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Old Dominion University
Identifier logo of Old Dominion University
Seal of Old Dominion University
Motto Portal to New Worlds[1]
Established 1930
Type Public university
Endowment $134.5 million[2]
President John R. Broderick
Faculty 1,023
Students 24,125
Undergraduates 18,569
Postgraduates 6,161
Location Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Campus Urban, 188 acres (76.08 ha)
Colors Slate Blue, Silver, and Cerulean Blue               
Nickname The Monarchs
Mascot Big Blue
Athletics NCAA Division I, CAA
Website www.odu.edu

Old Dominion University (ODU) is a large public research university located in historic Norfolk, Virginia, United States. It was established in 1930 as the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. ODU awarded its first bachelor's degrees in 1956, became Old Dominion College in 1962, and attained university status in 1969.[3] ODU offers a full range of degree programs and is one of the nation's largest providers of online distance learning courses. 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, the nickname serves as a reminder of ODU's royal roots. The College Guide of Washington Monthly Magazine, which rates institutions based on their record for good works as well as research, places Old Dominion University at 120 in a ranking of 242 major colleges and universities. Old Dominion has grown into its own over the years and is now one of only 101 public universities with a Carnegie/Doctoral Research-Extensive distinction. According to the National Science Foundation, eighteen ODU programs are ranked amongst the top 100 of their respective national peers in terms of R&D expenditures. The university is ranked 61st in total R&D expenditures amongst institutions without affiliated medical schools, 79th in DOD research, and 51st in NASA research. [4]


The Princeton Review has named ODU as a Best Southeastern College.[5]

Contents

History

Classes were first held in the old Larchmont Elementary School (c.1913)

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 last 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.[6] With the collective efforts of many, a two year branch division was established on March 13, 1930, and first held classes in September of that year with 206 students (125 men and 81 women).[6] “The Division,” as it was affectionately called, started out in the old Larchmont School building and allowed people with less means to attend a school of higher education for two years.[6] Tuition for the first year was 50 USD.[6] The following September, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, more commonly known as Virginia Tech, began offering classes at “The Division,” expanding the number of courses taught.[6]

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.[6] 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.[6] 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, evolving into a full four-year college, and gaining independence in 1962, becoming Old Dominion College. Considerable growth in enrollment, the expansion of research facilities and preparation for the addition of graduate programs led the Board to approve the name change to Old Dominion University in 1969.[6] Since this time, the university has continued to grow and now has an enrollment of over 24,000 students, a great deal more than those first 206.[7]

Academics

Rollins Hall

As a comprehensive university, Old Dominion University offers and develops liberal arts, science, technology and professional programs. The University offers 70 bachelor's degrees in various fields. Old Dominion undergraduate students follow a general education program that emphasizes intellectual skills and the breadth of intercultural understanding necessary for personal growth and achievement and responsible citizenship. All Old Dominion University degree programs meet national standards of excellence.[8]

Old Dominion University's graduate offerings, including 60 master's and 35 doctoral degrees, are focused on society's need for advanced professional education and on specialized programs at the master's and doctoral levels for which the institution is prepared through strength of faculty or special geographic advantages. In selected graduate programs, the university aspires to international leadership.[8] ODU's TELETECHNET distance learning program is one of the nation's largest and accounts for nearly one third of student enrollment. ODU is the only university in the US to offer MBA concentrations in Maritime, Transportation, and Port Logistics Management and has well-respected programs in Marine Science and Coastal Engineering.[9]

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.[9] 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.[8]

Arts and Letters

This college maintains 13 departments, which offer degrees in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. The departments include Art, Communications, English, Theatre Arts, Foreign Languages & Literatures, International Studies, Music, History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Sociology and Criminal Justice, Political Science and Geography, and Women's Studies.[9] The Department of Music is housed in the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts building. Diehn is the home of the ODU Symphony Orchestra (ODUSO), Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, Jazz Choir, Jazz Ensemble, 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 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. Notable among a number of songs commonly played and sung at various events such as commencement, convocation and athletic games is the Old Dominion University fight song.

