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Cynthia Jones is named Va. Professor of the Year
Cynthia Jones, professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, was honored Nov. 17 as the 2004 Virginia Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

She joins Karen Polonko, professor of sociology and criminal justice, and Robert Lee Kernell, professor emeritus of physics, as the third ODU faculty member to receive this honor.

“Dr. Jones is a scholar of national reputation and representative of the outstanding faculty we have throughout the commonwealth of Virginia,” said Gov. Mark R. Warner. “As the 2003 Virginia Scientist of the Year, Dr. Jones and her research contributions and teaching excellence at Old Dominion University are well known to me. She is an invaluable member of the academic community.”

The purpose of the awards program is to recognize the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country. This year there were winners in 47 states chosen from a group of nearly 400 of the nation’s top professors.

Jones, an eminent scholar and director of the Center for Quantitative Fisheries Ecology, joined Old Dominion in 1986. In addition to teaching and advising students in five courses, she is an international pioneer in fisheries ecology. She developed new techniques to accurately determine the age of fish by studying their ear bones, or otoliths, which have daily and annual rings similar to trees. She also pioneered a chemical analysis technique that can determine where a particular fish was hatched and what waters it has inhabited since. Because of her work, scientists can now identify essential fish habitats and determine which ones provide better living conditions.

A Fulbright scholar, Jones is a member of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, and the first fisheries scientist to serve on the commission in its 125-year history. She was named one of Virginia’s Outstanding Scientists of 2003 by Gov. Warner. She recently received a nearly $200,000 Virginia Sea Grant to work on a project titled “How Essential Fish Habitat Influences Population Structure for Spotted Seatrout, Cynoscion Nebulosus, with Special Emphasis on Chesapeake Bay.”

CASE established the Professors of the Year program in 1981 and the Carnegie Foundation became a co-sponsor a year later. Back to top


101st commencement set for Dec. 19
Gov. Mark R. Warner will address more than 2000 graduates at ODU’s 101st Commencement Dec. 19, at the Ted Constant Convoca-tion Center.

The ceremony, which begins at 1:30 p.m., will recognize graduates from the university’s six academic colleges: Arts and Letters, Business and Public Administration, Education, Engineering and Technology, Health Sciences and Sciences.

The 69th governor of Virginia, Warner was inaugurated in January 2002. During his term, he has launched comprehensive state government reforms and implemented innovative, low-cost programs to increase student achievement and accountability in public schools through his Education for a Lifetime initiative.

Six ODU graduates will be recognized as outstanding scholars at commencement. At a luncheon Dec. 18, the Alumni Association presented them Outstanding Scholar Awards, given to the student with the highest grade point average in each college. Also recognized at the luncheon were the ODU faculty members who most inspired the students.

The top scholars and their inspirational faculty members are:

  • Arts and Letters – Mary Elizabeth Thorn of Virginia Beach, a criminal justice major with a 3.95 GPA (Diane Carmody, associate professor of sociology and criminal justice);
  • Business and Public Administration – Michelle Mae Sucgang of Virginia Beach, an information technology major with a 3.96 GPA (Kathryn Strozak, instructor of information technology);
  • Education – Kathy A. Morgan of Virginia Beach, a human services counseling major with a 4.0 GPA (Paula Justice, instructor of counseling);
  • Engineering and Technology – Michael Gerard Shannon of Virginia Beach, an engineering technology major with a 4.0 GPA (John Hackworth, associate professor of engineering technology);
  • Health Sciences – Lori Suzanne Filer of Virginia Beach, a nursing major with a 4.0 GPA, (Ann Campbell, professor of nursing); and
  • Sciences – Sarah A. Parrish of Hampton, a mathematics major with a 3.99 GPA (Przemyslaw Bogacki, associate professor of mathematics and statistics). Back to top

Shops opening soon in University Village
BY CINDY MACKEY

The ODU Real Estate Foundation has announced that the first three leases have been executed at The Shops at University Village. Boar’s Nest Bar Bistro, Port City Java and Perfectly Frank are the first of many anticipated restaurants and shops to lease space in the 75-acre mixed-use development behind the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

These first three leases, together with a university fitness center and ODU’s public safety office, occupy space within the 50,000 square feet of ground-level retail space on Monarch Way. New student apartments opened in 2003 and 2004 on the upper floors.

This residential/retail development – a $55 million investment by the Real Estate Foundation – is the first private investment in The University Village. When fully developed, investment in the University Village is expected to exceed $260 million. Master development plans for the urban village include restaurants, shops, residential, office and research facilities, a city-owned golf course and hotel on land surrounding and adjacent to the campus.

“The spectacular growth of Old Dominion University is making a significant contribution to Norfolk’s growing reputation as one of the most vibrant and exciting communities in the United States,” Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim said following the announcement.

Robert L. Fenning, vice president for administration and finance, noted, “We’re thrilled to welcome these new tenants to the neighborhood.”

