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Bruce and Fran O'Connell

Bruce & Fran O'connell

Are you an alumnus of ODU?
          Neither of us completed our studies at ODU (ODC for us who are older!), but we both feel that we were the beneficiaries of our experience there. Fran is an employee alumna after a 30 year career at ODU.

What is your favorite memory of ODU Athletics?
            Honestly, there are so many across so many sports over the last 40+ years that it is difficult to isolate one to the exclusion of another. Let's just say that we have experienced many thrills and championships in many venues. We would be remiss, if we didn't mention the special thrill provided by any victory over the Rams of VCU.

Why do you support ODU athletics and its student-athletes?
           Athletics is a great way to get the University name before the public and ODU has been fortunate to be represented by such high quality people, coaches and athletes.

What do you like most about ODU as a whole?
It's great to walk around the campus and see the growth that has occurred. ODU is no longer a sleepy urban campus.

What makes you most proud of ODU?
        Through the years ODU has always done things, both academic and athletic the right way.

If you could describe ODU in one word, what word would it be and why?
           Neighborly. ODU has been just the kind of neighbor you want. While there has been tremendous growth over the years, ODU has remained the person you want next door; and it's pretty neat being able to walk to football games.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
            Fran enjoyed her career at ODU and says it's great to see her former co-workers at the games. She currently does volunteer work, some of which is with the ODU campus Methodist ministry - IGNITE. Also, she was very anti-football until ODU took the field. What a change!

We would just like to take this opportunity to say what we are sure all Monarchs everywhere are saying, that we wish a speedy and complete recovery for Coach Jones.