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Six Old Dominion University graduates will be recognized as outstanding scholars during commencement ceremonies Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

Eric J. Blomberg of Virginia Beach, a graduating senior double majoring in economics and mechanical engineering technology with a 4.0 grade point average, was selected as the overall Old Dominion University Scholar. A former Navy nuclear trained petty officer, Blomberg entered the Navy ROTC program at Old Dominion under the "Seaman-to-Admiral" program and served as battalion commander. He has been awarded the Navy Achievement Medal with one gold star, the Good Conduct Medal with two bronze stars and various unit and service awards.

At a luncheon on campus Dec. 17, the Alumni Association will present the students with Outstanding Scholar Awards, given to the student with the highest grade point average in each college. Also recognized at the luncheon will be the ODU faculty members who most inspired each student.

The top scholars and their inspirational faculty are:

Arts and Letters-Nancy Lynne Brown of Bethel, Maine, an English and women's studies major with a 4.0 GPA (Anita Fellman, director of the women's studies program and associate professor of history);

Business and Public Administration-Steven Stanley of South Hill, Va., an accounting major with a 4.0 GPA (Betty Oakley, ODU's Teletechnet site director at Southside Virginia Community College);

Education-Erin Long of Yorktown, a speech-language pathology major with a 3.99 GPA (Nick Bountress, professor of speech-language pathology);

Engineering and Technology-Michael Millam of Brainerd, Minn., an engineering major with at 3.95 GPA (Anthony W. Dean, associate professor of engineering technology);

Health Sciences-Michael D. Bates of Charlottesville, a nursing major with a 3.98 GPA; and

Sciences-Jennifer Duen~as of Portsmouth, a psychology major with a 4.0 GPA (Thomas Cash, professor of psychology).

This article was posted on: December 5, 2005

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