Old Dominion launches $100 million capital campaign
In addition to honoring former students and community leaders, the Oct. 14 Founders’ Day dinner was the occasion to kick off the public phase of the university’s second capital campaign, “Changing Lives: The Campaign for Old Dominion University.”

With a goal of $100 million, the campaign is designed to provide funding to attract and retain outstanding faculty, bolster student scholarship endowments, enhance campus facilities and offer additional support for university programs.

Campaign leaders joined President Roseann Runte in announcing ODU’s second major fund drive, which has raised more than $65 million to date during its quiet phase. Nearly half of that amount came in the form of a $32 million gift last year – the largest in university history – from Landmark Communications founder Frank Batten, who was honored at the dinner with the new Founders’ Award. He was Old Dominion’s first rector and has been a longtime supporter of the institution.

“No university can exist without private support,” Runte said. “Recent years have proven that we must be assertive and creative in identifying new revenues to ensure that we can continue to offer an excellent, affordable and accessible education. The wonderful work we perform at Old Dominion would never occur without the commitment and selflessness of our donors.”

Richard Ellenberger of Virginia Beach, a 1975 ODU graduate, serves as vice chair of the capital campaign. “I’m convinced Old Dominion University won’t continue into the future, with its tremendous opportunities ahead, without the support of alumni, businesses and the local community. It is a vital key to our success,” he said.

The $100 million campaign is divided into the following major categories:

  • Scholarships – $31.05 million
  • Chairs and Faculty – $26 million
  • Research and Programs – $10 million
  • Facilities – $7.95 million
  • Campaign Priorities – $25 million.

Underscoring the need to increase scholarship endowments, the Office of Development notes that 81 percent of ODU students are eligible for financial assistance, but only 25 percent have their needs fully met.

Among the goals for facilities are $750,000 to renovate the University Theatre; $2 million to add a Clinical Research Center in the College of Health Sciences, which will promote interdisciplinary research, particularly in health promotion and disease prevention; $2.1 million for a tennis center that will include resurfacing outdoor courts and building an indoor complex with up to eight courts; and $250,000 to complete the $1 million goal for the Kornblau Alumni Center.

The capital campaign also hopes to raise $1 million for the University Libraries and $500,000 for the Film and Video Festival. At her State of the University address Aug. 25, Runte announced her gift of $25,000 to the University Libraries fund.

Old Dominion raised $58.28 million in its first capital campaign, which ran from 1996 to 2001. Back to top

Alumni, community leaders, faculty and staff honored on Founders’ Day
The Batten Award and six Distinguished Alumni Awards were among the honors presented to former students during Old Dominion’s annual Founders’ Day dinner Oct. 14 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

Named for Frank and Jane Batten and their family, the Batten Award recognizes individuals or families who, like the Battens, have demonstrated outstanding charitable responsibility toward Old Dominion and whose generosity encourages others to take a philanthropic leadership role in support of the university.

The award was presented to Charles E. Beaver ’76, senior vice president of Burr Computer Environments Inc. in Houston, which specializes in data center construction. Beaver has been with the firm, founded by his son Chip, for 14 years.

During the quiet phase of the current capital campaign, Beaver, through his company, donated an in-kind gift of equipment valued at $1.2 million. The equipment consists of a series of units that maintain electricity during brief power outages, special high-power switches, air-conditioning units made to keep computers cool and dry, and an oil storage tank for powering an emergency generator. The equipment is being used in different campus facilities, including the new Engineering and Computational Sciences Building.

The following ODU graduates received Distinguished Alumni Awards:

Brig. Gen. Kathleen M. Gainey ’78 – Gainey, who earned her bachelor’s degree in special education, is the director for force projection and distribution with the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4, at the Pentagon. A veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Storm, she has earned numerous awards, including the Defense Superior Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters.

H. Lynn Hopewell ’58 – Hopewell, of Warrenton, Va., received his associate degree from the Norfolk Division and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He was ranked as one of the country’s top 60 financial advisers by Worth magazine in 1996. The Wall Street Journal once called him the “dean of retirement counselors in the United States.” He retired in 1999 as chairman for the Monitor Group Inc., an investment advisory firm. He is now a columnist for his local newspaper and is working on five books.

Barry M. Kornblau ’71 – Kornblau, who earned his bachelor’s degree in political science, is chairman and CEO of Summit Realty Group Inc. in Richmond. He is also a real estate broker, a registered apartment manager and a certified property manager. A former member of ODU’s Board of Visitors and Alumni Association board, he currently serves on the Intercollegiate Foundation and Educational Foundation boards. The new Alumni Center was recently named in honor in recognition of his lead gift for the facility.

