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Congratulations to all our Spring 2016 Inductees!

To all our new Spring 2016 ODK Inductees, congratulations and welcome to the Sigma Circle of ODK!

In a ceremony held on Sunday, April 3, the Sigma Circle inducted alumni members Alexander Bleiweis and Miles R. “Pat” Patterson and four university faculty and staff members – Brian Bertges, Tracy Kiras, Valerie Lahoud and David Lovell.

Spring 2016 inductees on steps of Memorial Chapel

Spring 2016 inductees pose for a picture on the steps of the Memorial Chapel after their induction ceremony on April 3.

Spring 2016 Undergraduate and Graduate Inductees:

Katie An, Adrienne Baer, Adam Berger, Stefanie Biondi, Kevin Bock, Alex Boukhvalova, Alice Chang, Steve Chen, Jake Crouse, Uva Dayalan, Kristina Dziki, Amanda Fillie, Erica Fuentes, Julia Gao, Ben Gastfriend, Mary Kate Gentile, Ari Goldstein, Hope Goodman, James Hazelrig, Cole Holocker, Priya Kareddy, Katharine Kong, Danielle Leopold, Cindy Liu, Monika Looney, Tina Luthers, Trey Mason, Julianne McAndrews, Nicole Moy, David Niezelski, Danielle Ohl, Bryan Pfeffer, Kristen Ponturiero, Paula Rabade, Julia Ring, Siona Slepoy, Michael Stern, Lily Stevens, Kate Tolstaya, Sydney Tommins, Dema Tzamaras, Emily Weiss and Chris Yeager.

A reception was held in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union with remarks from new ODK inductee Dr. David Lovell, an associate professor in the A. James Clark School of Engineering.

Congratulations once again to our newest inductees, and thank you to all who came out to support the Sigma Circle!

Join us for Coaches’ Commentary: Leadership from the Field

Please join Omicron Delta Kappa for our William L. Thomas, Jr. Leadership Lecture – Coaches’ Commentary: Leadership from the Field on Thursday, April 7th from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Grand Ballroom Lounge of the Stamp. Engage in leadership stories from four University of Maryland Coaches who are members of Omicron Delta Kappa as we explore what leadership looks like through the lens of athletics.

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Featuring:
Sasho Cirovski: Men’s Soccer Head Coach
Mike London: Football Associate Head Coach
Missy Meharg: Field Hockey Head Coach
Cathy Reese: Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach

These coaches will share their leadership experiences as they built programs, won championships, and transitioned conferences. Their stories will provide insights in recognizing and developing our own leadership abilities through a new point of view. This event is hosted by the Sigma Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.

When: Thursday, April 7th, 2016; 6:00-7:30 pm
Where: Grand Ballroom Lounge, Stamp Student Union

Please direct any questions to Ian Moritz (moritz.ian@gmail.com)

Hope to see you there!!

Kayla Coutts wins 2016 ODK Leader of the Year Award

At a general body meeting on February 3, the Sigma Circle selected Kayla Coutts ’16 as the Col. J. Logan Schutz Omicron Delta Kappa Leader of the Year Award recipient.

Photo courtesy Kayla Coutts

Photo courtesy Kayla Coutts

Kayla is a senior University Honors dance major, business minor, and pre-health student. She is a recipient of the College of Arts and Humanities Dean’s Senior Scholar Award and a Maryland Summer Scholars Research Program Award. Kayla has served as captain of the women’s club soccer team, dance event coordinator for Best Buddies and a tutor for the Maryland English Institute.

A performer in numerous School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies Main Stage dance productions, Kayla served as Dance Captain for Spring Awakening, and her choreography was selected for performance at the American College Dance Association Conference.  She is the Assistant New Member Educator of Alpha Chi Omega and has previously served on the executive board. Upon graduation, she plans to attend Columbia University for a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Kayla was selected out of a pool of outstanding applicants for this honor.  She will receive a $1,000 dollar scholarship and will be nominated for the National Leader of the Year from the Sigma Circle.

Top Ten Freshmen and Sophomore Leader of the Year Application

Omicron Delta Kappa encourages freshmen and sophomores to strengthen their leadership skills by recognizing their achievement on campus. Students are encouraged to apply for the ODK Top Ten Freshmen and Sophomore Leader of the Year Awards. Applications must be completed by Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 11:59 PM.

Happy Holidays from the Sigma Circle!

Happy Holidays!

Photo courtesy Zimri Diaz

We hope you and your families have been enjoying the holiday season and wish you a wonderful New Year!

Congratulations to all our Fall 2015 Inductees!

To all our new Fall 2015 ODK Inductees, congratulations and welcome to the Sigma Circle of ODK!

