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The Monarch Experience

The Monarch Experience

Join all of Monarch Nation for 3.5 weeks of campus-wide events and activities.


The Monarch Experience (TME) is a campus-wide initiative to welcome Monarchs and introduce campus culture, traditions, and values. The Monarch Experience will begin August 23 and includes both in-person and some virtual events. Students can access the schedule of events on the website and in the ODU Mobile app. The schedule will be updated as events are finalized, so refer back frequently to begin planning your Monarch Experience!

Frequently Asked Questions about TME New Student Convocation


Schedule of Events


Week 1: Connection


Event Description Time and Location
Reign Train: Stuff Your Own Big Blue Join us on Kaufman Mall to Stuff your very own Big Blue stuffed animal to help show your Monarch Spirit while supplies last. 2PM-4PM on Kaufman Mall (Rain Location: Front Lobby, Webb Center)
First-Year Service Experience Reception Reception hosted for students participating in the First-Year Service Experience 3:30PM-4:30PM on Kaufman Mall
Monarch 101 This mandatory interactive session will provide you with the tools to be successful in your first classroom experience at ODU. A current faculty member will demonstrate how to navigate Canvas and access the various resources you will need to ensure academic success. Attend on the day that you move into your residence hall. If you are an off-campus life student only, you are encouraged to attend Monarch 101 on Friday, August 26 prior to Convocation. Off-Campus students should meet in the lobby of Constant Hall on that day. 4PM-5PM Meet in the lobby of your residence hall at 3:30PM to be directed to your Monarch 101 location.
Monarchs Against Hazing: Creating a Community of Care Immediately following Monarch 101, students will be directed to a nearby location to gain an understanding about how to support a community of care and engaging in positive experiences around getting involved at ODU. 5PM-6PM in various locations
Learning Communities Welcome Dinner The Learning Communities Welcome Dinner is designed to give student who are enrolled in a Living-Learning, Theme, or Impact Learning Community the chance to move in early, meet their peers enrolled in the program, and engage with faculty and staff who work with each community. 5PM-7PM in Chartway Arena
Camp Monarch Come kick off the fall semester at Camp Monarch! On August 23rd from 7-9pm, students will be able to build and roast their own s'mores, relax and play games on picnic blankets, all while enjoying a chill camp-like experience on Kaufman Mall. 7PM-9PM on Kaufman Mall
Housing and Residence Life Move-In Students will move into their various residence halls. For more information visit the Housing Office website. 9AM-4PM in Chartway Arena
Event Description Time and Location
First-Year Service Experience The First‐Year Service Experience (FSE) is designed to give incoming ODU students the chance to move in early, meet other students, and engage in their new community by performing service in Hampton Roads with their fellow Monarchs. Interested students should register for FSE here: https://cglink.me/2cN/s71129. Learn more at https://www.odu.edu/leadership-learning/service/fse. 8:30AM-1:30PM starting in North Café, Webb Center
Reign Train: Plant Your Roots at ODU Relax while creating your very own pot of succulents to help brighten up any space while supplies last. 1:30PM-3:30PM on Kaufman Mall (Rain Location: Hampton/Newport News Room,Webb Center)
Monarch 101 This mandatory interactive session will provide you with the tools to be successful in your first classroom experience at ODU. A current faculty member will demonstrate how to navigate Canvas and access the various resources you will need to ensure academic success. Attend on the day that you move into your residence hall. If you are an off-campus life student only, you are encouraged to attend Monarch 101 on Friday, August 26 prior to Convocation. Off-Campus students should meet in the lobby of Constant Hall on that day. 4PM-5PM Meet in the lobby of your residence hall at 3:30PM to be directed to your Monarch 101 location.
Monarchs Against Hazing: Creating a Community of Care Immediately following Monarch 101, students will be directed to a nearby location to gain an understanding about how to support a community of care and engaging in positive experiences around getting involved at ODU. 5PM-6PM in various locations
