Week of 8/12/13
ODU brings higher education to Pulaski County
(The Southwest Times, Aug. 6, 2013)
Many already know Old Dominion University (ODU) has a partnership with New River Community College (NRCC), offering locals the opportunity to earn a four-year or graduate degree via their Distance Learning program.
The Hampton Roads university offers this program at over 45 sites in Virginia, Arizona, Washington, and 15 military locations. The program is a great source of hope and opportunity for those in Pulaski County and the surrounding areas.
"We are fortunate to have had such a long-standing, productive partnership with New River Community College with both the administration and students," said Andy Casiello, associate vice president for Distance Learning at ODU. "We are proud to say that 2014 will mark our 20th year as a partner with the Virginia Community College System, offering affordable, quality education, at a distance or on campus, to the Commonwealth." (More)
Time to Combine Schools
(Letter, The Virginian Pilot, Aug. 6, 2013)
A recent Wall Street Journal article indicates that, nationally, college enrollment has peaked and will decline this fall. A recent Pilot article reported that Norfolk State's enrollment for this fall has declined by 7 percent. This drop, in conjunction with NSU's inability to pass a financial audit and the unacceptable performance of their 'signature' nursing program, suggest that a major structural change, not merely a change in management, may be needed.
Norfolk has 97 square miles and is home to two of Virginia's 15 public unversities. One of them, Old Dominion University, has an incoming freshman class that is 35 percent non-Caucasion and 23 percent African American. ODU has become a diverse university. (More)
Average tuition at Virginia's colleges hits five figures
(The Virginian Pilot, Aug. 12, 2013)
Here's a milestone that probably won't thrill you: Tuition and fees have hit the five-digit mark in Virginia.
The required charges for an undergraduate from Virginia to attend a state-supported four-year college will rise 4.7 percent - or $468 - to average $10,387 in the academic year that's about to begin, according to a state report released last week. The total doesn't include charges for housing or food.
There's a bright side: The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, which issued the study, termed the increase "modest" in a news release. That's because, in terms of percentages, it was the second-lowest increase in the past decade, the agency said. Yet it still was more than double the rate of inflation...
Where does Old Dominion University rank?
Not among the most expensive universities, Monarchs parents will be happy to know. Old Dominion will increase tuition and fees 4.4 percent, less than the statewide average. That will bring the total to $8,820 for the 2013-14 school year, putting ODU in the bottom third of the state's four-year colleges and universities in terms of costs. (More)
The Rise of Eco-Friendly Pearl Farming
(National Geographic, Aug. 11, 2013)
When Josh Humbert inspects his farm, he dives into the clear blue waters of a lagoon, on a picture-perfect island that is fringed with palm trees. Humbert is the manager and owner of Kamoka Pearl, a boutique family business on the French Polynesian atoll of Ahe that is trying to shake up the international pearl market by raising pearls more sustainably.
"It's like another planet," Humbert told National Geographic about Ahe, an atoll that sits just a few feet above sea level, about 300 miles (480 kilometers) northeast of Tahiti in the Tuamotu Archipelago. "There's no dirt, it's just sand and coral, so the bottoms of your bare feet don't even get dirty."
Kamoka Pearl was founded in 1990 by Humbert's father and brother. A year later, halfway through college (where he studied marine biology), Josh Humbert joined the family business, which raises high-quality "Tahitian pearls" for the international jewelry market...
One of the challenges of growing oysters in nets or baskets is that they get encrusted with barnacles, sponges, and other marine organisms more quickly than if they were left totally exposed in the open water. If oysters get too covered over, they don't make pearls as large, so they have to be regularly cleaned.
"There are environmentally friendly and environmentally destructive ways of cleaning oysters," said Kent E. Carpenter, a professor of biology at Old Dominion University in Virginia. Carpenter is an ichthyologist who recently conducted a study on the ecological impacts of Humbert's farm (the work was supported by National Geographic and the Waitt Foundation). (More)
Unarmed man shot by Newport News police tells his story
(The Daily Press, Aug. 12, 2013)
When the shooting stopped, Corey Moody says police pulled him out of his bullet-ridden car.
He could feel nothing from the waist down. His spinal cord had been struck by police officers' gunfire - gunfire intended for someone who was armed.
"They dragged me out the car and put the gun to my head," Moody said in an interview at his home last week. "They said the best thing for you now is to tell us where the gun at."...
"I don't think an officer has to see a gun," said Mengyan Dai, an assistant professor in the sociology and criminology department at Old Dominion University. "Based on their experience, they can make good judgment about what to do next."
Dai said it's enough for an officer who "perceives a threat" to fire his or her weapon.(More)
Study says regional groups need to be meaner and leaner
(Inside Business, Aug. 12, 2013)
Though not yet made public, the results of the Regional Organization Study are in and one organization is out.
Citing overlap, the executive committee of the Hampton Roads Partnership, a think tank for the region, voted in June to dissolve the 17-year-old organization, which will occur Sept. 30, and depending on what the study suggests, additional dissolutions and consolidations could occur.
