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Week of 12/9/13

What's in a name? | "The Ted," Norfolk
(The Virginian-Pilot, Dec. 9, 2013)

"The Ted."
That's what students call the arena at Old Dominion University. But the nickname rubbed the real Ted the wrong way.
He preferred the more formal "Theodore F. Constant Convocation Center" - so much so that his $5 million donation toward its development came with that condition attached.
"He eventually relaxed on it," said Alonzo Brandon, a university vice president. "He knew the students had adopted his facility."
Constant, who died in 2004, gave a total of $8.4 million to ODU - part of a fortune he made as a beer distributor.
Born in New York City in 1911, Constant moved with his family to Norfolk, where his father opened a couple of restaurants. He graduated from Maury High School and North Carolina State University, but his degrees weren't worth much during the Depression.
"You couldn't even smell a job," Constant said during an interview in 1983.
The only work he could find: hawking roasted peanuts on Norfolk's waterfront - a job that paid $10 a week.
Constant was determined to get ahead. When the circus came to town, he capitalized on its crowds, selling 3,000 pounds of peanuts. In seven months, he'd scraped together $300, enough to buy a store route. He bought an old Ford, removed its back seat and expanded his product line: peanut butter crackers, potato chips, cakes, fig bars and candy.
"I'm not a fluent talker," Constant said, "but I'm a persistent talker." (More)

Huddle up: It's for a good cause.
(The Virginian-Pilot, Dec. 6, 2013)

Darryl Nimmo jogged off the swampy football field at Landstown High School and stopped next to Richard Cobb, conspicuous in a coat and cap among the yellow jerseys and nicked-up helmets.
Saturday was the 46th annual Charity Bowl, a tackle football game between local former players that this year raised $150,000 for The Joy Fund, a Virginian-Pilot-sponsored charity.
Nimmo, 48, and Cobb, 41, have played together in the past 23 - and not for just a few plays, they're quick to emphasize. In a game featuring a rotating cast of millennials and brief guest appearances from former NFL players such as William Fuller, Ed Beard and Bob Windsor, Nimmo and Cobb have been fixtures. ...
The duo decided before last year's game that they'd only retire on top, even if separately.
"We led late," Cobb recalled. "They got the ball, marched 40 yards and threw the winning pass to the corner of the end zone with 4 seconds left."
On Saturday, Beach-Eastern struggled early - quarterback (and Old Dominion football coach) Bobby Wilder threw an interception on his first pass attempt. But game MVP Desmond Ware ran for two touchdowns, good enough for a victory. (More)

Half-century of safe flying earns pilot lofty honor
(The Virginian-Pilot, Dec. 9, 2013)

In 1954, 10-year-old George Galo took his first ride in an airplane. His father had been stationed in the Panama Canal Zone with the Navy for two years, and on their way back to Norfolk, they flew in a Lockheed Constellation. The pilot took notice of George sitting with his mother and invited him into the cockpit.
George sat in the left seat and gazed at the instruments the pilot used to maneuver the propeller-driven plane. He watched as clouds up ahead cast circular shadows on the ocean below. The pilot pushed a button. They zoomed through the clouds with ease.
George knew then: That's what he wanted to do.
Sunday, he'll receive the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for fulfilling a boyhood dream. In the place where his career began, Hampton Roads Executive Airport, he'll join a list of fewer than 3,000 pilots who have flown without violations or crashes for 50 years or more.
He calls it the achievement of a lifetime. It's also the story of a generation.
While attending Old Dominion University after graduating from Deep Creek High School in 1962, George worked as a meat cutter at a grocery store. One of his frequent customers was a naval aviator; the gold wings on the officer's jacket caught his eye. George boasted that his father was in the Navy and he, too, was going to be a pilot. (More)

Knell's Ridge apartments may finally get council OK
(The Virginian-Pilot, Dec. 9, 2013)

