Old Dominion University

Old Dominion University

August 15, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Old Dominion University also known as
ODU is a public, co-educational research university located in Norfolk, Virginia,
United States, with two satellite campuses in the Hampton Roads area. It
was established in 1930 as the Norfolk Division of the College of William &
Mary and is now one of the largest universities in Virginia with an
enrollment of 24,670 students for the 2014-2015 academic year. Its campus
covers over 251 acres straddling the city neighborhoods of Larchmont,
Highland Park, and Lambert’s Point approximately 5 miles from Downtown
Norfolk. Old Dominion University is classified as
a Carnegie Doctoral Research University whose purpose is to provide the highest
quality of undergraduate and graduate education, while raising its stature as
one of the nation’s best public research institutions. As one of the largest
educational institution in the region, Old Dominion University provides nearly
$2 billion annually to the regional economy. The university offers 168
undergraduate and graduate degree programs to over 24,000 students and is
one of the nation’s largest providers of online distance learning courses. Old
Dominion University has approximately 124,000 alumni in all 50 states and 67
countries. Old Dominion University derives its name from one of Virginia’s
state nicknames, “The Old Dominion”, given to the state by King Charles II of
England for remaining loyal to the crown during the English Civil War.
History The foundations of Old Dominion
University began in the minds of administrators and officials at the
College of William and Mary in the first decades of the twentieth century.
Notable among these men were Robert M. Hughes, a W&M Board of Visitors member
from 1893–1917, and J.A.C. Chandler, the 18th president of that school. In 1924
after becoming the director of the William and Mary extension in Norfolk,
Joseph Healy began organizing classes and finding locations for faculty and
staff. He along with the collective efforts of Robert M. Hughes, Dr. J.A.C.
Chandler, and A.H. Foreman, a two-year branch division was established on March
13, 1930. On September 12, 1930 the Norfolk Division of the College of
William and Mary held their first class with 206 students in the old Larchmont
School building which was an abandoned elementary school on Hampton Boulevard.
On September 3, 1930 H. Edgar Timmerman becomes the Division’s first director.
“The Division,” as it was affectionately called, which started out in the old
Larchmont School building and allowed people with less means to attend a
school of higher education for two years. Tuition for the first year was 50
USD. The following September, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, more commonly
known as Virginia Tech, began offering classes at “The Division,” expanding the
number of courses taught. Old Dominion began educating teachers and engineers.
Created in the first year of the Great Depression, the college benefited from
federal funding as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. The
Public Works Administration provided funds for the Administration Building,
now Rollins Hall, and Foreman Field, named after A.H Foreman, an early
proponent of the college. Lewis Warrington Webb first joined the faculty
in 1932 as an instructor of engineering and would later be called “the Father of
Old Dominion.” After serving 10 years as an instructor at the Norfolk Division of
the College of William and Mary, he was appointed Assistant Director in 1942. He
also served as Director of the Defense and War Training Program at the College
from 1940-1944. Through its defense and training classes, the Norfolk Division
makes an invaluable contribution to the war effort. The program also allows the
school to remain open during a period when most young men were serving their
country. The program attracts many women, who learn aircraft repair,
drafting and other war-related subjects. In 1946 Webb was appointed Director of
the Norfolk Division. Dr. Webb’s dream was to see the Norfolk Division become
an independent institution. The two-year Norfolk Division rapidly evolved into a
four-year institution, and he saw that dream fulfilled in 1962 when the Norfolk
Division gained its independence from William and Mary. On February 16, 1962,
the William and Mary system was dissolved under General Assembly
legislation which was signed by Gov. Albertis S. Harrison. Later that year
the Norfolk Division was renamed to the Old Dominion College. Dr. Webb served
as the first President of Old Dominion College from 1962-1969. Frank Batten,
who was the publisher of The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star and
member of the Norfolk Division’s advisory board was chosen as the first
rector of Old Dominion College on May 27, 1962. He held the position of rector
until 1970 and the College of Engineering was named in his honor in
2004. In 1964 the first students lived on campus in the first dormitories,
Rodgers and Gresham hall which were names after members of the advisory
board. In 1969 Old Dominion College transitioned to Old Dominion University
under the leadership of President James L. Bugg, Jr. During Bugg’s tenure the
first doctoral programs were established along with a university-wide governance
structure in which faculty, administrators and students were
represented. Bugg also re-established the Army ROTC program that was
originally created in 1948 but was abandoned because of the outbreak of the
Korean War. In the 1970s, during the tenure of
President Alfred B. Rollins Jr. Old Dominion began mutual partnerships
between regional organizations such as NASA, the U.S. Navy, Eastern Virginia
Medical School and Norfolk State University. This was a result of Dr.
