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Old Dominion University alumni Wallace G. and Linda Rorrer Haislip, both 1971 graduates, continued their tradition of financial support when they presented a check for $1 million to their alma mater on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Of this amount, $500,000 will be added to an endowed scholarship they established in 2001, which goes to an undergraduate student from South Hampton Roads.

The remaining $500,000 of their latest gift will be divided equally to create the Haislip-Rorrer Presidential Scholars Endowment and the Haislip-Rorrer Endowed Basketball Scholarship.

The Haislips, who live in Duluth, Ga., presented the $1 million gift during a break in the men's basketball game at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

Wallace (Wally) Haislip, who earned his ODU bachelor's degree in mathematics education and accounting, recently retired as senior vice president - operations for Scien-tific Atlanta. In this position, he had direct responsibility for business services, worldwide manufacturing and chaired Scientific Atlanta's Corporate Operating Committee. The COC comprises many of the company's top executives and addresses all of the firm's operational and procedural issues.

Linda Rorrer Haislip graduated from ODU with a bachelor's degree in secondary education. She is a former Spanish teacher for Fulton County (Ga.) Public Schools.

"Both Wally and Linda come from meager beginnings and they've never forgotten the many influences that helped them become successful," said Alonzo Brandon, executive director of foundations. "Their education at Old Dominion placed them on a path to success, and now they would like to help others develop their own paths through education."

This article was posted on: February 11, 2008

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