Lecture series resumes with talks Jan. 27 and Feb. 9
A well-known child development psychologist and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Roger Wilkins will deliver the next President’s Lectures when the series resumes this semester.

Susan Landry, professor and developmental psychologist at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston, will give The Parsons Foundation Early Childhood Lecture/President’s Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building auditorium. Her lecture is titled “Creating Family and School Environments that Support School Readiness for Young Children.”

Landry is also the chief of the Division of Developmental Pediatrics and the director of the Center for Improving the Readiness of Children for Learning and Education (CIRCLE) in the Department of Pediatrics at the Houston center. Her activities involve conducting numerous research projects and training activities related to the goal of promoting high-quality learning environments for young children.

Landry and her staff also carry out a large community-based project in the Acres Homes area of Houston. This and other projects place a special emphasis on the effects of different aspects of caregiving on children’s development and ways to promote suitable environments. A large research database on early childhood has been developed from Landry’s numerous research programs supported by the National Institutes of Child Health and Development, foundations and the UT-Houston center. These include longitudinal evaluations of biological and environmental influences on children's development from infancy through elementary school-age years. More than 70 peer-reviewed publications and over a dozen chapters describe the findings of these research studies.

The center, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the Texas Education Agency and several foundations is currently involved in using the knowledge gained from years of studying young children to help promote the national goals of early childhood literacy initiatives. These include conducting and evaluating model training programs for Head Start and pre-kindergarten teachers across Texas and a number of other states with the goal of improving young children's language and early literacy and math skills. Evaluations of these programs show significant gains in classroom quality and children's skill development.

Landry was a featured speaker at First Lady Laura Bush's White House Summit and Mini-White House Summits held across the United States, discussing cognitive development in young children. She has been a featured and keynote speaker for a number of conferences regarding this issue. Most recently, she was invited to present her research before Senator Edward Kennedy, Department of Education representatives and others in Washington, D.C. In addition, CIRCLE was chosen by the National Head Start Bureau to provide language and literacy professional development and follow up to 2,300 early literacy specialists across the United States during summer 2002.

Roger Wilkins, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of History and American Culture at George Mason University, will discuss “The Politics of Equality” Feb. 9 in the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

While on the editorial page staff of The Washington Post, he shared a Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for Watergate coverage with Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and Herbert Block.

Currently a network commentator for National Public Radio, Wilkins has had a distinguished career that has spanned government, law, philanthropy and journalism. He has authored two books, written at least 60 book reviews and op-ed pieces for major American papers, published articles in two dozen magazines, and conceived, written and narrated two Frontline documentaries. In addition to his Pulitzer, he holds 10 honorary degrees and has served on more than five boards, including those of the NAACP and the African-American Institute.

Wilkins was born in 1932 in Kansas City, Mo., and attended the University of Michigan, receiving his B.A. in 1953 and his J.D. in 1956. He was an intern with Thurgood Marshall at the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund. Following graduation he worked in several capacities as an advocate for justice.

After five years in New York, he forsook the Big Apple for the nation’s capital, and began a career in the U.S. government that would span the next seven years. During this time, his work took him through three different government agencies, including the State Department, the Department of Commerce and the Department of Justice. He eventually rose to serve as the assistant attorney general of the United States from 1966-69 before leaving his career in government.

After a three-year commitment to philanthropic work, during which he served as the program officer in charge of social development for the Ford Foundation, Wilkins embarked on what was to become his second major, and equally successful, career as an editor and commentator for newspaper and radio in New York and Washington. After a short time as a member of the editorial page staff at The Washington Post, he returned to New York City for five years (1974-79), where he was a member of the editorial board of The New York Times. Back to top

Ciara is speaker for MLK program
A speech by WTKR-TV managing editor and newscaster Barbara Ciara will highlight Old Dominion’s observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Hampton/Newport News Room of Webb Center. The university is closed Jan. 17 in observance of the holiday.

With more than 20 years of experience as a broadcast journalist in Arizona and Virginia, Ciara has won numerous community and professional honors for her work on camera and in the community.

She joined WTKR NewsChannel 3 in 2000. During that same year, she graduated summa cum laude from Hampton University, won an Emmy for her series “Guilty ’Til Proven Innocent” and received honors from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism for her reports on race and ethnicity.

She has traveled the world to get the story in Cuba, Saudi Arabia (during Operation Desert Storm/Shield), Europe, Haiti and Mexico. The highlights of her stateside coverage include investigations of Klan activity in Hampton Roads and segregation on city land at Portsmouth’s Bide-A-Wee Golf Course, a health insurance investigation that resulted in coverage for a terminally ill man and a one-on-one interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Ciara’s speech will follow the presentation of the ODU Martin Luther King Jr. Award to Brenda Hughes Andrews Brooks, publisher and editor in chief of The New Journal and Guide newspaper.

With more than 25 years’ experience, Brooks is a veteran journalist, accomplished newspaper publisher and public speaker. She owns the Norfolk-based New Journal and Guide, Virginia’s oldest African American weekly community newspaper, for which she also serves as president and publisher.