Business and Public Administration

This college offers graduate programs as well as Bachelor's degree programs in nine undergraduate majors, including Decision Sciences, Economics, Finance, Accounting, Insurance and Real Estate, International Business Management, Marketing, Information Technology, Urban Studies, and Public Administration as well as a new major, that of Maritime and Supply Chain Management.[9]

Darden College of Education

Offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in five academic departments. Programs include: Educational Leadership and Counseling, Human Services, Exercise Science, Physical Education, Recreation, Early Childhood Education, Speech Pathology, Special Education, Fashion,Corporate Training Specialist, and Technology Education.[9]

Batten College of Engineering and Technology

Grants undergraduate and graduate degrees in 8 engineering disciplines, including Civil, Aerospace, Environmental, Electrical, Computer, Mechanical, Systems, 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.[9] 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 (B.S., M.E., M.S., D.Eng., Ph.D.).[10]

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.[9]

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.[9]

ODU 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. Together, they provide a full complement of state-of-the-art services for all clientele. The libraries contain over 3 million items—books, government publications, journals and serials, microforms, musical scores, recordings, and maps. A large portion of the library's scholarly journal collection is accessible online along with several hundred databases that can be used to locate information. The library's online integrated library system (catalog) can be used to locate materials within the libraries as well as electronic resources.[11]

Student life

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.[12]
Its Navy ROTC program is run in conjunction with the neighboring campuses of Norfolk State University and Hampton University.

Student organizations

Old Dominion University recognizes over 200 student organizations. 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. There are also a wide variety of service fraternities active on campus.

NIC PHC NPHC MGC Other
Phi Kappa Tau (F) Alpha Phi (S) Alpha Kappa Alpha (S) Lambda Upsilon Lambda (F) Alpha Phi Omega (Co Ed)
Kappa Delta Rho (F) Alpha Xi Delta (S) Alpha Phi Alpha (F) Mu Sigma Upsilon (S) Alpha Kappa Psi (Co Ed)
Lambda Chi Alpha (F) Pi Beta Phi (S) Delta Sigma Theta (S) Sigma Lambda Upsilon (S) Theta Tau (Co Ed)
Pi Kappa Alpha (F) Delta Zeta (S) Iota Phi Theta (F)
Sigma Nu (F) Zeta Tau Alpha (S) Kappa Alpha Psi (F)
Sigma Pi (F) Omega Psi Phi (F)
Sigma Phi Epsilon (F) Phi Beta Sigma (F)
Tau Kappa Epsilon (F) Sigma Gamma Rho (S)
Theta Chi (F) Zeta Phi Beta (S)

Campus ministries

ODU students can join campus ministries which are coordinated by the University Chaplain's Association (UCA). Ministries include the United Methodist, Baptist, Roman Catholic, Episcopalian, Presbyterian and Lutheran denominationally sponsored ministries. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship also has a presence at ODU and are members of the UCA. Each of these churches have a campus ministry presence at ODU, as does Hillel, the Society for Jewish Students, 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.

Media

Old Dominion University has a school newspaper called The Mace & Crown, and a student radio station called WODU. WODU is broadcast online and across campus on a closed circuit channel (Chan. 51 on Monarch Vision). It has been live on-air since 1972.

Athletics

Odumonarchs.PNG

Old Dominion's fourteen athletic teams are known as the Monarchs (men) and Lady Monarchs (women) and compete in the Colonial Athletic Association. 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 29 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 unprecedented in NCAA record books for most titles in that sport by the same school.

On March 2010, Dr. Wood Selig became the new athletic director. Previously, Dr. Selig was the athletic director at Western Kentucky.[13]


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 United States for a varsity sport when Nancy Lieberman (later Liberman Kline) was awarded a scholarship to play women's basketball.

Old Dominion's Ted Constant Convocation Center

The Old Dominion University Lady Monarchs basketball team, have captured five Sun Belt conference championship titles (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1990), and have captured 17 CAA championship titles, winning every year since 1992. In addition the men's swim and dive team placed 2nd at the CAA in 2008.

The Old Dominion University Monarchs (men's) basketball team have captured four CAA championship titles (1992, 1995, 1997 and 2005) since their conference admission in 1992, ranking second among past and present CAA schools. Their most recent trip to the tourney was with an at-large bid in 2007, when the team went 24-8 and finished 37th in RPI. The season included a 13-point win at 8th-ranked Georgetown.

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.

Football program

Foreman Field Postcard (c. 1948)

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, have formed the nucleus of the school's first football team. ODU competes as an FCS program (formerly I-AA), and will be independent for two years before joining the Colonial Athletic Association for the 2011 season.

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.[14]

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.

The final record for Old Dominion's 2009 football program was 9-2, the best winning record ever for a first-year collegiate football program.

