Alma Mater

History The Alma Mater of Old Dominion University (ODU), along with the Fight Song and Football Fight Song, is one of the songs commonly sung at ODU. The song is traditionally sung during athletic games as well as during special events such as Founder’s Day, Commencement, and Convocation. Words and videos of the ODU Songs… read more »

A. Rufus Tonelson

A. Rufus Tonelson was a student, teacher, administrator, and benefactor of Old Dominion University (ODU). Tonelson was among the first three students to register for courses at the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary in the fall of 1930. A start athlete in baseball and basketball, Tonelson was a member of the… read more »

Barry M. Kornblau Alumni Center

The Barry M. Kornblau Alumni Center, located at the corner of 49th Street and Hampton Boulevard, is home to the Alumni Association at Old Dominion University (ODU). The building is named in honor of Barry M. Kornblau, class of 1971 and a member of the ODU Board of Visitors. History The building originally opened in 1984 as the Public… read more »

Leo Anthony

Leo Anthony (1940-2019) was an all-star basketball and baseball player at the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary from 1957-1961. He was the first All-American athlete in the history of Old Dominion University (ODU) and was a member of the first ODU Sports Hall of Fame induction class in 1980. Norfolk Division Athletics Born and… read more »


Homecoming is a tradition at Old Dominion University (ODU) where alumni return to campus and take part in a number of activities to connect with other alumni throughout ODU’s history. The current Homecoming celebration is chiefly organized by the Alumni Association and includes painting paws or crowns on Kaufman Mall, dyeing the water blue in… read more »

Kent Bazemore

Kent Bazemore was an all-conference basketball star at Old Dominion University (ODU) from 2007-2012. A native of Kelford, North Carolina, Bazemore was recruited by head coach Blaine Taylor for both his shooting and defensive skills. Accomplishments A redshirt his freshman year, Bazemore moved into the starting lineup in 2009 and was a key player in the… read more »

Margaret Simmons

Margaret Simmons was the first African American to earn a degree from Old Dominion. A student in the Master of English program at Old Dominion, Simmons received her degree in 1966 among the first graduates to received their master’s degrees. After graduation, Simmons received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and was a professor… read more »

University Seal

When Old Dominion University (ODU) became independent in 1962, one of the first orders of business was to create a seal for the new college. Adopted in 1963, the seal incorporates the history and origin of Virginia. The central portion of the seal is a modified version of the royal arms of the Stuarts, the… read more »

Alumni Association

The Alumni Association serves over 138,000 members by connecting alumni around the world with one another by sponsoring programs, activities, and other events throughout the year.   Alumni Association Presidents 1946-1956: Donald G. Griffin ’38 1956-1957: Douglas L. Roberts ’56 1957-1958: Kenneth E. Brown ’56 1958-1960: Robert L. Fodrey, Sr. ’57 1960-1961: T. Earl Nettles ’59 1961-1962:… read more »

Anne Donovan

Anne Donovan (1961-2018) was a member of one of the most prolific women’s basketball teams ever at Old Dominion University (ODU). A highly sought after recruit in high school, Donovan chose ODU over 200 other schools and led the Lady Monarchs to the 1979-1980 Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) championship and was the first female recipient… read more »