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Journalists address grads at commencement ceremonies
Two seasoned journalists addressed approximately 1,800 graduates during commencement ceremonies May 7 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

They spoke of the changed world that the day’s graduates have experienced during their college careers and the tools they would need as they get on with their post-college lives.

John McCaslin, “Inside the Beltway” columnist for The Washington Times and Chicago Tribune syndicate, and a 1980 ODU graduate, reminded some 900 graduates at the morning commencement ceremony that most 2005 graduates began their studies about the time of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. “I can’t imagine navigating through my freshman year of college and 9/11 at the same time,” he said. “How difficult it must have been for you.”

The post-9/11 era, with America no longer an “invulnerable fortress,” requires citizens who do not withdraw in fear, but are eager to “fill spaces,” as he put it. He said this means the graduates should accept challenges and take every opportunity to expand their horizons.

When he was invited recently to travel with a Public Broadcasting Service crew to the Middle East, he said, “I hesitated filling that space because I was scared.” But he went and, “How glad I am today that I made the trip.” Travel and experiences with other cultures are important elements of citizenship today, McCaslin said. The Washington, D.C., area, where he lives and works, is a “barricaded fortress” and many people, particularly those from the Middle East are eyed with suspicion,” he said. “But thanks to that space I filled, I have a new appreciation for the Middle East and its people.”

Harvard Business Review publisher Cathryn Cranston spoke to some 900 graduates in the afternoon of engagement, curiosity, civility and humanity as tools that would help them deal with the challenges of the early 21st century.

“Read the paper, skeptically when necessary,” she said. “Listen to leaders, skeptically when necessary. Engage in debate. Listen and think and challenge. Vote. Engage. Engagement in the world mirrors and nurtures the imagination.”

Cranston said civility and humanity might be the qualities most easily lost in the course of day-to-day life. “I’m guilty – overbooking, multitasking, allowing myself to be enslaved by my digital devices – cell phone, telephone, Blackberry, laptop. Many things suffer as we encourage the flood of incoming information. I’m convinced that our daily attention to civility and humanity – at all levels – suffers as well.”

She urged students to look around at their classmates, relatives and friends. “This is your community,” she said. “They are the foundation for the commitments you will make from this day forward. It is arguably the most effective, reliable, resilient network you will ever have. ...”

Cranston credited her own network – a school friend, her husband, children, mother, father, siblings, aunt and uncle, friends and colleagues – for supporting her and helping her prepare her speech. “Your network will be there for you, too. Nurture it with phone calls, letters, e-mails. It will develop deep, strong roots, flower and provide you with guidance and support as you explore your commitments.”

Timothy J. Sullivan, outgoing president of the College of William and Mary, received an honorary degree at the morning commencement ceremony. G. Robert Aston Jr., chairman of the board and CEO of TowneBank, received an honorary degree during the afternoon program. He is a former president and current trustee of ODU’s Intercollegiate Foundation. Back to top


Task force urges doctoral students to be on guard against ethical pitfalls
BY JIM RAPER

Forty ODU doctoral students learned in a daylong workshop April 15 that researchers and academics must constantly guard against conflict of interest and other ethical pitfalls.

The workshop was conducted by eight members of a university task force on ethical and responsible conduct of research, scholarship and professional activities. Philip Langlais, dean of graduate studies and associate vice president for research, is head of the task force and is leading ODU’s participation in a 10-university ethics project funded by the private Council of Graduate Schools and the federal Office of Research Integrity.

Conflict of interest was the topic of the workshop lecture given by Anusorn Singhapakdi, professor of marketing, and the problem also was mentioned by other presenters. Singhapakdi told the doctoral students that once they are sensitized to conflicts of interest they might start finding them everywhere. The students should employ a “realistic” vigilance that is suspicious of self-interests, he added.

The issue is complex and hard to define, Singhapakdi said. He gave workshop participants a definition of conflict of interest from the National Institutes of Health: “When a person exploits, or appears to exploit, his or her position for personal gain.” He warned that the appearance of conflict can be just as damaging as actual conflict.

The presentation of Zhongtang Ren, a doctoral candidate in urban studies, described a new model of science education that would require “ethical studies of conflict of interest, including investigations of whether sources of funding affect the tone and/or the outcome of research.”

Lisa Eckenwiler, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies, who provided an overview of ethical theories, and Kimberly Adams Tufts, associate professor who discussed ethical dealings with research subjects, both cautioned against academic careerism that loses sight of the rights and interests of others. “Worry comes when you treat people merely as tools,” Eckenwiler said.

In his lecture on mentor-trainee relationships, Resit Unal, chair of the engineering management and systems engineering department, told the students that they and their mentors might sometimes have competing interests. He said a relationship should be a balance of the student’s and the professor’s needs, and that the give-and-take should foster the kind of good judgment the student will need in his or her professional life.

