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Administration and Finance Division at Old Dominion University
(University Business, July 12, 2012)
Blessed by rising enrollments and increased faculty hiring but burdened by flat IT staffing, Old Dominion University (Va.) officials took a hard look at both its ERP system and itself in hopes of addressing a simple but hugely significant issue. "We framed the basic question as, Is it Banner or is it us?" recalls Bob Fenning, vice president for administration and finance. "We were wondering whether or not we were utilizing Banner in the most efficient way, that we were maxing out all the functionality that existed there, or was the issue how we did business."
The answer turned out to be "both."
While Old Dominion had been successful in applying technology solutions to enhance efficiencies, the rate of improvement was proving slow. The university's internal investigation led it to adopt Banner provider Ellucian's Business Process Management (BPM) initiative, which the company had launched at other institutions, though never as comprehensively as it did at ODU, according to Fenning.
BPM seeks to align people, process, and technology as tightly as possible to increase effectiveness and efficiencies. It comprises five areas-enterprise discovery and planning, business process modeling, process improvement, key performance indicators, and implementation training-which Old Dominion will apply in two phases. The first, for accounts receivable, human resources/payroll, and student accounts receivable, is ongoing; the second will focus on recruitment/admissions, student financial aid, and student records/registration.
Using complex flowcharts to identify both the most and least efficient and critical functions, ODU and Ellucian could pinpoint with precision where the pain points were. (More)

College leaders discuss how to handle financial challenges
(Richmond Times-Dispatch, July 14, 2012)
Effective higher education - "especially when it involves a professor dealing directly with a student, live human being to live human being" - is expensive.
"If you want higher education of genuine quality, it has to be paid for," College of William and Mary President Taylor Reveley told about 250 people Friday who gathered on his campus for a roundtable discussion about how to do just that.
Reveley was joined by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and top administrators from other Virginia schools to address financial challenges that have put higher education under intense scrutiny.
That scrutiny is fair, Reveley said, but it also has created "apocalyptic visions of student debt" that do not hold true at all colleges. At W&M, he said, almost 60 percent of students graduate without debt and do so on time.
But Old Dominion University Provost Carol Simpson said she could not claim that completion rate "because our students are working; and they are working, many of them, full-time."
She suggested that help from the private sector through paid internships - "not the unpaid ones that are always there" - would benefit students who often have to study part-time because of financial need (More)

Secretary of Ed Pushes for Better Completion Rates at Panel Discussion
(Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily, July 14, 2012)
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was in Williamsburg on Friday for the National Governors Association meeting, but he took a detour to The College of William & Mary to gather input from the college officials grappling with decreased funding and facing scrutiny.
In an hour-long panel discussion, Duncan, Under Secretary Martha Kanter and seven Hampton Roads higher education leaders talked about what's working, what's not and the role of the federal government in fixing what Duncan sees as the biggest problem: the failure of many college students to graduate. …
Panelist Carol Simpson, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Old Dominion University, said companies need to provide more paid internships to give students practical work experience. Duncan said he has become convinced the U.S. doesn't have a jobs crisis, but a skills crisis, and gave community colleges credit for creating curriculums geared toward filling vacant specialized positions. (More)

Workers tend to bring work on their vacations
(The Virginian-Pilot, July 15, 2012)
To lots of folks, work and vacation mix about as well as a smartphone in seawater. Others have cellphone in hand, even when their toes are wiggling in sand. It's a matter that divides husband and wife, boss and employee.
The Pilot business section never takes a vacation, so we're wading into this issue. But it is summertime, so we want to have a little fun. Meet a couple of characters we'll call Todd and Bossman. …
Easy, bud. Don't think the big guys aren't sweating, too. I know this guy named Burt Segal. He's the president of Riverpoint Psychiatric Associates in Norfolk. "It's definitely the economy," Burt told me the other day. "Everybody feels like they have to prove themselves every day. 'Yes, I'm on vacation, but I'm expected to be at the corporation's beck and call.' "
Yeah, and it's pretty easy now that almost everyone has a smartphone. Debra Major, a psychology professor over at Old Dominion University, knows a lot about this stuff. She says, "We have the technology that enables us to be constantly tethered to work now. I think because we can do it, there's a tendency to want to do it." (More)

