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Japan Forum will focus on education and culture
A concert of traditional Japanese music and a President’s Lecture Series presentation on “Japanese Women’s Pursuit of Global Justice” will headline Old Dominion’s Japan Forum Nov. 6-7, a symposium on education and culture in the United States and Japan.

President Roseann Runte said the forum will be the first in an annual series featuring different countries. Faculty members from Japan, renowned in their fields of education, economics, engineering and the humanities, will be guests of ODU during the forum, which will highlight the importance of cooperation between the two nations and examine the relationships between educational institutions and common social and economic problems.

Author Norma Field will give the lecture series address at 8 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building auditorium. A student of modern and contemporary Japanese literature and culture, she has written about everything from Japanese novels to the moral and legal questions of crimes against women in World War II, and from the use of Japanese nationalist symbols to the integration of Koreans into Japanese society.

Field is the William J. and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor in East Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Robert S. Ingersoll Professor in Japanese Studies at the University of Chicago.

The concert, featuring an ensemble of ancient Japanese kotos – 13-string harps that originated in the sixth century – will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Norfolk’s Chrysler Hall. Performing will be renowned koto player Kyoko Okamoto of the University of Maryland, the Toho Koto Society of Washington, D.C., and the Shakuhachi Flute Ensemble.

General admission tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Streamed audio of the Toho Koto Society is available at www.kotosociety.org. For tickets or more information call Ticketmaster at 671-8100 or the Virginia Arts Festival at 282-2800.

Also scheduled as part of the Japan Forum are:

  • Cross-cultural presentation on comparative literature, featuring Yoshihiro Ohsawa and Katsuya Sugawara, both of the University of Tokyo, 10 a.m. Nov. 7, Burgess Room Batten Arts and Letters Building. A simultaneous session featuring Toshiharu Nomoto, of the environmental and ocean engineering department at the University of Tokyo, will be in the Cape Charles Room of Webb Center.
  • Economics Club of Hampton Roads presentation by Itaru Shimazu, professor of law and economics at Chiba University, noon Nov. 7, multipurpose room, Ted Constant Convocation Center. He will address the changing political conservatism of Japan and evolving issues in U.S.-Japan relations. Shimazu serves in the key post in Japan Association for Legal Philosophy and Public Policy Studies Association of Japan. (By invitation only.)
  • “The Japanese Contribution to World Buddhism,” by associate professor of philosophy David Putney, and “History and Memory in Contemporary Sino-Japanese Relations,” by associate professor of history Qiu Jin, 1:45 p.m. Nov. 7, Burgess Room, BAL.
  • Kyoko Inagaki, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University, a keynote address, 3 p.m. Nov. 7, 1005 Constant Hall. A panel discussion on challenging issues facing Japanese educators will follow.
  • Exhibit of original historical ukiyo-e woodblock prints, circa 1830-65, on display in the Webb Center Gallery, Nov. 3-21. The prints belong to the Japan Virginia Society and are on loan through the Virginia Museum of Art. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

All Japan Forum events on campus, unless otherwise noted, are free and open to the public. For more information call 683-5759. Back to top


Fall enrollment of 21,000 is new record
Old Dominion has set a new enrollment record for the third straight year, with approximately 21,000 students taking classes for the fall 2003 semester. This is a 4.5 percent increase over the 2002 figure of 20,105.

This number includes about 4,951 new students, approximately 2,064 of whom are first-time freshmen, a 14 percent increase over last year. Official fall enrollment numbers will be released later this month.

Among the students accepted for the fall, the university has seen a better than 13 percent increase in those admitted with distinction – students who have a minimum 3.3 high school grade point average and an SAT score of 1180 or above.

“If you look at the recent list of Scholastic Achievers in Hampton Roads, 25 students recognized as tops in their high school are now students at Old Dominion,” said John R. Broderick, vice president for institutional advancement.

ODU’s Honors College also recorded its largest freshman enrollment of 206 students. Back to top


Alumni honored on Founders’ Day
Distinguished Alumni Awards were presented to eight former students during the annual Founders’ Day dinner Oct. 16 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

Town-N-Gown presented one of two Community Service Awards to the Office of Student Activities and Leadership for its participation in Relay for Life, which raised $31,000 for cancer research April 11. Fifty teams and 400 walkers, including students, faculty, staff and administrators, took part in the ODU Relay for Life.

The following are recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards:

