Welcome ODK Executive Board 2018-2019!

Incoming and Outgoing ODK Sigma Circle Board Members meet.

Following ODK Sigma Circle Officers elections on Tuesday, May 1, the newly elected board met with outgoing board members for a passing of the torch.

They met on May 8 to discuss their roles on the board and how they could best serve members and alumni of the ODK Sigma Circle for 2018-2019. Outgoing board members were on hand to give them some advice and to wish them well with their new events and initiatives.

Circle Coordinator, Dr. Brooke Supple, was on hand to help install the new officers and, of course, to give them donuts as they learned what being a board member was all about.

Congratulations and welcome to the incoming board members: Elizabeth Arentz , Katie Bemb , Jacqueline Deprey, Sarah Joseph, Kevin Li , Jeff O’Neal, Doron Tadmor, and Maria Viera Cuellar.

And, of course, thank you to our outgoing board members for all of your hard work this past year: Uva Dayalan, Sam Koralnik, Samantha Levy, Trey Mason, Uday Misra, David Niezelski, Matthew Swetz, Rick Tagne Teta, Cece Ukejianya, Jacob Veitch, Ivy Xia, Jessica Yau.

37th Annual University Student Leadership Awards Features Several ODKers

Maryland Medallion Society honorees on stage with President Loh.

On Sunday, May 6, the University of Maryland honored outstanding student leaders on campus with during the 37th Annual University Student Leadership Awards Banquet.

We’d like to congratulate all of our award winners for their outstanding contributions to the campus community. ODK Sigma Circle members are highlighted in bold.

ADELE H. STAMP MEMORIAL AWARD
Max Balagtas-Badoy

BYRD & ELKINS FINALISTS AND MEMBERS OF THE MARYLAND MEDALLION SOCIETY
Tamara Adams
Nicholas Agyevi Armahh
Sofia Alsamadi
Sade Ayinde
Max Balagtas-Badoy
Ja’Nya Banks
Kristen Confroy
Harriet Dadzie
Maya Deane-Polyak
Hope Goodman
Kevin Halliday
Samuel Koralnik
Uday Misra
Chris Ricigliano
Dana Rodriguez
Kathryn Shannon
Cece Ukejianya
Jacob Veitch
Samantha Waldenberg
Jessica Yau

H. C. BYRD AWARD
Jacob Veitch

SALLY STERLING BYRD AWARD
Kristen Confroy

WILSON H. ELKINS AWARD
Dana Rodriguez

Byrd and Elkins Award recipients (L to R) Jacob Veitch, Dana Rodriguez, and Kristen Confroy.
Byrd and Elkins Award recipients (L to R) Jacob Veitch, Dana Rodriguez, and Kristen Confroy. Photo: Thai Nguyen.

CAMILLE K. RAJPAT MEMORIAL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING MEMBER OF THE UNIVERSITY STUDENT JUDICIARY
Dylan Cattie

CHRISTOPHER CAREY CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD
Juan Jose Bravo Romo

COL. J. LOGAN SCHUTZ ODK LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Jacob Veitch

GREEK LEADER OF THE YEAR
Sadie Isakower

JAMES H. KEHOE & ETHEL KESLER AWARD
Jennifer Macko

JAMES OTIS WILLIAMS CULTURAL LEADERSHIP AWARD
Trey Austin Huff

JOHN B. SLAUGHTER OUTSTANDING SENIOR AWARD
Tiffany Amber Blossom

KIRWAN AWARD
Olivia Delaplaine

LA RAZA UNIDA AWARD
Wendy Pintado

LORDE – O’LEARY AWARD
Max-Balagtas-Badoy

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
Ugochi Chinemere
Jamoni Overby

MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE AWARD
Ja’Nya Banks

MILDRED & RICHARD LOVING AWARD
Karla Casique

ODK TOP TEN FRESHMEN
Daniel Alpert
Emily Berry
Megan Berry
Radhika Gholap
Alexander Kristal
David Polefrone
David Rekhtman
Patrick Saumell
Gurbani Singh
Andrew String

ODK SOPHOMORE LEADER OF THE YEAR
Nikhil Modi

OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY MEMBER AWARD
Rachel Lamb

RESIDENT ASSISTANT OF THE YEAR AWARD
Brandon Quinn

SARAH WINNEMUCCA AWARD
Brandon Harley

SPIRIT OF MARYLAND AWARDS
Jane Lyons
Chetachi Ukejianya

STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Daniel Morris
Megan Whittle

THE WILLIAM L. THOMAS STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION AWARD
Alia Abdelkader

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND GRADUATE STUDENT DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Skyler Jackson

VERA CRUZ-KOCHIYAMA AWARD
Cindy Jui

ODK Celebrates 20 Years of Maryland Day!