Michael C. May ’81 – A resident of McLean, Va., May earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration. He joined Freddie Mac, the Federal Home Mortgage Corp., in 1983, where he has held a series of executive-level positions. Currently, he is the senior vice president of mortgage sourcing, operations and funding. He is a certified public accountant and a certified internal auditor.

Dr. Barry S. Segal ’69 – Segal earned his pre-dental bachelor’s degree at ODU and went on to receive a D.D.S. from the Medical College of Virginia’s School of Dentistry. He practices general dentistry at Segal and Rosenstein in Aventura, Fla. He is also an associate faculty member for the L.D. Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education in Key Biscayne, and is the restorative adviser to the Triple Win Study Club.

Doña Storey ’73 – A Virginia Beach resident, Storey received her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is president and CEO of Quality Technical Services Inc., which she founded in 1980. It is an Asian American, 100 percent woman-owned, management consulting company that provides expertise in organization analysis, new business/product launch and mentoring. The firm focuses on 8(a) businesses, woman-owned small businesses, historically underutilized businesses and veteran/disabled businesses.

Also presented on Founders’ Day were the Distinguished Entrepreneurial Award and the ODU Community Service Award.

The Distinguished Entrepreneurial Award went to Brian K. Holland ’93. It is given in recognition of individuals who, through their creative spirit and entrepreneurial leadership, have strengthened the vitality and progress of the Hampton Roads business and educational communities.

Holland entered the mortgage industry immediately after earning his bachelor’s degree. Three years later, he and his partner opened Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group in Virginia Beach. Today, the firm Holland serves as president employs a staff of more than 275 and has offices in four states. Inc. Magazine has named Atlantic Bay as one of the 500 fastest-growing private companies and it has been recognized as the best mortgage company in Virginia Beach.

Three university employees and a recent graduate were honored with the new ODU Community Service Award, which recognizes the contributions of faculty, staff and student leaders.

Ken Gideon, assistant director of licensing and special events coordinator and a 1993 ODU graduate, was honored for his work in helping plan the university’s second annual Community Care Day and for his role in increasing retail sales of Monarch merchandise. As a student, he helped found the Commuter Student Union and the Delta Chi fraternity chapter.

Jennifer Kingsley, coordinator for off-campus students and supervisor of the Campus Information Center and Office of Event Management, was honored for her work in overseeing the campus volunteer programs, which includes co-advising the ODU Relay for Life event. She also assisted in coordinating the first Community Care Day.

Jason Redman, a 2004 graduate who served as student battalion commanding officer of Hampton Roads Naval ROTC his final semester, was recognized for his lead role in establishing the Run for Freedom. Approximately 700 ODU, community and military members participated in the April 3 campus event, which raised more than $27,000 for the families of service men and women killed in the War on Terror.

Allen Sandler, associate professor of early childhood, speech-language pathology and special education, was honored for his humanitarian work in central Vietnam. After learning of the need there for educational opportunities for children with disabilities, he enlisted the help of a Swiss organization, and in cooperation with Hampton Roads residents, raised approximately $54,000 to build a school for these children. With funding from the Northern Virginia-based firm Diversified Educational Systems, he also established the first special education teacher training program in central Vietnam.

Also presented during the program was the Albert B. “Buck” Gornto Regional Service Award, which went to Harvey L. Lindsay Jr., chairman of NAI Harvey Lindsay, Commercial Real Estate Services. The late “Buck” Gornto graduated from Old Dominion in 1957 and served on the Board of Visitors for eight years in the 1970s. The TELETECHNET Center is named in his memory.

Lindsay’s community service is legendary in Hampton Roads, and includes current board memberships with the Tidewater Scholarship Foundation, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance and Norfolk State University Foundation. A former member of the ODU Real Estate Center board, he also co-chaired the Major Gifts Committee for ODU’s first capital campaign.

Town-N-Gown Community Service Awards were presented to representatives of the American Red Cross of Southeastern Virginia, Dominion Virginia Power and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. Back to top

Volunteer options expanded for Community Care Day
Due to the overwhelming support of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community residents, more than 450 volunteers have registered for the Community Care Day neighborhood cleanup Oct. 16.

Organizers are expanding volunteer opportunities to include special community service projects at the Virginia Zoo, Stockley Gardens Arts Festival, Larchmont Library, the American Cancer Society and ODU. Registered volunteers interested in any of these events in lieu of the cleanup should e-mail Steve Crawford at

Each volunteer will receive a T-shirt and $5 coupon good toward a meal in Webb Center Oct. 16 thanks to support from the ODU offices of Community Relations, Administration and Finance, Institutional Advancement and University Events. Back to top

Benefits Fair set for Oct. 27 in Webb Center
Representatives of vendors, agencies and departments that provide benefits to ODU employees will be in Webb Center Oct. 27 for the ninth annual Benefits Fair, sponsored by the Department of Human Resources.

