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Week of 11/11/3

Alli Awards honor area supporters of the arts
(The Virginian-Pilot, Nov. 11, 2013)

Because Nancy K. Klein developed the undergraduate and graduate curriculum for music education at Old Dominion University, she is responsible for the training of hundreds of music professionals in Hampton Roads.
Klein, who lives in Virginia Beach, is graduate program director and director of choirs for ODU's music department and has been an educator, performer, conductor and mentor since 1986.
For her long-term involvement, professionally and as a volunteer, Klein has been awarded the Vianne B. Webb Lifetime Achievement Award for longtime support of the arts in Hampton Roads.
Klein was honored Sunday at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art as part of the Alli Awards for arts support, given annually by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads.
Trish Pfeifer of Norfolk was given the Bettie Minette Cooper Arts Educator award. She was the founding curator of what is now known as the Children's Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth, was a museum educator at the Chrysler Museum of Art and is an award-winning art teacher at St. Helena Elementary School in Norfolk.
In addition to volunteering as a board member for the Hermitage Museum and Gardens and the Tidewater Classical Guitar Society, Pfeifer is active in state and national art education associations.
Christopher Hanna received an Alli for Creative Leadership. He is artistic director of the Virginia Stage Company and associate professor of theater at ODU. At Virginia Stage, he has emphasized community interaction, mostly notably with his "American Soil" series of new plays on locally relevant themes that Virginia Stage has commissioned since 2009. ...
Connor Norton, a theater and women's studies major at ODU, won the Individual Emerging Arts Volunteer Alli. He was a founder of the Arts for Life Foundation and Reel it OUT Queer Film Festival of Hampton Roads, and is active with the Workshop Theatre Group. (More)

Flood insurance study compares coverage in U.S. to U.K.
(Inside Business, Nov. 8, 2013)

For about a year, Michael McShane and Diane Horn have been studying flood insurance issues, mainly looking at what the U.S and the U.K. can learn from each other.
McShane is an Old Dominion University associate professor of risk management and insurance, and Horn is a professor of physical geology at Birkbeck College at the University of London.
In the U.S., flood coverage is only available through the federal government's National Flood Insurance Program, which is about $28 billion in debt. In the U.K., the private insurance market covers flood damage, but increasingly frequent flood events have prompted discussions for changes.
Despite the challenges, each country has practices that might be beneficial to the other, McShane and Horn said. The two presented their findings last month at an international conference at ODU and answered questions in an interview.
What do rising sea levels mean for flood insurance rates, and who are the stakeholders who will be impacted by those rising rates?
McShane: The rising sea levels will eventually lead to rising rates, but as of right now, rising sea levels are not even factored into the rising rates. The rates are going up now because of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, which is designed to get the rates up to what the risks currently are.
Anybody, especially in a coastal area, is going to be affected by these rates, particularly areas that are prone to hurricanes and storm surges. So businesses and homeowners are going to be affected. Coastal developers are going to be affected because if the rates go up to where it's truly risk-based, it's going to be a lot more expensive to own property on the coast. So if people are buying property from the developer, they're going to have to factor in the cost of flood insurance. In addition to asking how many rooms it has, they're also going to ask what flood zone is it in and how much is the flood insurance going to cost per year. (More)

Biz Buzz | Research shows more people trust beardless men
(The Virginian-Pilot, Nov. 10, 2013)

The Buzz had a hairy discussion Friday with Kiran Karande. The marketing professor at Old Dominion University co-wrote a newly published study showing that people trusted whiskerless men more than bearded guys. Buzz, who is partial to facial hair, was not happy.
In the study, published this month in Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, 102 people were shown photos of different men. They were asked to imagine each as a front-desk hotel employee and rate his "assurance ability" - or perceived competence. Those who smiled more and looked more attractive won higher marks. No surprise there.
Beards helped the Boston Red Sox win the World Series. But bearded guys got lower grades than clean-shaven men in the study. That also was no surprise to Karande, who said previous studies showed that shavers are perceived as "more sociable." One caveat: No difference in the perceptions of black men with and without beards.
The lead author was Vincent Magnini, an associate professor of hospitality at Virginia Tech who received his Ph.D. in marketing from Old Dominion. So should hotels require employees to shave?
"The way I would put it," said Karande, who is beardless, "is the findings have to be taken cautiously. We need more research," such as whether the quality of a hotel influences the results. Phew. Buzz doesn't have to shave just yet. (More)

Local Republicans mum on future of gay bias measure
(The Virginian-Pilot, Nov. 8, 2013)

