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Each year, the ODU community explores one of the themes of our Core CurriculumThe theme for the 2020-21 academic year is What it Means to be Human.

The theme of Truth 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 what it means to be human.

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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!
  • Events on "What it Means to be Human"

    "What Does it Mean to be Human?” Seminar Series Schedule

    Sept. 10, 2020 | “What Does it Mean to be Human? A Panel Presentation”
    Presenters: Robert Parks, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology; Matthew Ponesse, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History; Lawrence Masek, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy; and Jessica Hall, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology

    Sept. 24, 2020 | A Psychological Perspective of What it Means to be Human
    Presenter: John Marazita, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology

    Oct. 8, 2020 | “What Does it Mean to be Human in Great Literature?”
    Presenter: Martin Brick, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English

    Oct. 22, 2020 | “What Does it Mean to be Human in a Capitalistic Society?”
    Presenter: TJ Eveland, Ph.D., Director Graduate Programs in Business

  • 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