Cynthia Jones, eminent scholar and professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, related stories about scientists who fabricated or otherwise manipulated scientific research data to further their own interests. She challenged the students to aspire to high standards of research and data management. The presentation on plagiarism by Barbara Winstead, chair of the psychology department, applied to all disciplines, not just the sciences. She noted that plagiarism comes from the Latin word for kidnap, and told the students to be careful not to kidnap ideas, nor charts, graphs and pictures.

The purpose of the workshop was to promote professional integrity among graduate students and to determine what types of presentations will be most effective in ethics training. Many graduate programs do not have a formal ethics component, and Langlais believes this is a mistake.

“In the wake of the Enron debacle, the U.N. Oil-for-Food program scandal and the controversy raised by the Schiavo case, the question arises: Does our higher educational system provide today’s students with adequate knowledge and skills to identify and deal with ethical problems, conflicts of interests and professional standards?” Langlais said in an interview.

“It would be a victory to help students simply recognize conflicts of interest and violations of business and professional practices in the real world, to make them more sensitive to ethical issues. We also want to give them practical experience, through case studies, to develop skills they need to take the high road through ethical dilemmas.

“We are taking a very 21st century approach to this,” Langlais added. “We are going well beyond the more publicized ethical issues in the sciences (to) address the perceptions and decision-making skills of students in all of the disciplines, whether it be creative design, dance, business, political science, religious studies or biology. Ethics problems crop up in all disciplines.”

A survey given before and after the workshop will measure the impact of the session on the participants’ knowledge, attitudes and skills related to the topics. Langlais said the survey results will be available later in the spring. These results will be presented along with those from the other nine universities participating in the project at a conference late in the year. The results will be digested into a best-practices monograph to be published by the Council of Graduate Schools.

Langlais said he and other task force members working on the project have done research to determine the attitudes and skills pertaining to ethics held by faculty, staff and students throughout the university. ODU’s project report, he said, will compare differences in these attitudes and skills between various segments of the university community. He said he is particularly interested in the roles that ethnic and cultural background, gender and field of study play in the awareness of problems and in ethical decision-making.

In addition to those already named, the ethics task force also includes Susan Metosky, research compliance officer. Back to top


Hold onto your hard hats-More construction projects on the way
BY STEVE DANIEL

Change seems to be the one constant regarding physical growth on the ODU campus.

And while that statement could have been construed as a play on words just a few years ago, what with the renovation of Constant Hall followed closely by the opening of the Constant Convocation Center in fall 2002 (both named for the late businessman and philanthropist Ted Constant), change has continued to be constant – or at least steady – on the campus ever since, and many more exciting transformations are on the horizon.

At a series of recent “town hall” meetings, Vice President for Administration and Finance Robert L. Fenning shared details about the astounding number of renovation and new construction projects on tap over the next two to three years.

Plans call for everything from new student housing, where the Fieldhouse parking lot (Lot 27) is now located, to a new hotel and parking deck on Lot 17 between the Technology Building and Constant Center.

“As a result of the successful general obligation bond referendum for higher education and our own financial planning, we are in the midst of a building boom,” Fenning said. “Even more significant is the fact that the more than 15 major projects, which we will either initiate or complete with our private-sector development partners in the next 24 months, will transform the university’s physical environment to meet the major goals of our strategic plan.”

Also in the works are a renovated Fieldhouse that will turn a good portion of it into a modern recreation center, a new indoor tennis center and much, much more.

At the same time, the university will continue to tackle various general obligation bond-financed projects for the renovation of the Technology Building, Batten Arts and Letters Building and Hughes Hall, and the construction of a physical science addition to the Oceanography and Physics Building. Work on the 60,000-square-foot addition should get under way late this year, with completion in late 2006, Fenning said.

The Dental Hygiene Clinic is expected to reopen in its new space inside the Technology Building in October, and the building itself will get a new facade, along with renovated interior space, and reopen in January.

Renovations to Batten Arts and Letters, including new heating and air-conditioning systems, fully mediated classrooms, lounges and new exterior entrances, could begin as soon as January, but are dependent upon progress at the Technology Building. Renovation work on Hughes Hall is also contingent on this “domino effect.”

In response to a Board of Visitors mandate that the university provide on-campus housing for half of the approximately 6,000 undergraduate student population, the Lot 27 asphalt will be torn up sometime in August to make way for a new quad featuring “suite-style” housing. Up to 250 beds are expected to be available by fall 2006. Ultimately, 900 beds will be located here for sophomores and juniors, Fenning said.

The loss of 1,300 spaces from this lot will be addressed by the 650-space deck now under construction on 43rd Street, which should be ready in late July, and a 931-space, five-level garage on the east end of Lot 17 in the University Village, scheduled for completion in June 2006.

This Village North deck will also include 8,000 square feet of street-level retail space along Monarch Way. Construction on a 120-room hotel, to be located adjacent to the deck and face Hampton Boulevard, is expected to get under way in January 2006, with an anticipated opening late that year.

The University Village will be the site for many exciting projects over the next couple of years. Ground should be broken in approximately four months to make way for the first phase of a university research park. A shopping center, anchored by a major grocery store chain, will be built south of the existing Village parking deck.

