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Old Dominion University’s 2017 Top-Viewed News Stories

By Jon Cawley

Throughout 2017, Old Dominion University's students, faculty and staff were the subject of stories featured on the ODU News homepage.

Ranked by number of website visitors, the following 10 stories were our most viewed in 2017.

ODU Named one of the Top 15 Universities in the Nation for African-American Student Success

The Education Trust, an organization that promotes high academic achievement for students at all levels, recognized Old Dominion University as one of the nation's top 15 higher education institutions with African American student graduation rates that were significantly higher than averages for comparable higher education institutions.

ODU Engineering Graduate Earns Full Scholarship to Ph.D. Program at Johns Hopkins

Taylor Bobrow celebrated a big day on May 6, graduating from Old Dominion as his twin sister and alumni parents Jeff '86 and Ellen '89 proudly looked on. The 22-year-old went on to Baltimore and a full scholarship to pursue his doctorate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, which has one of the top-ranked biomedical engineering programs in the country.

Major Hurricane Impact: Is Hampton Roads Ready?

The 2017 hurricane season escalated rapidly in September with a succession of major storms inundating the Gulf Coast and Caribbean. The devastation should serve as a warning to the rest of the nation, Old Dominion sea level rise researchers say.

Old Dominion Selects Football Stadium Construction Manager

Following competitive procedures required by the Virginia Public Procurement Act for the selection of a construction manager, Old Dominion University announced the award for the reconstruction of the football stadium at Foreman Field to the S.B. Ballard Construction Company.

Dance Program Director, Amanda Kinzer Remembered for Vibrancy and Dedication

Amanda Kinzer, Old Dominion University's dance program director and an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts, died March 9. She was remembered by colleagues for her love, passion and dedication.

Snowstorm Nutrition: A Message from Old Dominion's Dietitian

Shoppers should look beyond the traditional staples such as milk and bread, advised Tracy Conder, the University's nutritionist. Milk is a great source of protein, but it can spoil if the power goes out.

Former ODU Coach Jeff Capel, Whose ALS Diagnosis Was Revealed in January, Remembered by Monarch Family

Capel made an impact on the Old Dominion basketball program, its players and fans as head coach from 1993 to 2001. In January, Capel's son Jeff, an assistant coach at Duke, revealed in a letter that his father had been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Darden College of Education Opens Dazzling New Building

The newest academic building on Old Dominion's campus, the 120,000-square-foot Education Building opened to students at the start of the spring semester. The five-story, LEED Silver Certified building has many state-of-the-art features, which weren't available in the college's former home on Kaufman Mall.

Old Dominion University Named One of Nation's Top Employers

In May, the business publication Forbes ranked Old Dominion University among the nation's top 200 "midsize employers" for 2017.

ODU Expert Warns of 'Smishing' Scams That Target Text Messages

Hongyi "Michael" Wu, director of Old Dominion University's Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research, provided expert analysis of a cyber scam that is on the rise as internet-based criminals move beyond the email inbox.