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Monarch Family Pride Week & Family Weekend

Monarch Family Pride Week is September 19-25, 2021!

What is Monarch Family Pride Week?

We are excited to invite your family to take part in Monarch Family Pride Week September 19-25, 2021. Monarch Family Pride Week allows for families to connect with their student and the ODU community in a variety of ways. The week will consist of virtual programming and conclude with an in-person spirit tailgate before the football game against Buffalo at 6PM. Additionally, throughout the week, families will have the opportunity to engage through participation in daily Monarch Moments and Family Connection Bingo.

Monarch Family Pride Week is designed to highlight the incredible contributions of families to student success, encourage student and family connection, and celebrate the Monarch Nation.

Purchasing Tailgate and Football Tickets

Monarch Family Tailgate

Registration for the tailgate is closed.

The tailgate will follow the central tenets of Reigning Responsibly. The tailgate will follow current CDC and Virginia Department of Health, and University guidelines.

ODU Football vs. Buffalo

ODU Athletics is coordinating ticket sales for the September 25th football game against Buffalo.

Below is information about ticketing options and purchasing tickets:

Endzone Seats—Each endzone seat ticket is $15 and does not include seat backs. Students who have claimed their complimentary student football ticket are able to use the ticket to sit with their family in the endzone. If your student did not claim their complimentary football ticket through the student ticket portal, you will need to purchase one for them if they wish to attend. There is no limit to the number of tickets that can be purchased.

Sideline Seats—Each sideline seat ticket is $20 and located in the newly renovated portion of S.B. Ballard stadium. Each seat comes with a seat back and is conveniently located near concessions and restrooms. If your student wishes to sit with you in this section, you will need to purchase a ticket for them. The complimentary student football ticket is not applicable in these seats. There is no limit to the number of tickets that can be purchased.

Purchasing Tickets—To purchase endzone or sideline seats for the September 25th football game, visit ynottix.com and select the "Promos & Presales" tab. On the promotions screen, enter the promo code FAMILY21 in the designated box, and click "Go". When prompted, click the "find tickets" button and select your seats from those available with this promotion code. During checkout, you will select the "print at home" option for ticket delivery. If you have questions about purchasing tickets, contact the ticket office at 757-683-4444.

Student Guest Football Tickets - *Note - This is done separately from the Monarch Family Weekend purchasing process and can only be completed by your current ODU student. Your student can purchase "guest tickets" when they claim their complimentary student ticket through the student ticket portal. Guest tickets must be purchased at the same time as student online pickup. Students may purchase a maximum of four guest tickets per game at a cost of $20 for football. Guest tickets are general admission, located on the sideline or in the endzone, and based on availability. Guest tickets will be emailed and must be printed from home. Additional fees may apply at checkout.

Schedule of Events

Families are encouraged to participate in synchronous virtual activities throughout the week, social media/email submission days, a BINGO card that promotes student and family connection, and join us for our Saturday spirit day!

Date and Time Activity Description Registration Link
Sunday, September 19 at 4:30PM What's Happening Webinar This webinar will share what students are experiencing on campus (involvement opportunities, upcoming academic deadlines, employment opportunities), and explain the format of Monarch Family Pride Week. *Families only need to attend once. Register
Monday, September 20 at 12:30PM What's Happening Webinar Missed the Sunday event? Join this webinar as we share what students are experiencing on campus (involvement opportunities, upcoming academic deadlines, employment opportunities), and explain the format of Monarch Family Pride Week. *Families only need to attend once. Register
Wednesday, September 22 at 6:30PM Virtual Yoga Class Join us for a free virtual yoga class! No prior yoga experience necessary or equipment. This class is open to all levels. Register
Thursday, September 23 at 6:30PM Virtual Paint Night Join us for a free virtual paint night! This event is a capacity limited event and registration is first come, first served. *This event is full. Event Full
Saturday, September 25

Saturday Spirit Day

Ticket purchase required.

Join us for a family tailgate on Kaufman Mall from 3PM-5PM and then cheer on the Monarchs as they take on the Buffalo Bulls at 6PM.

Registration closed.

NOTE: If you are interested in attending the football game on September 25th, tickets can be purchased at ynottix.com using the promo code. This purchase is separate from tailgate registration.

Monarch Moments - Participate and Post

Each day of Monarch Family Pride Week, families will have the opportunity to share more about themselves and what makes them unique. Below, you will find a Monarch Moment and description for each day. Each day, post your Monarch Moment on Facebook and mention @ODU Family Connection in the caption. Make sure the post is public (open to everyone) on Facebook so that we can see and share in all Monarch Moments! Families are able to participate by emailing their submission to familyconnection@odu.edu.

Date Monarch Moment Description
Monday, September 20 Then and Now Photo Challenge Submit a photo of your Monarch then and now!
Tuesday, September 21 Family Tradition Submission Traditions create a sense of comfort and belonging, and are an important piece of building connections. Share with us your family traditions! Then, encourage your student to pick up a shirt that celebrates one of ODU's traditions! T-shirts will be distributed on Kaufman Mall from 12:30-1:30PM.
Wednesday, September 22 Why I'm Proud Submission Share with us (and your student) why you're proud of them!
Thursday, September 23 Family Recipe Submission Submit a family recipe to be shared in the next Monarch Family Connection newsletter!
Friday, September 24 Monarch Pride Photo Challenge Post a photo of your family with some ODU gear as we celebrate one of our campus traditions, Spirit Friday!

Family Connection Bingo

Families and students can play Family Connection Bingo. These activities are meant to be light-hearted opportunities for connection that can be done virtually or in-person with minimal planning. If you get Bingo (completed row horizontally, vertically, diagonally), email a copy of your completed card along with photo proof for each completed square to familyconnection@odu.edu for an ODU family pride pack. Completed Bingo cards must be submitted by Monday, September 27th at noon.

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