Game Night Head to Webb Center for a low key game night with the chance to win prizes. 7PM, North Cafe, Webb Center
Housing and Residence Life Move-In Students will move into their various residence halls. For more information visit the Housing Office website. 9AM-4PM in Chartway Arena
Event Description Time and Location
Reign Train: There's No Place Like Home Connect ODU to wherever you call home and create a coordinate sign for your space while supplies last. 11AM-2PM on Kaufman Mall (Rain Location: Front Lobby, Webb Center)
Planner Party Start the year off right - come grab an ODU planner and some organization goodies so that your time management is on point. *While supplies last. 2:30PM-4PM on Kaufman Mall (Rain Location: Executive Dining Room, Webb Center)
Monarch 101 This mandatory interactive session will provide you with the tools to be successful in your first classroom experience at ODU. A current faculty member will demonstrate how to navigate Canvas and access the various resources you will need to ensure academic success. Attend on the day that you move into your residence hall. If you are an off-campus life student only, you are encouraged to attend Monarch 101 on Friday, August 26 prior to Convocation. Off-Campus students should meet in the lobby of Constant Hall on that day. 4PM-5PM Meet in the lobby of your residence hall at 3:30PM to be directed to your Monarch 101 location.
Monarchs Against Hazing: Creating a Community of Care Immediately following Monarch 101, students will be directed to a nearby location to gain an understanding about how to support a community of care and engaging in positive experiences around getting involved at ODU. 5PM-6PM in various locations
Movie on the Mall Bring your friends, snacks, and a blanket to see Lightyear 8PM Rain Location: North Cafe, Webb Center
Housing and Residence Life Move-In Students will move into their various residence halls. For more information visit the Housing Office website. 9AM-4PM in Chartway Arena
Event Description Time and Location
Welcome Event Welcome, Monarchs! Join us in front of Broderick Dining Commons to celebrate the beginning of your college experience. We will set up a table for you to ask questions about dining, meet our dedicated staff, and even spin the prize wheel. 10AM on Broderick Dining Commons Patio
Reign Train: Tie Dye It's time to tie dye! Join us on Kaufman Mall to tie dye your Monarch Experience shirt while supplies last. 11AM-12:30PM on Kaufman Mall
Planner Party Start the year off right - come grab an ODU planner and some organization goodies so that your time management is on point. *While supplies last. 1PM-2PM on Kaufman Mall (Rain Location: Front Lobby, Webb Center)
Monarch 101 This mandatory interactive session will provide you with the tools to be successful in your first classroom experience at ODU. A current faculty member will demonstrate how to navigate Canvas and access the various resources you will need to ensure academic success. Attend on the day that you move into your residence hall. If you are an off-campus life student only, you are encouraged to attend Monarch 101 on Friday, August 26 prior to Convocation. Off-Campus students should meet in the lobby of Constant Hall on this day. 2PM-3PM Meet in the lobby of your residence hall at 1:30PM to be directed to your Monarch 101 location. Off-Campus students should meet in the lobby of Constant Hall at 1:45PM.
New Student Convocation *Required for first year students. As one of our ODU traditions first-year students participate in New Student Convocation to welcome in the new academic year. Families can also participate by watching the livestream. 4PM inside Chartway Arena
Recess Night Break out your best 90s and early 2000's gear for a fun night full of games, food, music, prizes and more. Don't forget your fanny pack! 7PM on Kaufman Mall (Rain Location: North Café, Webb Center)
Men's Soccer v. George Mason Cheer on the Monarchs! 7PM at the Soccer Complex
Housing and Residence Life Move-In Students will move into their various residence halls. For more information visit the Housing Office website. 9AM-12PM in Chartway Arena
Event Description Time and Location
