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ODU and EVMS to open Center for Bioelectrics
BY JENNIFER MULLEN

The Center for Bioelectrics – a collaborative research effort between Old Dominion and Eastern Virginia Medical School that may someday unlock a cure for cancer, among other groundbreaking discoveries – officially opens Nov. 24 in the city of Norfolk’s Public Health Building.

Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim and U.S. representatives Ed Schrock and Bobby Scott will join President Roseann Runte and EVMS President Sumner Bell in an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m.

“The Center for Bioelectrics is confirmation of Old Dominion’s role as an international leader in this new field and exemplifies the importance and possibilities of partnerships among Hampton Roads institutions,” said Runte.

Funded in part by a $500,000 federal construction grant administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration with assistance from the ODU Research Foundation, the first phase of the center encompasses 8,500 square feet on the fifth floor of the Public Health Building in downtown Norfolk. Officials are expected to announce plans for additional space at the Nov. 24 ceremony.

The Center for Bioelectrics was established to increase scientific knowledge and understanding of how intense, pulsed electromagnetic fields and cold ionized gases interact with biological cells, and to apply this knowledge to the development of medical diagnostics and therapeutics and environmental decontamination. It is the first use of this technology in medicine and biology in the world, according to Karl Schoenbach, eminent scholar of electrical and computer engineering in the Batten College of Engineering and Technology and director of the new center.

At the core of the center is research by Schoenbach and Dr. Stephen Beebe of EVMS. They, together with Dr. Stephen Buescher, also from EVMS, discovered that high-intensity electric surges for brief periods of time kill tumor cells. They have since, with a $5 million Multi-University Research Initiative (MURI) grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, expanded their work to explore the effect of electromagnetic fields on proteins and genes and to determine the parameters that promote cell growth or stimulate programmed cell death.

The project leaders also expect to recruit top faculty and exceptional graduate students, as well as support regional, national and international programs. ODU’s Mounir Laroussi, an international expert in cold plasmas, recently joined the center as a faculty member. Additionally, two tenured faculty, two visiting faculty, six international postdoctoral fellows and 14 graduate students are conducting research there.

The MURI grant consortium, which is led by Old Dominion, includes ODU faculty Ravindra Joshi and Nancy Xu as well as scientists at EVMS, Massachusettes Institute of Technology, Washington University, University of Texas Health Science Center and the University of Wisconsin.

In addition to discovering new methods for treating cancers, the center’s researchers could find new methods to modify the way cells respond to drugs, create non-invasive treatments to rid food, liquids and air of contaminants, and help the military understand how the use of radiation affects military personnel. Back to top


Illumination, Madrigal Banquet will usher in holiday season on campus
Two ODU holiday traditions – the Illumination and Madrigal Banquet – will help bring a festive mood to the campus during the first week of December.

The third annual Illumination takes place at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2 on Kaufman Mall. It will feature the grand illumination of a campus wreath, garlands and trees in front of Webb Center. The ODU Concert Choir will perform under the direction of Nancy Klein.

All who attend are asked to bring a canned good for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, which will be exchanged for a candle to be lit during the ceremony. Light refreshments will follow. To RSVP call 683-3116 or send an e-mail to rsvp@odu.edu.

The music department presents the 29th annual Madrigal Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5-6 in the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center atrium.

This year’s banquet features music based on the rich folk-song and carol traditions of France. Under the direction of Lee Teply, the ODU Madrigal Singers and Collegium Musicum, performing on historically accurate instruments, will provide choral and instrumental entertainment while diners feast on a sumptuous meal.

Tickets for the Madrigal Banquet must be purchased by noon on Dec. 4. The cost is $30 for general admission, $25 for non-ODU students and ODU faculty and staff, and $15 for ODU students with ID. Tickets may be purchased at the Arts and Letters box office in the Diehn Center atrium or by calling 683-5305. Back to top


LADDERS program helps students make the climb to academic success
BY MICHELLE NERY

“Get on my train or get off my track” is one of the many sayings Terri Mathews imparts to students in the program she co-developed in spring 2001 to help them get off academic probation.

For students whose grade point average slips below 2.0, it can feel as if they are on a train barreling out of control. Many are overwhelmed by work, family obligations and financial stress, but Mathews teaches them how to get back on the right track.

Mathews, assistant dean of the College of Sciences, and Sandra Waters, director of academic continuance, started the pilot program to help students on probation in the College of Sciences, but it has since spread throughout the university and is even sparking interest nationwide. They will present information on their program, Let Academic Difficulty Disappear, Energize and Retain Students (LADDERS), at the National Conference on Students in Transition Nov. 17 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Their unique program incorporates learning styles, weekly meetings, peer mentors and individual advising to help those students who might otherwise fall through the cracks.

