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ODU in the News

Week of 11/23/12

A Growing ODU Needs To Expand - But How?
(University Business, November 20, 2012)

Old Dominion University is exploding with growth. Its student body jumped from fewer than 20,000 a decade ago to more than 25,000 this year and is projected to approach 28,000 in five more years.
Buildings are sprouting to meet the demand for classrooms, research labs, housing, dining halls, recreational facilities and even green space. The past five years have brought more than $225 million of construction, including $28 million now under way.
And it's happening on a campus hemmed in by neighborhoods and the Elizabeth River.
ODU's football program has added to the land crunch. In May, as the school was preparing for its fourth season, officials announced that the Monarchs would join Conference USA and play major college football. That means Foreman Field, the university's 76-year-old, 20,068-seat stadium, needs to be expanded or replaced to meet conference standards. (More)

The Politics of Tolls
(Opinion, Examiner.com, November 19, 2012)

It appears as if nothing gets citizens more engaged than a threat to their pocket. Hampton Roads has seen a few instances where this threat has reared its head again and again. Take the past few years, for example. First it was the threat of tolls at the "new" tunnel proposed to be constructed between Norfolk and Portsmouth. Major community organizing - despite the derision with which some of us hold community organizing as a profession - produced significant resistance to the idea. Then it was suggested tolls on I-64, an idea which is still catching some traction. Now, there is a proposed expansion westward of highway 60, west towards Richmond, with accompanying tolls.
There is a reason people oppose tolls. Basic economics suggest that tolls are taxes, and they raise the cost of doing business, whether the cost is in terms of the prices of goods themselves, or the resulting factoring in of the cost of the toll (tariff) into the cost of finished goods due to the transportation to the outlets. This is especially the case if you consider a trucker, who might use a road that has tolls, twice a day, six days a week. If the toll is, say, $7.00 for one trip, over the course of a year, it would add a whopping $4,368. Clearly, for a small business, that is a very high cost. I can see the reason why such a business owner could do a one-man protest, because that would definitely impact their bottom line. Their customers too, might cut back on spending because the cost would increase as it was passed onto them. ...
There have been other rumblings, about building high-speed rail from the Washington DC metro area to North Carolina, with a branch linking the DMV metro area with Hampton Roads. If there was a profitable discussion, that qualifies as one of them. High Speed Rail has not got much traction in this country, mainly because of the love affair between people and their cars. But as technology produces better products and faster ways of getting from point A to B, it appears that rail is catching on slow. A lot of people, for example, take the express buses that link different cities, for example Hampton Roads and New York, which ought to be the same basic concept. High Speed Rail is one of the discussions that this country should be having. Again, local issues illustrate the difficulty of consensus on this issue. The residents of Virginia Beach have finally decided to agree to study the prospect of extending The Tide to Virginia Beach. Even as they study it, The Tide can be one of the most beneficial developments in the area, cutting down on traffic, traffic jams, commute time and being more environmental-friendly. Again, the planning phases illustrate the difficulty in getting things done (sometimes autocracy can be efficient). If The Tide, for example, went past ODU (which would look like the natural order of things), to Joint Forces Staff College and the two bases in Norfolk, and extended to Virginia Beach, think of the savings in terms of gas and time that all those populations could have! (More)

ODU heads out like a lion
(Editorial, The Virginian-Pilot, November 20, 2012)

No matter how the seasons ends, Old Dominion University's squad is leaving the Football Championship Subdivision with a bang.
On Sunday, in the way of modern sports, the Monarchs found out during an ESPNU broadcast that their 10-1 record had earned them the fourth seed in the FCS playoffs. That high seed means that ODU will get a bye over Thanksgiving and could host as many as three playoff games. If things break just right, one of those games might be the FCS semifinal.
Before any of that happens, ODU has to get ready to host a game next weekend against the winner of Saturday's matchup between Bethune-Cookman and Coastal Carolina.
The bid is particularly sweet because of the treatment ODU has received from the Colonial Athletic Association, the conference ODU is in the process of leaving for a spot in Conference USA.
The move is part of the Monarchs' climb from the FCS (Division I-AA) to Division I, or what is now called the Football Bowl Subdivision. (More)

A celebration of the impact of giving
(Inside Business, November 16, 2012)

THE ASSOCIATION OF FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONALS represents more than 30,000 members in 231 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.
AFP's purposes are to foster development and growth of fundraising professionals committed to preserving and enhancing philanthropy; establish a code of ethics and professional practices; require member adherence to a professional code of ethical standards and practices; provide training opportunities for fundraising professionals; implement programs that ensure cultural and social diversity in our membership and leadership; collect, research, publish and disseminate historical, managerial and technical information on philanthropy and philanthropic fundraising; promote public understanding of philanthropy and philanthropic fundraising; conduct activities that maintain and develop legislation favorable to philanthropy; enlist, organize and support members to achieve our purposes; foster international cooperation, knowledge exchange and education among fundraising professionals worldwide; use all necessary and proper means to accomplish our purposes; provide a valid and reliable certification program for fundraising professionals. ...
PRESIDENT - Martha Price Stewart, Director of Development, St. Mary's Home for Disabled Children VICE PRESIDENT AND NPD CHAIR - Tricia Hudson-Childers, Director of Major Gifts, Old Dominion University (More)

