Brokaw to speak on campus Sept. 26 for COVITS 2004
Tickets now on sale at Constant Center box office

NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw will deliver the opening address here Sept. 26 for the COVITS 2004 conference.

Tickets for the talk, scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, are $15 and are now on sale at the Constant Center box office and all Ticketmaster outlets (online at or by calling 671-8100).

Brokaw’s remarks, titled “A Look at the World,” will kick off COVITS 2004, a conference for senior-level executives to be held at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott Sept. 26-28.

Old Dominion University was selected as the host institution for COVITS, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Information Technology Symposium, which is entering its sixth year. President Roseann Runte and Norfolk State University President Marie McDemmond will serve as co-chairs for the event. Last fall’s symposium, held in Roanoke, attracted more than 1,100 senior executives.

The purpose of the 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.

In many ways, Brokaw, the sole anchor of NBC Nightly News since 1983, has set the pace for broadcast journalism. His insight, ability and integrity have earned him numerous awards for his journalistic achievements, including the DuPont Award, a Peabody Award, and several Emmy, Overseas Press Club, Edward R. Murrow and National Headliner awards. He received the prestigious Paul White Award for Lifetime Achievement in Electronic Journalism from the Radio-Television News Directors Association and the 2002 Distinguished Service Award from the Eisenhower Institute.

Brokaw has an equally distinguished record as a political reporter, having covered every presidential election since 1968, and has written four bestsellers.

The organizing committee for COVITS 2004 includes representatives from Eastern Virginia Medical School, ECPI College of Technology, NSU, ODU, Regent University, Thomas Nelson Community College, Tidewater Community College and the College of William and Mary.

Representatives from Christopher Newport University, Hampton University and Virginia Wesleyan College will serve in an advisory capacity. Back to top

Katharine Kersey releases “101s: A Guide to Positive Discipline”

Parents and teachers now have a new and valuable resource they can use to help them in their daily interactions with children: "101s" A Guide to Positive Discipline." The three CD-ROM set was released recently by noted parenting and childhood education expert Katharine Kersey.

Filmed over a period of three years in the Old Dominion University Child Study Center that she directs, the "101s" is a list of techniques she and her students have compiled over the last 35 years to help teachers and parents teach children respect and love. The techniques are also designed to provide nurturance, shape behavior, address misbehavior, foster independence and build resiliency.

"This really is a fun way to live," said Kersey. "There are so few bad moments if you can think ahead and apply the techniques. It empowers the parents and helps the kids. Children need to know that their parents are in control; it’s scary for children when they are not."

A longtime professor of early childhood education and chair of the Department of Early Childhood, Speech Language Pathology and Special Education as well as mother of three, Kersey firmly believes it is important to employ the techniques early on. "Children are born with empathy," she said. "We see babies in the nursery who will give their own pacifier to calm another crying baby. Children can lose that empathy by 2 or 3 if it is not reinforced."

Kersey, who is also the author of "Sensitive Parenting," "Helping Your Child Handle Stress," "Don’t Take It Out on Your Kids," and "The First Year Teacher," began making lists early in her career. She was a proponent of not spanking in the late 1950s and she compiled a list of 10 reasons not to spank. It quickly grew to 30, and she shared her reasons at gatherings where she was invited to speak.

"After teaching for a while, one of my students said that since I offered 30 reasons not to spank, I should also offer 30 alternatives to spanking. I wasn’t even following my own teaching, to focus on the positive things the children do and not the negative. My students started adding to the list and it eventually became 101!"

One of the most important "101s" is the demonstrate respect principle said Kersey. "You need to ask yourself, would I want someone saying that to me?" In one of the first segments of the CD-ROM set, the teacher observes a student’s uncomfortable reaction to the cameras in the classroom. She demonstrates the respect principle by taking him aside to talk to him and reassure him that he is OK. In the younger classroom, a teacher stops reading a book to a toddler when she realizes the child is too tired to continue. The teacher begins to rock her to sleep and the child immediately quiets down.

Kersey’s favorite principle is connect before you correct. "Whenever we have a broken connection, it absorbs our time and energy," she said. "Share positive thoughts with the person whether it be your child, their parent or a co-worker, before attacking the problem."

Two other related principles are catch the child being good and make a big deal. "When the child is exhibiting behavior that makes you proud, be sure the praise, thank and call attention to it. Give the child a thumbs-up, recognition, hugs, special privileges and incentives."

