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Vice President's Blog

Building a Legacy of Success

Ellen Neufeldt

As I began my career at Old Dominion University, just one year ago, to lead the new Division of Student Engagement & Enrollment Services (SEES), I was honored to join a vibrant community focused on student success. I have been delighted to experience firsthand the collaboration and commitment of faculty and staff helping students become successful at ODU.

Our vision in SEES is to assist every current and future Monarch with achieving success. And our mission is to engage every student in a meaningful way across our campus from the point of first contact through alumni status as well as to partner with our academic colleagues to offer learning outside of the classroom.

Since joining the Monarch family, I have marveled at the Student Leadership and their passion for supporting the traditions of ODU. The Student Government Association, in partnership with the Division of Student Engagement & Enrollment Services, has put forward a campaign of Monarch Citizenship embodied in REP ODU (Respect, Engagement and Pride). This initiative will assist our students in strengthening the legacy and traditions that make ODU special. In true Monarch spirit, our students, alumni, faculty, and staff represent a rich tapestry of diversity which constitutes the very strength and uniqueness of the ODU experience.

This is an exciting time as new students - freshmen, transfer students, military personnel, the veteran community, and graduate students - come here from Virginia, across the United States, and from 62 countries around the world. These latest Monarchs come to ODU from different cultures and locations and many will participate in their education in different ways from our traditional students living on the Norfolk campus to our non-traditional students balancing school and work. Many will engage in their classes and conduct their research at our regional higher education centers. There will also be students who take classes at sites around the country in virtual classrooms and through digital collaboration.

As these new students become a part of ODU, they will create a patchwork quilt of college experiences and opportunities. They will build on the rich legacy that is Old Dominion and will become a part of a larger community committed to the ODU culture of responsibility, engagement, and Monarch pride. They will sustain and enhance the ODU tradition in this transformational time for our University. Their energy and commitment can already be seen in their participation in our Monarch Service Day or Freshman Summer Leadership Institute before their classes even begin.

Student Engagement & Enrollment Services will continue to celebrate the unique contributions, similarities, and differences of all Monarchs. We look forward to working with each student throughout the semester, throughout their college career, and beyond their graduation to achieve their personal development and professional accomplishments.


Dr. Ellen Neufeldt
Vice President for Student Engagement & Enrollment Services