1970-1979

Mary Fleet

Mary Fleet as Coach of the Old Dominion Women's Swim Team, circa 1970-1979. Source: ODU Photographic Collection, RG 32, Special Collections and University Archives.

1970: Old Dominion imposes its first nondiscrimination admissions policy. Later versions of the policy make Old Dominion the first institution in Virginia to include sexual orientation in its policy

1970: Mary Fleet becomes the only woman ever to compete for an Old Dominion men's team when she joins the swimming team

Dr. Milton Reid, Board of Visitors member

Dr. Milton Reid, Board of Visitors member, circa 1970-1973. Source: ODU Photographic Collection, RG 32, Special Collections and University Archives.

July 1970: Dr. Milton Reid, a preacher and local Civil Rights activist, is appointed as the first African American member of the Old Dominion University Board of Visitors. He served on the board from 1970-1973.

Dr. Dorothy Johnson

Dr. Dorothy Johnson, History Instructor, 1965. Source: ODU Photographic Collection, RG 32, Special Collections and University Archives.

1972: Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 is passed outlawing sexual discrimination in federally aided educational institutions and activities; African Americans make up approximately 2 percent of the student population

1972: The first credit course dedicated to feminism, “Women in American History,” is offered and taught by Dr. Dorothy Johnson

Jerome Nixon as First African American ROTC Batallion Commander

University News, 1972-10-06. Special Collections and University Archives.

September 1972: Jerome Nixon becomes the first African American ROTC Battalion Commander at Old Dominion

February 1973: Dr. A Rufus Tonelson, Assistant to the President for School and Community Relations, is named the first Affirmative Action Officer and Equal Opportunity Officer

September 1973: Rachael Freiler becomes the first female ROTC cadet at ODU

1973: During the 1973-1974 academic year, Students for the Development of Black Culture is founded. This student organization was founded to focus on the culture of African Americans and be an umbrella organization for all other African American student groups on campus

Christine Hufford and Lietenant Crawford, 1974

Christine Hufford and Lieutenant Crawford, 1974. Source: ODU Photographic Collection, RG 32, Special Collections and University Archives.

Delta Sigma Theta Group Photo

Delta Sigma Theta Group Photo, 1988. Source: Laureate, 1988, Special Collections and University Archives.

September 1974: Julia A. Hines becomes the first female Controller in the Commonwealth of Virginia when she is hired for the position at ODU

September 1974: Christine Hufford becomes the first female patrolwoman at ODU

1974: Delta Sigma Theta becomes the first African American sorority on campus

1974: The Women's Caucus, dedicated to the equality of faculty women at Old Dominion, is established

First Doctorate Awarded

John A. Weese, Dean of Engineering, awards the first doctoral degree from Old Dominion University to D.K. Patel, May 1975. Source: ODU Photographic Collection, RG 32, Special Collections and University Archives.

1975: Old Dominion is among the first in the nation and the first university in Virginia to award athletic scholarships to women. The scholarship is named after Donna Doyle Smith, a standout athletic star at the Norfolk Division in the 1950s.

February 1975: The Eta Omega chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi is chartered as the first African American fraternity on campus.

May 1975: At the May 1975 Commencement, D.K. Patel becomes the first student to receive a doctoral degree from Old Dominion, a Ph.D. in Engineering. Patel, originally from India, completed all the requirements for his degree in August of 1974

 

Ernest and Carolyn Rhodes, Betty Dabney, Phyllis Nagle, Kathleen Winnett

Carolyn Rhodes speaks before the Faculty Senate on Title IX, 1976. Source: ODU Photographic Collection, RG 32, Special Collections and University Archives.

1976: Old Dominion becomes the first institution in Virginia, and one of the first in the country, to create a Women's Center to promote gender equality. The Women's Center primarily focused on serving older women returning to school.

1977: The Gay Alliance, a political organization dedicated to highlighting issues in the LGBTQIA+ community, is established at ODU

1977: The Women's Studies Program, the first in Virginia, is founded and Carolyn Rhodes from the English Department runs the program during its pilot year. The program becomes permanent during the 1978-1979 academic year. By the end of the 20th century, Women's Studies becomes its own department and offers a Master of Arts degree, a graduate certificate, as well as Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees

Alpha Phi Alpha Block Show

Alpha Phi Alpha and Alpha Kappa Alpha perform a step routine outside of Webb Center, circa 1980-1989. Source: ODU Photographic Collection, RG 32, Special Collections and University Archives.

1977: The Nu Theta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha is chartered.

1977: The Muslim Students Association is established

Indian Student Association Group Photo

Indian Students Association Group Photo, 2007. Source: Laureate, 2007.

1977: The Indian Students Association is founded

Ebony Impact Gospel Choir

Ebony Impact Gospel Choir performing at Webb Center. Source: ODU Photographic Collection, RG 32, Special Collections and University Archives.

1977: Ebony Impact, a social organization for African American students at Old Dominion, is established. The organization would later form a gospel choir that would perform at various events around the community

1977: Dr. Jerome Weiner, Assistant Professor of History, chaired the International Program Committee which helped establish International Programs in the fall of 1977  

September 1977: Mary Maniscalo becomes the first female Army ROTC Battallion Commander at ODU as well as in the Tidewater region

Dorothy Doumar, Thea Musgrave, President Rollins

Dorothy Doumar, left, with Thea Musgrave and President Alfred B. Rollins, 1979. Source: ODU Photographic Collection, RG 32, Special Collections and University Archives

1978: Dorothy Doumar is appointed Old Dominion's first female Rector of the Board of Visitors. A member of the Board of Visitors since 1972, she continues to serve until 1983

1978: ODU offers a master of art in international studies for the first time

February 1978: International Programs established the first International Jubilee to celebrate various cutures through food, dance, crafts, and other aspects of culture

February 1978: The Fellowship of Minority Engineers and Scientists is established

June 1978: The Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Policy and Plan for 1978-1983 was adopted by the Board of Visitors

Ulysses V. Spiva

Ulysses V. Spiva, Dean of the School of Education, March 1979. Source: ODU Photographic Collection, RG 32, Special Collections and University Archives.

January 1979: Ulysses V. Spiva from Florida International University in Miami, Florida is selected as Dean of the School of Education, becoming Old Dominion's first African American dean

Betty Diener

Betty Diener, Dean of the School of Business, 1979. Source: ODU Photographic Collection, RG 32, Special Collections and University Archives.

July 1979: Betty Diemer becomes only the second woman in the U.S. to lead an accredited School of Business when she becomes Old Dominion's first female dean

Dr. Kenneth Gibson Photograph

Dr. Kenneth Gibson, head cross country and track and field coach, circa 1979-1980. Source: Old Dominion University Athletics Papers, RG 2-8, Special Collections and University Archives.

August 1979: Dr. Kenneth Gibson is named the head track and field and cross country coach, becoming the first African American head coach at Old Dominion