  • W. Lance Anderson ’84 – A resident of Kansas City, Kan., he is co-founder, president and CEO of NovaStar Financial Inc., a mortgage assets investment company that employs 4,000 people and operates in all 50 states.
  • Daniel J. Barchi (M.E.M. ’97) – He is president and CEO of Carilion Biomedical Institute, a not-for-profit organization that translates the best ideas from university laboratories into products, services and business to improve health care and stimulate economic development in Virginia’s Roanoke Valley.
  • Anne T. Donovan ’83 – The head coach
    of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm, she was a three-time All-America center at ODU and Naismith Player of the Year as a senior. Later, she played on two gold-medal Olympic teams and was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995.
  • Nanci Little Gosnell ’78 – A resident of Potomac, Md., she is vice president for information technology and chief information officer for INOVA Health System. Gosnell also is an adjunct professor at George Mason University.
  • Alton Jay Harris ’87 – Now a news anchor for ESPN, Harris received the Silver World medal from the New York Festivals for writing and hosting American Urban Radio Networks’ “Year-In-Review” program.
  • Mary Maniscalco-Theberge ’78 – She is chief of surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., the first woman to hold this position. She was a cheerleader and Army ROTC cadet during her student days at Old Dominion.
  • Mark H. Thiemans (M.S. ’75) – Dean of physical sciences at the University of California, San Diego, Thiemans discovered the “mass-independent isotope effect.” He received the 1998 Ernest O. Lawrence Medal, the highest award given to scientists by the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • Richard W. Turner ’69 – Turner retired as president and CEO of BEI Medical Systems, a medical technology company he founded and sold to Boston Scientific Corp. in 2002 for an estimated $95 million. BEI developed the Hydro ThermAblator, which is used to treat excessive uterine bleeding.

Two other alumni were honored at the dinner program.

  • James S. Cheng ’82, founder and principal stockholder of Computer & Hi Tech Management Inc. of McLean, Va., received the Distinguished Entrepreneurial Award. In 1999 Virginia Business magazine recognized the firm with its Vanguard Award for being the state’s fastest-growing company.
  • W. Carroll Creecy of Portsmouth, the founder and president of Sales Systems Ltd., received the Tim Miller Philanthropic Award.

A student at the Norfolk Division in the early 1960s, he and his wife, Gloria, established the Creecy Family Endowed Scholarship.

Other awards presented included the Albert B. “Buck” Gornto Jr. Regional Service Award, which went to William K. Butler II, president and CEO of SunTrust Bank. Butler is president of the Alison J. and Ella W. Parsons Foundation and vice chairman of the board of Sentara Health Systems. He was instrumental in establishing a faculty chair in aerospace engineering at ODU.

The second Town-N-Gown Community Service Award went to the ACCESS Tidewater Scholarship Foundation. Co-founded by Frank Batten and Joshua P. Darden Jr. in 1988, it has helped more than 24,000 young people go to college and amass more than $93 million in financial aid. Back to top


Peter Engel is first speaker for alumni chapter series
Peter Engel, producer of hit television shows including “Saved by the Bell” and “Last Comic Standing,” will be the speaker for the Communication Alumni Chapter’s inaugural Excellence in Communication Speaker Series luncheon Oct. 22.

Engel, dean of Regent University’s School of Communication and the Arts, will be awarded the chapter’s first Excellence in Communication Award during the luncheon. The award will recognize his more than three decades of experience in communications, working as a producer, writer and creator for networks such as NBC, Universal Studios and The Disney Channel.

He is best known for the Emmy-nominated teenage sitcom “Saved by the Bell,” which is now syndicated in more than 85 countries, and this summer’s reality series “Last Comic Standing.”

Scheduled for noon in the Ted Constant Convocation Center’s multipurpose room, the luncheon is open to the public. Tickets are $25 per person and $15 for ODU students. Reservations are required.

For reservations or more information contact the alumni relations office at 683-3097or rdalby@odu.edu.

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Latin American Cultures matinee set for Nov. 14
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures will present a matinee on “Latin American Cultures from 3-5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Burgess Room of the Batten Arts and Letters Building.

The program will feature lectures and slide presentations by the following faculty:

  • Angelica Huizar, assistant professor of Spanish, the new director of Latin American Studies;
  • Chris Drake, professor of geography, who will give a slide presentation on her recent trip to Machu Picchu; and
  • Carmen Willhoite, a native of Brazil, who will teach Portuguese starting next fall.
    The second half of the program will feature student presentations of their study abroad experiences in Latin America, as well as a slide show and live presentation of parrots from the Latin American rain forests.

In conjunction with the matinee, the department will screen on Nov. 12 Werner Herzog’s “Aguirre: The Wrath of God,” the classic cult movie of the New German Cinema, featuring the late Klaus Kinski as the demented conquistador in search of Eldorado. It will be shown at 7 p.m. in room 104 of the Batten Arts and Letters Building.

For more information call 683-3973.
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Benefits Fair will feature many vendors, agencies
The Department of Human Resources will hold its Eighth Annual Benefits Fair from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the North Mall of Webb Center.

Among the vendors, agencies and departments that provide benefits to university employees planning to attend are: American Express Financial Advisors, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, CORE Inc., Fidelity Investments, Great-West Benefit Corp., Hourly and Classified Employees Association, Legal Resources, Lincoln Financial Advisors, Magellan Behavioral Health, Met Life, Minnesota Life, athletics department, ODU Credit Union, recreational sports department, ODU Student Health Center, CIGNA Group Insurance/Palmer & Cay Consulting Group, the Social Security Administration, AXA Equitable, TIAA-CREF, AIG VALIC, the Virginia Retirement System, and Waddell & Reed.

Drawings for door prizes will be held throughout the day.
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Women soldiers to recount their experiences in Iraq
“Fighting the War in Iraq: The Experi-ence of Women Soldiers,” a forum featuring female service members deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom, will be from 12:30-3 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Burgess Room of the Batten Arts and Letters Building.