Tables will be set up from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the North Mall, and door-prize drawings will be held throughout the day.

The following will have representatives at the fair: American Express Financial Advisors, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, AXA/Equitable, Colonial Life and Accident, CommonHealth, Fidelity Investments, HACE, Legal Resources, Lincoln Financial Advisors, MassMutual, Met Life, ODU Credit Union, Student Health Center, Social Security Administra-tion, TIAA-CREF, AIG VALIC and the Virginia Retirement System. Back to top

Registrar’s office moves to Office of Academic Affairs
The registrar’s office has been transferred to the Office of Academic Affairs from the Office Administration and Finance.

This more closely aligns the office with academic policies, procedures, and day-to-day operations, President Roseann Runte said. In addition, the registrar, under the leadership of Thomas Isenhour, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and with the assistance of faculty committees, will look seriously at scheduling across the university and at student retention rates. Coordination of scheduling will support the strategic plan goal of using resources to the best advantage, Runte said. Back to top

ODU will host forum on India in November
Old Dominion will host an India Forum Nov. 18-20, featuring Indian music, film and dance, as well as guest speakers.

Featured speakers will represent the University of Delhi, Jamia Millia Islamia, the Indian Institute of Science, the Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore), the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur), the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Back to top

Sexual Assault Awareness Week keynote address is Oct. 27
John Foubert, president of NO MORE and an assistant professor at the College of William and Mary, will give a talk on “Harnessing the Power of Our Collective Voice to End Rape” Oct. 27 as the keynote address for ODU’s observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Week.

Sponsored by the Women’s Center, the Men’s Center Without Walls and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, the free talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Hampton/Newport News Room of Webb Center. Back to top

VTC offers free workshops for faculty Oct. 22, Nov. 4
ODU faculty can take advantage of two free workshops on teaching in the coming weeks, sponsored by the Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education.

“Successful Teaching Evaluation Programs” will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk. This highly interactive training workshop will focus on student ratings of instruction and the teaching portfolio, as well as examine new lessons learned about what works and what doesn’t.

“Teaching for Retention of Learning” will be presented from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 4 at WHRO-TV in Norfolk. Topics covered will include advance organizing, clear objectives, focusing questions, organized input and active reception.

The registration deadlines for the workshops are Oct. 20 and Nov. 3, respectively. To register or for more information send an e-mail to Back to top

Show promotes diversity with humor, poetry, music
Acts ranging from comedy to poetry to music will take the stage Nov. 6 for “Cipher v5.0: Wordplay.”

Designed to promote multicultural awareness, the show will feature two nationally known performers, as well as local talent. It begins at 6:30 p.m. in room 104 of the Batten Arts and Letters Building.

Headlining the program will be Regie Cabico, a gay Asian spoken-word artist from New York, and Joey Guila, an Asian American comedian from Los Angeles. Cabico has been featured on the PBS series “In the Life” and was the winner of MTV’s “Free Your Mind” competition. Guila recently toured with Latham Entertain-ment’s “Original Kings of Comedy” and has been seen on VH1’s “A2Z.”

Tickets are $5, with a $1 discount if two cans of food are brought to the show. For tickets, contact Angeline Fontimayor at The show is sponsored by the Filipino American Student Association, Asian Pacific American Student Union, Multicultural Student Services and Minds About Progress. Back to top

Luncheon fund-raiser will honor Robert Stanton
The College of Business and Public Administration will host a women’s luncheon

Nov. 10 to honor well-known Hampton Roads real estate developer and ODU alumnus Robert M. Stanton for his championship and mentorship of women in business.

Proceeds from the luncheon and gift contributions will be donated to the Robert M. Stanton Chaired Professorship in Real Estate and Economic Development at ODU.

Stanton’s recent planned gift of $1.5 million kicked off the campaign to create a $4.5 million endowment for the chair.

Tickets for the noon luncheon at the Ted Constant Convocation Center are $100. For reservations call 683-3520. Back to top

Student chapter honored
The ODU chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society won the Outstand-ing Student Chapter award at the annual HFES meeting in New Orleans. The award was based on overall performance, participation in National Ergonomics Month and organization of Student Career and Professional Development Day.

The ODU group earned a second award, “Best NEM Implementation Plan,” for its involvement in National Ergonomics Month. Back to top

Faculty, Wives and Friends to meet at President’s House
President Roseann Runte and her mother, Anna O’Reilly, will host the annual fall reception for the Faculty, Wives and Friends group Nov. 1 at their home.

