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With five dessert tables filled with an array of tasty items, the first Great American Old Dominion Dessert Contest was an overwhelming success with faculty, staff and a few students who asked to participate, according to organizers from the Office of the President.

"Wow, it was a wonderful community gathering," said President Roseann Runte. "I want to thank everyone for attending and for participating in this first Old Dominion University Dessert challenge."

Award winners are as follows:

- People's Choice Award for the most popular dessert: Christina Upton of the Student Health Center for her carrot cake;
- Best Chocolate Dessert category: Suzanne Parker of the nursing department for her better than sex chocolate cake;
- Best Fruit Dessert: Mary Hayward of the biology department for her apricot lemon cake;
- Best Presentation: students from Ed Neukgrug's class for their flower pot cake; and
- Best of the South: Lee Avery of the registrar's office for her sweet potato pie.

The awards were selected by a panel of judges including William Whitehurst, Carolyn McCollum, James Long and Julie Dodd.

This article was posted on: July 10, 2002

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