Students invited to participate in LADDERS are those who were projected to be successful before entering Old Dominion, based on such indicators as SAT score and high school or transfer GPA. Students who enter the university with a particular deficiency in one area or another are immediately referred to Academic Advising Services, Mathews said. But for those students who were expected to do well from the start, but who found themselves struggling academically, previously there was nowhere to turn, she noted.

Weekly LADDERS sessions on learning styles, test anxiety, time management, goal setting, student-faculty communication, the honor code, financial aid, career management and planning schedules give students the skills and information they need to change their habits and create new ones.

“There are programs at other universities where they meet one-on-one, but we try to make it more peer-oriented,” said Mathews. “We learned really quickly, to be successful you have to meet every week, test for learning style and break into small groups.”

The formula has proven successful. Students who attended more than nine LADDERS sessions increased their GPA on average from a 1.52 to a 2.56.

As an honor student with an associate degree in science from Tidewater Community College, Janneise Davis transferred to ODU in fall 2002 and promptly signed up for a full-time load of intensive science courses. With a 7-year-old son, a husband just starting law school and a part-time job, she found herself struggling to keep her grades up. Now a senior biology/pre-med major, Davis raised her GPA from 1.6 last fall to 3.15 by the end of the spring semester.

Thanks to the LADDERS program, she was able to understand her learning style, overcome her test anxiety and stay organized. She also decided to take a few classes she enjoys to balance the more intensive major requirements. “I was so focused on becoming a doctor that I was not able to concentrate on what I’m doing now,” said Davis.

An integral part of LADDERS is individual advising. Mathews lets the students know that her door, as well as the doors of the program’s volunteer facilitators, are always open to them.

“We’re finding that a lot of students are in the majors that parents told them to do and are beating their heads against the wall,” said Waters. “College is about exploring and capitalizing on your strengths, not being fit into a mold.”

Academic probation came as a shock to Billy Solomon, a sophomore double English/journalism major who coasted through high school successfully without studying. “I wasn’t ready for the workload in college. I didn’t listen to people when they told me I had to study,” he admitted.

Solomon found the LADDERS sessions on learning styles and time management helpful. “Time management helped me to schedule study time [and] set aside time for fun,” he said. “I applied what I learned and brought my GPA up last year from a 1.38 to a 3.14.” Solomon returned to the LADDERS program this semester to serve as a peer mentor and tutor.

LADDERS is staffed completely by volunteer faculty and staff. Facilitators include Deborah Swago, electrical and computer engineering; Sue Doviak, mathematics and statistics; Sandra Breeden, Hongyun Fu and Tisha Paredes, College of Health Sciences; Sharon Melone-Orm, College of Sciences; Lisa Mayes, academic continuance; and Matilda Cox, College of Arts and Letters. Back to top


Real Estate Foundation, ODU are honored
Old Dominion and the ODU Real Estate Foundation recently received the Committee’s Choice Award in the Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate’s 2003 Excellence in Development Design Awards competition.

The award goes to the person, group or project that has had a positive impact on the greater Hampton Roads region.

“We want to recognize Old Dominion University and the ODU Real Estate Foundation for their vision of what a world-class university could be and should be,” said Hugh Tierney, president of Empire Development in Virginia Beach and a member of the program awards committee. “It goes beyond the bricks and mortar, beyond the Ted Constant Center, the University Village and the other facilities the university is constructing.”

The committee noted that, in a short time, ODU has become one of the country’s top 100 research-extensive public universities.

“Our selection of Old Dominion University is due not only to what has happened and what is currently under way, but also its momentum, which portends of many more initiatives that will positively improve the quality of life and economic development of the region,” the committee reported in its summary.
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Reception planned for Fulbright Scholars
The Department of Early Childhood, Speech-Language Pathology and Special Education will host a reception to honor its four Fulbright Scholars – Eileen Abrahamsen, Sharon Raver-Lampman, Allen Sandler and – Alice Wakefield at 4 p.m. Nov. 21 in the foyer of the Child Study Center. Each of the scholars will share highlights of their experiences. The reception is open to the campus community.

Abrahamsen, a two time Fulbright Scholar, spent six months in Slovakia; Raver-Lampman served in Calcutta, India; Sandler spent a year in central Vietnam; and Wakefield’s appointment was with the Qatar Ministry of Education in Doha, Qatar. Back to top


Dec. 1 is tuition assistance deadline for spring term
Dec. 1 is the deadline for faculty, staff and dependents to apply for spring semester tuition assistance.

Funds for the program, which is administered by the Department of Human Resources, are limited, however, and the seniority provision of the policies will continue to be invoked as needed.

The tuition assistance program policies are available on the Department of Human Resources’ Benefits Web page, www.odu.edu/af/humanresources/benefits. Information, applications and related forms may be obtained from the Human Resources Forms page, www.odu.edu/af/humanresources/indformspage/edaidforms.htm.