Representatives of the major branches of the armed services will discuss the dangers they faced during military operations overseas. The women will also address the limits on their role in combat, their future place in the American military and things they believe they must do to be viewed as equals to their male counterparts.

For more information call Regina Karp, director of the Center for Regional and Global Study, at 683-5700.
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Used book sale is Nov. 5-8; donations are sought
Perry Library will hold its 29th annual used book sale Nov. 5-8. Open to the public, the sale will take place in room 151 of the library at the following times: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The library is currently accepting donations of books, video/audio tapes and magazines. Donations can be dropped off at the circulation desk in Perry Library.

Proceeds benefit the ODU libraries. For more information call 683-5908.
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President’s Prayer Breakfast scheduled for Oct. 24
Catherine Cookson, director of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at Virginia Wesleyan College, will be the guest speaker for the Annual President’s Prayer Breakfast at 7:45 a.m. Oct. 24 in the Hampton/Newport News Room of Webb Center. The breakfast is sponsored by ODU’s University Chaplains Association.

Cookson, who holds a doctorate in religious studies from Indiana University, is an internationally recognized expert on law, religion and social issues.

Tickets can be purchased at the Webb Center front desk.
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Grisham novel includes drawing of Foreman Field
If you think the image on the title page of the latest John Grisham novel, “Bleachers,” looks like the Foreman Field of old, so does Hampton Roads artist and ODU alumnus Louis Jones.

The contributor of title-page artwork for a previous Grisham novel (“A Painted House,” 2001), Jones drew on his memories of attending high school football games at the stadium when he was a student at Granby High School in the late ’60s. The image evokes the novel’s subject: behind-the-scenes intrigue in a football-obsessed small town. The book went on sale Sept. 9.

Jones no doubt also recalls Foreman Field from his days as an art student at ODU, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1974.
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Veterans Day observance set
ODU will hold a Veterans Day observance from 12:30-1 p.m. Nov. 11 on Kaufman Mall. Remarks will be given by President Roseann Runte, Rear Adm. Stephen A. Turcott, commander, Navy Region, Mid-Atlantic, and G. William Whitehurst, the George M. and Linda H. Kaufman Lecturer in Public Affairs.

The Army Continental Band will provide music for the ceremony, which will include a moment of silence and the playing of “Taps.” Back to top


Winners are announced in safety slogan contest
The University Safety Committee announces the following winners of its workplace safety slogan contest:

  • “Workplace Safety: It’s No Accident,” Cathy Cooke, lecturer of psychology;
  • “You Can’t Rewind a Workplace Accident: Prevent the Worst – Think Safety First,” Ellen Carpenter on behalf of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Student Chapter; and
  • “Keep Your Workplace Safe with the Monarch ROAR: Report, Observe And React,” Scott Harrison, director of information technology for the Office of Student Services.

The winning slogans will be seen on banners around campus. Back to top


Report focuses on veterans’ contributions
A variety of issues, from the economy and private social services to the impact of military retirees and research and development at Eastern Virginia Medical School, are examined in ODU’s fourth annual “State of the Region” report, a publication of the Regional Studies Institute.

The 152-page report also looks at how Hampton Roads compares to other metropolitan areas in terms of various economic, social and educational variables; the pros and cons of consolidating public services in the region; the impact of state mandates on the area’s cities and counties; and how different cities in the region approach the subsidization of new housing and commercial development

James V. Koch, Board of Visitors Professor of Economics and President Emeritus, oversaw the production of the report, which received financial support from the university and a number of local organizations and individuals. Koch notes that the report does not constitute an official viewpoint of the university.

“Our ‘State of the Region’ reports maintain the modest goal of making Hampton Roads an even better place to live,” he said. “We are proud of our region’s many successes, but realize it would be possible to improve the region’s performance.”

This year’s report focuses on the contributions of veterans to Hampton Roads and on the economic impact of the war in Iraq on the regional economy.

Among the report’s findings are:

  • Over the past year, Hampton Roads led the commonwealth’s economy, experiencing growth while most other regions in Virginia did not. Contributing to this economic well-being were increased defense expenditures on personnel, materiel, and shipbuilding and repair. Additionally, the region’s housing market performed well.
  • While Hampton Roads is doing better economically than the nation as a whole, significant racial income differences exist within the region. Black residents earn less in Hampton Roads relative to white residents than is the case in the rest of the nation. This, the report suggests, should command the attention of the region’s decision-makers.
  • In the chapter on Private Social Services, which looks at the good work of the region’s various United Way agencies, the report notes that United Way of South Hampton Roads provides an excellent example for others to follow.
  • Approximately 53,000 retired military personnel reside in Hampton Roads, a number that has grown by nearly 25 percent since 1990, and a population that gives the area both a significant economic boost and a skilled labor force. The report offers suggestions for keeping this valuable population in the region and perhaps attracting even more military retirees.
  • In the chapter on Research and Development at Eastern Virginia Medical School, the report estimates the current annual economic impact of EVMS to be $630 million, and notes that the school’s R&D involvement is responsible for $71 million of that economic impact and 1,051 jobs in the region. The report calls upon regional leaders and the Hampton Roads legislative delegation to help the school expand its research and development.
  • In examining the feasibility of consolidating public services in Hampton Roads, the report advocates combining four services – education, water distribution, transportation and libraries – in order to realize cost and efficiency gains.
  • The report advocates that both the commonwealth and localities sponsor studies to determine the actual costs of state mandates. This would allow localities to provide hard evidence of the burdens they face, which would result in legislators being in a position to make more rational decisions.
  • The report devotes one of its chapters to an examination of new housing and commercial development subsidies and asks the question: Are subsidies in the region being handled fairly? The report suggests that the General Assembly must make it possible for cities and counties to assess impact fees and, as they choose, to take into account the entire development picture of a city in a dynamic sense. Back to top


Assistant to the president, David Loope, begins duties
David R. Loope, previously the coordinator of academic affairs for the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education in Columbia, S.C., joined Old Dominion Sept. 25 as assistant to the president.