Off-Campus Student Luncheon & Social If you are an off-campus or commuter student, Off-Campus Student Life Office cordially invites to join us for our ODU Off-Campus Student Luncheon & Social on Saturday, August 27 from 11am-1pm in the North Cafeteria of Webb University Center. The informal event will include a catered welcome lunch for all attendees, neighborhood and renter resources from the City of Norfolk Division of Neighborhood Engagement, parking and transportation information for commuter students, and the opportunity to connect with faculty, administrators, and other off-campus students to kick off the new academic year. Let's make it a great year, Monarchs! Whether you walk from Lambert's Point or commute from Chesapeake, Off-Campus Student Life is your hub for resources, information, and connection to ODU! 11AM-1PM in North Cafe (Webb Center)
College Connection Learn more about your Academic College and connect with faculty and students. 1PM-3PM in various locations
Fan Zone Gear up for Spirit Rally with the Student Athlete Advisory Council. Games, prizes, and snacks available. 3PM-4:45PM on Kaufman Mall (Rain Location: SRC Mac Court)
Spirit Rally Head to S.B. Ballard Stadium to find out what it means to be a Monarch! Cancelled due to weather
#ByHomecoming Students will be able to come by and write a goal they would like to achieve by homecoming on the "#Byhomecoming" banner. They can then post this on social media. In addition to social media postings, this banner will be displayed during homecoming as part of spirit decoration. Postponed to a later date
Event Description Time and Location
Men's Soccer v. American Cheer on the Monarchs! 6PM at the Soccer Complex
Community Gatherings/Floor Meetings Welcome back to campus! Join your community resident assistant (RA) and neighbors at your floor and community meetings! Your RA will provide details on your meeting location and we look forward to seeing you there! 7PM at various locations
Playfair Come meet your fellow Monarchs through a series of interactive activities. 8PM on the Quad (Rain Location: SRC Mac Court)
Event Description Time and Location
Mane Line Tables Navigating campus can be a little overwhelming, but the Office of Admissions is here to help! Mane Line tables will be available for you the first half of the week as you learn your new home away from home. We cannot wait to show you around! 7:30AM-1PM at various locations
Welcome Monarchs Tabling ODU Libraries' Welcome Monarchs event provides direction to the Libraries' services and resources while welcoming students with activities, snacks, swag. Students will find event tables placed at the front entrance of Perry Library. 10AM-12PM on Perry Library Lawn
First Day of Class Pictures Take your First Day of Class picture with us! 10:30AM-1PM on Kaufman Mall
Go Healthy Monarchs, let's go healthy! In collaboration with Tracy Condor, the ODU Campus Dietician, and General Mills, we would like to share some healthy snacking ideas for you to sample. So join us at Broderick Dining Commons on August 29th from 11 AM to 2 PM and start thinking healthy! 11AM-2PM in Broderick Dining Commons
Paint & Dip The Military Connection Center, in partnership with Pinot's Palette, invites ODU students to paint and create! 5PM-7:30PM in the River Rooms, Webb Center
Event Description Time and Location
Mane Line Tables Navigating campus can be a little overwhelming, but the Office of Admissions is here to help! Mane Line tables will be available for you the first half of the week as you learn your new home away from home. We cannot wait to show you around! 7:30AM-1PM at various locations
Welcome Monarchs Tabling ODU Libraries' Welcome Monarchs event provides direction to the Libraries' services and resources while welcoming students with activities, snacks, swag. Students will find event tables placed at the front entrance of Perry Library. 10AM-12PM on Perry Library Lawn
Transfer Tuesday Transfer students, make your mark at ODU! Enjoy free food, giveaways, activities, and connect with other transfer students and resources. 12PM-1:30PM on Kaufman Mall (Rain Location: North Mall)
Café @ the Fountain Outdoor Cafe at the Fountain for students to interact and learn about Hispanic Foods and the Latinx Organizations on campus. 12PM-2PM on Kaufman Mall (Rain Location: Mane Hub Affinity Space, Webb Center)
Happy Hour with a Twist Get happy for your first Activity Hour with free food, fun, music, and games! Learn about the importance of making healthy choices and win a free shirt by completing the online assessment prior to the event. 12:30PM on Kaufman Mall (Rain Location: North Café, Webb Center)
Student Health Services Ice Cream Social Students come out to learn about the health and wellness SHS services we offer, our location, hours, meet our staff, and enjoy a summer treat! 12:00PM-2:00PM on Kaufman Mall