“We own 40 percent of the land in this area, and over the next 10 months we will be assembling the remaining land for the shopping center,” Fenning said.

He added that construction on the shopping center could begin as early as spring 2006, with the grocery store and other retail, restaurant and residential space scheduled for opening late next year.

Perhaps one of the more anticipated openings among the campus community is the new and improved Fieldhouse, which will feature everything from a rock-climbing wall to an indoor track to a 20,000-square-foot fitness center. This $16.5 million project, financed by a state general fund appropriation and tax-exempt bond proceeds, amortized by student and user fees, will likely get under way in early 2006 and be completed in mid-2007, Fenning said.

The project also calls for the addition of courts for racquetball, squash and handball; enhancements to the gymnasium to accommodate various sports; refinements to the pool area and aquatics operations; the addition of a lounge and snack bar; and new offices for recreational sports.

As part of the renovation, which includes the addition of 30,000 square feet and a new entrance way, improved spaces will be created for the exercise science, sport, physical education and recreation department, classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices and the wrestling program.

Next to the Fieldhouse, work will begin in the fall on an eight-court indoor tennis center. The facility, which will cover a portion of the existing outdoor courts, will be heated and air-conditioned and feature a pro shop, lounge and elevated spectator area. It will also have locker facilities for the ODU tennis teams and other users.

“Our intention is to reposition the outdoor tennis area to include up to 12 courts,” Fenning said. The center should be completed early in the spring 2006 semester.

Nearby, the Athletic Administration Building is also in line to get a new front entrance, along with $5.7 million in intercollegiate athletics-related improvements, including expanded strength training facilities and new training and academic support facilities. This work will start in the fall and be completed by fall 2006.

For those who are into golf, it won’t be long before the city of Norfolk’s new nine-hole course opens near the southwest corner of the campus off Powhatan Avenue. Complete with clubhouse, pro shop and facilities for the men’s and women’s golf teams, this public course will also feature a driving range and practice greens.

Located atop the highest land mass in Norfolk, the course offers good views of the campus, the Elizabeth River and the city itself. It is on track for a July 4 opening, said Fenning, who added that ODU has negotiated preferred rates for members of the university community.

Add to all of these projects the long-awaited phase two of the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center, featuring a 1,200-seat performance hall, which is a high priority in ODU’s recently submitted capital budget request; a soccer stadium support building and renovation to the Whitehurst Hall lobby, both for this summer; the widening of 43rd Street to begin next spring; and the upcoming addition of a 500-space surface lot near Powhatan Field, and it’s enough to make one’s head spin.

Fenning noted, however, that careful financial and strategic planning over the past several years have positioned the university for this growth. “Many of the projects are related to instructional and research priorities, and also address the initiative to transform the campus into more of a residential learning environment.” Back to top


Virginia Symphony returns for two outdoor concerts
The Virginia Symphony returns to campus May 25 and June 1 to continue its free outdoor concert series on Kaufman Mall. Both performances begin at 7 p.m.

Robert Shoup will conduct the orchestra May 25 in a program titled “Americana.” The performance will feature mezzo-soprano Lisa Relaford Coston and include works by Barber, Copland, Gould and Chadwick.

Shizuo Kuwahara will conduct the symphony in a musical preview of the 2005-06 season at the June 1 concert. The performance will feature Elizabeth Coulter on violin, and include works by Wagner, Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, Schuman, Brahms and Dvorak. The program will also include the performance of a composition by ODU music professor Adolphus Hailstork, Celebration (1975). Back to top


Concert Choir travels to Tokyo for historic event
ODU’s Concert Choir, under the direction of Nancy K. Klein, associate professor of music, is taking part in a historic event May 12-20 in Tokyo, Japan.

Renowned composer Stephen Melillo is combining the instrumental forces of the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force Band, the ODU Concert Choir and singers from Shenandoah University to record a two-CD album featuring his composition “Beyond Courage.”

In 2003, Melillo was commissioned by the survivors of the Bataan Death March from World War II to write a musical composition commemorating the heroism of the event. He composed a 65-minute work written for augmented wind ensemble, large chorus, soloists and audio/video renderings.

Fifty ODU students have traveled to Japan for the event. The trip is sponsored by the university and the Norfolk business community.

In addition to the recording session, the ODU choir will perform a concert of American music at several university and public venues in Tokyo. Back to top


Relay for Life event raises more than $55,000
ODU’s Relay for Life event, held on campus April 15-16, raised more than $55,000 for the American Cancer Society, the most ever since the university has been participating.

Seventy teams, composed mostly of students, took part in the relay, which was coordinated by the Office of Student Activities and Leadership. Approximately 1,000 people participated in the annual fund-raiser. Back to top


M.B.A. students do well against top competition
ODU students Caroline Swao of Norfolk, and Keith Wallace and Dmitry Poisik of Virginia Beach, placed seventh in this spring’s Thunderbird Social Responsibility and Ethics Challenge, which pitted against one another 56 teams of M.B.A. degree candidates from schools in London, Spain, Germany, Canada and the United States.

