From the Desk of Dr. Selig
The Monarchs are on the Rise to Prominence! What a year for all 500 student-athletes who proudly wear an Old Dominion uniform. Our 18 intercollegiate athletic programs achieved much success on the field of competition. Men’s basketball captured the inaugural Vegas 16 title, women’s lacrosse won the Atlantic Sun Championship and secured the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament bid, and to cap it all off, football earned its first bowl victory in program history as they hoisted the 2016 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl trophy to close out the year.
Along with achieving success in athletic competition, our student-athletes also set high marks in the classroom. Last fall, we had 12 teams with GPA’s of 3.0 or higher. Among our 500 student-athletes, 4% earned a 4.0 semester GPA, 33% earned Dean’s List Honors with a 3.4 GPA or higher, and nearly 58% earned a 3.0 GPA or higher. The cumulative average for all ODU student-athletes was better than a 3.0!
Their success is made possible thanks to the generosity of our ODAF members. In 2016, the commitment of ODAF supporters went above and beyond. We increased our 110% Club by 168 members, which means that 36% of our ODAF members gave 110%. Imagine the impact if every member joined the 110% Club. For the 4th consecutive year, we received support from 100% of our full time ODU Athletic Department staff and coaches which accounted for the equivalent of one full athletic scholarship from our athletic department staff.
As we head into 2017, start thinking now about where you would like your seats to be for the upcoming football and basketball seasons. This year marks a reseating year for football at S.B. Ballard Stadium and men’s and women’s basketball at the Ted. Appointment times to select your seats will be solely based off of your ODAF Priority Point ranking. To increase your ranking, remember the most heavily weighted factor in the priority point system is your current year ODAF contribution. Not only will you want to increase your rank for this year’s reseating, but also for the Rebirth of Foreman Field.
Our Rise to Prominence is dependent on the support of our donors, alumni, fans and community members. As we begin 2017, I encourage you to continue your support of ODU Athletics and the ODAF and ask that you invite others to join you in your support. A donation to the ODAF is an investment into the lives of our 500 student-athletes and our 18 intercollegiate athletic programs. On behalf of our student-athletes and staff, I thank you in advance for your support. Because of you, we create winners in the classroom, in athletic competition, and in life. Thank you for your generous support of ODU Athletics.