Week of 5/12/14
Years of dreams, work pay off in officer's rank, salute
(The Virginian-Pilot, May 10, 2014)
They stood tall in their crisp dress uniforms, shoulders back, arms straight at their sides.
And they kept their eyes straight ahead and their looks solemn - to a point.
After the pinnings, as they marched across the stage Friday morning with the achievement not just of graduating from college but of becoming officers in the Army, Marine Corps or Navy, the 52 graduates had difficulty suppressing grins as they received their first salutes.
Heather Cantrell chose to receive hers from her father, who served three years in the Navy and helped inspire her to pursue a Navy career before she'd even entered high school.
That seemed like so long ago as she reached up to return her father's salute on Friday. Her stoic expression gave way to a smile, and by the time her arm dropped, she was grinning, and she gave her dad a huge hug.
"I feel like my life as an adult is finally beginning," Cantrell, 22, said. "I've been in school for 19 years, and I am ready to actually have a career and start my life." ...
Students who go through the program must commit in advance to a service branch.
"Just applying for it speaks so highly for the students here," said Lt. j.g. Jacqueline Fitzmorris, the officer in charge of the commissioning ceremony. "They are extremely locked on." (More)
Photos | ODU graduation
(Photos, The Virginian-Pilot, May 10, 2014)
Graduates parade through campus to the Ted Constant Center and celebrate at ODU's commencement ceremony Friday. (More)
Jobless contend with weight gain as they search for work
(The Washington Post, May 8, 2014)
With its blue-collar jobs vaporizing by the day, this once proud city of airplane builders, pipe organ laborers and ice cream makers has been wrestling unsuccessfully with stubborn and still-high unemployment.
Now it's confronting one of the side effects: Soaring obesity.
A subject long ignored by policymakers, and one that unemployment counselors are too sheepish to raise with job seekers, the link between bulging waistlines and joblessness is now of intense interest to researchers studying the long-term effects of the country's economic malaise. ...
"A high unemployment rate is a proxy for many economic and socioeconomic determinants of health," said Harry Zhang, an Old Dominion University health economist who recently published a study on obesity and unemployment. "For people living in areas with high unemployment, everything is messed up. You have poverty. High crime. Low education levels. And people rely on food to comfort themselves, to make them feel better."
Some studies even show that employed people in counties with high unemployment are at greater risk of becoming obese. Fearing job loss, they put in longer hours, meaning more sedentary time at work. (More)
(Distinction Magazine, May 10, 2014)
It's true. There's no place like home.
At 51, Randy Webb will be the first to say it. He spent years bathed in big-city lights. They never blinded him to the beacon of home.
Webb is one of the business world's boomerangs: people who make successful careers elsewhere, but eventually swoop back to the nest. They're drawn back by the past, the present and the future - roots, family, the desire to contribute to the place where they were forged.
Those are powerful pulls for a father, too. Webb sits in a white leather chair in a conference room high in the World Trade Center, the building that curves to fit the corner across from Norfolk's Town Point Park.
The president and CEO of Signature, a company that helps wealthy folks manage their money, holds up this interview long enough to take a call from one of his three children. "She's old enough to drive now," Webb whispers aside, before getting the scoop on his daughter's whereabouts, then hanging up with an "I love you, too." ...
Three generations back is enough for him to recite - a great-grandfather who worked at the Portsmouth shipyard, a grandfather who became the first president of Old Dominion University, a father who served as dean at Christopher Newport University.
"So for me, this place has gravity," he says. "I grew up crossing the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. I'll never forget staying at my grandfather's house in Larchmont, listening to the horns of tugboats on the river as I went to sleep. I still love that sound." (More)
Chrysler Museum reopens expanded and renovated
(The Virginian-Pilot, May 10, 2014)
A line of people snaked along the walkway to the Chrysler Museum of Art on Friday evening.
"It's exciting," said Kathie Moore of Norfolk. She was among those in line for a members preview event. She hadn't been inside yet, but she already appreciated the new landscaping and outdoor sculptures.
"I've missed it terribly," she said.
The Chrysler Museum of Art reopens today to the public after being closed for just over 16 months during a $24 million expansion and renovation project.
Friday evening, more than a thousand members, out of about 3,000, flooded the museum for a reopening party.