The position, last held by Ellie Costulis, will include assisting President Roseann Runte on a daily basis with scheduling, correspondence, and preparing talks and presentations. Loope said he also expects, at some point in the future, to represent the president’s office at certain functions.

A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Loope, 39, earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Tennessee, a master’s in English from Wake Forest University and a doctorate in higher education administration from the College of William and Mary.

“My desire has always been and will always be about making a positive difference in the lives of individuals through higher education,” Loope said. “I think perhaps ODU does a better job of this than any institution with which I am familiar ... .”

In his position with the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education since 1994, Loope coordinated academic program approval and modification processes at public institutions with regard to new degree programs, off-campus extensions and degree options. He also chaired committees and task forces on higher education issues and served as speechwriter for the commission chairman and executive director.

Loope worked from 1991-93 as an education program analyst with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Educational Research and Improvement in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the American Association for Higher Education, Association for the Study of Higher Education and Phi Beta Kappa.

Loope is an avid tennis player and reader, particularly of literature of the American South. Back to top


Tabor Cronk joins ODU as university counsel
C. Tabor Cronk recently joined Old Dominion as university counsel, succeeding Rita Woltz, who resigned in April.

He previously served for 20 years in the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, most recently in the Division of Human and Natural Resources, Education Section. His recent clients included James Madison University and four state museums. He also counseled the Virginia Community College System in business matters, and served earlier as counsel to Virginia Military Institute, for 16 years, and to George Mason University.

A 1962 graduate of VMI with a bachelor’s degree in history, Cronk received his law degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1966.

He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, Virginia Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia.

Cronk is a former president of the Richmond Area Association for Retarded Citizens Inc. board of directors and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond. Back to top


University selected as host for next COVITS Symposium
Old Dominion has been chosen to host COVITS 2004, the sixth annual Commonwealth of Virginia Information Technology Symposium. It will be held next September at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

President Roseann Runte and Norfolk State University President Marie McDemmond will co-chair the symposium. The organizing committee will include representatives from Eastern Virginia Medical School, ECPI College of Technology, Hampton University, NSU, ODU, Regent University, Thomas Nelson Community College, Tidewater Community College and the College of William and Mary. Representatives from Christopher Newport University and Virginia Wesleyan College will serve in an advisory capacity.

The purpose of the COVITS Symposium is to “bring together information technology representatives from state agencies, institutions of higher education, educational infrastructure, local governments and the private sector to discuss pertinent technology issues concerning the design, integration and management of the commonwealth’s information systems.”

The symposium offers information technology researchers and businesses the opportunity to present results from current IT research or projects.

The 2003 COVITS Symposium, which was hosted Sept. 21-23 by Virginia Tech in Roanoke, featured guest speakers John Major, former prime minister of Great Britain, and retired U.S. Army Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf. Back to top


Verizon exec to open business college’s Executive in Residence Series Oct. 23
Richard Conrad, president of the northeast area for Verizon Wireless, will be the first speaker in the College of Business and Public Administration’s 2003 Executive in Residence Series Oct. 23.

The series brings accomplished business leaders to campus to share firsthand experience with students. Conrad, a 1970 graduate of Old Dominion with a bachelor’s degree in education, will speak at 12:30 p.m. in room 1005 of Constant Hall. Seating is on a first-come, first served basis.

Conrad is responsible for the Verizon’s operations in the New England, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Virginia regions. He previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of PrimeCo Personal Communications and as president for the New York metropolitan region of Bell Atlantic Mobile.

At Bell Atlantic, Conrad expanded the sales, marketing, engineering, finance, administration and network systems in 15 New York and New Jersey counties, including Long Island, and in New York City’s five boroughs. He also served as executive vice president and chief operating officer and southwest regional vice president of Bell Atlantic Mobile.

Walter Lance Anderson, president and chief operating officer of NovaStar Financial, will be the next speaker in the series on Nov. 11. Back to top


Simon Serfaty named CSIS Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy
“Simon Serfaty, senior professor of international politics and director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Europe Program, has been named CSIS Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy.

Serfaty is an expert on NATO and U.S.-European relations. From 1984-92, he was director of the Johns Hopkins Foreign Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. During his 21-year association with the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, where he was research professor in U.S. foreign policy, he served as director of the Washing-ton Center of Foreign Policy Research (1977-80) and director of the SAIS Center of European Studies in Bologna, Italy (1972-76).

