Old Dominion University

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Old Dominion University
Engineering Systems Building
MottoIdea Fusion[1]
TypePublic university
EndowmentUS$ 168.1 million[2]
PresidentJohn R. Broderick
Academic staff
Location, ,
CampusUrban, 251 acres (101.576 ha)
ColorsSlate Blue, Silver, and Light Blue[4]      
AthleticsNCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference
NicknameThe Monarchs
MascotBig Blue

Old Dominion University (ODU) is a public university in Norfolk, Virginia. The university has about 24,125 students. It was founded in 1930. The current president of the university is John R. Broderick.

Center for Teacher Quality and Education Leadership[change | change source]

In 2006, ODU started the Center to "“train teachers for success in urban school environments.”[5] The Center connects communities with ODU's Program for Research and Evaluation in Public Schools (PREPS). PREPS helps schools comply with the No Child Left Behind Act. Both the Center and PREPS are parts of the Darden College of Education.

Phillip A. Hamilton was Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the Virginia House of Delegates.[6] Hamilton and three other people wanted the part-time job of leading the center.[6] ODU hired Hamilton.[6] Hamilton then sponsored amendments to the Virginia budget that gave the Center $500,000. ODU paid Hamilton about $80,000 between 2007 and 2009.[6] In 2009, the United States federal government began investigating Hamilton for bribery and extortion. Hamilton left ODU in August 2009. Later that year, Hamilton lost his reelection. In January 2011, Hamilton was indicted in federal court.[7] Prosecutors used Hamilton's emails to show how his job was tied to the budget increase.[8][9] On August 12, 2011, Hamilton was sentenced to 114 months in prison.[6]

Sports[change | change source]

The sports teams of the university are called the Monarchs (men, plus most women's teams) and Lady Monarchs (historically used for women's teams, but today only for women's basketball). They have 18 varsity teams. most of which compete in the Sun Belt Conference (SBC). Four ODU women's sports and one men's sport play in other conferences because the SBC does not have enough teams in those sports to run a league. Women's field hockey plays in the Big East Conference, women's lacrosse and rowing in the American Athletic Conference, women's swimming & diving in Conference USA (which had been ODU's full-time home from 2013 to 2022), and men's swimming & diving in the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association.

References[change | change source]

  1. "ODU Unveils New Tagline". Archived from the original on 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
  2. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-02-16. Retrieved 2013-11-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. "University Facts and Figures". Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  4. "Official ODU Logos - Postscript (.ps, .eps) file format and tutorial". Odu.edu. Archived from the original on 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
  5. Luzer, Daniel (May 11, 2011). "Quid Pro Quo at Old Dominion". Washington Monthly. Archived from the original on May 18, 2011. Retrieved August 13, 2011.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 "Ex-delegate sentenced to nearly 10 years". Washington Post. August 13, 2011. p. B1. {{cite news}}: Cite uses deprecated parameter |authors= (help)
  7. "Former Delegate indicted for bribery". WAVY News. January 5, 2011. Archived from the original on January 7, 2011. Retrieved August 13, 2011.
  8. "Jury finds Hamilton guilty of bribery, extortion". Richmond Times-Dispatch. May 11, 2011. Archived from the original on May 23, 2011. Retrieved August 13, 2011. {{cite news}}: Cite uses deprecated parameter |authors= (help)
  9. Green, Frank (May 7, 2011). "Ex-ODU president denies ordering job for Hamilton". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved August 13, 2011.[permanent dead link]

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