A developer's plan to build 192 apartments on a commercial parcel off Battlefield Boulevard appeared to be in trouble from the start.
The Planning Department opposed it, saying the project, called Knell's Ridge Apartments, would strain already crowded schools and deprive the city of an opportunity to expand its business base.
The Planning Commission, after a series of postponements, agreed and sent the proposal to City Council in July with a recommendation it be rejected.
But the council now appears likely to approve the plan this week by a narrow margin. ...
City planners responded to the original application, submitted in October 2012, by noting that the city's comprehensive plan calls for commercial/business use of the property. Rezoning it for residential use, a staff report said, would have cost the city $3.5 million in lost revenue and spending on services over 20 years. ...
The developer countered with its own study, conducted by Old Dominion University economics professor Larry Filer. It predicted the city would gain $2.5 million over 20 years by turning "a blighted property" that has sat vacant for years into "an aesthetically pleasing, revenue generating property."
Council and city staff members plan to compare the conflicting analyses during a work session Tuesday. (More)

Building a business from scratch: A true story
(Yahoo Finance, Dec. 9, 2013)

Ever wonder what it takes to build a successful business from scratch? The short answer is lots of hard work, a passion that propels you to reach new heights every day and a willingness to take risk. It also doesn't hurt if you recognize the opportunities that come from being in the right place at the right time.
For the longer answer, we asked Charles Barker, chairman of Charles Barker Automotive, a new and used car empire in Virginia Beach, Va., to tell us how he went from humble beginnings to multimillions. ...
Below are his observations about the challenges and rewards along the road to business success, what it takes to be an entrepreneur and the joy of giving back. ...
What type of education did you have?
I graduated high school in Virginia Beach and attended business classes at Old Dominion University. I didn't graduate from college; from an educational standpoint, I'm pretty much self-taught. But I took various classes at Wayne State University, Emory University and University of Michigan, where I was exposed to management education and leadership styles. I also attended General Motors Institute to learn the automotive business. (More)

Diversity award renamed after ODU president's stand
(The Virginian-Pilot, Dec. 6, 2013)

A campus diversity award at Old Dominion University has been renamed for ODU President John Broderick in recognition of his strong stand against an incident of hate speech in October.
Racially inflammatory comments were posted to a Facebook page called ODU Confessions, which is used by ODU students but is not affiliated with the university. The postings prompted an anonymous bomb threat against Webb University Center, forcing the building at the heart of campus to be shut down for several hours while police searched it.
Broderick sent a letter to the campus community afterward, calling the racist comments "disgraceful" and an affront to ODU's culture of inclusivity and civility.
As a result, the committee that considers nominations for the Diversity Champion Award received an unprecedented influx of nominations of Broderick, said ReNee Dunman, assistant vice president in the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.
A resolution designating the John R. Broderick Diversity Champion Award was presented at Thursday's meeting of the ODU Board of Visitors. (More)

ODU seeks money to add 170 full-time faculty spots
(The Virginian-Pilot, Dec. 6, 2013)

Old Dominion University is seeking state funding for 170 new full-time faculty positions in an effort to bring its student-faculty ratio in line with other Virginia universities.
The initiative would increase ODU's full-time faculty contingent, now around 800, by more than 20 percent.
President John Broderick told the university's governing Board of Visitors on Thursday that ODU's student-faculty ratio of 21 to 1 is out of whack with the state average of 17 to 1.
Lowering the ratio would help improve the university's student retention and graduation rates, he said.
Additional full-time faculty slots would also allow ODU to reduce its reliance on part-time, or adjunct, teachers, Broderick said.
The requested new teaching positions would cost about $20 million over the next two years.
Broderick said university officials have been lobbying Gov. Bob McDonnell to include the money in his proposed 2014-16 biennial budget, which will be unveiled later this month. The General Assembly will take up the spending plan when it convenes in January.
Broderick said ODU officials have also made their pitch to Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe, who takes office Jan. 11. (More)

ODU approves campus plan, new football stadium
(The Virginian-Pilot, Dec. 6, 2013)

