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…
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!
Join ODK on Thursday March 3rd, 2016 for the University of Maryland’s Giving Day. Giving Day is a 27-hour (midnightMarch 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 https://givingday.umd.edu/.
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!