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 email@example.com. We are excited about starting the year strong with teamwork and impactful action!
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
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 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 ODK on Thursday March 3rd, 2016 for the University of Maryland’s Giving Day. Giving Day is a 27-hour (midnightMarch 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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!