She received degrees from California State University-Sacramento in English, psychology and education. She is a distinguished honors graduate of the Defense Information School at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana and studied at the University of Virginia as one of the first Fellows of the Virginia Foundation of the Humanities and Public Policy.

A native of Lynchburg, Va., Brooks began her calling as a leader, crusader and champion of civil rights with her first civil rights demonstration at age 14. She was among the first four black children to successfully protest school segregation practices in Lynchburg and desegregate under court order the city’s formerly all-white E.C. Glass High School.

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Memorial service, fund-raiser part of campus response to tsunami tragedy
In response to the tsunami disaster in southeast and southern Asia, the university will conduct a memorial service to remember the victims and sponsor a fund-raising event to help the survivors.

The service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Mills Godwin Jr. Building auditorium.

In a letter to the campus community Jan. 10, President Roseann Runte and Chris Drake, professor of geography, asked faculty to take a moment in their first classes “to discuss the meaning and impact of this disaster. A number of our students have lost families, friends and neighbors. Others have lost their homes. Let us offer them our expressions of respect and regret.”

The university is also encouraging student, faculty and staff organizations to raise money for the victims of the tsunami tragedy, culminating with the scheduled student “Late Nighter” event from 8 p.m. to midnight Feb. 19 in Webb Center, when the amounts will be announced.

Funds raised by the campus community will go to the International Red Cross. The United Way of South Hampton Roads has agreed to facilitate the process. For more information about the Feb. 19 event call the Office of Student Services at 683-3442.

“It is hard for us to conceive the enormity of the disaster, to even imagine what it must be like to lose everything we have ever owned or cared about – family members and friends, houses, sources of livelihood, photos and possessions we have worked hard to obtain. Yet, we all have experienced personal loss,” Runte and Drake said in their letter.

“We have all been touched by the photos of people carried away by the waves and of our fellow human beings searching for the ones they love. It is at such times that we share rage at our helplessness. We cannot avoid such tragedies. All human life is fragile and all of our constructions on this earth can be so rapidly and efficiently erased by the forces of nature.

“From such tragic events, however, spring great gestures of human nobility. People across the globe reach out to help each other. At Old Dominion University, let us be part of a new wave of kindness to sweep our world.” Back to top

Economic Outlook Conference is Jan. 19
Mark Zandi, chief economist and co-founder of the Pennsylvania-based economic consulting firm RFA, will be the speaker at the Economics Club of Hampton Roads’ annual Economic Outlook Conference Jan. 19.

Also, Old Dominion professors Vinod Agarwal, Mohammad Najand and Gilbert Yochum will present their regional economic forecast during the event.

Co-sponsored by the College of Business and Public Administration, the conference will be held from 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel in Norfolk. The luncheon is $30 for nonmembers.

As chief economist of RFA, Zandi directs research and consulting activities, and contributes to the analysis of national and regional economic events and trends.

His research interests include macroeconomics, as well as financial, industrial and regional economics. His recent work includes studies of the determinants of personal bankruptcy and the impact of globalization and technological changes on real estate markets.

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Bagranoff recognized by Inside Business
The Hampton Roads business journal Inside Business has selected Nancy Bagranoff, dean of the College of Business and Public Administration, as one of the top 25 businesswomen in Hampton Roads.

Last year, the journal sought nominations from the public and from its own staff members for women who have succeeded in their profession, overcome adversity or obstacles, and have served as mentors or role models to other women. A panel of judges, including several women who were honored previously, selected the 25 honorees. A special insert featuring the winners was included in the Dec. 13 issue of Inside Business.

Bagranoff was appointed dean on July 1, 2003. She serves as vice president of education for the American Accounting Association. Back to top

Ted Constant Center gets high ranking
ODU’s 8,600-seat Ted Constant Convocation Center is ranked 18th in the world for arenas seating 5,001 to 10,000, according to the 2004 year-end issue of Venues Today, an industry newsletter.

Based on concert and event grosses for the year ending Oct. 15, the Constant Center finished with $2,528,567 in paid tickets (excluding sporting events), attracting 93,529 visitors to 41 events.

“This is a true testament to the wonderful staff who book the events, market the events and sell the tickets, as well as our incredibly loyal customers who have poured into the Constant Center and made us one of the premier facilities in the United States,” said Global Spectrum’s Doug Higgons, general manager of the center.

Since its opening in October 2002, the Constant Center has been rated by the Hampton Roads community as one of the best sporting and concert venues in the area. Back to top

“Life in State of Poverty” simulation set for Jan. 22
“Life in the State of Poverty,” a real-life-simulation experience sponsored by the Office of Student Services, Office of Community Relations and University Chaplains’ Association, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 22 in the North Cafeteria of Webb Center.

Designed to offer insight into what life might be like for a limited-resources family living in the Hampton Roads area, participants walk “in the shoes” of a person or family living on public assistance to gain a clearer understanding of the realities and choices faced by those with limited resources. Karen Munden, an agent with the Family and Community Sciences Office of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, will administer the workshop.

During the simulation, participants will be grouped in family units and each family will be given a packet containing biographical information regarding each family member. An example includes a father who is unemployed, a mother working part time and a 9-year-old son with a learning disability. Participants will also receive information on family assets, income and financial obligations that must be met during the month. Each week will be played out in a 15-minute segment as family members decide how best to use their resources.

