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Sophomore Success News - September 2013

Welcome to your second year of college! By the time May comes around, you will be halfway through your college career. Chances are high that you have a lot on your mind now and an ever-expanding "to do" list. The Sophomore Success Program is here to help you navigate through this year, seizing every possible opportunity for you to learn and grow. Keep up to date with events through the website, and look for an e-newsletter at the beginning of each month. Walk-ins are always welcome, so stop by 1006 in the Student Success Center anytime. Have a successful second year.

Students walking across Kaufman Mall


Sophomore Stars

Do you want to be one of the first ever Sophomore Stars? Sophomore Stars will have the opportunity to enhance their academic success, personal growth and development, and get involved with the campus and community!

The first Sophomore Stars meeting will be Thursday, September 5, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the President's Dining Room.

Contact Liz Boyd for more information and join us for the meeting on September 5.


Common Read

"A stunning narrative...of greater worth is the humbling and inspiring example of intuition, inventiveness, and determination that fuel Kamkwamba's journey"- Denver Post

The fall Sophomore Common Read is The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. If you would like to borrow a copy of the book, contact Liz Boyd today!


Meet Leslie Mason

Hi, I'm Leslie! This is my first semester at ODU. I'm working on my Master's in Higher Education and serving as the graduate assistant for the Sophomore Success Program. I grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, but later moved to Indiana, where I attended Ball State University and graduated with a degree in English Education. After teaching high school English for a few years and deciding I didn't love it, I baked for and managed a small coffee shop, and I also ran my own wedding and portrait photography business. In 2011, I married my high school sweetheart, ten years after we first began dating. My husband was offered a position with the ODU Physics Department and Pretlow Planetarium, so we moved to Virginia last year with our cat, Cheese, and dog, Quinn. Things that I love include cooking and baking, the Song of Ice and Fire series, Mike Doughty, macaroni and cheese, Breaking Bad, killer sudoku, The Chive, football (Go Colts!), autumn weather, and Barq's Root Beer. I'm usually camped out in my office in the Student Success Center, so stop by and say "hi" sometime!


A Few Seconds

  • Second most-grown apples in the United States - Gala apples
  • Second Oldest Ivy League School - Yale University
  • September 2, 2013 is Labor Day
  • Second Tour de France Winner - Henri Cornet

Important Dates & Upcoming Events

Labor Day Holiday
Monday, September 2

Last Day to Add/Drop
Tuesday, September 3

Sophomore Stars Meeting
Thursday, September 5
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
President's Dining Room, Webb Center

Luncheon with the Batten College of Engineering and Technology
Tuesday, September 10
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
President's Dining Room, Webb Center
Register here!

Monarch Family Weekend
Friday, September 20-Sunday, September 22
Register here!

Sophomore Tailgate
Saturday, September 28
3 p.m.-5 p.m.
Kaufman Mall

Academic Calendar