The ODU team beat teams from several nationally known universities, including North Carolina, Virginia and Louisiana State. The contest was sponsored by Thunderbird, The Garvin School of Inter-national Management, in Glendale, Ariz.

The 56 teams worked on a business case involving an ethical or social responsibility issue presented them by the organizers. The competition challenges M.B.A. candidates to create socially responsible solutions to real business dilemmas. Back to top


History students win awards for their papers
Three students won awards for papers they presented at the 2005 regional conference of the history honors society, Phi Alpha Theta. The meeting was held April 16 at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Phi Alpha Theta chapters from colleges and universities in eastern Kentucky, North Carolina and eastern Tennessee joined the Virginia schools at the event.

Eight ODU students presented papers at the conference. The three winners were:

  • First Prize in World History, graduate student category – Troy Valos, “The Tribulation of Captain James Cook and the Endeavor’s Crew.”
  • Second Prize in European History, graduate student category – Reverie Rowlett, “The Faith of the Early Christian Church: The Development of the Creeds.”
  • Second Prize in European History, undergraduate student category – Annette Williams, “The Nazi Medical Experiments.”

Students from 12 colleges and universities participated in the conference. Back to top


CLT offers development classes for faculty
The Center for Learning Technologies is offering a variety of developmental classes for faculty in May and June, covering topics such as Blackboard, computer literacy, Dreamweaver, ODU Edit, preparing for class and teaching online. There is also a class on May 18 for faculty who wish to start their own Web site.

For a list of the classes offered or for more information, contact Susan Boze at sboze@odu.edu or 683-3172. Back to top


ODU videographers win top honor in competition
ODU’s video production team received the top award in the recent Videographer Awards competition for its role in producing the CD-ROM and VHS versions of Katharine Kersey’s “101’s – A Guide to Positive Discipline.”

The competition attracted nearly 2,300 entries from throughout the United States and other countries. The Videographer Awards is an international organization that helps set the standards for the video production industry.

“Congratulations to Jerry Harrell and his fine team of talented videographers, to Heather Huling, who managed much of the logistics of the program, and most of all to Dr. Katharine Kersey for allowing us to work with her in her quest to inform the world of appropriate and positive examples of child development,” said Andy Casiello, assistant vice president for academic technology services. Back to top


Governor’s School exhibit opens May 14 at gallery
University Gallery will open the Governor’s School for the Arts Visual Arts Department Juried Student Exhibition on May 14 with a reception at 5 p.m. and an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. The reception and exhibition, which continues through May 29, are free and open to the public.

As jurors for the show, gallery director Katherine Huntoon and ODU art professor Ken Daley selected works based on outstanding expression. To find out more about the Governor’s School for the Arts, visit gsarts.net/va.htm.

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 to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 683-2355 or go to www.odu.edu/al/art/gallery. Back to top


Diehn Composers Room features John Duffy exhibit
Old Dominion University Libraries and the Virginia Arts Festival are sponsoring an exhibit highlighting John Duffy, a two-time Emmy winner who has composed more than 300 works for symphony orchestra, opera, theater, television and film.

The print exhibit is available for public viewing in the Reading Room of the Diehn Composers Room from through June 10. It features material highlighting Duffy’s career from the 1940s to the present day. Back to top


Faculty books published: New works look at race in literature, famous Indians and CSS Shenandoah
ODU faculty members past and present are celebrating the publication of new books.

In his new book, “Race and Racism in Literature” (Greenwood Press), Charles E. Wilson Jr., University Professor of English, explores how racial issues have been treated in a dozen major novels widely read by high school students and undergraduates.

The works discussed are from different historical periods and reflect a range of cultural perspectives, including African Ameri-can, Latino, Native American, Asian Ameri-can, Italian American and Jewish American, as well as Jewish-Arab experiences.

The volume begins with an introductory essay on race and racism in literature. Each of the chapters that follows examines a particular novel, including “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “Native Son,” “The House on Mango Street,” “Ceremony,” “The Chosen” and others. The chapters include a plot summary, an overview of the work’s historical background, a discussion of overt and subtle racism in the novel, and suggestions for further reading

In her latest work about the Native Americans of the Midatlantic region, Helen C. Rountree, professor emerita of anthropology, tells the story of the two key leaders of the tribe who met white colonists at Jamestown.

Pocahontas may be the most famous Native American who ever lived, but during the settlement of Jamestown, and for two centuries afterward, the great chiefs Powhatan and Opechancanough were the subjects of considerably more interest and historical documentation than the young woman.

In “Pocahontas, Powhatan, Opechancanough: Three Indian Lives Changed by Jamestown” (University of Virginia Press), Rountree says it was Opechancanough who captured the foreign captain “Chawnzmit”(John Smith), who gave Opechancanough a compass, described to him a spherical earth that revolved around the sun and wondered if his captor was a cannibal. Opechancanough, who was no cannibal and knew the world was flat, presented Smith to his elder brother, the paramount chief Powhatan.