Owner Don Rockwell describes Boar’s Nest Bar Bistro as an “Old World delicatessen meets wine and martini bar.” The bar is constructed with 200-year old French oak wine barrels, and the floors are imported Italian tile. The restaurant, which comprises 1,650 square feet, is slated to open for lunch and dinner in the next few weeks, and could open as early as Dec. 17. Rockwell, an ODU graduate and Larch-mont resident, also owns Cobia Grill on Tazewell Street in Norfolk, along with business partner Sean Killmon.

Port City Java, the Wilmington, N.C. based café and coffeehouse, will open its second Virginia location. Local owner and operator Robert Loomis said, “The Uni-versity Village restaurant will offer a destination environment with a variety of seating with couches and chairs, a conference table and fireplace as well as free wireless Internet.” In addition to coffee drinks, Port City Java will offer panini and wrap sandwiches, 100 percent-fruit smoothies, soups and salads. It is the first restaurant venture for Loomis and his business partners Jon Pruden and Peter Pruden. The restaurant, occupying 1,850 square feet, is scheduled to open in early January.

Tara and Joseph Sciortino of Famous Uncle Al’s in Chesapeake have teamed up with David Savino and Jeremy Sciancalepore to bring Perfectly Frank, an upscale hot dog emporium, to the Village. The 1,591-square-foot restaurant will open in February, offering Boar’s Head hot dogs, sandwiches and desserts for in-house dining or take out.

“We’ve been looking forward to the opening of The Shops at University Village for quite a while,” says Deborah K. Stearns, chair of the Real Estate Foundation. “This represents the culmination of years of planning to establish a unique shopping and entertainment district that the entire region can enjoy.”

Chris Hucke from S.L. Nusbaum negotiated the leases on behalf of the foundation. John Duffy with Thalhimer/Insignia represented Perfectly Frank. The foundation is working in conjunction with the city of Norfolk and Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority on the University Village development. Back to top


Registration begins for simulation program, “Life in the State of Poverty”
“Life in the State of Poverty,” a welfare simulation program, will be offered on campus from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 22. The objective of the program is to raise community awareness of the realities of life faced by low-income people and to review community resources that are available to families.

The simulation will place you “in the shoes” of a person or family in poverty, said Geri Jones, campus minister for the Catholic Campus Ministry. The program is sponsored by Student Services, the Office of Community Relations and the University Chaplains’ Association.

Registration is free but limited to 75 people. To register, call Jones at 440-9065 or register online at www.odu.edu/webroot/orgs/AO/Poverty.nsf/registration?OpenForm. Back to top


Two from Academy of Engineering join faculty
Two members of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering (NAE) have joined the faculty of the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology, Dean Oktay Baysal announced recently.

Martin Mikulas, professor emeritus of the University of Colorado, and John Samuels, senior vice president of operations planning and support at Norfolk Southern Corp., will become the first NAE members on the ODU faculty.

Baysal called the appointments “another testimonial for the college’s exciting developments in research and industrial partnering.”

Mikulas holds nine patents and is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Before teaching at Colora-do, he held several positions at NASA, including head of the space station structures design team, structural concepts branch, and the structural mechanics branch.

Before joining Norfolk Southern in 1998, Samuels spent nearly two decades at Conrail, where he quickly climbed the ranks from director of industrial engineering to vice president of operating assets. Prior to that, he was on the faculty of Pennsylvania State University and held positions at General Motors Corp.

The National Academy of Engineering is a private, independent research institution that serves as an adviser to the federal government. Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Back to top


Model U.N. students win awards at conference
Several ODU Model United Nations students won awards at the 38th annual University of Pennsylvania Model U.N. Conference Nov. 10-13 in Philadelphia.

Valerie Sprouse and Mohammed Khatib received Outstanding Delegate awards representing Mexico in the Model U.N. General Assembly Special Political and Decoloniza-tion Committee. Sprouse is a freshman political science major. Khatib is a sophomore.

Claire Wulf, a graduate student in international studies, received the Honorable Delegate Award representing Mexico in the U.N. General Assembly Legal Committee.

Brian Rinaldo and Chris Grandi, graduate students in international studies, received Honorable Mention, respectively, for representing Poland in the European Council and the Minister of Border Affairs in a simulation of the Afghan Cabinet.

Other institutions at the conference included Harvard, Yale, Georgetown and the U.S. Naval Academy.
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ODU faculty capture fifth straight WorldQuest title
A team of Old Dominion faculty and administrators won the Hampton Roads WorldQuest competition at the Chesapeake Convention Center Nov. 16 for the fifth consecutive year. The ODU student team placed second in the College Student event.

WorldQuest, a copyrighted offering of the World Affairs Councils of America, has a long history of success in cities throughout the United States. In more than 30 cities annually, teams from local high schools compete to test their knowledge of current affairs, world leaders, geography, recent history, flags and other subjects of global importance.

