Jacob Veitch Selected as ODK Sigma Circle Leader of the Year

ODK Sigma Circle Leader of the Year Jacob VeitchOmicron Delta Kappa Sigma Circle is proud to announce the recipient of our 2018 Col. J. Logan Schutz ODK Leader of the Year Award: Jacob Veitch.

Jacob began his time here at the University of Maryland as a Group Tour Coordinator for Maryland Images and has also taken up roles as the State Chairman and UMD President of the Maryland Federation of College Republicans. He has also served as an Honors Ambassador, Honors College Student Programming Council Liaison, and a member of the Mighty Sound of Maryland. He is currently a member of the Smith School’s Dean’s Student Advisory Council, Co-Chair of the Business Honors Program, and is a former Business Analyst for Consult Your Community.

Jacob also serves as the ODK Sigma Circle President, a position he cites as the greatest privilege of his college career.

As the recipient of the Col. J. Logan Schutz ODK Leader of the Year Award, Jacob will be presented with a plaque at the University Awards Banquet in May and a $1,000 cash prize. He will also represent the Sigma Circle as our nominee for ODK’s General Russell E. Dougherty National Leader of the Year Award.

Congratulations, Jacob.

Spring 2018 Top Ten Freshmen and Sophomore Leaders of the Year Application

UPDATE: Applications for the Spring semester are now closed

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 Friday, February 16, 2018 at 11:59 PM.

Apply today.

ODK Fall 2017 Applications Now Open

UPDATE:
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.

 

ODK Selects Members for Spring 2017 Inductions

View of ODK Fountain, looking towards McKeldin Library

On Sunday, February 19, Maryland ODKers gathered to discuss applications and vote on leaders among leaders in College Park, MD. We were astounded to receive over 380 applications, which is among the most the Sigma Circle has gotten in its 90-year history!

With that in mind, the Circle reviewed its peers’ applications and engaged in meaningful discussion about what it means to be a leader among leaders (while also enjoying some delicious Sbarro pizza). We discussed how each of our applicants embodied the leadership qualities represented by the five pillars of ODK — Scholarship; Athletics; Campus or Community Service; Journalism, Speech and Mass Media; and Creative and Performing Arts.

After over five hours of deliberation, the votes were submitted, and members were permitted to see daylight once again.

Each individual who applied is commended on their contributions to campus and is encouraged to continue to make a difference in the lives of those around them, regardless of the turnout of the vote! With that said…

Tapping Week is February 27 - March 3.
Tapping Week is February 27 – March 3.

Our ODKaravan Trip to VCU

February 4, 2017: With eager minds and a Bruno Mars-filled playlist, six members of our Executive Board hopped in a van destined for the ODK Drive-In Leadership Conference at Virginia Commonwealth University. The conference brought together seven local chapters to discuss a wide range of leadership topics, including the integration of mindfulness and self-care in all of our endeavors. As mindfulness in this capacity is generally a new topic, our executive team was not sure to expect confusion or intrigue.

Safe to say, our day was filled with much of the latter.

Dr. Christopher Reina, a professor with the VCU School of Business, kicked off the program with an unexpected moment of meditation. Attendees were instructed to bring attention to the current room, sounds, and sensations: in essence, existence in the present moment. According to Dr. Reina, leading with a mindful attitude can create an atmosphere of productivity and togetherness. He commented that as leaders, our minds often race with a flurry of thoughts; becoming mentally centered directs our goals during collaboration.

After grounding ourselves via Dr. Reina’s message, we explored the significance of resilient and positive leaders. Our discussion with the other chapters on this topic soon morphed into conversations about how we work to build our communities as ODKers. We learned that amid differing campus traditions and cultures, we all are united by the commonality of wanting to benefit as many interests as we can. As a result, we now feel powerfully equipped with a new set of tangible skills to apply to our daily leadership roles.

And one last thing on behalf of the entire Executive Board – no matter where today takes you, we encourage you to be kind to yourself: take a few mindful minutes to reflect, rejuvenate, and recharge!

ODKers attend the Drive-in Conference at VCU

Congratulations to our Fall 2016 Inductees

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

In a ceremony held on Sunday, December 4th, the Sigma Circle inducted alumni members Art Schneider, Marianne Schneider, Ali von Paris and Wayne Willoughby, and four university faculty and staff members – Dean Chang, Leslie Brice, Courtney Holder, and Ashley Venneman.

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Fall 2016 inductees pose for a picture on the steps of the Memorial Chapel after their induction ceremony on December 4.

Fall 2016 Undergraduate:

Alayna Abel, Suhayla Ahmed, Sylviane Alexion, Max An, Matthew Balfour, Ja’Nya Banks, Conor Briggi, Hyogene Cha, Michelle Cody, Ryan Daigle, Sarah Dean, Andrew Dunn, Samantha Enokian, Marcus Fedarko, Lara Fu, Margaret Gottlieb, Jamie Grossarth, Mirin Grover, Kevin Halliday, Samantha Higginbothem, Thomas James, Isaac Jeong, Mihir Khetarpal, Colin King, Summer Legambi, Sherry Levine, Samantha Levy, Nicole Lopez, Christopher Ma, Zoey Maggid, Uday Misra, Jessica Nahmias, Maria Pascale, Franz Payer, Kristen Pellicot, Namitha Ramakrishna, Mitchell Rock, Beth Rosen, Colton Seigel, Blake Sha, Courtney Steininger, Matthew Swetz, Caroline Tipton, Chetachi Ukejianya, Jacob Veitch, Christopher Walkup, Rachel Zemel, Melanie Zheng, and Benjamin Zimmitti

A reception was held in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union with remarks from new ODK inductee Dean Chang, Associate Vice President for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland.

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

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