Another important principle is the choice principle. "Do you want to hold my right hand or left hand when you cross the street?" Kersey cited as an example. The incompatible alternative principle puts a spin on the choice principle. A preschool teaching student’s experience illustrates the principle. "She told the students that the play area was closed and it was time to come in," recalled Kersey. "To her surprise the children said ‘No!’ After taking a moment, she said ‘Do you want to hop or skip back into the classroom?’ To her amazement the children chimed, ‘Hop!’"

The CD-ROM, filmed by staff members of ODU’s TELETECHNET distance learning program, recently received positive reviews when it was presented at conferences in Chicago and Roanoke by members of the ODU Early Childhood Education Alumni Chapter.

The Head Start program is buying hundreds of the CDs to train their teachers, according to Kersey. This fall, she and TELETECHNET staff members will go to Newsom Park Elementary School in Newport News where 11 ODU graduates currently teach to film their use of the "101s" in the classroom. "We want to show you can do this with older children as well," said Kersey. "I don’t want people to think it is only applicable to young children; it also works with spouses and co-workers."

The three-CD-ROM set is also available in DVD and VHS formats. The "101s" can be purchased at and in the ODU Bookstore. Back to top

New Web site features volunteer opportunities
Looking for volunteer opportunities? If so, check out the Office of Student Activities and Leadership’s new CARE (Community Action Reaches Everyone) Web site.

The site,, was developed to help students, faculty and staff find community service opportunities in areas that match their interests. By registering to use this free tool, members of the ODU community can search current opportunities with local agencies and be added to a volunteer pool. For more information contact Daniel Thorpe at Back to top

Betty Diamond retires; Finch named acting director
Veronica Finch was appointed acting director of student financial aid, effective July 1, following the retirement of Betty Diamond.

Robert L. Fenning, vice president for administration and finance, who announced the appointment, said, “Veronica brings to the organization significant experience as an associate director as well as in-depth knowledge of student financial aid programs.”

Diamond had worked at the university since 1989, including her last 10 years as director of student financial aid.

“Betty has brought great talent and commitment to Old Dominion University during her tenure as student financial aid director, and her presence will be greatly missed. I wish Betty well as she begins a new chapter of her life,” Fenning said. Back to top

Athletic PR publications win national awards
The athletic public relations office was recognized recently by two national organizations for excellence in publications and advertising/marketing pieces.

The 2003 field hockey media guide was selected “Best in the Nation” for single sport publications in Division I by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The guide was designed, written and edited by Tina Price, athletic publications director, and Kim Zivkovich, assistant sports information director.

The National Athletic Collegiate Marketing Association also honored the ODU athletic public relations staff with two “Best in the Nation” awards at its recent convention in Dallas, including Best Single Display Newspaper Advertising Campaign and Best Ticket Sales piece. Contributing to those publications were Price, Chuck Gray, athletic marketing director, and Mark Benson, director of the Big Blue Club.

In addition, Old Dominion was awarded a silver medal for its Sponsor Fulfillment piece, created and edited by Gray. The athletic public relations office is supervised by Debbie Byrne, associate athletic director.
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Banner schedule available
Employees interested in taking Banner training classes can find the schedule for July through December and access the registration form at the following Web address:

Participants should complete the form, print it out, have it signed by their supervisor and sent it to the human resources department. Back to top

New Connecticut governor has Old Dominion ties
Connecticut’s new governor, M. Jodi Rell, is a Virginia native with ODU ties. Rell, who was born Mary Carolyn Reavis and grew up in Norfolk, planned to become a teacher and enrolled at Old Dominion, but later dropped out of school in 1967 to marry Louis R. Rell, a Navy pilot, according to a June 22 story in The New York Times.

The first Republican woman to serve as Connecticut’s lieutenant governor, Rell assumed the governorship July 1 following the resignation of John G. Rowland, who stepped down amid allegations of ethical improprieties in office and a federal corruption investigation. Rell, who had served more than nine years as lieutenant governor, will serve as governor until the 2006 elections.

Rell studied at both Old Dominion and Western Connecticut State University, and holds an honorary doctorate of laws degree from the University of Hartford, which she received in 2001. She has been in politics since 1984, when she was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives. Back to top

New exhibit, “To Have and to Hold,” opens July 24
The University Gallery will open “To Have and to Hold,” an exhibition featuring work by Marcella Anna Stasa and K. Johnson Bowles, with a reception from 7-9 p.m. July 24. The show continues through Sept. 5.

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public; both artists will attend at the reception.

This exhibition of installation and mixed media uses storytelling, revelation and inspiration to explain how meaning is attached to commonplace objects. Both artists use discarded or forgotten materials to create a new object evoking history, warmth and mortality.