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CMC program is highlighted in journal
The Career Management Center’s Career Advice and a Slice program was mentioned in the latest edition of the journal of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

NACE is the leading source of information for career services practitioners on college campuses who advise students and alumni in career development and the employment process, and for human resources professionals who recruit and hire college graduates.

Finding new and innovative ways to get important information to students was the driving force behind the Advice and a Slice program, an employer-sponsored seminar series where the employer presents information on a career-related topic and provides pizza during activity hour.

“We have been able to capitalize on our students’ eagerness to hear information from the experts, and the employers’ desire to increase their visibility on campus,” Alice Jones, assistant director and liaison to the College of Arts and Letters, told NACE. Back to top

Feb. 1 programs to address study abroad, Fulbrights
The Office of Study Abroad will sponsor its biannual Study Abroad Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 1 in the North Mall of Webb Center.

Highlights will include a drawing for a $1,000 Study Abroad Grant, information on scholarships, details about summer break programs, and an opportunity to meet with faculty who are leading summer programs and exchange students who have recently studied abroad or are currently on exchange at the university.

Also on Feb. 1, the Southeast Virginia chapter of the Fulbright Association and the Office of International Programs will offer “Fulbright Grants Abroad: Opportunities for U.S. University Faculty, Staff and Students” from 3-5 p.m. in the Cape Charles/Isle of Wight Room of Webb Center. A Council for International Exchange of Scholars representative, as well as past ODU Fulbright scholars, visiting scholars and current Fulbright students, will be on hand. Back to top

Year in Review honored
ODU’s 2003-04 Year in Review recently captured an Award of Excellence from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the highest recognition awarded at the CASE District III conference in Atlanta. Thirty-five other colleges and universities submitted pieces in the “specialty publication” competition.

Year in Review was produced by John R. Broderick, vice president for institutional advancement; Steve Daniel, Jennifer Mullen and Chuck Thomas from the Office of University Relations; and Karen Smallets from the Office of Publications. Back to top

Toomey music on NPR
A tune by John Toomey, professor of music, was included in a collection of jazz holiday music compiled last month by National Public Radio.

Toomey performed as part of an NPR concert Dec. 10 at the newly renovated Attucks Theatre in Norfolk, featuring jazz giants Adam Birnbaum, Hiromi and Lynne Arriale, and Kenny Barron.

The same performers, minus Toomey, played the following night at The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater in Washington, D.C., and selections from the two performances aired on NPR Dec. 23.

Excerpts are available via streamed audio at Toomey’s piece, “Deck the Halls,” is listed under Web Extra: More Jazz on the lefthand side. Back to top

A boost to regional economy: Modeling and simulation activities contribute $413 million locally
Modeling, simulation and visualization activities account for more than 4,000 jobs and annually contribute more than $413 million in regional economic output, according to an economic impact analysis conducted by the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.

Co-sponsored by Old Dominion’s Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC), the analysis provides an overall view of the rapidly expanding modeling, simulation and visualization industry in Hampton Roads and identifies emerging opportunities as well as gaps and weaknesses for area leaders.

“Over the last few years, Hampton Roads has experienced rapid growth in the number of local firms doing modeling and simulation,” noted John Whaley, deputy executive director of economics for the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission. “This growth is especially noteworthy given the high wages paid by these companies. These high-paying jobs are sorely needed by our economy, which has historically paid wages below the national average. Based upon all the evidence we have, we believe this rapidly growing segment of our economy will continue to generate good jobs for our region for many years to come.”

According to Whaley, the survey examined the number of area firms conducting modeling and simulation work, the number of people employed and the wages paid. The information was used to model the impact on the economy, including the activities of the firms and all of the other economic activities generated through the firms’ local spending. A five-year projection of impacts was made for all years from 2004-09.

The survey found that government, contractor and commercial organizations conducting modeling, simulation and visualization business in the Hampton Roads region have created 4,023 jobs. Total annual wages are more than $99 million, with the average industry salary being $59,721. With a total economic output of $412.9 million and $248 million net to the gross regional product, the industry provides $24 million in state revenue and $9 million in local government revenue.

Looking forward to 2009, the modeling, simulation and visualization business within Hampton Roads is expected to grow dramatically. Based on growth rates identified during the survey, total output is expected to exceed $763 million, with gross regional product exceeding $481 million (calculated in 2004 dollars).

The report identified emerging opportunities in the industry on which the region can capitalize. Transportation/urban planning, medical, homeland defense and security, aerospace, environmental, and education are all areas where simulation technology is beginning to grow.

The survey also acknowledged some key gaps and weaknesses in the regional modeling, simulation and visualization industry, including the need for more modeling and simulation professionals, a further expansion of academic education and high school curriculum, industry training and more local vendors. Additionally, the report noted that regional transportation issues were limiting the ability to attract personnel and that state and local governments need to work to draw more non-Department of Defense activities.

Lastly, the report makes a series of recommendations for area leaders to further promote the modeling, simulation and visualization industry within the region. The study co-sponsors and local area leaders will explore these recommendations as part of an ongoing effort to continue the growth of the regional modeling, simulation and visualization industry.