For more information call Kathryn Whitson at 683-4237. Back to top


Adjunct prof administering FEMA grant in Chesapeake
An ODU adjunct faculty member is heading efforts to provide crisis counseling, as well as post-disaster information and referral services, to residents of Chesapeake in the wake of Hurricane Isabel.

Suzan K. Thompson, a former ODU counselor who teaches part time in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling, is administering a grant of more than $35,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, awarded to the Chesapeake Community Services Board.

Thompson’s staff, includes a number of current and former ODU counseling students. Her team has been providing free individual and group consultations for Chesa-peake residents affected by the September storm. They also have distributed information at various sites in Chesapeake, including Wal-Mart, Food Lion, Social Services, adult care centers and other businesses.

The team is on-call around the clock (548-7011) to respond to crisis calls and information requests related to the hurricane. Back to top


Biology department to receive equipment
Researchers in the biological sciences department will be among the beneficiaries of a recent grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

The funds ($716,557) will be used to establish a biomedical instrumentation core laboratory. The grant was received by the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Hampton University School of Pharmacy.

The ODU lab will help propel existing research projects on anti-inflammatory steroids, the long-term effects of opiates and effects of Ginko biloba and Panax ginseng. Back to top


Undergraduate research proposals due Nov. 19
Proposals are due Nov. 19 for ODU’s Funded Undergraduate Research Program. Open to full-time sophomores, juniors and seniors with a minimum 3.40 GPA, the program places students and faculty members in an apprentice/mentor relationship. After agreeing on a project, the faculty member assists the student in submitting a proposal.

The award stipend for selected projects is $1,000. Projects may involve research, design, development, field study, or creative work or performance. The project should require about 150 hours of the student’s time and be completed in one semester.

For details about submitting a proposal call Louis H. Henry, dean of the Honors College, at 683-4865.
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WHRO to air tape-delays of five basketball games
WHRO will air tape-delay broadcasts five ODU basketball games this season from the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Tony Mercurio will serve as the play-by-play announcer on the men’s game broadcasts and John Castleberry will announce the women’s games.

Both of the men’s game broadcasts – VMI on Dec. 29 and William and Mary on Feb. 25 – will start at 11:30 p.m.

Three women’s games will be broadcast: George Tech on Dec. 18, 11:30 p.m.; George Mason on Jan. 25, 5 p.m.; and Delaware on Feb. 20, 11:30 p.m. Back to top


Free workshop addresses teaching evaluations
“Successful Teaching Evaluation Programs,” a free workshop sponsored by the Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education and the Joint Forces Staff College, will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Joint Forces Staff College, 7800 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk.

The workshop will focus on student ratings of instruction and the teaching portfolio, as well as examine new lessons learned about what and what does not work.

Leading the session will be Peter Seldin, distinguished professor of management at Pace University and author of “Changing Practices in Evaluating Teaching,” and Linda Ferrill, professor emerita of educational psychology at Ball State University.

For more information call 683-3183. Back to top


Virginia Beach Center will host 1st “Monarch Day”
“Monarch Day” at the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center will bring together ODU merchandise, a computer survey, giveaways and recycling information for faculty, staff and students, as well as the general public, on Nov. 19.

The ODU Bookstore will sponsor a holiday sale from noon to 7 p.m. at the center, featuring a variety of university merchandise. Those spending $30 or more will receive free gift-wrapping.

A preview of the university’s new Web portal, “myODU,” is scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. Students, faculty and staff can explore the site and offer feedback. Students can obtain information about activities and commuter services from 4-7 p.m.

Big Blue will be on hand from 5-7 p.m. to conduct giveaways, including basketball tickets and ODU coffee and tea. Back to top


Former CIA director Stansfield Turner to address Economics Club of H. Roads
Retired Adm. Stansfield Turner, director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President Jimmy Carter and now a senior research scholar at the University of Maryland, will speak at the Economics Club of Hampton Roads luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 3.

Co-sponsored by the College of Business and Public Administration, the luncheon, scheduled for noon at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel, costs $30 for nonmembers. Due to limited space, reservations are required.

Turner was awarded the National Medal for his work as CIA director from 1977-81. He developed new procedures permitting closer oversight of the intelligence community by Congress and the White House, helped the intelligence community adapt to a new era of real-time photographic satellites and instituted major management reform.

Turner was promoted to the rank of admiral in 1975 and became commander-in-chief of NATO’s southern flank, headquartered in Naples, Italy, with responsibility for the defense of Italy, Greece, Turkey and the Mediterranean Sea.

In 1998, Turner was awarded the Foreign Policy Association Medal for his book “Caging the Genies: A Workable Solution for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Weapons,” demonstrating his commitment to peace. He has written three other books, “Secrecy and Democracy,” “Terrorism and Democracy” and “Caging the Nuclear Genie: An American Challenge for Global Security.”

