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The inaugural issue of "Graduate News," a newsletter about graduate studies at Old Dominion University, will be published in September.

"Our goal is to increase the visibility of ODU's graduate programs," said Philip J. Langlais, vice provost for graduate studies and research. He and Brenda Lewis, assistant vice president for graduate studies, are the administrators responsible for the quarterly publication.

Langlais noted that the university's strategic plan targets growth in the quality and productivity of graduate programs. "Our newsletter will help us document and track our success in meeting those expectations and to provide students and faculty an opportunity to learn about new programs, changes in policies, awards and accomplishments, and to feel the pulse of ODU's graduate programs," he explained.

The fall issue will feature an article about the six ODU students who were chosen to present their research earlier this year at the Virginia Graduate Forum. The presenters were Scott Brunstetter, international studies; Jewel Goodman, health services; Chris Klentzman, civil engineering; Frank Thomson, oceanography; Felicia Toreno, education; and Eyad Youssef, business administration.

Also in the issue will be an article on the recent formation of the ODU Graduate Student Organization, a column by Langlais about higher education trends, a calendar of events, an article about the new graduate catalog and a profile article on Jean Martin, graduate studies coordinator, who has worked at ODU for 29 years.

The issue is being edited by Elizabeth Beal, a student in the masters of fine arts program who is serving an internship this summer in the Office of Graduate Studies. "We hope to produce a professional, reader-friendly publication that shows the rest of the world the integrity of this institution through the quality of its graduate programs," Beal said.

Beal, who will edit only the first issue, may someday be a subject of newsletter article herself. She majored in music as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina, and will sing in the upcoming season with the Virginia Chorale. At ODU she is focusing on creative writing under the tutelage of Sheri Reynolds and Janet Peery, associate professors of English.

In the fall, Beal begins a new set of duties as coordinator of the university's Writers in Community project, which promotes literacy and creativity in venues ranging from jails to hospitals.

This article was posted on: July 17, 2006

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