The region's Republican members of the U.S. House aren't saying what they think of a bill to ban workplace discrimination against gay people.
They might never have to take a position on it.
The Senate approved the bill, 64-32, Thursday. Fifty-four Democrats, including Virginia Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, and 10 Republicans voted for the legislation.
President Barack Obama has voiced support for the bill. But it's unclear whether the Republican-led House will even take it up.
A spokesman for John Boehner said the House majority leader opposed the bill because it would "increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small-business jobs."
Will Boehner allow it to come up for a vote? It could go either way, said Jesse Richman, a political science professor at Old Dominion University.
The measure, Richman said in an email, would divide House Republicans, with the majority against it.
"The speaker and his leadership team are loath to bring such legislation to the floor," Richman said. Boehner, though, might permit a vote "if sufficient public pressure is brought to bear," he said. "... But that will take time and an effective political campaign by bill supporters."
The bill would ban workplace discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people in the workplace. (More)

Bell appointed director of Clarkson's new Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
(Daily Courier-Observer (Potsdam, N.Y.), Nov. 11, 2013)

Arthur H. Bell has been appointed professor of English and director of the new Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Clarkson University.
The Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning serves faculty, staff, and graduate assistants involved in creating and delivering interesting, cutting-edge instruction that engages all in the classroom. The center achieves its goals through teaching workshops, class visits and follow-up consultation, guest presentations, and assistance with curricular design.
Before coming to Clarkson, Bell held administrative posts with the University of San Francisco. He served as chair of the Department of Organization, Leadership, and Communication; professor of management communication in the School of Management; and co-chair of the graduate program committee in the Masagung Graduate School of Management. He was previously executive director of the MBA programs.
While at the University of San Francisco, Bell traveled to Hong Kong to serve as visiting professor of management and assistant dean for special projects at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology School of Business and Management
He also had a simultaneous appointment as research professor in the Naval Postgraduate School Department of Information Sciences.
Prior to joining the University of San Francisco, Bell served as associate professor of English and technical communication at Old Dominion University, senior lecturer in English and business at Georgetown University, clinical professor of business communication at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, and professor of English and director of business communication at California State University, Fullerton. (More)

Holly Asher Beveridge Joins Vistronix as Chief Financial Officer
(Bizwire Express, Nov. 11, 2013)

Vistronix, a national security company and leading provider of mission critical solutions to national security agencies in the federal space, is pleased to announce that Holly Asher Beveridge has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer. Responsible for all financial aspects of Vistronix's business, Beveridge is an industry veteran with more than 25 years of public accounting and private industry experience.
"Holly's extensive experience in government contracting, corporate finance, accounting, acquisitions and financial growth make her the ideal person to take on this role at Vistronix," said John Hassoun, Corporate President of Vistronix. "We're experiencing tremendous growth, and the addition of Holly to Vistronix's executive team positions us to grow even faster and to serve our customers even better."
Prior to joining Vistronix, Beveridge spent the last five years as Chief Financial Officer of Trinity Technology Group, and previous five years as Chief Financial Officer of Dimensions International Inc. She is a Certified Public Accountant, active member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) and serves on the board of NVTC's Equal Footing Foundation. Having received her B.S.B.A. in Accounting from Old Dominion University, Beveridge also has a Masters Certificate in Government Contracting from the George Washington University School of Business and Public Management.
"I'm excited to join this world-class organization's executive team and to ensure that Vistronix's operations and financial position are well aligned with the company's future growth and success," said Beveridge. (More)

ODU to host veterans conference
(Richmond Times-Dispatch, Nov. 8, 2013)

Old Dominion University will hold an inaugural statewide conference Nov. 22 exploring the needs of student veterans.
"Stairway to Success: Utilizing Your Resources," co-sponsored by ODU's Military Connection Center and Student Veterans Association, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ted Constant Convocation Center on the Norfolk campus.
Among the speakers will be former Navy SEAL Jason C. Redman, an ODU graduate who founded Wounded Wear, which provides clothing kits and clothing modifications to America's wounded warriors.
James Hopper, Virginia's secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security, and D. Wayne Robinson, executive director with Student Veterans of America, also are scheduled to speak. (More)

The message sent by voters
(Opinion, The Virginian-Pilot, Nov. 8, 2013)

By Jesse Richman
This week's election results in Virginia defy the strong interpretations partisans of all stripes and on all sides would like to read into them. The electorate, in the end, fits no one's ideological box and serves no party faction's crusade.
Some Republicans are inclined to read in Ken Cuccinelli's loss in the governor's race an upset driven by the Libertarian candidate. But the Robert-Sarvis-as-spoiler line doesn't withstand basic scrutiny.
There was no Libertarian on the ballot for the two other statewide races, both of them races that (with the same electorate) Republicans may well have lost. The outcome therefore rests more squarely on the major party candidates, their campaigns and their positions.
On the whole it was a good night for Democrats in the statewide races. Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam won - Democrats will hold both the governor's mansion and the lieutenant governor's key swing vote in the state Senate. Pending a recount in the extremely close attorney general's race, Democrats could capture that office as well.
But Democrats who hoped to read in the election a dramatic repudiation of the tea party or the Republican Party didn't get it. The margin of victory was simply too small. ...
Jesse Richman is an associate professor of political science at Old Dominion University. Email: JRichman@odu.edu.
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'Campus security authorities' includes coaches and ADs
(USA Today, Nov. 7, 2013)