Rowing program

The ODU Rowing Club (ODURC) 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.[15]

Big Blue Club

The Big Blue Club is the official booster club for Old Dominion Athletics. The official name of the group is The Old Dominion University Intercollegiate Foundation, which has 501-C-3 designation as a non-profit organization.[16]

Monarch Maniacs

Monarch Maniacs is the student (undergrads and grads) group that supports the athletic programs. The group is administered by the student activities department.[17]

Campus development

Recent growth

Student Quad model

In recent years, Old Dominion University has undergone an extensive period of 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 dollar 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 Spring Hill Suites hotel was completed along with the University's new bookstore. Student housing has also grown at ODU. The Quad, a collection of six new residential buildings, Ireland House (2006) : Virginia House (2007) : Scotland House (2008) : France House (2009) : England House (2009) : Dominion House (2009) and offices brings Old Dominion University closer to its goal of becoming a more residential university. Constructed alongside the Quad is another project at ODU, the new student recreation center. This new center will be the heart of Old Dominion's healthy campus featuring a cardio/weight area, a rock climbing wall, fitness classes, two gyms, an indoor swimming pool, racquetball courts and more. ODU has also expanded its sports facilities, recently completing the Folkes-Stevens Indoor Tennis Center and the Powhatan Sports Complex[18], a 48,000-square-foot (4,500 m2) facility that will house the intercollegiate athletic programs of field hockey, women's lacrosse, and football. Another football related project is the renovation of Old Dominion University's historic Foreman Field in preparation for the sport's reintroduction in 2009.

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 new Bookstore.[19]

Maglev

In 1999 ODU agreed to work with American Maglev on a project to build a Maglev system on its campus. The project was conceived as a test of the technology and spans less than a mile in length. Originally offered to several other institutes of higher learning, including Virginia Tech, all of these institutes rejected it due to concerns regarding the projected cost and safety of such a system. At least one of these concerns has proven true, as the $14 million originally slated towards this project has proven inadequate. Groundbreaking was held in 2001 and the project was completed in 2002 although the technology was proved defective. The original lofty goal of connecting Hampton Roads with Washington, D.C. by the Jamestown 2007 celebration was not met, but hope remains for the Maglev train as it is now a research project for the College of Engineering. The research team's objectives are to develop and demonstrate technologies for low-cost Maglev transportation systems. Despite rumors and misinformation, the project has seen significant progress and is not funded through student tuition.[20]

Police Force

|The Old Dominion University Police Department is a fully service accredited police force located at 4516 Monarch Way in Norfolk, Virginia, and is open 24 hours a day, providing around-the-clock protection and services to the University community. In May 1993 The agency was one of the first campus police departments in Virginia to established concurrent jurisdiction with the City of Norfolk Police and began patrolling and providing police services off campus.

ODU Police Officers are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The department is responsible for enforcing Federal, State and Local statutes and Old Dominion University regulations. The police officers are state-certified law enforcement officers who receive their training at the Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy.

The Police Department is responsible for law enforcement, security and emergency response at Old Dominion University, and its primary objective is to provide a safe and healthy environment that enhances the campus learning experience, and compliments the University's educational mission.

Administration

  • John R. Broderick, President[21]
  • Alonzo C. Brandon, Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development
  • Robert L. Fenning, Vice President for Administration and Finance
  • Glenda Humphrey, Vice President for Human Resources
  • Dr. Mohammad A. Karim,[22][23] Vice President for Research
  • Dr. Carol Simpson,[24] Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Geneva Walker-Johnson, Executive Director of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
  • Patrick B. Kelly, University Counsel
  • ReNee' S. Dunman, Assistant to the President and Director of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
  • Capt F. Richard Whalen, USN (ret), Director of Military Activities
  • Deane A. Hennett, CPA, CGFM, Director of Internal Audit

Notable faculty

Name Department Notability Reference
G. William Whitehurst Kaufman Lecturer in Public Affairs and professor of political science and history. Served as U.S. Representative for the Second District of Virginia from 1968 to 1987. Also is the namesake for one of the dormitories at ODU on the Elizabeth River.

Notable staff

Name Department Notability Reference
Wendy Larry Current head coach of the Lady Monarchs women's basketball team. Coached the team to the 1997 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship game against the Lady Vols of the University of Tennessee in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her Lady Monarchs teams have reached a total of 20 NCAA Tournaments, capturing an NCAA record setting 17 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) titles, and collected over 500 victories.

Notable alumni

References

External links

Coordinates: 36°53′12″N 76°18′19″W / 36.88654°N 76.30522°W / 36.88654; -76.30522








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