In “Leftovers,” Bowles uses the contents of her departed mother-in-law’s sewing room to recreate a domestic scene from a homemaker’s life in 13 wall and floor sculptures. This installation was reviewed in the December 2002 issue of Sculpture magazine. Bowles, the director of the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts in Farmville, Va., has been the recipient of several prestigious research and support grants.

Stasa uses bits of rusted metal, fungus, bones, pine needles, leaves and various animal remnants to assemble her nest-like structures. The particles, found in nature, are used to form new natural objects imbuing the seemingly random combinations with poetry and order. Stasa is the recipient of a New England Foundation for the Arts Award.

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.
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Baseball players sign with major league teams
Pitcher Donnie Smith of Portsmouth and shortstop Brandon Carter of Sacramento, Calif., have signed with the major league teams they were drafted by, and will now report to their respective minor league teams.

Smith, who was selected in the fourth round by the St. Louis Cardinals, has been assigned to the New Jersey Cardinals (NY Penn League) in Augusta, N.J. Smith led the CAA with a 2.29 earned run average.

Carter hit .309 and led the Monarchs in runs scored with 37 and stolen bases with 13. He has been assigned to the Gulf Coast Dodgers (Gulf Coast League) in Vero Beach, Fla. Carter was selected in the 40th round. Back to top

Tuition assistance deadline for fall semester is Aug. 2
The deadline for the fall semester tuition assistance program for employees, spouses and dependents, administered by the Department of Human Resources, is Aug. 2.

The program policies, now in the process of being updated, will be available soon at Information, applications and related forms will be available at the following address:

For more information call 683-4237. Back to top

Mail clerk “AJ” Burton dies
Arthur Junius “AJ” Burton of Portsmouth, who worked part time as a mail clerk in the ODU Mail Center from 1992 to 2003, died June 13, 2004, at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center.

A Norfolk native and Army veteran of World War II, Burton had been retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 36 years of service. He was a member of Jerusalem Baptist Church.

Survivors include a sister-in-law, Hilda Burton of Portsmouth; a favorite niece; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Burial was in Roosevelt Memorial Gardens. Back to top

Board approves 2004-05 operating budget
The Old Dominion University Board of Visitors on June 15 approved an operating budget of $280.7 million for 2004-05, which represents a 6.8 percent increase over last year’s budget.

The overall increase is primarily due to the combined effects of increased state funding and tuition increases, anticipated expenditures in increased student loan funds, an increase in grant activity and an increase in auxiliary services (University Village debt service and parking and student recreation center initiatives).

State general fund support for ODU’s educational and general programs, excluding state financial aid, will increase from $67.5 million in fiscal year 2004 to $77.7 million in 2004-05. The revenue generated by this increase and the increase in tuition and fees will support:

  • $5 million for salary increases for full-time employees and part-time faculty, graduate assistants and hourly staff;
  • $1 million for a university-wide salary adjustment pool to address market alignment, compression, equity and retention issues for full-time faculty, staff and administrators;
  • $3 million for additional faculty positions and additional staff support positions in several departments and operations, graduate assistantships and scholarships, resources to address cost increases in library subscriptions, utilities, disability services, TELETECHNET site lease costs, and technology enhancements and upgrades to support the campus grid, Web services, desktop replacements, and copying and printing services; and
  • $2 million for one-time institutional initiatives (student retention, admission) pending completion of the strategic plan update for base funding allocations.

The state budget also includes funding for merit-based salary increases of 3 percent for classified and hourly employees, effective Nov. 25, and the university will allocate sufficient funding to support an additional 1.5 percent average merit increase for faculty.

Additionally, the budget provides Old Dominion with $7 million in fiscal year 2005 and $11 million in FY 2006 for base operating and enrollment growth. These funds will enable the university to address a long-standing list of institutional needs.

In other action, the board approved the appointments of three faculty with tenure: Mohammad A. Karim as vice president for research and professor of electrical and computer engineering; Gary Morrison as acting chair and professor of educational curriculum and instruction; and James A. Neff as associate dean for research in the College of Health Sciences and professor of community and environmental health.

The board also approved the granting of the title of emeritus, effective this month, to Glynn D. Coates, professor of psychology, who taught at Old Dominion 30 years.