Despite their roles as senior politicians in these watershed events, no biography of either Powhatan or Opechancanough exists. And while there are other “biographies” of Pocahontas, they have for the most part elaborated on her legend more than they have addressed the known facts of her remarkable life. As the 400th anniversary of Jamestown’s founding approaches, nationally renowned scholar of Native Americans, Helen Rountree, provides in a single book the definitive biographies of these three important figures.

A firsthand account of the only Confederate ship to circumnavigate the globe is presented in “The Voyage of the CSS Shenandoah: A Memorable Cruise” (University of Alabama Press), edited by D. Alan Harris, associate professor emeritus of history, and Anne B. Harris, adjunct assistant professor of history.
The journals of Lt. William Whittle, one of the ship’s officers, are presented here, with annotations from other journals, the official records and logs, and newspaper accounts of the Confederate cruiser Shenandoah’s activities, together bringing to life the history of this remarkable voyage.

The Shenandoah, the last of a group of commerce raiders deployed to prey on Union merchant ships, was ordered to the Pacific Ocean to “greatly damage and disperse” the Yankee whaling fleet in those waters. The ship’s successful pursuit of her quarry compared favorably with the exploits of the more celebrated Alabama and Florida, but has never been as well known because it coincided with the war's end and the Confederacy’s downfall.

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Grosch honored as researcher of year
Chester Grosch, professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences and computer science, was named ODU’s outstanding faculty member in the area of research at Portal to New Worlds: Research Exposition on April 6.

Grosch, whose research career spans more than three decades, was given the $1,000 award at the closing ceremony of the exposition by Vice Provost David Hager.

“He has consistently demonstrated high quality in research activities,” Hager said.

He came to ODU in 1973 as a Samuel L. and Fay M. Slover Chair in Oceanography, but also has held research and teaching positions at Stevens Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Pratt Institute and the University of Reading in the United King-dom. In 1989 he was a Royal Society Guest Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge.

Grosch is widely published and has done extensive professional consulting. He specializes in hydrodynamic stability, new and advanced numerical techniques for fluid modeling, and the development of algorithms to take advantage of massively parallel systems. Back to top


Adam book gets award
“Mathematics in Nature: Modeling Patterns in the Natural World,” a book written by University Professor of Mathematics and Statistics John A. Adam, has been chosen for a 2005 Outstanding Academic Titles (OAT) award by Choice Magazine.

The book, published in 2004 by Princeton University Press, has been popular with laymen and academics alike because of its poetic expression of science.

Choice is a publication of the American Library Association. Each year it reviews about 7,000 books and electronic media of interest to its readers, most of whom work in higher education. The magazine influences the acquisitions of many undergraduate libraries. About 10 percent of the works reviewed are chosen for OAT awards. Back to top


Mark Brice, former warehouse manager, dies
Mark A. Brice of Virginia Beach, who worked at Old Dominion for more than two decades and retired March 31, 2004, died April 9, 2005. He was 49.

A native of Portsmouth and a U.S. Army veteran, Brice was ODU’s warehouse supervisor at the time of his retirement, a position he had held since 1992.

He joined the university in 1981 as an hourly employee in the Mail Center and became classified as a storekeeper foreman the following year. He was promoted to storekeeper supervisor B in 1991.

For many years, he dressed up as Santa Claus for the “Spirit of the Holidays” party sponsored by ODU’s Hourly and Classified Employees Association.

Survivors include his mother, Elmira S. Brice of Virginia Beach; three sisters, Cora L. Franklin, Allene Brice Drumgoole of Virginia Beach and Karen Everett of Richmond; three brothers, Allen Brice Jr. of Norfolk, Timothy Brice of Richmond and Eric Brice of Portsmouth. Back to top


Faculty Awards and Retirement Dinner

A. Rufus Tonelson Faculty Award
Robert A. Gable
Robert A. Gable, eminent scholar and professor of early childhood, speech-language pathology and special education, is recognized nationally and internationally for his important work that enables special education teachers to function successfully with children and youth having behavioral and emotional disorders.

An essential ingredient of his success as a teacher is his caring attitude for his students. He always places them first and seeks to provide them with learning experiences that will last them beyond a single class period or semester.

Students regard Gable as an inspring teacher and one who practices what he teaches. A former student once said of him, “His knowledge of the subject, enthusiasm for teaching and dedication to his students make him very special.”

Gable has authored or co-authored more than 250 journal articles, monographs, textbooks and textbook chapters. Over the course of his career, he has been involved in more than 40 grant proposals and received $17.4 million in external funding.

In 1994 he was named an eminent scholar and in 1995 received the university’s Faculty Research Award.
An ODU faculty member since 1984, Gable holds a doctorate in special education from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.
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Retiring faculty
Granger, Heine, Johnson, Lilley, Pickett, Raymond-Savage, Schwarz-Miller, Wild
Old Dominion University loses eight faculty members to retirement at the end of the 2004-05 years, representing a combined 230-plus years of service.