Rollins goal of becoming the leading educational institution in the Hampton
Roads area. Under Rollins, the university expanded its state and
private funding, improved student services and introduced an honors
program along with many other improvements to the university. In 1971
the University established its own campus police force and hired several
police officers to patrol the campus. 1977 the Virginia Campus Police Act was
made into a law, the university helped train local and campus police officers
and the campus police officers were given full police authority on and
around the campus grounds. From these humble beginnings the college
grew southward along Hampton Boulevard, turning an empty field into a sprawling
campus. After completion at the Norfolk Division, students would move on to
schools offering degrees or would seek careers locally. “The Division” began by
educating teachers and engineers. In 1962, it became an autonomous four-year
college under the name Old Dominion College. Considerable growth in
enrollment, the expansion of research facilities and preparation for the
addition of graduate programs led the Board to seek and receive university
status in 1969. Since this time, the university has continued to grow and now
has an enrollment of over 24,000 students.
=Presidents=Academics
As a comprehensive university, Old Dominion University offers and develops
liberal arts, science, technology and professional programs. The University
offers 73 bachelor’s degrees in various fields and 60 master’s and 35 doctoral
degrees. ODU’s TELETECHNET distance learning program is one of the nation’s
largest and accounts for nearly one third of student enrollment. ODU
Distance Learning is affiliated with the Southern Regional Education Board’s
Electronic Campus. ODU is one of the few universities in the US to offer MBA
concentrations in Maritime, Transportation, and Port Logistics
Management and also has well-respected programs in Marine Science, Coastal and
Transportation Engineering. Because Hampton Roads is a major
international maritime and commerce center, the university has a special
mission for the Commonwealth of Virginia in commerce, and in international
affairs and cultures. With the principal marine and aerospace activities of the
Commonwealth concentrated in Hampton Roads, the university has a significant
commitment to science, engineering and technology, specifically in marine
science, aerospace and other fields of major importance to the region. Many
departments conduct cooperative research with NASA. Due to its location in a
large metropolitan area, Old Dominion University places particular emphasis on
urban issues, including education and health care, and on fine and performing
arts.=Accreditation=
Old Dominion University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, education
specialist, and doctoral degrees. The Batten College of Engineering and
Technology is accredited by accredited by the Engineering Accreditation
Commission of ABET. The Strome College of Business is AACSB accredited. The
Darden College of Education, the College of Arts and Letters and the College of
Sciences are accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher
Education. Schools and Colleges
=College of Arts and Letters=This college maintains 15 departments
and programs, which offer degrees in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
The departments include Asian Studies, Art, Communications and Theater Arts,
English, Foreign Languages & Literatures, Gay Cultural Studies,
International Studies, International Studies-Graduate Program,
Interdisciplinary Studies, Music, History, Philosophy and Religious
Studies, Sociology and Criminal Justice, Political Science and Geography, and
Women’s Studies. Within the Theatre Arts Department, Film
and Video Studies is offered. The Department of Communication and Theatre
Arts offers two degree programs that meet the needs of most students
interested in film and video studies. The Program in Communication offers
BA/BS degrees with an concentration in Film Studies. Classes focus on the
principles and aesthetics of Film History, Theory, Genre, and Criticism.
The Program in Theatre Arts offers a BA degree in Theatre with an emphasis in
Digital Film making. Classes focus on all the practical aspects of digital
filmmaking. The Department of Music is housed in the Diehn Fine and Performing
Arts building. Diehn is the home of the ODU Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble,
Concert Choir, Jazz Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Monarch Marching Band as well
as other smaller ensembles like the Diehn String Quartet and Diehn Chorale.