The main entry hall reverberated with chatter as people packed in and then spread into more than 50 galleries that have been entirely redone, from flooring to climate control to the choice of art.
The new settings make all the old art look fresh again, said Susan Desilets. She and her husband, Richard, live nearby and visited often until the museum closed.
Inside, regulars noted many changes.
"The galleries seem bigger and cleaner and more ready for art," said Fred Bayersdorfer, assistant dean for the arts at the College of Arts & Letters at Old Dominion University. (More)
Summer internship fashion: Start conservatively, adapt
(The Virginian-Pilot, May 8, 2014)
For college students, the first goal for the summer is to get a job. The next predicament: What to wear to it? Pilot columnists Jamesetta M. Walker and Philip Walzer explore the do's and don'ts of summer internship fashion, with the help of some local students.
Eric Hammond has a finely tuned fashion sensibility for a 21-year-old.
He polishes his dress shoes regularly to avoid the embarrassment of visible scuff marks. He never wears a tie that dangles below his belt. And after he knots up, he always puts on a tie clip. Not only does it look stylish, he says, it also keeps the tie from "flopping everywhere" in the wind.
When Hammond, a finance major at Old Dominion University from Virginia Beach, begins his summer internship next week with Stewart Title & Settlement in Chesapeake, he'll suit up. But if he sees that the rest of the office is dressed more casually, he'll go with the flow.
"I will dress according to the office culture," says Hammond of Virginia Beach, who just finished his junior year. "I would not want to be a distraction in the workplace by being overdressed."
Hammond's already nailed down two of the most important rules for dressing for summer jobs: Start conservatively. Then adapt to the prevailing custom. ...
Others are beyond debate. No sleeveless or spaghetti straps for women. Nothing too tight or too loose for either gender. And Beverly Forbes, the interim executive director of ODU's Career Management Center, says some guys conveniently forget one rule: White socks never should be worn with dark pants. (More)
Bitcoin in Hampton Roads: Currency is finding footing
(The Virginian-Pilot, May 11, 2014)
Trevor Scribner, clad in T-shirt and shorts, looked like any other customer when he went to Doumar's Cones and Barbecue last week and shook hands with Thad Doumar at the counter.
He had come to persuade the general manager of one of Hampton Roads' oldest restaurants - whose founder is said to have invented the ice cream cone - to embrace a newer invention: bitcoin. A decentralized, Internet-based monetary system, bitcoin uses a digital currency and has begun to build a network of users across the globe, especially overseas. ...
Describing Tom Flake as a bitcoin miner is a little like calling Steve Jobs a phone maker. Like Jobs, the father of the iPad and iPhone, Flake is a visionary.
He co-founded BCause LLC, a Virginia Beach company that mines bitcoin, but that's just the tip of the bitcoin 'berg for Flake. ...
Flake has a business and math degree from Old Dominion University and a master's in business administration from the College of William & Mary. In addition to his other companies, he runs the Peninsula Technology Incubator in Hampton, which launched BCause.
Flake, 48, doesn't just believe in bitcoin as currency. He considers it an antidote to the "brain drain" plaguing Hampton Roads, which loses young adults who leave the area for high-tech careers. Bitcoin-related development could turn the region into the Silicon Valley of cybercurrency, he said.
"If we want to be a center of innovation," Flake said during a lunch with fellow believers in March, "we need to innovate, not follow." (More)
Opa! Youth folk dancers, food, art on tap at Norfolk's Greek Festival
(The Virginian-Pilot, May 12, 2014)
It's May, the azaleas are in bloom and there is a big, white tent propped up on the corner of 7220 Granby St. That can only mean one thing - time to get your loukoumades on. In other words: Greek Festival time.
For the past 28 years, the members of the Annunciaton Greek Orthodox Cathedral have been putting on the Norfolk Greek Festival, a four-day-long cultural event meant to share their faith and heritage with the Hampton Roads area. Despite the consistent themes of food, faith, fun and family, one thing has changed over the years: they no longer bring in professional dancers to perform for the crowd. For more than a decade now, children from their own ministry have been learning the dances and performing in their place. ...
"There's history to the dances - each region has their own style, flair, story," said Christina Vastardis, 20, a junior at Old Dominion University and graduate from the church's dance program. Vastardis, who has been "dancing since before she could walk," comes several times a week to help teach.
