 session, the university’s educational and general fund appropriate decreased from $143.5 million in 2002-03 to $134.2 million in 2003-04. Despite the reductions, the state budget includes funding for salary increases of 2.25 percent for faculty, classified employees and hourly staff effective Nov. 25.

The educational and general programs budget revenue mix changed from fiscal year 2003 to fiscal year 2004 due to an additional $3.9 million in budget cuts for the second year of the biennium. Now, more revenue comes from student tuition and fees and less from the state general funds.

The revenue generated from the tuition and fee increase was used for the following purposes:

  • $3.9 million to restore budget reductions in instructional programs, research and library support;
  • $900,000 to fund unavoidable cost increases such as insurance, leases and technology infrastructure replacement;
  • $300,000 to provide financial support to attract and retain well-qualified undergraduate and graduate students;
  • $500,000 to provide funds to address financial needs of the neediest students; and
  • $1.6 million for investments in institutional priorities and strategic initiatives, such as faculty positions, consolidated student labs, the capital campaign, admissions recruitment and marketing, and graduate students. Back to top

“Coaching is an open-ended job. When does it end? You could continue to do it around the clock. Working on a doctorate is the same. You can read around the clock. Nobody tells you when you’ve done enough.” (Steve Yetiv, associate professor of political science, on former assistant women’s basketball coach Allison Greene, who recently finished and successfully defended her doctoral dissertation in international studies)

– “True to Herself”
The Virginian-Pilot, June 14

“Everybody wants his own little farmette. they want to move to the ecosystem they love, but they destroy it by moving to it.” (Lytton J. Musselman, chair of biological sciences, on suburban encroachment)

– “The Steward of the Zuni Pine Barrens”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 13

“The embedding process was an absolutely masterful stroke. They (the journalists) could not help but come to admire and be in awe (of the service men and women).... I think that came through loud and clear in the reports. I worry about the kind of rah-rah coverage that appeared.”
(Joyce Hoffmann, associate professor of English)

– “Torie Clarke: Winning Friends and Influencing Journalists”
Port Folio Weekly, June 10

“You have to test claims. If it makes real-world predictions, it’s testable. If it has consequences, it’s testable.” (Lawrence Weinstein, associate professor of physics)

– “Smashing Atoms, Mirrors and Superstitions”
Port Folio Weekly, May 27

“The program is only two years old and there are 21 Ph.D. students, which is unprecedented growth for a Ph.D. program. There is big interest in the area.” (John Sokolowski, May 2003 graduate with a doctorate in modeling and simulation, the first person in the world to earn such a degree from a university)

– “Old Dominion Grad Virtually the First of His Kind”
Inside Business, May 26

“I just hate to become a role model for somebody when they don’t know the whole story. I may not be all they think I am. I don’t want to let anybody down, in a way. But I’ve thought about that more, and I’m changing about that in a way. If I can do anybody some good, so be it. But I’m just going to be who I am.”

(Robert “Bootie” Barker (B.S. ’96, mechanical engineering)
– “Crew Chief Fuels Competitive Drive in Garage”
USA Today, May 23

“Creating a rainy day fund you do on a sunny day, and right now it’s pouring. We have too many pressing priorities. If I had any more money, I could use it right now.”

(Roseann Runte, president)
– “Study Suggests Raising Tuition”
Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 22

“We’ve all been there. Like when you’ve been in an accident, you can’t remember the color of the car that hit you or anything.... It really sends an emotional message when you’re trying to put something in memory or take something out of memory. So when the stress level gets too high, it says” – Owings made a sound of distress – “I’m shutting down here for a while.”

(William A. Owings, graduate program director for educational leadership)
– “Exam Time: A Test of Nerves”
The Virginian-Pilot, May 21

BOV endorses tenure awards, emeritus title
At its June meeting, the Board of Visitors approved the award of tenure to two faculty members and the title of emeritus to another professor.

Richard V. Gregory, director of the School of Materials Science and Engineering and professor of polymer science at Clemson University, was approved as dean of the College of Sciences with the award of tenure as professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

The board also approved the appointment to professor and award of tenure for Li D. Xu, who joined Old Dominion in 2001 as a visiting professor of information technology and decision sciences in the College of Business and Public Administration.

Both Gregory and Xu’s appointments are effective July 25.

Denny T. Wolfe Jr., professor of educational curriculum and instruction, was granted the title of emeritus upon his retirement last month. Wolfe joined the university in 1979 and achieved the rank of professor in 1984. He served the Darden College of Education as associate dean from 1986 to 1992.

