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Donations of coins for the proposed sculpture for international understanding poured in as the deadline for the award of prizes approached. Individuals and groups hotly contested the titles.

The winners are ODU Faculty Emeriti, led by their President Nancy Bazin, took first place as a group and first place overall. Their prize is an ice cream social at the President's home.

The department on campus which won the campus departmental award was Parking Services, under the leadership of James Long. They have won a cake to enjoy in the office on the date of their choice.

Prizes for individual submissions went to Nancy Klein, Lytton Musselman and John Holsinger. The three-way-tie winners will each receive an Old Dominion University shirt.

The staff at Lord Fairfax TELETECHNET site will also receive a prize for contributing at a distance. They will be sent an Old Dominion University clock for their office.

Members of the campus community who still wish to donate coins may still drop them off at the President=s Office or in the box by the Information Desk in Webb Center.

The President is now seeking proposals for the design and production of the sculpture. The sculpture should be a metaphor for international understanding. The coins, collected from around the world, represent the generosity of all the members of our community and the fact that they have reached out to the world by visiting other nations. In addition, some of the coins were donated by students from abroad who were studying at Old Dominion and by members of NATO who were stationed here. The coins thus represent the many nations of the world. The fact that they all came to Old Dominion, Virginia's International University and the Portal to New Worlds, symbolizes the fact that understanding comes through education.

Proposals should be submitted on or before April 30. They should include a verbal description, a sketch, an indication of size, materials to be used and the manner in which the coins will be included in the work. The submission should indicate how the sculpture might be executed and by whom. The artist should include a brief resume and indication of other works executed. This competition is open to students, faculty, alumni and artists in the community. The President will name a committee to evaluate and select the designs.

This article was posted on: March 1, 2005

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