“Simon’s critical contribution to the preservation of a constructive transatlantic dialogue offers the best evidence why he is so uniquely qualified to be the first occupant of the chair,” said Brzezinski, a CSIS counselor and former national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter.

The center established the Brzezinski Chair last year to advance understanding in the fields of geostrategy, international security, European affairs and global politics. Reflecting Brzezinski’s personal achievements during his career of political service and academic writing, the chair is awarded to a leading scholar from the fields of geostrategy, international security and global politics.

Earlier this summer, Serfaty drafted the Declaration on Renewing the Transatlantic Partnership and then worked with Harold Brown, former defense secretary, to secure the endorsement of a high-level, bipartisan group of 18 former senior U.S. officials. A major European response to the declaration was signed by 11 former heads of state or government and other European leaders.

Serfaty, who was designated an ODU eminent scholar in 2001, is the author of “Memories of Europe’s Future: Farewell to Yesteryear” (1999), “Stay the Course: European Unity and Atlantic Solidarity” (1997) and “Taking Europe Seriously” (1992). Back to top


ODU, Norfolk Botanical Garden announce chair of horticulture, botany
Old Dominion and the Norfolk Botanical Garden on Oct. 4 announced the creation of the J. Robert Stiffler Chair of Horticulture and Botany, honoring Virginian-Pilot gardening columnist Robert Stiffler.

The chair was made possible by a $1 million anonymous gift and marks the beginning of collaborative efforts between ODU and the Norfolk Botanical Garden to pursue activities in teaching and research related to botanical scholarship and practical horticultural applications in the mid-Atlantic region.

“The establishment of the J. Robert Stiffler Chair is a significant step toward ODU becoming recognized as a national leader in biological sciences and particularly in horticulture and botany,” said Richard Gregory, dean of the College of Sciences.

A national search for the new chair is under way and a candidate will be chosen by fall 2004. “Ideally we’re looking for someone who works on plants of interest to regional gardeners,” said Lytton Musselman, Mary Payne Hogan professor of botany and chair of the biological sciences department. “This will be the Garden’s first research position and it is an exciting step forward.”

Don Buma, executive director of Norfolk Botanical Garden, added, “This chair allows [us] to fulfill the research component of our mission, which we have not been able to accomplish until now. We all feel fortunate to have the opportunity for top-notch research to be conducted at our Garden.”

The Stiffler Chair will be a tenure track position. The professor chosen will have office space at ODU and a greenhouse and research space at Norfolk Botanical Garden. The chair will teach classes, supervise graduate students and conduct research.

The author of “Gardening in Southeastern Virginia & Northeastern North Carolina: The Best of 20 Years of Gardening Advice,” Stiffler grew up in Iowa, where he began gardening with his mother and grandmother at the age of 5. He earned a degree in English and worked in marketing and advertising and in the agricultural and horticultural products industry. The Navy called him to Virginia Beach, where he began writing gardening news for The Virginian-Pilot in 1975. He has worked at The Pilot ever since. Back to top


Participants sought for Homecoming Parade
Practice that hand waving and polish up your smile – Old Dominion is seeking participants for the 2003 Homecoming Parade.

The parade begins at 2 p.m. Nov. 15. In addition to area businesses, community groups and marching bands, university offices and organizations are encouraged to participate. The Homecoming theme is “The Tradition Continues ... the Monarch Way.”

For details call the Office of Student Activities and Leadership at 683-3446.

The parade route will start in Lot 27 behind Webb Center. The procession will turn right onto 49th Street, left onto Bluestone Avenue, right onto Bolling Avenue and right onto Hampton Boulevard. The parade will stay on Hampton all the way to 42nd Street.

Other Homecoming activities include:

  • Nov. 10 – The Evasons; mentalists Jeff and Tessa Evason will perform their interactive show using telepathy, prediction and levitation, 7 p.m., North Cafeteria, Webb Center;
  • Nov. 11 – Homecoming King and Queen Pageant, 7 p.m. (location TBA);
  • Nov. 12 – Powder Puff Football, 3 p.m., Powhatan Fields;
  • Nov. 13 – Pride Day and Pep Rally, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kaufman Mall; and
  • Nov. 15 – Men’s basketball team vs. Lithuania (exhibition game), 7 p.m., Constant Center. For tickets call 683-4444. Fireworks will be displayed after the game. Back to top


Choreographers’ Showcase Concerts feature regional and local dancers
The university dance program presents the first Choreographers’ Showcase Concerts, featuring regional and local artists, at 8 p.m. Oct. 30, 8 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at the ODU Theatre.

The Oct. 30 program is a concert of dances by winners of the first ODU Dance Competition for choreographers from Hampton Roads. It includes original modern dance choreography by Beverly Cordova Duane of the Second Wind Dance Company and by independent choreographers Elbert Watson and Todd Rosenlieb.

These works focus on a variety of themes, including the oppression of women, the experience of women whose husbands are in the military and a tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.

Also featured will be a variety of ethnic dance forms, including fiery flamenco by Las Majas and Quiana Erb, elegant classical Indian dance by Malini Srirama, and explosive African dance, with live drum accompaniment, by Ofosuwa M. Abiola.

The Nov. 1-2 concerts will feature dances by the winners of the first ODU Dance Competition for artists from the Mid-Atlantic region. Dances include a humorous duet by the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre and a mystical dance to original Vietnamese music by Jane Franklin Dance.

