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SUSTAINABLE EFFORTS IN STUDENT TRANSITION & FAMILY PROGRAMS 

 

The following practices support a campus and society that are more sustainable (with regards to the environment, the economy, and social justice).

 

ER Credit 3: Sustainability in New Student Orientation

We offer many free resources online, reducing paper and fuel used to travel to campus. These include:

  • Transfer Online Orientation Component (our electronic orientation may substitute for the on-campus orientation; the option is available to all transfer students and distance learners with a valid ODU login)
  • Placement Testing and Surveys (we make the required Writing Sample Placement Test, Transition to College Inventory, and Transfer Student Survey available to new students in Blackboard)
  • 'Preparing for Registration' Modules (our interactive modules, which teach new students about academic requirements and class registration, are uploaded to Blackboard)
  • New Student Checklist (our checklist centralizes the critical information new students need and provides links to online campus resources)
  • Virtual Parents Meeting (our virtual meeting allows parents to view live presentations from campus representatives and participate in Q&A rather than traveling to campus)

We promote the following sustainable initiatives of other offices to incoming students and their families:

  • T.E.N.T.S. (Team Expeditions for New and Transfer Students), a program coordinated by Recreation and Wellness; these expeditions focus on teamwork, leadership development, and exploring the outdoors.
  • F.S.E. (Freshman Service Experience), a program coordinated by Student Activities and Leadership; the event introduces students to the importance of service to the local and global community. Students volunteer at local non-profits.
  • CashCourse, a free online program sponsored by the Career Management Center; the program teaches students about money management and long-term financial planning.

ER Credit 2: Themed Year

  • We offer UNIV 100: University Orientation to new students. This optional, one-credit course facilitates a successful transition into the university. The common read for all sections of the course is Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. While exploring themes of adjustment, the book also stresses the importance of having a sense of purpose and self-discovery.

Additional Sustainable Tips for New Students:

  • No car? No problem! ODU offers you transportation alternatives. Our University Police offer free bicycle registration to all members of the campus community. The Office of Parking and Transportation Services offers you shuttle bus service, free Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) bus passes, and a chance to participate in NURIDE (a carpooling network).
  • Interested in volunteerism? The Center for Service and Civic Engagement coordinates opportunities to make meaningful contributions to the community.
  • Prefer taking virtual classes to traveling to campus? Online courses are available to you. Look for them in our schedule of classes. If you live outside Norfolk, you can also look for classes taught at our regional higher education centers (Virginia Beach, Tri-Cities, and Peninsula), which may reduce the cost and environmental impact of traveling to campus.    

For more information on S.T.A.R.S. (Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System), visit https://stars.aashe.org/.