U.S. secretary of education to discuss college affordability in Williamsburg
(The Daily Press, July 12, 2012)
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will meet with the nation's governors and a group of college and university presidents on Friday in Williamsburg.
Duncan and Undersecretary of Education Martha Kanter will join College of William and Mary President Taylor Reveley in a 1:15 p.m. public discussion focused on affordability and accountability. The panel will include the presidents of Thomas Nelson Community College, Regent University and Virginia State University, the provost of Old Dominion University and the chancellor of the state's community college system. The event, billed as "College, Cost and the Commonwealth" will be in the Matoaka Woods Room of William and Mary's School of Education, 301 Monticello Ave.
Duncan also on Friday will update the National Governors Association on progress toward the U.S. goal of regaining its global first place rank for college graduates by 2020. President Barack Obama has called for the United States to increase its percentage of adults with college degrees to 60 percent by 2020. A statement released by theU.S. Department of Education on Thursday shows the percentage of 25-34 year olds with a postsecondary degree rose by 1 percent, to 39.3 percent, from 2009 to 2010. (More)

People Speak: Business fights to shield property from eminent domain in Virginia
(Fox News, July 11, 2012)
For 50 years, Bob Wilson has been making radio parts for the federal government.
"I love my job. I love my business, "he said as he walked outside his "Central Radio" factory.
Now, the local government in Norfolk, Va., wants to take his factory and the property under it away using its eminent domain powers. And it's not because Norfolk needs a new public park or a road connector. Wilson says they just want it for "retail space," and thinks that's wrong.
"We just feel it's not right that they should be able to take this," he said. "It's not morally correct, it's not legally correct."
Wilson is now supporting "The Virginia Eminent Domain Amendment," a ballot measure that would prohibit the state from seizing property for private enterprise.
"You shouldn't be able to take land from one business and give it to another," said Wilson. "That's not fair."
Wilson's factory, which makes transmission parts and surveillance equipment for the U.S. Navy, sits next to Old Dominion University, a state college which recently built a series of new buildings across the street. Two years ago, The Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority sought the property in order to build retail space for college students, which it calls "economic development." (More)

Weekend to include local visits from Obama, Giuliani
(The Virginian-Pilot, July 11, 2012)
Already feeling overwhelmed by the constant barrage of political messages in Virginia?
Just you wait.
This weekend's back-to-back-to-back events featuring President Barack Obama, the nation's governors, and well-known Mitt Romney surrogate Rudy Giuliani in Hampton Roads will be a sign of the times in battleground Virginia, and a harbinger of what's ahead.
A two-day tour by Obama across Virginia will commence Friday and include stops at Green Run High School in Virginia Beach, a high school in Hampton, and a fire station in Roanoke. His campaign is calling it a series of "small, grassroots" events. …
And when one candidate plans a trip to Virginia, the other side reflexively reacts.
To wit, from a statement by Romney spokesman Curt Cashour: "When President Obama heads to Virginia this week, he's going to have to face the fact that his failed economic policies are hurting Virginia workers and families, and they are tired of waiting for him to fulfill his 2008 campaign promises."
So be prepared, Virginia, for more of this back-and-forth as our state prominently "figures in a great many of the maps to victory... sketched out" by both sides, said Old Dominion University political scientist Jesse Richman. (More)

Opportunity Inc. gets $1.8 million federal grant
(The Virginian-Pilot, July 11, 2012)
Opportunity Inc., a regional workforce and staffing agency, announced Tuesday that it will receive a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for entrepreneurship education. Opportunity Inc. will partner with The SkillSource Group in Northern Virginia and the Capital Regional Workforce Partnership in Richmond.
Under the grant, Old Dominion University and Tidewater Community College will provide entrepreneurship training to 250 people locally, Opportunity Inc. said in a news release.
"The region has organizations committed to assisting entrepreneurs, such as the Small Business Development Center and the Hampton Roads Partnership's economic gardening project," Judy Begland, president and CEO of Opportunity Inc., said in a statement. "This grant will allow Opportunity Inc. to provide additional support and resources to expand the number of new businesses and grow jobs locally." (More)

