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Virginian-Pilot President Is Keynote Speaker for Event-Packed Public Service Week

Maurice Jones, president and publisher of The Virginian-Pilot, will give the keynote address for Old Dominion University's second annual Public Service Week, Nov. 7-12.

The weeklong series of programs, designed to spotlight public service as a vehicle for community engagement and an opportunity for careers, features a variety of academic and military speakers and events, along with a career "explorium" for students considering public service careers.

"Public Service Week was conceived as a means to celebrate public service at ODU and in Hampton Roads," said John Morris, graduate program director of the Department of Urban Studies and Public Administration in ODU's College of Business and Public Administration.

"We created a program that highlights civic engagement, volunteerism and government service, and that acknowledges the important work done by ODU students and our fellow citizens to benefit our community.

"Public service makes everyone better off because it not only helps solve common problems, but it also serves to strengthen the bonds of community and perpetuate common values. Public service ultimately strengthens democracy."

The Public Service Week events are being held on campus, but the wider Hampton Roads community is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Jones, who has been with Landmark Communications, The Virginian-Pilot's parent company, for six years, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in the North Cafeteria of Webb Center.

The Rhodes Scholar, who earned a juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1992, serves on boards for community organizations across the region, including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and Physicians for Peace. Jones is also a board member of the ODU Educational Foundation.

His talk is free, as are all events for Public Service Week. Here are the rest of the week's highlights:

Also on Monday Nov. 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in the River Rooms of Webb Center, a Women in Public Service Roundtable will be held, with the theme "Women in Higher Education." The four ODU panelists are Ellen Neufeldt, vice president for student engagement and enrollment services; Renee Dunman, assistant vice president for equity and diversity; Grace Little, assistant director of network applications and Web development; and Brenda Neumon Lewis, associate vice president for graduate studies.

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Dr. Mary Maniscalco-Theberge, a retired U.S. Army surgeon currently working with the Veterans Health Administration, will give the Executive-in-Residence address. Maniscalco-Theberge, a 1978 Army ROTC graduate of ODU and Alumni Association board member, will speak from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Room 1002 Constant Hall.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, Robert Montjoy, professor and M.P.A. coordinator at the University of New Orleans, will be Public Service Week's academic speaker. His address will take place in the Hampton/Newport News Room of Webb Center.

On Thursday, Nov. 10, the Public Service Career Explorium will be held in the Constant Hall lobby.

At 7 p.m., Cosmo Fukiyama, a Japanese-American philanthropist who co-founded Students Helping Honduras, will speak at the Social Entrepreneurs in the Public Sector event, in the North Cafeteria of Webb Center.

On Saturday, Nov. 12, otherwise known as Monarch Service Day, an event called "Haul for Hunger" will be held. From noon to 3 p.m., volunteers from ODU and the surrounding community will gather on Kaufman Mall to bag 10,000 apples, donated by local growers, for local shelters and soup kitchens.

"We are very excited about the events we have planned, and all events are open to people of all ages," Morris said. "We hope that the Hampton Roads community will join us in our celebration of public service."

This article was posted on: November 1, 2011

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