Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK)
Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, was founded December 3, 1914, at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. The founders formulated the idea that:
- leadership of exceptional quality and versatility in college should be recognized
- representatives in all phases of college life should cooperate in worthwhile endeavors
- outstanding students, faculty, and administrators should meet on a basis of mutual interest, understanding, and helpfulness.
OΔK® was the first college honor society of a national scope to give recognition and honor for meritorious leadership and service in extracurricular activities and to encourage development of general campus citizenship. Since its founding, Omicron Delta Kappa has initiated over 300,000 members.
The Georgia College Circle of ODK was installed on April 25, 2001.
Areas of Recognition & Achievement
- Campus/ Community Service, Social/Religious Activities, and Campus Government
- Journalism, Speech and the Mass Media
- Creative and Performing Arts
What It Means To Be ODK
Omicron Delta Kappa places emphasis upon the development of the whole person, both as a present member of his/her college community and as a prospective contributor to a better society. The Society believes that while good scholarship and intellectual development are the chief objectives of college years, the life of the mind is not the only life students will have to cope with as the result of their college experience. It is not enough to be merely a “scholar;” other indispensable qualities have to be cultivated also. Students and faculty members have to understand more clearly that the self is truly a composite of the hand, the heart, and the spirit as well as the mind. Omicron Delta Kappa believes that the real search for the truth, the promotion of good will, the development of consideration and understanding, good taste, and a sense of honor, learning how to get along and cooperate with others, and the assumption of duty and responsibility, are important lessons and personal qualities which one learns and develops through an integrated program of academic and extracurricular education.
The Society further believes that progressive and intelligent development in campus citizenship requires the opportunity and freedom to engage in purposeful activities carried on by students with friendly counsel and association of faculty members.
- Exemplary character
- Responsible leadership and service in campus or community life
- Superior scholarship
- Genuine fellowship
- Consecration to democratic ideals
Membership in Omicron Delta Kappa is awarded to undergraduate junior and senior students, to students of graduate and professional schools and colleges of the institution, to members of the faculty and administration, and to alumni. Election to membership is on the basis of merit, is irrespective of a person’s affiliation with other organizations, and is without solicitation or propaganda, such as rushing or social pressure, to insure acceptance of the invitation to membership. Membership is as much an obligation and responsibility in citizenship as it is a mark of highest distinction and honor.
Active participation of faculty and administration members of the Society in the Circle’s activities and their hearty cooperation with student members is a feature of great importance in Omicron Delta Kappa. Their active and continuous affiliation with the Circles increases the stability and effectiveness of the Society.
To learn more about ODK, visit www.odk.org, or contact any of the individuals below.
Kate Benson, ODK President
Julie Coppedge, ODK Vice President
Holly Nix, ODK Master of Tappings
John W. Bowen, Coordinator of Leadership Programs
ODK Faculty Secretary
Center for Engaged Learning, Teaching & Scholarship
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