Turner has taught at Yale University and the U.S. Military Academy and served as the 36th president of the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and his master’s in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University. Turner holds honorary degrees from Amherst College, Roger Williams College, Bryant College, Salve Regina College, Sierra Nevada College, the Naval War College and the Citadel. He was awarded a senior research fellowship from the Norwegian Nobel Peace Institute in Oslo and a laureate from the Lincoln Academy of Illinois.

He is a member of the board of directors of Chase Investment Counsel Corp. and the International Spy Museum, the board of visitors of Goucher College and the board of direction of the American Association of Rhodes Scholars.

For more information or to make reservations call 683-4058. Back to top


Center for Family Violence Education and Research created
Boosting interdisciplinary research and making Old Dominion faculty more available to agencies, practitioners and advocates working with family violence cases is the aim of the recently created Center for Family Violence Education and Research.

Brian K. Payne, associate professor of sociology and criminal justice, was named the center’s director.

In its initial research effort, the center received a $22,000 grant, which begins July 1, from the Virginia Center on Aging’s Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases Research Award Fund to study care-giving stress and abuse in families providing care to Alzheimer’s patients.

The study examines care-giving dynamics in Alzheimer’s situations with attention given to the role of the urban neighborhood. Using protective services data, the study examines whether differences exist at the neighborhood level regarding service distributions and utilization, the experience of burden and the existence of maltreatment.

“The center is designed to foster interdisciplinary research on various forms of family violence as well as to assist in increasing awareness about this devastating crime,” said Chandra de Silva, dean of the College of Arts and Letters, who announced the center’s creation as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Discussions about the center surfaced in March when a group of faculty prepared a training grant that was submitted to the Department of Justice.

Janet Katz, former interim dean of the College of Arts and Letters, encouraged faculty to look into the possibility of fostering interdisciplinary research about family violence.

“We have a number of prominent faculty with a great deal of expertise in this area and it only seemed natural to take advantage of their skills and abilities,” Katz said. The center will combine the efforts of faculty members from different colleges at ODU to generate understanding and develop training programs related to family violence.

“Our interest is in increasing understanding about all of the types of family violence, including child abuse, sibling abuse, partner abuse and elder abuse,” Payne said.

In addition to the Alzheimer’s grant, others have been submitted to provide training to different professionals encountering family violence.

Members of the center are developing a community advisory board to assist in providing direction for the center. The board will consist of professionals, including law enforcement officers, attorneys, social service professionals, shelter workers and other practitioners, who work regularly with family violence victims and offenders.

“We have high hopes that the center will be of significant value to the community,” de Silva said.

The center will be housed in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. For more information call 683-3795. Back to top


Letter to the Editor: Lack of respect appalling
On Nov. 11, I ran outside to have a quick look at the Veterans Day service on Kaufman Mall. (I was the only clerical person in the office that day so I had to make it quick). I was appalled at what I saw (and what I always see when our servicemen and women are here for an event – 9/11, Veterans Day, etc.): students walking by, talking loudly and not paying one bit of attention to the fact that we are saluting the flag and our national anthem is being so beautifully played. Doesn’t our flag deserve respect?

Is there a way we can request that students be silent (if they cannot pause and pay attention) while those of us show respect for what our sailors, soldiers and airmen have done for us for over 200 years? They are the ones who made/make all of this luxury and freedom possible!

– Janet Sheppard
Administrative and Program Specialist
Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

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Marla Harvey is choice for Customer Relations Award
Marla Harvey, office services specialist for the Department of Biological Sciences, received the Customer Relations Employee of the Year award Oct. 30 at the President’s Fall Meeting for classified and hourly staff in Webb Center.

One of seven employees nominated for the award, which is sponsored by the Department of Human Resources, Harvey has worked at Old Dominion 17 years. A 16-year employee in the registrar’s office before being laid off as a result of the state budget cuts, she rejoined the university a year ago in the biology department.

Nominations for the award were based on the following criteria: cooperation with customers, department/university knowledge, initiative, communication skills and overall customer relations excellence.

“I think Marla is the university’s customer relations role model,” said co-worker Milissa Story, one of several employees who nominated Harvey for the award. “Her genuine love of her job, her attachment and commitment to the staff, faculty and students of the department is obvious to anyone who visits the office even for the briefest of moments. I wish everyone on campus had provided the level of service to their customers that Marla provides for us.”

Frank Day Jr., professor of biological sciences, noted, “In the 29 years I have been at ODU, I have not worked with a more courteous, helpful, congenial individual in an office setting that deals with the public as well as students and faculty. I have never seen her get impatient with anyone ... .”

Another faculty member, senior lecturer Kerry Kilburn, said, “This semester I have taken on our largest lecture/lab course. I knew next to nothing about many of the administrative aspects of dealing with such large numbers of students, lab sections, graduate TAs and the like. Marla has consistently either been able to answer my many questions or find the answers she didn’t know.”

Kilburn added, “Her proactive attention to detail has made all our jobs much easier and much more pleasant!”

