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.


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!

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 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

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.


ODK Sigma Circle Elects New Board for 2018-19

Congratulations to our newly elected ODK Executive Board! We’re looking forward to seeing what they bring to ODK Sigma Circle in 2018-19.

Doron Tadmor, President
Jeff O’Neal, Vice President
Maria Viera Cuellar, Communications Chair
Elizabeth Arentz, Philanthropy & Community Service
Kevin Li, Events & Lectures
Katie Bemb, Public Relations
Sarah Joseph, Membership & Induction
Jacqueline Deprey, Digital Communications

Thank you, again, to our outgoing Board for their hard work and commitment to the Sigma Circle:

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


ODK Executive Board Elections for 2018-2019

View of Main Admin from the ODK Fountain

The ODK Sigma Circle will be holding elections for next year’s executive board this Tuesday, May 1 at 5:00 p.m. in the Margaret Brent Room of the Stamp Student Union. Current ODK members who are graduating in May 2019, or later, are encouraged to run for office. All members should plan on attending if they are able – you’ll be helping to select leadership for next year and to keep ODK a vital part of our campus community.

Notes on the Process:

  • There are nine offices on the ODK Executive Board. A listing of offices and responsibilities can be found here: ODK Officer Descriptions
  • Members interested in running for office should prepare a 1-2 minutes speech on why they should be selected for the position to deliver to the General Body. If they cannot be present for elections, interested candidates can have another member read a prepared statement on their behalf, or submit a video statement to to be played at elections.
  • Voting will take place by secret ballot for each position after all candidates have made their statement.

Things to know:

  • The board structure is very flat. All members of the board have input in matters pertaining to ODK.
  • Candidates are encouraged to keep running for an office if they do not receive their first choice. Again, all officers have a leadership stake on the board.
  • ODK receives a good deal of administrative support and advising from the University of Maryland and the Division of Student Affairs. You will have a dedicated group of professionals invested in your success.
  • If you have any questions, please contact

Thanks to our outgoing class of Executive Officers, who have all done an outstanding job.

Jacob Veitch

Cece Ukejianya
Vice President

Ivy Xia
Communications Coordinator

Matthew Swetz
Philanthropy & Community Service Coordinator

Samantha Levy
Events Coordinator

Uva Dayalan and Uday Misra

Jessica Yau
Public Relations Coordinator/Communications Coordinator

Sam Koralnik
Membership Coordinator

Trey Mason
Digital Communications

David Niezelski
Officer At Large

Doron Tadmor
Officer At Large

Rick Tagne Teta
Officer At Large

Dean Chang Named ODK Sigma Circle Faculty Advisor

The ODK Sigma Circle is pleased to announce our new Faculty Advisor, Dean Chang!

Dr. Chang is the Associate Vice President for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland. In that position, he leads the team at the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which helps students and researchers cultivate an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit through design thinking, lean startup, and team-based experiential learning.

Dr. Chang previously led the technology startup venture programs in the Clark School of Engineering and before that was CTO and VP Gaming Business of Immersion Corporation, a venture-backed, Stanford University robotics lab spinout.

The Sigma Circle is excited to welcome Dr. Chang on board and we all look forward to working with him!