ODK Sigma Circle was proud to once against host Fun at the Fountain at the 20th Annual Maryland Day, UMD’s community open house event.

More than 85,000 guests visited the University of Maryland and, it seemed to our volunteers in attendance, that many of those guests stopped by the ODK Fountain. Children of all ages were encouraged to fish our signature turtles out of the Fountain for prizes, including the special, gold-and-red, commemorative 20th Anniversary Maryland Day Fountain Turtle.

Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped host the Fun at the Fountain event at Maryland Day. And, an extra-special thanks to ODKers Bob and Sue Goldberg and the National Association of Realtors for donating the turtles for this special annual event.

ODK Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Mark Ciardi’s New Film, Chappaquiddick

UMD alumnus and ODKer, Mark Ciardi, meets with the ODK exec board following the advance screening of Chappaquiddick

In March, UMD students and alumni attended an advance screening of the new film, Chappaquiddick. Produced by university alumnus and member of ODK, Mark Ciardi, Chappaquiddick tells the story of Ted Kennedy and the tragic car accident that claimed the life of campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne. The resultant scandal threatened to derail Kennedy’s political career and forever altered his political legacy. The events surrounding what happened at Chappaquiddick are examined anew in the thought-provoking film and is certain to spark conversation and debate.

The screening at the University’s Hoff Theater was filled with students, faculty, staff, and alumni interested in the new movie and who wanted to hear directly from Ciardi. Ciardi, who has previewed his films on campus in the past, participated in a Q&A where he shared his thoughts on the movie-making process and how the film came together.

Ciardi is an American film producer and former Major League Baseball pitcher. He is currently the Founder and CEO of Apex Entertainment. Prior to Apex, Ciardi was the co-founder of Mayhem Pictures that had an overall first-look deal with Walt Disney Studios for twelve years. At Mayhem, Ciardi produced films including The Rookie, Miracle, Invincible, The Game Plan, Secretariat, and Million Dollar Arm.

Ciardi played for the University of Maryland baseball team and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration here at Maryland. He was drafted in 1983 by the Milwaukee Brewers organization and was called up to the major leagues in 1987. He retired the following year due to an injury.

This event was an exciting part of our ODK Leadership Lecture Series.

 

Congratulations New ODK Sigma Circle Inductees

Newly inducted members of ODK Sigma Circle stand in front of the University Memorial Chapel

At a ceremony held in the University Memorial Chapel, ODK Sigma Circle welcomed new members to the Sigma Circle.

Congratulations!

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
Elizabeth Arentz, Rachel Blaszkowsky, Kyle Brown, Karenna Buco, Elifnaz Caliskan, Ashley Chang, Timothy Chen, Lillia J. Damalouji, Rosemary Davidson, Maya Deane-Polyak, Olivia Delaplaine, Jacqueline Deprey, Noah Eckman, Kelsey Edwards, Alexandra Gilbert, Molly Glime, Carly Guiltinan, Allison Herskovitz, Eric Higgins, Sarah Joseph, Christopher Keosian, Kevin Li, Julia Maier, Jessica Martins, Catalina Mejia, Rick Mikulis, Nikhil Modi, Rachel Moskowitz, Chineme Obiefune, Katherine O’Reilly, Ishaan Parikh, A.J. Pruitt, Mary Robichaux, Dana Rodriguez, Yasasvhinie Santharam, Ashley  Schwanebeck, Kathryn Shannon, Emma Slattery, Ashwin Suryavanshi, Megan Whittle, Mitchell Wilson, Mingkai Xu

GRADUATE STUDENTS
Daniel Page
Amanda Leigh Staub

FACULTY & STAFF
John T. Consoli
Marilee Lindemann

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

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!