In other matters, the board:

  • Voted to discontinue the M.S.Ed. programs in mathematics education and social studies education in the Darden College of Education “as a result of low enrollment over a period of time and changes in SCHEV’s program viability and productivity requirements.” Discontinuance of the degree programs, however, will not affect the availability of graduate-level instruction or teacher licensure in these two areas.
  • Approved a set of new policies on guidelines for the selection of named chairs and guidelines for the selection of named professorships.
  • Approved several faculty and administrative appointments, including Oktay Baysal as dean of the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology; Virginia O’Herron as university librarian; and Deborah Polca as associate athletic director.
  • Approved resolutions to name the following areas at the Barry M. Kornblau Alumni Center: the Bob Hardison Alumni Center Terrace, the Alumni Center GEICO Office Complex, the Wells and Jane Gresham Alumni Center Conference Room, and the Black Alumni Council Alumni Center Fireplace, Water Feature and Gardens.

Tabled a resolution calling for certain revisions to the Student Disciplinary Policy and Procedures. Back to top

Adm. Gehman among new BOV appointments
Gov. Mark R. Warner has announced four appointments to the Old Dominion University’s Board of Visitors, along with his decision not to reappoint Walter D. Kelley Jr. and Henry P. Bouffard to second terms.

Joining the board will be:

  • Retired Adm. Harold W. Gehman Jr. of Virginia Beach, who retired in 2000 from his post as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic;
  • Robert Copeland of Virginia Beach, a real estate developer;
  • Mark E. Strome of Pacific Palisades, Calif., president of Strome Investment Management, L.P., and a 1978 graduate of Old Dominion; and
  • Pat Tsao, founder, CEO and president of INTECS International Inc., a leading information technology firm, headquartered in Alexandria, Va. She earned her master’s degree in computer science from Old Dominion in 1983.

Board members Nancy P. Cheng and William M. Lechler of Virginia Beach, both of whom had served two terms, were not eligible for reappointment. Back to top

CCPO’s Glenn Cota dies
Glenn F. Cota, of Norfolk, research professor in the Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography, died July 2, 2004, in a local hospital. He was 53.

A native of Hastings, Mich., Cota was a biological oceanographer with an emphasis on polar research and had been an ODU faculty member for nine years.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy E. Cota; his children, Ashley Nicole and Ryan Matthew, both of Norfolk, and Michael Smalligan and his wife, Melissa, of Lansing, Mich; his mother, Edna Wurm Cota, and father, Gordon W. Cota, both of Battle Creek, Mich.; two sisters and one brother.

Cota was involved in Ashley and Ryan’s sporting activities, including serving as a coach. He was known as “Coach Cota” to many children in the community.

A memorial funeral was held July 7 at First Presbyterian Church, Norfolk. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be made to the family through Back to top

ODU hires intellectual property manager
Zohir Handy, formerly a consultant at NewGrowthWorks in Toronto, has joined ODU as intellectual property manager. He will oversee research licensing activities and pursue patents on inventions and ideas created by faculty and staff.

Handy, who has more than 30 years of marketing and business development experience, has served as assistant director of technology licensing at the University of Florida, where he oversaw a $400 million research budget and evaluated and managed the patenting, marketing and licensing of engineering, software and medical devices.

Prior to that, he was director of technology transfer for Materials & Manufacturing Ontario and general manager of Scharr Industries Canada.

As director of business development and corporate marketing at Consumers Packaging Inc., Handy launched three new technologies and negotiated technology licensing agreements for a $12 million sales gain.

He has served on the Ontario Government Ministerial Advisory Taskforce. Handy received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Toronto and M.B.A. from the University of Western Ontario. Back to top

Who's Who: Steven Crawford, Technology Coordinator, ATS
One could easily assume that a person who works with technology and enjoys his job would not consider the perfect day off to be camping by a river in the mountains with no computer or phone in sight.

However, for Steven Crawford, technology coordinator in Academic Technology Services, a day free of technology with a good book and his family sounds ideal. “Some people are amazed to hear that I don’t have a cable modem at home. In order for me to escape work and relax, I have to escape technology and not be ‘reachable,’” he said.

Crawford has worked at Old Dominion in various technology-related capacities since 1993. His current duties include a little bit of everything, he said, but are focused on supporting faculty in the design of Web sites and their use of Blackboard. He is also working on digitizing video.

His most memorable experience at the university occurred in May 2001 when he received his bachelor’s degree in computer science, a program of study he had started 11 years earlier. Proudly displayed in his office is a picture taken that day of him with his family.

A father of three, Crawford spends much of his time away from the university with his family and doing volunteer work for such organizations as the Arthritis Foundation and the American Diabetes Association. He is also a CPR and first aid instructor for the American Red Cross.

