There are so many special moments in the life of an ODKer. Remember that moment when you first realized you were being tapped for membership? Amazing!
Pretty soon, you’re at induction and you can’t believe you’re a member of this group with all of these other spectacularly gifted leaders!
By the time you graduate, it’s old hat and you’re walking around taking pictures in your ODK cords and stoles Like. A. Boss.
But, there’s this one moment – one incredible moment – when it all crystalizes for you. You’ve made it. You’re a member of ODK.
We’re talking, of course, about that moment you see your name, in stone, on the ODK Fountain for the first time.
The names of our most recent inductees, from Fall 2013 to Spring 2015, have been engraved on the Fountain and those stones are now in place. The next time you’re on McKeldin Mall, you will see your name among the more than 4,000 other names of ODK members who have helped build, lead, and shape the University of Maryland since 1927.
Congratulations and thank you to all the members of ODK who make this university great!
At last Wednesday’s General Body Meeting, ODK members elected new officers for the upcoming academic year.
President: Sarah Niezelski
Vice President: Ian Moritz
Communications Coordinator: Julia Wainger
Philanthropy & Community Service Coordinator: Emily Fraik
Events Coordinator: Christopher Frye
Historian: Grace Toohey
Public Relations Coordinator: Brogan Sheehey
Membership Coordinator: Marco Carralero
Webmaster & Social Media Coordinators: Emily Schweich and Tony Trinh
The new officers replace an outstanding Exec Board that worked hard to uphold the traditions and integrity of the ODK Sigma Circle. Thank you for your service Khalil Pettus, Cara Hamel, Tony Belton, Moriel Daniel, Alex Broseker, Renuka Tripu, Alex Wilson, Praneet Puppala, and Raja Ayyagari.
Calvert Cotillion is coming up on Thursday, May 7th! Don’t delay. Get your tickets for Calvert Cotillion RIGHT NOW at ter.ps/CalvCot15.
If you’re still not convinced that you should go to, then let us help. First, you should know that Calvert Cotillion is an annual tradition at the University of Maryland that stretches back for decades. The Senior formal was originally a way to tap new members into ODK and celebrate another successful year. It disappeared for a few years in the 70’s and 80’s but returned in the 90’s as an event co-sponsored by ODK and the Senior Class Council.
You don’t have to be a senior to attend if you’re in ODK, though. All members of ODK are invited to attend.
Still not convinced? Here are a few more reasons you should go to Calvert Cotillion:
1. It’s Tradition
Duh! You swam with turtles at Maryland Day. You sang the fight song at football games. You rubbed Testudo’s nose. Now, go celebrate the awesomeness of Maryland at Calvert Cotillion.
2. It’s Fun to Say
Calvert Cotillion on its own is a bit of a mouthful. CalvCot is a lot easier to say and it makes you sound like an insider. Plus, it takes up less space in a hashtag: #CalvCot15
3. The Food
The food at CalvCot (See?! Fun!!) is UM-azing. Don’t know what Crab Salad Tartlette? It’s delicious is what it is! Don’t know how to pronounce “Spanakopita?” Doesn’t matter. It’s great. You’ll love it.
4. You Get to Dress Up
You never get to dress up to hang out on Route One! This is your chance! Wanna wear a tux for the first time in your life? Go for it! Wanna break out a ball gown and get all fancy? Do it! Are you a t-shirt and bolo tie person? Feel free to rock it! No judgment. Do you.
5. Avengers: Age of Ultron
Have you heard Zimri’s “ODK is the Avengers of Leadership at Maryland” analogy? You should – it’s awesome. He’ll have seen the movie by the time CalvCot rolls around and will have found a way to stretch the analogy to include the expanded cinematic universe. You’ll want to hear it.
Omicron Delta Kappa Sigma Circle was proud to, once again, co-host the Annual University Awards with our friends in the Stamp Student Union. Now in its thirty-fourth year, the awards recognize some of the student leaders who have made substantial contributions to our campus community.
