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.


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

Daniel Page
Amanda Leigh Staub

John T. Consoli
Marilee Lindemann

Being in ODK

Members of ODK were asked what it means to be a part of ODK.  Current and former student leaders share their thoughts here.

Applications for membership are open through Friday, February 9th. Click here to apply today!

Jacob Veitch Selected as ODK Sigma Circle Leader of the Year

ODK Sigma Circle Leader of the Year Jacob VeitchOmicron Delta Kappa Sigma Circle is proud to announce the recipient of our 2018 Col. J. Logan Schutz ODK Leader of the Year Award: Jacob Veitch.

Jacob began his time here at the University of Maryland as a Group Tour Coordinator for Maryland Images and has also taken up roles as the State Chairman and UMD President of the Maryland Federation of College Republicans. He has also served as an Honors Ambassador, Honors College Student Programming Council Liaison, and a member of the Mighty Sound of Maryland. He is currently a member of the Smith School’s Dean’s Student Advisory Council, Co-Chair of the Business Honors Program, and is a former Business Analyst for Consult Your Community.

Jacob also serves as the ODK Sigma Circle President, a position he cites as the greatest privilege of his college career.

As the recipient of the Col. J. Logan Schutz ODK Leader of the Year Award, Jacob will be presented with a plaque at the University Awards Banquet in May and a $1,000 cash prize. He will also represent the Sigma Circle as our nominee for ODK’s General Russell E. Dougherty National Leader of the Year Award.

Congratulations, Jacob.

Join us for Coaches’ Commentary: Leadership from the Field

Please join Omicron Delta Kappa for our William L. Thomas, Jr. Leadership Lecture – Coaches’ Commentary: Leadership from the Field on Thursday, April 7th from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Grand Ballroom Lounge of the Stamp. Engage in leadership stories from four University of Maryland Coaches who are members of Omicron Delta Kappa as we explore what leadership looks like through the lens of athletics.


Sasho Cirovski: Men’s Soccer Head Coach
Mike London: Football Associate Head Coach
Missy Meharg: Field Hockey Head Coach
Cathy Reese: Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach

These coaches will share their leadership experiences as they built programs, won championships, and transitioned conferences. Their stories will provide insights in recognizing and developing our own leadership abilities through a new point of view. This event is hosted by the Sigma Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.

When: Thursday, April 7th, 2016; 6:00-7:30 pm
Where: Grand Ballroom Lounge, Stamp Student Union

Please direct any questions to Ian Moritz (

Hope to see you there!!

Congratulations to all our Fall 2015 Inductees!

To all our new Fall 2015 ODK Inductees, congratulations and welcome to the Sigma Circle of ODK!

In a ceremony held on Sunday, December 6, the Sigma Circle inducted alumni Paul Monteiro and Robin Portman and two university faculty and staff members — Benjamin Parks and Laura Tan.

Fall 2015 Induction photo
ODK members and officers gather on the steps of Memorial Chapel following the induction ceremony.  Photo courtesy Zimri Diaz

Fall 2015 Undergraduate and Graduate Inductees:

Sade Ayinde, Michael Barnett, Adip Bhargav, Samantha Bingaman, Arielle Bitton, Ariel Bourne, Victoria Bowcutt, Lorenzo Choudhary-Smith, Ryan Chow, Benjamin Cornwell, Henry Danchi, Marina di Marzo, Shane Falcinelli, Kevin Fang, Austin Feng, Julia Gao, Rachel George, Alexandra Givan, Zeke Gonzalez, Ilana Green, Ryan Greene, Natalie Griffin, Michelle He, Benjamin Hsieh, Kaiwei Hsu, Noah Israel, Jonathan Kau, Anastasia Kouloganes, Zhi Lin, Andrew Liu, Alicia Loh, Meghan Mahoney, Erin McCaffrey, Bridget McManus, Rebecca Mount, Nichole Pedowitz, Patrick Prommel, Meghna Ramaswamy, Samantha Reilly, Samantha Schweickhardt, Ellie Silverman, Zoe Stukenberg, Tessa Trach, Azsanee Truss, Joseph Tuchman, Joel Vazquez, Mireille Verdonk, Mackenzie Walls, Christopher Wong, Andie Yoon, Leanne Young and Lauren Norris.

New members are inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa at a ceremony at Memorial Chapel.
New members are inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa at a ceremony at Memorial Chapel.  Photo courtesy Zimri Diaz
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New members are inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa at a ceremony at Memorial Chapel.  Photo courtesy Zimri Diaz

A reception was held in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union with remarks from new alumni inductee Paul Monteiro, director of the Americorps VISTA program and an adjunct professor with the University Honors College.

Congratulations once again to our newest inductees, and thank you to all of our current and former members for coming out and supporting the Sigma Circle!

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!


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


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

ODKleaning Up in the Local Community for a Day of Service


Clean-up workers

ODK Sigma Circle celebrated its Day of Service on Saturday, April 19th by cleaning up in the local community. ODK partnered with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to help remove non-native invasive plant species from Cherry Hill Community Park. We also worked to help clear the park of trash.

This is the second year ODK has worked to clear invasive plant species from communities around the University of Maryland and is an important way to give back.

In the words of Vice President for ODK Sigma Circle Cara Hamel: “Yay to ODKers ODKaring about our local ODKommunity!”