Norfolk Division

Joseph C. “Scrap” Chandler

Joseph C. “Scrap” Chandler was a former baseball, basketball, swimming, and track coach as well as the athletic director after Thomas L. “Tommy” Scott. History Arriving at the Norfolk Division in 1942, “Scrap” Chandler became the athletic director as well as coach of the baseball, basketball, swimming, and track teams. In addition to the being… read more »

Women’s Basketball at ODU

Women’s Basketball at Old Dominion University (ODU) has been a part of the institution since 1930, when it was known as the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary. The nickname for the women’s basketball team is the Lady Monarchs. Home basketball games take place at Chartway Arena at the Ted Constant Convocation… read more »

Norfolk Division and Segregation

During the 1950s and 1960s, the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary denied admission to African American undergraduate students to comply with the Virginia laws of segregation. History During World War II, there were several instances of African American Naval officers taking classes offered by the Norfolk Division at Naval Station Norfolk…. read more »

Ruth Wilson James

Ruth Wilson James was the first female student to register for classes at the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary, later Old Dominion University (ODU), in 1930. Student and Personal Life In the summer of 1930, Ruth Wilson James was one of three students to register for classes at the Norfolk Division,… read more »

Gray’s Pharmacy

Gray’s Pharmacy was a pharmacy across Hampton Boulevard from the Old Dominion University (ODU) campus that was heavily used by the ODU community for almost 80 years. History Established in 1918, Grey’s Pharmacy was a local hangout for students, faculty and staff at ODU. After the closure of Bud’s Emporium in the 1960s due to… read more »

WODU

WODU is the student-run radio station at Old Dominion University (ODU). The non-profit station runs 24 hours a day, as well as streaming online, and includes both radio programming and television production. The organization also provides on-site training in all areas of media production. History The Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary… read more »

Mace & Crown

The Mace & Crown is the student newspaper at Old Dominion University (ODU). The newspaper covers campus news and athletic events, issues in pop culture, as well as regional and national news and events. History Before there was the Mace & Crown, the High Hat was the student newspaper at the Norfolk Division of the… read more »

Imps

The Imps was a local fraternity at the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary from 1930 until the early 1960s. Most of the social organizations at the Norfolk Division did not have any affiliations with national Greek organizations. Resources ODU Photographic Collection, Old Dominion University Libraries Digital Collections, Old Dominion University Libraries…. read more »

Duck Rules

Duck or Duc rules were a set of guidelines for first-year students at the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary and Old Dominion College from the 1930s through the 1960s. History Like students at William & Mary in Williamsburg, freshmen at the Norfolk Division were given beanies, called duck or duc caps,… read more »

William T. Hodges

William T. Hodges, former Dean of Men at William & Mary, came to the Norfolk Division in 1933 to serve as Director after the four-month tenure of Edward Gwathmey. In 1941, William & Mary President John Stewart Bryan asked for the resignation of Hodges due to a scandal regarding fixing grades and credit hours for… read more »

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