Also featured is an elegant ballet pas de trois by Bowen McCauley Dance from Arlington, and innovative works by Richmond’s Starr Foster Dance Project, Greensboro’s 2Btribe, and local artists Elbert Watson, Todd Rosenlieb and Las Majas (flamenco).

Tickets are available at the door or in advance at the box office at Chandler Recital Hall, 683-5305. Prices are $10 for general admission, $8 for students and seniors, and $5 for ODU students.

For more information call 683-3002. Back to top


“Venus” coming to Stables Theatre Nov. 7-16
“Venus,” Pulitzer-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks’ play that is based on the strange but true tale of Sarah (Saartje) Baartman, a South African woman of the early 19th century who was exhibited in London and Paris for the unusually large size of her buttocks, will be performed by the ODU Theatre Nov. 7-16. It is directed by Erlene Hendrix, associate professor of communication and theatre arts.

Through innovative characters and dynamic language, Parks creates a kaleidoscopic blend of documentary fact and imaginative fantasy, of circus, vaudeville, the absurd and dramatic action. The play is described as a fascinating allegory for society today, as well as a fitting tribute to Baartman.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Nov. 7-8 and 12-15, and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 9 and 16, at the Stables Theatre. Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for faculty and non-ODU students, and $10 for general admission. For tickets call 683-5305. Back to top


Former student exhibits work at gallery
An exhibition of studies and paintings on paper of three ongoing projects by Austrian artist Josef Schützenhöfer opens Oct. 18 at the University Gallery. A reception will be held at 7 p.m. that evening for the former ODU student.

The exhibition, on display through Nov. 16, consists of works for a site-specific installation in Graz, Austria, at the 2003 Festival of New Arts. Both the reception and exhibit are free.

This walk-through installation is displayed as a “temple of work.” Sixteen large-scale oil-on-wood portraits of workers form eight posts holding up an image of their creation. In both the installation in Graz and its studies on paper at the gallery, Schützenhöfer honors what is lost through privatization. He depicts the devastating effect on the hand-workers of Steyr Daimler Puch – a 100-year-old Austrian manufacturer of military trucks and bicycles – when it is bought by a Canadian cooperative, and on the hand-workers of Semperit – a tire company of 107 years standing – when it is sold to the Continental group of Europe. The studies for these installations and other work-related oils and drawings were done during the time the artist spent in the Steyr plant working on the production line.

Schützenhöfer has taught at Towson University.

The gallery, located at 350 W. 21st St., Norfolk, is open noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 683-2355. Back to top


Pianist Paul Badura-Skoda leads off fall Diehn Concert Series
Three F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series performances, offering a variety of music, are scheduled in the coming weeks. All begin at 8 p.m. in Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Pianist Paul Badura-Skoda, with flutist Michael Martin Kofler and cellist Michael Carrera, will perform works by Hayden, Villa-Lobos, Schubert and Martinu on Oct. 20.

The concert is part of a tour that marks the 50th anniversary of Badura-Skoda’s U.S. debut. A pioneer in the use of period pianos in performance, he has been hailed as “one of the most important pianists of our time.” Both Kofler and Carrera have performed many solo concerts, recitals, competitions and festivals worldwide.

The French Chamber Orchestra Alvéric Magnard will take the stage Nov. 1. Acclaimed as one of France’s best chamber orchestras, the group has toured extensively in Europe and is the most asked-for French chamber group in Spain. The ensemble made its U.S. debut in 2002 at New York’s Lincoln Center.

On Nov. 10, trumpeter and composer Tim Hagans will join the John Toomey Trio for an evening of jazz. Hagans’ latest record, “Animation-Imagination,” recalls the jazz-funk fusion of the late 1960s and early ’70s.

The Diehn Concert Series is supported by a grant from the Diehn Fund of The Norfolk Foundation. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $10 for ODU faculty and staff, senior citizens and non-ODU students; and $5 for ODU students with 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


Music faculty, ensembles and choirs in concert

  • Oct. 26 – Violinist Estra Rodrigues Silva, visiting music faculty recital, 3 p.m., Chandler Recital Hall
  • Oct. 28 – Organist James Kosnik, professor of music, pre-concert recital, 12:30 p.m., 213 Diehn Center
  • Nov. 3 – Organist James Kosnik, professor of music, recital, 8 p.m., St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1004 Graydon Ave, Norfolk.
  • Nov. 5 – ODU Wind Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., University Theatre
  • Nov. 9 – ODU Concert Choir, 3 p.m., Diehn Center Atrium
  • Nov. 11 – Collegium Musicum, 7:30 p.m., Chandler Recital Hall
  • Nov. 14 – ODU Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Chandler Recital Hall Back to top


Campus spared major damage from Isabel
“All things considered, we were lucky.” That’s the assessment of Ron Tola, assistant vice president for facilities, with regard to Hurricane Isabel’s pass over the campus the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 18.

No trees fell onto buildings, and Rogers Hall annex was the only building affected by groundwater flooding. Most of the ill effects from the high winds occurred on the roofs of buildings – more than 100 leaks in all were discovered. Winds also blew the rain through several Batten Arts and Letters Building windows, forming small pools of water in some classrooms and offices.