Lytton J. Musselman, department chair, praised Harvey for her “constructive attitude” and for going “the extra mile to help students.” He noted, “If I were to list adjectives describing Marla, the words helpful, smiling, kindly and hard working immediately come to mind.”

As Customer Relations Employee of the Year, Harvey received a plaque, three days of recognition leave and a $500 bonus.

Also nominated for the award were:

  • Carrie Penn, Housing Services;
  • Connie Merriman, Computing and Communications Services;
  • Dianne Pieper, Residence Life;
  • Donald Nash, Naval Science;
  • Fumni Adesanya, Student Health Services; and
  • Joe Blanchard, Virginia Beach Higher Education Center. Back to top


Prof explores mathematical patterns in nature
From rainbows, river meanders and shadows to spider webs, honeycombs and the markings on animal coats, the visible world is full of patterns that can be described mathematically.

John Adam, professor of mathematics and statistics, explores the beauty and wonder of nature through mathematics in his book “Mathematics in Nature: Modeling Patterns in the Natural World,” released by Princeton University Press this month.

The book illustrates how mathematics can be used to formulate and solve puzzles found in nature and to interpret the solutions. In the process, it addresses such topics as the art of estimation and the effects of scale, particularly what happens as things get bigger.

Readers will develop an understanding of the symbiosis that exists between basic scientific principles and their mathematical expressions, as well as gain a deeper appreciation for such natural phenomena as cloud formations, halos and glories, tree growth and leaf patterns, butterfly and moth wing markings, and even puddles and mud cracks.

The book includes 24 color photographs, most of which were taken by Adam. For more information visit www.pup.princeton.edu. Back to top


Who's who: Sylvia Hudgins, Associate Professor of Finance
In 2005 McGraw Hill will publish what has resulted from Sylvia Hudgins’ greatest accomplishment: learning to accept herself for both her limitations and gifts. The associate professor of finance said she was able to complete the laborious task of writing a textbook on commercial bank management with Peter Rose of Texas A&M University after coming to this realization.

Although she does find time to pursue interests outside of finance, including sailing, yoga and watching football, you’ll find her most-treasured possession in her office is a collection of finance-related movies. Alongside the banking, financial management and economics books sit “Other People’s Money,” “Wall Street,” “The Bank,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Rogue Trader,” “Trading Places” and “Rollover.”

“I like a lot of movies, but probably my all-time favorite is ‘Other People’s Money,’” said Hudgins, who has taught at ODU since 1989. “I have seen it dozens of times and I like it better every semester. Who better than Danny DeVito and Gregory Peck to teach about maximizing shareholders’ wealth and financial leverage?”

– Michelle Nery

College degrees: Virginia Tech, Ph.D. in finance, 1987 ; ODU, M.B.A., 1983; Virginia Tech, B.S., interior design, 1979

Birth date: Dec. 17, 1956

Hometown: Poquoson, Va.

Pets: Three cats: Abby, Venus and Apollo.

Pet peeve: I hate it when students miss class and then say, “I missed class last time, did you do anything important? I am always tempted to reply, “No, I try to focus on the unimportant.”

Favorite place on campus: My office. After 12 years in a closet in Hughes Hall, we moved into the new and improved Constant Hall and I have an office with a window, a comfortable chair and a reasonably new computer. Life is great!

Most memorable campus experience: Taking sailing lessons at the Sailing Center. When I did it correctly, there was all the wonder and excitement of smooth sailing; when I made a mistake, there were wet consequences.

Whom I admire most at ODU: David Selover, assistant professor of economics. He is very well trained in time series econometrics, studying under Fred Granger, who just received the Nobel Prize in economics. I admire his training and expertise, but most of all his ability to explain econometric concepts intuitively and pass along his excitement for these tools to his students. I sat in on his econometrics courses for two semesters and was captivated by his enthusiasm and teaching effectiveness. There is a bit of magic in his style.

Last book read: I reread Jan Koran’s “A Light in the Window.” I love the Mitford series.

Favorite quotation: “We must be careful to build our life around our visions, rather than building our visions out of our history.”
– Alan Cohen

Involvement outside the university: I’m on the board of two nonprofit organizations – the Old Dominion Credit Union and Crystal-Lind Wellness Center.

Favorite song: My favorite album is The Flatlanders’ “Now Again.” I have trouble picking a particular song, but I like “Yesterday Was Judgement Day” for the line: “Were you runnin’ from tomorrow when the past caught up with you?”

Idea of the perfect day off: A day sailing with a good breeze and a bit of sunshine.

Favorite meal: Sushi

Favorite sport: College football. I’m a Virginia Tech Hokies fan.

Last vacation: Fishing in Ontario with a friend. I caught one mean-looking Northern pike.

Worst job: Washing dishes at a pizza place in high school.

What profession, other than the one you’re in, would you like to attempt? Hmm, perhaps I would like to be a cabinetmaker. I like to work with wood. I like what I do, and this is a tough question.