“Old Dominion University and VMASC are uniquely positioned to support the educational and research needs of this rapidly-growing segment of the Hampton Roads economy,” said R. Bowen Loftin, executive director of VMASC and professor of engineering at ODU.

“Our graduate programs in modeling and simulation, together with our highly successful research activities in this field, are and will continue to be an essential component of the region’s government and industrial modeling and simulation enterprise.”

In addition to VMASC, the economic impact analysis was co-sponsored by Boeing, Booz-Allen-Hamilton, BMH Associates Inc., DDL Omni Engineering, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, SAIC, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, Peninsula Alliance for Economic Development and the cities of Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. Back to top

Letter to the editor: Thanks for support of HACE projects
I would like to start the new year by thanking the campus community for their generous support of Hourly and Classified Employees Association projects in 2004.

Last semester, HACE did something new to support our U.S. troops’ efforts in rebuilding schools in Iraq. We collected 66 complete kits of schools supplies for Iraqi children. The kits were shipped to the Operation Iraqi Children organization in Kansas, where they were added to other donations and sent to our troops for distribution. We also established a new relationship with the HACE folks at William and Mary, who conducted a school supply drive for area children.

Thanks to the generosity of the campus community, we were able to distribute 101 food baskets and grocery store gift certificates to deserving employees in our annual Thanksgiving food drive. That is a record number, and your contributions allowed us to make their holiday a little brighter.

We again hosted a Spirit of the Holidays party for the children of employees in Band I of the state classification system. Thanks to your generosity and the efforts of HACE members, as well as support from the Pre-Health Club, Human Resources and others, the party was a great success and put smiles on the faces of many children.

HACE is looking forward to another exciting year, so please come out and join us at a meeting or event.

– Milissa Story
HACE President

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History department’s Craig Cameron dies
Craig McNeil Cameron, 46, associate professor of history, died Dec. 30, 2004.

A native of Evanston, Ill., Cameron was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1980 and served on active duty from 1980-84. He then attended the University of Chicago, where he received his doctorate in military history, and later joined the Old Dominion faculty in 1990.

Cameron was the author of “American Samurai: Myth, Imagination and the Conduct of the First Marine Division, 1941-1951” (Cambridge University Press, 1994). In 1997, he received the Distinguished Book Award from the Society for Military History.

Survivors include his wife, Lynn, and their two sons, Ian and Alec.

A memorial service was held Jan. 3 at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, Norfolk Chapel, with Father Daniel Klem of Sacred Heart officiating.

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Research office awards 11 Summer Faculty Fellowships
Eleven faculty members have been awarded up to $6,000 each in this year’s Summer Faculty Fellowship Program competition.

The fellowships, awarded by the Office of Research and administered by the Research Foundation, provide funds and a small expense account to support research or scholarly activities for an eight-week period in the summer. Funding comes from indirect costs recovered from sponsored program awards to the university for faculty activities.

“These single-investigator fellowships will continue to serve as seed fund for faculty members interested in honing their research skills,” said Mohammad A. Karim, vice president for research. “Starting this year, we have initiated two additional programs to jump-start funded research – one to fund multi-investigator, multidisciplinary research activities during the summer, and a faculty proposal preparation program, the winners of which will work during the spring to develop research proposals for submission to external agencies.”

Twenty-seven research proposals were submitted for the 2005 fellowships. The recipients are:

  • Alexander Bochdansky, assistant professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, “Contribution of Protist Plankton to the Remineralization of Organic Carbon in the Deep Sea.”
  • Michael Carhart, assistant professor of history, “From Nature to Culture: The Human Sciences in the Age of Revolution.”
  • Molly Duggan, assistant professor of educational leadership and counseling, “Exploring the Use of Animated Pedagogical Agents to Enhance the Communication Skills of Human Service Students.”
  • Shah Haider, assistant professor of engineering technology, Engineering, “Computation of Scattered Field Arising from Laser Beam Excitation of Multilayered Non-Planer Corrugated Optical Media Using Finite Element Method.”
  • Angelica Huizar, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures, “Beyond the Page: Experiments in Latin American Poetry from the Calligrame to the Virtual.”
  • Anna Jeng, assistant professor of community and environmental health, “Assessment of Sources and Pathways of Fecal Contamination in Rural Shallow Well Water Systems.”
  • Jeffrey Jones, assistant professor of communication and theatre arts, “Media, Politics and Civic Engagement.”
  • Yuping Liu, assistant professor of business administration, “Marketing Dynamics of Competing Loyalty Programs.”
  • Robert Pinsker, assistant professor of accounting, “An Exploratory Study Investigating the Reduction of Individual Investors’ Order Effects.”
  • Ariel Pinto, assistant professor of engineering management and systems engineering, “Coordinated Risk Management in Highly Interconnected Systems.”
  • Donald Swift, eminent scholar of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, “Proposal to Develop a Program in Stratigraphy and Paleoclimatology.”

As part of its new Faculty Proposal Preparation Program (FPPP), the Office of Research will also support five faculty members in their pursuit of external funding.