ODU’s faculty team included John P. Broderick, Chandra de Silva, Daya de Silva, Chris Drake, Maria Fornella, John Heyl, Steve Johnson and Timothy Kidd. Back to top


Constant Center receives HRACRE design award
The Ted Constant Convocation Center received a First Honor award for Best Institutional Public Building in the Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate’s 2004 Excellence in Development Design Awards program. This year, 21 firms entered 44 projects in the competition. ODU’s University Village is a past winner of the special Committee’s Choice Award, which is bestowed on an entity deemed most deserving for its contribution to commercial development in Hampton Roads.

In announcing the award for the Constant Center, the judges said: “A winner inside and outside, the center integrates well into the overall master plan and provides a civic presence. It corresponds to its adjacent surroundings and strongly connects to the campus.”

The Constant Center was designed by Moseley Architects and built by S.B. Ballard Construction Co. Back to top


ODU offers junior-level math class to high schoolers
Old Dominion will offer a junior-level math class to top students in Virginia Beach City Public Schools beginning January as part of a groundbreaking agreement between the two institutions.

The school district approached ODU about teaching a dual-enrollment section of Linear Algebra (MATH 316U) for the highest-performing math students in its high schools. These are students who have taken BC calculus and passed with a score of 3 or higher the AP Calculus BC examination as juniors. As seniors, they can take Linear Algebra this spring.

The course will be offered at the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center after school and will be taught by longtime ODU adjunct faculty member Frank Carroll, a retired faculty member from Ohio State University.

“They were looking for a citywide solution,” said Sara L. Marchello, director of ODU’s Virginia Beach Higher Education Center. “It’s a class we already teach. We now offer it centrally for the whole city. Students from 11 different high schools can come to one spot to take the class.”

The class will run from January to May. Back to top


Governor’s School presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
The performing arts department of the Governor’s School for the Arts will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” an Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical, Dec. 14-19 at the University Theatre.

This biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors is set to a cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ’n’ roll. Randy Strawderman directs the production.

Performances are 8 p.m. Dec. 14-18 and 2 p.m. Dec. 19. Tickets are $8 to $12 (reserved seating) and may be charged by phone at 683-5549. Back to top


Registration for second Research Day is Dec. 17
The Office of Research will sponsor the second annual ODU Research Day April 6. The deadline to register a poster or demonstration is Dec. 17.

Horst Stormer, a 1998 Noble Prize winner and professor of physics at Columbia University, will be the keynote speaker.

Registration forms and more information can be found at www.odu.edu/ao/research. Back to top


Customer Relations award presented
Sheila Harris, an administrative and office specialist in the interdisciplinary studies program, received the Customer Relations Employee of the Year Award at ODU’s Fall Recognition Program Nov. 30.

In nominating Harris for the award, program director Renee Olander said Harris is skilled at creating “PMCE’s for others – positive, memorable, customer experiences.”

Olander added, “Sheila is truly on the front line. She does an outstanding job of fielding phone calls and walk-in inquiries. On a daily basis, Ms. Harris interacts very responsively to 40 or 60 students. Over the years, countless students have commented about her consistent helpfulness. She is always courteous and professional during her many interactions with students, faculty, staff and external customers.”

Harris initially joined the office as a temporary employee on Aug. 9, 2000, and was hired as a full-time administrative and office specialist III less than two months later. She received three days of recognition leave, a plaque and a $500 recognition bonus.

Also nominated for the Customer Relations Employee of the Year award were: Harry Boucicaut, Distance Learning; Jane Carlson, Distance Learning; Katrina Davenport, College of Business and Public Administration; Tim Hendrickson, Office of Computing and Communications Services (OCCS); John Inwood, OCCS; Joanne Johnson, Facilities Management; Thomas McGrath, OCCS; Elizabeth Newberry, Human Resources; Freda Smith, Finance Office; Terry Watts, OCCS; Delores White, Finance Office; and Cynthia Williams, Career Management Center. Back to top


Online graduate engineering program cited by magazine as largest in nation
U.S. News and World Report has cited Old Dominion’s online graduate engineering program as being the largest in the nation, based on student enrollment numbers. The distinction is due in large part to a unique CD-ROM program the university offers primarily to U.S. Navy nuclear-qualified officers.

“With our focus on distance education opportunities coupled with a challenging curriculum, outstanding faculty and research excellence, students receive a first-rate and practical education through ODU’s Batten College of Engineering and Technology,” said Oktay Baysal, engineering dean.

In a recent issue examining e-learning, the news magazine surveyed 1,000 institutions to compile a detailed list of 332 graduate-level, e-learning programs in business, education, engineering, library science, nursing and public health. It then named the top five largest programs in each field measured by enrollment.

The Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology boasted the largest program, enrolling 1,499 students in the fall of 2003. Rounding out the top five and their enrollment figures were: New Jersey Institute of Technology, 831; University of Southern California, 751; Florida Institute of Technology, 566; and Virginia Tech, 441.

Baysal said the program’s success can be traced to the focus on distance learning by the university as a whole and to a number of unique programs that the college offers, such as the master’s of engineering management degree that is available via CD-ROM to U.S. Navy nuclear officers.

The unique CD-ROM program, launched in 2000, enrolls more than 600 Navy personnel. Coupled with Old Dominion’s program granting 12 credits toward engineering master’s degree programs to graduates of the Navy’s Officer Nuclear Power School, the CD-ROM program allows personnel to complete a master’s in about two years.


Vic Pickett retiring after 40 years with art department
Art professor and sculptor Vic Pickett has seen many changes in his 40 years at Old Dominion.

Pickett, who is retiring at the end of this month, has advanced from assistant to associate to full professor; moved from cramped studio space beneath Foreman Field to newer digs in the Studio Art Building on 47th Street; and experienced the activist energy of the 1960s to the somewhat more conservative student body of today.

Although Pickett, 70, is leaving his full-time role as instructor of sculpture, 3-D design, design applications and honors art, he plans to teach the occasional class.

He will also continue working on his many sculpture projects, including a commissioned work for the Sandler Building at the new Jewish Community Center off Witchduck Road in Virginia Beach.

Pickett’s most visible work, a towering, 10-foot-tall stainless steel structure and the first sculpture ever commissioned by the city of Norfolk, is located inside Chrysler Hall. Others can be found outside Old Dominion’s Kaufman Hall, the ODU president’s house, and the Virginia Beach Central Library. Yet another, titled “Seat of Wisdom,” is outside Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School in Virginia Beach.

“Vic has been a member of the art department almost since its inception. A popular instructor and a committed modernist, he has taught several generations of students about sculpture and three-dimensional forms, including the relationship between solids and voids, the structural properties of materials, and the unlimited possibilities of surface textures,” said Robert Wojtowicz, department chair.

“He has enriched the university and the department, creatively and personally, over the course of a 40-year career.”

At least initially, Pickett said he and his wife, Elizabeth Leeor, an adjunct instructor at the university, will remain in Norfolk. Pickett has three grown daughters, two of whom are ODU graduates.

“When I first came here, I didn’t plan on staying this long,” he said. “The generosity of the administration for the faculty ... made it very easy to be here. Respect for the work of the art department made it easy to stay. It became a mutual thing.”

Pickett, who earned his bachelor’s degree in product design from North Carolina State University and master’s in sculpture from East Carolina University, said that “seeing and enjoying the way students change and how they learn has been fun.” Back to top


Students nominated for USA Today honors
Suzanne Sharkey of Virginia Beach and MaryCate Gordon of Oreland, Pa., recently were nominated as Old Dominion’s representatives to the 2005 USA Today All-USA College Academic Team.

USA Today honors outstanding students annually by naming its All-USA College Academic Team. The 10 students selected to the All-USA First Team will be pictured in the newspaper and receive a $2,500 cash award. Forty runners-up will be named to the Second and Third teams and will receive certificates of achievement and have their names in the newspaper. Winners will be announced in February.

Sharkey, who is majoring in interdisciplinary studies/teacher preparation, plans on becoming an elementary-school teacher when she graduates in May 2006. She has been a mainstay of ODU’s Habitat for Humanity work.

Gordon majors in English and technical writing and plans a career in law and public service when she graduates in 2006. She is a third-year field hockey player for the perennially successful Lady Monarchs squad and pioneered a campus security task force.

Both Kristine Gonzalez, a 1999 ODU graduate from Suffolk, and Rosemarie Liu, a 2002 graduate from Burke, Va., were named to the competition’s Third Team in the last four years. Linda K. Wolfe, a 2003 graduate, received Honorable Mention honors in last year’s contest. Back to top


75th anniversary planning committee formed
Old Dominion has announced the formation of a committee that will help the university and the regional community commemorate the institution’s 75th anniversary next year. Logos have also been designed by Shara Weber of the publications office.

Activities will take place throughout the 2005-06 academic year, starting with an event to mark the school’s first day of classes 75 yeas after the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary opened its doors on Sept. 12, 1930.

