As an HIV/AIDS pandemic ravages lives in South Africa, a group of women - now tasked with becoming parents to their orphaned grandchildren - has organized to hold their communities together in the face of an enormous care deficit. Their stories will be told in their own words next month, when five South African visitors bring "The Nevergiveups" photo exhibition and book launch to ODU.
In addition to spending some quality time with their son or daughter, the parents (and siblings) of ODU students had a wide variety of activities to choose from during Monarch Family Weekend, Sept. 20-22. There was an Honors College reception for first-year students and their parents, a "paddle palooza" on the Elizabeth River sponsored by the Outdoor Adventure Program and the annual President's Brunch. Other activities included educational sessions, a charity walk/run, alumni reception and soccer and football games. Monarch Family Weekend attracted nearly 1,500 parents, siblings and other relatives to campus.
Holly Szumila-Vance is only 27 years old, and looks much younger. But she has a life's story that could fill a thick book. The latest chapters would cast her as a nuclear physicist. Since the fall of 2012, she has been a Ph.D. student at ODU with an eye toward becoming a research scientist who does experiments in nuclear physics at facilities such as the Jefferson Lab.
A Picture is Worth...
Sophomore mechanical engineering majors Jared Harris on cello and Sean Abrams on cajon give a sidewalk performance in front of Webb Center Monday afternoon. They are vice president and president, respectively, of LECo (Live Entertainment Culture : Life Education Create Org.), a new student organization founded by Abrams. The group was conceived as "a productive environment for students to practice their artistic passion safely with direct feedback from the campus community." It welcomes any ODU students interested in learning or perfecting an artistic talent. LECo was created to reach the ODU community with artistic expression to spark the passion of fellow students. Members perform at locations throughout the campus. The organization's goals include mentoring various artistic skills, setting up ODU live events and philanthropy, inspired by Harris' vision, and going to local elementary schools to demonstrate the positive effects of artistic activities.