Students at ODU pursuing a degree in music have a choice of bachelor’s
degrees in music performance, music education, music history, and music. The
Diehn building also houses the Wilson G. Chandler Recital Hall, where
performances of the Diehn Concert Series and student recitals are held. The head
of the department is currently John Toomey. ODU offers several tracks of
study within the English Department, including: literature, journalism,
creative writing, linguistics, and professional writing.
=Strome College of Business=This college offers graduate programs as
well as bachelor’s degree programs in 11 departments, including School of
Accountancy, Business Analytics, Department of Economics, Department of
Finance, Information Technology & Decision Sciences, International
Business, Department of Marketing, Department of Management, Maritime and
Supply Chain Management, and the School of Public Service. The Strome College of
Business also offers an MBA program as well as executive development programs.
In Summer 2010, a new Public Service minor was started with the motto, “The
Minor that Matters.” In 2014, the College was renamed to the
Strome College of Business after the Strome Family donated $11 million to the
college.=Darden College of Education=
Offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in six academic departments.
Programs include: Educational Leadership and School Administration, Counseling,
Human Services, Higher Education, Exercise Science, Athletic Training,
Sport Management, Physical Education, Recreation and Tourism Studies, Early
Childhood Education, Speech Pathology, Special Education, Fashion
Merchandising, Instructional Design and Technology, Business and Industry
Training, Community College Teaching, and Technology Education. The Darden
College of Education also works in collaboration with other academic
Colleges to prepare teachers in fields of secondary education, such as English
Education and Biology Education, among others. Students complete a major in the
field they wish to teach, in addition to Education coursework, practica, and
student teaching.=Batten College of Engineering and
Technology=Grants undergraduate and graduate
degrees in 8 engineering disciplines, including Civil, Aerospace,
Environmental, Electrical, Engineering Management, Computer, Mechanical,
Systems, Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Technology and offers
interesting concentrations, including Coastal Engineering, Transportation
Engineering, Experimental Aeronautics, Laser and Plasma Engineering,
Bioelectrics, Computational Engineering, and Ship Maintenance, Repair, and
Operations. In 2010, the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology
will become the first college in the United States offering all degrees in
the emerging discipline of Modeling and Simulation.
In 2014, the College of Engineering opened the new Engineering Systems
building which brought added laboratory, design and office space.
=College of Health Sciences=This college is composed of five
health-related schools and grants Certificates, Bachelor’s Degrees,
Master’s Degrees, and Doctoral Degrees. The schools include the Schools of
Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences, Community and Environmental
Health, Nursing, Physical Therapy and the Gene W. Hirschfeld School of Dental
Hygiene.=College of Sciences=
Offers degree programs in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Biological Sciences,
Computer Science, Psychology, Mathematics, Physics, and Ocean, Earth
and Atmospheric Sciences. The department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
has developed an expertise in the specialty field of Ocean Margin and
Coastal System Processes. Also in the College of Sciences, the college offers
a degree in Professional Communication, a combination of both Communication and
Business.=Distance Learning=
Old Dominion University began offering Distance Learning courses in 1994
through TELETECHNET, a satellite delivery system. Today, ODU Distance
Learning offers 60 undergraduate and graduate programs through video
streaming, satellite, 2-way, web conferencing, and online delivery.
Depending on the program, students may take classes online or by attending one
of nearly 50 ODU partner locations in Virginia, Arizona, or Washington State.
ODU also offers programs designed to be taken by military personnel on
deployment.=The Career Management Center=
The Career Management Center at Old Dominion University is a resource for
students in finding and obtaining internships and jobs. Located in the
Batten Arts and Letters building as well as the Webb Center, the CMC as it known
on campus, is a great place to get answers to questions about internships,
jobs, resumes, and interviewing skills. Their open door policy allows students
to walk in and speak one-on-one with an advisor. The advisors work with students
to develop resumes and cover letters and to guide students through the job
finding process. The center also frequently holds mini-seminars to aid
students in preparing for job interviews and works with local employers at job
fairs throughout the semester. Students interested in meeting with an advisor
can make appointments online, over the phone, or in person. There is also a
live messaging option for quick questions and answers. Students can
follow the CMC on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Myspace.
