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 crystallizes 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 2017 to Spring 2019, 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!

Welcome ODK Executive Board 2019-2020!

Incoming and Outgoing ODK Sigma Circle Board Members meet in Spring 2019

The end of the academic year brings a lot of activity, including year end celebrations and awards. It’s also a time of transition, as outgoing student leaders make way for a new crop of leaders.

Following ODK Sigma Circle Officers elections, 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 in the upcoming academic year. Outgoing board members, along with Circle Coordinator, Brooke Supple, and Faculty Advisor, Dean Chang, were on hand to give them some advice and to wish them well with their new events and initiatives.

Congratulations and welcome to the incoming board members: Dan Alpert, Maria Cortes, Jacq Deprey, Alex Kahn, Julia Novick, David Polefrone, David Rekhtman, Christine Rhee, Doron Tadmor

And, of course, thank you to our outgoing board members for all of your hard work this past year: Elizabeth Arentz, Katie Bemb, Alix Gilbert, Sarah Joseph, Kevin Li, Jeff O’Neal, Ari Riske, and Maria Viera Cuellar.

Congratulations to the University Awards 2019 Recipients!

Maryland Medallion recipients gather on stage at the 2019 University Awards

The University of Maryland honored campus leaders at the 38th Annual University Student Leadership Awards Banquet, including several members of ODK

Below is the list of all awardees with ODK members indicated with an asterisk.

Congratulations to all of the award recipients and thank you for working to make UMD better!

ADELE H. STAMP MEMORIAL AWARD

*Douglas Yeager

BYRD & ELKINS FINALISTS AND MEMBERS OF THE MARYLAND MEDALLION SOCIETY

*Laila Abujuma

Gabrielle Go

*Katherine Bemb

*Rachel Hanrahan

Jasmine Braxton

Jahi Jones

*Ashley Chang

*Kevin Li

*Timothy Chen

*Julia Mikolajczak

*Laura Cross

*Rick Mikulis

*Olivia Delaplaine

*Jeffrey O’Neal

Augustin Fragale

Somachukwu Umeozulu

*Bryan Gallion

*Maria Claudia Viera

*Alexandra Gilbert

Humza Yahya

H. C. BYRD AWARD

*Bryan Gallion

SALLY STERLING BYRD AWARD

*Ashley Chang

WILSON H. ELKINS AWARD

*Kevin Li

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

Luna Homsi

Julian Savelski

CHRISTOPHER CAREY CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD

Maria Ortiz

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

*Rick Mikulis

GREEK LEADER OF THE YEAR

Sydney King

JAMES H. KEHOE & ETHEL KESLER AWARD

Ryan Jones

JAMES OTIS WILLIAMS CULTURAL LEADERSHIP AWARD

Samariah Cooper

JOHN B. SLAUGHTER OUTSTANDING SENIOR AWARD

Lambert Aryee

KIRWAN AWARD

Christine Rhee

LA RAZA UNIDA AWARD

*Blanca Arriola Palma

LORDE – O’LEARY AWARD

Stacey Mannuel

MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE AWARD

Bryce Hammond

MILDRED & RICHARD LOVING AWARD

*Savannah Gaines

OMICRON DELTA KAPPA TOP TEN FRESHMEN

Carmen Molina Acosta

Marjorie Antonio

Laura Boyajian

McCauley Brown

Elizabeth Carlson

Shoham Ghosh

Nabila Prasetiawan

Abigail Svoysky

Alythia Vo

Bennett Yang

OMICRON DELTA KAPPA SOPHOMORE LEADER OF THE YEAR

*Daniel Alpert

OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY MEMBER AWARD

Aditi Dubey

RESIDENT ASSISTANT OF THE YEAR AWARD

Lidia Castillo

SARAH WINNEMUCCA AWARD

Brandon Harley

SPIRIT OF MARYLAND AWARD

*Laila Abujuma

*Kevin Li

STUDENT ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Youssif Hemida

Megan Taylor

THE WILLIAM L. THOMAS STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION AWARD

Rohini Nambiar

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND GRADUATE STUDENT DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

Donte´ McGuire

VERA CRUZ-KOCHIYAMA AWARD

Danielle Ocampo

To view photos from the University Student Leadership Awards banquet, please click here.