ODKers Celebrated at Annual University Awards

Omicron Delta Kappa Sigma Circle was proud to, once again, co-host the Annual University Awards with our friends in the Stamp Student Union. Now in its thirty-fourth year, the awards recognize some of the student leaders who have made substantial contributions to our campus community.

We’d like to recognize all of the ODKers who have given back to the University of Maryland and applaud all of the award winners and finalists.

Students post with their awards at the annual university awards banquet
Congratulations and thank you to all those who make this university great!

OMICRON DELTA KAPPA AWARDS

Top Ten Freshmen
Lina Bauer
Angelica Bingei
Andrew Dunn
Elliot Frank
Hope Goodman
Rebecca Goodridge
Samantha Higginbothem
Mihir Khetarpal
Courtney Steininger
Jessica Ting

Sophomore Leader of the Year
Sade Aynide

Col. J. Logan Schutz Omicron Delta Kappa Leader of the Year
Cara Hamel

UNIVERSITY AND STUDENT AFFAIRS AWARDS

Col. J. Logan Schutz Legacy Scholarship
Sean Kim

Kirwan Award
Sarahann Yeh

University Health Center Leadership Award
Joaquin Jaramillo

Maryland Images Volunteer of the Year Award
Christina Winkler

OMSE Award for Outstanding Multi-Ethnic Campus Organization
Community Roots

OMSE Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award
Sophia Vega-Ormeno

Student Affairs Outstanding Student Employee Award
William Chavez
Megan Chisolm

Lorde-O’Leary Award
Aubrey DiBello

Outstanding Graduate Student Assembly Member Award
Yehuda Katz

Greek Leader of the Year Award
Christopher Frye

Outstanding Chapter President of the Year Award
Kara Higgins

Vera Cruz-Kochiyama Award
Andrew Mayton

Rebecca Williams Award for Commitment to Social Change
Nyana Quashie

Adele H. Stamp Memorial Award
Ankur Naik

La Raza Unida Award
Odalis Lopez

Emma Powers Student Employee of the Year Award
Caroline Cummings

Department of Dining Services Christopher Carey Customer Service Award
Arthur Vivaldo

Resident Assistant of the Year Awards
Cambridge Community
Adam Hussain

Denton Community
Aiden Galloway

Ellicott Community
Benjamin Borchers

North Hill & Leonardtown Community
Ryan McCollough

South Campus Community Commons
Nicole Fleskes

South Hill Community
Colleen Shipley

Letters and Sciences Outstanding Student Award
Shabnam Ahmed

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Student Athlete of the Year Awards
Amber Melville
Dez Wells

Mary McLeod Bethune Award
Jazmyn White

William L. Thomas Student Government Association Award
Charmaine Wilson-Jones

John B. Slaughter Outstanding Senior Award
Alexandra Maye

James Otis Williams Cultural Leadership Award
Colin Byrd

Meghan Price Scholarship Award for Leadership and Public Service
Christina Luthers

James Kehoe and Ethel Kesler Awards
David Amici
Brandi Rosser

Camille K. Rajpat Memorial Award for Outstanding Member of the University Student Judiciary
Austin Trupp

Pavela Prize for Distinguished Contributions to the University of Maryland Academic Integrity and Student Ethical Development Program
Emily Williams

Outstanding Advisor for a Student Organization
Nacie Grigsby

Graduate Student Distinguished Service Award
Katherine Jameson

Maryland Medallion Society
Raaheela Ahmed
Anthony Belton
Mackenzie Burnett
Fang Cao
Catherine Hamel
Mykell Hatcher-McLarin
Nicholas Henninger
Michael Ikeda
Vishnupriya Krishnan
Abisola Kusimo
Winston Liu
Edmund Molleur
Travis Moxley
Meghan Murphy
Khalil Pettus
Michael Sikorski
Hailey Siller
Sree Sinha
Jazmyn White
Charmaine Wilson-Jones

Wilson H. Elkins Award
Sree Sinha

H.C. Byrd Award
Fang Cao

Sally Sterling Byrd Award
Raaheela Ahmed