Research Old Dominion University research teams
generate $88 million in annual funding through more than 400 ongoing projects.
Supported by grants from NSF, NIH, Department of Energy, and DOD, among
others, have already made ground-breaking advances in several
fields.=Research at Old Dominion University=
Center for Advanced Engineering Environments
Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative
Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics
Maritime Institute Virginia Coastal Energy Research
Consortium Virginia Modeling, Analysis & Simulation
Center=Climate Change and Sea Level Rise
Initiative=ODU’s Climate Change and Sea Level Rise
Initiative has facilitated research and education in all aspects of climate
change and sea level rise. Because of Old Dominion’s unique location there is
special emphasis on adaptation to increased flooding because of sea level
rise. There are many other aspects of climate change affecting coastal cities
such as public health or disaster preparedness that the initiative also
addressed.=Maritime Institute=
Old Dominion University’s Maritime Institute was created through a
University/Business community partnership in Hampton Roads. Its
mission is to provide world quality maritime, ports and logistics management
education, training and research to meet regional, national and international
needs. In pursuit of its mission, the Institute engages in building mutually
supportive linkages locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, and in
supporting the economic growth and international competitiveness of greater
Hampton Roads and Virginia. The Institute provides a focal point for
educational services and research programming that is responsive to the
port-related needs of Hampton Roads, Virginia and other port-related
facilities in the world. Serving as a positive link with port related
business, and public administration communities; the Institute provides a
catalyst for the delivery of education, training, research and service programs
in both the credit and non-credit arenas.
At the October, 2011 Annual meeting of the International Association of
Maritime Economists in Santiago, university rankings worldwide in port
research for the period 1980-2009 were announced. In these rankings, ODU was
ranked eighth in the world, second only to the University of Washington in the
Western Hemisphere.=Virginia Modeling, Analysis &
Simulation Center=The Virginia Modeling, Analysis and
Simulation Center is a university-wide multidisciplinary research center that
emphasizes modeling, simulation, and visualization research, development and
education. VMASC is one of the world’s leading
research centers for computer modeling, simulation, and visualization. The
mission of the Center is to conduct collaborative MS&V research and
development, provide expertise to government agencies and industry, and to
promote Old Dominion University, Hampton Roads and Virginia as a center of MS&V
activities. Working with more than one hundred industry, government, and
academic members, VMASC furthers the development and applications of
modeling, simulation and visualization as enterprise decision-making tools to
promote economic, business, and academic development. Annually, the Center
conducts approximately $10M in funded research.
Old Dominion University is a state-assisted institution and one of
only four Virginia schools in the Carnegie Research Universities category.
The University offers a complete range of Modeling & Simulation degree options
from Bachelor’s to Ph.D. The Hampton Roads region is home to the
Joint and Coalition Training, the US Army’s Training and Doctrine Command,
the Military Transportation Management Command, NATO Allied Command
Transformation, the Armed Forces Staff College, the U.S. Navy’s Commander
Operational Test and Evaluation Force, the Naval Sea Systems Command, and the
Space and Naval Warfare Center. In addition, the Department of Energy’s
Jefferson Lab, NASA-Langley Research Center and numerous regional industries
are important users of MS&V technology. The economic value of MS&V-related
business activity in Hampton Roads is estimated to be over $500M.
VMASC concentrates on eight core modeling and simulation applied research
areas: Transportation, Homeland Security and Military Defense, Virtual
Environments, Social Sciences, Medicine & Health, Care, Game-based Learning, M&S
Interoperability, System Sciences. Campus
=The Norfolk Campus=Situated on 251 acres on the west side
of the City of Norfolk, Virginia, Old Dominion University’s main campus
stretches from the Elizabeth River to the Lafayette River, and watching
sunsets on the water is a natural pastime for students. With its garden
areas, reflecting pools and spacious green lawns bordered by tree-lined
walkways, the campus offers the best of both worlds – a beautiful setting and
just minutes away from Hampton Roads’ largest cities.