Out of State Student Meet & Greet

ODU staff who also identify as being from out of state welcome Out of State Students at our annual Meet & Greet. Come enjoy some ice cream and cookies, and connect with campus staff! 12:30PM-1:30PM in the Front Lobby of Webb Center
House Calls Hosted by Housing & Residence Life, House Calls is an event that welcomes first year and new transfer on-campus students to ODU. ODU faculty/staff will go door to door to provide information, answer questions, and connect students to the university. 6PM in the various residence halls
Event Description Time and Location
Mane Line Tables Navigating campus can be a little overwhelming, but the Office of Admissions is here to help! Mane Line tables will be available for you the first half of the week as you learn your new home away from home. We cannot wait to show you around! 7:30AM-1PM at various locations
Welcome Monarchs Tabling ODU Libraries' Welcome Monarchs event provides direction to the Libraries' services and resources while welcoming students with activities, snacks, swag. Students will find event tables placed at the front entrance of Perry Library. 10AM-12PM on Perry Library Lawn
Blood Drive The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive via the Blood Mobile on Kaufman Mall. Help save a life! Please register for a donation time by visiting https://www.redcrossblood.org/ and typing in "Monarchs" to find the August 31st blood drive. 10:30AM-1:30PM on Kaufman Mall
Meet the Staff Meet the faces behind the meal! We invite students to join us at Rogers Riverside Café on August 31st to meet all of our talented Monarch Dining chefs. 12PM-2PM in Rogers Riverside Café
Monarch Beach Bash A welcome and welcome back event hosted by Fraternity & Sorority Life. Activities, food, music, and giveaways are included. 4PM-7PM on the Quad (Rain Location: Student Recreation Center)
WOW Wednesday Starting August 31st, come to Broderick Dining Common every other week for WOW Wednesday! From 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM enjoy a delicious fried chicken dinner provided by our chefs, music by a featured student DJ, and games for you and your friends to enjoy. 5:30PM-8:30PM in Broderick Dining Commons
Virtual Game Night This event will introduce students to ODU resources and services in a fun and engaging way, through trivia, bingo, and other virtual games. 7PM-9PM Virtual
Event Description Time and Location
Welcome Monarchs Tabling ODU Libraries' Welcome Monarchs event provides direction to the Libraries' services and resources while welcoming students with activities, snacks, swag. Students will find event tables placed at the front entrance of Perry Library. 10AM-12PM on Perry Library Lawn
Student Organization Fair Come meet the many different student organizations we have at ODU to help you in making your whole Monarch Experience! The fair is filled with giveaways, food, music and more. 11:30AM-1:30PM on Kaufman Mall (Rain Date: September 8)
Women's Soccer v. VA Tech Cheer on the Monarchs! 6PM at the Soccer Complex
Rec Fest Kick off the school year with free food, free t-shirts, music, activities, and giveaways at Rec Fest! Stop by to learn about ODU Recreation & Wellness programs such as group exercise, outdoor adventures, intramural sports, sport clubs and more! 6PM-9PM on the Quad (Rain Location: Student Recreation Center)
Hypnotic Intoxication Hypnotic Intoxication, featuring hypnotist Keith Karkut, will amaze you as he studies the powers of the subconscious mind. Simply watch or participate in Keith's performance as we learn more about the effects of alcohol in social settings. There will be giveaways for all of those who dare to be hypnotized! 9PM in North Café, Webb Center
Event Description Time and Location
State of the University Address The address will highlight recent accomplishments of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and supporters, as well as future plans for our campus, our community, and the Commonwealth.

This event is open to members of the campus community, and all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend.
10AM at Chartway Arena
Field Hockey v. American Cheer on the Monarchs! 11AM at the Field Hockey Field
Big Blue's Warm Up On September 2nd from 4-6pm in the Quad, the Office of Student Engagement and Traditions will be hosting Big Blue's Warm Up! Come eat some backyard BBQ themed food and play yard games while you await the start of the ODU v. VT football game! There will be raffles for students to enter with awesome prizes and even a spirit wear contest for those wanting to show off their Monarch pride! 4PM-6PM on the Quad
ODU v. VA Tech Football Cheer on the Monarchs! 7PM at S.B. Ballard Stadium