More than 50 trees on campus were blown over or had major damage as a result of the storm. In addition, three light poles were knocked down.

In preparation for the hurricane, facilities management and housing services employees went through all of the buildings to look for potential problems and minimize them to the degree they could. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, the first day ODU was closed, they placed 2,000 sandbags at building doorways.

A total of 29 employees spent the day and night at the Physical Plant 0n Sept. 18, where they “rode out the storm.” A number of them slept overnight on cots. After the hurricane blew over, the damage assessment began, followed by a major cleanup effort.

“It was a scary time to be working, but everybody hung in there,” Tola said. “We had 42 of our employees who volunteered to be here. That’s a high level of commitment to the university. The staff in facilities management, housing services, OCCS and public safety all did a tremendous job restoring the campus to normal operations. I would also like to thank the folks at dining services, who kept us all well fed during this time.”

By the end of the day Sunday, Sept. 21, 162 facilities management employees had been on the job, taking care of the campus.

Although the center of Kaufman Mall was flooded, with water reaching the 3-foot level the afternoon of Sept. 18 due to heavy rain and backup from stormwater drainage systems, the campus experienced a lower than expected storm surge, Tola reported.

Power went out on campus earlier that day, and was restored in phases over the next few days. Generators were used to power Webb Center, the Ted Constant Convocation Center, the Office of Public Safety and residence halls with cafeterias. Because power had not been restored to Powhatan Apartments on Sunday, Sept. 21, the day students returned to campus, those who could not find rooms with others spent the night in the Health and Physical Education Building.

Tola and his crew learned a few lessons from the hurricane that should come in handy for the next one. He said the university needs to buy more portable generators, a large fuel tank and more chipping equipment for downed trees. “Generators are not cheap to rent, and we found out that it’s hard to get fuel delivered during periods of high water,” he noted. Back to top


CLT’s faculty development series continues
The Center for Learning Technologies announces the following workshops in its faculty development series. For more information or to register call 683-3172.
  • Oct. 21 – “Good Practice Gives Prompt Feedback” (brown bag session), Center for Learning Technologies’ Faculty Development Series, 12:30-1:30 p.m., 422 Gornto.
  • Oct. 22 – “Teaching on Television for New Faculty” (seminar), Center for Learning Technologies’ Faculty Development Series, 2-4 p.m., location TBA.
  • Oct. 23 and Nov. 5 – “Getting Started with Flash: Animation Creation and Editing Tool,” Center for Learning Technologies’ Faculty Development Series, 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 23; 1:30-4:30 Nov. 5, 411 Gornto.
  • Oct. 23 – “Teaching on Television for New Faculty” (seminar), Center for Learning Technologies’ Faculty Development Series, 5-7 p.m., location TBA.
  • Oct. 28 – “Getting Started with Dreamweaver: Web Page Creation and Editing Tool,” Center for Learning Technologies’ Faculty Development Series, 9 a.m. to noon, 411 Gornto.
  • Oct. 29 – “Getting Started with Fireworks: Image Creation and Editing Tool,” Center for Learning Technologies’ Faculty Development Series, 1:30-4:30 p.m., 411 Gornto.
  • Oct. 30 and Nov. 12 – “Using PowerPoint Effectively in Your Classroom,” Center for Learning Technologies’ Faculty Development Series, 1:30-4:30 p.m., 411 Gornto.
  • Oct. 31 – “Getting Started with Blackboard: Online Course Management System,” Center for Learning Technologies’ Faculty Development Series, 1:30-4:30 p.m., 411 Gornto.
  • Nov. 3 – “Getting Started with PowerPoint: Slideshow Presentation Tool,” Center for Learning Technologies’ Faculty Development Series, 9 a.m. to noon, 411 Gornto.
  • Nov. 4 - “Working with Libraries and Templates in Dreamweaver,” Center for Learning Technologies’ Faculty Development Series, 9 a.m. to noon, 411 Gornto.
  • Nov. 6 – “Getting Started with Acrobat: Scanning and Converting Your Files to Portable Document Format (PDF),” Center for Learning Technologies’ Faculty Development Series, 9 a.m. to noon, 411 Gornto.
  • Nov. 7 – “Interacting with Your Students in Blackboard,” Center for Learning Technologies’ Faculty Development Series, 1:30-3:30 p.m., 411 Gornto.
  • Nov. 11 – “Using Cascading Style Sheets in Dreamweaver,” Center for Learning Technologies’ Faculty Development Series, 9 a.m. to noon, 411 Gornto.
  • Nov. 11 – “Good Practice Emphasizes Time on Task” (brown bag session), Center for Learning Technologies’ Faculty Development Series, 12:30-1:30 p.m., 422 Gornto.
  • Nov. 13 – “Teaching on Television for All Faculty” (seminar), Center for Learning Technologies’ Faculty Development Series, 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m., location TBA.
  • Nov. 14 – “Assessing and Collecting Student Feedback in Blackboard,” Center for Learning Technologies’ Faculty Development Series, 1:30-4:30 p.m., 411 Gornto. Back to top


Liz Newberry wins A&F’s Gazelle Award
Elizabeth Newberry, customer services supervisor in the Department of Human Resources, received the Gazelle Award Oct. 7 as employee of the year in the Office of Administration and Finance.