The reception, from 4:30-6 p.m., is open to new faculty wives and new women faculty, administrators and staff. The organization has a variety of interest groups, and members will be on hand to provide information about the year’s activities.

To RSVP or for more information contact Ann Bohannon at 426-0237 or Back to top

A look at Hampton Roads: State of the Region report designed to stimulate thought, discussion
Old Dominion’s fifth annual State of the Region report examines a wide spectrum of issues, ranging from the regional economy to the Virginia Symphony. Published by the Regional Studies Institute, the report also looks at how Hampton Roads compares with other regions, polls residents on what they regard as the area’s most serious problems, and discusses the pros and cons of electricity deregulation.

In addition, the 110-page report examines the role and influence of African American legislators in Hampton Roads and develops the region’s first Quality of Life Index.

James V. Koch, Board of Visitors Professor of Economics and Professor Emeritus, oversaw the production of the report, which received financial support from the university and a number of local organizations and individuals. Koch notes that the report does not constitute an official viewpoint of the university.

“Our State of the Region reports have the modest goal of stimulating thought and discussions that ultimately will make Hampton Roads an even better place to live,” he said. “We are proud of our region’s many successes, but realize it would be possible to improve our performance. Yet, in order to do so, we must have accurate information about ‘where we are’ and a sound understanding of the policy options available to us.”

The 2004 report is divided into six parts. Among its findings are:

  • The regional economy continues to excel. In 2004, the Hampton Roads economy will grow about 4.7 percent, the highest rate since 1987. Almost three-quarters of this growth is due to increased expenditures by the Department of Defense.
  • Per capita income in Hampton Roads has been rising and, after the cost of living is factored in, now stands at about 6 percent of above the national average. This is a startling reversal from the late 1990s. Housing prices here continue to be lower than the national average, as is the overall cost of living. And while the region gets high marks in terms of cultural amenities, it founders with regard to several measures of educational attainment.
  • The results of a stratified, random poll of 1,189 Hampton Roads residents reveal that they believe traffic congestion and crime are the most important problems facing the region. Based on their responses to many questions, a Quality of Life Index has been developed for Hampton Roads and its individual cities and counties. Not surprisingly, not all are equally satisfied, and several interesting differences between cities are apparent. For example, African Americans maintain much less favorable views of law enforcement in the region than Caucasians.
  • The Virginia Symphony Orchestra ranks well when compared to orchestras in regions of similar size and wealth, and in maestro JoAnn Falletta boasts a distinguished musical director, but the symphony has accumulated a debt of approximately $2 million. Determined fund raising may reduce this debt, but the VSO’s ultimate challenge is to attract a larger and more diverse clientele.
  • The Virginia General Assembly has voted to deregulate electricity in Virginia, but has delayed critical parts of this process until 2010 at the earliest. Recently, the state seems to have lost some of its stomach for deregulation. Nationally, deregulation usually is associated with lower electricity prices; however, there are notable exceptions. Virginia’s electricity prices currently are not high by national standards.
  • While African Americans comprise more than three of every 10 residents of Hampton Roads, only recently has this population translated into a large number of elected representatives in the General Assembly. This year, there are eight elected African American legislators in Richmond who claim Hampton Roads as their home. The report explores their power and influence, noting that many do not yet possess the seniority to wield extensive influence, particularly in a Republican-dominated statehouse.

Copies of the State of the Region report are available by contacting Koch at Back to top

ODU goes the distance for Army alum in Kuwait
Old Dominion recently put its extensive distance learning technologies to very special use in supporting one of its own serving on the front lines.

Following an alert from M.B.A. Program Director Bruce Rubin, ODU’s Military Activities and Distance Learning teams coordinated a live broadcast Sept. 18 between the university and Camp Arifjan in Kuwait to celebrate the promotion of Army Maj. Charles Stribling (M.B.A. ’85).

During the broadcast, Stribling, a reservist who has been deployed overseas for nine months with an Army Finance Group, was able to link with wife, Alissa, in the Gornto Center studio, where she and friends observed the colorful ceremony.

She was able to converse extensively with her husband during the one-hour broadcast, prior to heading off to her own M.B.A. class on campus. President Roseann Runte was on hand for the telecast to extend congratulations on behalf of the university.

Following the broadcast, Dick Whalen, ODU’s director of military activities, summed up the proceedings this way: “Cost to Old Dominion for TV connection to Kuwait: Charge for a local telephone call. Value to family and university: Priceless.” Back to top

Astronomer Robert Kirshner here Nov. 4 for lecture series
Robert Kirshner, author of “The Extravagant Universe: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy and the Accelerating Cosmos,” will give a President’s Lecture Series address at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building.

