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Mufu Taiwo

Football, Junior

"Because of you, I can now pay it forward. You've given me the opportunity to achieve my dreams on and off the field and left a huge impact on my life. Now I want to do the same and help others the best way I can."

Donor Spotlight

Name:  Michele Mulich

Are you an alumnus of ODU? 

Yes, I graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management Information Systems.

What is your favorite memory of ODU Athletics? 

I remember, as the 2016 football season was ending and knowing the Monarchs were going to a bowl game, telling everyone I knew I was going to the bowl game regardless of when and where it was going to be played.  Then being able to spend time in the Bahamas, meeting “Juice Man” and so many other loyal alumni, fans and families as ODU won their first ever bowl game over Eastern Michigan in the Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl on December 23, 2016.  What a great time!!  Seeing the men’s basketball team win the Conference USA championship in March of 2019 at the Star Center in Frisco, TX is a close second in terms of great memories of ODU Athletics.

Why do you support ODU Athletics and its student-athletes? 

Wow, there are so many reasons!  I like feeling, in a small way, I’m making an impact on these young student-athlete’s lives by contributing to their education, supporting their athletic endeavors and cheering them on as they work towards their goals and dreams.  They are the children I never had!!

What do you like most about ODU as a whole?

The new friendships I have built and the passion I see around me whenever I’m on campus or at an ODU event. The administration, faculty, staff, fans, alumni and friends of the university are all excited about what’s going on at ODU and are committed to ODU’s success.

What makes you the most proud of ODU? 

How much they have accomplished in the past couple of decades but especially under President Broderick’s tenure.  I love seeing the growth on campus with so many new buildings, upgrades of existing buildings, the expansion of the arts in the community, and how the school has become more of a residential campus with lots of on campus housing.  This is all so very different from when I commuted to school during my last three years as a student back in the early ‘80’s. 

If you could describe ODU in one word, what word would it be and why?

Commitment.  I truly believe ODU is committed to the local communities, the students, and the athletic programs since they all contribute to the overall success of ODU and I believe ODU is committed to the student-athletes, the alumni, the fans and their neighbors as demonstrated in ODU’s actions and words.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself? 

Since I live in Annapolis, MD, the great things happening on campus and the excitement of the sports programs, ODU gives me multiple opportunities and reasons to visit the area, spend time with my parents and socialize with so many great friends associated with ODU.  Norfolk, VA is slowing becoming the place I want to retire so I can continue to support ODU into the best years of my life.