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Alumni, Community Leaders Recognized at Founders' Day Luncheon

Old Dominion University took time to reflect on the past and recognize alumni and community leaders during the annual Founders' Day Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 22. The event, which was hosted by Town-N-Gown, is a homecoming tradition.

During the event, Dean Emeritus of the College of Arts and Letters Charles O. Burgess, told the audience about ODU's journey, citing tales of the school's founding as the Norfolk division of the College of William & Mary. During his speech, he traced the journey of the school to its present state as a vibrant research institution.

Gail Grisetti, associate professor in the School of Physical Therapy, received the Old Dominion University Community Service Award, which is presented in recognition of the contributions of faculty, staff and student leaders to service in communities in Hampton Roads and elsewhere. Grisetti was honored for her work with Physicians for Peace in Haiti, where she has taught on the subject of rehabilitation of amputees and provided acute care to earthquake victims.

The Rita N. Costello Town-N-Gown Community Service Award was presented to Karen Scherberger, founding executive director of Norfolk Festevents Ltd., the event management agency responsible for producing over 10 months of annual special events for the City of Norfolk. The award recognizes individuals from many aspects of the larger community who have demonstrated exceptional  concern for and commitment to serving others. Scherberger's commitment to service started early. As a student at ODU, she was the school's first female student body president.

Walter S. Segaloff was presented the Albert B "Buck" Gornto Jr. Regional Service Award, recognition of outstanding commitment and service to the Hampton Roads area. Segaloff founded An Achievable Dream Inc., a program especially designed for children who are considered educationally and/or socially "at risk" for school failure. The Daily Press's 1991 "Citizen of the Year," Segaloff has also been named a "Living Legend" by the Newport News branch of the NAACP.

The Distinguished Entrepreneurial Award was presented to Ulysses Turner. Given in recognition of individuals who, through their creative spirit and entrepreneurial leadership, have strengthened the vitality and progress of the Hampton Roads business and educational communities, the award was given to Turner for his lifelong quest to provide educational opportunities for young people. Turner, who serves on many area educational advisory boards, endows two scholarships at Old Dominion University.

This article was posted on: October 22, 2010

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