"It's important to keep our culture alive and pass it down," Vastardis said. She would know - her mother danced and taught before her. (More)
Mom Tattoos | Ink showcases the fondest memories
(The Virginian-Pilot, May 11, 2014)
Other loves can fade away. But not the love for Mom. Or the kind of love Mom gives. /// That kind of love is permanent. Like ink. /// It's no wonder that sailors and soldiers charging into World War II saw it fitting to declare in the fixed markings of tattoos their loyalty for the one woman who would never leave them. /// The allure of the "mom" tattoo remains prevalent today - even among women. So on this Mother's Day, we asked readers to share their stories about their tattoos - and their moms. ...
Kimberly Tabilin of Norfolk grew up being told that she was just as independent and "hard-headed" as her mother, Melba. Her mom commanded, and still does, family and business events.
Even though it might've been true, Tabilin said, "as a kid, you don't want to believe you're anything like your parents."
But after Tabilin graduated from Salem High, then Old Dominion University, and got married, she saw the years of comparisons as the highest compliment.
"My mom is the heart and soul of the family," she said. "My mom is my best friend. I don't know what I'd do without her." (More)
ODU wrestlers lock up nation's 2nd-highest GPA
(The Virginian-Pilot, May 9, 2014)
The Old Dominion wrestling team had the second-highest grade-point average of 79 Division I wrestling programs in the nation this season in figures released by the National Wrestling Coaches Association this week.
Registering a 3.32 GPA, the Monarchs recorded their highest academic finish, and were just behind top-ranked Harvard, with a 3.3657.
Also, ODU's Tristan Warner made the NWCA Division I All-Academic team. The 157-pounder from Mechanisburg, Pa., has a 3.97 GPA as a double major in communications and criminal justice. (More)
School Board appoints interim
(Suffolk News-Herald, May 8, 2014)
James E. Perkinson was appointed interim member for the Sleepy Hole borough during Thursday's School Board meeting.
Perkinson thanked members for allowing him to return to the board, adding, "I'm looking forward to working with you and helping to improve the public education in Suffolk."
Perkinson will serve through Dec. 31. A special election to find a permanent member for Sleepy Hole will be held in November.
Diane Foster had to retire from the borough after moving to another part of Suffolk.
Perkinson, 69, holds a bachelor's degree from East Carolina University and a master's degree from Old Dominion University. He served on the board from 1996 to 2008, when Foster beat him when he was running for re-election. (More)
Cities, bases on Tree City list
(The Virginia Gazette, May 7, 2014)
Across Virginia, 56 communities have earned recertification under the Tree City USA program, according to a news release from the Virginia Department of Forestry.
Communities achieve Tree City USA status by maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day, according to arborday.org.
Old Dominion University re-earned Tree Campus USA designation. Hampton Roads cities and military installations earning Tree City USA recertification are Newport News, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, NAVSUPPACT Norfolk Northwest Annex, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, NAS Oceana, NAS Oceana Dam Neck Annex, NASA Langley Research Center, Naval Station Norfolk and Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads.
More information: http://www.arborday.org/index.cfm. (More)
(Military Advanced Education, May 5, 2014)
In the early 1970s, sailors aboard Polaris submarines were treated to educational films from institutions such as the University of South Carolina and Harvard during their off-watch hours. It proved to be a successful program for various reasons, not least of which was because at a time when there was no Internet or email, it gave servicemen the chance to seek out and explore interests beyond sonar pings, torpedo tubes and periscopes.
Thanks in part to the ongoing popularity of this scholastic cinema, the evolution of shipboard learning continued to move forward. "In 1973, the Navy allowed civilian instructors to ride and teach on selected surface ships that were home ported out of Norfolk, Va.," said Lieutenant Commander Mark Wadsworth, director of the Center for Personal and Professional Development Support Site Saufley Field in Pensacola, Fla. "By 1974, with the advent of the all-volunteer force, the Navy's Program for Afloat College Education was established." ...
Interestingly, building the technology-based content that allows students to work independently is a joint effort of no less than 10 institutions that currently offer approximately 280 courses, all consolidated and organized by the people at Coastline Community College. "One thing that sets this program apart from other distance learning opportunities is the collaborative nature of its educational partners," said Coastline's Joycelyn Groot, the school's executive dean for Contract, Military and Business Development Programs and Services.