As a child, Crawford was involved in Boys Scouts of America and believes his most important activities today are his service as program chair for the Kempsville District of the Tidewater Council, BSA, and chair of the council’s 2005 University of Scouting. He was named Kempsville District Scoutmaster of the Year in 2002.

Crawford said he stresses volunteerism at home so that his children will understand the importance of working in their community.

– Angela Rioux

Positions held at the university: Athletic department telethon and main switchboard, and OCCS help desk, as a student worker; OCCS desktop, server and lab support, and then later as a Web designer (October 1994 to November 1998); Center for Learning Technologies and Academic Technology Services Faculty Multimedia Lab and faculty support (November 1998 to present)

College degree: B.S. in computer science, ODU, 2001; pursuing master of science in education degree, instructional design and technology emphasis, ODU (anticipated graduation in December 2005)

Birth date: June 20, 1972

Hometown: Virginia Beach

Spouse: Dawn Crawford, gymnastics coach at Excalibur Gymnastics

Children: Patrick, 17; Lindsey, 8; and Alexia, 7

Last book read: Currently, I am reading “Essays and Sketches of Mark Twain.” I just finished reading “The Proving Ground: The Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race” by G. Bruce Knecht and “2001: A Space Odyssey” by Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick. The next book on the stack is “Allan Quatermain” by H. Rider Haggard.

Favorite quotation: “Good judgment is the result of experience. Experience is the result of bad judgment.” – Fred Brooks in “The Mythical Man Month”

Greatest accomplishment: I do not have one yet; I am still working toward greater things.

Activities outside the university (not previously mentioned): I have been involved Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed national service fraternity, as a national subcommittee chair and am a volunteer with the Virginia Beach Amateur Radio Emergency Services group.

Favorite song: This week it is “100 Years” by Five for Fighting

Hobbies: Reading and spending time with my family.

Favorite TV shows: “Stargate SG-1” and “CSI”

Favorite meal: Homemade pizza

Vice: I will cancel just about everything to go to an ODU Lady Monarchs home game .

Favorite sports: I love almost all sports. This time of year I am glued to the Tour de France. I also enjoy watching NHL hockey, NFL football, the Olympics and Lady Monarch basketball. The Olympics will be fun to watch this year since my daughters are on a local gymnastic team.

Last vacation: Camping in Front Royal, Va., and visiting wineries

Favorite area restaurant: The Grate Steak

Last smart thing I did: Started working toward my master’s degree

Last dumb thing I did: I have no idea, I usually do something daily.

Worst job: I worked as trading post manager at a Boy Scout camp. Working in a building all day at camp did not suit me, so I managed to get transferred to teach horseback riding for the rest of the summer.

Profession I might like to attempt: Astronaut. It has always been a dream to travel beyond the Earth’s atmosphere.Back to top

Bachelor’s degree in Asian studies available this fall

Employers’ needs for foreign-trade-related workers were a driving factor behind the creation of a new bachelor’s degree in Asian studies at ODU.

Beginning this fall, students can enroll in the new program, which was approved recently by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. The first graduates are expected in spring 2008.

Employers need more Asian studies graduates because their businesses have become increasingly linked to Asian countries, said Jie Chen, associate professor of political science and director of ODU’s Institute of Asian Studies. The U.S. Department of Labor reports a rising demand for graduates with a bachelor’s degree in that discipline, and student surveys conducted by the institute demonstrated strong support for the establishment of the program, he added.

According to state statistics cited in the program proposal, Asia ranked as Virginia’s second-largest export destination in 2001 and 2002. And Virginia’s exports to certain Asian countries, such as China, Japan, and India, have grown about 30 percent annually over the past five years. As a result, state government leaders have recognized the socioeconomic importance of this region to Virginia, the proposal indicated.

The proposal also quotes Virginia Gov. Mark Warner: “Asia holds exciting opportunities for Virginia… . I hope we can create new and strong partnerships that will not only bring new jobs to our commonwealth but also open up new export opportunities for Virginia-based companies.”

The new degree program is a spinoff of the established minor in Asian studies. The preparation for the new program was supported by the U.S. Department of Education through a Title VI grant, which supported faculty training and course development and laid the faculty and curricular foundations for the major.

A total of 120 credit hours are required for the new degree. Core courses include: geography of Asia; the Asian experience; research methods; and language courses in Japanese, Chinese or another Asian language.