The campus crime-reporting law that gained renewed focus during the Jerry Sandusky scandal that broke out at Penn State in 2011 is beginning to find its way into college football coaching contracts.
New head coaching agreements made within the past year by Colorado, Tennessee and Northern Illinois specifically reference the Clery Act, a federal statute that requires schools to collect information on alleged crimes and make timely warnings of ones that suggest an ongoing threat. The statute was enacted because campus crimes were often going unreported, information that would be of interest to students and their families.
The 1990 law is named for Jeanne Clery who was raped and murdered in 1986 at her Lehigh University dorm.
A recently negotiated contract at Old Dominion does not mention the act by name but uses the term "campus security authority," a clear reference to it.
ODU coach Bobby Wilder's contract not only requires him to complete campus security authority training within six months of the deal's completion July 29, it also requires him to ensure that all current football assistant coaches complete the training within six months and that any newly hired assistants complete the training within six months of their employment effective date. (More)

Blue Man Group paints the town blue with 2 shows at the Keith-Albee
(The Herald-Dispatch (Huntington, WV), Nov. 7, 2013)

Here in Marshall University country, in a city awash in a sea of green, it's time to hit the pause button and make way for the big blue.
No worries, Thundering Herd fans, the University of Kentucky Wildcats are not making a border crossing, but for two nights the city will be under siege and spell of the mysterious and refreshingly odd music makers known as Blue Man Group.
The non-talking, mind-blowing percussionists and actors truck in their massive video, paint and music-splashed multi-media production to the historic Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center as part of the Marshall Artists Series. ...
Virginia native Mike Brown, a 2001 Old Dominion University graduate who has been with Blue Man Group for more than a decade said it's the best of times for the show as technology keeps pushing the edge further.
"The Blue Man character is always interested in exploring the forefront of technology and science and he is really investigating the things that we use today in new ways," said Brown, who has performed as a Blue Man in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Toronto, Berlin, Oberhausen and on Norwegian Cruise Lines. (More)

Seven Current University Presidents to Present at Executive Leadership Summit
(TMCNet, Nov. 7, 2013)

Hampton University issued the following news release: Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey will host the 13th Annual Executive Leadership Summit at Hampton University on Nov. 6 - Nov. 8.
The Leadership Summit was established as a means of reaching out to individuals at colleges, universities and other institutions who aspire to be executive leaders. ...
The speakers for the 2013 Executive Leadership Summit are: Dr. David Wilson, President, Morgan State University discussing the importance of work ethic; Dr. Christopher Howard, President, Hampden-Sydney College discussing courage; President John Broderick of Old Dominion University discussing having a vision; Dr. Carolyn Meyers, President, Jackson State University discussing being innovative; Dr. Loren Blanchard, Provost and Sr. Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Xavier University, LA on the topic of academic excellence and setting high standards; Ms. Lezli Baskerville, President & CEO, National Association for Equal Opportunities in Higher Education discussing how to balance a budget; Dr. Mickey Burnim, President, Bowie State University discussing management; and Dr. Dianne Boardley-Suber, President of Saint Augustine's University serving as the closing banquet speaker. (More)

A long road to travel for ODU equipment truck
(The Virginian-Pilot, Nov. 7, 2013)

Scott Foreman threw the truck into gear and headed up Powhatan Avenue. Riding shotgun was Anton Wilson, whom Foreman calls his copilot.
As they pulled away from Old Dominion's L.R. Hill Sports Complex, Wilson rifled through two coolers and spied half a dozen sandwiches, dozens of drinks and containers with barbecue and red beans and rice that Foreman had packed.
The heavy metal band Whitesnake blared on the stereo. "I like all kinds of music," Wilson said with a smile.
He'd better because Wilson and Foreman departed Tuesday on a 2,721-mile, 50-hour odyssey that will take them - and all the equipment that ODU needs to play a football game - through 12 states and across the Rocky Mountains to Idaho.
Foreman has been behind the wheel of the ODU equipment truck on every road trip since the Monarchs began playing football again in 2009 - including to College Park, Md., and Pittsburgh this season.
This time, he's embarking on the longest drive ever, to Lewiston, Idaho, where he will meet up with the Monarchs when they arrive via charter flight Friday afternoon. ODU and Idaho play at 5 p.m. Saturday in Moscow. (More)

What quirks can you find in an FBS coach's contract?
(USA Today, Nov. 7, 2013)

