Osteen Retires After 32 Years of Service

Excerpted from an article by David Nelson in the Spring 2011 issue of The Leader.

This May, the Sigma Circle and the University of Maryland will bid farewell to a campus luminary. After seven years as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and ten years as Faculty Secretary of the Sigma Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, Jim Osteen will retire from a marvelous career of active student service. While his engaging disposition and captivating enthusiasm will be missed, his legacy as a leader among leaders will be cherished.

Jim joined the University in 1979 as Director of Campus Activities. His commitment to service and student advocacy manifested in a variety of administrative roles including Director of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union and Campus Programs. Jim assumed the role of Faculty Secretary of Omicron Delta Kappa during the fall of 2001. Prior to that, he was actively involved with the Society as a Voting Faculty Member. In 2004, Jim moved to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs where he was named Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.

New Executive Officers

Congratulating to a great group of ODK members. It is with excitement and pleasure that we announce the Executive Officers for the 2011-2012 academic year. During last night’s Election Meeting, we heard from several outstanding candidates and elected an incredibly impressive group. The officers for the upcoming academic year are:

President: Melissa Nathanson
Vice President: Christina Buckless
Corresponding Secretary: Scott Shuffield
Scholarship Chair: Robert Rosenthal
Calvert Cotillion Co-Chair: Amina Goheer
Calvert Cotillion Co-Chair: Priyanka Gokhale
Historian: Michele Fried
Newsletter Editor: Jennifer Cohen
Ritualist: Lisa Davies
Webmaster: MJ Kurs-Lasky

Join Us at Maryland Day!

This coming Saturday, April 30, 2011, marks the 13th annual Maryland Day. As always, the University will open its doors and invite everyone to “Explore Our World” with over 400 events. Join ODK for our traditional “Fun at the Fountain” event and fish for plastic turtles floating in the fountain. Maryland Day runs from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM on April 30th, rain or shine. We hope to see you there!

Maryland Day 2011 Logo

Spring 2011 Initiation & Congratulations

Thank you to everyone that joined us at yesterday’s ceremony. We initiated 33 undergraduates, five graduate students, Sasha Cirovski (Head Coach of Maryland Men’s Soccer), Carlo Colella (Director of Capital Projects), Cindy Felice and Amy Martin (Associate Directors of Resident Life), and Dian Squire (Assistant Director of Orientation). Congratulations! It truly was a great event.

Spring 2011 Inductees: Jamie Adasi, Patrick Amuso, Carleigh Benton, Justin Brannan, Kevin Cencula, Sydnee Chavis, Sasho Cirovski, Andrew Civetti, Jennifer Cohen, Christina Colasanto, Carlo Colella, Lisa Davies, Colleen Deegan, Jeehye Deogracias, Cindy Felice, Amina Goheer, Priyanka Gokhale, Kathleen Hartinger, Aisha Hasan, Emily Heimsoth, Jennifer Hill, Kailin Hsu, Jonathan Kalish, Deborah Kobrin, Wallace Loh, Jana Lovell, Amy Martin, Melissa Meek, Daria Murosko, Sean Murphy, Adam Pampori, Jessica Preusch, Kanokphan Rattanawatkul, Shawn Ratwani, Michelle Rosen, Melissa Roth, Scott Shuffield, Dian Squire, Rahul Vinod, Najeff Waseem, Hannah Willison, Evan Witt, and Nick Zillo.

Calvert Cotillion this Saturday

Omicron Delta Kappa, the Senior Council, and the Maryland Alumni Association are pleased to bring back a treasured Maryland tradition again this year, the Calvert Cotillion. The Calvert Cotillion is an annual dance that recognizes and celebrates the senior class. Join ODK at this “Red Carpet Affair” to celebrate with friends and fellow classmates.

Calvert Cotillion
Saturday, February 19 @ 8:00 PM
Orem Alumni Hall, Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center
Semi-Formal Attire

You can RSVP and purchase tickets online.

ODK Spring Application: Now Closed

The ODK Spring 2011 application is now closed. New ODK members will be notified during the week of February 28th. Applications will be accepted again during the first three weeks of fall semester.

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.

Congratulations Fall 2010 Inductees

Undergraduate: Michael Atlas, Annie Axenfeld, Justin Bare, Collin Berglund, Nikki Bohannon, Miriam Brand, Laura Brant, Christina Buckless, Emily Burke, Jillian Chavis, Andy Civetti, Caroline Coates, Sara Coonin, Gobriella Davis, Colleen Deegan, Nikki Duong, Tian Tian Feng, Josh Finifter, Samantha Fowler, Michele Fried, Efe Gboneme, Jen Greenman, Brittney Grove, Naeha Gupta, Akhila Iruku, Ilana Kelsey, Luke Lindberg, Michelle McGrain, Evan McQuirns, Akshita Mehta, Debra Mizrahi, Emily Moussapour, Melissa Nathanson, Kerri Pinchuk, Teddy Powers, Robbie Rosenthal, Vidya Sathyamoorthy, Ethan Schaler, Wendy Schiffman, Jamie Schwartz, Doron Tamari, Hilary Tebeleff, Geoff Treat, Ruth Watkins, Beth Wofford, Kaiyi Xie, MengMeng Xu, and Rosie Zhang

Graduate: Matt Johnson

Faculty and Staff: Robert S. Gold

Alumni: Jacqueline Heise and Kevin Plank