Friends of the Library plans 10th anniversary celebration
Friends of the Old Dominion University Library is celebrating its 10th anniversary this fall with a campaign for life members, a reception for current and prospective life members, a yearlong lecture series and exhibits highlighting the history of the group.

“Life memberships support the library endowment, which funds a variety of library initiatives and resources, and builds the future of the University Libraries,” said Virginia O’Herron, university librarian.

The lecture series will feature a researcher from each college. Annette Finley-Croswhite, associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Arts and Letters, will deliver the first talk, “Death on the Paris Metro: A Nonfiction Account of a 1937 Murder Mystery,” at 2 p.m. Sept. 26 in room 150 of the Perry Library.

Finley-Croswhite is a French Reformation scholar who has a broad interest in all periods of French history. In the course of a research trip to Paris, she and a fellow researcher came across a note about an unsolved murder that took place in the paris Metro in 1937.

After six years of research, she and her colleague, Gayle Brunelle, are now finishing a book-length manuscript that recounts the incredible life of an Italian beauty named Laetitia Toureaux, part factory worker, part dance hall girl, part undercover sleuth, who ended up losing her life after infiltrating a right-wing terrorist organization known as the Cagoule, whose members were plotting the overthrow of France’s third republic.

The Friends of the Old Dominion University Library exhibit begins Oct. 11 in the Perry Library lobby. A digital version can be found at on the Friends Web page.

The anniversary reception is planned for 4-6 p.m. Oct. 19 at the library. Friends merchandise, including mugs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, postcard books and tote bags, is available for purchase throughout the year in room 229 of Perry Library.

For more information about the 10th anniversary activities, contact Fern McDougal, staff liaison to the organization, at 683-4141 or Back to top

Community Care Day set for Oct. 16
A plethora of volunteer opportunities and activities will distinguish Old Dominion’s second annual Community Care Day. On Oct. 16, volunteers will clean up area neighborhoods, visit local retirement facilities and host a series of events on campus, from seminars on home, lawn and garden care to health care and safety.

Area residents are invited to join ODU volunteers in the cleanup effort. Three shifts – 9:30-11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – are available for the cleanups, which will take place in Highland Park, Lambert’s Point and Larchmont/Edgewater. All registered volunteers will receive a complimentary T-shirt.

For children, there will be activities at the Child Study Center, games on Kaufman Mall and a cheerleading clinic. Other events include an international culture bazaar, oral health screening and child safety seat inspections. All events are free and open to the public. A complete schedule is available at

More than 40 ODU students will also offer their time and talents to Harbour Point Medical and Rehabilitation Center and Village Pointe Senior Housing on Community Care Day. Students in the honor society Phi Eta Sigma and the Honors College will make their third annual visit to Harbour Point Medical and Rehabilitation Center, where they will help serve lunch, deliver mail, clean the grounds and assist in bingo games.

Students in the College of Arts and Letters’ Writers in Community program will visit Village Point Senior Housing, where they will lead residents in creative activities promoting literacy and self-expression through reading and writing.

For more information or to volunteer for the neighborhood cleanups, visit the Community Care Day Web site at or call the Office of Community Relations at 683-5210. Back to top

Author, essayist Richard Rodriguez to speak Oct. 7 for lecture series
Brown is not a primary color like red or blue, author and essayist Richard Rodriguez says. It’s not even a secondary color, like the purple you get by combining those two hues. In fact, to get a really good shade of brown, several colors must be mixed together and when all colors are combined, brown, not black, is the result.

Rodriguez uses color as a metaphor for diversity in America and will bring this unique outlook on race to his President’s Lecture Series address, titled “Brown: The Last Discovery of America” (also the title of his latest book), at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Webb Center cafeteria.

The free talk is in connection with “Creative Migrations: New Writing from the Global Diaspora,” the 27th annual ODU Literary Festival (see Page 5).

Rodriguez is best known for his landmark autobiography, “Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez.” He is also an editor at Pacific News Service and a contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine, U.S. News and World Report and the Sunday “Opinion” section of The Los Angeles Times.

He received a 1997 George Foster Peabody Award for his essays on American life for the PBS program “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.”Other awards include the Frankel Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the International Journalism Award from the World Affairs Council of California. Back to top

Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel will give talk April 7
Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Boston University professor Elie Wiesel has been added to the President’s Lecture Series lineup for 2005.

