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 Celebrates 20 Years of Maryland Day!

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.

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 odk@umd.edu 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 odk@umd.edu.

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

ODK Sigma Circle Spring 2018 Newsletter

Have you received your copy of The Leader in the mail?

Every semester, ODK puts out a newsletter, The Leader, to keep you connected with the Circle and what’s happening at the University of Maryland.  If you haven’t’ received your copy, or, if you have an idea about what to include in our next edition, drop us a line at odk@umd.edu.


ODK Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Mark Ciardi’s New Film, Chappaquiddick

UMD alumnus and ODKer, Mark Ciardi, meets with the ODK exec board following the advance screening of Chappaquiddick

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.


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!

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!

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.