What would you want your epitaph to be?
She studied, she taught, she wrote, she loved life.
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Diehn Concerts scheduled for Nov. 17 and Dec. 1
Two Diehn Concert Series performances remain on the musical calendar for 2003 at Old Dominion.

Internationally acclaimed band director H. Robert Reynolds will conduct the Virginia Chamber Players in a program of works by Gabrieli and Mozart at 8 p.m. Nov. 17, while Creo, a contemporary-music ensemble in residence at the university, will present a concert with guitarist Alan Thomas on Dec. 1. Both performances will be held in Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Reynolds, director of university bands and director of the Division of Instrumental Studies at the University of Michigan, has conducted recordings for Koch International, Pro Arte, Caprice and Deutsche Grammophon. Additionally, he has conducted throughout the United States, including performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, the Kennedy Center, St. Louis’ Powell Symphony Hall and Philadelphia’s Academy of Music.

In Europe, he conducted opera at La Scala Opera, and concerts at Florence’s Maggio Musicale, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw as part of the Holland Festival, and at the 750th anniversary of the city of Berlin.

He has conducted numerous premiere performances and has won the praise of composers for his interpretive conducting of their work.

In addition to this program, a free community outreach performance with the Virginia Wind Symphony will be given at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Tide-water Community College’s Roper Performing Arts Center .

Guest guitarist Alan Thomas will join Creo Dec. 1 for a program of works by Petros Ovsepyan, Peter Maxwell Davies, Luciano Berio, Steve Reich and George Crumb.

American-born, Thomas has lived in London since 1997. He is much in demand as a recitalist and concerto soloist in music ranging from the Renaissance to the present, but has been particularly dedicated to contemporary music and the exploration of new sonic resources of the guitar. He has given world premieres of more than 40 works, including pieces by Christopher Fox, Laurence Crane, Michael Finnissy, Petros Ovsepyan, Paul Davies, Alwynne Pritchard and Gabriel Erkoreka, and in 1997 became the only guitarist ever to win first prize in the Inter-national Gaudeamus Interpreters Compe-tition in Holland.

Thomas’ performances have been broadcast on radio worldwide, and he has recorded compact discs on the Accord, Metier, Matchless Records and Vivi Records labels. In addition to performing, he is active as a teacher and regularly gives master classes throughout the world.

Creo, founded in 1998 by pianist Andrey Kasparov, an ODU assistant professor of music, includes mezzo-soprano Lisa Relaford Coston, clarinetist F. Gerard Errante, pianist Oksana Lutsyshyn and percussionist David Walker.

Directed by Kasparov, the group performs a repertoire that consists mainly of works composed after 1945.
The Diehn Concert Series is made possible by a grant from the F. Ludwig Diehn Music Fund of The Norfolk Foundation. Tickets for the Nov. 17 and Dec. 1 performances 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 door or in advance at the Arts and Letters box office in the atrium of the Diehn Center, or by calling 683-5305. Back to top


Fall Dance Concert set for Nov. 20-22
The ODU Dance Theatre presents its annual Fall Dance Concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 20 and 21, and 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 22 at the University Theatre. The program will include work by ODU faculty, guest choreographers and students.

Special guest artist Ofosuwa Abiola-Tamba will present “Faju,” an original African dance work performed by students to the pounding rhythms of live drums. This work was enthusiastically received at its premier Oct. 30 in the first Choreographers’ Showcase concert on campus.

Beverly Cordova Duane, adjunct assistant professor and director of Second Wind Dance Company, contributes two exciting dances: “Pick Up,” a lively duet in which the female dancer rarely touches the floor, and “Silence,” a group dance to Brazilian music that explores a passionate contrast between beauty and angst. “Pick Up” was also included in the Choreographers’ Showcase.

An original contemporary ballet piece, “Never Alone,” choreographed by adjunct instructor Jenna Miller, examines the experience of being supported by others through difficult times. This piece will be performed en pointe.

Assistant professor Amanda Kinzer will present three dances. “Princess’ Dance,” an original modern solo, is an excerpt from the full-length work, “The Soldier’s Tale,” which will be performed by the Norfolk Chamber Consort on March 29, 2004, as part of its 35th Anniversary Concert.

“Adagio,” a contemporary ballet duet, and an excerpt from “Entropy,” a modern dance for six women to the haunting music of Philip Glass, will also be included in the concert.

Dance program director and associate professor Marilyn Marloff will present “Bounds,” a restaging of her 1996 work reflecting personal turmoil over the pressure to remain within acceptable boundaries and the compulsion to break them.

Rounding out the program will be selected student works in a variety of styles.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance at the Arts and Letters box office in Chandler Recital Hall, 683-5305. Prices are $10 for general admission, $8 for non-ODU students and seniors, and $5 for ODU students. For more information about the concert call 683-3002 or 683-4354. Back to top


“Venus” ends its run Nov. 14-16 at Stables Theatre
“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 have its final performances at 8 p.m. Nov. 14 and 15 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Stables Theatre.