The planning committee, chaired by John R. Broderick, vice president for institutional ad-vancement and chief of staff, includes: Brandon Boyles, Student Government Association; Debbie Byrne, Athletics; Paul Champagne, Business Management; Claire Geiger Ackiss, Alumni Relations; Steve Daniel, University Relations; Jim English, Community and Environmental Health; Maria Ferguson, University Marketing; Velvet Grant-Johnson, Development; David Hager, Academic Affairs; Paul Heine, Darden College of Education; David Loope, President’s Office; Terri Mathews, Undergraduate Initiatives; Donna Meeks, Administration and Finance; Jennifer Mullen, Media Relations; Polly Newlon, Research; Virginia O’Herron, University Libraries; Donald Stansberry, Student Activities and Leadership; Cecelia Tucker, Community Relations; Linda Vahala, Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Dennis Zeisler, Music. Back to top


MSU presents Hailstork with honorary doctorate
Adolphus Hailstork, professor of music, composer in residence and eminent scholar, will receive an honorary doctor of fine arts degree during Michigan State University’s commencement ceremonies Dec. 10-11.

A 1971 graduate of MSU with a doctoral degree in composition, Hailstork is among the most prominent and prolific living African American composers. He has an international reputation as a composer of numerous symphonic works, operas, concertos, chamber ensemble works, duos, pieces for winds and organ, and solo works for piano.

His early compositions include “Celebration,” recorded by the Detroit Symphony in 1976, and “American Guernica” in 1983.

His compositions have been prominently featured by many leading orchestras in the United States, including the Detroit, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Chicago symphonies, the Grand Rapids Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. His compositions are described as rich documentations that portray various aspects of American life, including the African American experience.

Current commissions include a consortium commission for a “Violin Concerto,” “Crispus Attucks,” and a new large-scale choral work for James Conlon and the 2005 Cincinnati May Festival. He also is working on commissioned works for the American Guild of Organists and the Houston Choral Society.

Hailstork, who began his musical career at an early age with the encouragement of his mother while the family was living in New York, has received numerous awards for his work, including the Virginia Cultural Laureate Award in 1992, the Outstanding Faculty Award in Virginia in 1994 and the Governor’s Award for the Arts in 2000.
He joined the ODU faculty in fall 2000 after teaching music for 23 years at Norfolk StateUniversity.
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Child Study Center collecting items for local battered women’s shelter
Instructors at the Child Study Center are sponsoring their fifth annual holiday collection of new or gently used items – including toys, clothing, bath products and blankets – for a local battered women’s shelter.

The drive helps numerous families in the Hampton Roads area and teaches the children at the Child Study Center about giving. The children take an active role in the project by decorating and wrapping many of the gifts.

Items may be dropped off in a box located inside the entrance to the Child Study Center through Dec. 14. For more information call 683-5465. Back to top


Student art on display at University Gallery
Work in a variety of media by winners of the 2004-05 ODU art department scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students will be on display at the University Gallery through Dec. 19

Free and open to the public, “Exhibitionists 3” includes prints by Heather Bryant and Erin Cross; paintings by Mike Smigiel, Roland Salvanera and Mike Gombas; installation and mixed media work by Amy Repak and Rob Wetherington; and works on paper by Anna Freeman.

The University Gallery, located at 350 W. 21st St., Norfolk, is open noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

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


Nine nominated for Va. Outstanding Faculty Awards
Nine ODU faculty members were nominated for the 2005 Dominion Virginia Outstanding Faculty Awards program. Sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and funded by the Dominion Foundation, the program will select 12 professors statewide for awards of $5,000 each. The winners will be selected by Jan. 10. ODU honored its nominees at a luncheon Dec. 2 and awarded each of them with an account of $500 to support their scholarship during the next year.

The following are excerpts from the nominees’ personal statements, which were part of the nomination materials.

William H. Crouch
Associate Professor and Chair
Information Technology & Decision Sciences

The students we see today come from very diverse backgrounds. Understanding this and appreciating the different social, cultural, economic and even religious perspectives allows me to present the material in a challenging manner and still show respect for differing opinions and values. Undue confusion can occur when these differences are not taken into account. Several years ago, after discussing probability using a deck of cards and a pair of dice for illustration, my class was consistently giving correct answers to my questions, such as what is the probability of selecting a heart from a deck. The students would respond vigorously with “one in four.” Only after class did an international student timidly approach me and ask a very revealing question. She wanted to know what an “ace” was. I was left to assume there were numerous other relationships that she also found puzzling.

Gary R. Edgerton
Professor and Chair
Communication and Theatre Arts

Film and television are now topics of intense study around the country, and the development of communication as a discipline has been nothing short of revolutionary over the last generation. As someone who has been swept up in this improbable growth spurt at four very different institutions, I know how lucky I am to have found a career that has challenged and fulfilled so many parts of my personality as a nurturing teacher, creative scholar and administrative leader on the local and national levels, literally affording me the opportunity to spread the good news that media literacy can equip us all with an ever surer sense of who we are, what we value and where we might be heading in the future.

