2011 ODK Leader of the Year

Congratulations! At our meeting earlier this week, Dave Nelson was selected as the 2011 Col. J. Logan Schutz ODK Leader of the Year. Dave was selected out of a pool of outstanding applicants for this honor, all of whom were very impressive with their candidacies. Dave will be nominated for the National Leader of the Year from the Sigma Circle.

Founders Day

Ninety-six years ago today Omicron Delta Kappa was founded at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. The 15 founders felt that there was a need to recognize leadership and bring together faculty and students from the various phases of college life in the tradition of the idealism of George Washington and Robert E. Lee. The Sigma Circle of ODK was founded 13 years later by six men who immediately began tapping undergraduate members at the University of Maryland. Since the founding in 1914, ODK has initiated over 300,000 members nationally. Happy Founders Day!

Dr. Loh to Become Next University President

Excerpted from an article by Brian Baturin in the Fall 2010 issue of The Leader.

Coming to College Park after spending two years as Provost at the University of Iowa, Dr. Wallace Loh has held many positions within the walls of academia. Loh was the dean of the University of Washington Law School, an administrator at the University of Colorado, Boulder and at Seattle University, and has held professorships at many other institutions. Theses accomplishments are even more impressive when taking into account Dr. Loh’s unique and diverse upbringing.

Born in Shanghai, President-designate Loh immigrated to Peru as a child. As a teenager, Loh traveled to the United States with, as he said at a welcome ceremony in August, his parents’ life savings – $200. Faced with this adversity, Loh graduated from Cornell University and Yale Law School before beginning his career as a professor and administrator.

Chancellor Brit Kirwan has described Loh as “an ideal individual to build upon [Mote’s] legacy.” This legacy was a key component in Loh’s remarks. After describing the University of Maryland as a rocket, he went on to compare Dr. Mote to a rocket booster that “boosted [the rocket] out to the high heavens.” However, Dr. Loh’s real goal during his time as president of this University is to form his own legacy. His remarks included reasons why the University of Maryland is great, but more importantly, how to make it even greater. Loh expressed many goals, among them retaining and recruiting top faculty members and creating new opportunities for students.