Jeremiah Wright, Obama's Former Pastor, Will Not Be An Issue This Campaign, Experts Say
(The Huffington Post, July 9, 2012)
Jeremiah Wright, the controversial pastor who haunted President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, gave Republicans new comments to work with on Sunday, but experts say it's unlikely Wright will become the lightning rod he was for the president in 2008.
The right-leaning Daily Caller reported Monday that Wright appeared to slight Obama in a sermon at a Washington, D.C. church.
Children "who only know Oprah and Obama" need to learn about "the foundation" who preceded them, Wright said. He name-dropped several prominent civil rights figures about whom he said young people should know, including Emmett Till and Rosa Parks. …
Joshua Behr, a political scientist who specializes in minority politics at Old Dominion University in Virginia, said in an email that for conservatives, "[i]t has become increasingly difficult to make the Wright connection stick." He predicted that Wright's Sunday sermon will be "either a non-issue or will be a single-day flash-pan issue to be knocked about by the political pundits to create controversy where there really is none."
Harping on Wright has little upside for Republicans hoping to make Obama a one-term president, Behr said.
"I do see among conservatives at the state organizing level a sense that the rank-and-file campaign workers ought to stay on the messaging task around the economy -- Obama's management of the budget, future tax increases -- and not get side-tracked by race-based politics," Behr said. "Essentially, the belief being that the Wright issue will detract from the focus on Obama's management of the economy." (More)

Soprano tradition runs in Virginia Beach family
(The Virginian-Pilot, July 10, 2012)
Dorothy Wingfield Smith made a grand entrance, riding down from the second floor on her stair lift. As she approached the foyer of her Virginia Beach home, she threw open her arms and sang in a lilting voice, "Here she comes...."
She was one diva singing to another. Her granddaughter, fellow soprano Elizabeth Stanworth, stood near the front door, grinning widely.
"C'mon," Smith called out to 23-year-old Liz. "Give me lovin'!" Stanworth walked over and hugged her, and both their faces beamed. …
Two days before she left, grandmother and granddaughter visited in Smith's living room. Stanworth told their story, and her grandmother occasionally interjected.
At one point they recounted a concert earlier this year featuring Stanworth as a soloist alongside her professors at Old Dominion University, where she is a rising junior.
"Well, it was an emotional experience,"
Smith recalled. "Finally, a beautiful singer in the family was going to keep going. We don't know where. But she's going." (More)

Governor picks four members for ODU board
(The Virginian-Pilot, July 7, 2012)
Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed three members and reappointed one current member of Old Dominion University's governing Board of Visitors.
Named to four-year terms on the 17-member board Friday were:
- John Biagas of Yorktown, president and chief executive officer of Bay Electric Co., a general and electrical contracting company in Newport News.
- Ronald Ripley of Virginia Beach, president of Ripley Heatwole Co., an apartment management and development company in Virginia Beach.
- Judy Swystun of Norfolk, president and owner of Black & White Cabs of Norfolk.
In addition, McDonnell reappointed David Bernd of Virginia Beach, CEO of Sentara Healthcare, to a second term on the board. Bernd just completed a two-year term as rector, the board's presiding officer.
All four appointees are McDonnell campaign contributors. Collectively, they have given $19,820 to McDonnell, a Republican, and related committees since 2005, according to data compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonprofit tracker of money in politics. (More)

Scott AFB Passenger Terminal dedicated to fallen Airman
(US Air Force, July 8, 2012)
Members of Scott Air Force Base and the local community gathered here today to dedicate the base's newly renovated air passenger terminal in honor of Airman 1st Class Zachary "Cudde" Cuddeback.
Cuddeback was a vehicle operator assigned to the 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, when he was mortally wounded by a terrorist while transporting security forces passengers to Frankfurt International Airport, Germany, March 2, 2011.
"Cuddeback was merely performing his duties as a vehicle operator on the day he was killed," said Master Sgt. Brent Severns, the 375th Logistics Readiness Squadron small air terminal section chief. "Naming the terminal after our fallen comrade allows us to pay tribute to him."
Severns came up with the idea of naming the terminal after Cuddeback following an 18 month, $1.9 million renovation.
Cuddeback was born July 6, 1989, at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. As an Army child, he frequently moved but always claimed St. Louis and the surrounding communities as his home. He was laid to rest in O'Fallon, Ill.
He graduated from William Monroe High School in Stanardsville, Va., in 2008. In the year following his graduation, he played ice hockey at Old Dominion University on the Monarch Ice Hockey Team and the Kappa Delta Rho Fraternity until he joined the Air Force in 2009. After basic training, he went to technical training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. , and was then assigned to Ramstein AB. (More)