"Coastline, as the academic integrator of the DL program, is a subcontractor to Central Texas College, and works closely with all its DL partners to assure we are meeting the academic needs of the sailors, while also fulfilling the operational needs of the Navy." Coastline's nine partners in education are Central Texas College, Dallas Telecollege, ECPI University, Governors State University, Old Dominion University, Saint Leo University, Thomas Edison State College, the University of Oklahoma and Vincennes University. (More)
Newport News warehouse robot firm hiring engineers in expansion
(The Daily Press, May 7, 2014)
Anyone want to work with warehouse robots? One Newport News facility is expanding as the e-commerce market grows, which is expected to fuel more demand for high-tech retail distribution systems.
Swisslog's North America headquarters in Oakland Industrial Park in northern Newport News has doubled its workforce since 2011, hiring 75 new-full-time workers, said A.K. Schultz, vice president of customer service. Last year, the company nearly doubled its space by adding a 20,500-square-foot warehouse at 161 Enterprise Drive.
This year, the warehouse and distribution solutions center plans to add 30 more jobs as more companies move toward automation, said Bill Leber, business development manager. Swisslog technology includes forklifts that can either drive themselves to move pallets in a warehouse or entire computer-controlled cube-storage systems where robots bring specific cases of items to an employees' workstations on command. ...
More than 50 college students and faculty from Christopher Newport University and Old Dominion University saw the robots in action. They also toured the facility's 24/7 tech support center that monitors advanced warehouse systems for clients every day of the year. More than one-third of the time, the system alerts the center to a problems that are solved without the clients having to call for help, said Reda Elgourbi, who manages the team of eight engineers there. (More)
The Power List: 7. John Broderick
(Inside Business, May 5, 2014)
John Broderick is at the helm of the area's biggest post-secondary institution, and developments at Old Dominion University over the past year have catapulted Broderick 11 spots on the Power List from No. 18 last year.
One of the most significant events for the school since last spring was the announcement that alumnus Mark Strome and his family have donated $11 million to help integrate and nurture entrepreneurship throughout the university.
"That was really a big deal," Broderick said, "not only in terms of the donation, but also programmatically, to know that that's going to be a part of our curriculum and our fabric here going forward."
Among other things, the vision calls for a speaker series and competitions and entails students in every discipline being exposed to an entrepreneurship curriculum. The gift has prompted other donations for the cause.
ODU is in the midst of implementing a master plan, which will yield a new freestanding dining hall, residences, a football field and more. Broderick said the school is also attempting to build a new $70 million to $80 million chemistry laboratory building, "which will probably be the most significant capital project we've ever taken on with the state's help."
Broderick said the school recently brought on Morris Foster, formerly of the University of Oklahoma, as the vice president of research. His main task will be to move the school's research agenda forward, Broderick said.
"He's going to continue to lead our efforts in places where I really think we add value and have a real opportunity to be nationally recognized," Broderick said. "And that would be in modeling and simulation, bioelectrics and sea level rise." (More)
The Power List: 22. Alonzo Brandon
(Inside Business, May 5, 2014)
Alonzo Brandon heads the fundraising efforts at Old Dominion University, and his work there and in the community has launched him into the Power List Top 25.
Brandon joined the university in 1993 and was named vice president for university advancement in 2010. He'd been involved in fundraising well before that appointment, though, individually raising more than $100 million for the school in 20 years. One of the most significant donations over the past year was an $11 million gift by California-based investment manager Mark Strome, who graduated from the school in 1978. The gift is aimed at weaving entrepreneurism into the fabric of the school's learning experience, and Brandon helped secure it.
"I've known the Stromes since 1996, and the conversation about entrepreneurism didn't start until about a year ago," Brandon said. "So President [John] Broderick and I have been talking to them on and off since he became president [in 2008] and I would go visit them."
In 2012, Brandon and Broderick altered how they do fundraising. Instead of spending money to advertise capital campaigns and "market needs," Brandon said officials have opted to curtail ad spending and work to "marry interests." Since the shift, the school has raised more than $20 million each year, Brandon said, which is double the previous pace.
