Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries

Spring 2004 Newsletter

Baskets for Books!

The 2004 Baskets for Books event is fast approaching! Plan now to come to the Ted Constant Convocation Center on Wednesday, February 25 th at 7 p.m. to watch the Monarchs take on the College of William and Mary. It is sure to be an exciting evening as the Monarchs seek to avenge themselves against their CAA rivals.

Friends of the Library are asked to purchase two tickets call the group ticket office (683-5000) for details on the special group rate of $7, or mail in the attached form with your payment (payable to Friends of the Library). Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Friends of the Library, enhancing the collections and improving the university experience for all!

In Memoriam

The Rev. Ellis O'Neal, a charter life member of the Friends of the Library and a past member of the Friends board, died Friday, December 19, 2003. The retired Director of the Library of the Andover-Newton Theological School , Ellis contributed his bibliographic gifts generously to the library, volunteering to work with special manuscript collections. As a Friends member and library volunteer, Ellis O'Neal truly was a friend of the Old Dominion University Library.

Annual Author Dinner

Gary Edgerton, Professor of Communications and Theatre Arts, is the director of the annual Film and Video Festival at Old Dominion University . Gary will be our guest speaker at the 2004 Annual Author Dinner to be held on Monday, April 12, 2004.

Gary will speak on the subject of Television and History: How television has shaped our image of history.

The dinner will also feature the presentation of the Friends of the Library Outstanding Faculty Award. This year's honoree will be Dr. Cynthia Jones, Virginia Scientist of the Year.

Dr. Jones , known internationally as a pioneer in fisheries ecology, has developed important laboratory techniques using layers in fish ear bones, which grow in tree-like rings, to accurately determine the age of a fish. Another technique, which analyzes the chemical make up of fish bone, accurately predicts locations in which the fish developed.

Because of her work, scientists can now identify essential fish habitats and determine which ones provide better living conditions. Jones is now working on the importance of Chesapeake Bay sea grass beds to fish survival.

Details about the Annual Author Dinner will be mailed to Friends of the Library in March.