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October 14, 2013


Second Annual Festival to Celebrate Monarch/LGBTQ Pride

ODU Out, the LGBTQ student alliance at Old Dominion, will host the second annual Pride Fest on Saturday, Oct. 26, a celebration of diversity and inclusivity among students, faculty and staff that acknowledges the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community on campus and throughout the greater Hampton Roads region.

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Visiting Lecturer Will Link Public Health Risks to Climate Change

Wendy Ring, a public health doctor who won notoriety last year by touring the United States on a bicycle to publicize public health threats caused by climate change, will speak at ODU on Friday, Oct. 25. She will be in Norfolk for a talk organized by the university's Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative.


ODU Simulation to Mark United Nations Day

The ODU Model United Nations Society will observe the international peacekeeping organization's 68th anniversary Oct. 18 with an event where students have an opportunity to represent member U.N. nations in simulated discussions about the war in Syria and efforts to combat human trafficking.


Faculty Innovator Grant Proposals Due Dec. 2

The FIG program encourages faculty to explore the use of technology in teaching and learning issues that are targets for improvement and innovation. Proposals involving collaboration of two or more faculty members from the same department, or from different departments in the same or in different colleges, are encouraged.


Steve Zeil, associate professor of computer science, leads a discussion on Leveraging Technology to Support Both Face-to-Face
and Online or Hybrid Teaching for the Provost’s Conversations on Teaching and Learning series. Zeil has been offering online courses for more than 15 years, frequently teaching the same course in live and online versions during alternate semesters. The Oct. 10 presentation was in the Learning Commons Conference Room at Perry Library. Photo by David Hollingsworth

Around the Grounds

A busy university calendar last week preceded ODU's Oct. 12-15 fall break. In addition to the many presentations and readings associated with the 36th annual Literary Festival, including a President's Lecture and "The Nevergiveups" photo exhibition and book launch, events ranged from a Provost's Conversations series discussion to a "wax hands" activity for students.

A Picture is Worth...

thepicturePhoto: David Hollingsworth

Thelma Nkone, left, and Vivienne Budaza, members of The Nevergiveups, a group of grandmothers within the Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS (GAPA)organization in South Africa, sing the group's anthem as part of a book launch program Wednesday night at Chandler Recital Hall. Jennifer Fish, chair of the ODU women's studies department, is a co-author of the book, titled "The Nevergiveups," along with South African journalists Eric Miller and Jo-Anne Smetherham. Budaza is the executive director of GAPA. The Nevergiveups speaking tour and photo exhibition were presented as part of ODU's 36th annual Literary Festival.


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