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Each year, the ODU community explores one of the themes of our Core CurriculumThe theme for the 2017-18 academic year is The Common Good.
The theme of The Common Good will be discussed and emphasized through classroom assignments, discussions, common readings and community service.

ODU's Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Dominican Studies will also host talks and lectures throughout the year to provide opportunities for the community to engage in conversation about The Common Good.

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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!
  • 2017-2018 Events on The Common Good

    You’re invited to join Ohio Dominican University during the 2017–18 academic year on an exploration of our academic common theme of The Common Good.

    The Office of Academic Affairs (through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities) and the Center for Dominican Studies are co-sponsoring the events, which provide comprehensive opportunities for the students, alumni, staff, faculty and friends to engage in the conversation together.

    All presentations will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in Sansbury Hall's Colonial Room on ODU’s main campus.

    Common Core Series: The Common Good

    • Sept. 14, 2017
      “The Theology of the Common Good”
      Leo Madden, S.T.D. | ODU Associate Professor of Theology
    • Sept. 28, 2017
      “Building Bridges that Unite Us in Health Care”
      Shonna Riedlinger, M.MSc. | Director of ODU’s Physician Assistant
      Studies Program
    • Oct. 12, 2017
      “Preserving the Environment Benefits Everyone”
      Blake Mathys, Ph.D. | ODU Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
    • Oct. 26, 2017
      “An Educator’s Perspective on the Complexities of
      Servicing the Common Good through Education”
      Marlissa Stauffer, Ph.D. | ODU Associate Professor of Education
    Videos from past events hosted by ODU's Center for Dominican Studies are available to enjoy online.

    See Videos
  • #ODUCommonGood
    What does the common good mean to you? We invite you to share your answers with us by using #ODUCommonGood on Twitter and Instagram.

  • 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 through our simple form for each service project.

    Submit Your Hours

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Name one experience from this year that has given you a deeper insight of self, others, creation and God.