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InsideODU: News for Faculty and Staff
Monday, April 14, 2014

Monarchs for Monarchs: ODU Joins in Nationwide Effort to Stabilize Butterfly Population

"We need all of those vines cut away from the plot. But be careful with that machete!" Marcus Jones, greenhouse conservator with ODU's Kaplan Orchid Conservatory, carefully hands a 10-inch blade to a student volunteer. That student takes a few steps down the bank of a grassy area next to Colley Bay on 49th Street, and starts carefully hacking away at thick, hanging vines. Full Story

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Spring Commencement Ceremonies Scheduled for May 9 and 10

At ODU's 120th commencement exercises on Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10, graduates will hear words of wisdom from prominent executives in the film and media industries, and a nationally recognized children's advocate. Full Story

Former ODU President to Discuss His Book, 'The Caterpillar Way,' at Friends of the Libraries Program

James V. Koch, ODU Board of Visitors Professor of Economics and President Emeritus, will be the guest speaker at a Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries event on April 25, discussing his latest book, "The Caterpillar Way: Lessons in Leadership, Growth and Shareholder Value." Full Story

ODU Online Programs Ranked in Top 25 Nationally by AffordableCollegesOnline

ODU's online programs have been ranked 23rd in the nation by the national nonprofit website AffordableCollegesOnline in a combined metric of affordability and quality of education offered. Full Story

President Broderick Featured as Guest on 'Thinking Out Loud' Television Show

President John R. Broderick was a featured guest last week on the city of Chesapeake's community access television show, "Thinking Out Loud." Full Story


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Across the Campus – A Photo Essay

The warm weather on Thursday and Friday prompted many students to spend some time outdoors engaged in a variety of activities. Full Story

 A Picture is Worth...

Photo: Chuck Thomas

Sporting his Google Glass, Declan De Paor, professor of geophysics and director of the Pretlow Planetarium, delivers a lesson to students in his Introduction to Astronomy class about the connection between particles discovered in accelerators and our understanding of Big Bang cosmology. "For several years, I've taken students' questions as SMS text messages and now I am experimenting with communication via Google Glass," De Paor said. "In a 390-student class, individual students are often shy to raise their hand but are happy to text. We also communicate via Learning Catalytics." All students are required to have a mobile device in class.


Jamie Tworkowski, founder of To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA), 7 p.m., North Café, Webb Center

Diehn Concert, featuring bassist Nicki Parrott, 8 p.m., Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center. 683-5305. $

Global Certificate Program: South America, 10 a.m. to noon, Portsmouth Room, Webb Center. dsukhbaa@odu.edu

University Dance Theatre Spring Concert, featuring original choreography by ODU faculty, guest artists and selected students, 8 p.m., University Theatre (also April 17-19). 683-5305. $

VMASC open house, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1030 University Blvd., Suffolk. 686-6208

David Earnest, associate professor of political science and geography, "The Act of "Reflection as a Means of Course Improvement," for the Provost's Conversations on Teaching and Learning series, 12:30 p.m., Learning Commons, Perry Library

Scott Cooke, national strategic planning manager for the Americas, Toyota Financial Services, the Landmark Executive-in-Residence Lecture, 12:30 p.m., 1002 Constant Hall

Presentation and open forum by Paula Hogard, candidate for dean of continuing education and professional development, 3:30 p.m., Learning Commons, Perry Library

ODU Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of David Walker, 7:30 p.m., Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center. 683-4061

CBPA Dean's Research Seminar, featuring doctoral students presenting some of their recent research papers, noon, 2003 Constant Hall

Asian Water and Color Festival, celebrating the Asian tradition of commemorating the spring season, 2 p.m., Kaufman Mall. 683-4406

Presentation and open forum by Mark Novak, candidate for dean of continuing education and professional development, 4 p.m., Learning Commons, Perry Library

Norfolk Chamber Consort, directed by ODU faculty members Andrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshyn, a concert marking its 45th anniversary with works by Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Britten and Martinu, as well as the world premiere of Kasparov's piano duo arrangement of Liszt's "Totentanz," 7:30 p.m., Chandler Recital Hall, Diehn Center. $



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