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ODK Leadership Society Seeks Nominations

By Maryland Today Staff

Applications are available for nominations to the University of Maryland’s chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.

The Sigma Circle of ODK began in 1927 and has initiated over 4,000 UMD students, faculty, staff, alums and honorary members, including U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer ’62, civil rights activist Julian Bond, Women’s Basketball Coach Brenda Frese, ESPN host Scott Van Pelt ’88 and President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Their names, along with many others, are engraved on the ODK Fountain on McKeldin Mall. Current members include Goldwater Scholars, national champions, presidents and founders of many campus organizations, editors, writers, journalists and artists. Additionally, many Sigma Circle members advocate for the members of the campus community through the Student Government Association, Residence Hall Association, advisory committees and steering groups.

ODK brings together junior, senior and graduate students with outstanding faculty and staff members to recognize campus leaders and to encourage other students to achieve. It seeks accomplished leaders in five areas of campus community life: scholarship; athletics; campus or community service, social, religious activities and campus government; journalism, speech and the mass media; and creative and performing arts.

Omicron Delta Kappa requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.650 for juniors (60-89 credits), 3.700 for seniors (90+ credits), and 3.8 for graduate students to be considered for membership.

Eligible students should visit to begin the application process. Membership applications must be received electronically by 4 p.m. Sept. 15.

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