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Open Forums Scheduled to Solicit Input About Campus Master Plan

Old Dominion has begun to create a new campus master plan that will help guide the physical development of the university's buildings, infrastructure and campus amenities to support ODU's mission and goals.

A series of open forums has been scheduled this month to provide an overview of the master plan initiative and to garner opinions, ideas and feedback from the campus community.

The first of two forums for staff members and a forum for students were held Jan. 16. The next staff-member forum will be from 1:30-3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the James/Lynnhaven River Room of Webb Center.

Open forums for faculty members are scheduled on the following dates:

• Wednesday, Jan. 23, 3:30-5 p.m., Webb Center - James/Lynnhaven River Room

• Friday, Jan. 25, 3-5 p.m., 1002 Constant Hall.

At the staff and faculty sessions, representatives from the architecture and design firm Perkins + Will will solicit input on the components of the plan. Staff and faculty members are also encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas about any other topics associated with the physical campus.

At the student forum, campus planners sought input with particular attention to several components of the campus, including Webb Center and its role in supporting a more robust student life, housing, pedestrian circulation, recreation, student services, transportation and parking.

"Your insights are critical to the success of this project and will help shape the future success of Old Dominion University. We look forward to seeing you at the meetings," said David Harnage, ODU chief operating officer.

For additional information about the campus master plan, visit www.odu.edu/masterplan.

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