The program is designed to provide students with specialized knowledge and skills. Graduates will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the history, geography, cultures, philosophies/religions of East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia;
  • Have the ability to integrate knowledge concerning Asian countries learned from different disciplines;
  • Acquire oral, writing and reading proficiency in an Asian language; acquire skills to analyze major socioeconomic and political issues in Asia and in individual Asian countries, and to present the results of such analysis; and
  • Gain firsthand experience in interacting with Asian cultures (ideally through study-abroad experience in an Asian country). Back to top

Library of Congress selects university as partner in digital preservation project
Michael Nelson and Johan Bollen, assistant professors of computer science, were selected by the Library of Congress along with faculty from three other universities to participate in a yearlong test of procedures to preserve large digital collections.

The Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources, and Harvard University Library were also selected to participate.

“Noted scientist Jeff Rothenberg has said ‘digital information lasts forever – or five years, whichever comes first,’” said Nelson. “With so much of our scientific and cultural heritage in digital format only, it is imperative that we understand the long-term implications of digital storage.”

All four participants will independently investigate and apply various digital preservation strategies, using a digital archive donated to the Library of Congress by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. The archive is a collection of 57,000 digital images, text, and audio and video related to the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

“At 12 gigabytes, it is small enough to be manageable, but large enough to be interesting,” said Nelson. “It also has a complex structure and many different file formats.”

Faculty from the four universities will document their own experiences archiving this collection as well as exporting and ingesting the archive with the other participants. They will also simulate what happens when digital formats become obsolete and study other effects on the material, including the passage of time.

At the end of the yearlong test, the Library of Congress and its partners will publish a final report detailing both current practices for digital preservation and future areas of research. Information about the project will be posted periodically at Back to top

Retirement party for Mikki Baile is July 16
The campus community is invited to a retirement party for Mikki Baile, senior associate athletic director, from 3-5 p.m. July 16 in the Ted Constant Convocation Center Hospitality Room. Light refreshments will be served.

Baile is leaving the ODU athletic department staff after 30 years of service to the university.

Baile came to Old Dominion in 1975 as head coach of field hockey and lacrosse, positions she held for four years. She became the assistant athletic director in 1979, and continued in administration the remainder of her career.

A member of five halls of fame, Baile was heavily involved in women’s athletics and served on the NCAA Council from 1983-87. She was tournament director for the 1983 Final Four women’s basketball tournament, as well as director for two Final Four field hockey tournaments.

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Admissions counselor to perform at jazz festival
ODU graduate Timothy Thurston, an employee in the Office of Admissions, has been featured recently in a promotional spot on WHRO-TV for his upcoming performance at the Norfolk Jazz Festival.

The promo, an interview with Norfolk city councilman Anthony Burfoot and another performer, Tyrone Marquis Smith, features jazz vocals and spoken-word by Thurston, who performs under the name Shakespeareblak. Thurston will sing backup vocals during Smith’s performance at 5 p.m. July 16, and perform a number titled “Thank You,” which appears on Smith’s jazz CD “The 5th Seal” and Thurston’s CD, “...From Dust.”

Since his graduation in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in communication and sociology, Thurston has been working on the CD and giving spoken-word performances at various Hampton Roads venues, including The Underground and Alice Mae’s. He conducted an artist’s lecture at the Chrysler Museum in September 2003 and has been featured in The Virginian-Pilot, The Mace and Crown and PortFolio Weekly.

More information about the jazz festival is available at Thurston’s
Web site is
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Old Dominion voted best military college in survey
Old Dominion was voted the best college or university for military service members, according to a poll to be published in the July 28 edition of Soundings, a local weekly newspaper.

The university will be recognized in special display ads and receive promotional banners marking the honor. Results of the poll will be available later this month at
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Students’ work on display at NBG treehouse exhibit
Old Dominion students are among several area designers whose work is on display at the “TREEmendous TREEhouses” exhibit hosted by the Norfolk Botanical Garden through Oct. 3.

TREEmendous TREEhouses, endorsed by the American Institute of Architects chapter of Hampton Roads, features 11 treehouse structures, five of which are designed by ODU students.

Lucien Frelin and Jesse Courtmanche designed a treehouse called “Balloon Ride 5 Cents.” ODU/NSU graduate students Andi Helfant, Kate Kronick, Peter Gieger and Patricia Isenhour designed “Camera Obscura.” Lisa LaCerra designed her own structure, “Journey,” and Abbott Addesso designed “Gears.” Three other ODU/NSU graduate students, Christopher Harris, Cathy Beal, Patricia Sterritt and Amy Repak, designed “Shiver Me Timbers.”

Free shuttle tours of the exhibition are offered every half-hour. More information about the exhibit is available at to top

ODU scientist studies effects of hurricanes on ocean plants
Whenever a hurricane races across the Atlantic Ocean, chances are phytoplankton will bloom behind it. According to a new study using NASA satellite data, these phytoplankton blooms may also affect the Earth’s climate and carbon cycle.

