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!

Names of Sigma Circle’s Most Recent Inductees Have Been Engraved on the ODK Fountain

 

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!

"Who are they talking to? Are the talking about . . . ME?!"
“Who are they talking to? Are they talking to . . . ME?!”

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!

Seriously, all of our inductees are unbelievably accomplished.
Seriously, all of our inductees are unbelievably accomplished.

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.

#ODKswag
#ODKswag

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.

It's so beautiful

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!

ODK Fountain 2014