USA TODAY Sports reporters and editors combed over thousands of documents to calculate salaries for the 126 head coaches and nearly 1,000 assistants on the Football Bowl Subdivision level.
In perusing contract after contract, we came across several interesting "quirks" â?? like bonuses for individual wins, payouts for reaching certain academic thresholds, contracts for post-retirement employment and agreements entailing monthly gifts supporting the school's non-mainstream sports.
So what quirks will you find in an FBS coach's contract? Here are a few examples: ...
Bobby Wilder, Old Dominion. Wilder cannot get any team-performance bonuses this season during Old Dominion's inaugural season in the FBS. (ODU is not eligible for a bowl game as an independent in 2013 before joining Conference USA in 2014.) So, under a contract that was overhauled as part of program's move from the FCS, Wilder instead will get $25,000 if he remains ODU's coach on Jan. 1. Beginning next season, he will be eligible for a maximum of a little more than $500,000 in bonuses. (More)

Turnout was strong and steady across the Peninsula on Tuesday
(The Daily Press, Nov. 6, 2013)

Alex Cross, 18, voted for the first time in his life on Tuesday.
His mother picked him up at Old Dominion University to take him to Hampton to vote. Cross said he voted for Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert Sarvis. "I had to do a project for my English class, and found myself agreeing with him," Cross said.
He said voting was easy - he's been visiting voting booths for years with relatives. Though he initially joked that his mother and other relatives were forcing him to vote, he later said it is important to do so "for your voice to be heard."
His mother, Lori Cross, added that by voting, "he makes his grandmother happy."
In Newport News, Gabriele Bailey, 53, voted for the first time in the United States. She stood outside her polling place at Epes Elementary School and showed off her "I voted" sticker.
Bailey, born in Germany, moved to the U.S. in 2003 with her husband, who is now retired from the U.S. Army. She applied for citizenship before the 2012 presidential election, but did not make the deadline. She received her citizenship at the beginning of this year, she said.
Bailey said the recent partial shutdown of the federal government reinforced her desire to make sure her voice is heard. Her husband, now a government employee at Fort Eustis, was furloughed.
"I'm very excited to be able to vote," she said. (More)

Beards bad, smiling good, new study suggests
(Restaurant Hospitality, Nov. 5, 2013)

This week's buzz phrase: facial hair.
The first sign is a new report from the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly that hotel guests think less of employees with beards. Respondents in the school's survey said that the most effective employees happen to be good-looking and clean-shaven, and they tend to smile.
The study, conducted by Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University faculty members, considered how appearance translates to assurance. The researchers asked a panel of 102 consumers drawn from a national panel to judge employees' knowledge and courtesy and their ability to convey trust and confidence-all based on their photograph. From this comparison of carefully designed photographs of models, hotel guests ascribed greater assurance ability to clean-shaven men, and to all men and women who smile and are attractive.
The beard effect did not influence the guests' assessment of the African-American models, but the bearded Caucasian men were judged less effective than their clean-shaven counterparts (smile or no smile). (More)

Study: Storms would submerge Norfolk Naval Station
(The Virginian-Pilot, Nov. 2, 2013)

A science experiment is, in some ways, like a football game. Before it begins, there's a game plan. Experts predict possible outcomes. Then the game is played to see what really happens. Like in this case:
the game

A climate-change experiment
the players

Eelgrass from the Chesapeake Bay and soft-shell clams from Owl Creek in Virginia Beach
the coaches

Researchers Richard Zimmerman, Victoria Hill and Lisa Horth of Old Dominion University, plus their grad students, and Mark Swingle of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
the coin toss

How will climate change - which makes seawater more acidic - affect plants and animals?
first-quarter highlights

Tanks were built with a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Water from Owl Creek was pumped through the tanks. Eelgrass, an aquatic plant that provides food and shelter for fish and other bay creatures, was planted in tanks. Additional carbon dioxide was added to some tanks to make the water more or less acidic, simulating ocean conditions from 100 million years in the past to 100 years in the future.
Result: Eelgrass exposed to more carbon dioxide grew faster and spread more.
second-quarter highlights

A wild card arose when larval clams in the creek were accidentally pumped into the tanks. An experiment was added to study the effects of ocean acidification on soft-shell clams. Result: Their shells dissolved, and clams exposed to the most carbon dioxide died within two months.
halftime analysis

Climate change could be good for eelgrass, bad for clams.
third quarter, in progress

The water temperature in some tanks is being raised to simulate global warming. The hypothesis is that extra carbon dioxide will help eelgrass - a cool-water species - tolerate warmer water. Grass and clam studies will look at the role of genetics in adapting to climate change.
fourth-quarter fantasy

Expanded study to include oysters and microbes that grow on eelgrass.
final score

Pending. "The bay's going to change," ODU's Zimmerman said. "It's going to get warmer. Some organisms aren't going to like it. Some organisms are going to love it." The aquarium's Swingle added: "Winners and losers." (More)