Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries

Spring 1999 Newsletter

Michael D'Orso to Speak at 1999 Friends' Author Dinner

The evocative and powerful words of journalist Michael D'Orso speak to us from the newsprint of daily papers, from the pages of ten books, from magazines such as Sports Illustrated and Fortune. Now the words will also be heard from the podium of the Friends of the Library 1999 Author Dinner. His topic that evening will be "Creative Non-Fiction: A Contradiction in Terms?"

D'Orso is the collaborative author of Walking with the Wind, the best-seller and critically acclaimed work written with U. S. Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis. Columnist Mary McGrory of the Washington Post called the book the "definitive account of the civil rights movement," and continued, "...with the help of a skillful collaborator, Michael D'Orso, [this] is a compelling history. For a year and a half D'Orso traveled with Lewis and "lived inside" Lewis so that this great man's story sears us with its emotion and honesty. As D'Orso has explained: "So many of these books are written from the outside looking in. Writing about John Lewis, it was from the inside looking out. This is a man who walked the walk."

D'Orso is also the author of Like Judgement Day: The Ruin and Redemption of a Town Called Rosewood, and his most recent work is Winning With Integrity, a Business Week best-seller co-authored with sports attorney Leigh Steinberg whom many call the real "Jerry McGuire."

As a staff writer for the Virginian Pilot for 13 years, D'Orso's writing won numerous awards, and included three Pulitzer Prize nominations. And...Michael D'Orso is also a member of the Friends of the Old Dominion University Library.

The Author Dinner will be Monday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the River Rooms of Webb Center. The Friends' Outstanding Achievement Award will also be presented that evening. More information about the dinner and reservation forms will appear in March.


The Friends of the ODU Library express our sympathy at the recent death of James VanDyck Card, Professor Emeritus of English. We are also grateful to be designated as a recipient of memorials in his honor and memory. James McNally, a member of the Friends, spoke for the University at the memorial service on January 6.


Come support the ODU Library by attending the pre-game reception and the Lady Monarchs basketball game with William and Mary on Tuesday, February 16th. Friends of the Library members will be receiving a special notice in the mail, but put this date on your calendar.

A pre-game reception will be held in the Elizabeth River Room, Webb University Center at 6:00 p.m. This year we will include an auction of basketball items led by Lady Monarch coaching staff, in addition to refreshments. *Reception tickets will be $10.00 for adults; $7.00 for children.

The Lady Monarchs will play William & Mary in the ODU Fieldhouse, starting at 7:00 p.m. During half time, there will be a Free-Throw Contest between President James Koch and 1310's Tony Mercurio. *Game tickets will be $7.00 for adults, and $5.00 for children, senior citizens, and military.

* Reception ticket proceeds and a percentage of basketball ticket sales to benefit the Library.

Bring a friend and support the Library and the Lady Monarchs!


Ellis O'Neal, a charter life member of the Friends of the Library, has become the first participant in the library's volunteer program. The Rev. Mr. O'Neal spends one day a week in Special Collections processing newly received collections of manuscripts and personal papers. After processing, finding aids are prepared so that the scope and contents of collections can be examined by prospective users.

O'Neal is the director emeritus of the library of Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, and serves on the executive committee of the Friends of the Old Dominion University Library.

Volunteer service opportunities comprise a major benefit of membership in Friends of the Library and, at the same time, volunteers make a welcome and important contribution to the University Library. In the coming months, the library will be seeking volunteers for such assignments as transcribing oral history tapes, serving at the library's information desk, assisting with mounting exhibits, and adopting a shelf for maintaining books in order. Information about these opportunities will appear in the next issue of the Friends of the Library Newsletter.


Now in addition to Friends of the Old Dominion University Library ceramic mugs, we have tall, spill-proof, Library-approved cups which feature our Literary Lion Logo. They are available for purchase at $5.00 and are available in the Library's Administrative Suite. Ceramic mugs are still available at $10.00.


Over the holidays, members of the Friends, avid readers that they are, received books as gifts naturally, and even had a little more time to engage in that beloved pastime of reading. So here is a list of what some members read in December:

  • Jean Major: The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris, a memoir of the author's recent experience staying at a cloister in Minnesota.
  • Dolly Hinton: Stargazey by Martha Grimes, a mystery by the American author who sets her books in modern day London and uses actual names of pubs as the titles of her books.
  • James Koch: A Man in Full by Thomas Wolfe, the best seller set in contemporary Atlanta and which skewers all segments of this modern metropolis.
  • Fern McDougal: A Treasury of the Great Children's Book Illustrators by Susan E. Meyer, a book that focuses on the lives and works of 13 noted illustrators from the nineteenth century in the context of the Victorian Age.
  • Harold Wilson: Thank God My Regiment An African One: The Civil War Diary of Colonel Nathan W. Daniels, edited by C. P. Weaver, the account of a Union officer who led the 2nd Louisiana Native Guard Volunteers, composed of black men and officers in the Gulf Theater during 1863.
  • Donna Koch: Rising Tide by John M. Barry, nonfiction account of the great Mississippi flood of 1927 and its far reaching effects on the country.
  • Judy Homsher: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, a novel very different from her previous ones as this one is set in the Belgian Congo of 1959 and told through the voices of a mother and 4 daughters who travel to Africa with their missionary father.


Friends' Memberships revolve annually from the date you first joined. You should receive a reminder in the mail the month your membership expires, but if you think you have been overlooked, call Fern McDougal at 683-4141 to check on your membership status.

Friends' Memberships also make great gifts. You can remember someone's birthday by giving a Friend membership, a gift that will help the Library in acquisitions and be perfect for the person who seems to have everything. One of the Friends cups or mugs would also make a tangible gift to accompany the membership. Want more information? Call 683-4141 and ask for Fern.


Cozy Agatha Christie mysteries sat beside elegant French Impressionist art books, while a battered collection of World War II soldier diaries claimed a spot near a woman's history text. Such was the Old Dominion University Book Sale on Nov. 4 and 5. This annual event drew its usual crowds, but this year members of the Friends of the Library were invited a few hours before the official sale began to peruse the offerings and make their purchases. This preview will be offered again next year, so watch for the notice of the sale in the fall.

The sale raised $1,244, and following tradition, this amount was then given to 29 student Library workers in the form of ODU Bookstore gift certificates


The following new members were elected to the Board of the Friends of the ODU Library at the 1998 Author Dinner: Donna Bausch, Molly Hutton (student representative), and Viola Morgan.

Other Board Members include: Bette W. Browning; Lucille L. Garner; Carole P. Hines; Dolly Hinton; Judith W Homsher; Donna L. Koch; Jean A. Major; Alf J. Mapp, Jr.; Cynthia McCraw; Ernestine Middleton; Laura K. Moen; Raymond F. Morgan; Virginia S. O'Herron; Ellis E. O'Neal, Jr.; Barbara A. Peck; Alfred B. Rollins, Jr.; Martha Rollins; Aleene Rose; John H. Tucker, Jr.; and Eunice Whitehurst.