  • Fred W. Granger – associate professor of management information systems, 27 years. He was actively engaged in research related to decision sciences and information systems, and wrote several books and many journal articles. He was one of the few faculty who taught and made significant academic contributionss in both information systems and decision sciences.
  • Paul L. Heine – associate dean, Darden College of Education, 33 years. An associate dean since 1994, Heine began his ODU career as a faculty member in the health and physical education department, and would later become a department chair and graduate program director. Known as both an effective administrator and teacher, he inspired many students to become successful teachers.
  • Roger A. Johnson – associate professor of educational curriculum and instruction, 32 years. He developed and taught a developmental psychology course for teacher education students. His research in vision and learning has been instrumental in the passage of legislation in several states that require vision screening by a professional before a student enters school.
  • Linda L. Lilley– associate professor of nursing, 20 years. She received the Most Inspiring Faculty Award three times and was designated a University Professor in 2000. Her textbook, “Pharmacology and the Nursing Process,” is in its fourth edition and has been ranked in the Top 10 pharmacology sellers since 1998.
  • Victor Pickett – professor of art, 40 years. A nationally recognized sculptor, he taught courses in sculpture and design at all levels. He has work in the permanent collections at Duke University, the North Carolina Museum of Art and Norfolk’s Chrysler Museum. His earliest independent public commission was an outdoor sculpture outside Kaufman Hall.
  • Anne Raymond-Savage – vice provost for distance learning, 33 years. She started out as a faculty member in education, but spent most of her career as an administrator. She was a significant contributor to the field of distance learning as a writer, speaker, panelist and mentor, and launched ODU’s highly regarded distance learning network, TELETECHNET.
  • Ann Schwarz-Miller – associate professor of economics, 27 years. She was the founding director of the honors program in the College of Business and Public Administration. She twice received the college’s Faculty Service Award and also received a Most Inspring Faculty Award. She authored many refereed publications in her specialty area of labor market economics.
  • J. Christian Wild Jr. – associate professor of computer science, 24 years. One of the first faculty in the department, he helped develop the undergraduate and graduate programs and later developed one of the first Internet courses. He was involved in research grants worth almost $2 million, and wrote more than 60 publications. He was the research adviser for many doctoral and master’s students.

Instructional Technology Award
Dwight W. Allen
Throughout his long career, Dwight Allen has been an advocate and exemplar of lifelong learning and the adaptation of instructional technology to pedagogy.

An eminent professor of educational reform who joined the faculty in 1978, he was among the first at ODU to teach a televised course and successfully developed the first totally asynchronous online Web-based course.

Allen’s use of instructional technology is a key component to enhance instruction in ODU’s new multidisciplinary course on the global environment.

The recipient of a SCHEV Out-standing Faculty Award in 2001, Allen received a $4,000 grant as winner of the Instructional Technology Award.

Service awards - 40, 35 and 30 years

  • 40 years – Kenneth G. Daley, art.
  • 35 years – William H. Brenner, philosophy and religious studies; Gary R. Crossman, engineering technology; Frederick G. Freeman and Barry B. Gillen, psychology; Louis H. Henry, Honors College; James R. Sweeney, history; John J. Swetits, mathematics and statistics.
  • 30 years – Nicholas G. Bountress, early childhood, speech-language pathology and special education; Martyn Bradley, athletics; John P. Broderick, English; Katherine Bucher, educational curriculum and instruction; Wayne M. Burton, Perry Library; Daniel M. Dauer, biological sciences; Michael J. Doviak, mathematics and statistics; William B. Jones, philosophy and religious studies; Roland R. Mielke, electrical and computer engineering; Leonard I. Ruchelman, urban studies and public administration; Cynthia W. Swaine, Perry Library; Robert Swanson, biological sciences; Stanley E. Weinstein, mathematics and statistics; Gilbert R. Yochum, economics.

Special Administrative Recognition
David R. Hager
Hager, who will return to the classroom in the fall, was honored for his many years of administrative service, most recently as vice provost.

Provost’s Award for Leadership in International Education
Gail Grisetti
Gail Grisetti has been associate professor of physical therapy in the College of Health Sciences since coming to Old Dominion in 1986.

She has been involved internationally for many years, through her work with Health Volunteers Overseas and with the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, through scholarly presentations at international conferences, in academic television features, and by providing health education in Haiti, Taiwan and Nicaragua.

In 2001, she began working with Physicians for Peace, headquartered in Norfolk, which led to a partnership with ODU, Physicians for Peace and the Universidad Católica in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she helped develop an undergraduate physical therapy program and a prosthetics education program for physical therapists.

Her research and special interests include injury prevention in dancers, somatic education and health care of older adults. She is a co-founder and board member of Tidewater Association of Dance Medicine and a guest faculty member for the Governor’s School for the Arts.

Grisetti received her bachelor’s degree in dance from Bard College, and her master’s in phsical therapy and doctorate in health education from Columbia University. She is a guild-certified Feldenkrais practitioner.