We’d like to recognize all of the ODKers who have given back to the University of Maryland and applaud all of the award winners and finalists.
OMICRON DELTA KAPPA AWARDS
Top Ten Freshmen
Sophomore Leader of the Year
Col. J. Logan Schutz Omicron Delta Kappa Leader of the Year Cara Hamel
UNIVERSITY AND STUDENT AFFAIRS AWARDS
Col. J. Logan Schutz Legacy Scholarship
Kirwan Award Sarahann Yeh
University Health Center Leadership Award
Maryland Images Volunteer of the Year Award Christina Winkler
OMSE Award for Outstanding Multi-Ethnic Campus Organization
OMSE Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award Sophia Vega-Ormeno
Student Affairs Outstanding Student Employee Award
Outstanding Graduate Student Assembly Member Award
Greek Leader of the Year Award Christopher Frye
Outstanding Chapter President of the Year Award
Vera Cruz-Kochiyama Award
Rebecca Williams Award for Commitment to Social Change
Adele H. Stamp Memorial Award
La Raza Unida Award
Emma Powers Student Employee of the Year Award
Department of Dining Services Christopher Carey Customer Service Award
Resident Assistant of the Year Awards Cambridge Community
North Hill & Leonardtown Community
South Campus Community Commons
South Hill Community
Letters and Sciences Outstanding Student Award
Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Student Athlete of the Year Awards
Mary McLeod Bethune Award Jazmyn White
William L. Thomas Student Government Association Award Charmaine Wilson-Jones
John B. Slaughter Outstanding Senior Award
James Otis Williams Cultural Leadership Award
Meghan Price Scholarship Award for Leadership and Public Service
James Kehoe and Ethel Kesler Awards
Camille K. Rajpat Memorial Award for Outstanding Member of the University Student Judiciary Austin Trupp
Pavela Prize for Distinguished Contributions to the University of Maryland Academic Integrity and Student Ethical Development Program
Outstanding Advisor for a Student Organization
Graduate Student Distinguished Service Award
Maryland Medallion Society Raaheela Ahmed Anthony Belton Mackenzie Burnett Fang Cao Catherine Hamel
Mykell Hatcher-McLarin Nicholas Henninger
Michael Ikeda Vishnupriya Krishnan
Abisola Kusimo Winston Liu
Edmund Molleur Travis Moxley Meghan Murphy Khalil Pettus Michael Sikorski
Hailey Siller Sree Sinha Jazmyn White Charmaine Wilson-Jones
ODK Sigma Circle celebrated its Day of Service on Saturday, April 19th by cleaning up in the local community. ODK partnered with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to help remove non-native invasive plant species from Cherry Hill Community Park. We also worked to help clear the park of trash.
This is the second year ODK has worked to clear invasive plant species from communities around the University of Maryland and is an important way to give back.
In the words of Vice President for ODK Sigma Circle Cara Hamel: “Yay to ODKers ODKaring about our local ODKommunity!”
Maryland Day is just around the corner! Everything you love about the University of Maryland will be on display at our annual one-day open house.
Maryland Day is packed with more than 400 educational, family-friendly, and interactive events and exhibits spread out over six “learning neighborhoods.” You can find the full schedule and a map by visiting marylandday.umd.edu.
We hope that you join us on campus April 25th for Maryland Day and stop by what we think is the day’s signature event [we might be a little biased] – Fun at the Fountain! Come to the ODK Fountain to say ‘hi’ to current and former members and go fishing for turtles and prizes.
Calvert Cotillion is a University of Maryland tradition that dates back to the 1920s. Until 1955, it was used as a way to recognize new ODK initiates. The tradition disappeared for a few years but was brought back in the 1990s as an event that not only honors campus leaders but also serves as an opportunity for the senior class to celebrate their time at Maryland.
ODK works with the Senior Council to continue this treasured event and we hope you’ll join us this year! To reserve your tickets for Calvert Cotillion on May 7th, go to ter.ps/CalvCot15.
All seniors and all members of ODK, regardless of class status, are invited to attend.