Most recently, he completed a three-year term as chair of the Department of Educational Curriculum and Instruction.

During his 24 years at ODU, Wolfe was instrumental in preparing hundreds of English teachers for the public schools of Virginia and other states.

Among the board’s other administrative appointments were:

  • Jerry B. Robertson as director of the Technology Applications Center, effective April 10;
  • Melanie T. O’Dell as associate controller, effective June 10; and
  • Robbin Fulmore as director of international student and scholar services, effective July 10. Back to top

Board OKs faculty reps on standing committees
The Board of Visitors on June 17 approved a resolution calling for faculty representation on its four standing committees: Academic and Research Advancement, Administration and Finance, Institutional Advancement and Student Advancement.

The resolution, which was recommended to the full board by the Academic and Research Advancement Committee, states, “The Board of Visitors supports the president’s desire to include a faculty representative as a member of each of its four standing committees in order to further its goals.”

The resolution stipulates that the “administration develop a process, set criteria and recommend, in consultation with the Faculty Senate, persons to serve as non-voting representatives to standing committees.”

Faculty representative terms will be for two years, according to the resolution, and representatives will not be able to participate in the committees’ closed sessions. None of the four faculty members will serve on the full board. Back to top

Claire Ackiss appointed director of alumni relations
Claire Geiger Ackiss, a 1999 graduate of Old Dominion, has been appointed director of alumni relations. She has served as acting director of the program since 2001.

“I believe Claire’s experience and enthusiasm will result in a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship between alumni and the university, and I look forward to working with her,” said Alonzo C. Brandon, who was recently appointed as vice president for development and alumni relations.

As director, Ackiss will oversee a program that serves all of the university’s nearly 90,000 alumni. Additionally, she will serve as executive vice president to the Alumni Association’s board of directors.

During her two years as interim director, Ackiss oversaw negotiations with MBNA for an Alumni Association affinity credit card program, as well as a variety of additional affinity partnerships; chartered three new alumni chapters; increased participation on the Alumni Legislative Network to more than 500 alumni, and developed a monthly electronic newsletter that is sent to more than 3,000 alumni.

Additionally, she has been instrumental in the plans for the university’s first alumni center, which is scheduled to open in early 2004.

A member of the university community since 1976, Ackiss initially worked in the athletics office. She has served in a variety of capacities in the alumni office since 1985. Prior to taking on the position of interim director, she served for one year as the associate director.

Ackiss earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in women’s studies from Old Dominion in 1999. Back to top

Psychology’s Barbara Winstead honored
Class of 2003 doctoral students in the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology unanimously selected Barbara A. Winstead, chair and professor of psychology at Old Dominion, for the Outstanding Faculty Member Award this year.

“What is especially noteworthy is that this is the fourth time that Dr. Winstead has achieved this highly prestigious award and demonstrates the singular impact that she has had on different generations of these young professionals,” said Janis Sanchez, acting associate vice president of graduate studies.

Winstead started teaching at Old Dominion in 1979 while completing her doctorate in personality and development psychology from Harvard. She has been actively involved in the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, an American Psychology Association-accredited doctoral clinical program sponsored by the College of William and Mary, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University and Old Dominion. She has taught “Psychodynamic Psychotherapy” and “Research Methods” to doctoral students and she has served as a member and chair of the program review committee, practicum training committee and admissions committee.

Winstead’s research focuses on relationships, gender and HIV-positive individuals. She is particularly interested in how gender influences relationships, how relationships influence coping, and how relationships influence individual health and safety behaviors.

Winstead also studies how individuals cope with multiple roles. She has collaborated in her research with psychology professors from various institutions, including Valerian Derlega and Robin Lewis from Old Dominion, Connie Pilkington from William and Mary, Anita Barbee from the University of Louisville, and numerous graduate students on more than 30 publications and 40 professional presentations. Back to top

Who's Who: Fred W. Butler, Business Manager, Academic Affairs
Fred Butler likes to golf during his free time, and he enjoys museum browsing, reading and traveling.

But when he isn’t working as the business manager in the Office of Academic Affairs, a position he’s held since 1998, most often you’ll find him engaged in his duties as a member of the Navy Reserves.

Recently, Butler was selected for promotion to the rank of E-8 (senior chief petty officer) and tapped as the senior enlisted adviser for the commander of Carrier Battle Group 0886, based in Norfolk – both rare achievements among reservists.