The Hampton Roads Community Foundation paid Greyhill Advisors, a Texas-based consulting firm, $65,000 to assess the effectiveness of the area's business-minded organizations - the partnership, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, CIVIC Leadership Institute, Future of Hampton Roads, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance and Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance. Though the foundation is the funding source, the organization is not steering the study.
The study's goal: to find a way for the region to be meaner in terms of economic competitiveness and possibly leaner. Greyhill was expected to draft a model with its findings and map out how each organization should function in relation to the others...
Of the six organizations being studied, three have leadership programs - CIVIC, LEAD Hampton Roads through the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, and the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Institute. Each group introduces a new class of leaders to the community each year and all have expanded their efforts to reach younger generations.
CIVIC rolls out its first student class of CIVIC Scholars this fall at Old Dominion University. The Peninsula Chamber is working on its new initiative, the CEO Academy for small business leaders at Christopher Newport University, and LEAD Hampton Roads sponsors a summer leadership program for rising high school juniors and seniors known as eXcel. (More)
Dahlgren highlights local resources for military vets
(D.C. Military.com, Aug. 9, 2013)
'Veterans Affair' gathered local resources at the University of Mary Washington Dahlgren Campus to meet with veterans employed at Dahlgren, Tuesday.
The event was sponsored by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), which brought together 20 organizations and program representatives to help veterans better understand their benefits...
Old Dominion University, Distance Learning: offers several undergraduate and graduate programs designed to award credit for military training and work experience. (More)
Pilgrim Software Names Stanley Curtis as CTO
(Quality Magazine, Aug. 8, 2013)
Pilgrim Software, Inc. announced that Stanley Curtis has been appointed chief technology officer (CTO) and senior vice president of Software Engineering for the company.
Stanley has more than 20 years of experience overseeing the development of enterprise software and hardware solutions for diverse high-tech companies including those in healthcare-related industries. He will steer Pilgrim Software into a new era of product expansion. Under Stanley's leadership and technical guidance, Pilgrim will continue to launch innovative products to help Life Science companies meet their quality, regulatory, and compliance needs... Stanley holds a bachelor's degree in Physics from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., and attended the AEA/Stanford Executive Institute at Stanford University. (More)
ODU and HU Students Building Solar-Powered Home
(The Virginia Engineer, Aug. 8, 2013)
Imagine a home entirely powered by the sun. It's efficient with a centralized, tablet-based control system that allows the owners to visualize and plan their home's energy use. Its design is simple with modern features for comfort and utility. And its layout can adapt to the lifestyle of the young and the old.
Hampton University and Old Dominion University students dreamed up such a home. They call it "Canopy House" and are building it for an international competition in the fall. (More)
At Summit, Va. Educators Urged to Compete on Global Playing Field
(The Sun Gazette, Aug. 7, 2013)
Virginia leaders did little to pat themselves on the back during the Governor's K-12 Education Reform Summit, held in Chantilly Aug. 5.
They instead got out the virtual ruler to see just how the commonwealth's schools stack up against the rest of the world's, and what steps can be taken to bolster student achievement.
Performance among Virginia students ranks above the national average, but education leaders gathered in a conference room at the Westfields Marriot Washington Dulles were encouraged to think beyond their local and national neighbors...
Oktay Baysal, a member of the Virginia Board of Education and dean of the College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University, suggested merit-based and skills-based pay for teachers to encourage them to offer students more rigorous coursework. He also stressed the importance of better communication among K-12 schools, colleges and the workforce. (More)
USNS Comfort hosts its largest group tour: Operation Smile
(The Flagship, Aug. 7, 2013)
In a blaze of orange T-shirts with the words "Change Forever" boldly inscribed on them, 550 high school and college students from 24 countries boarded the gangplank of the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) on Naval Station Norfolk, July 31.
The students were part of the International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC) with Operation Smile, an international children's medical charity. The conference was held at Old Dominion University in Norfolk and included 75 students from Hampton Roads. It was the largest group to ever tour Comfort. (More)
Collaborative Teams to Support Hurricane Sandy Small Business Recovery
(Central Coast News/ KCOY12, Aug. 7, 2013)
Long-term assistance for small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy is being made available through expanded funding to the U.S. Small Business Administration's resource partners working in conjunction with state and local organizations...
SBA's resource partners will issue a total of $13.1 million to collaborative teams, which will integrate local economic recovery efforts and bring distinct delivery of business services.
This second phase of funding, part of $19 million in emergency appropriations approved by Congress, will be distributed by SBA's resource partners -- the Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), SCORE, and Women's Business Centers (WBCs) -- to collaborative teams in 11 states and a U.S. territory.
SBA anticipates awarding grants to the follow collaborative teams:
Virginia/North Carolina - $63,000
The Mason Small Business Development Center (SBDC) relief and training effort focuses on disaster in Virginia counties Accomack and Northampton and also covers the four declared counties in North Carolina. The SBDC will lead collaboration efforts with several entities to deliver services including Women's Business Centers, SCORE and other local organizations. The Women's Business Center at Old Dominion University will service the four counties in North Carolina. (More)