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.
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!
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.
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
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
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
JAMES H. KEHOE & ETHEL KESLER AWARD
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
LORDE – O’LEARY AWARD
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE AWARD Ja’Nya Banks
MILDRED & RICHARD LOVING AWARD
ODK TOP TEN FRESHMEN
ODK SOPHOMORE LEADER OF THE YEAR Nikhil Modi
OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY MEMBER AWARD
RESIDENT ASSISTANT OF THE YEAR AWARD
SARAH WINNEMUCCA AWARD
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
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.
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.
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!