With the approval of their respective deans and chairs, these FPPP winners will be released from teaching one of their spring 2005 courses. In turn, they will invest this time to work on developing and writing grant proposals for funding from external sponsors and agencies. The Office of Research will reimburse the departments and colleges to cover costs associated with the missed courses.

Selected for the new program are:

  • Rita DeBate, associate professor of community and environmental health.
  • Gary R. Morrison, professor of educational curriculum and instruction.
  • James Onate, assistant professor of exercise science, sport, physical education and recreation.
  • Kent Carpenter, associate professor of biological sciences.
  • Donald Swift, eminent scholar of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences. Back to top

Summer 2004 fellowship supports research, publication on governance environment
Shaomin Li, associate professor of management, made good use of his 2004 Summer Faculty Fellowship by continuing his studies on governance environment during an eight-week period last summer. “I had a lot of material accumulated and this fellowship gave me a much needed push to go further. It was a great support,” said Li.

As a result of the fellowship, he wrote an article with Darryl Samsell, a doctoral student, “Why Some Countries Trade More: The Effect of the Governance Environment on Trade Flows,” which he expects to be published this summer, and a book proposal, in which Oxford University Press has expressed interest.

Li, who joined ODU’s management department in 2002, has studied governance environment for some time. While there is considerable research on the subject of governance itself, he discovered that little attention has been paid to the environment that rules it.

“I divide the world into two major camps: rule-based, like the U.S. and Western nations, and relation-based, like China and other developing nations. If there’s no rule of law, if the courts are corrupt, you have to have something else,” he explained. “In China, guanxi, or personal connections and informal networks, govern. You have to have connections to keep societies together. It’s not all negative.”

While connections keep developing countries together amid corruption and an inadequate infrastructure, relation-based societies have a difficult time interacting with rule-based societies.

“In relation-based societies, people usually do business with friends and family members, so they can punish them if they do wrong. When relation-based powers grow, like in China, it is difficult to know people all over the world. Developing relationships with strangers is costly: How can you assure they won’t cheat you?”

Li’s summer fellowship enabled him to look more closely at how the interaction of these two systems affects trade. Analyzing 44 rule-based and relation-based countries, he and Samsell found that rule-based societies tend to trade only with rule-based societies and even relation-based societies tend to trade with rule-based societies. “Relation-based societies are much more secretive and thus difficult to trade with,” said Li. “China is selling to the whole world, but if they were rule-based, they would have greater exports as well as imports.”

Another valuable spinoff from Li’s research has been the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in the areas of accounting, investment, marketing, human resources and other disciplines. “It’s very rewarding working with colleagues at the university,” he said. “Not everything can be digitized. Many discoveries are discussed during coffee breaks and chance conversations.”

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Black History Month Calendar
The following is a list of Black History Month events and activities through Feb. 10. For more information call 683-4406.

Friday, Feb. 4
“Art, Voices and Rhythms of the African Diaspora” Opening Gala, 8 p.m. Attucks Theatre, Norfolk. Sponsors: Hugo A. Owens African American Cultural Center and the Attucks Theatre. 671-8100, 664-6464. $

Saturday, Feb. 5
The Second African Diaspora United Dinner, a networking opportunity for students of the African and Caribbean Diaspora with African American professionals that supports collaborating and building black business and wealth, 6:30-9:30 p.m., North Cafeteria, Webb Center. Sponsor: African Caribbean Association.

Sunday, Feb. 6
• Third Annual African American Read-In Chain, an event linking more than 1 million people in the U.S. to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month, 4-6 p.m., Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building auditorium. Sponsors: Coalition of Black Faculty and Administrators and the National Council of Teachers of English.

Wednesday, Feb. 9
• Hip-Hop Battle, an exciting night of rhyming and dancing battles to determine who knows the most about hip-hop, 7-10 p.m., Retro Room, Webb Center. Sponsors: Hip-Hop Action Summit Network and Urban Street Dance Association.

Thursday, Feb. 10
• “The Art of the Body,” a mini-play and discussion about health issues and the African American community, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Isle of Wight Room, Webb Center. Sponsor: Hugo A. Owens Center.
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Guitarist Eliot Fisk to perform here Jan. 24 for Diehn Concert Series
World-renowned guitarist Eliot Fisk will perform a solo recital at 8 p.m. Jan. 24 for the F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series. The performance, in Chandler Recital Hall of the Diehn Center, will include works by Turina, Scarlatti, Bach, Albéniz, Halffter and Paganini.

A born risk-taker and a charismatic virtuoso, Fisk has brought an entirely new dimension to classical guitar performance. He is known worldwide for his imaginative and innovative approach and for expanding the scope of the classical guitar legacy that he inherited from his mentor, Andres Segovia.

Through numerous works written for him by leading composers and through constant experimentation with new possibilities, Fisk has created a fresh and exciting modern style all his own. At the same time, as reflected in his many transcriptions of the great composers of the past (Bach, Scarlatti, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Granados, Albéniz, etc.), he continues to indulge a lifelong love affair with the great tradition of Western art music.