"President Broderick and I agreed to change our model, which involves doing more to marry the needs of the community, the institution and the students," he said. "And where you find the area where those points intersect, raising money at those points. And since we've done that we've doubled our annual private support." (More)
The Power List: Vinod Agarwal
(Inside Business, May 5, 2014)
Vinod Agarwal came to the United States in 1971 with a dollar and dream.
Well, it was more like "eight dollars and a suitcase," he said. Now he's one of the region's most prominent economists and he's earned a spot on the Inside Business Power List.
"I basically uprooted myself," the Old Dominion University economics professor said.
Agarwal and colleague David Wagner are the brainchildren behind ODU's Economic Forecasting Project, an annual presentation the business community anticipates, to see how the local and national economies are doing.
Agarwal started the program in 1995 under an initiative of former ODU president Jim Koch, and it has since grown. The project keeps a scorecard, too, so people can keep track of how accurate - or inaccurate - the predictions were.
The 65-year-old was born in Shahabad, a small town about 108 miles from New Delhi. He was the youngest with five brothers and one sister. His father was a small businessman who sold clothing and cement and was a commission agent in the food grain market.
"He only had a high school degree, but he valued education," Agarwal said. "He spent most of his savings on our education. My mother sold all her jewelry to find money to support us."
Four of his brothers were engineers and one was a doctor, and there was pressure for Agarwal to go into politics.
"One of the reasons I moved to the States was to move away from the pressure of my family to join the Indian civil service," Agarwal said, which leads to becoming a bureaucrat.
"It was too much pressure, so I said, 'The heck with it. Look forward. Go away.'" (More)
ODU graduations to be held Friday, Saturday in Norfolk
(The Virginian-Pilot, May 6, 2014)
Old Dominion University will hold commencement on Friday and Saturday for more than 2,700 graduates.
At the ceremony Friday, the College of Arts and Letters graduates will hear an address by Nancy Kirkpatrick, president of worldwide marketing for Summit Entertainment. She is also a 1980 graduate of ODU, according to a news release. ...
During the Saturday morning commencement ceremony, graduates will hear from John O. "Dubby" Wynne, retired president and chief executive officer of the predecessor to Landmark Media Enterprises LLC, which owns The Virginian-Pilot. He'll be delivering remarks to graduates of the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology, College of Health Sciences and College of Sciences. Wynne will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the school. ...
At the afternoon ceremony on Saturday, graduates of the Darden College of Education and College of Business and Public Administration, will hear remarks from Alma J. Powell, chair of the board of directors for America's Promise Alliance. Powell and Sidney O. Dewberry, chairman emeritus and founder of the engineering and architecture firm Dewberry, will receive honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees. (More)
Mason makes Opera Philadelphia debut
(Opinion, The Daily Press, May 3, 2014)
By John Sokolowski
The recent MODSIM World Conference & Expo, which brought together 400 modeling and simulation representatives from industry, government and academia, rightly addressed the need for M&S to modernize, and branch out into different disciplines and applications for the technology. This is especially true with the threat of a reduction of direct government spending on M&S because of sequestration and other program expenditure cuts.
The conference also, rightly, can be used as an example of the incredible growth of an academic discipline and profession built from the ground up in the past 20 years in Hampton Roads. This is reflected in the fact that there are approximately 6,000 advertised jobs across the nation for modeling and simulation professionals in areas such as health care, manufacturing, engineering, and commerce. ...
The conference also featured a roundtable discussion with local economic development officials and community leaders how to showcase modeling and simulation as a vehicle for accelerating existing and untapped technology growth areas in Hampton Roads such as unmanned aerial systems, cyber security, healthcare and advanced manufacturing.
The roundtable, hosted by Thomas Reese, director of business development and technology transfer of Old Dominion University's Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC), didn't reflect an industry threatened with decline with possible cuts in government spending. Instead, it showed an M&S industry that has made the leap to the next level, as an economic development engine in its own right.
Old Dominion University's Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center was founded in 1997 as an academic partner of the Department of Defense's Joint Forces Command. Along with training modeling and simulation professionals, and providing key services to industry and government partners, VMASC's mission has been to advance the academic discipline into fields where M&S hasn't previously been used.