Butler spent six years on active duty; his last home port was in Norfolk aboard the aircraft carrier USS America. He left active duty in March 1990 and joined the Reserves two years later.

Military service is nothing new to Butler’s family. Though he is the first member of his immediate family to serve in the U.S. Navy since World War II, his father was career Army, serving in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and other hot spots. Butler’s grandfather also served in the Army, as did several uncles.

“It’s a long-standing, family tradition,” Butler said. “I enjoy the work and it allows me an opportunity to contribute, in a small way, to give something back to this great nation. Plainly speaking, it’s duty, honor, country!”

– James J. Lidington

Other Positions held at the university: Office of Finance, fiscal technician, 1993-94; Office of Academic Affairs, fiscal technician senior, 1994-98

College degrees: Oregon State University, B.S. in political science and B.S. in business administration (finance/accounting), 1982; Old Dominion University, M.P.A., 2002; currently working toward and advanced certificate of study in public policy, with a strong desire to complete the Ph.D. program

Birth date: May 12, 1953

Hometown: Corvallis, Ore., home of the Oregon State Beavers

Spouse: Liza, a Bank of America employee

Pets: Two dogs, Jack, a Jack Russell terrier, and Onyx , a black and brown dachshund; and a cat, Mandy

Favorite place on campus: Ted Constant Convocation Center, because it is a new, state-of-the-art facility that has so much flexibility for all types of events and it is a place where one can escape and relax

Most memorable campus experience: Participating in the May ’02 commencement ceremonies

Most treasured possession in my office: The keys to the office in Academic Affairs. This allows me the opportunity to either work later in the evenings and on off times to keep on top of my work load.

Whom I admire most at the university: The staff support of the university! It is the staff that really get the administrative work done, and they are the subject-matter experts. Many of the faculty administrative personnel get a lot of the credit and exposure, but it is the staff people that perform the majority of the work without any real recognition!

Last book read: “My American Journey” by Colin Powell

Favorite movie: “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Favorite quote: “Some people see things as they are and ask why ... but I dream of things that never were, and say why not?”

Activities outside the university: I am involved in several organizations to varying degrees, including: U.S. Naval Reserves, Institute of Internal Auditors, National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, American Society of Public Administrators, Association of Government Accountants, Norfolk SPCA, Habitat for Humanity and the Red Cross.

Idea of the perfect day off: In springtime, a day of golfing followed by a barbecue with great friends

Favorite TV shows: “The Practice,” “Seinfeld” reruns

Favorite meal: Pork loin roast with mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade biscuits, applesauce, fresh seafood salad

Favorite sport: Snow skiing in the winter and spring months

Last vacation: Visited family, friends and relatives in Oregon and Alaska in August 2002

Last smart thing I did: Continued on with my formal education

Last dumb thing I did: Asked my current wife’s opinion about a financial matter!

Worst job: Cleaning up the yard and litter box after the animals

What profession, other than the one I’m in, would l like to attempt?: Trial attorney

What would I want my epitaph to be: A loyal and trusted friend, companion and great caddy! Back to top

Basketball programs hire two assistant coaches
The men’s and women’s basketball programs recently announced the hiring of two assistant coaches.

Travis DeCuire, the head coach at Green river Community College in Seattle for the past two years and a former standout player for ODU coach Blaine Taylor at the University of Montana, will fill the slot vacated by Kenny Gattison. An ODU Hall of Famer, Gattison resigned in June to join the coaching staff of the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets.

The Lady Monarchs have added Nikita Lowry, former USA Basketball assistant coach and Ohio State All-American. Lowry, whose resume includes head coaching stints at New Mexico State and Detroit Mercy, replaces former ODU player Stacy Himes, who resigned her assistant coaching position last month. Back to top

SunTrust gift will support engineering projects at CAEE

Recognizing the importance of university research in regional economic development initiatives, SunTrust Bank recently contributed $200,000 to Old Dominion for advanced engineering environments projects.

William K. Butler II, president and CEO of SunTrust, Hampton Roads, presented the check to Ahmed Noor, director of Old Dominion’s Center for Advanced Engineering Environments (CAEE) and the College of Engineering and Technology’s William E. Lobeck Chair, in a June 24 ceremony at CAEE’s laboratories at NASA Langley Research Center.

