ODK Fall 2017 Applications Now Open

The selections process for ODK is closed. Tapping Week begins on Monday,  October 2, 2017.

Now’s your chance to apply to be a part of ODK!

The ODK Fall 2017 application is now available here. All applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on Friday, September 15, 2017. Good luck!

View of the Mall and ODK Fountain looking towards Main Administration Building, fall foliage.


Welcome to a New Semester with ODK!

View of ODK Fountain, looking towards McKeldin Library

Welcome to all ODKers, past and present!

With the start of a new semester, campus is bustling with driven students, new buildings, and great ideas. Similarly, ODK is excited to begin making change on campus once again with both tradition and new initiatives. It’s a combination sure to make an impact on our College Park community; check out what we’re up to this year!

The Sigma Circle celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2017, and the ODK Fountain celebrates 20 years. In the spirit of recognizing all of ODK’s past achievements and those to come, we hope to bring alumni and current students together to celebrate. Our alumni hold a great wealth of knowledge and Terp pride, and we strive to involve them more in the lives of students through career nights, networking events, and socials.

To complement our community-building, ODK aims to give back. We want to turn the focus on bettering all aspects of students’ health: mental, physical, social, and spiritual. ODK will also conduct campus cleanups, food drives, charity fundraisers, and awareness-generating events for deserving causes.

The highlight of each semester is welcoming a new group of ODKers to our Sigma Circle family; we look forward to this unique new cohort! You still have time to apply here www.odk.umd.edu/application.

If you or your student organization would like to collaborate with ODK, feel free to reach out to odk@umd.edu. We are excited about starting the year strong with teamwork and impactful action!

That’s all for now,

Sam Bingaman
ODK Sigma Circle President

Maryland LEAD Opportunities!

Attention UMD ODKers!

The Maryland LEAD program, which provides leadership development experiences to students across campus, is recruiting for a couple of programs. We suggest that everybody looks into these opportunities to expand their leadership!


– Terrapin Leadership Institute Plus (TLI Plus)

TLI Plus is a five week long leadership development program target for student leaders across campus. The track is tasked to examine the positional leadership paradigm and provide student leaders with the skills, strategies and confidence necessary to face difficult organization leadership challenge and dilemmas. Through critical dialogue, hands on activities, and real world scenarios, participants will engage with challenges such as effective leadership, conflict management, and more.

Learn more about TLI Plus here: https://orgsync.com/72882/forms/208479

– Maryland Leadership Advance

The Maryland Leadership Advance is designed for seasoned leaders who are looking for the next step in their leadership journey. Intended for students who have participated in leadership development experiences through Maryland LEAD or elsewhere, the Advance gives participants the opportunity to critically reflect on their leadership practice and learn how to expand their potential for positive change.

The event is November 5th, 2016 from 9am to 4:30pm and is FREE to all UMD students! Register at http://ter.ps/Advance16

Registration closes on October 21, 2016

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!

Unlock a World of Possibilities on UMD Giving Day

Join ODK on Thursday March 3rd, 2016 for the University of Maryland’s Giving Day. Giving Day is a 27-hour (midnight March 3 to 3 a.m. March 4 EST) challenge to support student scholarships, academic programs and campus initiatives. Donors can choose from dozens of giving options, including schools and colleges, athletics, libraries and performing arts, as well as Greek and student organizations. It is the single largest day of giving and all alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends from around the globe are welcome to participate in this record-breaking event.

With your support, we can help unlock a world of possibilities for UMD students and faculty. Your gift has the power to bring fearless ideas to life for a student veteran, a needy scholarship recipient, a renowned faculty member and the entire university community as we seek to serve our state and the world. Be sure to join us as we celebrate giving and support all that is Maryland. More information can be found at https://givingday.umd.edu/.

Also ODK is one of the featured student funds donors can choose to contribute to, so be sure to spread the word about this special day!

University of Maryland Giving Day 3/3/2016

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.

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.

Fall 2015 Induction photo
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.

ODKers on the mall at dark
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!