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!

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 ter.ps/CalvCot16, 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.

Dance!
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.

*sniffle*
*sniffle*

Don’t miss out! Go to ter.ps/CalvCot16 and get your tickets NOW!

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!

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ODK Lights Up the Mall and Shines a Light on UMD Campus Pantry

A white bag with a lighted candle inside sits on the ODK Fountain.ODK is committed to giving back to the University of Maryland community. You’ll find our leaders contributing, in all sorts of ways, to a lively and enriching campus culture through participation in student groups, activities, and programs. The contributions don’t end there, though. Recognizing a need in our community, Philanthropy and Community Service, Emily Fraik, organized our first-ever luminaria fundraiser on McKeldin Mall!

On Wednesday, December 3rd, just after sunset, ODK used one of UMD’s most iconic landmarks, the ODK Fountain, to shine a light on an important cause – The UMD Campus Pantry. Through the sale of luminaria bags and hot chocolate (on a very cold evening), ODK was able to raise $200 to help support Campus Pantry’s mission to address food insecurity issues on campus.

The University of Maryland Campus Pantry offers food assistance to members of the university community – students, faculty, and staff – in need. This being the season of gratitude and giving, ODK was happy to bring attention to and contribute to such a worthy cause.

To learn more about UMD Campus Pantry, and to find out how to give, please visit their website, campuspantry.umd.edu.

White bags with lighted candles ring the ODK Fountain.