Cynthia M. Jones
Eminent Scholar
Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

I believe that if I can instill my love of science in my students, I will share one of life’s greatest gifts. This is especially important for students in groups that are underrepresented in science. For this reason, I have committed myself to financially support student research and have developed special programs in the sciences for minorities. ... I also understand that I am a role model for young scientists. This affects everything I do with students: the ethics I practice and how I behave as much as what I say. On being faced with an ethical dilemma, a former student wrote: “While at sea ... I encountered a co-worker falsifying data to minimize her workload. I was taught the importance of integrity and responsible recordkeeping as part of my training with Dr. Jones. I reported the co-worker to my superiors. ... If we don’t represent our research with facts, then public trust is lost. The word science becomes science fiction ... .” I couldn’t have said it better.

Katharine C. Kersey
University Professor and Chair
Early Childhood, Speech Pathology and Special Education

I believe that my greatest gift is in the ability to transmit my passion for children to others. Student comments through the years have assured me that many of them have “caught” my love for children and are dedicating their lives to the same goal – that of making the world a better place for children. ... I used to say that I wanted to be a missionary when I grew up. I was raised in a minister’s family where I heard every day that I needed to make the best use of my talents. At times I struggled with the notion that I had not accepted that challenge and worried that I may have missed my calling. Today I realize that I have been given the opportunity to use my talents here and didn’t have to go to a foreign mission field to be a missionary for children. I hope I have made the world a better place for children and for the parents and teachers who take on the responsibility for helping them to find their place in this troubling world.

James C. Oleson
Assistant Professor
Criminal Justice

Attitude is crucial. Enthusiasm is infectious. An uninspired professor who is not interested in his subject matter will almost certainly find it difficult to interest anyone else in the material. Accordingly, I approach my courses with a sense of excitement. I could be employed elsewhere, and probably could be making a lot of money, but I just so happen to think that the study of crime and the law is the most exciting thing in the world. And I try to impart that sense of urgency to my students. I’ll describe my own modes background, admit that education changed my life and invite them to take the same bold step. Once I have their attention and their enthusiasm, I try to give them the basics of the course as painlessly as I can.

Michael Pearson
Professor
English and Creative Writing

The study of writing and literature and the profession of teaching are acts of faith and signs of our instinctive hopefulness. Writing and reading literature is a testament to the deep human need to communicate through metaphor and narrative. Literature allows us to hear someone else’s voice, to enter someone else’s experience. Especially in these times of terror and violence and polarization, literature – a tool that can create understanding and empathy and compassion – is more important than it ever has been. We need to step outside of our experience and enter that of others. We need to hear the stories of people from other cultures so that, ultimately, we see not races or creeds or stereotypical enemies but individuals. The teaching of creative writing and the study of literature can assist us in exploding stereotypes and help us to see with clarity and compassion.

Sharon Raver-Lampman
Professor
Special Education

I know this sounds corny and unfashionable, but I love teaching. I love writing, serving on journal boards and conducting research. I see it as my responsibility to strive to be an outstanding teacher. My years of classroom teaching have left me with a profound sense that those studying to be special educators have an almost sacred commitment. All educators do, of course, but special educators have an additional responsibility because they often enter a family’s life in a time of crisis. The work special educators do literally changes lives. I see it every day. ... In short, I am crazy about teaching. Teaching allows me to be who I am at my best. I believe how I teach my students is as important as what I teach them. ... Teaching feeds my soul.

Zia Razzaq
University Professor
Civil Engineering

It is exceedingly important to prepare each lecture with great care and with particular emphasis given to the proper sequence of topics and subtopics. In this regard, I remind my students of a saying by a famous astronomer who once taught at the California Institute of Technology: “A complexity is nothing more than a disarrangement of simplicities.” A professor’s job is not just passing on a lot of facts; it must also involve a continuous and evolving search for the optimal sequence for presenting the “bullets of knowledge.” Furthermore, lectures should be given with enthusiasm. Eye contact is crucial. A two-way dialogue on at least some of the issues is also necessary for active student participation. Occasional humor relevant to the topic can also help the students absorb the material better.

Donald J. Zeigler
Professor
Geography

I sometimes say I was born a geographer, but really I was 12 when I made the connection. In Mr. Evans’ 7th grade geography class, all of a sudden the world came into focus. I finally understood why I enjoyed drawing those maps so much in elementary school; why names (like Shamokin and Wilkes-Barre, which my father said a lot) appealed to my ears; and why I loved planning the village under the Christmas tree even more than running the train around the track. ... I want students in Virginia’s classrooms to have the same awakening to the world that I experienced in 7th grade. ... In fact, that is just what I want to happen to my students at ODU. I want them to wake up one morning and see a larger world than the one they knew the day before. And, I want them to see geography as a discipline that can connect them to that world, the planet’s ecological and cultural diversity, and opportunities that only the geographically discerning eye can see. Back to top


Employees honored at Fall Recognition Program
The following employees were honored for their years of service to the university at the Fall Recognition Program Nov. 30. The annual program is sponsored by the Department of Human Resources.