Week 2: Community


Event Description Time and Location
Field Hockey v. American Cheer on the Monarchs! 11AM at the Field Hockey Field
Women's Soccer v. Longwood Cheer on the Monarchs! 6PM at the Soccer Complex

Event Description Time and Location
Know the Code At the tabling event, OSCAI will provide resources to assist students in understanding the expectations of behavior under the Code of Student Conduct. 12:30PM on Kaufman Mall (Rain Location: South Mall, Webb Center)
Experience Guaranteed Fair Experience Guaranteed seeks to offer all Monarchs relevant experience throughout their college years to provide them with skills and knowledge needed for their future careers and global citizenship. The Office of Leadership & Learning is hosting the Experience Guaranteed Fair to connect students with experiential learning opportunities on campus and in the community. 12PM-2PM on Kaufman Mall (Rain Location: North Mall and Front Lobby, Webb Center)
ODU Libraries Open House The Libraries' Open House brings together departments from across the library, as well as our Learning Commons partners to learn about the services and resources available through ODU's Libraries and Learning Commons. Student teams will have the opportunity to participate in activities in order to be entered into a prize drawing for up to $100 in Monarch Plus Points. 1PM-5PM in Perry Library and Learning Commons
NPHC & MGC Meet the Greeks Join the National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Multicultural Greek Council to explore Fraternity & Sorority Life membership. 7PM in North Café, Webb Center
Event Description Time and Location
Making Memories with Dr. Don! Meet the Vice President of Student Engagement and Enrollment Services as we make memories for the 2022-2023 school year! First edition "Making Memories with Dr. Don" t-shirts available while supplies last. 12PM-2PM on Kaufman Mall (Rain Location: Front Lobby, Webb Center)
Welcome Back BBQ Welcome back, Monarchs! On September 7th, from 12 PM to 2 PM, we would like to give Old Dominion University students not only a warm welcome back, but a warm meal as well. Join us at Broderick Dining Commons and enjoy a BBQ meal prepared by our chefs and play games to win a variety of Monarch Dining prizes. 12PM-2PM in Broderick Dining Commons
Interfaith Luncheon Interfaith and its influence on social justice trends and issues in regards to Roe vs Wade. 12:30PM-1:30PM in the Intercultural Center, 1200 Webb Center
IFC Insight The Interfraternity Council chapters of ODU invite you to join them for games and refreshments at Whitehurst Beach. Included will be some tournaments in volleyball and corn hole. 5PM-7PM on Whitehurst Beach (Rain Plan: Cancelled)
Intramural Sports Outdoor Dodgeball and Yard Games Join us to play in ODU's largest dodgeball event EVER or to enjoy yard games like KanJam and Cornhole with friends. 6PM-8PM on the Quad (Rain Location: Student Recreation Center - Court 1)
Taste of Recruitment Join the Panhellenic Council to get a "taste" of Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment and meet the PHC chapters of ODU. 7PM in North Café, Webb Center
Event Description Time and Location
First-Gen First Scoop First-Gen? Get ready for ice cream and fun. Attend the Fall First-Scoop Ice Cream Social. 12:30PM in the River Rooms, Webb Center
Reign Train Drop by the Reign Train for some giveaways, music, and snacks! 12:30PM-1:30PM on Kaufman Mall
Volleyball v. Navy Cheer on the Monarchs! 6:30PM at the Volleyball Facilities
Event Description Time and Location
Field Hockey v. Colombia Cheer on the Monarchs! 1PM at the Field Hockey Field
Family Fun Day: Meet, Greet, and Compete Friday is meant for family. Bring the kids, your partner, something to sit on, or just yourself to unplug and connect with the ODU community with food, fun, games, and friendly competition. 4PM-7PM on Kaufman Mall near Monarch Hall
Welcome Back BBQ - Roger's Riverside Café Welcome back, Monarchs! On September 9th, from 5PM-8PM, we are once again giving Old Dominion University students not only a warm welcome back, but a warm meal as well. This time join us at Rogers Riverside Café to enjoy a BBQ meal prepared by our chefs and play games to win a variety of Monarch Dining prizes. 5PM-8PM at Roger's Riverside Café
Volleyball v. Notre Dame Cheer on the Monarchs! 6:30PM at the Volleyball Facilities
Men's Soccer v. Campbell Cheer on the Monarchs! 7PM at the Soccer Complex
Student Activities Council Friday Night Live Head to Kaufman Mall for a night of carnival games and activities hosted by the Student Activities Council! 7PM-10PM on Kaufman Mall (Rain Location: Student Recreation Center)


