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Thursday, May 9, 2013


Faculty and Administrator Retirees Honored at Annual Dinner; Service Awards Presented

Ten retiring faculty members and three retiring administrators were recognized for their service at Old Dominion during the Faculty Awards and Retirement Dinner on Tuesday, May 7. In addition, faculty and administrators who have been at the university for 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years were presented service awards (see photos below).


• Martha Bountress, communication disorders and special education

• Nicholas Bountress, communication disorders and special education

• Anne Geyer, English Language Center

• Samir Ibrahim, mechanical and aerospace engineering

• Osama Kandil, mechanical and aerospace engineering

• Larry Lee, mathematics and statistics

• Nancy Minguez, foreign languages and literatures

• Kathy Pearson, history

• R. James Swanson, biological sciences

• Donald Swift, ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences

• Elizabeth Wallace, information technology and decision sciences


• Beth Anders, athletics

• Sandra Breeden, College of Health Sciences

• F. Richard Whalen, military activities

The following faculty members were recognized for their years of service at the university:


Nina Brown, counseling and human services


• Chester Grosch, computer science

• Louis Janda, psychology

• Lytton Musselman, biological sciences

• Kneeland Nesius, biological sciences

• Garland White, sociology and criminal justice

• G. William Whitehurst, public affairs


• Sushil Chaturvedi, mechanical and aerospace engineering

• Faye Coleman, medical diagnostic and translational sciences

• C. Thomas Somma, medical diagnostic and translational sciences


• Ali Ardalan, College of Business and Public Administration

• Shirley Blow Brockman, academic skills

• Samuel Coppage, information technology and decision sciences

• Gene Hou, mechanical and aerospace engineering

• Vishnukumar Lakdawala, electrical and computer engineering

• Karen Polonko, sociology and criminal justice

• Gene Hill Price, computer science

• Gregory Selby, mechanical and aerospace engineering

• Martha Smith Sharpe, institutional research and assessment

• Lynn Tolle, dental hygiene


• Jim English, community and environmental health

• Oscar Gonzalez, electrical and computer engineering

• John Hackworth, engineering technology

• Scott Johnson, athletics

• Michelle Kelley, psychology

• Garrett McAuliffe, counseling and human services

• Michael Pearson, English

• Nancy Schafer, Perry Library

• Karen Vaughan, Perry Library

• Steven Zeil, computer science

• Douglas Ziegenfuss, accounting


• Michael Clemons, political science and geography

• John Cooper, chemistry and biochemistry

• Mona Danner, sociology and criminal justice

• Diana Deadrick, management

• Fred Dobbs, ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences

• Mujde Erten-Unal

• Christopher Hanna, communication and theatre arts

• Laurie Henry, accounting

• Jane Hirsch, English Language Center

• Robert Holden, history

• Charles Hyde, physics

• Arminda Israel, military programs

• Cynthia Jones, ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences

• Regina Karp, political science and international studies

• John Keeling, management

• Betsy Kennedy, human movement sciences

• Carolyn Lawes, history

• William Leavitt, urban studies and public administration

• Michael Little, computing and communications services

• David Metzger, Honors College and academic enhancement

• Joyce Neff, English

• Brenda Neumon Lewis, graduate studies

• Virginia O'Herron, University Libraries

• Richard Overbaugh, teaching and learning

• Janet Peery, English

• Rocco Schiavilla, physics

• Simon Serfaty, international studies

• David Swain, human movement sciences

• Leposava Vuskovic, physics

• Carol Withus, athletics

• Xiushi Yang, sociology and criminal justice

Photos by Chuck Thomas

Faculty retirees attending the dinner included, from left: Larry Lee, Nancy Minguez, R. James Swanson, Nicholas Bountress, Sandra Breeden and Martha Bountress.

Among the faculty members with 30 years of service attending the dinner were, from left: Gene Hou, Marty Smith Sharpe, Ali Ardalan and Samuel Coppage.

Among the faculty members with 25 years of service attending the dinner were, from left: Nancy Schafer, Michael Pearson, Karen Vaughan and Douglas Ziegenfuss.

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