TELETECHNET Faculty of the Year Awards
Peggy Myatt and James C. Oleson
Peggy Myatt has served as an adjunct instructor in special education for 10 years, the last seven on TELETECHNET. She holds bachelor’s degree in special education and earned her master’s in counseling from Boston University. In addition to her instructional duties, Myatt is in her fifth year as special education adviser and program coordinator for the Peninsula Center.

James C. Oleson, assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice, began teaching at ODU in 2001. He has taught sbstantive criminal law, and law and social contrial via TELETECHNET.

He earned M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in criminology at the University of Cam-bridge, England. He also holds a J.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley before joining the ODU faculty.

Oleson is currently in Washington, D.C., as a U.S. Supreme Court fellow, working on changes to federal sentencing policy and the federal rules of criminal procedure, and writing syllabi for the judiciary’s educational program.

Myatt and Oleson each received $2,500.

J. Worth Pickering Administrator of the Year Award
Edith M. Barnett
Edie Barnett joined Old Dominion in 1984 as director of professional and personal development in the College of Arts and Letters. Since then she has worked as director of regional programs, director of distance learning and associate vice president for distance learning. Currently, she is interim vice provost for distance learning. She additionally serves on various national boards and professional associations.

Barnett received an Ed.D. in adult and continuing education from the Teachers College at Columbia University, an M.Ed. from Loyola University, an M.P.A. from Old Dominion and a B.S. in education from Tuskegee University. In addition, she attended the Harvard University Management Institute for Lifelong Learning.

Armada Hoffler Weekend College Teaching Award
Department of Occupational and Technical Studies
The Department of Occupational and Technical Studies faculty have been involved with Weekend College since its beginning and, consequently, their efforts have provided opportunities to nontraditional students not only in Hampton Roads, but across the state and at all the TELETECHNET distance sites.

John Ritz, chair of the department, Walter Deal, David Netherton, Hassan Ndahi and John Turner, in addition to eight adjunct faculty members, have traveled to military bases and community colleges to offer degrees in industrial technology and training specialist concentrations.

Letters of support for the nomination ranged from students who said they never would have achieved their level of career success without this Weekend College program, to university administrators who praised the faculty for their teaching excellence, care and commitment to non-traditional students.


Nicole Kiger wins HACE Staff Member of Year Award
Rookie Award goes to OCCS’s Matthew Sullivan

Nicole Kiger, coordinator for activities and programs in the Office of Student Activities and Leadership, and Matthew Sullivan, Web designer from the Office of Computing and Communication Services, are the winners of the 2005 Staff Member and Rookie Staff Member awards from the Hourly and Classified Employees Association (HACE).

The awards were presented May 10 at the HACE annual luncheon.

Kiger, who won the HACE Rookie Staff Member award in 2002, has been with Old Dominion 4 1/2 years. Among her many responsibilities, she chairs the Student Services programming team; coordinates the PAW programs (Programs All Weekend, a new initiative this year); advises the Student Activities Council; and works with the athletic department on various promotions and activities.

Letters of recommendation for her latest honor came from colleagues, supervisors and students. “I have witnessed Nicole in a variety of situations and have been impressed with her professionalism and ability to make others feel comfortable,” said Don Stansberry, director of student activities and leadership. “I am also impressed with the amount of respect and admiration the students have for her.”

Kaye Patten Wallace, associate vice president for student services, calls her the “penultimate team player,” and Dana D. Burnett, vice president for student services, characterizes her as “talented, energized and creative.”

Burnett noted in his letter of recommendation, “Nicole is a leader, an adviser and an educator. And she is one of the most talented programmers I have ever worked with.”

Several students supported Kiger’s nomination. Said one, “I have always admired Nicole because I believe she exceeds all expectations of herself. She is a woman that has taught me the value of finding yourself and I know she will continue to be that role model for many students in the future. Her attitude and spirit are contagious and have left a footprint in my heart.”

As the HACE Staff Member of the Year, Kiger received a number of gifts, including $200 from the Jill Nolte Endowment Fund, a reserved parking space, ODU athletic tickets and a $90 bookstore gift certificate.

Matthew Sullivan has been an ODU employee since April 10, 2004. In just a short period of time, he has impressed those he works with, both inside and outside the OCCS office.

Grace Ruiz Little, OCCS assistant director for network applications and Web development, said she tasked Sullivan with working with the Marketing Council and Office of Institutional Advancement to redesign the university Web page, and was most impressed with the results.

“He developed a design that could work, not just for the home page and secondary level, but for colleges and departments throughout,” she said.

Maria Ferguson, ODU’s director of marketing, also praised Sullivan for his creativity and for being a team player. “With input from Institutional Advancement, OCCS, the colleges and other departments, Matthew created a design for the ODU Web site that is not only attractive, but also functional. We have received nothing but positive feedback,” Ferguson said.

Little added, “Matt goes beyond what he’s ‘assigned.’ He is extremely talented, but his skills are more than just graphic and Web design, more than the required ‘knowledge and skills’ on the EWP. Perhaps his real strength is his drive for excellence. He takes a project and runs with it.”