Research scientist Jerry Wiggert in ODU’s Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography was part of a research team led by Steven Babin, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University, that studied 13 North Atlantic hurricanes between 1998 and 2001. Ocean color data from the SeaWiFS instrument on the SeaStar satellite were used to analyze levels of chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants. The satellite images showed tiny microscopic ocean plants, called phytoplankton, bloomed following the storms.

“Some parts of the ocean are like deserts, because there isn’t enough food for many plants to grow. A hurricane’s high winds stir up the ocean waters and help bring nutrients and phytoplankton to the surface, where they get more sunlight, allowing the plants to bloom,” Babin said.

“The physical response of the ocean to hurricanes is complex,” added Wiggert. “No one has considered the biological contribution to the altered carbon flux balance that takes place when hurricanes pass over oceans.”

Previous research has relied largely on sporadic, incomplete data from ships to understand how and when near-surface phytoplankton bloom.

“This effect of hurricanes in ocean deserts has not been seen before. We believe it is the first documented satellite observation of this phenomenon in the wake of hurricanes,” Babin noted. “Because 1998 was the first complete Atlantic hurricane season observed by SeaWiFS, we first noticed this effect in late 1998 after looking at hurricane Bonnie.”

The study found the physical make-up of a storm, including its size, strength and forward speed, is directly related to the amount of phytoplankton that blooms. Bigger storms appear to cause larger phytoplankton blooms. An increased amount of phytoplankton should have more chlorophyll, which satellite sensors can see.

Hurricane-induced upwelling, the rising of cooler nutrient-rich water to the ocean surface, is also critical in phytoplankton growth. For two to three weeks following almost every storm, the satellite data showed enhanced phytoplankton growth. Babin and his colleagues believe this growth was stimulated by the addition of nutrients brought up to the surface.

Whenever the quantity of plants increases or decreases, it affects the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. As phytoplankton grow, they absorb carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping greenhouse gas. When the tiny plants die, a portion of the organic carbon that they form during photosynthesis sinks to the ocean floor. This results in reduced atmospheric carbon dioxide and is one of several natural processes that contribute to Earth’s carbon cycle.

By stimulating these phytoplankton blooms, hurricanes can affect the ecology of the upper ocean. Phytoplankton is at the bottom of the food chain. The factors that influence their growth also directly affect the animals and organisms that feed on them. In addition, since climate-related phenomena like El Niño may change the frequency and intensity of hurricanes, storm-induced biological activity may have even greater contributions to future climate change.

Scientists are still trying to determine how much carbon dioxide might be removed by such a process. “Better knowledge of the carbon cycle will improve our understanding of global ecology and how climate change might affect us,” Babin said.

The research appeared as a paper in a recent issue of the Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans. Co-authors include J.A. Carton of the University of Maryland and T.D. Dickey of the Ocean Physics Laboratory at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Univ. signs admissions agreement with TCC
President Roseann Runte and Tidewater Community College President Deborah M. DiCroce signed a transfer agreement on July 6 to guarantee qualified TCC graduates admission to Old Dominion to pursue a bachelor’s degree. The agreement is part of a larger statewide strategy to link workforce development and community college education with opportunities to earn a baccalaureate degree.

Runte and DiCroce commended the agreement for increasing educational opportunities for all students who have the ability and interest to pursue them.

Under the agreement, TCC students will be guaranteed admission to Old Dominion if they are in transfer programs and meet the applicable requirements. The agreement also provides opportunities for students in career programs to transfer if they meet stated criteria.

Additionally, TCC students will be granted the same consideration as native ODU students with regard to academic program admission and course requirements. TCC and ODU will also develop program-specific articulation agreements to create pathways for TCC students in occupational and technical programs to transfer to the university. The agreements will be reviewed every two years or whenever major changes, due to academic policy, are required. Back to top

OCCS to implement spam control technology
BY CONNIE MERRIMAN, Manager, OCCS Technical Support Center

In an effort to address the ever-increasing problem of “spam” mail in ODU e-mail accounts, the Office of Computing and Communications Services will implement spam control technology on the university’s mail server, with plans to have the service fully operational this fall.

“Spam,” commonly defined as unwanted or unsolicited electronic junk mail, is also sometimes referred to as UCE (Unsolicited Commercial E-mail). UCE can result in a significant loss of productivity, slowing down mail servers and causing individuals to spend hours dealing with a daily flood of unwanted messages into their e-mail boxes., an e-mail address established by OCCS security staff as a tool for faculty, staff,and students to report spam abuses, receives hundreds of complaints daily.