“There is compelling evidence that research done in urban universities has a substantial spin-off benefit to the economy of the region,” said Butler. “We hope that our contribution to Old Dominion, directed specifically at research, will motivate other businesses to make similar contributions.”

The SunTrust Program Fund will be used for initiatives at CAEE, which brings together virtual-reality technologies and other leading-edge computer programs as engineering instructional tools. Its programs are used for college engineering education and aerospace workforce training.

“We are grateful to SunTrust and to Bill Butler for his exemplary leadership and are pleased to be partnering with them in what we hope will become a major region-wide, technology-based economic development effort,” said President Roseann Runte.

According to Butler, the commitment arose from research by the Hampton Roads Partnership indicating the presence of world-class research institutions is critically important to developing a technology-based economy. Moreover, he noted, top quality research programs have been shown to have a direct, measurable impact on employment and per capita income.

The gift is a step towards the Hampton Roads Research Partnership goal to increase annual research expenditures among local universities from the current $95 million to $400 million over the next 10 years. Back to top

Student Services announces appointments
Dana Burnett, vice president for student services, recently announced four appointments to positions within the Office of Student Services.

Kaye Wallace will begin her duties as associate vice president for student services Aug. 4. Since 1980, Wallace has served in various capacities with Wayne State University, most recently as assistant vice president for student life. She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University, and earned graduate degrees at Wayne State.

Sheryn Milton was appointed director of disability services, effective June 25. She had served as interim director for the past year. Prior to that Milton was employed as the learning coordinator for disability services. She has a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and a master’s in education from Old Dominion.

Rebecca Fogerty started her position July 1as assistant director/S.A.F.E. coordinator in the Women’s Center. Fogerty earned her master’s degree in applied sociology with a certificate in women’s studies at Old Dominion.

Stacy L. Davidson, the university’s new Preview coordinator, comes to Old Dominion from the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio, where she served as the executive director of minority student services and director of the Whirlpool Mentorship Program. She has also served as director of student leadership and director of residence life at Ohio Northern University and as coordinator of orientation at the University of Michigan.

Davidson earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia and her master’s in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University. Back to top

Anders named coach of U.S. national field hockey team
U.S. Field Hockey has named ODU head coach Beth Anders as head coach of the U.S. women’s national team.

Anders, who had been serving as the U.S. team’s temporary coach since April, returns to the head coaching position with the U.S. team after previously serving in 1985 and again from 1990-93.

“We are very pleased that Beth has agreed to become the U.S. women’s national team coach,” said U.S. Field Hockey President Sharon Taylor. “This is a great commitment on Beth’s part to leave the outstanding program at Old Dominion to dedicate her efforts to U.S. Field Hockey.”

Taylor added that she is hopeful that Anders can lead the team to a berth at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Sue Myers, assistant coach of the Lady Monarch field hockey team, will take over Anders’ duties while she is away.

A 1984 Olympic bronze medalist, Anders owns a 430-64-7 record as head coach at Old Dominion while leading the Lady Monarchs to nine national championships. She played for the U.S. team from 1970-84 and was named to the Olympic team in 1980 and 1984. As head coach of the U.S. national team, Anders guided the squad to a bronze medal at the 1991 Pan Am Games and a qualifying berth in the 1994 World Cup.

Anders began her duties immediately with the U.S. team at the FIH Champions Challenge, July 5-13 in Catania, Italy. The United States will play Germany, Spain, Japan and Italy in the annual event, which features the world’s 7th- to 12th-ranked teams.

Following the Champions Challenge, Anders and the U.S. team will begin finalizing their preparations for the Pan American Games, Aug. 2-13 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Pan American Games serve as a qualifying event for the 2004 Olympic Games, with the winner earning the continental berth in Athens. Back to top

OCCS employee Stephen Souza dies June 23
Stephen Souza, 53, a computer engineer in the Office of Computing and Communications Services, died in a local hospital June 23. He had worked at Old Dominion since Aug. 25, 2000.
A native of Achusnet, Mass., Souza, OSCS (SW), retired from the U.S. Navy after 23 years of dedication to his country. He was a member of the Virginia Beach Amateur Radio Club, Volunteer Angel Flight-Mercy Medical Airlift, the NRA and ARRL.
He is survived by a sister, Jan Ingraham of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and two brothers, J. David Souza of St. Lucie Village, Fla., and Michael Souza of Port St. Lucie, Fla.
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Clare Silva, first director of the Writing Center
Clare M. Silva, of Norfolk, the first director of the university Writing Center, died July 3, 2003.