Public colleges under pressure
(Editorial, The Virginian-Pilot, July 5, 2012)
Despite the rising costs of college, there's no shortage of students willing to enroll. Parents able to pay is another story.
Gone are the days that college was simply one more line on a family's household budget. Student loans may postpone the pain, but they have failed to keep up with rising costs. Tuition, even for one child, is likely to be a family's biggest expense, above the mortgage and car payments.
That means today's public institutions are increasingly less than public in practice. …
Every other college in Virginia missed the mark. The average in-state cost increase, according to SCHEV, was 4.1 percent for four-year schools. Old Dominion University was better than most, holding its increase to 3.9 percent, its smallest in a decade. (More)

Artist working on Big Blue sculpture for ODU
(The Virginian-Pilot, July 3, 2012)
Richard Stravitz intends to work at his 30th Street Gallery, creating bronze sculptures and holding workshops.
He is working on a commissioned piece for Old Dominion University, creating a 7-foot-tall bronze sculpture of the Monarchs' lion mascot, Big Blue (pictured at right). He's also working on a Sidney Kellam bust for a new office building on 32nd Street named after the Princess Anne County political leader.
One of his larger pieces, "Anticipation," can be seen at 1st Street next to Grommet Island Park. The two boys portrayed were inspired by a photograph of Josh Thompson, son of developer
Bruce Thompson, and his younger brother, Chris, checking out the surf. A small model of the larger sculpture is on display at the new gallery. It's priced at $3,400 with $500 to be donated to ALS research. (More)

Exhibit gives voice to desegregation
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 29, 2012)
Forget photographs and newspaper clippings. The Old Dominion University exhibit, "School Desegregation: Learn, Preserve, Empower," is capitalizing on a new technique to tell Virginia's educational past.
A collaboration of several organizations, the exhibit uses oral histories to describe the harsh realities of the desegregation of pub - lic schools, as told by people who faced discrimination in the 1960s.
The program is symbolized by a photo of a young African American girl followed by the slogan, "Tell YOUR story to help us tell HER story." Sonia Yaco, an ODU archivist who is leading the project, said she and other interviewers asked people what their stories were, and the subjects took off from there. (More)

ODU group heads to Cuba for mission trip
(The Virginian-Pilot, July 1, 2012)
A mission trip to a communist country? "Not possible," the Rev. Linda Rainey thought.
When Mike McCaughan of Rainey's Old Dominion University Presbyterian Ministry suggested their group travel to Cuba this summer, she blew him off.
"Get a group of students to commit to going and figure out how to raise the money, and I'll get us to Cuba," she told him in September. To her surprise, McCaughan, a graduate student, held up his end of the bargain.
On July 6, Rainey and eight others, a mix of current ODU students and alumni, will travel on a religious license to Cuba's capital city, where they will spend a week with the congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Havana. (More)

9 Song Lyrics You Probably Have Wrong
(The Huffington Post, July 2, 2012)
If you're of the "if you don't know the words, sing it anyway!" camp, you've probably belted out a few nonsensical lyrics, met with laughs and jabs from fellow partygoers and road-trippers.
Our recent regretful errors include a firm belief that Tom Petty wrote "Free Falling" while vacationing in the Texas Hill Country - never mind his mention of "Mulholland" and "Ventura Boulevard," he clearly croons about "a long day living in the cedar."
Here are 9 other lyrics that are prone to be mixed up, excerpted from "Tyrannosaurus Lex" [Penguin, $14.00]. What songs do you always sing incorrectly?:
"Tyrannosaurus Lex: The Marvelous Book of Palindromes, Anagrams, and Other Delightful and OutrageousWordplay" is written by ODU professor Rod Evans. (More)

(Avionics Intelligence, June 29, 2012)
As the country's aviation industry wrestles with the quest to make air travel more efficient, an immense roadblock is the sheer cost of testing any type of efficiency innovation.
The cost of acquiring a plane and flying it through already full airspace to pilot-test concepts of getting from point A to point B more efficiently is a huge undertaking. Modeling and simulation is a key technology in safely and effectively evaluating such concepts.
Researchers at Old Dominion University's Virginia, Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) have conducted several research projects with NASA Langley to develop M&S architectures and enhance NASA simulation tools used in evaluating new concepts in air-traffic management. One such tool is NASA's Airspace and Traffic Operations Simulation (ATOS). This summer, under a recently awarded $66,000 project, VMASC researchers are working closely with NASA researchers to further enhance these simulation capabilities.
One focus of the project is to investigate alternative approaches for in-flight testing of distributed air traffic management concepts. "A critical component in almost all distributed air-traffic control concepts is the use of ADS-B, (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast), a term that refers to advanced aircraft surveillance technology, but also the in-cockpit avionics instrument that implements the technology," said Yiannis Papelis, research professor at VMASC, and principal investigator for the ODU project. (More)