30 Years
Left to right: Franklin Thrift, Facilities Management; Joyce Mason, Finance Office; Linda Pape, Computing and Communications Services; Marsha Jones, English Department; Linda Barnes, Financial Aid; Vanessa Walker, Finance Office; Debra Woodell, Women’s Center; and Dian Love, Registrar’s Office. Not pictured: Elton Turpin, Psychology Department.

25 Years
Seated, left to right: Mary Hayward, Biological Sciences Department; Dee Dee Davis, College of Arts and Letters. Standing, left to right: Edith Joyner, Military Career Transition Program; Cecilia Turnbull, Finance Office; Sherry Davis, President’s Office; Cheryl Hicks, Counseling and Advising Services; J.C. Johnson, Custodial Services; Linda Wallace, Finance Office; Barbara Phelps, Distance Learning; Carol Mays, Finance Office; and Marlene Owens, Finance Office. Not pictured: Patricia Beauter, Executive Development Center; Ruth Colver, Perry Library; Michael Sachon, Computing and Communications Services; and Geraldine Willey, Computing and Communications Services..

20 Years
Nelson Amis, Housing Services; Nancy Harrell, Finance Office; Daniel Hennelly, Academic Affairs; Donna Hines, Finance Office; Susan Hughes, Publications; Sandra Ianuzi, Finance Office; Rosalind James, Admissions; Linda Marshall, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Moses Marshall, Webb Center; Jennifer Midgett, Housing Services; Jane Roberts, Darden College of Education; Margaret Rogis, Computing and Communications Services; Awanda Sheppard, Finance Office; Melvin Urquhart, Housing Services; Patricia Wade, International Programs; Kathryn Whitson, Human Resources; Flora Williams, Finance Office; Lisa Williams, Auxiliary Services; Carolyn Wood, Institutional Advancement.

15 Years
Michael Allen, Facilities Management; Sherman Askew, Mail Center; Deborah Bianco, Political Science and Geography; June Blount, Mechanical Engineering; Shirley Britt, Custodial Services; James Brown, Foreign Languages and Literatures; Jack Byrum, Facilities Management; Leslie Davis, Perry Library; Ruth Delp, Peninsula Higher Education Center; Deborah Goodman, Finance Office; Lisa Hecker, Finance Office; Benny Jackson, Moving and Hauling; Robert Kidd, Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Jacquelin Lemons, Finance Office; Clarissa Marshall, Custodial Services; Noel Martinez, Housing Services; Norlisa Mayes, Academic Continuance and Undergraduate Services; Ellen McClintock, Registrar’s Office; William Quinn, Public Safety; Daniel Rogerson, Computing and Communications Services; Karen Smallets, Publications; Tammy Subotich, Chemistry and Biochemistry; Gayle Tarkelsen, Mathematics and Statistics; Connie Thomas, Recreational Sports; Melvine Walker, Auxiliary Services; Gabriel Woodhouse, Housing Services; Dwayne Young, Materiel Management.

10 Years
Mary Barnes, Tri-Cities Higher Education Center; Phyllis Brown, College of Sciences; Jeffrey Chilson, Public Safety; Charles Core, Risk Management; Dimas Cortez, Parking and Transportation Services; Steven Crawford, Center for Learning Technologies; David Farley, Facilities Management; Gail Felder, Custodial Services; Derek Harrell, Registrar’s Office; Katherine Heins, College of Business and Public Administration; Johnnie Hendrickson, Virginia Beach Parking Services; Tawana Johnson, Financial Aid; Benjamin Kjar, Computing and Communications Services; Diane Leegwater, Virginia Beach Higher Education Center; Katharine Loomis, Finance Office; Son Nguyen, Events; Dana Oblak, Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Gregory Peck, Academic Technology Services; Cary Purdy, Facilities Management; Calvin Richardson, Public Safety; Vera Riddick, Financial Aid; Patricia Springs, Financial Aid; Andrea Stephen, University Relations; Lanette Stone, Finance Office; Bettyanne Ward, Child Development Center.

