Virginia Beach Higher Education Center Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary May 13
Old Dominion University will mark 10 years of providing access to public higher education in Virginia Beach during a special program Thursday, May 13, at the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center (VBHEC). The program begins at 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by a "Points of Pride" progressive reception. Both are free and open to the public.
ODU, in collaboration with Norfolk State University, has offered graduate and undergraduate degree programs that support the region's high-demand and critical shortage professions at this Virginia Beach location (1881 University Drive, off Princess Anne Road) since 2000.
"The opening of the Higher Education Center is a vision come to fruition," noted Meyera Oberndorf, mayor of Virginia Beach in 2000, in a Beach magazine article written when the facility opened. The investment, she said, was intended to offer residents the opportunity to remain in the community while pursuing their secondary and postgraduate education.
To date, more than 700 people have earned an ODU degree at the VBHEC. Currently, ODU offers bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 30 academic programs, two doctoral degree programs, and certificate and continuing education programs. In addition, the VBHEC serves as headquarters for the Institute for Learning in Retirement, the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, a Virginia Tidewater Consortium-Educational Opportunity Center and NSU educational programming. The state-of-the-art facility also provides space, as available, to nonprofit, corporate and business organizations.
The anniversary celebration on May 13 will begin with a program at 4:30 p.m. featuring a retrospective video highlighting the VBHEC's many achievements during the past 10 years. Guest speakers from ODU, NSU and the city of Virginia Beach will offer brief remarks, followed by a progressive reception through the facility that will showcase programs available at the center. The ODU Jazz Trio and NSU Vocal Jazz Ensemble will provide entertainment.
A 10-year retrospective art exhibition by Solomon Isekeije, an assistant professor of art at Hampton University and an ODU/NSU Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies program graduate, will be on display in the central atrium. His work will remain on display through July 8; a closing reception will be held on that date from 5-7 p.m.
For more information about the 10-year anniversary celebration or the programs available at the VBHEC, call 368-4100.
This article was posted on: May 11, 2010
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