Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries

Spring 2000 Newsletter


Author Dinner to Delight Mystery Fans, Honor Robert L. Ash

Mysterious deeds, clues, and crimes afoot will be the post-dessert offering at the Sixth Annual Author Dinner on Monday, April 3rd, as Professor Douglas G. Greene speaks on "The Woman Sleuth," fictional female ferretry from the genteel lady detective of the 1860's to today’s hardboiled female private eye.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the River Rooms of Webb Center, the annual event will also feature the presentation of the Friends of the Library Outstanding Achievement Award to Dr. Robert L. Ash, professor of Aerospace Engineering and Old Dominion University Eminent Scholar. Dr. Ash is a consultant to NASA and the author of numerous scholarly aerospace publications. Internationally respected for his research and scholarly publications, he has been a member of the Old Dominion faculty since 1967.Douglas Greene is Professor of History at Old Dominion and the author of many books and articles on mystery authors and their craft, including John Dickson Carr: The Man Who Explained Miracles, nominated for the Edgar Award from Mystery Writers of America in 1995. In addition to his teaching and writing, Professor Greene, with his wife Sandi, is publisher of Crippen & Landru books, which has so far published twenty-one volumes – 1st editions – by such authors as Margery Allingham, Bill Pronzini, Peter Lovesey, and Margaret Maron.The dinner is sponsored by the Friends of the Library but is also open to the public. The cost of the evening is $16.00, with checks made payable to Friends of the Library. Please mail to Friends of y. Please mail to Friends of the Library, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529-0256. Vegetarian meals available upon request. Every year this event is a sell-out, so please make your reservations early.

Parking is available in front of Webb Center and in the lot at the corner of 49th Street and Elkhorn. For more information, please call 683-4141.

Baskets for Books Scores for the Library

The annual Baskets for Books event on January 29th was its usual success for the Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the ODU Athletic Department, the event brings together athletics and academics in a very special way.The Student Senate, represented by President Tommy Smigiel, contributed this year with a pledge of $150.00 to help Library acquisitions. Smigiel presented the mock check to University Librarian Jean Major during one of the time-outs of the ODU-VCU basketball game at Scope.The half-time free throw shooting contest between President James V. Koch and Billy Mann raised $550.00 for the Library through the generosity of radio strary through the generosity of radio station ESPN 1310. The station contributed $25 for every free throw the men made in one minute. At the end of the contest, the score was tied with 11 baskets for both. Billy Mann, currently the Executive Vice President of the Norfolk Nighthawks arena football team, is well known for making the dramatic winning basket in the 1981 ODU game against DePaul when DePaul was number one in the country.

President’s Distinguished History Lecture

The President’s Distinguished History Lecture will be given this year by Michael A. Bellesiles, Ph.D., on March 16, 2000. Dr. Bellesiles is the founder of Emory University’s unique undergraduate Violence Studies Program and author of Origins of America’s Gun Culrigins of America’s Gun Culture, 1609 – 1876. His topic will be "Samuel Colt and the Origins of American Gun Culture". This event will be held in the Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building at 8:00 p.m.

Annual Fall Forum

Friends of the Library for Old Dominion University presented their fifth annual Fall Forum featuring Meiko Ishibashi and Japanese Culture: The Tale of Genji to Geisha. The event took place in the Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library on Sunday, November 14, 1999, to a standing room only crowd. This year’s program was arranged by Christy Jaap with the able assistance of Fern McDougal.Ishibashi, senior lecturer at Old Dominion University, is a native of Okinawa and teaches a Japanese culture class, Face of Japan, in addition to her regular courses. Her presentation included an elaboration of various aspects of Japanese culture. Besides an enthralling slide presentation of Japanese art and literature, the petite and vibrant woman illustrated a popular Japanese card game, demonstrated kimono styles, and introduced a moving koto solo by Mrs. Setsue Putney.Adding to the spirit of the event, Old Domid">Adding to the spirit of the event, Old Dominion University Catering Services produced an elaborate array of oriental cuisine, complete with bento boxes and chopsticks.

The Friends of the Library offer the annual event as part of their mission to familiarize new members with Old Dominion University’s recently renovated Perry Library as well as to enrich the membership of those who pledge their support as a Friend of the Library.

The Past Twenty Years

Judy Homsher, an excellent keeper of records, presented a most enlightening and useful holiday present to members of the Old Dominion University Faculty Wives and Friends’ Book Group. It was a list of every book the group has read for the past twenty years. Over 100 books are included ranging books are included ranging from 1980 The Princess Bride – Morgenstern to 1999 I Know This Much Is True – W. Lamb.

Women’s History Exhibit Online

To celebrate Women's History Month 2000, Perry Library has prepared an online exhibit: Women's History at Perry Library: a Wealth of Wisdom. The exhibit features the library's special collections related to women's history, including oral history audio files of women from Tidewater, Virginia.Also featured are photographs and biographical sketches of five significant women in the library's history: Dorothy P. Ladd, Alice R. Burke, Cynthia B. Duncan, Donna L. Koch, and Patricia W. Perry.Additional segments of the exhibit include links to the websites of women composers in Virginia, a list of related historical resources in the Perry Library, and links to women's history research helps on the Web.

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