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Joining the Circle 

From left, UAlbany ODK Circle President Raymond Webb Jr., President Havidán Rodríguez, SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson and Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Christakis. (Photo by Josh Gomez)  

ALBANY, N.Y. (Nov. 3, 2017) – President Havidán Rodríguez and SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson were recently inducted as honorary members of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) National Leadership Honor Society.

In addition, 18 faculty, staff and students were inducted during a ceremony over Homecoming Weekend.

ODK recognizes students, staff, and faculty who, while excelling in their academic and professional work, have contributed in special ways to the University. By bringing these individuals together as a group, it seeks to help UAlbany transform the lives of its students and the broader community.

Membership in ODK is based on prior individual accomplishments and recognizes how the new member can be a valuable contributor in the future. Accepting membership entails commitment to working with colleagues, through active engagement in ODK’s meetings and activities.

The society recognizes leaders in the areas of scholarship, athletics, college and community service, social and religious activities, campus government, journalism, speech and the mass media, and the creative and performing arts.

Those inducted, in addition to Rodríguez and Johnson, included:

  • Nana-Hawwa Abdul-Rahman
  • Martha J. Asselin
  • Audrey Caplan
  • Hui-Ching Chang
  • Chloe Charles
  • Fu Yee Chua
  • Joseph De Santis
  • Colin Delgado
  • Rachel Eager
  • Danielle Fico
  • Daniella Gelman
  • Paul Grondahl
  • Madeeha Khan
  • Agata Pijanowski
  • Cidny Ramirez
  • Mitchell Rybak
  • Emma Thrasher
  • Joshua Tocci

The University at Albany Circle of ODK was founded in 2003 with the induction of 44 members. In its commitment to promoting and developing positive leadership, ODK sponsors an annual conference to unite student leaders from many campuses. The organization also sponsors a variety of outreach programs.

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