The ODU Theatre production is directed by Erlene Hendrix.

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


Playtime Theatre presents“What I Learned from Birds”
ODU Theatre continues its season Nov. 21 with PlayTime Theatre’s first production of the year, “What I Learned from Birds.” Under the direction of Frankie Little Hardin, the production offers a heartfelt, humorous and original tale for audiences of any age.

Set in the Pacific Northwest and featuring the mythic trickster Raven, “Birds” follows a group of boys from a summer camp who discover their own humanity through a chance meeting with “the birdman.” This ornithological expert opens up a world of feathers and flight through his bird tales from Africa, Japan and India. The show features Hardin’s mask work and puppetry.

“Birds” runs through Nov. 23 at the Stables Theatre. Show times are 7 p.m. Nov. 21; 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 22; and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 23. Tickets are $3 for children and $4 for general admission. Call 683-5305 for tickets. Back to top


“Exhibitionists 2” opens with reception Nov. 22
Old Dominion University Gallery will open a new exhibition, “Exhibitionists 2: A Student Show,” with a reception from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 22. The show continues through Dec. 21. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

“Exhibitionists 2” includes works by the 2003-04 ODU art department scholarship award winners. Work in a variety of media will be presented by undergraduate and graduate students, including prints by Heather Bryant and Erin Cross, digital photographic work by Kate Kronick and T. J. Blanchflower, installation and mixed media work by Amy Repak, and textiles and weavings by Lauriana Cohen.

The University Gallery, located at 350 W. 21st St., Norfolk, is open noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 683-2355 or go to www.odu.edu/al/art/gallery. Back to top


Music department announces free concerts
The music department announces the following free concerts at Chandler Recital Hall in the Diehn Center:

  • Nov. 19 – ODU Brass Choir, William Bartolotta, conductor, 7:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 20 – ODU Guitar Ensemble, Michael Murphy, conductor, 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 2 – Jazz Ensemble and ODU Jazz Combo, John Toomey, conductor, 7:30 p.m. (The program will include music from the Count Basie Big Band and a tribute to jazz saxophonist Cannonball Adderly. Also featured will be small-group works by the Jazz Combo.) Back to top


ODU among schools in teacher training pact with VCCS
Old Dominion is among participants in a historic agreement between a group of Virginia colleges and universities and the community college system to address teacher shortages in Virginia and around the mid-Atlantic region.

President Roseann Runte joined her colleagues from nine other Virginia higher education institutions, along with Commonwealth Richmond-Virginia Community College System Chancellor Glenn DuBois, Oct. 28 in Richmond to sign the agreement.

The partnership is expected to expedite transfer enrollment at four-year institutions and get more highly trained teachers through the college system and into school classrooms, officials said.

Students at Virginia’s community colleges will have the opportunity to pursue a degree specialization designed to prepare them to qualify for admission to teacher education programs leading to bachelor’s and/or master’s degrees in early childhood, elementary, middle school education and selected areas of special education.

The senior institutions will participate in the program by agreeing to consider guaranteed admission to students earning an associate degree and passing the Praxis I, the teacher licensure test usually taken after about 30 credit hours of coursework.

Along with ODU, other participating institutions are George Mason, James Madison, Radford, Virginia Commonwealth, Norfolk State and Virginia Union universities and Mary Baldwin College.

Leigh L. Butler, director of teacher education services at ODU, notes, “It is our hope that students attending VCCS institutions will recognize the opportunities available to them with this seamless matriculation into four-year institutions, thus ultimately increasing the number of individuals entering the teacher work force.”

According to DuBois, “While student enrollments are rising rapidly, more than a million veteran teachers nationwide are nearing retirement.” Back to top


Select group of employees to test new portal
Approximately 900 ODU employees – those who have taken or are currently taking classes at the university – have been invited to test the new “myODU” portal the week of Nov. 17.

This prerelease is designed to introduce a select group of users to the new Web technology and to collect feedback before making the portal available to the entire university community, which is expected to happen sometime in early 2004.

“We want them to log in to the myODU portal and experience it,” said Ann Reid Tatman, who chairs the university Portal Leadership Team.

Participants will be able to use a single sign-on to access such services as Blackboard, Banner, Lotus Notes e-mail and the library. Those who are current students can even preregister for classes via LEO Online.

The portal page also offers ODU and national news (users can choose from a variety of services, including CNN and MSNBC), as well as the ability to search the university Web site or the Internet via Google.

Other features include a stocks module, or “portlet,” as well as a weather portlet, where users can regularly check forecasts for up to five different cities. There is also a “To Do” list, notepad and calculator.

“Portal users can even create a discussion board,” Tatman said.

Participants in this prerelease test phase will be asked to complete a short online survey in late November to collect their feedback about the myODU portal.