Science Magazine named Kirshner’s work on the acceleration of the universe the “Science Breakthrough of the Year” for 1998. That same year he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Kirshner is a professor of astronomy at Harvard University and an associate director of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He has written 200 research papers dealing with supernovae, the large-scale distribution of galaxies, and the size and shape of the universe.

A frequent public lecturer on science, Kirshner received his doctorate in astronomy from California Institute of Technology. He teaches a course called Matter in the Universe to undergraduate students at Harvard. The vivid (and sometimes slightly hazardous) demonstrations in his class led to his being featured in Boston Magazine’s October 1998 article on “Nutty Professors.” Kirshner is president of the American Astronomical Society and has also written for National Geographic, Natural History, Scientific American and Sky & Telescope.

Kirshner graduated from Harvard in 1970 and received his doctorate in astronomy at California Institute of Technology four years later. After working at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tucson and the University of Michigan, he joined the Harvard astronomy department in 1986. Back to top

View the lunar eclipse on campus Oct. 27
Bruce Hanna, director of ODU’s Pretlow Planetarium, and members of the Student Physics Society will have an array of telescopes and binoculars on hand the night of Oct. 27 for observing a total lunar eclipse.

Members of the campus community and general public are invited to visit the planetarium grounds from 8:30-11 p.m. to get a close-up look at the eclipse.

Hanna suggests calling 683-4108 the evening of Oct. 27 to see if weather conditions will be favorable. Back to top

CCPO prof makes big media splash during 2004 hurricane season

This year’s volatile hurricane season has kept one ODU faculty member quite busy. Robert Tuleya, an adjunct professor in the Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography, has been quoted by news agencies in more than 17 articles since Sept. 3.

Tuleya has been featured in The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, Bloomberg News, Contra Costa Times, Star Telegram, Florida Today, Strait Times, Fort Worth Star, Pioneer Press, Canton Repository, Trinidad and Tobago Press, Richmond Times-Dispatch and Virginian-Pilot.

After 31 years with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), Tuleya retired and joined Old Dominion in 2003. While at GFDL, he worked in various positions in the Hurricane Dynamics Group, initially as a research associate, and eventually became the group head.

He still works with NOAA, maintaining and updating the GFDL forecast system, which provides forecast guidance for the National Hurricane Center and the U.S. Navy. Tuleya also is working with a consortium of groups, including NOAA, the National Weather Service and several universities, to develop a new hurricane model called the Hurricane Weather and Research Forecast System. This system will incorporate the hurricane and climate models of the GFDL and add a research model. It is scheduled to be functional in 2008.

The model will use research from several universities to help forecasters more accurately make predictions. Much of Tuleya’s own research has shown that the intensity of storms is increasing, both in their wind speed and amount of rain. He recently published a paper in the Journal of Climate describing his findings.

Tuleya first published papers in the 1970s, mainly in the area of theoretical work, while developing the GFDL model. It became so realistic that NOAA funded its operation in 1995. Since Tuleya and others started tracking and modeling storms in the ’70s, accuracy has improved from 400 nautical miles to 200 nautical miles. Back to top

Who's Who: Deborah Waller, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
A funny thing happened on the way to the anthill. Deborah Waller fell in love – with science.

Passionate about nature since childhood, the associate professor of biology has done everything from mucking cow stalls to analyzing the foraging behavior of leaf-cutting ants.

After graduating from college, she worked for a brief time at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and fondly remembers feeding calves from bottles when the lab was testing the effects of colostrum on calf weight gain.

But it was not until 1977, while working on her dissertation on leaf-cutting ants, that she fell in love with science. “Science allowed me to get closer to nature than I could as just an observer,” she explained. “Also, science combined all my favorite activities, such as reading, editing, observing and photographing animals, writing, speaking to groups, learning new concepts and techniques, designing experiments and fleshing out ideas with colleagues.”

The most treasured possession in her office is, in fact, her dissertation. “Working on my dissertation was an intense and all-involving experience, and when I look at the printed copy now, I recall the excitement and pure pleasure of those days. I want my own graduate students to experience the same kind of enthusiasm and connection to their research,” said Waller, who has taught at ODU since 1989.

She considers her greatest personal and professional accomplishment the role she has played in mentoring her master’s and doctoral students “through the rigors of research to the glory of graduation.”

– Michelle Nery

College degrees: B.S. in zoology, 1973, George Washington University; Ph.D. in zoology, 1982, University of Texas, Austin

Birth date: Sept. 12, 1949

Hometown: Nyack, N.Y.

