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.
The exhibit is located at: http://www.lib.odu.edu/womenshistory