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Dominion Rock

Dominion Rock lies diagonally across from Webb University Center on the campus of Old Dominion University (ODU). The rock is painted periodically by students in various colors, designs and messages. It has become one of ODU’s newest traditions. History Christopher Ndiritu, class of 2016 and president of the Student Government Association (SGA), came up with the idea of… read more »

Carolyn Rhodes

Carolyn Rhodes (1925-2019) was a professor in the Department of English at Old Dominion University (ODU) from 1965 to 1990. Early Life Born Carolyn Hodgson on May 16, 1925, in Birmingham, Alabama, only child of Lester Hodgson and Dolly G. Hodgson, Dr. Rhodes spent her childhood between Alabama and New York City. Carolyn went on to… read more »

Department of Communication and Theatre Arts

  The Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University (ODU) is one of the departments in the College of Arts and Letters. The department offers the Bachelor of Science in Communication and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance. History At the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary, theater productions were mostly… read more »

Suzanne Doviak

Suzanne “Sue” Doviak served as an instructor at Old Dominion University (ODU) for almost 40 years. Doviak received her bachelor’s degree from the State Univeristy of New York at Buffalo and her master’s degree from ODU. Service to Old Dominion and Profession Doviak began her career at ODU in 1980 as an instructor in the Department… read more »

Donald A. Myers

Donald A. Myers (1932-2019) served as the Dean of the Darden School of Education, now the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies, and was chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, later the Department of Teaching and Learning at Old Dominion University (ODU). Dr. Myers grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. He received his undergraduate degree from… read more »

Ice Cream and Cake

Ice Cream and Cake is a traditional cheer/dance that takes place during football and basketball games at Old Dominion University (ODU). The song, originally performed by the Buckwheat Boyz, is played during the second half of men’s and women’s basketball games as well as between the third and fourth quarters of football games. Learn how to do… read more »

Vice President for Student Engagement and Enrollment Services

The Vice President for Student Engagement and Enrollment Services at Old Dominion University (ODU) focuses on recruitment, engagement, active learning, and student success. It is responsible for all aspects of the university regarding students including admissions and registration, housing and residence life, student organizations, counseling, and academic support. History The administrative function of student affairs activities began in… read more »

Town-N-Gown

The Town-N-Gown is an independent, informal association of men and women dedicated to developing a mutual understanding between Old Dominion University (ODU) and the various civilian and military communities of Greater Hampton Roads. Established as a social committee under the Faculty Wives Club, Town-N-Gown was established in 1965 by Dr. John R. Tabb, Dean of the School… read more »

Convocation

Convocation is a tradition at Old Dominion University (ODU) that welcomes the freshmen class into the Monarch community each August. The students are greeted by the president, faculty, and staff. Each new student receives a graduation pin with their class year. History In the early days of the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary,… read more »

Homecoming

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 »

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