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

Warner advises graduates to improve discourse in America

Gov. Mark R. Warner encouraged graduates to call home and thank the family members who helped them achieve their goals during Old Dominion’s 101st commencement Dec. 19 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

“Now, I’m not going to give you a lot of advice, but I am going to give you a very important piece of advice – call your mother and your father and your grandmother. Find that family member and say thank you. Be grateful to them always,” Warner said.

Warner also noted the responsibilities that the more than 2,000 graduates would face during this time in their lives. He focused on the importance of conducting political debates in a civil and respectful manner and encouraged the graduates to raise the quality of discourse in America.

“Today, it is an unfortunate reality that public debates have become increasingly shrill,” he said. “As a result, our public discussions are too often devoid of serious content. Equally important, more of our people, particularly young people, are alienated, cynical and distrustful of the basic institutions of government.”

Warner encouraged the graduates to be respectful of those with whom they disagreed and reminded them that love of country is what binds us together as Americans.

“Yours is a generation that will face unprecedented challenges. They range from the specter of international terrorism to the aging of our population. These questions won’t be solved through superficial debates where we just shout at each other,” he continued.

He challenged the class of 2004 to reject the negative messages that tend to dominate the media. “Tune out the shouting and background noise that is often mistaken for meaningful information and seek more thoughtful commentary.”

Quoting John F. Kennedy, Warner left the graduates with this parting thought: “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”

The university awarded honorary degrees to Edward L. Hamm Jr., owner and president of E.L. Hamm and Associates and currently director of Virginia’s Department of Minority Business Enterprise, and J. Douglas Perry, co-founder, director of the board, and chairman and CEO emeritus of Dollar Tree Stores. Back to top

Letter to the editor: Students’ selfless act at Christmastime renews prof’s faith in younger generation
An amazing story unfolded before my eyes this Christmas. I was touched by a spontaneous act of kindness and enthusiasm by two students in one of my special education classes. I want to reaffirm the “one person can make a difference” message that we, as teachers, have the pleasure of experiencing so frequently.

I am an educator by profession and a nurturer by heart. I have sometimes felt that the younger generation of students I teach was lacking in the basic value of helping and giving to others. However, this Christmas, I was involved in a joyous act that changed my perspective.

Two students in my special education graduate class approached me one day, asking for advice about a family in Chesapeake. These students, Stefanie Doyle and Leslie Blaine, had heard of a family who had adopted six additional children with Down syndrome. This husband and wife sought out or heard of these children in the U.S. and internationally and added them to their family of five – one child with Down syndrome and two older children.

My students had decided to adopt the entire family for Christmas. Privately, I felt that their project would be too much to handle, although their enthusiasm sparked my natural optimism. Emotion-ally, I was thrilled that these two students were moved to advocate for this family with special needs. On a practical note, it was two weeks before final exams!

Without much thought, Stefanie and Leslie set a goal of $500. The plan was to purchase gifts for Christmas for every child and deliver the presents to the family. Both of these students planned to go home for Christmas and had to set Dec. 16 as the deadline. That gave them eight days to accomplish their goal.

I acted as a mentor and facilitated several opportunities for the students to speak to the ESSE faculty and to several student organizations (SCEC and SVEA). This was the beginning of an amazing flurry of activity. Before one week was up, the two students had collected $900. They were energized and came to me for more advice. I suggested that they set a new goal and cap it. Before long, they had raised $1,700!

To conclude this account, I was invited to go deliver presents with my two students. We arrived at the family’s home on Saturday, Dec. 18, and nothing could have prepared us for the reception we received. I was profoundly affected and thrilled to be a part of this selfless act that my two students had made possible. There was so much money that after spending $800 on presents, we were able to give a $700 gift certificate to Lowe’s and a $500 gift certificate to Farm Fresh for the entire family to enjoy.

My students had created a Christmas for a family that would not have had the opportunity to celebrate. Their generous act was the best Christmas present anyone could give this family. Needless to say, my faith in the younger generation was restored. I am amazed at the possibilities and feel secure in the knowledge that this generation will and can make a difference!

– Linda Miller-Dunleavy
Lecturer, Early Childhood, Speech-Language Pathology and Special Education

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Board of Visitors endorses Strategic Plan for 2005-09
The Board of Visitors on Dec 10 approved Old Dominion’s Strategic Plan for 2005-09. It includes the following seven major strategic goals for the five-year period, beginning Jan. 1:

  • Increase undergraduate and graduate academic quality, retain faculty and gain a national reputation for excellence (to be among the nation’s top 100 public research universities).
  • Create an agenda and a climate that encourage research and creative activity.
  • Improve the quality and productivity of graduate programs.
  • Create a viable, lively campus community.
  • Integrate and improve academic and administrative programs and services.
  • Make the university sensitive to the people and needs of the region and world around it.
  • Find the means necessary to accomplish all of the above.

The board also approved adding a doctor of philosophy degree in public administration and urban policy. It will be a spinoff of the current Ph.D. program in urban services, which has existed for more than 20 years and has become outdated.

In other academic areas, the board approved the award of tenure to three faculty members, effective with the spring 2005 semester: Laura J. Harrell, civil and environmental engineering; Michael T. Tamburello, physical therapy; and Sophie K. Thompson, medical laboratory and radiation sciences.