5 Years
William Askew, Public Safety; Tammie Bailey, Public Safety; William Barker, Human Resources; Carl Barrows, Public Safety; Catherine Becker, Perry Library; Tolentino Belen, Housing Services; Sylvia Bennett, Student Health Services; Ray Bernardo, Public Safety; Tory Borland, Development; Joseph Brown, Housing Services; Kathie Clagett, Physical Therapy; Marjorie Clement-Oszman, TELETECHNET/Distance Learning; Andrea Clevinger, TELETECHNET/Distance Learning; Kevin Colvin, College of Sciences Shop; Jason Crowder, Academic Technology Services; James Duffy, Budget Office; Mohammad Farid, Public Safety; Harry Frizzell, Perry Library; Gil Gutierrez, Computing and Communications Services; Jackie Hamilton, Facilities Management; Christa Hatchell, Academic Technology Services; Jacob Hodnett, Custodial Services; Michael Horton, Computing and Communications Services; Christina Jambard, Card Center; Malcolm Jones, Academic Technology Services; Sivia Jones, Registrar’s Office; Charlotte Kimbro, Computing and Communications Services; Jennifer Kingsley, Student Activities and Leadership; Taniya Legrand, Financial Aid; Jay Lidington, University Relations; Barbara lynn, Housing Services; Ruth Martin, Exercise Science, Sport, Physical Education and Recreation; Toni Mason, Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Carol McIntyre, Darden College of Education; Derek Meersman, Computing and Communications Services; Vaughdra Mills, Virginia Beach Higher Education Center; Andrew Norman, Custodial Services; Agnes Oliver, Admissions; Alleon Palmer, Public Safety; Denise Ramierz, TELETECHNET USA; Shailaja Rao, Computing and Communications Services; Marvin Ridley, Public Safety; Miguel Rivera, housing Services; Eddie Rodriguez, Public Safety; Emmett Rucker, Public Safety; Sonja Saunders, Public Safety; Annette Savage, Finance Office; Kathleen Smith, Perry Library; David Sorey, Distance Learning; Sharon Spells, Virginia Beach Higher Education Center; James Stith, Housing Services; Milissa Story, Biological Sciences; Carolyn Watson, Public Safety; Sylvia Whitaker, Counseling and Advising Services; Charles Wilkins, Webb Center; Brian Williamson, Academic Technology Services; Cynthia Williamson, Finance Office; Christine Winkfield, Custodial Services; Gonzalo Wo, Computing and Communications Services; Nancy Wright, Risk Management.

Retirees
Eleven employees who retired in 2004 were recognized at the luncheon program, including Marilyn Henderson and Mary Fobbs of Custodial Services (left). Others retiring this year were: Emily Birran, Philosophy Department; Stephanie Brahin, History Department; Mark Brice, Materiel Management; Gisele McAdoo, Perry Library; Reginald Haynes, Custodial Services; Dana Packer, Public Safety; James Padgett, Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department; Lorenza Percy, Custodial Services; and Marjorie Tautkus, Darden College of Education..
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Newsmakers
Arms control depends on mutuality and we have to find techniques that enable the countries involved to deal with each other directly. We do not have that right now. The United States does not have a diplomatic relationship with Iran worth talking about. We have no diplomatic relationship with North Korea. Iran, we have no idea how to deal with. In that sense, arms control does miss the good old days of the Cold War when the sense of mutual interests was very clear.” (Aaron Karp, senior professor of international studies)

– “Experts discuss preventing missile technology spread”
TruthNews (via Voice of America), Nov. 30

“... if he reduces the deficit and deals with the country’s long-term energy needs, he will be well on the road to success.” (An op-ed piece by James V. Koch, president emeritus)

– “Two major economic issues confront Bush: deficit, energy”
The Virginian-Pilot, Nov. 28

“Militarily, the guys who are buying are poor and they’re insurgents and they’re just going to buy AK-47s. They’d be foolish not to.” (Aaron Karp, senior professor of international studies)

– “Swords into vodka: Kalashnikov, a legendary symbol of the declining small-arms trade,
turns to new lines of work”
Newsweek International, Nov. 22

“It’s so nasty to think about now, but it’s so cheap. It has to be the No. 1 food kids eat.” (Marvin L. Lamb, a junior University Village resident assistant, recalling his penchant for eating boiled ramen noodles freshman year)

– “Dinner a la dorm”
The Virginian-Pilot, Nov. 22

“Saving the coral reefs is the equivalent to trying to save the rain forest.” (Mark Butler, professor of biological sciences)

– “X-43A flight is a chance for scientists to reminisce”
Daily Press, Nov. 21

“When people are traveling during the holidays ... there are increased odds of minds tending to wander. Fatigue increases, and so do distractions, like listening to books on tape, talking on the cell phone and talking to passengers.” (Bryan Porter, associate professor of psychology)

– “Holiday via highway”
Daily Press, Nov. 20

“My job is not to publish. It is not to concern myself with how many copies of a book I sell, or whether anyone wants to make a movie about it, or what the reviewers from The New York Times say. My job is simply to do the writing.” (Sheri Reynolds, associate professor of English)

– “Reynolds lectures on ups, downs of writing”
The Coalfield Progress, Nov. 16

“I believe it’s important for American students to meet international students and get to understand different nations and cultures. They can still do that with the numbers we have here.” (Roseann Runte, president)

– “Foreign student enrollment drops”
The Virginian-Pilot, Nov. 14

“We could learn enough from surface operations on the moon to risk the lives of those astronauts that we’d like to send to other planets. If we use the moon properly, a failure on the moon ... you bring it back and fix it. On Mars, it’s a potentially fatal problem.” (Robert Ash, professor of aerospace engineering)

– “Mining on Mars seen as key to exploration”
MSNBC.com, Nov. 10
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