Wiesel, who was forced to cancel his commencement address here last December due to a snowstorm in the Northeast, is scheduled to speak on campus April 7, according to Louis H. Henry, who coordinates the series. Back to top

Bush appoints Royer to Arctic Research Commission
President Bush has appointed Thomas C. Royer, eminent scholar of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, to the Arctic Research Commission for the remainder of a four-year term expiring Feb. 26, 2008.

Royer, who is also the Samuel L. and Fay M. Slover chair in oceanography, joined ODU’s Center of Coastal Physical Oceanography in 1996. He has been active in long-term oceanographic sampling in the North Pacific and in the vicinity of the Chesapeake Bay to better understand coastal and deep ocean processes. 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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Nobel laureate in physics to lecture Sept. 17 and 18
Nobel Laureate and University of Colorado Distinguished Professor of physics Carl Wieman, who created a new form of matter called the Bose-Einstein condensate, will deliver two lectures on campus on his work at 10 a.m. Sept. 17 and 18. He will also conduct an open forum for K-12 teachers and principals and university students and faculty from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in room 1005 of Constant Hall.

Wieman’s first talk, “Bose-Einstein Condensation: Quantum Weirdness at the Lowest Temperature in the Universe,” at 10 a.m. Sept. 17, will be held in the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

For his second lecture on “The Circuitous Route of a Scientific Discovery,” at 10 a.m. Sept. 18 in room 1002 of Constant Hall, Wieman will trace his 15-year path leading to the first creation of Bose-Einstein condensation in 1995, often considered one of the major discoveries of its decade.

“The path began with an effort to save money on lab equipment and led to the creation of the coldest temperatures ever produced,” said Wieman. “I will focus on the important roles luck, curiosity, poverty and playing had in this research, as well as the importance of the social side of science in determining research directions and success.” Back to top

Groundbreaking is Sept. 26
Gov. Mark R. Warner will speak at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Engineering and Computational Sciences Building Sept. 26. The program will begin at 5 p.m. and conclude with a tour an hour later.

The building is Virginia’s first Leader-ship in Energy and Environmental Design-certified higher education facility. It features energy-efficient architecture, use of recycled materials and air quality management. Back to top

Two profs added to list of highly cited researchers
Duc T. Nguyen and Ahmed K. Noor, professors in the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology, were recently added to’s list of most highly cited researchers.

To make the list an individual must be among the 250 most cited researchers for published articles within a 20-year period. ISI has several categories, which list researchers by their area of expertise. Nguyen and Noor are listed in the engineering category for the time period 1981-1999.

An eminent scholar, Noor is a professor of aerospace engineering and director of the Center for Advanced Engineering Environments. He is a founding member of both the International and U.S. Association of Computational Mechanics and a recipient of the 2000 Distinguished Probabilistic Methods Educator Award of SAE International.

Noor has edited 30 books and authored more than 350 papers in the fields of advanced design and synthesis environment, advanced learning technology, aerospace structures and others. Currently, he is the editor-in-chief of Advances in Engineering Software and the associate editor of Applied Mechanics Review.

Nguyen, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, is the director of ODU’s Multidisciplinary Parallel-Vector Computation Center. A recipient of the Tonelson Faculty Award in 2001, he has conducted several research projects with the NASA-ASEE Summer Programs at Langley Research Center.

Most recently, he completed a project where he was awarded $135,000 to research the parallel domain decomposition formulation and software for large-scale sparse/unsymmetrical 3D aeroacoustics applications. Back to top

Tickets on sale for Brokaw talk at Constant Center
NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw will deliver the opening address here Sept. 26 for COVITS 2004, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Information Technology Symposium.

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, “An Anchorman Looks at the World,” will kick off COVITS 2004, a conference for senior-level executives. It will be held at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott Sept. 26-28. Back to top

BOV elects officers, names three eminent scholars
The Board of Visitors on Sept. 10 elected the following officers for 2004-05: James A. Hixon as rector, Ross A. Mugler as vice rector and Patricia M. Woolsey as secretary.