Silva joined Old Dominion in 1978 as director of the newly formed Writing Center and was named director of academic skills development in 1984. She was named ODU’s Administrator of the Year in 1992.

Silva was nationally recognized for her work with Betty H. Yarborough, now an eminent professor emeritus of educational curriculum and instruction, in the field of spelling and worked with State Council of Higher Education for Virginia committees to set standards for writing in the state.

In addition, Silva founded and served as president of the Virginia Association of Developmental Education and was a consultant to local school districts.

In the community, she was an advocate for the YWCA and was a recipient of the Clare De Silva Award from ASOCOPI, the Colombian Association of Teachers of English, which she founded 44 years ago.
Silva is remembered as the core of her family, and as a talented musician, seamstress and cook, and an avid women’s basketball fan. Silva was the mother of four daughters and two sons; she had 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her brother, Jay Alexander, and sister, Jean Seidel, also survive her.

Donations may be made to the YWCA of South Hampton Roads, 5215 Colley Ave, Norfolk, Va. 23508. A memorial service will be announced later this month. Back to top

Science and art merge in Nauticus photo exhibit
The Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Nauticus, the National Maritime Center, have partnered to present “The Art of Science,” a collection of 14 photographs by research assistant professors Lisa Drake and Martina Doblin, featuring plankton and other marine organisms. The exhibit is on view through Sept. 13.

The striking images were taken through a microscope using a digital camera and a set of prisms and filters to create colored backgrounds. The images offer a new perspective on marine organisms as art forms.

The organisms were collected between February 2000 and June 2002 from tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay – including the Lafayette, Elizabeth and Rappahannock rivers – as well as from the Bahamas and California’s Monterey Bay.

These photomicrographs initiated the project “Art in Science,” which uses the images to create a K-12 curriculum that weaves art and science together to engage students in the exploration and evaluation of the world around them. An interdisciplinary team of professors in the sciences, arts and education is working to bring the program to teachers in the Virginia public school system.

The “Art of Science” exhibit complements Nauticus’s new traveling exhibit “Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss,” also on view through Sept. 13. Back to top

Computing Corner: E-mail Adversaries – UCM (“Spam”) and Viruses
By Don Murdoch, CISSP
Information Systems Security Officer

The Office of Computing and Communications Services receives daily complaints from faculty and staff regarding unsolicited e-mail. We categorize this as UCM (Unsolicited Commercial eMail), the proper term for what most people call “Spam Mail.” This recent Internet-related phenomenon is the logical extension of packages of coupons showing up in your mailbox. Many times, UCM contains attachments that frequently contain viruses that can infect your PC. Additionally, e-mail in Web format (HTML) may attempt to run program code and, depending on the e-mail program you are using, malicious programs may end up running on your PC.

What can be done to help stop the onslaught of Internet marketers who have little respect for our in-boxes? The following recommendations may help:

  • Resize the e-mail view so that when you click on messages in the list, they are not shown “full screen.” For most programs, you may then scroll the message display window and, if the message content is UCM or if it is patently offensive, the amount of exposure to the message content is minimized. For the Lotus Notes client, this can be accomplished by using view panes. To use the view panes feature: After opening your in-box, from the View Menu, select Document Preview – Show Preview.
  • The vast majority of e-mail viruses arrive as an attachment. The best advice is this: Never open an attachment unless you are sure of the sender and were expecting the attachment. If you feel the attachment is not legitimate, simply delete the message. When working with legitimate attachments in the Notes client, always use the Detach command, save the file and run your virus scan before opening.
  • You should be aware that the “From” field on a message can easily be forged. This means that senders supply a name that they think will fool a user. Mail from people on campus should always have a signature that includes the sender’s name, position, department and phone number.
  • For this reason, it is important to create a signature for your outgoing mail and append that signature to all messages. To create a signature in the Notes client, select Tools, Preferences from the action bar at the top of your in-box view. Click on the Mail tab, then the Signature tab. Create your signature and click to select the option to automatically append the signature to your outgoing messages. Following this protocol helps establish a check-point for validating incoming university mail.
  • If you receive an e-mail with an attachment and you are not expecting an attachment from the sender, take a minute and call. If you find out that the sender didn’t actually send the mail, this may alert them to check their own system.

UCM should be forwarded to To report threatening e-mail or misuse of systems that have criminal/civil implications, please forward the message to Back to top