The following information was taken from an article
published in The Calhoun
Chronicle in March of 1978:
Odi Olivas was one of the first two males to attend
W.Va. Future Homemakers of America State Leadership Conference, and was
the first selected for the W.Va. Lena M. Charter award. He received it
because of his leadership on several projects for the Family Living
The projects included research in working with
kindergarten-age children, such as preparing nutritious foods (like
liver) so small children would eat it, directing play, and learning
activities with classmates.
With his classmates, he planned and directed a Christmas
party for the students at Colin Anderson Center, St. Marys. It provided
an opportunity for the students to work with mentally challenged
students. He was also chairman of the March of Dimes fund drive, because
the money collected would go toward research to prevent birth defects.
Odi Olivas in 1978
Odi wrote and
directed a short presentation for the Family Living class. It told of a
family problem when a 15 year old daughter announces to her parents that
she is pregnant. Emphasis was placed on healthy babies in the next
generation, prevention of birth defects, and solutions to problems which
When he presented a pie to board members that he
prepared in the Singles Living class, he was asked to comment on the
class: “Males should be taking home economics because you’ll be on your
own some day and we are all makers of homes.”
Odi Olivas has been home-making ever since he was five:
“In our home, everyone started cooking at a young age. We helped clean
house too. That’s the way Philippino families do things. This class is
superb. It’s something you need if you are going to college. Guys that
are planning to be on their own after graduation should take this
course. We get the basics on the art of living.”
He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Odilon Olivas. He has
lived in the U.S. for six years, coming from the Philippines with his
family. He received his U.S. citizenship last fall.
Now, 31 years later, in July 2009, we decided to follow
up on Odi.
He lives in Virginia Beach with his wife, Maria, who is
a director of home health nursing. They have three children: Jonathan,
who is in medical school; Christine, who attends Old Dominion
University; and Oliver, who is a high school senior.
When Odi left Calhoun, he graduated from WVU with a
degree in secondary education. He then enrolled in medical school in the
When he made the choice to get married and had to start
supporting his family, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a hospital
corpsman. Later, he was a medic with the U.S. Marines and served in the
Mediterranean, Spain, and parts of Europe.
After discharge, he began his teaching career with
Virginia Beach City Public School System and has been employed there for
20 years. He received a masters degree from Old Dominion, with an
endorsement in education administration.
He is active with the WVU alumni chapter in Hampton
Roads, and keeps in touch with some of his friends from Calhoun. He has
used his home-making skills in his personal life and the interest in
working with young people is still perpetuated in his teaching
Some of Odi’s former FHA friends still remember when he
would go to Cedar Lakes with them. They say that he was a welcome
addition. They all have good memories of the adventures shared in the
Family Living class and the Future Homemakers of America.
Odi Olivas in 2009