The board also approved the designation of eminent scholar for three faculty members: William G. Cunningham, professor of educational leadership and counseling; Hani E. Elsayed-Ali, professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Colm T. Whelan, professor of physics.

In other action, the board endorsed the appointment of Andrew Balas as dean of the College of Health Sciences and the award of tenure in the School of Community and Environmental Health. Other appointments approved included those of Jerry Meyers as head baseball coach and Stephen Martin as head wrestling coach.

The board also voted unanimously to extend President Roseann Runte’s contract to 2008 and to give her a 15 percent raise, primarily from private funds. “The entire board is very pleased with your performance,” Hixon said at the meeting. Back to top

Free workshops address study abroad, technology
The Virginia Tidewater Consortium is sponsoring two free workshops over the next month for university faculty. Both will take place at the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center.

“The Role of Faculty in Study Abroad” will be held from 12:30-4 p.m. Sept. 24. “Hope, Not Hype: The Use of Technology in Higher Education,” to be presented by Steve Gilbert, president of the TLT Group, is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 15.

To register contact Kelly Barbour at 683-3183 or
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Applications sought for summer research awards
Tenure-track faculty are invited to apply for 2005 summer research fellowships sponsored by the university. Details are available at

Proposals are due next month, and deadlines will vary by department. Submissions are due in the dean’s offices by Oct. 15. For more information call Lee Furr in the Office of Research at 683-3148. Back to top

Crouch, Pearson named Univ. Professors
William H. Crouch, chair of the Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences, and Kathy Pearson, associate professor of history, were named recently as University Professors by President Roseann Runte.

The designation, which recognizes their outstanding teaching, carries a four-year, $2,500-per-year teaching and professional development stipend. Crouch and Pearson retain the title throughout their tenure with the university.

“Bill Crouch is a teacher par excellence,” said Thomas Isenhour, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “His preparation and enthusiasm for teaching is an inspiration to us all.

“Kathy Pearson teaches by example. She is a lifelong learner who takes her classes to the actual sites where history was made.”

Crouch became department chair in 1998 and, under his leadership, information systems became the largest major in the College of Business and Public Administra-tion. This semester, Crouch is teaching courses on Object-Oriented Programming with Java and Implementing Internet Applications. He was written numerous journal articles and delivered several presentations nationwide.

He received both his doctorate and master’s degree in research and statistical methodology from the University of Northern Colorado. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado.

Pearson has taught at Old Dominion since 1994. This semester, she is teaching courses on the High Middle Ages, Church and Society to 1417, and an honors course, Europe in a World Setting.

She is the author of “Conflicting Loyalties in Early Medieval Bavaria,” the first English-language monograph devoted to the emergence of the early medieval territory of Bavaria. She is currently working on a book project examining the cultural significance of food in late antiquity.

Pearson earned her doctorate in classical and medieval European history from Emory University, her master’s in medieval English literature from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and her bachelor’s in English from Clemson University.

She is a past winner of the College of Arts and Letters’ Robert L. Stern Award for Excellence in Teaching. Back to top

Old Dominion unveils new, streamlined home page
A new Old Dominion University home page was unveiled Sept. 7. The streamlined site incorporates ODU’s new visual identity and slogan, “Changing Lives,” large, bold photos and new features.

In addition, links have been reorganized to improve navigation and the second-tier pages also feature the new look.

“We wanted to make it more attractive, inviting and more easily accessible,” said Maria Ferguson, director of university marketing. “It’s much more functional than before and it now includes an A-Z index, so you don’t have to be familiar with the site to find the information you need. We wanted a clean, fresh look that is not too crowded or busy.”

The Internet Subcommittee of the Marketing Council, which was established by President Roseann Runte in January 2003, conducted the planning and research behind the redesign of the Web site. Members of the subcommittee met with representatives from across the university to determine their needs and future initiatives while establishing standards for the site.

“We’ve given the Web site a facelift, essentially,” said Grace Little, assistant director of computing and communications services (OCCS), who co-chairs the Internet Subcommittee with Scott Harrison, director of information technology for student services. “In the spring, we will restructure the Web and implement new design elements on the college-level sites.”

Victoria Burke, director of publications, created the design and Matthew Sullivan, information technology specialist in the OCCS Web group, crafted the home page and second-tier pages.

