The NOVA/DC Chapter had a great year in 2009 hosting events to welcome new students to ODU, financial planning seminars and socials in support of athletics. In January, the chapter launched a formal presence on Facebook and began sending out quarterly e-newsletters. Ryan Upton (M.S. ’07), chapter president, notes, “The chapter has grown by leaps and bounds. We want to continue to grow our chapter in a manner that gives each area alum a personal connection back to the university.”
Richmond area alumni have been mobilizing to charter their chapter after a series of meetings and socials to spread the word and recruit volunteers. The Richmond Chapter is one year into the chartering process and attendance is growing. “We are trying to create an exciting and dynamic chapter that will allow current and future alumni of ODU to connect for social and professional gains,” says chapter president John Keene ’93.
Black Alumni Chapter
The Black Alumni Chapter celebrated its 20th anniversary with a series of events around Homecoming. In addition, the BAC continued its traditional roundups in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Norfolk, and began to explore having a rep in the Los Angeles area. The group also fully endowed the Ronald L. Horne Scholarship. “We look forward to strengthening the connection of our members to each other and the university community, and serving our alma mater,” says BAC president Jarvis Jackson ’06.
Want to get involved with an alumni chapter? Call Jena Virga, director of outreach, at 757-683-3097. And don’t forget to register with the Alumni Association online community, the Lion’s Den.