Members of the campus community who would like to participate in any future test may contact Tatman at atatman@odu.edu. Back to top


Computing Corner: Faculty, staff encouraged to create MIDAS ID
By Connie Merriman
OCCS Information Support Coordinator

As part of a long-range goal to streamline access to computing resources at Old Dominion, the Office of Computing and Communications Services has developed MIDAS (Monarch IDentification and Authorization System). MIDAS is the first step in progressing toward “same sign on,” which will allow an individual to have the same user ID and password for most of the university’s networked systems.

The ODU portal, “myODU,” which has been discussed in this publication on several occasions, will be the first application to use the MIDAS ID and password. Other applications, including Novell (LAN), Blackboard, Lotus Notes, LIONS II, wireless network access, open jacks and authenticated SMTP, will eventually be accessible via your MIDAS ID and password.

Although there are currently no systems that utilize the MIDAS ID, it is important that individuals act early to ensure they obtain an ID that matches or closely matches their first choice. Because there can be no duplicate MIDAS IDs, faculty and staff are invited to create their MIDAS ID now, prior to the system being made available to students.

The MIDAS ID and password can be created online via the MIDAS Web page at midas.odu.edu. The option is available to choose one of your existing OCCS-managed account IDs or to create an entirely new one. Your current university account IDs have been reserved for you and cannot be taken by another person.

In addition to creating your ID, the MIDAS registration process also allows you to create your own password. A set of security questions you answer as part of the process establishes a personal “security profile” that will make it possible for you to obtain a new MIDAS password online, even if you do not know your current password.

The MIDAS ID will be used only to log in to applications and is independent of the university e-mail address used to send/receive e-mail. Breaking this linkage between login ID and university e-mail address provides greater account security and more flexibility on the format and length of e-mail addresses.

Additional information about MIDAS, including specifications for IDs and passwords, is available at midas.odu.edu. Information about the university portal is available at http://www.odu.edu/misc/portalnews/index.shtml. Back to top


Homecoming parade, fireworks set for Nov. 15
A week of Homecoming activities comes to an eventful end on Nov. 15 with a parade, men’s basketball game and fireworks display.

The parade, featuring marching bands, the Homecoming king and queen, and a variety of other entries, begins at approximately 2 p.m. The parade route will run south on Hampton Boulevard from Bluestone Avenue to 42nd Street.

Later that day, the men’s basketball team will play an exhibition game against Inter-hoop/Lithuania at the Constant Convocation Center. The 7 p.m. contest will be preceded by a tailgate party at 5:30 on the top floor of the Constant Center parking garage. Tickets to the tailgate event are $3. For tickets to the game call 683-4444.

A fireworks show will be held after the game at the Soccer Stadium.

For more information call the student activities and leadership office at 683-OSAL. Back to top


Food drive under way
Please give generously in the annual HACE Thanksgiving Food Drive. Food boxes and gift certificates for turkeys will be distributed to deserving ODU employees. Bring your canned goods to a collection site in your building by Nov. 24. Checks (made out to HACE) may be sent to Judy Smith in 219 Koch Hall. Back to top


Newsmakers
“A beautifully designed and tightly focused ensemble production of Chekhov’s early play, ‘The Seagull’ reaffirms the stature and importance of the Old Dominion University Theatre program.” (from a review of the play by Montague Gammon III)

– “ODU’s ‘The Seagull’ Rich in Script and Production”
Norfolk Compass, Oct. 23

“In general, Virginia juries are going to be prosecution juries,” except in more urban areas. (Donald Smith, associate professor of sociology)

– “Jury Experts: Muhammad Facing Hard Task”
Associated Press, Oct. 20

“Our success in distance learning does not signal an end to traditional classroom lectures; rather, our goal is to offer students a variety of learning opportunities through modern technology.” (excerpt from an op-ed piece by Roseann Runte, president)

– “The Many Places of Education”
Daily Press, Oct. 20

“I like the goals, but coming from an engineering background, I need to see a straight line of how this is going to get done.” (Karl Grandel, student body president and engineering student, on Gov. Mark Warner’s new long-range plan for higher-education improvements)

– “Tuition Increases Concern Students”
Richmond Times-Dispatch, Oct. 20

“In this country, which I call rule-based where laws are transparent and fair, we use public law to protect interests and settle disputes. When the laws are not fair, as in China, we settle disputes and handle property rights issues through private connections because we have no choice. Because the public system is not fair, judges can be bribed. Corruption is a necessary part of a relations-based governing system. They are fighting this corruption in China, but I don’t think it is working.” (Shaomin Li, associate professor of management)

– “With Good Reason”
WHRV-FM (and other radio stations in Virginia), Oct. 15

“I was a little bit surprised, first of all, at how well the Hampton Roads economy was doing relative to the rest of the state and the nation.” (James V. Koch, Board of Visitors Professor of Economics)

– “The State of the Region”
Daily Press, Oct. 3