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Each year, the Ohio Dominican community explores one of the themes of the academic Core Curriculum.

For 2014-15, the theme is Community & the Common Good. This theme will be discussed and emphasized through classroom discussions, public lectures and common readings, as well as through community service.

Discussions & Lectures

Join the discussion! ODU's Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Dominican Studies will host talks and lectures to provide opportunities for the community to engage in conversation about the Common Good.
My Panther Purpose

10,000 Service Hours


The ODU community has pledged to complete 10,000 hours of community service by the end of the academic year.

Students, faculty and staff serve the community through food and blood drive, volunteering at food bank and soup kitchens, visiting the sisters at Mohun Health Care Center, participating in Make a Difference days, and more.

Get involved and be sure to track your hours to help us reach our goal!
  • #MyPantherPurpose
    To promote our 10,000 hour goal and the Common Good, the ODU community is encouraged to use #MyPantherPurpose on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. 
    • Take photos and selfies during your service
    • Encourage others to come out and help
    • Spread the word about how good it feels to do good!
    My Panther Purpose
  • Service Opportunities

    Check out MyODU Calendar and Campus Ministry Service Opportunities for current projects and events. There many ways to volunteer throughout the year: 

    • Blood drives
    • Food drives
    • Fall and spring "Make a Difference" Days
    • Visiting the sisters at Mohun Health Care Center
    • After-school tutoring at Shepard Library. Monday through Thursday: 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. and Friday from 3 – 6 p.m. You do not have to call ahead – just walk in and people will be there to guide you.
    • St. Stephens Community House. Call (614) 294-6347 for details.
    • YWCA Family Center. Contact Jessica Wichtman-Will at 253-3916. 
    • Bishop Griffin Center. Call (614) 338-8220 for details.
    • Life Care Alliance. Call (614) 278-3130.
  • Track Your Hours

    Let us know when you've completed service projects. 

    Track your hours two ways:

    • Use the back of your #MyPatherPurpose postcard. When you've filled it up, turn it into the Office of Academic Affairs in Erskine 238, and pick up a new one.

    • Submit your hours through our simple form for each service project.

    Submit Your Hours