Central Radio awaits court decision on banner
(Inside Business, June 29, 2012)
Central Radio had its day in court last week. But the fight for free speech continues.
Central Radio owner Robert Wilson, who is protesting the condemnation of his property under eminent domain by the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, appeared in court Thursday to find out whether he can display the protest banner.
"We didn't get a ruling," said Steve Simpson, senior attorney for the Institute for Justice, which is representing Central Radio. "We look forward to a ruling in a few weeks. The judge understood our view. All went well and the clients are happy." …
In the central Hampton Boulevard district, Central Radio is one of four properties condemned by the housing authority that are within feet of University Village, Old Dominion University's conglomeration of offices, parking garages, student dormitories and retailers. (More)

Local boards: U.Va. failed to weigh legal, political realities in firing Sullivan
(WDBJ-TV/The Daily Press, June 27, 2012)
The firestorm surrounding the presidency at the University of Virginia highlights the legal and political reality of leading a university, say current and former board members of local colleges.
The lack of consensus among U.Va.'s Board of Visitors after it announced Teresa Sullivan's ouster June 10 was a clear sign the situation would go awry, says Ross Mugler.
"There never should have been a split decision on something this monumental," said Mugler, who served on Old Dominion University's Board of Visitors from 2002-2010.
U.Va.'s board reinstated Sullivan this week after an outpouring of protests as well as a threat by Gov. Bob McDonnell to fire the entire board if it didn't reach consensus during Tuesday's meeting.
That governor's threat made it "a foregone conclusion" that Sullivan would get her job back, says John Conrad, outgoing rector of Christopher Newport University's Board of Visitors. (More)

The 'almost impossible' didn't stop these projects
(Virginia Business, June 28, 2012)
Creative developers, brokers and builders see promise where others see problems. In this year's collection of winning projects from across Virginia, what stood out was a willingness to take on a challenge, be it the renovation of a deteriorating historic landmark in downtown Roanoke, the purchase of a vacant headquarters of a former Fortune 500 company in Richmond or the construction of a massive 2.4 million-square-foot office campus in Springfield.
As the editorial staff of Virginia Business reviewed submissions for the top deals, and nominated a few of our own, we picked up on some trends: It's still hard to obtain financing on some projects, the realignment of military facilities is reshaping the commercial landscape in Springfield, and below-market prices are pulling investors from the sidelines.
Altogether, we selected six winning deals: Best Office Project, Best Historic Renovation, Best Public/Private Project, and Best Retail, Sales and Distressed Property Transactions. Assisting in the judging were Robert Taylor and David Downs with the Virginia Commonwealth University Real Estate Center and John Lombard with the E.V. Williams Center for Real Estate and Economic Development at Old Dominion University. (More)

McDonnell signs tuition tax credit bills at ceremony
(The Washington Post, June 28, 2012)
Glenn Booker was homeless as a child, but a pastor took him in and gave him not just a home, but a good education at a private religious school. He heads off to Old Dominion University in the fall.
The 18-year-old Richmond resident got the honor of introducing Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) Wednesday at a ceremonial bill-signing for legislation intended to make it easier for more underprivileged children to attend private and parochial schools.
At Richmond's Elijah House Academy, where Booker finished second in his class, McDonnell signed two bills creating tax credits for individuals and businesses that donate private- and parochial-school tuition money to disabled, poor and middle-class students. (More)

Norfolk updating its residential parking ordinance
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 26, 2012)
Akilah Matthews, a junior at Old Dominion University, usually pays to park on campus. To her, the expense is worth the guaranteed parking and not having to walk alone, at times in the dark, to find her car off campus.
But she couldn't bring herself to pony up the money to park on campus for a single calculus class this summer.
"Why pay the $75 when you can just park on a side street?" she said. …
Some residents would also like ODU to lift its ban on freshmen keeping vehicles on campus, but the university contends that's not the answer, said Bob Fenning, ODU's vice president of administration and finance. He said the policy is intended to keep the freshmen active on campus and focused.
Instead, the university has tried to encourage on-campus parking in other ways, such as reducing the parking rate for the lots and garage on the perimeter of the campus. The university has also provided a shuttle service for students and a Zipcar program. One parking deck, on 43rd Street, is being converted to mostly metered spaces to attract those who are on campus only a couple of hours at a time and who are less inclined to buy a $75 semester permit. (More)

