student life

Kappa Alpha Psi, Eta Omega Chapter

The Eta Omega Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi was chartered in 1975 at Old Dominion University (ODU), making it the first African American fraternity on campus. Resources Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion at ODU Timeline, Old Dominion University Libraries Digital Exhibit, 2016-present. Fraternities and Sororities at ODU. References Bookman, Steven and Jessica Ritchie. Old Dominion University:… read more »

Delta Sigma Theta, Lambda Eta Chapter

The Lambda Eta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta was established in 1974 as the first African American sorority at Old Dominion University (ODU). The chapter was suspended in 2012 and returned to good standing in January 2020. Resources Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion at ODU Timeline, Old Dominion University Libraries Digital Exhibit, 2016-present. References Bookman, Steven… 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 »

Superdance

Superdance was an event sponsored by Old Dominion University (ODU) to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. History In the fall of 1975, in an effort to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the student body organized a danceathon at the Webb University Center. Later known as Superdance, the danceathon became an ODU… read more »

Save ODU Campaign

The Save ODU Campaign was an initiative led by students, faculty and staff at Old Dominion University (ODU), as well as the Hampton Roads community to save ODU from a funding shortfall soon after obtaining university status. History In September 1969, Old Dominion College became Old Dominion University. One of the proponents of the institution… 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 »

Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)

The Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) was a student activist organization at Old Dominion College in the 1960s and early 1970s. History Established by Kurt and Barbara Gayle in 1966, the Old Dominion chapter of SDS focused on local and campus issues rather than a national agenda, with the exception of the Vietnam War…. 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 »

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