Following ODK Sigma Circle Officers elections on Tuesday, May 1, the newly elected board met with outgoing board members for a passing of the torch.
They met on May 8 to discuss their roles on the board and how they could best serve members and alumni of the ODK Sigma Circle for 2018-2019. Outgoing board members were on hand to give them some advice and to wish them well with their new events and initiatives.
Circle Coordinator, Dr. Brooke Supple, was on hand to help install the new officers and, of course, to give them donuts as they learned what being a board member was all about.
Congratulations and welcome to the incoming board members: Elizabeth Arentz , Katie Bemb , Jacqueline Deprey, Sarah Joseph, Kevin Li , Jeff O’Neal, Doron Tadmor, and Maria Viera Cuellar.
And, of course, thank you to our outgoing board members for all of your hard work this past year: Uva Dayalan, Sam Koralnik, Samantha Levy, Trey Mason, Uday Misra, David Niezelski, Matthew Swetz, Rick Tagne Teta, Cece Ukejianya, Jacob Veitch, Ivy Xia, Jessica Yau.
On Sunday, May 6, the University of Maryland honored outstanding student leaders on campus with during the 37th Annual University Student Leadership Awards Banquet.
We’d like to congratulate all of our award winners for their outstanding contributions to the campus community. ODK Sigma Circle members are highlighted in bold.
ADELE H. STAMP MEMORIAL AWARD
BYRD & ELKINS FINALISTS AND MEMBERS OF THE MARYLAND MEDALLION SOCIETY
Tamara Adams Nicholas Agyevi Armahh Sofia Alsamadi Sade Ayinde
Max Balagtas-Badoy Ja’Nya Banks Kristen Confroy Harriet Dadzie Maya Deane-Polyak Hope Goodman Kevin Halliday Samuel Koralnik Uday Misra Chris Ricigliano Dana Rodriguez Kathryn Shannon Cece Ukejianya Jacob Veitch Samantha Waldenberg Jessica Yau
H. C. BYRD AWARD Jacob Veitch
SALLY STERLING BYRD AWARD Kristen Confroy
WILSON H. ELKINS AWARD Dana Rodriguez
CAMILLE K. RAJPAT MEMORIAL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING MEMBER OF THE UNIVERSITY STUDENT JUDICIARY Dylan Cattie
CHRISTOPHER CAREY CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD
Juan Jose Bravo Romo
COL. J. LOGAN SCHUTZ ODK LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD Jacob Veitch
GREEK LEADER OF THE YEAR
JAMES H. KEHOE & ETHEL KESLER AWARD
JAMES OTIS WILLIAMS CULTURAL LEADERSHIP AWARD
Trey Austin Huff
JOHN B. SLAUGHTER OUTSTANDING SENIOR AWARD
Tiffany Amber Blossom
KIRWAN AWARD Olivia Delaplaine
LA RAZA UNIDA AWARD
LORDE – O’LEARY AWARD
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE AWARD Ja’Nya Banks
MILDRED & RICHARD LOVING AWARD
ODK TOP TEN FRESHMEN
ODK SOPHOMORE LEADER OF THE YEAR Nikhil Modi
OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY MEMBER AWARD
RESIDENT ASSISTANT OF THE YEAR AWARD
SARAH WINNEMUCCA AWARD
SPIRIT OF MARYLAND AWARDS Jane Lyons Chetachi Ukejianya
STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Daniel Morris Megan Whittle
THE WILLIAM L. THOMAS STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION AWARD Alia Abdelkader
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND GRADUATE STUDENT DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Congratulations to our newly elected ODK Executive Board! We’re looking forward to seeing what they bring to ODK Sigma Circle in 2018-19.
Doron Tadmor, President Jeff O’Neal, Vice President Maria Viera Cuellar, Communications Chair Elizabeth Arentz, Philanthropy & Community Service Kevin Li, Events & Lectures Katie Bemb,Public Relations Sarah Joseph, Membership & Induction Jacqueline Deprey, Digital Communications
Thank you, again, to our outgoing Board for their hard work and commitment to the Sigma Circle:
Uva Dayalan, Sam Koralnik, Samantha Levy, Trey Mason, Uday Misra, David Niezelski, Matthew Swetz, Rick Tagne Teta, Cece Ukejianya, Jacob Veitch, Ivy Xia, Jessica Yau
ODK Sigma Circle was proud to once against host Fun at the Fountain at the 20th Annual Maryland Day, UMD’s community open house event.