700 Club Interactive: God Save the Queen
(Documentary, CBN, June 4, 2012)
Gordon Robertson and Terry Meeuwsen on 700 Club Interactive take a look into the life and reign of the Queen of England.
(Gary Edgerton, chair of the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts in Old Dominion University's College of Arts and Letters, is featured prominently in this piece) (More)

Sea rise faster on East Coast than rest of globe
(Video, WVEC-TV, June 25, 2012)
A new government study says sea levels are rising much faster along a stretch of the East Coast than they are around the globe.
The area covers the Atlantic Coast from Cape Hatteras, N.C., to just north of Boston.
U.S. Geological Survey scientists call the 600-mile swath a "hot spot" for climbing sea levels caused by global warming. Their study says that since 1990, sea levels in that region have been rising at an annual rate that's three to four times faster than the global average.
Since then, Norfolk's sea level has jumped about 5 inches, Philadelphia's 4 inches and New York City's 3 inches. The global average is 2 inches. …
(Saikou Diallo and Jose Padilla, researchers from ODU's Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center, are featured in this story). (More)

Board to decide on UVa president's status
(The Roanoke Times, June 22, 2012)
Today the eyes of higher education will be on the University of Virginia Board of Visitors as it takes up the question of who will be president of Thomas Jefferson's famed school when students return in the fall.
Will the board reinstate self-described incrementalist Teresa Sullivan, the popular president asked by a minority of board members to step aside and allow the search for a bolder reformer?
Or will the full board affirm Sullivan's forced resignation? …
Board Rector Helen Dragas publicly criticized Sullivan for failing to take aggressive steps to develop centralized, online learning initiatives. …
Other state institutions such as Old Dominion University and Radford University are also implementing eLearning programs. In 2010, Radford developed an online doctoral degree in nursing practice. (More)

Before signing for student loan, consider this
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 24, 2012)
Another financial aid cycle has begun.
Incoming college students have firmed up their arrangements, often with thousands of dollars a year in loans. And most new graduates have started the six-month countdown before they must begin repayment.
Even if you're long out of college, you've probably heard a lot about loans recently - how they now account for more debt than cars or credit cards, how a Washington standoff could soon trigger a doubling of interest rates.
To sort it all out, The Virginian-Pilot is offering its own "student loan package." …
Colleges say they're trying. At Old Dominion, where 75 percent of students receive loans and where the average debt after graduation is $20,422, the financial aid office provides quarterly meetings for borrowers and workshops on topics such as debt consolidation and management, spokesman Brendan O'Hallarn said in an email. (More)

Poll: Virginians conservative but prefer Obama
(Opinion, The Virginian-Pilot, June 23, 2012)
More Virginia voters prefer President Barack Obama than Republican candidate Mitt Romney, but many consider themselves more conservative on economic issues than the president, according to a statewide poll by Old Dominion University and The Virginian-Pilot.
When asked whom they would vote for on Nov. 6, 49 percent of those surveyed said Obama, 42 percent chose Romney, 5 percent said they wouldn't vote for either and 3 percent were undecided or wouldn't say.
Obama's 7-percentage-point advantage is significant, said Jesse Richman, an assistant professor of political science at ODU who analyzed the poll results.
But Romney may be able to cut into that lead, Richman said, because voters said they consider their views on economic policy closer to the Republican candidate's.(More)

ODU to open transportation research center
(Inside Business, June 22, 2012)
Old Dominion University's Center for Innovative Transportation Solutions will open in Virginia Beach July 1.
The center will lease 1,958 square feet for $24.50 per square foot from the Virginia Beach Development Authority on the first floor of One Columbus Center in the Town Center for three years.
The lease is valued at $47,951 a year, according to information presented to the authority.
In lieu of rent, the center will conduct research of equivalent value for Virginia Beach.
The authority, a political subdivision of the city, approved the lease last Tuesday at its monthly meeting. ...
"We are doing all the logistics to set up," said John Sokolowski, executive director of the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center in Suffolk. (More)

