CENTER FOR MAJOR EXPLORATION NEWSLETTER
Volume 1, Issue 1 Summer 2006
Welcome students and families to Old Dominion University!
PREVIEW is Where Your Student’s Plan to Attend DEBUT and
Journey Begins! FRESHMAN CONVOCATION!
PREVIEW marks the beginning of what we are
confident will be a beneficial relationship Once students complete PREVIEW, their next
between the Center for Major Exploration and step is to meet their Advisor during DEBUT on
students. The Center for Major Exploration Saturday, August 26, 2006. DEBUT is ODU’s
(CME) works with undecided freshman and official welcome to all new incoming students
transfer students and with individuals who can and part two of the orientation experience. If
benefit from our specialized services during students have classes on that day, they are to
their transition to Old Dominion University. attend them, otherwise, they are required to
attend DEBUT. DEBUT is for students only.
The Center for Major Exploration staff is FRESHMAN CONVOCATION takes place the
dedicated to helping students make a next day on Sunday, August 27, 2006 this is
successful transition to ODU. Students will a formal ceremony with speakers who will
need to set an appointment to see their motivate and energize students as they begin
advisor. However, walk-in advising will be their academic journey.
available every semester on The Last Day to
Add/Drop Courses and The Last Day to Required (CME)
Withdraw from Courses. To contact the Center Appointments
for Major Exploration, call 683-3699, or stop
by our office located in the Webb Center, The Center for Major Exploration staff meets with their
Suite 1504 (near the coffee shop). Our office students at least three times during the fall semester.
hours are: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – Students may meet with their Advisor additional times as
5:00 p.m. We welcome all new students and needed.
their families to ODU, and are excited to begin
1. Initial Interview: Must be completed by October 6,
our work with you.
2006. A 30-minute session to get acquainted with
2. Advisor recommended assessments: Must be
INSIDE THIS ISSUE completed by October 31, 2006. Any assessments
1. PREVIEW, Where Your Student’s Journey Begins whether career or academic related deemed
necessary by their Advisor, i.e. LASSI, SDS, FOCUS,
2. Students Meet Their Advisor at DEBUT etc.)
3. Required (CME ) Appointments 3. Pre-Registration Advising: Should be completed
by November 17, 2006. Career plans are discussed
4. Getting to Know the (CME) Staff and courses are selected for the following Spring
semester. All degree-seeking undergraduate
5. University Orientation/Career Planning Courses students are required to be advised by an
Academic Advisor or Faculty Advisor before their
6. University Email Advisor Block can be removed each semester.
Students cannot register for classes until their
7. How to Add/Drop and Withdraw from a Class advisor block has been removed.
Getting to Know the CME Staff… University Email
An active @odu.edu Student E-mail Account
The Center for Major Exploration staff has over 70
years of combined experience in academic advising
is required because it is a vital link between
and instruction. In addition, the entire office has one the student and the University, including
theme to be “Your guide to achieving academic Faculty and Advisors. CME staff can only
success.” We will meet students at their individual respond to students using University email
point of need, teach them the essential skills and accounts.
encourage the confidence necessary to achieve
How to officially Add/Drop
Meet the dedicated staff:
Mr. G.W. Thompson III – Director, Center for Major
Exploration (CME), Academic Advisor/Instructor –
College of Business & Public Administration, Liaison
Withdraw from a class…
Mrs. Carolyn W. McCollum – Academic
Advisor/Instructor –Batten College of Engineering &
Students may drop classes until September
Technology, Liaison 1, 2006. Students may add or register for
Mr. Jose Ramos -- Publicity Coordinator & Academic courses until September 5, 2006. No course
Advisor/Instructor –College of Health Sciences, Liaison changes should be made without first
Ms. Jane O. Bourhill -- ELS 101 Coordinator & consulting with the student’s Academic
Academic Advisor/Instructor – College of Art & Letters,
Advisor. After that date, students may
Ms. Tianna S. Scott -- Academic Advisor for Student- withdraw from any course until the Last Day to
Athletes/Instructor Withdraw (October 24, 2006). A grade of a
Ms. April A. Brecht -- Athletic Life Skills Director & “W” will be assigned to those courses.
Mrs. Christine Stringfield-Ricks -- Office Manager – Withdrawal from a course after the deadline is
College of Business & Public Administration, Liaison
usually not permitted. However, in the event
Ms. Jeanette Jones -- Office Services Specialist
of an illness or other severe hardship
beyond the student’s control, students can
University Orientation and
submit a request to withdraw from the
Career Planning Courses Offered course. The 2004-06 ODU Catalog details
Each fall and spring, the Center for Major Exploration this policy on page 50.
coordinates the following one-credit courses through
the Educational Leadership and Services Department. A student who stops attending classes without
officially withdrawing from a course will receive
ELS 101 – University Orientation ~ a course a grade of WF. The one exception is if the
designed to assist new students to make a successful student’s performance has been an F. In that
transition into the University. Effective study habits case, the grade of an F will be assigned. The
and study skills, University resources and academic
grade of WF carries no grade points, but will
and career goals are discussed.
be computed into the student’s GPA as an F.
ELS 121 – Career Planning ~ a course designed to Students who need assistance in a class are
guide students through the exploration of their encouraged to speak with and consult with
interests, abilities, and values and career resources. their instructor(s) and Academic Advisor.
Emphasis is placed on defining career goals and
developing strategies to achieve these goals. Check out the University catalog at:
Check out our Website at:
http://www.odu.edu/ao/student_serv/advising/index.html Related Websites:
The Website is full of great information on topics,
such as upcoming events sponsored by CME, www.odu.edu/ao/affairs/familyconnections
tutorial services, study skills, etc.!!!