The board endorsed a number of faculty and administrative appointments, including: Brenda Neumon Lewis as assistant dean of graduate studies, Margaret M. Camarena as director of the Social Science Research Center and James D. Wright as associate university counsel and assistant attorney general. All of the appointments became effective in November of this year.

In other action, the board approved the appointment of Lawrence J. Hatab as the Louis I. Jaffe Professor in the College of Arts and Letters. A professor of philosophy, Hatab joined Old Dominion in 1976 and is in his 10th year as chair of the philosophy and religious studies department. The board also approved granting the title of emeritus to three faculty who retired effective Dec. 31, 2004: Victor A. Pickett, professor of art; Ann V. Schwarz-Miller, associate professor of economics; and J. Christian Wild, associate professor of computer science.

On the recommendation of the Administration and Finance Committee, the board approved resolutions to add a north parking garage and research/office building in the University Village as technical amendments to be submitted for inclusion in the Appropriations Act of the 2005 General Assembly. The board also approved a resolution for the university to seek nongeneral fund appropriation authority for the design and construction of additional student housing to be located in a proposed new quad on campus.

The parking garage will be located in the lot next to the Ted Constant Convocation Center, which is currently used for faculty/staff overflow parking and VIP parking during convocation center events. The garage will have 5,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor facing Monarch Way. It will still be used for convocation center VIP parking and faculty/staff parking. Additional spaces will be available for hotel and retail patrons.

The initial four-story, 60,000-square-foot research/office building will be located at Monarch Way and 41st Street. Fifty percent of the building will be used by Old Dominion, while the remaining 50 percent will be leased to third parties who wish to collaborate on research projects at the university or hire ODU graduates. According to research conducted by the consultant firm Kaufman and Canoles, once the three-building research park is completed, it will create more than 500 jobs and 500 indirect jobs, and add more than $30 million in wages, $25 million to the local economy and $500,000 in tax revenue for Norfolk.

The university contracted with Brailsford and Dunlavey to study the student housing market demand. The firm identified an unmet need of more than 1,000 beds and has recommended construction of up to 500 additional beds.

On the recommendation of the Student Advancement Committee, the board approved revisions to the Student Disciplinary Policy and Procedures. Among the changes is shortening from three years to one the timeframe for expunging from student records sanctions imposed on students found guilty of cheating.

According to the most recent practice, convictions are noted on students' transcripts with no possibility of removal for three years. At that point, students may petition to have the note removed from their records. To qualify for removal, students must also complete integrity training, maintain a clean academic record and prove that their infraction was not premeditated. Back to top

New digital photocopy equipment installed in departments and offices
Last month, the Office of Computing and Communication Services’ Copy Central removed many older pieces of analog photocopy equipment and installed new, state-of-the-art digital multi-functional (copy/print/scan) machines in departments and offices.

Previously, new machines were installed in several academic departments, Perry Library and the Monarch Copy Center. Approximately 118 new pieces of equipment were delivered by the end of the fall semester, according to Rowland Harrison, OCCS assistant director for administrative enterprise systems and operations.

“Students and staff are just delighted with the quality and ease of use with the new technology,” said Morel Frye, administrative services librarian.

Last July, the central copying function was moved to OCCS and renamed Copy Central. A team of employees studied the copy and duplication needs of the campus with a goal of ensuring that all departments, both small and large, had access to a baseline of high-quality copy and duplication services.

With the help of the new vendor, Electronic Systems Inc., “right-sized” equipment recommendations were made to departments according to their specific usage history. Canon and HP technology was selected based on their reputation as the leading providers of high-quality and durable digital copiers.

The equipment has been connected to the ODU network, which will allow departments to send jobs electronically to the devices. New software will enable Copy Central to monitor, measure and manage accounting remotely, as well as capture detailed information on the use of each networked multi-function device.

Departmental employees, assigned as key operators, can also monitor the devices for empty paper trays and toner replenishment through a convenient desktop view. Departmental copy cards are to be replaced and employees will be able to swipe their ODU photo ID through a reader, activating the device, and make copies.

The simple card swipe system permits users to operate devices in any campus location and have the billing charged to their home department budget, Harrison said, noting that various training offerings are being scheduled to ensure that employees receive the skills necessary to use the new technology to its fullest potential.

“Copy Central’s partnership with Electronic Systems Inc. is bringing significant returns to the campus and guarantees that smaller departments with limited resources have access to technology improvements,” Harrison added. “For ODU, centralized copy management supports the mission, provides substantial cost savings, strengthens fiscal accountability and establishes responsibility for keeping up with the advances in copy and duplication technology.”