The home page features a large, horizontal photo that will change every time the page is refreshed. A new grouping of pictures will be placed in the location quarterly. A “Construction Updates” icon on the redesigned page leads to a site with information and maps about building renovation and construction schedules, as well as the impact of these activities on the campus.

Another new feature on the home page is “Spotlight,” which highlights people, activities and research. This feature will be updated several times throughout the month. The home page also has links to the featured sites myODU and news@ODU.

Load times for the new home page are expected to significantly improve, according to Sullivan. “There will be about a 30 percent improvement in download time on the home page, making it about nine seconds faster on dial-up connections.” Back to top

New portal, myODU, registers 10,000 users
Since going live Feb. 13, the myODU portal has reached a significant benchmark. As of Sept. 8, more than 10,000 faculty, staff and students have registered as myODU portal users.

“We had hoped that the portal would attract at least 5,000 users by the opening week of the fall 2004 term,” said Ann Reid Tatman, project leader for the myODU implementation project. “We are ecstatic that so many in our community are finding the portal an effective way to access a variety of information and services.”

Of the portal offerings, e-mail, Blackboard and Search are the most popular modules. Awareness of the portal has increased recently by highlighting the login page in the computer labs, expanding the MIDAS ID and offering one-click access from the new university home page.

Designed to be a “one-stop shop,” myODU is a single point for access to personal e-mail and calendars, Blackboard, Leo Online, campus announcements, event information, ODU Web site and Internet searches, “To do” lists, quick links to the library, news and entertainment, and more. Users can also personalize, organize and customize their portal page to include resources from on- and off-campus sites.

“With this level of interest, the initial goal of setting a solid foundation to support putting more power in the hands of the user has been met. Now it is time to shift the focus to building on that foundation,” Tatman said.

The myODU portal will continue to grow by introducing new content and functionality on an ongoing basis. A new feature, enabling users to create and populate a personal space or tab section within the portal, was unveiled recently.

The “My Pages” function is the latest offering in a long list of development ideas, Tatman noted, adding, “Bring on the ideas. We see the long list as a positive sign that the portal is becoming a focal point for communication, learning and service at ODU.” Back to top

Five former students win medals at Olympic Games
Five former ODU athletes earned medals at the Summer Olympic Games in Athens, including collegiate sailing All-American Charlie Ogletree ’89, who won the silver medal in the Tornado sailing class.

Anne Donovan ’83, ODU’s leader in career scoring, won a gold medal as an assistant coach with the USA women’s basketball team, while former player and coach Oliver Purnell ’75 took home bronze as an assistant coach with the USA men’s basketball team.

Field hockey standouts Macha van der Vaart and Marina DiGiacomo ’01 won silver and bronze medals for the Netherlands and Argentina, respectively.

Ogletree, who sailed for Old Dominion from 1986-89, teamed with John Lovell for their third straight Olympiad in the Tornado class. The duo finished eighth in 1996 and seventh in 2000 for Team USA.
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Enrollment tops 21,000
Freshman SAT and GPA averages continue to rise
For the second consecutive year and only the third time in university history, Old Dominion has enrolled a freshman class of approximately 2,000. Additionally, the university is poised to set a new enrollment record for the fourth consecutive year, with approximately 21,200 students taking classes for the fall 2004 semester.

In addition to first-year students, the university has enrolled 1,650 transfer students, an increase of 100 over last year.

The university recorded 14,000 undergraduate and graduate applications, up from 13,776 last year. Freshman applications were up 13 percent, and graduate applications up 4 percent. Official fall enrollment numbers will be released in late October.

Among the students accepted for the fall, the university enrolled 526 students with academic distinction – students with a minimum 3.3 high school grade point average and an SAT score of 1180 or above. Over the past four years, Old Dominion has seen a 40 percent increase in the number of students admitted with distinction.

“We measure the quality of our students by a variety of factors,” said Alice McAdory, director of admissions. “This class is an impressive group, with a considerable number of students entering with academic distinction, scholastic achievements and awards, and a well-rounded extracurricular life. Additionally, Old Dominion continues to celebrate diversity, with students hailing from all 50 states and 50 countries.” Back to top

Study abroad jumps 77% in past year
Old Dominion students ventured abroad last year in record numbers. Participation leaped from 150 the year before to 265 in 2003-04, a 77 percent increase. This dramatic rise was most apparent in short-term programs, especially those conducted over spring break. During a 10-day period in March, 81 students traveled to London, Berlin, Scotland and Mexico.

