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.


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 (

Hope to see you there!!

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

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

Why You Should Come to Calvert Cotillion

I don’t want to alarm you, but, Calvert Cotillion is coming up on February 26th! Tickets are available for purchase at, but won’t be for too much longer.

"Ohmigosh! Ohmigosh! I need to get my CalvCot tickets!"

“Ohmigosh! Ohmigosh! I need to get my CalvCot tickets!”

Now’s not the time to panic, though. We need you to focus and think about all of the reasons you want to go to CalvCot.

Old time tradition
First, you should know that Calvert Cotillion is a Maryland tradition that stretches back decades. Terps have been cutting a rug at the annual Senior formal for almost 80 years now!

Your Terrapin forebears knew how to have a good time.

Your Terrapin forebears knew how to have a good time.

Hang out with your friends
You’ve been through so much together here at Maryland. Now’s the time to celebrate that bond. There will be hugs. There will be tears. There will be a cash bar.

"There, there. We'll always be Terps."

“There, there. We’ll always have College Park.”

Get dressed up
It’s not often that you get to dress up in College Park, but, let’s be honest, you look marvelous. Take the opportunity to show off your style and panache.

DJ Khaled suggests you not play yourself. Get your tickets for CalvCot.

DJ Khaled suggests you not play yourself. Get dressed up and go to CalvCot.

It doesn’t really matter how you get down. What’s most important here is that you get out on that dance floor and shake your thing. You’ve got moves! Show them off!

Show up. Get down. Have a good time.

Show up. Get down. Have a good time.

Maryland Magic
Ok, put them all together – tradition, friendship, fierce fashion and dance – and what have you got? An evening of pure Maryland Magic, of course.



Don’t miss out! Go to and get your tickets NOW!

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.

ODK Spring Application Now Open

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

The ODK Spring 2016 application is now available here. All applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on Friday, February 12, 2016. Good luck!


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.

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

ODK Induction Ceremony (8)

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!


Voices of Social Change Lecture Series: Faces of Homelessness

voices flyer

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