Pets: Include an ancient beagle named Gumbo who rules my life

Pet peeve: Exploitation of the helpless

Favorite place on campus: My lab – it’s full of insects, books and research possibilities

Most memorable campus experience: Talking to Dr. Lynn Margulis before her President’s Lecture Series talk. She simply explodes with ideas.

Whom I most admire at ODU: Dr. Kneeland Nesius. He is the most helpful and compassionate person I’ve ever met.

Last book read: “Mystic River”

Favorite movie: “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Favorite quotation: “Don’t mess with Texas” (from my graduate school days)

Activities and organizations outside ODU: Animal rescue, International Union for the Study of Social Insects and Ecological Society of America

Favorite song: “Wild World” by Cat Stevens

Idea of the perfect day off: Exploring nature preserves

Hobbies: Reading, gardening for wildlife, and yoga

Favorite TV show: “Newshour with Jim Lehrer”

Favorite meal: Anything vegan

Vice: Buying a Lotto ticket now and then

Favorite sport: I am not a sports enthusiast

Last vacation: No vacations, just scientific meetings. The last one was in Georgia.

Favorite area restaurant: Nawab

Last smart thing I did: Took on a new teaching assignment. It was very invigorating!

Last dumb thing I did: Tried to reason with an unreasonable person.

Profession I might like to attempt: Writing – nonfiction, fiction and poetry

Appropriate epitaph: She prevailed against injustice.Based on Carpenter’s findings, a good place to look may well be in the waters off the Philippine Islands. Back to top

Distance learning with a twist: Don Zeigler’s lectures from the road give students head start in his Cultural Geography class

Old Dominion’s TELETECHNET system may connect teachers and students around the world, but Don Zeigler, professor of political science and geography, added his own spin to distance learning this summer.

In August, Zeigler filed dispatches from the road during a trip abroad for his fall-semester, large-lecture Cultural Geography class. Using Blackboard’s e-mail function, he wrote letters to his students, or “lectures from the field,” to give them an early glimpse of the course. He wrote from cities in Scotland, England and Poland about the people and places he saw. “I ... wish you were here with me, learning geography the way it should be learned – on the soles of your feet,” he said in his first letter.

By their initial class meeting this semester, most students had already gotten a number of lessons in geography, culture, history and current events, all of which served to pique their interest and offer a foreshadowing of what was to come in their fall class, just from reading their e-mail.

“I am always amazed at what is possible now – things we couldn't even dream of 25 years ago when I started teaching at ODU,” Zeigler said.

While in Glasgow, Zeigler wrote about one of the city’s streets, Virginia Street, which was named for trade with Virginia during the 1600s and 1700s and at the time represented immense prosperity to the city. Likewise, a place he stayed in Glasgow was on Jamaica Street, named for the Caribbean nation whose exports of sugar and rum once filled the city’s warehouses.

Glasgow, like Norfolk, is on a tidal river – the Clyde – connected to the sea, Zeigler observed. Like Newport News, Glasgow is, or used to be, a major shipbuilding city that once had 60 shipyards lining the Clyde, he wrote his students. Today, only four are left. For almost 200 years, however, Glasgow launched an average of three ships per week.

From England, inspired by London’s city wall, which was built by the Romans in 200 AD, he filed a thought-provoking mini-treatise on walls, with references to the Great Wall of China, the wall Israel has been building, a U.S.-proposed missile shield – and even firewalls in computers. A bit later in his missive, he asked, “Is it possible to build walls anymore when ideas and information can flow so freely around the Earth?”

Change was an ongoing theme in Zeigler’s dispatches. Poland over the past 15 years has been erasing every trace of its Communist past and bringing back the days of Polish royalty, days when Krakow was the capital and a time when Poland was at its peak of political and economic power, Zeigler wrote, much like the process going on all over post-Communist eastern Europe.

“What they (the Poles) are substituting are memories of their golden age, when they were a proud and independent nation. That means bringing back kings and palaces.”

Zeigler also wrote about Krakow’s famous son, Carol Wojtyla, who is now better known as Pope John Paul II.

“From a geographer’s point of view, the cultural landscape of southern Poland in general, and Krakow in particular, shaped the man which Carol Wojtyla was to become. We are all the product of our geographies, the places that shaped us, but we never have to succumb to their dictates.” Back to top

Music, art and drama among cultural offerings at ODU in coming weeks
University Gallery
The University Gallery opens “Balloons,” recent work by Ed Gibbs, director of Tidewater Community College’s Visual Arts Center in Portsmouth, with a reception at 7 p.m. Oct. 16. The show runs through Nov. 21. The exhibition and reception are free.