On the main campus, at the west end of the grassy, five-acre Kaufman Mall, lies
Webb University Center, a spacious facility that dazzles with its two-story
glass facade, creating an outdoor ambiance and providing a sunny home – in
any season – for student life. At the north end of campus, a stroll along the
brick sidewalks of the Williamsburg Lawn, with its towering willow oak
trees, offers students and visitors a trip back in time to the beginnings of
the University. Only 20 miles from the sand and surf of
Virginia Beach and just 40 miles from historic Williamsburg, ODU’s Norfolk
campus, in one of the nation’s oldest seaports and one of today’s busiest
international seaports on the east coast, offers an attractive location for
study and leisure. Prospective students and families are welcome to visit the
campus Monday through Saturday throughout the year.
Old Dominion University has undergone extensive growth. The swell of new
construction was kicked off in 2001 with the building of the Ted Constant
Convocation Center. This 8,600 seat arena has become the home of both men’s
and women’s basketball, as well as a premiere venue for concerts and other
performances. The “Ted” as it is affectionately called by students and
alumni is the jewel of a $55 million 75-acre development known as The
University Village. Expanding the campus eastward across Hampton Boulevard, the
Village is a mix of student apartments, shops, and restaurants and has become a
destination for both students and the community. In 2008 a new SpringHill
Suites hotel was completed along with the University’s new bookstore.
Student housing has grown at ODU. The Quad, a collection of six new
residential buildings — Ireland House, Virginia House, Scotland House, France
House, England House, Dominion House — and offices brings Old Dominion
University closer to its goal of becoming a more residential university.
Constructed alongside the Quad is the new student Recreation and Wellness
Center. This new center is the heart of Old Dominion’s healthy campus featuring
a multi-level cardio/weight area, a three-story climbing wall, three fitness
studios, three gyms, a multi-purpose arena, an indoor swimming pool, three
racquetball courts, an outdoor adventure center, a bike shop, and more. The
center offers intramural and extramurals for the students and staff. ODU has
expanded its sports facilities, recently completing the Folkes-Stevens Indoor
Tennis Center and the Powhatan Sports Complex, a 48,000-square-foot facility
that houses the intercollegiate athletic programs of field hockey, women’s
lacrosse, and football. Another football-related project was the
renovation of Old Dominion University’s historic Foreman Field for the sport’s
reintroduction in 2009. Old Dominion’s 75th anniversary in 2005
found an impressive array of cutting-edge facilities that have
created a campus that is ideal for the pursuit of a diverse number of majors.
Among these are the fully automated Perry Library, state-of-the-art
laboratories in the sciences and engineering, the E.V. Williams
Engineering and Computational Sciences Building, and the new Systems Research
Building. The campus is also home to Pretlow Planetarium, the Lions Child
Study Center, new, superior facilities for clinical work in the health
sciences, a modern Oceanography and Physics Building, the Gornto TELETECHNET
Center and the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center. Recent additions include
the Student Success Center and Learning Commons, an orchid conservatory and
research building, as well as renovation to the Technology Building and the
Batten Arts and Letters Building, all of which will further provide expanded
opportunities for our students in the arts, sciences, health sciences and
engineering. In 2015, Old Dominion University started
construction on the New Education Building and a new 45,000 sf student
dining facility.=The University Libraries=
The Old Dominion University Libraries are the Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry
Library, the F. Ludwig Diehn Composers Room, and the Elise N. Hofheimer Art
Library. The libraries contain over 3 million items—books, government
publications, journals and serials, microform, musical scores, recordings,
and maps. After months of renovation, the Perry Library first floor was
transformed into The Learning Commons which welcomed students Fall 2011. The
Learning Commons motto: Connect, Discover, Succeed encompasses the
mission of the Learning Commons to student success. Jointly operated by the
University Libraries, Office of Computing and Communications Services
and Academic Enhancement, the dynamic and collaborative space is touted by the
University as a great space for students to learn and engage with their peers.
