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Visiting Alumni Lecture Series (VALS)

The Visiting Alumni Lecture Series (VALS) fosters partnerships with successful Old Dominion University Alumni and currently enrolled students studying any of the twelve languages, including: Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.  The VALS for foreign languages will highlight the real-life work experiences of Old Dominion University Alumni by providing a platform to discuss their expertise. 


These Alumni visits will:


(1) generate interest in diverse career fields requiring foreign language skills, such as: teaching, translation, and business


(2) provide networking possibilities and potential internships


(3) provide an opportunity to meet native speakers from around the world visiting the Hampton Roads community


(4) give current students a chance to practice their language skills with native speakers.

April 13, 2012: Secondary Education in Virginia


VALS 2012 is planned for Friday, April 13 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and will highlight a roundtable discussion on Secondary Education in Virginia in an effort to address the needs of teacher track students at ODU.  Invited guests to the series will include alumni professionals teaching in the greater Hampton Roads community that can discuss their experiences in the high school classroom.  Considering the current economic challenges coupled with the fact that foreign language education rates among the top ten critical shortage teaching endorsement areas in Virginia, this roundtable discussion comes at an opportune time for graduates as well as those considering the teaching profession.  The VALS guest speakers will offer first-hand knowledge on teaching as a career choice and provide a comprehensive overview of the profession.  Faculty from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and College of Education will also be part of the panel discussion. 


June 21, 2010:

As part of the Visiting Alumni Lecture Series (VALS), The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance will host a luncheon in honor of a French Delegation arriving to Norfolk on Monday, June 21 at 1:00 p.m. in the Barry M. Kornblau Alumni Center.  The Delegation will be visiting from the best companies specialized in port security solutions in France.  They would like to meet students, faculty and alumni from Old Dominion University.

Visiting Alumni Lecture Series (VALS): Friday, April 23, 2010

Mr. Frederick Marx, Founder of KeyLingo Translations in Atlanta, Georgia 

"Upology: The best course you've never heard of" with Frederick Marx  

Lecture from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in Constant Hall 1005 followed by a Reception in the Barry M. Kornblau Alumni Center