Several other employees also were recognized for achievement in the division’s new Telephone Protocol Branding Contest.

The Gazelle Award was instituted in 1996 to recognize an employee in the division, nominated by his or her peers, who demonstrates, among other things, consistent exceptional performance of duties. Newberry was cited for her outstanding customer service and commitment to Old Dominion.

As noted in the nomination form, she “demonstrates her commitment to ODU by consistently providing exceptional customer service, not only to her co-workers, but members of the university community, applicants and the general public. She is a conscientious and dedicated employee who projects a friendly, positive image.”

Newberry came to Old Dominion in 1975, left in 1990 and returned in 1995.

The Department of Human Resources won the Telephone Protocol Branding Contest for its logo of a telephone noting the headings of each protocol. Tom Loizides of the Department of Computing and Communication Services won for his slogan, “Make the Connection.”

Earlier this year, the Office of Administration and Finance appointed a committee to establish proper telephone etiquette and protocol for everyone in the division.


Sexual Assault Awareness Week opens Oct. 20 with candlelight vigil on the mall
Sexual Assault Awareness Week will open the evening of Oct. 20 with a candlelight vigil by the men of ODU in support of ending violence against women. The eighth annual vigil will take place from 7-8 p.m. on the front steps of Webb Center.

The Survivor Clothesline Project will be on display during the vigil. It is an exhibit of T-shirts with graphic messages and illustrations that have been designed by women survivors of violence or by others in memory of someone who has been killed.

The week’s events conclude Oct. 24 with an ODU Speech Chorus performance, “I’m Still Standing: From Tragedy to Triumph,” celebrating the strengths and courage of sexual assault survivors through writings about the recovery process. For more information call the Women’s Center at 683-4109.


Senior computer science major one of only 26 worldwide to win award
Ankit Kothari, a senior computer science major, has received a 2003 Electronic Document Systems Foundation (EDSF) Scholarship Award.

Kothari, a native of India living in Norfolk, is one of only 26 students worldwide in document communication studies who received the prize.

EDSF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the document communications industry.

The EDSF scholarship awards program was established to recognize and support the education and success of document communication companies. The competitive scholarships are available to four-year and advanced students, two-year technical college students and two-year community college students.


Newsmakers
“When the movie [‘Hoosiers’] came out and it was a big hit, people found out about me and asked if the story was really like that.” The answer was no, so he set out to tell the truth about the game. (Phil Raisor, associate professor of English, on his new book, “Outside Shooter”)

– “True Facts of ‘The Game’ Set Straight in New Book”
Norfolk Compass, Oct. 9

“I liked it very much. There aren’t that many white authors that try to talk about issues like race.” (Tim Seibles, associate professor of English, on the new book “Outside Shooter” by his colleague Phil Raisor)

– “True Facts of ‘The Game’ Set Straight in New Book”
Norfolk Compass, Oct. 9

“I can’t believe that they sign up for these courses, but from what these students tell me, it’s their getaway. Not only is it their getaway, but it’s their connection back home.” (Patricia Strait, visiting assistant professor of business administration)

– “Education ‘Anytime, Anywhere’: Troops Overseas Still Attend Class After Day’s Work”
The Washington Post, Oct. 5

“We have taken the lead with an innovative plan to increase our enrollment by 10,000 students, making high-quality education accessible to more students in every region of the commonwealth. Backed by the most advanced technology and teaching methods, the plan allows the university to expand while continuing to offer excellent education to its undergraduates.” (Op-ed piece by Roseann Runte, president)

– “Will There Be Space for Your Child?”
Richmond Times-Dispatch, Oct. 1

“I think your heart comes through when you do your best work, and Foreman Field is a reflection of my past. I have a real affinity for Foreman Field.” (Louis Jones, class of ’74, who provided the title-page illustration for John Grisham’s latest novel, “Bleachers”)

– “Grisham’s Latest Novel Has ODU Touch”
The Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 15

Colonial Williamsburg needs to reinvent itself and find to attract new people beyond the highly educated history buffs who make up much of its audience. (Ed Gomez, assistant professor of recreation and tourism studies)

– “Town that Lives in Colonial Past Coping with Modern-day Downturn”
Associated Press, Sept. 13

“I’m always in a window seat and I’m always smiling. Plane rides are magic.” (Robert Ash, interim vice president for research)

– “Return to Kitty Hawk: Aviation Experts Work to Recreate Wright Brothers’ First Flight”
The Dominion Post (Morgantown, W.Va.), Sept. 13

“I get upset when I see them coming out all the time with new editions. “The publishers are always after the authors to do a new edition every two or three years.” (Ron Johnson, University Professor of oceanography)

– “Book Prices Add to College Costs”
The Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 8

“You have to wake up earlier, and that’s not something I’m good at.” (David Warren, freshman from Virginia Beach, on spending his first semester in an area hotel)

– “Dorm Living, with Room Service”
The Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 7

“Adults live on the reef. Juveniles live in a shallow bay. So there is a possibility that this disease hasn’t made it out to the population.” (Mark Butler, professor of biological sciences)

– “Virus Afflicting Young Lobsters in the Keys”
Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept. 4