The space offers collaborative rooms as well as equipment rentals that range
from microphones to MacBook laptops. Because The Learning Commons is set up
for students, all seating and desks are modular and movable to adapt for any
student’s learning needs. The Learning Commons is open 24 hours from Sunday to
Thursday for students.=University Village=
Established in 1995, the Real Estate Foundation has taken the lead in the
development of the University Village, a mixed use development including retail,
residential and office buildings. The results of its work are visible to all
in the form of the University Village Apartments, restaurants, shops, the
North Village Parking Garage, the Innovation Research Park, Marriott
SpringHill Suites Hotel, and Campus Bookstore. Merchants Include: Perfectly
Frank, Borjo Coffeehouse, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Starbuck’s, Hair
Cuttery, Sakura Sushi Bar, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Zero’s Subs, Monarch
Sports Grill, La Herradura Restaurant, Mojo Bones, Insomnia Cookies, Jimmy
John’s and Twisted Yogurt Bar.=Campus ministries=
ODU students can join campus ministries which are coordinated by the University
Chaplain’s Association. Ministries include the United Methodist, Baptist,
Roman Catholic, Episcopalian, Presbyterian and Lutheran
denominationally sponsored ministries. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship has a
presence at ODU and are members of the UCA. Each of these churches has a campus
ministry presence at ODU, as does Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus
Life, and the Tidewater Islamic Center, which serves the Muslim community at
ODU. The UCA and its constituent members are nationally recognized as one of the
most effective campus ministry programs in the United States.
=Maglev=In 1999, ODU agreed to work with
American Maglev Technogies of Atlanta to construct an on-campus student
transportation link of less than one mile — using a smart train / dumb track
design in which most sensors, magnets, and computation were located on the
train rather than the track. With cost and safety concern, several other
institutes of higher learning rejected the project. While projected to cost
less to build per mile than existing systems, the ODU maglev was never
operational. After depleting its $14 million budget, a groundbreaking was
held in 2001, the project was completed in 2002; and the technology failed: the
vehicle lost its “float” and come to a full friction stop on top of the rail,
damaging much of the system. American Maglev and ODU dissolved their
relationship and the project became an internal university research project. In
October 2006, the research team performed an unscheduled test of the car
that went smoothly. The system was subsequently removed from the power grid
for nearby construction. In February 2009, the team retested the sled and was
successful despite power outages on campus. ODU subsequently partnered with
a Massachusetts-based company to test another maglev train. MagneMotion Inc.
was expected to bring its prototype maglev vehicle, about the size of a van,
to the campus to test in 2010. Student life
=Residential life=ODU’s current residential hall capacity
is around 4,600 students in 14 dormitories or student apartments on
campus. All Freshman are guaranteed housing, 77% of freshman and 24% of all
students live in college housing.=Student traditions=
Walking across the Old Dominion University seal is a right of passage
for graduating students on graduation day. Legend has it that you should never
walk across the University Seal located on Kaufman Mall. If you do so, you will
never graduate from Old Dominion University. Riding the lion statue in
the Monarch fountain is also another popular tradition of the students,
however it is not encouraged by the university.
=Student recreation=The Student Recreation Center is located
in the middle of the ODU campus adjacent to the Rosane Runte Quad. The facility
includes: 15,000 sq. ft. Multi-Level Fitness Center with Strength, Cardio,
and Free-Weights, Indoor Swimming Pool, Indoor Running Track, 3 Court Gymnasium,
Multipurpose Court, 3 Group Exercise Studios, Cycling Studio, 3 Racquetball
Courts,Pro Shop, Outdoor Adventure and Rental Center, Bike and Skate Shop and
an Indoor Climbing Wall. The ODU Outdoor Adventure program allows
students to take organized trips and participate in activities such as
hiking, mountain biking, camping, surfing, yoga, rock climbing,
snowboarding and skiing. The University Fitness Center was
designed to accommodate Old Dominion’s growing community. The UFC is located on
Monarch Way between 42nd and 43rd Street and is equipped with user-friendly
LifeFitness Cardio and Weight Machines.=ROTC program=
The ODU Army ROTC battalion was established in September 1969 in the
Darden College of Education. The first cadets were commissioned on July 4,
1971. As of spring of 2008, ODU has been recognized as having the sixth largest
Army ROTC unit out of 262 programs found nationwide.
Its Navy ROTC program is run in conjunction with the neighboring
campuses of Norfolk State University and Hampton University. The Hampton Roads
Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps is one of the largest officer training
battalions in the nation, consisting of over 250 Sailors, Marines, and
Midshipmen, with an above average prior enlisted presence. With HRNROTC’s close
proximity to Naval Station Norfolk, Naval Air Station Oceana and Marine
Corps base Camp Allen, students have access to vast resources and training
facilities inaccessible to most other NROTC battalions.