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Basketball game promotions announced
The following promotions are being offered in connection with upcoming ODU Monarch and Lady Monarch games at the Ted Constant Convocation Center:

  • Jan. 14 – Lady Monarchs vs. VCU, 7 p.m. Pre-game Big Blue Bash for ODU students, with live entertainment and food, 5:30 p.m. Also, Take a Kid to the Game Day: children 17 and under admitted free with purchase of one adult ticket per child.
  • Jan. 15 – Monarchs vs. George Mason, 2 p.m. Take a Kid to the Game Day: children 17 and under admitted free with purchase of one adult ticket per child. Also, Big Blue’s birthday party, with free cake and drinks for children at 1 p.m. Come meet Big Blue’s mascot friends.
  • Jan. 16 – Lady Monarchs vs. Hofstra, 2 p.m. Come meet J.J. Jumper, the official mascot of the NCAA.
  • Jan. 20 – Lady Monarchs vs. William and Mary, 7 p.m. Farm Fresh 4-pack Night: four tickets, four drinks, four hot dogs, four popcorns for $44 (purchase at Farm Fresh Ticketmaster locations). Also, Military Appreciation Night: all military personnel and dependents admitted for $7 with ID.
  • Jan. 22 – Monarchs vs. UNC-Wilmington, 7 p.m. Pre-game ODU student Big Blue Bash, hosted by 96X radio; free entertainment and food. Also, Military Appreciation Night: all military personnel and dependents admitted for $7 with ID.
  • Jan. 26 – Monarchs vs. Delaware, 7 p.m. Farm Fresh 4-pack Night and SPSA Recycle Night: bring in an SPSA-approved recycled item and be admitted for only $7.
  • Jan. 27 – Lady Monarchs vs. George Mason, 7 p.m. Chick-Fil-A player trading cards and Farm Fresh 4-Pack Night.
  • Jan. 31 – Monarchs vs. Drexel, 7 p.m. Win AirTran airline tickets and Farm Fresh 4-pack Night.
    Tickets can be purchased by calling the ODU athletic ticket office at 683-4444.
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Football at ODU? Express your opinion in online survey
It’s been more than 60 years since Old Dominion fielded a football team. Do you think it’s time to bring it back as an intercollegiate sport – or not?

If you have an opinion one way or the other, you can express it via an online university survey. The football survey has been the featured site on the ODU home page since Dec. 22 and will remain there through the third week of January. The survey will also be available on the Alumni Association Web site until sometime in April.

President Roseann Runte has directed that the university explore the issue of football in response to a Student Senate resolution last fall that called for adding it. The survey is just one part of the process.

Student body president Brandon Boyles, who promised fellow students that he would work to bring football back to ODU as part of his campaign platform, said recently, “I will wager a football team will greatly bring a world of opportunities and resources to ODU.”

Now’s your chance to add your two cents’ worth. Back to top

Officials from Virginia Beach to Duck, N.C., would have about 1 1/2 hours to warn about a tsunami generated by a slope failure at the edge of the continental shelf. “The real question is how this ‘warning’ is administered to the general public and what they do about it. That is an economic, environmental, social-political question that is the key to saving lives for the very low risk involved. The scientific part is the easy one.” (David R. Basco, professor of civil and environmental engineering)

– “A Virginia tsunami? It already happened: Prehistoric mile-high wave
reached mountains, shaped geology of coast, experts say”
Richmond Times-Dispatch, Jan. 2

“An earthquake, with the shifting of tectonic plates, generates infrasound at around 2Hz and lower – a long, low wave that travels great distances in the air and under water, but which travels farthest and fastest through the ground. These animals, even fish, could detect this miles and miles away. I’d imagine, with a magnitude of 9.0 on the scale, this earthquake was extremely loud. Even though we couldn’t hear it, I’m sure it was loud to everyone else who is capable of hearing infrasound.” (Elizabeth von Muggenthaler, a 1991 ODU graduate and president of the nonprofit Fauna Communications Research Institute in Hillsborough, N.C.)

– “Researcher says animals heard tsunami coming”
The Herald-Sun, Dec. 30

“I enjoy public speaking and being in the spotlight. I think I can be persuasive.” (Ann Reid Tatman, assistant director of business-enabling technologies)

– “Ann Reid Tatman: Auctioneering calls to ODU technologies advocate”
The Norfolk Compass, Dec. 30

“You know that more people are doing it than admit it. Anytime you do a self-report study, when you’re getting people to admit what they know to be dangerous and know to be illegal ... your data are going to be conservative. We’ve actually caught police officers running red lights. We’ve caught school buses running red lights.” (Bryan Porter, associate professor of psychology)

– “Light runners weigh the risks, researcher finds”
Montgomery Advertiser, Dec. 27

“People are always talking about the rain forest. There is probably more of the rain forest left than longleaf-pine ecosystem.” (Lytton J. Musselman, eminent scholar of biological sciences)

– “Pining for the past: Where a tree once flourished, a botanist tries to restore its glory”
Richmond Times-Dispatch, Dec. 23

“Students are not taking the hardest math and hardest writing-based courses as they can in high school. They need to challenge themselves to do that, because they are going to have to make up for it.” (Dana D. Burnett, vice president for student services)

– “High school graduates poorly prepared for jobs”
Daily Press, Dec. 21

“Asking about race relations was opening a dangerous kettle, but overall people have a positive assessment here. In other cities, like New Orleans, research has shown that people don’t see the progress as much. ... The impression I have here is that people think they are making progress.” (Joshua G. Behr, senior professor of political science and geography, on the Quality of Life Index he developed for the 2004 State of the Region report)

– “Life in Hampton Roads rates middle of the road”
The Virginian-Pilot, Dec. 20
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