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Competing against five other colleges and universities, Old Dominion University faculty and student teams took first place in the annual WorldQuest competition. It was the eighth consecutive year that the Old Dominion faculty team won first place and the second consecutive year for the student team.

This year's competition, held Nov. 15 at the Chesapeake Conference Center, was hosted by Bert Schmidt, president of WHRO, during International Education. WorldQuest tests international knowledge in such categories as faces and places in the news, geography, current events and culture. The event was sponsored Booz Allen Hamilton and the City of Chesapeake.

This year's faculty team included Michael Philson, executive director, international programs; Chris Drake, professor of geography; Tim Kidd, instructor of geography; Fran Hassencahl, assistant professor of communication and theatre arts; Maria Fornella-Oehninger, lecturer of political science and geography; Tim Nevin, visiting professor of history; Corliss Tacosa, adjunct assistant professor of political science; and Bruce Seifert, professor of finance.

The student team included Alexander Palmer, Raquel Fratta, Tatiana Slepen'kaya, James Lomax, Bethany Metzgar, Julia Campbell, Evan Campbell and Cody Zimmerman.

The 2007 WorldQuest results are as follows:

College Student Division:
1st Place: Old Dominion University
2nd Place: Tidewater Community College - Virginia Beach
3rd Place: Norfolk State University

College Faculty Division:
1st Place: Old Dominion University
2nd Place: Christopher Newport University
3rd Place: Tidewater Community College

High School Division:
1st Place: Frank W. Cox High School
2nd Place: Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School
3rd Place: Poquoson High School

General Division:
1st Place: Norfolk Sister City Association
2nd Place: Graham's Follies
3rd Place: Poquoson High School Faculty

Corporate Challenge:
1st Place: Booz Allen Hamilton
2nd Place: The Virginian-Pilot
3rd Place: Vandeventer Black LLP

For the ODU IEW07 Essay and Photo Contests results, see: http://www.odu.edu/ao/oip/iew_2007contestwinners.shtml.

This article was posted on: December 11, 2007

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