ODK Elects New Officers for 2019-2020

At our final General Body Meeting of the Spring semester, ODK Sigma Circle members elected the new officers for the upcoming academic year.

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 ODK Officers!!

Doron Tadmor, President
Jacq Deprey, Vice President
Maria Cortes, Alumni & Member Engagement
Dan Alpert, Philanthropy & Community Service
Julia Novick, Events & Lectures Chair
Christine Rhee, Membership & Induction
David Polefrone, Public Relations
Alex Kahn, Digital Communications Chair
David Rekhtman, Historian

ODK Sigma Circle would like to thank our outgoing officers for their service the past year.

Jeff O’Neal, Elizabeth Arentz, Kevin Li, Ari Riske, Alix Gilbert, Maria Viera Cuellar, Katie Bemb, Sarah Joseph

 

ODK Sigma Circle Celebrates Another Successful Maryland Day

Turtles in the ODK Fountain on Maryland Day

After 20 years of Fun at the Fountain, ODK is still going strong at Maryland’s annual community open house. Maryland Day is a festive, full-day showcase of all of the things that make UMD so wonderful. And when guests set foot on McKeldin Mall, they’re greeted by thousands of colorful turtles floating in the ODK Fountain.

It’s an annual tradition met with joy and excitement by family and friends in our community. Occasionally, though, it’s not so joyful for the parents of our littlest Terps when they “accidentally” fall in to the Fountain. Everyone still manages to have a good time regardless.

Thanks, as always, to our good friends and members of ODK, Bob and Sue Goldberg, and the National Association of Realtors for donating the red and gold turtles for our event.

And, thanks to everyone who stopped by to enjoy Fun at the Fountain on Maryland Day!

For more information on Maryland Day and to see some great images from the day, check out the article in Maryland Today.

Spring 2019 Top Ten Freshmen and Sophomore Leaders of the Year Application

Update as of Wednesday, 2/6 1:25 PM:
We are working with DIT to address a technical issue related to these forms and the CAS authentication process, thank you for your patience!

Currently, the forms need to be accessed via a private, or incognito window to avoid an error message. In Chrome, right click on the link to the application and choose “Open link in incognito window”. You must use a umd.edu email address to access the form.

If you continue to have technical difficulties you may request a fillable application form by email: odk@umd.edu or call 301-314-8428 for assistance.

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 22, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

Apply today.

 

Top Ten Freshmen 2018 are recognized for their achievements at the University Awards Reception.

ODK Leader of the Year Applications 2019

ODK Leader of the Year award

At the first ODK General Body Meeting of the Spring 2019 Semester, Sigma Circle will be selecting the Col. J. Logan Schutz Omicron Delta Kappa Leader of the Year. To be considered for this honor, we ask that you submit a letter to the General Body explaining why you should be selected to represent the ODK Sigma Circle as our Leader of the Year.

  • Letters should be 1-2 pages in length and must be submitted to odk@umd.edu by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, January 27th, 2019. In the heading of the letter, please include your name, major, and anticipated graduation date.
  • The letter will be shared with the ODK General Body for review prior to the first General Body Meeting. At the meeting, award applicants will be asked to speak briefly on why they should be selected as the Col. J. Logan Schutz Omicron Delta Kappa Leader of the Year.
  • If an applicant cannot attend the meeting, a current member may read a prepared statement on their behalf.
  • Only current ODK members who are present at the General Body Meeting may vote. There will be no absentee voting.

The recipient of this award will be recognized at the annual University Awards Banquet on Sunday, May 5th with a commemorative trophy and a $1,000 cash prize. This prize is supported by a generous donation from Col. J. Logan Schutz, who served as President of the Sigma Circle in 1937-38 and continued as an active member and significant supporter of the programs of the Circle until his death in 2013. The recipient will have his or her name engraved on the Wall of Honor in the Stamp Student Union. The recipient will then be nominated by the Sigma Circle for consideration as the ODK National Leader of the Year.

For more information on the ODK Leader of the Year, and to view past winners, visit http://odkumd.com/awards/.

ODK Fall 2018 Applications Now Open

UPDATE: Applications for Fall 2018 are closed. Please look for applications to re-open on the first day of classes in Spring 2019.

Apply for membership to ODK!

The ODK Fall 2018 application is now available here. All applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on Friday, September 14, 2018. Good luck!

View of McKeldin Mall and the ODK Fountain looking towards Main Administration Building.