The Old Dominion University Board of Visitors approved a campus master plan Thursday that calls for the school to double its classroom, research and student support space over 20 years but stay within its 250-acre footprint.
ODU will add nearly 1.3 million square feet of building space, 4,570 student housing units and 3,590 parking spaces. In addition, six buildings and a total of 204,000 square feet of space would be added to its Virginia Beach campus.
The plan also calls for a 30,000-seat football stadium to be built on Powhatan Avenue near the west side of ODU's campus. It will replace Foreman Field.
Dave Harnage, ODU's chief operating officer, said the school has asked the General Assembly for permission to spend $1.5 million to hire a consultant to help determine specifics on the stadium, traffic flow and what amenities the facility should offer. That study, which won't begin until next year, could take a year to complete, he said.
Harnage oversaw the yearlong process of revising the master plan, which he presented to the board in August. After he made 31 public presentations and heard feedback, modest changes were made.
ODU President John Broderick had asked Harnage to figure out a way for the university to grow without spilling into surrounding neighborhoods. ODU and the city have engaged in a costly legal dispute over attempts to condemn private property for expansion of University Village. The landowners won in the Virginia Supreme Court. Surrounding neighborhoods also expressed concerns about where ODU will grow. (More)

ODU Board of Visitors approves campus master plan, including new stadium
(The Daily Press, Dec. 6, 2013)

Old Dominion's Board of Visitors on Thursday unanimously approved a master plan that greatly increases classroom and student support space, as well as calls for a new on-campus football stadium.
ODU will add more than 1.2 million square feet of building space, as well as new student housing and parking on its Norfolk campus - all without expanding beyond present campus boundaries.
Chief Operating Officer Dave Harnage presented the plan to the board Thursday. He oversaw the plan, which was released in August. He solicited feedback from student groups, city officials and nearby neighborhood associations before presenting the amended version Thursday.
The major athletic component of the plan is a new football stadium expected to seat at least 30,000, to be built on the west side of campus near Powhatan Avenue, within sight of the Elizabeth River.
Engineers determined that it would be costlier to expand and properly fit the football team's present home, Foreman Field, than to build a new stadium for the program's move upward to the Football Bowl Subdivision and Conference USA.
According to the Virginian-Pilot, Harnage said that the school asked the General Assembly for permission to spend $1.5 million on a stadium consultant. A new stadium study won't start before 2014 and could take a year to complete.
There is no cost or timetable on construction of a new stadium, though the Monarchs will host a full slate of Conference USA opponents beginning next season, North Carolina State in 2015 and Virginia Tech in 2018.
ODU spent $24.9 million to renovate and upgrade Foreman Field when the football program was reconstituted in 2009. That included the Ainslie Football Complex, parking garage and artificial-turf field. (More)

ODU board approves expansion, new stadium
(The Washington Post/Associated Press, Dec. 5, 2013)

Old Dominion University's governing board has approved a plan to double its classroom, research and student support space over the next 20 years.
The master plan unanimously approved Thursday by the Board of Visitors also calls for construction of a new 30,000-seat football stadium to replace 20,000-seat Foreman Field, which would be partially demolished to make room for more student housing.
The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/1hADxDT ) that the expansion would be accomplished within the university's current 250-acre footprint. Nearly 1.3 million square feet of buildings space, 4,570 student housing units and 3,590 parking spaces would be added to ODU's Norfolk campus. Six buildings and a total of 204,000 square feet of new space would be added to the Virginia Beach (More)

ODU board approves expansion, new stadium
(Charlottesville Daily Progress/The Associated Press, Dec. 5, 2013)

Old Dominion University's governing board has approved a plan to double its classroom, research and student support space over the next 20 years.
The master plan unanimously approved Thursday by the Board of Visitors also calls for construction of a new 30,000-seat football stadium to replace 20,000-seat Foreman Field, which would be partially demolished to make room for more student housing.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that the expansion would be accomplished within the university's current 250-acre footprint. Nearly 1.3 million square feet of buildings space, 4,570 student housing units and 3,590 parking spaces would be added to ODU's Norfolk campus. Six buildings and a total of 204,000 square feet of new space would be added to the Virginia Beach campus. (More)