=Student organizations=Old Dominion University recognizes over
300 student organizations with over 8000 student members. These groups include
professional organizations, honor societies, religious organizations,
minority students, and groups for students with common interests and
majors as well as a variety of traditional, multicultural, and
professional sororities and fraternities. The Student Government
Association has direct authority over student organizations.
=Greek life=Old Dominion has a complex and diverse
Greek system with fourteen fraternities and eleven sororities. Greek life is not
active at Old Dominon, 6% of men are in fraternities and 5% of women are in
sororities.There are also a wide variety of service fraternities active on
campus. Athletics
Old Dominion’s 18 athletic teams are known as the Monarchs and Lady Monarchs
and mostly compete in the NCAA Division I Conference USA. Old Dominion
University athletic teams have captured 28 team national championships and four
individual titles. The school’s best-known sports team is the Lady
Monarchs basketball team, which has won three national championships in 1979,
1980 and 1985. The Lady Monarchs also made it to the 1997 Women’s NCAA
Championship Game, losing to Tennessee. ODU athletic teams have won a further 28
national championships including 15 in men’s and women’s sailing and 9 in
women’s field hockey. The Lady Monarchs’ nine national titles in field hockey are
in NCAA record books for most titles in that sport by the same school.
In addition, Old Dominion’s athletic teams have captured 49 championships in
the Colonial Athletic Association. On March 2010, Dr. Wood Selig became the
new athletic director. Previously, Dr. Selig was the athletic director at
Western Kentucky. On May 17, 2012 Old Dominion announced
it would move to C-USA on July 1, 2013. Four ODU sports which are not sponsored
by C-USA have outside affiliations. In 2013, the Wrestling team became an
associate of the Mid-American Conference and the field hockey team joined the
“new” Big East Conference. The women’s lacrosse team spent the 2014 season as
an independent before joining the Atlantic Sun Conference. Finally, the
women’s rowing team joined the Big 12 Conference in 2014–15 after the Big 12
effectively took over C-USA rowing.=ODU-VCU rivalry=
Virginia Commonwealth University is ODU’s arch rival, mainly because of the
similarities between the two schools. Both schools were once part of the
College of William and Mary and both are urban research universities located just
90 miles apart.=Men’s basketball=
The Old Dominion University Monarchs basketball team have captured six CAA
championship titles since their conference admission in 1992, which is
the most among all CAA schools. In 2007, they received an at-large bid to the
NCAA tournament, when the team went 24-8 and finished 37th in RPI. That season
included a notable 13-point win at 8th ranked Georgetown. Their most recent
trip to the NCAA tournament was with an automatic bid after capturing the 2010
CAA title. During the NCAA tournament, the 11th seeded Monarchs managed a
1-point first-round upset over the 6th seeded Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
In 2002 ODU opened the Ted Constant Convocation Center for the 2002-2003
basketball season. “The Ted” has 8,600 fully cushioned seats, 16 luxury suites,
and a state-of-the-art scoreboard. In addition to being used for home
basketball games, the Constant Center hosts family-oriented events as well as
concerts, lectures, and commencement ceremonies.
=Women’s basketball=Old Dominion also holds an important
place in the history of women’s collegiate athletics, having awarded the
first athletic scholarship to any woman in the state of Virginia for a varsity
sport when Nancy Lieberman was awarded a scholarship to play women’s basketball.
The Old Dominion Lady Monarchs basketball team have won three national
championships. In 1979 and 1980, the Lady Monarchs were AIAW Champions. In
1985, they captured the NCAA Division I National Championship with a 70-65 win
over the University of Georgia. In addition, the Lady Monarchs have
captured five Sun Belt conference championship titles, and captured 17 CAA
championship titles, winning every year from 1991-92 to 2007–08.