For winning the Rookie Award, Sullivan received $100 from the Nolte Endowment Fund, ODU athletic tickets and a $90 bookstore gift certificate, among other prizes. Back to top


Kaufman Prize winner, top scholars honored
Zeal R. Patel of Norfolk, who received his bachelor’s degree in computer science at the May commencement, was announced as winner of the 2005 Kaufman Prize at the Student Honors and Awards Banquet.

He was joined during the program by his most inspirational faculty member, Janet E. Brunelle, lecturer of computer science.

The Kaufman Prize, which includes a $10,000 award, was established by Landmark Communications Inc. to acknowledge graduating seniors who have exerted exceptional and constructive influence on the university, its students or the community by demonstrating the highest qualities of leadership and service.

Patel, who graduated with a 3.96 GPA, is a member of many organizations, including the Pre-Health Club, Golden Key Honors Society, ODU Democrats and AED Pre-Medical Honors Society. He also is the president and founder of the Virginia Cricket Association. He volunteers regularly at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and tutors for the athletic department.

Monique Cianfrani of Chesapeake, who received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, was the Kaufman Prize runner-up and also received a cash prize. She cited Ralph W. Stevens, associate professor of biological sciences, as her most inspirational faculty member.

The following students were honored as the top scholars from their respective colleges and presented Alumni Awards (also listed are their most inspirational faculty members):

  • Arts and Letters – Angela Christine Sexton of Newport News, communication, 4.0; Jeffrey P. Jones, assistant professor of communication and theatre arts.
  • Business and Public Administration – Allison Virginia Hawley of Chesapeake, finance, 4.0; Ann V. Schwarz-Miller, associate professor of economics.
  • Education – Shanon Harrison Chau of Norfolk, physical education, 3.96; James A. Onate, assistant professor of exercise science, sport, physical education and recreation.
  • Engineering and Technology – Jaime Scott Zahorian of Chesapeake, electrical engineering, 3.98; Keith M. Williamson, adjunct associate professor of mechanical engineering.
  • Health Sciences – Tina Marie Keesee of Virginia Beach, nuclear medicine technology, 3.6; Scott R. Sechrist, associate professor of medical laboratory and radiation sciences.
  • Sciences – Michelle Lynn Woods of Portsmouth, chemistry, 4.0; Mark S. Elliott, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Back to top


Newsmakers
“There’s no model for this. We’ll either be successful or we won’t. Either way, there will be lots of Monday-morning quarterbacking.” (Robert L. Fenning, vice president for administration and finance)

– “ODU football?”
The Virginian-Pilot, April 24

“We know there are pathogens in these ships, but we don’t know of any outbreaks of disease associated with ships’ ballasting practices.” (Fred Dobbs, associate professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences)

– “Report: Organism a threat to Great Lakes”
The Times-Picayune, April 20

“You sort of run it like you would a TV show. You write a storyboard.” (Cecil Burgett, graduate assistant, on the logistics of producing NewPAGE classes for 1,700-plus students)

– “Class brings freshmen together”
Washington Times, April 18

“We don’t have one true love. We have a lot of affairs with a lot of different television personalities.” (Gary Edgerton, chair of communication and theatre arts, on today’s television news anchors)

– “Who can we turn to now?”
The Denver Post, April 18

“I study the nucleus like a 5-year-old does. I hit it hard and see what comes out. I’m hitting something really small, a target of some atoms at the end of the accelerator, so I need a really small hammer. And I have to hit the atoms really hard, so I need that hammer moving really fast.” (Larry Weinstein, professor of physics)

– “The heart of the matter”
The Washington Post, April 15

“We don’t want to lose sight of the ultimate goal: coming up with an economically viable maglev.” (Jeremiah F. Creedon, director of transportation research)

– “Progress on ODU maglev still bumpy
The Virginian-Pilot, April 15

“Is there some indication that mom-and-pop stores suffer a little bit? Yes. But it’s also increased tax revenue and more choice for the consumer. And as a consumer, I want the best product at the lowest price.” (John R. Lombard, assistant professor of urban studies and public administration)

– “Wal-Mart divides Isle of Wight residents”
The Washington Post, April 11

“Wouldn’t you like to see your student choose to sit in a class and be taught by the Virginia Science Teacher of the Year, a distinguished former congressman or any number of truly accomplished and inspiring faculty members?” (Nancy A. Bagranoff, dean of the College of Business and Public Administration, in an op-ed article)

– “Picking a college? Football and forms are indeed small stuff”
The Virginian-Pilot, April 10

“Aspects of Star Trek can be realized today. For these changes to happen, you need to provide incentives and make it as painless as possible.” (Ahmed Noor, eminent scholar of aerospace engineering and director of the Center for Advanced Engineering Environments)

– “Engineers look for efficiencies: ODU collaborates with NASA to create
computerized environments that aid communication and learning”
Daily Press, April 5

“We think the designation is very appropriate.” (John R. Holsinger, eminent scholar of biological sciences and a member of the Virginia Cave Board)

– “In official poetic affair, Virginia state bat is declared”
The Virginian-Pilot, March 30
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