The Lady Monarchs 'school the court'
(WTKR-TV, Dec. 4, 2013)

School the Court: The phrase was more than a mantra - it was a mission.
On this mission, the Lady Monarchs achieved 100% success.
It was a record day on many fronts including the largest crowd to watch an ODU women's game - 8,086 fans, thanks in part to the third annual Education day. Thirty-two Norfolk public schools participated which equated to more than 6,200 students.
Coach Karen Barefoot had a special message for the kids after the game. "Education is first, anything can happen. I told my team we can make a difference and we wanted to see every kid leave here with a smile."
Everyone left with a huge smile as the ladies took care of business by defeating the Riverhawks of UMass-Lowell 90 to 57.
Former Princess Anne Cavalier Galaisha Goodhoope had 10 points while junior forward Shea Kelley led the team with 26. (More)

Column | Kids rock the Ted, and ODU women roll
(The Virginian-Pilot, Dec. 5, 2013)

I can't vouch for what they're like in class, but the Norfolk elementary school kids who packed the Constant Center late Wednesday morning certainly took instruction well during the Old Dominion women's basketball game.
Whenever the big video screen hanging above center court flashed "Make Some Noise," the children responded with such enthusiasm and lung power that ODU might need a structural engineer to check the arena's roof for loose bolts.
Mostly, the video request was superfluous, of course. You give the energetic, fidgety Nickelodeon set a day off from school and put them in a place where they're encouraged to use their outside voices, and... well, try imagining the sound of 5 million cicadas inside a building.
There were 32 public schools represented at the game between ODU and UMass Lowell on "Education Day," though as far as the action on the court went, both teams are in need of remedial instruction in taking care of the ball.
Old Dominion's 90-57 victory over its winless opponent featured a combined 55 turnovers, split almost evenly. But there weren't any issues between the lines that could detract from the feel-good, festive - did I mention deafening? - atmosphere.
Maybe some of the children who arrived on the 126 buses and swelled attendance to 8,086 - an arena-high for ODU women's basketball - will grow up to be Lady Monarchs basketball fans. A youth movement is needed judging from the demographics at most of their games. (More)

Education day draws record crowd
(WAVY-TV, Dec. 4, 2013)

Old Dominion University women's basketball history was made on Wednesday afternoon in the Lady Monarchs 90-57 rout of the UMass Lowell River Hawks (0-8), as the all-time Ted Constant Convocation Center's attendance for a women's hoops game was broken. 8,086 fans were on-hand for ODU's 11 a.m. tipoff and victory today as part of the third annual Education Day for Norfolk Public Schools, topping the previous attendance record of 7,774 in 2010 when the Lady Vols from Tennessee visited the Ted.
Over 6,100 students from 32 surrounding elementary schools made for an electrifying atmosphere at the Ted for this year's Education Day; shattering last year's total of 2,800 elementary kids for the second annual event.
The Lady Monarchs (4-4) were led by junior co-captain Shae Kelley who recorded her third consecutive double-double with 26 points, 16 rebounds, three blocked shots, three steals and three assists.
Becca Allison poured in a new career high of 17 points (5-6 FG, 3-3 3PT), and also contributed five boards, four assists and two steals. Also in double figures for the Lady Monarchs was sophomore Galaisha Goodhope who went for 10 points, seven assists (tied career high) and five steals. George Washington transfer Chelisa Painter scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds in just 13 minutes of work. (More)

Outgoing A & M president to be named Missouri Chancellor
(Missourinet, Dec. 4, 2013)

