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ODU Public Service Week Opens Oct. 30; Sets Sights on Raising Level of Community Engagement

Old Dominion University's inaugural Public Service Week is set for Oct. 30 to Nov. 6, as stated in an official proclamation signed by ODU President John R. Broderick.

Developed by the Department of Urban Studies and Public Administration in the College of Business and Public Administration (CBPA), one goal of Public Service Week is to embrace Old Dominion's mission as a metropolitan university. The week's activities, which are open to the entire campus and the Hampton Roads community, are intended to energize the ODU community, enhance the notion of citizenship and raise awareness of the importance of public service - and the university's role therein - in Hampton Roads.

Planned in part as an answer to President Barack Obama's "call to service," which he issued when taking office in 2009, Public Service Week will involve many academic departments and organizations at ODU, and shine a spotlight on the need for community engagement and the opportunities that exist to help improve our communities.

"We are really excited about Public Service Week and how it can raise awareness of public service and community engagement opportunities for the ODU community," said Wie Yusuf, assistant professor of public administration in the CBPA. "It provides the opportunity to link ODU's students, faculty and staff with the citizens of Hampton Roads and beyond."

Public Service Week also presents an opportunity for the College to showcase its minor in public service, offered for the first time this fall and available to all ODU students regardless of major.

Featured Public Service Week events include keynote speaker Robert O'Neill, executive director of the International City/Country Management Association; a Women in Public Service roundtable, moderated by Barbara Hamm Lee, host of "Another View" on local public television station WHRO; and a public service career "Explorium," sponsored by the ODU Alumni Association.

Here is a schedule of the key events of Public Service Week:

Saturday, Oct. 30: Monarch Service Day (co-sponsored by the Center for Service and Civic Engagement)

10K Wicked Run, 8 a.m.

The 10K course runs along the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Proceeds benefit the ForKids Foundation and other nonprofits in the area. For more information visit www.wicked10k.com or contact Tami Park at volunteer@odu.edu or 683-6948.

Monday, Nov. 1: Women in Public Service Roundtable (co-sponsored by ODU Women's Center)

Noon - 1:30 p.m., Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb Center

Panelists include Nikkie Nicholau (director, Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Service); Penny Melvin (regional director, Wounded Warrior Project); Sharon Chamberlin (senior assistant chief, Norfolk Police Department); and Claudette Overton (director, Norfolk Juvenile Court Service Unit Barbara Hamm Lee (host, "Another View," WHRO), will moderate the discussion. E-mail publicservice@odu.edu to RSVP.

Public Service Keynote Address (co-sponsored by Office of Community Engagement)

7-8:30 p.m., Room 102, Mills Godwin Jr. Building

Robert O'Neill (executive director, International City/Country Management Association) will present "The New Normal and the Future of Public Service."

7-7:30 p.m. (reception), 7:30-8:30 p.m. (keynote address). E-mail publicservice@odu.edu to RSVP.

Tuesday, Nov. 2: Public Service Career Explorium (co-sponsored by the ODU Alumni Association and Career Management Center)

Noon - 2 p.m., Constant Hall lobby

The Public Service Career Explorium is an informal event that links undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing career opportunities in public service with practitioners in the field. These practitioners will represent both the government and nonprofit sectors. E-mail Mary Crepeau (mcrepeau@odu.edu) to RSVP.

Thursday, November 4: Executive-in-Residence

12:20-1:20 p.m., Room 1005, Constant Hall

Markus Meier, assistant director in the Health Care Division of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, will deliver the Landmark Executive-in-Residence lecture. He earned a master's degree in public administration at ODU.

Blood Drive -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb Center

This drive is sponsored by the Department of Athletics.

Friday, Nov. 5: College of Business and Public Administration Dean's Research Seminar - James Perry (Indiana University)

Noon - 1:30 p.m., Room 2003, Constant Hall

Perry is the Chancellors Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Bloomington. His research focuses on public service motivation, community and national service, and government reform. He will discuss research in the area of public service motivation.

Saturday, Nov. 6: March for Babies: Support Team Keegan @ ODU!

Chesapeake Municipal Center. Registration time: 9 a.m., start time: 10 a.m.

Join Team Keegan @ ODU for the 2.5-mile March for Babies. Support and donations benefit the March of Dimes.

Public Service Week also provides the opportunity to express support for military families in Hampton Roads. Throughout the week, Blue Star Families Operation Appreciation will host card-signing tables in Webb Center. For more information visit www.bluestarfam.org.

For more Public Service Week information, e-mail publicservice@odu.edu.

 

This article was posted on: October 22, 2010

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