In a ceremony held on Sunday, December 6, the Sigma Circle inducted alumni Paul Monteiro and Robin Portman and two university faculty and staff members — Benjamin Parks and Laura Tan.

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ODK members and officers gather on the steps of Memorial Chapel following the induction ceremony.  Photo courtesy Zimri Diaz

Fall 2015 Undergraduate and Graduate Inductees:

Sade Ayinde, Michael Barnett, Adip Bhargav, Samantha Bingaman, Arielle Bitton, Ariel Bourne, Victoria Bowcutt, Lorenzo Choudhary-Smith, Ryan Chow, Benjamin Cornwell, Henry Danchi, Marina di Marzo, Shane Falcinelli, Kevin Fang, Austin Feng, Julia Gao, Rachel George, Alexandra Givan, Zeke Gonzalez, Ilana Green, Ryan Greene, Natalie Griffin, Michelle He, Benjamin Hsieh, Kaiwei Hsu, Noah Israel, Jonathan Kau, Anastasia Kouloganes, Zhi Lin, Andrew Liu, Alicia Loh, Meghan Mahoney, Erin McCaffrey, Bridget McManus, Rebecca Mount, Nichole Pedowitz, Patrick Prommel, Meghna Ramaswamy, Samantha Reilly, Samantha Schweickhardt, Ellie Silverman, Zoe Stukenberg, Tessa Trach, Azsanee Truss, Joseph Tuchman, Joel Vazquez, Mireille Verdonk, Mackenzie Walls, Christopher Wong, Andie Yoon, Leanne Young and Lauren Norris.

New members are inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa at a ceremony at Memorial Chapel.

New members are inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa at a ceremony at Memorial Chapel.  Photo courtesy Zimri Diaz

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New members are inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa at a ceremony at Memorial Chapel.  Photo courtesy Zimri Diaz

A reception was held in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union with remarks from new alumni inductee Paul Monteiro, director of the Americorps VISTA program and an adjunct professor with the University Honors College.

Congratulations once again to our newest inductees, and thank you to all of our current and former members for coming out and supporting the Sigma Circle!

Sigma Circle Celebrates Homecoming Week

Thank you to everyone who joined us this Homecoming week as we served our community, welcomed home alumni and celebrated our current students.

On Wednesday, we held our annual Light Up the Mall fundraiser to benefit the UMD Student Crisis Fund.  We sold s’mores and luminaria to place around the ODK Fountain on McKeldin Mall.

The mall was #lit.

The mall was #lit.  Courtesy Grace Toohey

We were proud to raise more than 200 dollars to provide scholarships for students who experience personal hardship.

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Enjoying s’mores at our Light Up the Mall fundraiser. Courtesy Grace Toohey

We had a great time at the Student Leadership Celebration at Cole Field House before Saturday’s game.

ODK members at the Student Leadership Celebration before the homecoming game.

ODK members at the Student Leadership Celebration before the homecoming game. Courtesy Jess Rennenkampf/Facebook

But first, let me take a selfie.

But first, let me take a selfie.  Courtesy Jess Rennenkampf/Facebook

Congratulations to the ODK members who were Spirit of Maryland Award finalists:  Liya Ai, Malina Howard, Allison Peters, Christopher Frye and Patrick Ronk.

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Spirit of Maryland award finalists at the homecoming game. Courtesy Liya Ai

Special congratulations to Spirit of Maryland Award winners Sarah Niezelski and Iowis Zhu, who were recognized by President Loh at the homecoming game Saturday.

Spirit of Maryland finalists on the field at halftime. Courtesy Susan Niezelski

Spirit of Maryland finalists on the field at halftime. Courtesy Susan Niezelski

It was a great week, and we can’t wait until next year!

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Voices of Social Change Lecture Series: Faces of Homelessness

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We hope you can join us for the William L. Thomas Lecture:  Faces of Homelessness.  See the flyer for details.

 

Join us for our Light Up the Mall Fundraiser for the Student Crisis Fund!

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Join Omicron Delta Kappa in raising money for the UMD Student Crisis Fund, which helps support students battling a personal tragedy or crisis.

WHEN:  Wednesday, October 28, 6:30-8 p.m.

WHERE:  ODK Fountain on McKeldin Mall

COST: A $5 donation gets you a s’more and a luminary to place around the fountain.

Come join us in helping out your fellow Terps!

Join us for the 12th Annual Student Leadership Celebration!

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Join past and present student leaders and Student Affairs staff for fun and festivities before the Homecoming football game. Family and friends are welcome.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cole Field House
By Invitation Only

RSVP at www.studentaffairs.umd.edu/leader