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Sophomore Success News - May 2013 - Rising Sophomores

Sophomore Year: What lies ahead

Congratulations, you have almost completed your first year of college! My name is Liz Boyd and I am the Coordinator of Second-Year Programs. Yes, that means I create programs specifically for you during your second year of college. Programs range from a welcome back tailgate to faculty luncheons and academic success programming. I will e-mail you a newsletter that looks similar to this every month throughout your sophomore year to keep you up on important dates and events. I also have a website full of helpful information and a Facebook page that you can follow. Take a few minutes to check out these resources and learn more about what to expect in your sophomore year.


Sophomore Stars

Do you want to get involved on campus? Do you want to meet new people? Do you want to make your second year even better than your first? If you said yes to any of those, become a Sophomore Star! This program has been created to help you stay on course throughout your sophomore year. As a Sophomore Star you will attend sophomore specific programming, engage with faculty in your major and even have the opportunity to plan events for your peers. Sophomore Stars will be recognized for their achievements during a reception. For more information or to sign up, contact Liz Boyd (beboyd@odu.edu or 683-7099).


We want your feedback!

Tell us about your first year and help us give you what you need through your sophomore year. Click here to take the brief survey and the chance to win a raffle!Congratulations to all sophomores with a cumulative 3.25 GPA or higher. A recognition ceremony was held February 27 in honor of these high achieving students.


Sophomore Testimony

Sophomore year was a big wake up call for me. First semester was really hard and I had no idea how to handle it. I started utilizing the great resources we have on campus, especially the Peer Educator Program. Visiting any office from the Peer Educator Programs to the Career Management Center will definitely keep you on track. My top three pieces of advice for a successful sophomore year are:

  • Get involved
  • Network
  • Don't take on too many things at a time.

Things start to get a little wonky during sophomore year but just try to remember that you are almost close to being half way done with college! Good luck.

- Erica Bryant, Sophomore, College of Sciences

(pictured below with friends at the Sophomore Welcome Back Tailgate)


Commencement Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are needed to help students sign in and robe for Commencement on May 10 and 11, 2013. Commencement 2013 has 3 ceremonies, so volunteers can choose to report May 10 at 5 p.m., May 11 at 7 a.m. or May 5 at noon for the respective ceremonies and will be able to choose to help with registration at the Webb or ceremony assistance at the Ted. Commencement Volunteers can attend the ceremony that they volunteer for, but are not guaranteed seating. If you are interested, please register here.


A Few Seconds

Average seconds in the month of May (non-leap year)- 18,489,600

Fall of Berlin- May 2, 1945 - Russia announced the fall of Berlin and the capture of 70,000 Germans who had surrendered.

Nation Truffle Day- May 2

Coming Up This Month

May 1- Reading Day

May 2-9- Final Exams

May 6- Exam Jam, 10- 11:30 p.m., Cafe 1201

Residence hall move out schedule:

May 11 at 10 a.m.: England House, France House, Ireland House, Gresham Main & East, Rogers Main & East, Scotland House, The ODU Inn, Virginia House, Whitehurst Hall, and Dominion House close.

*Students are reminded that they must leave 24 hours after their last final exam or by the closing date/time, whichever comes first.

May 31 at 10 a.m.: Nusbaum, Powhatan, and University Village Buildings 9 & 10 close

July 31 at 10 a.m.: University Village Buildings 1-8 close.