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May 15, 2014


Class Taps into the Poetic Side of Scientists

What happens when scientists choose

To go chasing after their Muse?

They find endless delight

In the poetry they write,

Observational skills in new use.

Don't blame ODU faculty members Janis Smith and Fred Dobbs for flaws in that limerick, but they must confess to inspiring it.

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ODU Graduates Hear Valuable Words of Advice at Commencement Ceremonies

At the first of three Old Dominion spring commencement ceremonies, held Friday afternoon, graduates of the College of Arts and Letters heard remarks from Nancy Kirkpatrick, a 1980 ODU graduate who serves as president of worldwide marketing for Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company.


Business College Grad Cheng Luo Named Outstanding University Scholar

The ODU Alumni Association presented Outstanding College Scholar awards to six graduating students at the Student Honors and Awards Dinner on May 8. One of the students, international business major Cheng Luo, also was honored as the overall Outstanding University Scholar.


ROTC Officers Commissioned at ODU Ceremony

In his remarks to 52 new officers during the Hampton Roads Joint ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Douglas G. Morton shared that they will soon learn "the secret" of their forthcoming experience as officers in the U.S. military.


University Hosting Hampton Roads Conference for Girls and Young Women

The Sixth Annual Hampton Roads Conference for Girls and Young Women, hosted by ODU on Saturday, May 17, will demonstrate the power, opportunity and risk of online interactions to an audience of 400 girls, young women and their parents.


HACE Presents Staff Member, Rookie Staff Member Awards at Annual Luncheon

The Hourly and Classified Employees Association presented its Staff Member of the Year and Rookie Staff Member of the Year awards on May 14 to Lillian Thompson from the School of Community and Environmental Health and Laura Thom from the School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training.



Pair's Determination and Courage Lead to Ph.D. Degrees at Commencement

She was one of 2,700 students receiving Old Dominion University degrees last weekend. Every student has stories of challenges overcome to reach the finish line, and they should feel justifiably proud of their achievements. The obstacles overcome by Helen Hightower, however, are the ultimate testament to determination and courage.


Across the Campus – A Photo Essay

The campus has undergone several transitions over the last couple of weeks, from the end of classes, to final exams, to commencement. And, soon, another transition will take place with the start of summer school sessions. Included here are some images captured at the end of the spring semester.


Photo Essay – At the Ice Cream Social

The Department of Human Resources, on behalf of the Quality of University Life Committee, hosted an open house and ice cream social for staff and faculty on Monday, May 12. The third annual event, held in the North Cafeteria of Webb Center, offered members of the campus community an opportunity to meet with colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying a sweet, cold treat.

A Picture is Worth...

thepicturePhoto: Courtesy of the ODU Office of Development

After it was learned that Sidney Dewberry, chairman emeritus and co-founder of Dewberry, a leading professional design firm that provides architecture, engineering, management and consulting services, would not be able to attend ODU's spring commencement to receive an honorary doctorate, President John R. Broderick, left, traveled to the company's headquarters in Fairfax, Va., May 2 to personally deliver the Doctor of Humane Letters degree. In his commencement remarks, Broderick said that Dewberry "has made important contributions to the nation's urban infrastructure and was involved in the political processes that laid the groundwork for smart growth in Northern Virginia."


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