=Monarch football=The history of football at ODU began
with the Norfolk Division, which had a football team until 1941 known as the
Norfolk Division Braves. The program dissolved due to a rule against freshman
players and a 10,000 USD debt. On June 14, 2005, its Board of Visitors
approved by a 14-0 vote the creation of an NCAA Division I team, which began
play on September 5, 2009. On February 9, 2007, ODU’s Athletic
Director Jim Jarrett announced that Bobby Wilder, the associate head
football coach at the University of Maine, would be the head football coach
at Old Dominion University. The team signed its first class in 2008. As is
the case with many new football programs, all players on the 2008
Monarchs football team were redshirted, and when added with the 2009 signing
class and transfers from I-A schools, formed the nucleus of the school’s first
football team. Initially, ODU competed as an FCS program, and was independent
for two years before joining the Colonial Athletic Association for the
2011 season. The final record for Old Dominion’s 2009
football program was 9-2, at the time the best winning record ever for a
first-year collegiate football program. This record is now held by Mercer
University who finished 10-2 in 2013. Old Dominion’s football program had
continued success in 2010 finishing 8-3. In the following years, Old Dominion’s
football program finished their 2011-2012 season with a 10-3 record, and
an 11-2 record for their 2012-2013 season which gained national attention.
As the school’s football program began to grow along with the university
itself, Old Dominion’s potential was realized by several commissioners for
college football, particularly by Conference USA. Old Dominion officially
joined Conference USA on July 1, 2013 leaving behind their former conference
affiliation with the Colonial Athletic Association. They won their first C-USA
game against Rice Owls on September 20, 2014.
Foreman Field, formerly the field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams’ home venue,
has been renovated to accommodate the new football program. Field Hockey and
women’s lacrosse teams have been relocated to the Powhatan Sports
Complex. As of October 2015 the ODU football
program has sold out every home game that has ever been played at Foreman
Field, 46 consecutive sellouts.=Men’s soccer=
=Wrestling=Old Dominion University Monarch
Wrestling team was established in 1957. The school’s departure from the CAA
forced the Wrestling team to become an associate member of the Mid-American
Conference, as Conference USA does not sponsor wrestling. The Old Dominion head
wrestling coach is Steve Martin, currently in his tenth season with the
program.=Rowing program=
The ODU Rowing Club has been under the Recreational Sports department since
1985. The club is fully student-run and is funded largely by the student members
of the club. ODURC has been very successful in recent years, as it has
increased its membership. Adding outstanding volunteer coaches in recent
years has raised the competitiveness of the team greatly, and the men’s club won
a national championship in May, 2008. Today, male and female rowers continue
to compete as a club; in 2008 rowing also became a varsity sport for female
students, and a full-time coach was hired for the new women’s team. Within
their first year at varsity level, the women’s team placed at a national
competition. The decision to elevate only the women’s team to varsity status
was made to keep ODU compliant with Title IX regulations, providing balance
to the increased spending on men’s athletics that a football program
brought.=Cheerleading=
Led by head coach Carmen Harris, the Old Dominion University cheer squad is a
safe, professional and athletic program. Its energetic team consists of athletes
who are also students. The cheer squad, along with the Old Dominion Dynasty
Dance Team, performs at all football home games as well as most football away
games. They also perform at all Men and Women’s Basketball home games, and
occasionally a home soccer or baseball game. Along with their practices, games,
competitions, and other events, ODU cheerleaders are required to actively
participate in all fundraising efforts and volunteer work under their Spirit
Squad Program.=The Old Dominion Athletic Foundation=
The Old Dominion Athletic Foundation is the official booster club for Old
Dominion Athletics. the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation was previously known
as the Big Blue Club, or The Old Dominion University Intercollegiate
Foundation. The change from those to ODAF occurred March 1, 2011. The Old
Dominion Athletic Foundation has an 501-C-3 designation as a non-profit
organization.=Monarch Maniacs=
Monarch Maniacs was the student group that supports all the athletic programs
at Old Dominion University. The group is for students to show their school spirit
and pride at all athletic events. The group is administered by the Office of
Student Activities and Leadership. In order to become a member, there is a $20
membership fee and once paid, you receive benefits. All members receive a
T-shirt, early entry to the football and basketball games, giveaways during the
games, priority seating for selected away games, viewing parties and a
membership card which allows discounts at sponsored vendors in Norfolk.
Notable faculty Notable alumni
References External links
Official website Old Dominion Athletics website