More than 85,000 guests visited the University of Maryland and, it seemed to our volunteers in attendance, that many of those guests stopped by the ODK Fountain. Children of all ages were encouraged to fish our signature turtles out of the Fountain for prizes, including the special, gold-and-red, commemorative 20th Anniversary Maryland Day Fountain Turtle.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped host the Fun at the Fountain event at Maryland Day. And, an extra-special thanks to ODKers Bob and Sue Goldberg and the National Association of Realtors for donating the turtles for this special annual event.
The ODK Sigma Circle will be holding elections for next year’s executive board this Tuesday, May 1 at 5:00 p.m. in the Margaret Brent Room of the Stamp Student Union. Current ODK members who are graduating in May 2019, or later, are encouraged to run for office. All members should plan on attending if they are able – you’ll be helping to select leadership for next year and to keep ODK a vital part of our campus community.
Notes on the Process:
There are nine offices on the ODK Executive Board. A listing of offices and responsibilities can be found here: ODK Officer Descriptions
Members interested in running for office should prepare a 1-2 minutes speech on why they should be selected for the position to deliver to the General Body. If they cannot be present for elections, interested candidates can have another member read a prepared statement on their behalf, or submit a video statement to email@example.com to be played at elections.
Voting will take place by secret ballot for each position after all candidates have made their statement.
Things to know:
The board structure is very flat. All members of the board have input in matters pertaining to ODK.
Candidates are encouraged to keep running for an office if they do not receive their first choice. Again, all officers have a leadership stake on the board.
ODK receives a good deal of administrative support and advising from the University of Maryland and the Division of Student Affairs. You will have a dedicated group of professionals invested in your success.
Have you received your copy of The Leader in the mail?
Every semester, ODK puts out a newsletter, The Leader, to keep you connected with the Circle and what’s happening at the University of Maryland. If you haven’t’ received your copy, or, if you have an idea about what to include in our next edition, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In March, UMD students and alumni attended an advance screening of the new film, Chappaquiddick. Produced by university alumnus and member of ODK, Mark Ciardi, Chappaquiddick tells the story of Ted Kennedy and the tragic car accident that claimed the life of campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne. The resultant scandal threatened to derail Kennedy’s political career and forever altered his political legacy. The events surrounding what happened at Chappaquiddick are examined anew in the thought-provoking film and is certain to spark conversation and debate.
The screening at the University’s Hoff Theater was filled with students, faculty, staff, and alumni interested in the new movie and who wanted to hear directly from Ciardi. Ciardi, who has previewed his films on campus in the past, participated in a Q&A where he shared his thoughts on the movie-making process and how the film came together.
Ciardi is an American film producer and former Major League Baseball pitcher. He is currently the Founder and CEO of Apex Entertainment. Prior to Apex, Ciardi was the co-founder of Mayhem Pictures that had an overall first-look deal with Walt Disney Studios for twelve years. At Mayhem, Ciardi produced films including The Rookie, Miracle, Invincible, The Game Plan, Secretariat, and Million Dollar Arm.
Ciardi played for the University of Maryland baseball team and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration here at Maryland. He was drafted in 1983 by the Milwaukee Brewers organization and was called up to the major leagues in 1987. He retired the following year due to an injury.
This event was an exciting part of our ODK Leadership Lecture Series.
The ODK Sigma Circle is pleased to announce our new Faculty Advisor, Dean Chang!
Dr. Chang is the Associate Vice President for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland. In that position, he leads the team at the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which helps students and researchers cultivate an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit through design thinking, lean startup, and team-based experiential learning.
Dr. Chang previously led the technology startup venture programs in the Clark School of Engineering and before that was CTO and VP Gaming Business of Immersion Corporation, a venture-backed, Stanford University robotics lab spinout.
The Sigma Circle is excited to welcome Dr. Chang on board and we all look forward to working with him!