Gibbs premieres a collection of his new, type C photographic prints. His work is influenced by memento mori, a form of image that urges the viewer “to remember your death.” In this body of work, he uses balloons as the subject. Typically festive, colorful and celebratory, their shapes – inflated, turgid or flaccid – are clearly evocative of anatomical parts and sometimes sadly illustrate waning vigor.

The University Gallery, 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.

Diehn Concert Series
The Baltimore Consort, a sextet of virtuoso Renaissance musicians, and jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany will perform for the F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series in the coming weeks. Both performances, on Oct. 18 and Nov. 8, respectively, will begin at 8 p.m. in Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Center.

The group has explored English, Scottish and French popular music, focusing on the relationship between folk music, art song and dance. The performers’ interest in early music of English/Scottish heritage has also led them to delve into the rich trove of traditional music preserved in North America.

Mahogany will perform with the John Toomey Trio. With a creative diversity that encompasses blues, soul, gospel and jazz, he has proven to be, according to the Los Angeles Times, “one of the first truly gifted male vocalists to emerge in years.”

Tickets are $15 general admission; $10 for faculty and staff, and senior citizens; and $5 for ODU students. They may be purchased by calling 683-5305 or at the door.

Stables Theatre
Described as a wild and witty romp through the battlefield of the war between the sexes, Charles Mee’s “Big Love” opens 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Stables Theatre. It is directed by Erlene Hendrix, associate professor of communication and theatre arts. The play also runs at 8 p.m. Oct. 16 and 20-23, and at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and 24.

“The Shivers,” a Playtime Theatre production written and directed by Frankie Little Hardin, will have three shows at the Stables Theatre: 7 p.m. Oct. 29, 11 a.m. Oct. 30 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Tickets are $3 for children and $5 for adults.

For tickets to either show, call 683-5305. Appropriate epitaph: I haven’t lived enough to know how that should read. Back to top

Contributions of radical reformers to field of education explored in new book by Berube
When choosing a topic for his 11th scholarly book, Maurice R. Berube, eminent scholar emeritus of educational leadership, chose to memorialize the contributions of radicals to the field of education.

No one had ever undertaken such a project and Berube, a self-described “leftist in education” who was a member of the Socialist Party in the 1960s while working with teachers unions in New York City, decided he was the person to do it.

The result is “Radical Reformers: The Influence of the Left in American Education” (Information Age Publishing).

Radicals have influenced education for many years, Berube said. Years ago, while writing education pieces for the party newspaper, New America, and for socialist journals like New Politics, Berube became acquainted with radicals such as Michael Harrington and leaders of the Civil Rights movement like Bayard Rustin. John Dewey, whom Berube regards as the father of American education, also considered himself a democratic socialist, and the American Federation of Teachers/AFL-CIO was rife with socialists and communists.

In his book, Berube profiles three of the era’s top critical theorists in education: Stanley Aronowitz, Henry Giroux and Michael Apple. Berube, who has been close with Aronowitz for more than 30 years, said he has had the most influence in American education through his many books .

“Giroux sees the school as a battleground for ideas to reconstruct democracy in America,” Berube said. “All three theorists can claim a direct lineage to Dewey, who saw the school as a tool for improving society. The critical theorists have an updated, revised Marxism that takes into account gender inequities.”

Berube concludes his book with an essay on the parameters of educational history, noting what he regards as the three great reform movements in education. He writes in his essay that “there has been a legacy of the left in American education that benefits America’s schoolchildren.”

– James J. Lidington
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Tuesdays with MacCormack: A student looks back fondly on his encounters with a former professor of music

Some people can go through their entire life and never meet anyone who profoundly changes them. For me, there have been two such people: the first being my grandmother, who, in her sweet, angelic way, molded me into the person I am today. The second person was an older gentleman whom I would grow to respect and revere.

When I was a freshman at Old Dominion University in the fall of 1998, I got a job as a lifeguard at the Health and Physical Education Building pool. I began to notice an older gentleman who would come in and swim seemingly endless laps. He stood out because it looked as though he was drowning when he swam. However, this 79-year-old man continued swimming. As I watched him swim, he inspired me. I would often think to myself that when I get to be his age, I hope to be in as good of a shape.

As the semester progressed, we started to talk to each other. I learned that Dr. John MacCormack was an ODU emeritus professor of music and that he had been a sailor in World War II, nearly losing his life on more that one occasion. As he talked, I would sit in awe listening to how he narrowly escaped with his life in this battle and that battle.

His views on issues were never moderate. He was all or nothing. And he had vitriol for those who considered themselves elitists. He would often get into verbal quarrels with a group of professors that came to the gym with him. On more than one occasion he offended them to the point of them not speaking to him for a day or two. He would tell me that “they needed that,” so they would never forget who they were.

