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Old Dominion University's 2018 Top-Viewed Stories

By Joe Garvey

Throughout 2018, Old Dominion University's students, faculty and staff were featured on the ODU News homepage.

Ranked by number of website visitors, the following 10 stories were our most viewed in 2018.

Old Dominion University Announces Reconstruction Plan for S.B. Ballard Stadium

The first phase of the $65 million project will address many of the recommendations that fans made in a 2016 survey. The stadium will have more than 21,000 seats. In addition to new and enhanced seating, the project will improve traffic flow into the stadium, add concessions and restrooms, and preserve ODU's heritage.

ODU Named a Best National University and a Top Public University by U.S. News & World Report

The U.S. News rankings for 2019, released Sept. 10, placed Old Dominion among the 230 Best National Universities. It also was rated among Top Public Schools. Two University undergraduate programs were also spotlighted: engineering and business.

Super Bowl Champ Rick Lovato to Be Honored

Rick Lovato, a 2015 graduate of Old Dominion University and the long snapper for the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, was honored at a men's basketball game on March 1. Lovato is the first Monarch to play in a professional football game and the first in a Super Bowl.

ODU will do an 18-month football stadium reconstruction in 9 months

It took James Madison University two years to renovate Bridgeforth Stadium, the school's 25,000-seat football facility. When Liberty University began a modest expansion of Williams Stadium in the fall of 2017, it wasn't complete a year later, when the Flames opened against Old Dominion. In neither case did the schools face the time constraints, or perhaps the complexities, that ODU does with its renovation of S.B. Ballard Stadium.

ODU Alum Dennis Ellmer Donates $1.5 Million

Norfolk native Dennis Ellmer, an Old Dominion University alumnus and founder and CEO of Priority Automotive Group, made a $1.5 million commitment to his alma mater to help rebuild its football stadium. Because of Ellmer's generosity over the years, a recently approved club area at S.B. Ballard Stadium will be known as the Priority Automotive Club.

Spring 2018 Commencement Speakers Announced

Four ceremonies - the University added a fourth for master's and doctoral students last year - featured the following speakers: Reuben E. Brigety II, dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University; John A. Adam, a professor of mathematics at Old Dominion; Liz Edlich, founder and CEO of Radical Skincare, and Sharon Dunbar, vice president and general manager of federal systems at General Dynamics Mission Systems.

Major Health Sciences Expansion in VABeachBio Corridor Announced

The move will complement ODU's health-sciences presence in Norfolk, introducing high-demand graduate programs in Virginia Beach such as telehealth, while enlarging other programs in the Schools of Nursing and Community & Environmental Health within the College of Health Sciences. The expansion will bring an additional 850 students and 62 faculty members to the Virginia Beach center.

Steve Yetiv, an Internationally Recognized Expert in the Geo-Politics of Oil, has Died at 53

Steve Yetiv, Old Dominion University's Louis I. Jaffe Professor of International Relations, died March 21 at age 53. Yetiv's widely respected expertise on the global oil industry made him a popular interview subject for major media outlets around the world.

Taylor Heinicke Has a 'Pretty Perfect' Life as Backup QB for Carolina Panthers

The colors Taylor Heinicke wears to work - the blue, silver and black of the Carolina Panthers - bear remarkable resemblance to those he donned while flinging footballs for Old Dominion University. His office - Bank of America Stadium - is a five-minute walk from his fully furnished one-bedroom apartment in downtown Charlotte. Life is good. Actually, a lot better than good.

The Barry Art Museum Will Open to the Public Wednesday, Nov. 14

Located on the corner of Hampton Boulevard and 43rd Street, the 24,000-square-foot museum was made possible by a donation of funds and art valued at more than $37 million from Richard and Carolyn Barry - the largest in Old Dominion University's history.

For the story on the Museum's grand opening, click this link.

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