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 ticketmaster.com or by calling 671-8100).
Brokaws 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 Virginias 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 falls 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
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; its 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," "Dont 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 wasnt 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 students 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.
Kerseys 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 students 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 ODUs 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 dont want people to think it is only applicable to young children; it also works with spouses and co-workers."
New Web site features volunteer opportunities
Looking for volunteer opportunities? If so, check out the Office of Student Activities and Leaderships new CARE (Community Action Reaches Everyone) Web site.
The site, www.odu.edu/care, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Back to top
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
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.
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: www.odu.edu/af/humanresources/training/banner.pdf.
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
The first Republican woman to serve as Connecticuts 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
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-laws sewing room to recreate a domestic scene from a homemakers 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.
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
The program policies, now in the process of being updated, will be available soon at www.odu.edu/af/humanresources/benefits. Information, applications and related forms will be available at the following address: www.odu.edu/af/humanresources/indformspage/edaidforms.htm.
For more information call 683-4237. Back to top
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
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 ODUs 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:
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:
Tabled a resolution calling for certain revisions to the Student Disciplinary Policy and Procedures. Back to top
Joining the board will be:
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
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 Ryans 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 www.dmvobits.com/cox. Back to top
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 bachelors degree in engineering from the University of Toronto and M.B.A. from the University of Western Ontario. Back to top
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 dont 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 bachelors 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 councils 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.
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 masters 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 Earths atmosphere.Back to top
Employers needs for foreign-trade-related workers were a driving factor behind the creation of a new bachelors 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 ODUs Institute of Asian Studies. The U.S. Department of Labor reports a rising demand for graduates with a bachelors 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 Virginias second-largest export destination in 2001 and 2002. And Virginias 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:
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 www.digitalpreservation.gov. Back to top
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 womens athletics and served on the NCAA Council from 1983-87. She was tournament director for the 1983 Final Four womens basketball tournament, as well as director for two Final Four field hockey tournaments.
RSVPs should be made to Marcy Comstock at 683-3359. Back to top
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 Smiths performance at 5 p.m. July 16, and perform a number titled Thank You, which appears on Smiths jazz CD The 5th Seal and Thurstons CD, ...From Dust.
Since his graduation in 2002 with a bachelors 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 Maes. He conducted an artists lecture at the Chrysler Museum in September 2003 and has been featured in The Virginian-Pilot, The Mace and Crown and PortFolio Weekly.
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 www.soundingsnews.com.
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.
Research scientist Jerry Wiggert in ODUs 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 isnt enough food for many plants to grow. A hurricanes 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 Earths 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.
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
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 universitys 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. Spamabuse@odu.edu, 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 universitys primary mail servers (specifically those addresses ending in @odu.edu). 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.
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 Virginias 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 www.withgoodreasonradio.org beginning July 17.
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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 Womens Singlehanded national titles)
Local Boating: Busy Tunnicliffe Wants to Be the Best
As an athlete, one of my personal goals is to do things for the community. Its 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 WNBAs San Antonio Silver Stars)
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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)
Its a Strikeout: We Have More Important Things to Invest in
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
Well 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
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)
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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