The website TexAgs.com is reporting that outgoing Texas A & M president R. Bowen Loftin will be named the new Chancellor at the University of Missouri. Tim Wolfe, University of Missouri president, has scheduled a press conference for 11 a.m. on Thursday Dec. 5.
Loftin has been president of Texas A & M since February 12, 2010. Back in July, Loftin announced his retirement, but planned to stay on at A & M as a professor. According to the Texas A & M University website, prior to assuming leadership of Texas A&M at Galveston, Dr. Loftin served at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, as professor of electrical and computer engineering and professor of computer science.
He was Old Dominion's director of simulation programs and had responsibility for the institution's graduate programs in modeling and simulation. He also served as executive director of the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center. Earlier in his career, he was professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science and director of the NASA Virtual Environments Research Institute at the University of Houston. (More)

Show displays work from Suffolk artist and students
(The Virginian-Pilot, Dec. 3, 2013)

Like flowers attracting bees and butterflies, the gallery spaces on the first and second floors of the ODU Tri-Cities Higher Education Center are there to achieve a similar result.
"We want exposure for the ODU Tri-Cities Center and what it provides, what we have to offer," said Ellen McClintock, ODU master adviser at the Portsmouth facility.
"And we also want to support the arts throughout the community. Whenever we have an art show and reception, the people who attend see what the center is all about. So many people tell us they drive by our facility and wonder what it's all about. This allows them to come in, see us for themselves and enjoy the talents of area students and artists."
The facility's second-floor gallery is exhibiting about 100 creations by students from Chesapeake and Suffolk public schools.
It's also hosting "Pastel Interpretations," a one-woman show of original pastels by Suffolk native and resident Debbie J. Hobbs.
The 5-year-old center is the newest of three in Hampton Roads which includes one in Virginia Beach and another in Hampton. The Portsmouth facility offers junior, senior and graduate level courses with an emphasis on business, business administration, teacher education, health, communications, engineering, criminal justice, counseling, human services and occupational and technical studies.
"We offer full-service higher education classes and course work, including advisements and general information about the university," McClintock said. "We serve Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth and Western Tidewater. People don't have to go through tunnels or drive over to the Norfolk campus. We're an ODU site on this side of the water, an offshoot of the main campus." (More)

Kids to pack the house at ODU women's game
(The Virginian-Pilot, Dec. 4, 2013)

Yes, 11 a.m. is awfully early to play a college basketball game. But even with that starting time, today's contest between the Old Dominion and Massachusetts Lowell could set an attendance record.
Thanks largely to a promotion with the Norfolk public schools, ODU expects to break its Constant Center women's basketball attendance record of 7,774, set on Dec. 5, 2010, when the Lady Monarchs played Tennessee.
More than 6,100 elementary school students and teachers, staff and family members will pour into the Constant Center for ODU's third annual Education Day promotion, said Steve Suttmiller, senior coordinator for athletics for the public schools.
ODU has sold or distributed 7,866 tickets, senior associate athletic director Debbie White said. Assuming students and others who purchase or pick up tickets before the game outnumber no-shows, ODU should break the record, she said.
This is the third year in a row for the promotion, an idea basketball coach Karen Barefoot said she brought from Elon.
White said the first Education Day two years ago drew 1,900 students and increased to 3,000 last year. The students are paying $2 per ticket, and many schools have raised funds to cover the cost.
Setting an attendance record isn't the point of the promotion, ODU coach Karen Barefoot said.
"Some of the kids who will be visiting Old Dominion have never been on a college campus," Barefoot said. "This is a great opportunity to plant a seed in their heads that they can go to college." (More)

ODU students alerted about 2 robberies Tuesday night
(The Virginian-Pilot, Dec. 4, 2013)