The CAA commits a foul on students
(Editorial, The Virginian-Pilot, June 22, 2012)
If Old Dominion University had any doubt about the wisdom of moving to Conference USA, it should've been settled this week. That's when the Colonial Athletic Association's college presidents voted to bar the Monarchs from conference tournaments in the school's last season in the CAA.
The decision was expected, but it's still a mistake. It deprives student-athletes and fans another year of the post-season play that has come to characterize the league. It makes CAA seem vindictive, something other colleges will surely note.
The decision affects both ODU and Georgia State, which will leave next year for the Sun Belt. Virginia Commonwealth University is leaving immediately for the Atlantic 10, in part to avoid such treatment.
The ramifications for ODU's teams - including football, basketball, soccer, baseball - are that they won't be eligible for conference championships or automatic NCAA tournament bids during the 2012-13 academic year. For everyone else, the move hastens a decline in competitiveness, not to mention a lower profile for the conference itself. (More)

Retired ODU professor helps develop tick app
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 22, 2012)
A retired Old Dominion University professor has helped develop an app for people concerned about ticks.
Daniel Sonenshine, a professor emeritus at Old Dominion, is part of a team of researchers who have created TickID for iPhone apps, according to a university news release. The app helps users identify what species of tick they've found, gives advice about tick removal and describes symptoms.
The app provides both photos and descriptions. It is free, and can be downloaded at the app store by searching "TickID," the release said.
Sonenshine joined the Old Dominion faculty in 1961, the release said. He retired in 2002, but has remained active in research. (More)

Student patrol aides at ODU told their jobs are cut
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 22, 2012)
About 30 Old Dominion University students have assisted campus police as patrol aides - looking for suspicious activity, escorting students at night and answering phone calls for the Safe Rides program.
On Friday, a campus police sergeant emailed them to say the program and their $8.15-an-hour jobs were coming to an end because of budget cuts. But the university says the sergeant jumped the gun, and Police Chief Rhonda Harris only wants to "revamp" the program. ...
University spokeswoman Jennifer Mullen said this week that the police sergeant's email was "premature" and "jumped to conclusions." The Safe Ride program will be transferred from the campus police to the parking services division to accommodate demand and speed up efficiency, she said. Students probably won't be needed to handle calls or drive carts. ...
The chief is "revamping it and might rename it, but we have not cut it," Mullen said. "To be sure, there were budget discussions about the funding for the program, but not in a manner of it being cut." (More)

Built on sinking ground, Norfolk tries to hold back tide amid sea-level rise
(The Washington Post, June 17, 2012)
At her cozy house by the river, Julie Faella spoke as though a monster lurks nearby. It rises under a tidal moon, she said, or when the winds howl, or when rains crash down.
She's seen it with her own eyes. It crept under the front door of one house she owned when Hurricane Isabel whipped the Lafayette River into a frenzy in 2003, and invaded a second house three years later when a nor'easter churned the waters for days.
"Your home isn't destroyed once. It's destroyed twice," said Faella, who tore down one house and rebuilt the other. "How are you going to get through it?"
In Norfolk, Virginia's second-largest city, with 250,000 residents, Faella's concerns aren't the isolated fears of one woman living on the river's edge. The entire city is worried. Miles of waterways that add to Norfolk's charm are also a major threat in the era of increased global warming and relative rising sea levels, as well as its odd and unique sinking ground. …
Area scientists and activists who watched the show described the interview as a bold truth. "You're going to be subject to more flooding over the years," said Larry Atkinson, a professor of oceanography at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, which sits in a flood zone on a map drawn by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
"In the long run, yes, all areas cannot be protected from flooding," Atkinson said. "There might be federal buyouts of people, where people's homes are bought and people are moved. It's not a happy situation." (More)

ODU: board extends president's contract
(WAVY-TV/Fox 43, June 15, 2012)
Old Dominion University's Board of Visitors has approved a two-year extension of President John R. Broderick's contract.
The university says in a news release that the contract will now run to 2017.
Old Dominion says several initiatives since Broderick became president in 2008 have enhanced its profile. They include creating an enrolled management plan, state-of-the-art facilities, the Business Gateway and the Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative.
Board members approved the contract extension Thursday.
Rector David L. Bernd says Broderick has done an "exemplary job." (More)

