Update from the Board of Trustees on Presidential Search and Transition Process
Earlier this summer, President Robert Gervasi announced his intentions to step down once his contract with the university expires at the end of the current academic year. Over the past couple of months, the Board of Trustees’ Executive Committee has formed a Transition Task Force to lead the effort to identify ODU’s next president. The members of this Task Force are Sr. Gemma Doll, John Barker, Fred Takavitz, Matt Yuskewich and Tom Winters.
Earlier this week on Aug. 26, the Executive Committee approved a draft plan for how the transition will occur, which will be presented to the full Board of Trustees at its meeting on Sept. 25. Following the full Board’s approval of the plan, we will update you on the overall process as well as next steps. Please pay careful attention to future editions of the ODU Insider for important updates.
ODU Holds Annual Welcome Celebration
ODU held its annual Welcome Celebration on Thursday, Aug. 20. The celebration included Convocation, which featured a keynote address Sonya Goshe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, and a student address by Shawn Moore ’21. The celebration also included a socially distant lunch on the oval, student organization information tables, and Mass of the Holy Spirit, which took place in person in the Matesich Theatre as well as online. Click here to view photos from the celebration.
New Student Welcome Drive-In a Success
Dozens of faculty and staff volunteered during the university’s New Student Welcome Drive-In on Sunday, Aug. 2 to officially welcome new students into the ODU family while adhering to social distancing guidelines. New Panthers were greeted with signs, pom-poms and plenty of cheering, and they drove away with various prizes. NBC4 and 10TV in Columbus featured the Drive-In during their 11 p.m. newscasts that evening.
ODU Fall Athletics Postponed
On Aug. 10, the President’s Council of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) made a determination to move the fall championship season for football, soccer, and volleyball to the spring 2021 season. The cross country championship season will remain in the fall as scheduled. ODU’s athletic department is in ongoing conversations with our peer institutions and the NCAA about policies and procedures for fall workouts and practices to assure the safety and health of our students, coaches and staff. This decision was not an easy one to make, but as we prioritize our student-athletes’ health and safety first, it became evident this was the best course of action. The conference athletic directors are still very committed to providing a meaningful experience to all of our student-athletes on our respective campuses. Ohio Dominican has returned to campus as planned and our intent is to provide an opportunity for our student-athletes to participate in out-of-season workouts this fall to prepare for the spring season.
ODU Art Students Host Virtual Senior Exhibition
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ODU’s annual Senior Exhibition utilized an online format. This year’s exhibition features works by Ephraim Averhart, Emma Barth, Christina Dresdow, Jaren Gilliam, Taylor Petree and Michael Woerner. Click here to view the online gallery. The exhibition was reviewed in the Sunday, Aug. 9, edition of The Columbus Dispatch. Janette Knowles, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art, was quoted in the article, which can be viewed here.
Center for Dominican Studies Announces 2020 Lecture Series
ODU’s Center for Dominican Studies will present a series of lectures this fall that focuses on the university’s academic theme for the 2020-21 academic year: What it means to be human. The series will feature four lectures, each presented by ODU faculty. The presentations are open to the public and they will take place from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Sr. Mary Andrew Matesich, OP theatre. They also will be available via livestream at ohiodominican.edu/CDS. The presentations are free, but seating is limited due to physical distancing guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those who attend the lecture in person also must wear a face mask. To reserve your seat for each session, contact Sr. Diane Traffas, OP, ODU vice president for mission and identity and director of the Center for Dominican Studies, at email@example.com or 614-251-4722. Click here to read more.
Ohio Dominican to Host “Grace in the Age of Anxiety” Seminar on Oct. 24
ODU’s Master of Arts in Theology Program will host a free daylong seminar on Saturday, Oct. 24, that will address topics, issues and concerns related to faith, recent instances of social unrest, and the current COVID-19 global health crisis. “Grace in the Age of Anxiety” will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center. There also will be an option for participants to attend virtually. The seminar will feature presentations on a variety of topics by ODU faculty and guests; a special panel discussion; and an opportunity for questions and answers. Click here to read more.
Mask Up, Panthers! (Video)
Ohio Dominican’s Office of Marketing and Public Relations recently produced a video with ODU’s mascot, Thunder, to show the proper way to wear a facemask. Click below to watch the video.
Ohio Dominican Announces Fall Preview Days
Ohio Dominican will host three Preview Days for future Panthers on Saturday, Sept. 26, Oct. 24 and Nov. 14. The free events will take place from 9 a.m. to noon in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center. During Preview Day, students will have an opportunity to take a tour of campus, explore majors, discuss available financial aid options, learn about student clubs and honors programs, meet with professors in their field of interest, talk with current students about their experience at ODU, and enjoy a complimentary box lunch. High school students and their families can register for a Preview Day by visiting ohiodominican.edu/Preview. Click here to read more.