Our conversations would go on for more than an hour after he finished his laps. Always after he finished his laps. In my freshman year, I ran for president of the student body. The election was supposed to be a landslide: in one corner, me, a little-known freshman, pitted against a man who was editor of The Laureate, a long-time student senator and faculty favorite. Even though I lost, and only by 33 votes I might add, Dr. MacCormack’s advice to me helped make a one-sided election very close. He always stressed the importance of honesty. “Others will see through deception,” he would tell me. He tried to inculcate the importance of virtue and truth – life lessons that any candidate for office should have.

Toward the end of that semester, he began to tell me of the book he was writing. The working title escapes me, but even at his age he was searching for the meaning of life. He was searching for where the soul was. Where was it conceived? How? And who orchestrated it?

Among his most memorable quotes to me was, “You can never fully understand a woman.” As a freshman, I was in desperate need of any advice concerning women, and I hung on every word. He compared a woman’s personality to the wearing of seven veils. He said she only lets you see two or three, but the others will always remain a mystery.

My semester with Dr. MacCormack taught me so much. When I returned to school in the fall of 2000, a professor told me the good doctor had died in June. The news hit me like a ton of bricks. Up until that point I had not been aware of the impact he had made upon me. I still expected to see him swimming up and down the pool.

Today, I no longer work at the H&PE pool, I am not desperate for advice about women (I would like to think I am now more confident in that area) and my time with Dr. MacCormack is only a memory. The brief time I did spend with him was, as my fraternity hymn says, “imbued with memories fond.” Four years have now passed since his death, but his knowledge – the little bit he imparted to me – still lingers. I will always remember the good doctor. I will always remember Dr. John MacCormack.

Andrew Lee, who first enrolled at Old Dominion in 1998, is now a junior communication major and a member of the National Guard. He expects to receive his bachelor’s degree in fall 2005. Back to top

“So it is encouraging to turn to Steve A. Yetiv’s ‘Crude Awakenings,’ a book that is as smart, practical and convincing as the other two are utopian. Mr. Yetiv, a professor of political science at Old Dominion, argues that while trade and ‘dependency’ may put nations into conflict, it also pulls them together.” (excerpt from a book review)

– “Bookshelf: It fuels a debate, too”
The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 15

For a storm like Ivan, “Ten years ago we would have been alerting the whole gulf coast and the southeast Atlantic coast.” (Robert Tuleya, adjunct professor, Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography)

– “But where is it going?”
The New York Times, Sept. 14

“It’s documented that a lot of Southern Ocean whale populations are associated with the boundary and feed along the boundary. It wouldn’t be too surprising if penguins do the same thing.” (Eileen E. Hofmann, professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences)

– “Penguin decline due to global warming?”
National Geographic News, Sept. 13

“It’s a partisan activity where there are people rooting for a team. That creates a sense of conflict. When we’re both partisan and drunk or drinking, it really puts us in our worst behavior.” (Donald H. Smith, associate professor of sociology and criminal justice)

– “Celebrations turned altercations”
The Washington Post, Sept. 11

“It was just too hot to touch. They’re not in it to make social messages, they’re in it to make money. And there are so many other ways to make money. Why take the chance?” (Gary R. Edgerton, chair of communication and theatre arts, on Disney’s refusal to distribute “Fahrenheit 9/11”)

– “Few films deal with Sept. 11 tragedy”
Tacoma News Tribune, Sept. 10

“My favorite principle is ‘Connect before you correct.’ All children need to be connected to at least one adult; it is their life line.” (Katharine C. Kersey, chair of early childhood, speech-language pathology and special education, in a guest article)

– “101s: A guide to positive discipline”
Tidewater Women, September

“Women tend to take it on themselves and say: ‘I need to try harder to please him. I’m doing something wrong.’ They beat up on themselves. Many men will tend to lash out, try to seize control of the situation so they don’t have to feel they’re inadequate.” (Nina W. Brown, eminent scholar of educational leadership and counseling)

– “Living with ol’ green eyes”
Rocky Mountain News, Aug. 21

“The claim is interesting but impossible to verify until researchers who test the drink publish a peer-reviewed paper on their findings. “The theory is good. There have been several studies suggesting that a carbohydrate/protein mix could improve” the rate at which the body refuels and repairs muscles. (Melvin H. Williams, eminent scholar emeritus of exercise science, sport, physical education and recreation)

– “Dutch athletes hope protein drink will give them an edge at Olympics”
canada.comNews Aug. 18

“While global oil markets are complex, we can boil them down in terms of market demand, supply and psychology.” (Steve A. Yetiv, professor of political science, an op-ed)

– “Oil prices caught in a global storm of angst”
International Herald Tribune, Aug. 14
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