William and Mary, Old Dominion key in women's athletics, Title IX timeline
(The Daily Press, June 17, 2012)
One was a tennis player from Illinois, a man with a well-honed sense of fairness combined with a fierce independent streak. The other was a self-described tomboy from Georgia, a woman whose grace and charm made her crusading spirit all the more effective. They settled in southeastern Virginia and, in their own ways, made history.
As the 40th anniversary of Title IX approaches, Millie West and Jim Jarrett are able to look back on careers that helped shape the lives of hundreds of athletes partly because of the landmark legislation that opened doors for women in athletics.
Jarrett spent 40 years as athletic director at Old Dominion, one of the first schools in the country to provide athletic scholarships for women. West came to William and Mary in 1959 and served 50 years as a teacher, coach, administrator, fundraiser and general instigator for women's athletics.
"It was easy for me to get in there and fight until the end, because I thought it was the right thing to do," West said recently. "The charge was part of my fabric. I had to do it." (More)

Navy takes steps to combat poor personal choices
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 18, 2012)
Consider any of the numerous recent cases in which Navy commanders have been removed from duty for some sort of personal misconduct, such as adultery, fraternization or fraud.
Could an improved, standardized screening process have weeded out prospective leaders prone to bad behavior? With a little more training, would any of them have made better choices that might not have cost them their careers?
The Navy apparently thinks the answer to both questions is yes, as evidenced by a pair of new initiatives aimed at lowering the number of sailors and officers being disciplined or fired for moral failures. …
Dale Miller, a professor at Old Dominion University who teaches philosophy and ethics courses, said the Navy's rationale makes sense, at least in theory. For people who are inclined to do the right thing but may be vulnerable to certain bad tendencies, Miller said, such a workshop might affect their behavior.
"I think it could make a difference," he said. (More)

ODU's nurse anesthesia program moving to Beach
(Inside Business/The Virginian-Pilot, June 18, 2012)
Old Dominion University's nurse anesthesia program is moving from the school's Norfolk campus, with plans to reopen in Virginia Beach.
The 13-student program is expanding to accommodate more students and enhanced training resources, like clinical simulation.
The program will move in August to ODU's Virginia Beach Higher Education Center, where 3,000 square feet of existing space is being renovated.
Renovations began May 7, and will include a 60-seat classroom dedicated to course instruction for program students, according to Brendan O'Hallarn, a spokesman at ODU.
"In the spirit of collaboration, the nurse anesthesia program will have exclusive use of this classroom until 4:30 p.m. each day," wrote O'Hallarn in an email. (More)

Homeowners might default to punish lender
(Inside Business, June 15, 2012)
Perception is everything.
If homeowners perceive that banks and investment houses were responsible for the financial collapse, they will punish them by defaulting on their mortgage.
In a recently published paper, Old Dominion University professor Michael Seiler found that individual homeowners are more likely to walk away from their mortgages if they perceive their lender more negatively.
"If your bank was your best friend, you would be less likely to default on your mortgage," Seiler said.
Seiler is founder and director of the Institute for Behavioral and Experimental Real Estate and professor and Robert M. Stanton Chair of Real Estate and Economic Development in ODU's College of Business and Public Administration.
His paper is entitled, "The Effect of Perceived Lender Characteristics and Market Conditions on Strategic Mortgage Defaults." (More)

ODU to raise tuition by 3.8%, or about $306 per year
(The Virginian-Pilot, June 15, 2012)
Under pressure from the governor to help rein in the sharply rising cost of higher education, Old Dominion University will raise tuition and fees 3.8 percent next year, the smallest increase in 10 years.
In-state undergraduates will pay $8,450 in tuition and fees for the 2012-13 academic year, up $306 from this year. Including room and board, the total cost for a residential student will be $16,997. ODU's governing Board of Visitors approved the increase at its quarterly meeting Thursday.
ODU's tuition increase is in line with those announced by other Virginia state universities after Gov. Bob McDonnell urged them in April not to exceed the rate of inflation, which was 2.7 percent for the previous 12 months.
Tuition at Virginia schools has been outpacing inflation for years, roughly doubling over the past decade, as state support for higher education declines. The 2012 General Assembly provided $230 million in new funds for universities.
The cost of education at ODU is among the lowest of Virginia four-year schools. (More)

Old Dominion University extends president's contract
(The Associated Press/Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 15, 2012)
Old Dominion University's Board of Visitors has approved a two-year extension of President John R. Broderick's contract.
The university says in a news release that the contract will now run to 2017.
Old Dominion says several initiatives since Broderick became president in 2008 have enhanced its profile. They include creating an enrolled management plan, state-of-the-art facilities, the Business Gateway and the Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative.
Board members approved the contract extension Thursday.
Rector David L. Bernd says Broderick has done an "exemplary job." (More)

This article was posted on: July 17, 2012

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