Students at Old Dominion University received an alert overnight about two robberies - one behind Whitehurst Hall and the other on West 39th Street.
The first incident was reported to university police about 9:15 p.m. after a student who was walking alone behind Whitehurst Hall near the water was assaulted by three males, according to the alert. The student was not seriously injured, but did have personal property stolen.
The second incident happened about 10:30 p.m. as a student walked alone in the 1000 block of W. 39th St. That student also was approached and assaulted by three males and had personal items taken.
The students told police that no weapons were involved in the robberies.
The alert described one of the males as 6 feet tall and 190 pounds. He wore a T-shirt, jeans and black hooded sweatshirt. The second male is 5-feet-eight, 150 pounds and wore a white shirt, red T-shirt and black pants. The third male is 6-feet-2, 180 pounds and wore a dark shirt, jeans and white tennis shoes. All three were described as black and in their 20s to 30s.
Police are reminding students to walk in pairs when practical, follow paths that are well-lighted, avoid carrying large amounts of cash or displaying valuables and use the SafeRide van service. Students also can call university services for an escort at 757-683-3477. (More)

Game Theory Sparks Terrorism Risk Modeling
(CFO.com, Dec. 2, 2013)

Thirteen years after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, one thing has become clear about the challenges of modeling and analyzing terrorism risk: at the core of the peril is the intelligence of an adversary who can decide where and when to strike and have counter-moves for every move you make.
Prior to 9/11, the mathematical science of risk modeling, particularly as it applied to the perils corporations might expect, was based on the data provided by Mother Nature, a much less intelligent actor. "We understand wind storms, we understand surf. We understand that they're pretty particular. They like the coast," says Richard Rabs, vice president of insurance and risk at Veolia Environnement North America, a water, waste and energy management company. ...
But if the balance of power has shifted to counter-terrorism, the chances are good that terrorists will adjust to that, too. To model the risk under current circumstances and be able predict the likelihood of attacks, government and private-sector analysts are increasingly relying on computer simulations and games, according to Barry Ezell, an associate professor of research at the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center at Old Dominion University.
To explain how such a game-theory application might work, Ezell supplies the example of running a seaport. Such an operation could have many activities running simultaneously: ships, trains and other modes of transport arriving, unloading and loading cargo, and departing.
"You can create that environment in a simulated world," Ezell says, noting that data generated for all those different activities can be used to simulate the operations of the port. "And then you can inject the effects of different terrorism scenarios into that simulation, and look at the consequences to your port operations." (More)

Vistronix Appoints Holly Beveridge as Chief Financial Officer
(Washington Executive, Dec. 2, 2013)

Vistronix has named Holly Asher Beveridge as Chief Financial Officer. Responsible for all financial aspects of Vistronix's business, Beveridge is an industry veteran with more than 25 years of public accounting and private industry experience.
"I'm excited to join this world-class organization's executive team and to ensure that Vistronix's operations and financial position are well aligned with the company's future growth and success," said Beveridge.
Prior to joining Vistronix, Beveridge spent the last five years as Chief Financial Officer of Trinity Technology Group, and previous five years as Chief Financial Officer of Dimensions International, Inc. She is a Certified Public Accountant, active member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and serves on the board of NVTC's Equal Footing Foundation. Having received her B.S.B.A. in Accounting from Old Dominion University, Beveridge also has a Masters Certificate in Government Contracting from the George Washington University School of Business and Public Management.
"Holly's extensive experience in government contracting, corporate finance, accounting, acquisitions and financial growth make her the ideal person to take on this role at Vistronix," said John Hassoun, Corporate President of Vistronix. "We're experiencing tremendous growth, and the addition of Holly to Vistronix's executive team positions us to grow even faster and to serve our customers even better." (More)

Virginia Tech's HokieBird a finalist in the Capital One Mascot Challenge
(WTKR-TV, Dec. 2, 2013)

Virginia Tech's mascot, the HokieBird, is one of the final mascots left in the Capital One Bowl Mascot Challenge.
It started with 16 mascots from schools across the country. The HokieBird is now one of four mascots still in the playoffs with the winner being crowned the mascot of the year.
Right now, the HokieBird is trailing Rocky the Bull from South Florida (54% - 46%), but it's still a close race and voting doesn't close until Sunday at midnight
The winning school will be awarded a $20,000 scholarship toward its mascot program. ...
The only Virginia school to ever win the challenge was Old Dominion University. Their Big Blue mascot won back in 20-10. (More)