Eight summer programs enrolled a total of 135 students.

Meanwhile, 39 students studied abroad for at least a semester during the 2003-04 academic year. Among these was Jessica Vance, a Presidential Global Scholar, who spent her entire sophomore year in Seville, Spain, on a program administered by the Council on International Education Exchange.

In addition, 10 students took up internships abroad last year, also a record number.

Steve Johnson, Old Dominion’s study abroad director, attributes the dramatic increase to a jump in the amount of scholarship funding available, an increasingly sophisticated outreach by his staff to potential participants, and the dedication of staff and faculty who are increasingly willing to lead programs and otherwise encourage their students to “go international.”

Highlights of the past year included performance tours by ODU choir and theatre troupes, both of which performed in Scotland, the former over spring break and the latter at the annual Edinburgh Theatre Festival in August. A new graduate program in oceanography to Mexico in the spring and 14 individual graduate travel grants also boosted graduate student participation to record levels.

The benefits of study abroad are obvious to those who go abroad. A student who participated in the short-term program in Berlin remarked, “The primary benefit was getting a chance to visit another culture [and to] walk through the hands of time in a city where the history is so rich.”

Katie Throndsen, who studied at Leicester University in the United Kingdom during spring semester, reported that “... the program was fantastic. It allowed me to experience another culture. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.”

Improved second-language ability, greater appreciation for other cultures, greater self-confidence and self-awareness, and stronger motivation for advanced study are among the benefits that students typically cite following a period of study abroad, notes John D. Heyl, executive director of international programs.

National surveys indicate that increasing numbers of entering freshmen hope to study abroad during their college years. Study abroad, already up more than 60 percent over the five years prior to Sept. 11, has resumed its climb following a brief slowdown in the months following the attacks due to interrupted travel service.

This still represents a small number of students overall – perhaps 1 percent nationally. ODU’s participation in the past year represents about 2.5 percent of the full-time undergraduate enrollment on the Norfolk campus, a considerably high number for an urban institution with a large contingent of commuter, nontraditional and working students, Johnson said. Back to top

Study Abroad Fair is Oct. 5 in Webb Center
The Office of Study Abroad will sponsor its biannual Study Abroad Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in the North Mall of Webb Center.

Highlights will include a drawing for a $1,000 study abroad grant. Students in all majors can also get information about scholarships available for study abroad, receive details about spring and summer break programs, and meet with faculty who will be leading study abroad programs and exchange students who have recently studied abroad or are currently on exchange at ODU. Back to top

“Creative Migrations”: Literary Festival opens Oct. 4
Old Dominion will hold its 27th annual Literary Festival, “Creative Migrations: New Writing from the Global Diaspora,” Oct. 4-8.

The festival, which will be headlined by author and essayist Richard Rodriguez’s President’s Lecture Series presentation Oct. 7, will feature a variety of readings, dialogues, workshops and conversations by nationally known authors.

The festival kicks off with a joint reading by authors Mireille Desjarlais-Heynneman and Ron Heynneman at 10 a.m. Oct. 4 in Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center, with the special participation of President Roseann Runte.

Chilean poet/artist/filmmaker Cecilia Vicuna and prose/fiction writer Virgil Suarez will lead a creative writing workshop with students from area schools that day at 1:30 p.m. Suarez will give a reading at
5 p.m. in Chandler, followed by a reception and book signing at 6 p.m. Vicuna will conduct a reading
there at 7 p.m.

More information on the festival is available by calling 683-3991 or on the Web at Books by festival authors will be on exhibit in the lobby of Perry Library.

Other readings and panels scheduled include:

Tuesday, Oct. 5

  • Fiction writer Nahid Rachlin, 10 a.m., Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center
  • ODU faculty, poet Tim Seibles and dramatist Brian Silberman, 3 p.m., Webb Center
  • Writer Josip Novakovich, 8 p.m., Chandler Recital Hall.