While UCE has been a recognized problem at Old Dominion for several years, finding a solution that is appropriate for a research university environment has been difficult. Many products control spam too tightly, causing loss of legitimate e-mail and the blacklisting of viable sender addresses. After considerable research, OCCS has selected a product called CanIt PRO. Several major universities currently use the product, which is recognized as an industry leader for its combination of robustness, flexibility and end-user control.

Using a Web-based interface, CanIt PRO provides centralized access to spam management tasks, including allowing the end-user to establish personal “spam-scanning,” or filtering, levels. Individuals will be able to “opt out,” essentially choosing not to have their mail spam filtered, or they may implement “tagging,” which allows the system to mark, or “tag,” any mail that it considers to be spam (based on user-established tolerance levels). If the user prefers automatic deletion of spam, the application provides three levels of “spam sensitivity,” ranging from low sensitivity, which deletes only the worst spam, to high sensitivity, which deletes almost all spam. CanIt PRO will be available for e-mail delivered through the university’s primary mail servers (specifically those addresses ending in The service will not be available for e-mail that is routed through a departmental mail server.

The current plan includes a pilot phase scheduled for August and full release to all faculty, staff and students in October. In conjunction with the universitywide release, informational/demonstration sessions will be scheduled and further public announcements will be made.

Questions or concerns about the OCCS spam control project may be submitted to Back to top

Case to discuss Olympics on “With Good Reason”
Robert Case, director of the sport management program, will be among the guests featured on an upcoming episode of the statewide radio program “With Good Reason.”

The show can be heard locally on WNSB-FM (91.1) at 6:30 a.m. July 18 and on WHRV-FM (89.5) at 11 a.m. July 21.

The program, which highlights the expertise of faculty at Virginia’s higher education institutions, will discuss the birth of the modern Olympic games. Case will join one of his colleagues from Longwood University to discuss how the games came to be, what the Olympics are about today and corruption that has occurred. Case will focus his remarks on the idea of reforming how Olympic host cities are selected.

The episode will be broadcast on the Web at beginning July 17.

“Television learned a while back that people had more tolerance for advertising than once thought.” (Gary Edgerton, professor of communication and theatre arts)

– “Infomercials Hit 20 Years of Selling”
Baltimore Sun, June 27

“I want to keep sailing and try to be the best in the world.” (Anna Tunnicliffe, senior, who last November became the first sailor ever to win back-to-back Intercollegiate Sailing Association Women’s Singlehanded national titles)

– “Local Boating: Busy Tunnicliffe Wants to Be the Best”
Toledo Blade, June 24

“As an athlete, one of my personal goals is to do things for the community. It’s always a pleasure to give back and I participate because someone did the same thing for me.” (Adrienne Goodson, class of 1988, and current member of the WNBA’s San Antonio Silver Stars)

– “Adrienne Goodson Receives WNBA Offseason Assist Award”
College Sports Online, June 22

“Hampton Roads always will be a marginal franchise because of the modest population and income of our region, the absence of Fortune 500 firms and our traffic challenges.” (James V. Koch, president emeritus and Board of Visitors Professor of Economics, in an opinion piece on the latest attempts to bring a Major League Baseball team to Norfolk)

– “It’s a Strikeout: We Have More Important Things to Invest in”
Daily Press, June 20

“I do believe that Iran will slowly emerge out of a period where the clerics have more influence than the moderates and that people power will also take effect in that political spectrum. And all of that will move Iran into position to be if not a good ally of the United States, at least a state that has correct relations with Washington.” (Steve A. Yetiv, associate professor of political science)

– “Iran and Iraq”
Voice of America, June 18

“We’ll get one to two events per century that will be equal to all the destructive power of all the weapons in World War II.” (Gary E. Copeland, professor of physics)

– “Asteroids and Comets: Deadly Dangers from Above”, June 15

“If we stopped all research at every university because it did not appear successful initially, many important discoveries that have improved our lives would never have been made. One day, that list just might include magnetic levitation. If it does, I want the list to include ODU as the forward-thinking institution that pursued this idea.” (Roseann Runte, president, in an opinion piece)

– “Maglev Is Still on Course; Doomsayers Are Premature”
The Virginian-Pilot, June 14

“We want an excellent education for young people. If you want the best professors, you have to pay them.” (Roseann Runte, president, quoted in an Associated Press story)

– “College Professors Can Expect Boost in Pay”
Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, May 20