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January 16, 2014


ODU Honors Nominees for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Awards

ODU honored its nine nominees for the 2014 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Awards at a luncheon Jan. 13. Administered by SCHEV and funded by a grant from the Dominion Foundation, the awards program will announce the statewide winners on Jan. 23.

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Batten College's Sandeep Kumar Receives Prestigious NSF Award to Pursue Alternative Energy Research

An ODU environmental engineer has received a prestigious, five-year award from the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award Program in recognition of his groundbreaking research in algae biofuels.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance to Feature Five Hampton Roads Leaders

ODU's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance, featuring five noted Hampton Roads community leaders, will be held Jan. 22 in the North Cafeteria of Webb Center. The event will open with a reception at 7 p.m.


Volunteers Sought for MLK Day of Service

ODU'S Center for Service and Civic Engagement will host its annual MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 20, a day when members of the university community are invited to come together for \"A Day On\" rather than a day off to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of service in action.


'Successfully Facilitating an Online or Hybrid Course' Is Topic for 'Provost's Conversations' Series

The Provost's Conversations on Teaching and Learning, a brown bag lunch series, resumes this semester on Thursday, Jan. 23, with a discussion led by Shana Pribesh, associate professor of educational foundations and leadership.



'iAchieve' App Developed by Computer Science Student

ODU students who have resolved to achieve more in the classroom in 2014 may want to check out the new app developed by Preston Brown, a junior computer science major who works for the university's Center for Learning and Teaching.


Back to School: A Photo Essay

Faculty and students returning to campus for the spring semester were greeted by a mixed bag of weather as they also became acclimated once again to the academic environment. Monday's high of 62 degrees was followed by a slightly cooler and fog-covered start to the day on Wednesday. Today's high temperature was only expected to reach 43 degrees.

A Picture is Worth...

thepicturePhoto: Steve Daniel

Cecil Smithson, second from right, enjoys a laugh with some of his former colleagues at his retirement reception Wednesday afternoon. Smithson, Webb Center housekeeping supervisor, retired on Jan. 1 after 38 years at Old Dominion. "Cecil exemplified a model of hard work, attention to detail and friendly, attentive service to everyone who used Webb Center. He was a tremendous employee who exceled at customer service," said Sue Mitchell, Webb Center director. Pictured with Smithson are, from left: Allen Campbell, Ardena Jordan and Roderick Allmond.


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