Wednesday, Oct. 6

  • Fred d’Aguiar, 10 a.m., Webb Center
  • Panel on “Alternate Diasporas,” featuring Josip Novakovich, Wang Ping and Fred d’Aguiar, 12:30 p.m., Webb Center
  • Poet Wang Ping, 4 p.m., Chandler Recital Hall
  • Novelist Nora Okja Keller, 8 p.m., Chandler Recital Hall
  • Book signing, coffee and cake reception, 9:30 p.m., Diehn Composer’s Room, Diehn Center

Thursday, Oct. 7

  • Dave Hickey, 10 a.m., Chandler Recital Hall
  • Poets Jon Pineda and Aimee Nezukumatathil, 3 p.m., Chandler Recital Hall
  • Author and essayist Richard Rodriguez, 7:30 p.m., Webb Center cafeteria
    Friday, Oct. 8
  • Poet/journalist/filmmaker/photographer Amitava Kumar, 10 a.m., Chandler Recital Hall
  • Memoirist Andre Aciman, 3 p.m., Chandler Recital Hall
  • Poet/novelist/artist Ana Castillo, 8 p.m., Chandler Recital Hall.

For more information call 683-3991. Back to top

Regional, local artists to perform at Choreographers’ Showcase Concerts
The Old Dominion University Dance Program presents the second annual Choreographers’ Showcase Concerts, featuring regional and local artists, at 8 p.m. Sept. 30, 8 p.m. Oct. 2 and 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at the
Jeanne and George Roper Theatre, 340 Granby St., Norfolk.

The Sept. 30 program is a concert of dances by the winners of the second ODU dance competition for choreographers from Hampton Roads. The concert will include Elbert Watson’s powerful solo, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Second Wind Dance Company’s explosive Pick Up and various international dance forms, including flamenco (by Quina Erb), classical Indian dance (from Malini Srirama) and Roman/Gypsy dance (by Chelydra of Newport News). Other modern dance works to be presented are by Todd Rosenlieb, Nikia and Tamika Burks, and Amanda Kinzer.

The Oct. 2-3 concerts will feature dances by the winners of the second ODU dance competition for artists from the mid-Atlantic region. Dances include Martha Connerton’s Duet for Four, a dance for a man, a woman and two chairs, and the energetic Shift by the Flying Lions Dance Company.

Also featured are innovative works by the Second Wind Dance Company, Todd Rosenlieb and the Alban Elved Dance Company. Closing out the show are works from the Prospect Dance Group and Barry Stoneking of 2BTribe. This program, which features artists from Virginia and North Carolina, offers unprecedented exposure to innovations in dance taking place around the region.

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

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Perlman/Schmidt/Bailey Piano Trio take the stage Sept. 27 for Diehn Concert Series
The Perlman/Schmidt/Bailey Piano Trio will open the season for the F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series with a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-flat, “Archduke,” and Brahms’ Piano Trio in B Major at 8 p.m. Sept. 27 in Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The trio, featuring pianist Navah Perlman, cellist Zuill Bailey, and violinist Giora Schmidt, are hailed for their extraordinarily nuanced and compelling performances of the chamber music repertoire. They have traveled to Cuba for a performance of the Beethoven “Triple Concerto” with the National Orchestra of Cuba, and were re-engaged at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival to play the same piece with the Chicago Symphony.

They continue to present energetic and passionate performances at major halls, festivals and universities across America in such cities as San Francisco, Chicago, St. Louis,and Houston.

Tickets are $15 for general admission; $10 for Old Dominion faculty and staff, senior citizens and non-ODU students; and $5 for ODU students. Tickets may be purchased at the Arts and Letters box office in the atrium of the Diehn Center or by calling 683-5305. The concert series is supported by a grant from the Diehn Fund of The Norfolk Foundation. Back to top

War between the sexes gets wild and witty sendup in Charles Mee play, “Big Love”
Described as a wild and witty romp through the battlefield of the war between the sexes, award-winning playwright Charles Mee’s “Big Love” opens at 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Stables Theatre. It is directed by Erlene Hendrix, associate professor of communication and theatre arts.