A growing ODU needs to expand - but how?
(The Virginian-Pilot, November 18, 2012)

Old Dominion University is exploding with growth. Its student body jumped from fewer than 20,000 a decade ago to more than 25,000 this year and is projected to approach 28,000 in five more years.
Buildings are sprouting to meet the demand for classrooms, research labs, housing, dining halls, recreational facilities and even green space. The past five years have brought more than $225 million of construction, including $28 million now under way.
And it's happening on a campus hemmed in by neighborhoods and the Elizabeth River. ...
Like ODU's campus, Foreman Field is surrounded by development. Expanding the stadium would be difficult from an engineering standpoint and could intrude into the Larchmont neighborhood.
In order to plan how the university will grow in the next 15 years, and how to accommodate major college football, ODU hired the firm of Perkins+Will to help update its campus master plan. ...
The study will involve architects, engineers, demographers, urban specialists and other experts, said David L. Harnage, ODU's chief operating officer. University officials said neighborhood leaders, city officials, students and faculty will be consulted and that ODU has budgeted $675,000 for the project, which is expected to be completed in June.
School President John Broderick said the master plan process "forces us, in a good way, to have the kinds of discussions about where we see ourselves. Our hope is that, down the road, people will say we did a good job of managing the space Old Dominion has." (More)

Governor launches Holidays Hoops Classic Food Drive
(Luray Page Free Press, November 17, 2012)

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and university presidents Ed Ayers, Ángel Cabrera, John Broderick and Teresa Sullivan today marked the official launch of the Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic Food Drive to benefit Virginia food banks.
The four university presidents from the schools competing in this year's Holiday Hoops Classic enthusiastically agreed to join Governor McDonnell to co-chair the food drive. The non-profit Federation of Virginia Food Banks is the official Cause of the Classic, and together with co-chairs, encourages citizens and fans to support their favorite university by supporting their local food bank.
During the holidays, Virginians regularly take time to lend some help to those who are less fortunate. As part of that Virginia tradition, Governor McDonnell chose to partner with the Federation of Virginia Food Banks to support a state and regional food drive to benefit those in need.
"The 2012 Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic will be one of many fun and exciting events for Virginians this holiday season. Unfortunately, not every Virginian is able to fully enjoy this time of the year because of concerns about how they will feed their families," Governor McDonnell said. "That's why I'm pleased to have the university presidents join me as-co-chairs of the Cause of the Classic. The Federation of Virginia Food Banks is a vitally important organization that helps people in need put food on their tables. I encourage you to participate in this food drive and support your local food banks that provide critical assistance in every corner of Virginia for our most needy families. This is a great opportunity for Virginians to support their favorite team by supporting this important cause." ...
"The Old Dominion University community has a proud history of community engagement, volunteerism, and service to others. So we are honored and excited to be a part of Governor McDonnell's Holiday Hoops Classic," said President John R. Broderick. "Students, faculty, staff and friends of Old Dominion are geared up for the friendly rivalry with our higher education colleagues, but more importantly for the good cause toward which we'll all be working." (More)

Geology professor conducts monumental research into climate change
(Kentwired.com, November 18, 2012)

From the North Pacific to the South Atlantic, professor Joseph Ortiz has seen several parts of the oceanic world. But the geology professor said he never envisioned conducting research in the "starkly beautiful" Arctic region.
Ortiz, along with scientists from Old Dominion University and University of Southern California, researched ice flows and climate changes in the Arctic and published their findings in the professional journal Nature Geoscience. The article, "1,500-year cycle in the Arctic Oscillation identified in Holocene Arctic sea-ice drift," is now the second most blogged about article on the publication's website.
"We're motivated to do science research because it's interesting, and I think it's useful, but it's kind of exciting to think that something that I worked on is really of importance and interest to people," he said.
He researched some of the causes of climate changes, including arctic oscillation, which is an atmospheric pressure pattern that influences weather in the Northern Hemisphere, according to the press release. This pressure affects ice flow, one of the subjects the scientists researched in the study. (More)

Power in numbers: research is pinpointing the factors that make group therapy successful
(American Psychological Association Journal, November 2012)

Group therapy appears to be gaining popularity for two reasons: More clients are seeking it out as a more affordable alternative to one-on-one psychotherapy, and more research is demonstrating its effectiveness, say psychologists who practice it.
"Group therapy is more popular than it has been in the past because of the many studies that show its efficacy," says Nina W. Brown, EdD, a professor at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.
For many conditions, group therapy works as well as individual therapy, says Gary Burlingame, PhD, a professor of psychology at Brigham Young University. He points to the results of more than 50 clinical trials that have compared patients who were randomly assigned to individual or group treatment. All of those studies "overwhelmingly support the equivalence of the two formats in producing the same degree of improvement for several disorders," Burlingame says.
In addition, he notes, group therapy exceeds APA Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) standards for efficacy for major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, substance use disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder and general personality disorder. (More)