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October 28, 2013


Local Administrators Give High Marks to ODU’s Teacher Immersion Residency Program

It may be considered small by some standards, but ODU's Teacher Immersion Residency program is paying off big in the eyes of area school administrators. In the short time it has been in existence, it has built a reputation for producing outstanding classroom teachers - like Norview High's Joseph Blacketer (left).

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Steering Committee, Subcommittees Begin Work on New Five-Year Strategic Plan

The process to develop ODU's 2014-2019 Strategic Plan is under way. Provost Carol Simpson and Ellen Neufeldt, vice president for student engagement and enrollment services, are serving as co-chairs of the new five-year plan Steering Committee.


Cutter Gets R&D Award for Arsenic Analyzer

Greg Cutter, a chemical oceanographer on the faculty of Old Dominion, has received a 2013 R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine for his work on an analysis instrument that can quickly and easily detect arsenic in food or water.


Retired Navy Rear Adm. David Titley to Speak at ODU on Climate Change

ODU will host David W. Titley, who led the U.S. Navy's Task Force on Climate Change, for an upcoming President's Lecture Series event being held in conjunction with the international conference "Transatlantic Solutions to Sea Level Rise Adaptation: Moving Beyond the Threat."


Perry Library Display Highlights Researchers’ Study of Regional Vulnerabilities in Wake of Catastrophic Storms

Images of nature's ability to destroy and disrupt communities with storm surge and rising floodwaters are indelible. Be it swollen rivers in America's Midwest, the complete destruction wrought from the Indian Ocean tsunami or the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, citizens can recall numerous iconic images and reporting on the destructive nature of high winds and flooding.


Large Crowd Turns Out for Former Ambassador Nicholas Burns’ Lecture

Former U.S. Ambassador Nicholas Burns' Waldo Family Lecture on the future of American foreign policy drew a standing-room-only crowd Thursday evening. During his remarks, Burns gave a wide-ranging look at many trouble spots facing U.S. foreign policy.



Around the Grounds: A Photo Essay

The campus hosted a variety of activities last week - everything from the Education College's Darden Lecture and the Waldo Family Lecture on International Relations to the Human Resources Department's Benefits Fair. And, oh yes, there was the matter of that zombie invasion at Perry Library.


ODU’s Model UN Society Marks United Nations Day Anniversary with Political Simulation

Ninety Old Dominion students gathered in Webb Center on Friday, Oct. 18, to mark U.N. Day 2013 with an all-day political simulation. The event is the largest on-campus activity of the ODU Model UN Society, which represents the university at conferences across the country and hosts major events in Hampton Roads.

A Picture is Worth...

thepicturePhoto: David Hollingsworth

Community leader and philanthropist Jane Batten talks with author David Kirp, ODU's Darden Lecture speaker, at a reception prior to his talk Wednesday night. The 2013 Darden Lecture was co-sponsored by the Batten Foundation, United Way of Hampton Roads, WHRO and the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. During his talk, Kirp shared findings from his latest book, "Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for American Education." In it, he tells the story of how New Jersey's Union City School District, which serves a largely immigrant population with a high unemployment rate and Spanish as the dominant language, ignored trendy reforms in favor of proven game-changers like quality pre-kindergarten education, principals who create an environment of academic success through students' behavior and attitude, and hands-on help for teachers.


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