Considered one of the most original writers on the current theater scene, Mee based his comic play on Aeschylus’ classical tragedy, “The Suppliants,” which tells the story of 50 sisters who flee to Greece in order to avoid a forced marriage to 50 of their cousins.

“Big Love,” however, is updated with modern references, and in Mee’s imaginative treatment becomes an explosively physical and funny play with a serious heart. Woven into the ancient theme of the battle between the sexes are various contemporary issues, all served up with startling visual imagery, music, dance and pop culture references.

The play continues with 8 p.m. performances on Oct. 16 and 20-23, and 2:30 p.m. shows Oct. 17 and 24.

Tickets are $5 for ODU students, $8 for faculty, staff and senior citizens, and $10 for general admission. For reservations call 683-5305. Back to top

Faculty chamber music recital set for Sept. 19
The music department will present a faculty chamber music recital at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 in Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The free program will include works by Bloch, Chopin, Dvorak, Molino, Rachmaninoff and ODU’s own faculty composer Adolphus Hailstork.

Performers include Randy Fisher (viola), Michael Murphy (guitar), Harold Protzman (piano), Leslie Stewart (violin), Patti Watters (flute) and guest cellist Janet Kriner. Back to top

Hailstork, Kasparov win ASCAP awards
Adolphus Hailstork and Andrey Kasparov, faculty members in the music department, recently received annual awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

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Security Task Force to issue recommendations soon

The Old Dominion University Security Task Force, established in December 2003 with the neighboring communities of Highland Park, Lambert’s Point and Larchmont, will issue recommendations for the university and community in the coming weeks, based on data collected and research conducted over the last year.

Many of the task force’s recommendations stress the importance of communication with students living in area neighborhoods, improvement to city infrastructure, and landlord and personal responsibility.

“Part of urban living is keeping your doors and windows locked, having emergency phone numbers handy and participating in neighborhood watches,” said Robert Fenning, vice president for administration and finance.

“We are expanding our crime prevention and security messages to encourage students to be proactive and aware of their environment while stressing the importance of personal responsibility,” added Interim Police Chief William Quinn. The campus police department also has increased the staff of its escort service, which is available to students, faculty and staff from 5:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. daily. Requests for escorts can be made by calling 683-3477.

As the campus continues to grow with student apartments, restaurants, a fitness center and more in the University Village, seven new officers, three police officers and four security officers have been added to ODU’s current force.

“The security officers will do chores like opening and locking down buildings so that more police officers will be available to patrol the growing campus,” said Quinn.

Currently, Old Dominion’s 36 police officers, security officers and communications dispatchers provide 24-hour patrolling, policing and security services, and emergency response for the university campus, and they assist the Norfolk Police Department through a concurrent jurisdiction agreement for a one-square-mile area encompassing portions of the surrounding neighborhoods.

The Rev. Anthony Paige of the First Baptist Church of Lambert’s Point and Fenning co-chaired the Security Task Force, and Cecelia T. Tucker, director of community relations, served as secretary.

Other members included neighborhood civic league presidents Dale Ryder, Ellen Harvey and David O’Dell; neighborhood landlords John Warner and Thanos Polizos; and ODU representatives Dana Burnett, vice president for student services, Quinn and selected faculty and students. Larry Curtis, vice president for student affairs at Norfolk State University, and Quintin Bullock, provost of Tidewater Community College’s Norfolk campus, also participated. Back to top

Nursing school’s Monarch Hospital acquires patient simulators
The School of Nursing was recently awarded $166,000 from Anthem Southeast to create a state-of-the-art intensive care unit within its simulated hospital, Monarch General. Two “Sim-Man” life-like mannequins, capable of giving real-time responses to simulated activities such as starting an IV or performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, have been purchased along with other ICU equipment.

Five faculty members recently attended a training conference, where they worked with Laerdal Corp. representatives who demonstrated mannequin programming and creation of real-life patient care scenerios.

Monarch General is a simulated hospital facility, providing a safe, non-threatening instructional environment.

“Incorporating the sophisticated Sim-Man into the Monarch Hospital and Health Assessment Lab will enable nursing students to develop the skills necessary to provide care to a variety of critically ill patients, both now and in the future,” said Martha Nesselrode, lecturer of nursing. “Faculty will develop testing scenarios to measure the competencies of nursing students.”

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