Week 3: Community


Event Description Time and Location
Family Reunion Family Reunion is an event hosted by the Office of Intercultural Relations Black Initiatives welcoming students and faculty/staff back to campus by hosting a fun filled afternoon. Activities are hosted and provided by the Student Recreation Center. There will be a Spades & UNO tournament with prizes for the winners! Come out and enjoy music by DJ DEVO and be entertained by our campus organizations. 12PM-3PM on the Quad (Rain Location: Mane Hub Affinity Space, Webb Center)
Volleyball v. East Carolina Cheer on the Monarchs! 3PM at the Volleyball Facilities
Event Description Time and Location
Women's Soccer v. American Cheer on the Monarchs! 6PM at the Soccer Complex
Event Description Time and Location
Meet the Staff Meet the faces behind the meal! We invite students to join us at Broderick Dining Commons on September 12th to meet all of our talented Monarch Dining chefs. 12PM-2PM at Broderick Dining Commons
JC Penney Suit-Up Event Career Development Services is partnering with JC Penney to bring an opportunity for students to help prepare for future career opportunities. Runs from September 12 until October 30 virtually

Event Description Time and Location
Student Financial Aid Townhall Join members from the Office of Financial Aid to understand different parts of Financial Aid. 11:30AM-12:30PM in the Education Building Multipurpose Room
Military Connection Center Mini Fair Being a military student is more than just education. Join our resource partners in theis five-part series to explore success outside the classroom. Session 1 - Mini Involvement Fair. 12:30PM-1:30PM in 1113 A&B Monarch Hall
Unity Block Party Reign in the new semester at the Unity Block Party! Cultivate the Monarch Experience: Come enjoy food, activities, and giveaways and connect with your Monarch family! Moved to Rain Date: September 22, 2022 5PM-7PM.
Men's Soccer v. William & Mary Cheer on the Monarchs! 7PM at the Soccer Complex
Event Description Time and Location
Lavender Reception Lavender Reception is a festive and joyful start-of-the-year celebration that provides an opportunity for LGBTQIA+ students to connect with each other and cultivate community! 5PM-7PM at the Baron and Ellin Art Galleries
Event Description Time and Location
Reign Train: Blooming at ODU Brighten up your day by making a bouquet of flowers for yourself or others. 11AM-2PM on Kaufman Mall
Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment Join the Panhellenic Council in a weekend series of events to help you find your chapter at ODU. Registration must be done in advance. 7PM in North Café, Webb Center
Event Description Time and Location
Field Hockey v. Uconn Cheer on the Monarchs! 1PM at the Field Hockey Field
Movie in the Stadium - Movie Elvis Head to S.B. Ballard Stadium for a night at the movies 7:30PM at S.B. Ballard Stadium




Monarch 101


Students can view the Monarch 101 session here! Monarch 101 will provide you with the tools to be successful in your first classroom experience at ODU. A current faculty member will demonstrate how to navigate Canvas and access the various resources you will need to ensure academic success.

Reign Responsibly

Students should practice the four principles of Reigning Responsibly:

  1. Students should stay informed by checking their ODU email regularly and following the University COVID-19 page for updates.
  2. Students should commit to following the guidelines set forth by ODU, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Center for Disease Control. Current University guidelines require students, faculty, and, staff to wear masks indoors.
  3. Students should care for themselves by completing the ODU daily symptom tracker through the myODU portal and staying home and contacting their health provider or Student Health Services if exhibiting symptoms.
  4. Students can exhibit their care for others by maintaining a clean space, disinfecting shared spaces, and participating in screening and testing to help reduce the spread.


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