Founded in 1914 at Washington and Lee University, ODK was the first national college honor society to recognize and honor meritorious leadership and service in extracurricular activities and to encourage development of general campus citizenship.
ODK differs from other honors societies in that membership includes students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The organization's structure offers a unique opportunity for collaboration, mentoring, and extensive interactions between faculty, staff, and students.
ODK specifically invites students who have excelled in several areas of campus life; thus, the membership is varied and diverse. Membership is extended to student candidates with junior or senior status who rank in the top 35 percent of their class. Since its founding, Omicron Delta Kappa has initiated over 300,000 members at more than 300 institutions across the country.
The society recognizes achievement in the five pillars of academic life:
October 3 - ODK Applications are due
October 5 - Applicants notified of decisions
October 24 - Induction and Circle Meeting
Ruthie Rubin (President, Fall 2017 initiate)
Diana Roberts (Vice-President, Fall 2017 initiate)
Jamie Thompson (Faculty Adviser)
Cynthia Uviedo (Circle Coordinator)
Robert Blystone, Faculty (Retired)
L. Brooks Hill, Faculty (Retired)
Jamie Thompson, Staff/Alum
Jacob K. Tingle, Faculty/Alum
Cynthia Uviedo, Staff/Alum
Donald Van Eynde, Faculty (Retired)
Paul Wright, Staff
Mary Margaret Herring
Valeria Saiz Perez
Alice von Ende - Becker
Mary Grace Whitten