Sokolowski is Executive Director, Old Dominion University Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) and Associate Professor of Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Engineering. (More)
Apprentice School, ODU create partnership
(Inside Business, May 2, 2014)
Old Dominion University and Newport News Shipbuilding have ties dating back to the 1960s, and the 1,000-plus ODU grads at that company are the largest contingency of alumni from any one school.
Last week, those ties just got closer after the region's largest university and the state's largest industrial employer announced a partnership that would streamline workers' paths to a bachelor's degree.
"This is not just a degree program," Everett Jordan, director of education at Newport News Shipbuilding's Apprentice School, said in a statement.
"This program aligns academics with real-life, on-the-job utilization of skills in a 550-acre laboratory."
The primary partners are the apprentice school and ODU's Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology. ...
Oktay Baysal, dean of ODU's Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology, said in a phone interview that the individual, the university and the company all stand to benefit.
For employees, he said, the red tape on a path to a bachelor's is slashed tremendously. He also said supplementing apprentice school with a four-year degree will likely increase skills and earning potential.
"They'll become career-ready," Baysal said about apprenticeship graduates. "They can work with their hands, they can build things and they can fix things. But they may not know how to design them, how to analyze them and how to improve them. And that is the engineering piece which comes with the theory." (More)
Norfolk's Larchmont Elementary celebrates its centennial
(The Virginian-Pilot, May 5, 2014)
Students, parents, faculty and teachers - past and present - celebrated Larchmont Elementary School's 100th birthday with smiles, speeches and a spring carnival April 26.
Before the opening ceremonies, the children milled around the front steps of the revered school anxiously waiting for the speeches to end and the carnival to begin.
"It's a great school and a great community. Parents are really involved; everyone volunteers," said parent Nicole Breed.
Dressed as the school's leopard mascot, Breed wandered the carnival grounds all day greeting guests.
She described current principal Dennis Fifer as "friendly and highly involved," and added, "If you're here, he knows your name." ...
Eric Peterson, a retired Marine colonel, attended Larchmont in 1967 and spoke of his pride in the school's desegregation and its connection to Old Dominion University.
"Look across Hampton Boulevard and you can see the site of the first Larchmont School," he said pointing to a vacant lot at the corner of Hampton Boulevard and Bolling Avenue.
The original building was built as a four-room schoolhouse in 1913. Until its annexation by the city of Norfolk in 1923, Larchmont was a part of Norfolk County.
In 1930, the city of Norfolk donated the old school to establish the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary (now ODU). (More)
Local sign company seeing growth, ready to expand
(Charlottesville Daily Progress, May 5, 2014)
Begun as a home-based enterprise nearly 20 years ago, word-of-mouth about Performance Signs' ability to serve niche markets has spurred so much growth, the company is moving to larger facilities to accommodate the increased business.
In the mid-1990s, Robbie Morris, who grew up in Greene County, was an engineering student at Virginia Tech and also was working as an intern for the National Ground Intelligence Center. His brother was racing stock cars, and they soon started doing decal work for the racetrack.
What started as a side business did so well that when "it was time to go back to school, I was enjoying the sign business so much I didn't go back," Morris said.
Around the same time, he was dating his now wife, Katherine Morris, who was attending Old Dominion University. She joined the company full-time in 2001 after graduating from ODU and assumed full ownership of the business in 2004.
"Robbie loved to sit down and spend an afternoon with a client just designing something," said Katherine Morris. Although that approach was satisfying, from a creativity standpoint, it wasn't for productivity. Together, the couple said, they're a good business match. (More)
EVMS/W&M dual degree melds health, business
(The Virginian-Pilot, May 5, 2014)
Eastern Virginia Medical School is teaming up with the College of William & Mary to create a new "MD-MBA" degree that will combine medical and business administration courses.
Classes for the dual degree program, which the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools recently approved, will begin in July.
Students will take three years of medical classes at EVMS in Norfolk, followed by 48 credit hours of business administration at the William & Mary Mason School of Business in Williamsburg. Then they will return to EVMS to complete their fourth year of medical education.
At the end of five years, the students will have both a medical degree and an MBA. ...
EVMS also has collaborative programs with Old Dominion University in Norfolk, including a master's in public health - a joint program, not one that leads to dual degrees - in which students learn about health care management, population-based research and public health practice. (More)