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President's Corner: November 2015

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Monarch Mailer, Old Dominion's newest initiative to keep you informed about the people, programs and research that make the University a world-class institution.

Those of us who live and work in the campus community are well-versed in the myriad of ways ODU contributes not only to the academic and career success of our students, but also to the Hampton Roads economy and global research endeavors.

We want to share all of that with you.

Did you know there are more Old Dominion scientists conducting research at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, in Newport News, than from any other academic institution?

Or that the University graduated the second-highest number of STEM-H students in the Commonwealth of Virginia?

It doesn't stop there, however.

A major focus of our mission is to improve the lives of our neighbors and nearby communities by engaging in service projects and other endeavors.

To bring you that type of information, and much more, the Office of Strategic Communication and Marketing created Monarch Mailer. It will be delivered once a month directly to your email.

In it, you will find the top stories produced by the University's news bureau, links to upcoming events and vibrant photographs and videos that provide a compelling view of campus life at ODU.

In this issue, you'll learn about U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's recent visit to Old Dominion to discuss climate change and sea level rise in an address that also highlighted the national security implications of this important issue. Secretary Kerry chose ODU for his address, just ahead of an important United Nations summit in Paris, because the issue is being tackled head-on right here on campus.

You'll also learn about a unique research expedition some of our researchers recently took to the North Pole, the Mitchum Basketball Performance Center that is being constructed behind the Ted Constant Convocation Center and the recent dedication of the Arts in the Village project that demonstrates the importance Old Dominion still places on the arts.

We also want you to know about some of the University's success stories, from a retired physician turned music composer, whose nine-movement English/Latin Mass will be performed this month, to the latest inductees into the Strome Entrepreneurial Center's Hall of Fame.

It's all important news because these stories offer key insights into the diverse and dynamic nature of the living and learning environment at Old Dominion University.

I am proud of my colleagues and students here at ODU and I am confident you will be too when you read their stories. It is my sincere hope you find Monarch Mailer to be a valuable resource that you will share.

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