Leadership Honor Society Establishes Chapter at UAlbany
Ceremony Oct. 26, 1:30 p.m., Campus Center Assembly Hall
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N.Y. (October 17, 2003) - The Board of the Directors of Omicron
Delta Kappa (ODK), the national leadership honor society,
voted this month to establish a chapter at the University
at Albany. UAlbany becomes the 289th institution to be awarded
a charter in the Society’s 90-year history, joining some of
the nation’s premier colleges and universities, including
the University of Southern California, Purdue, Auburn and
Vanderbilt universities and the University of Maryland.
am delighted to welcome the University at Albany to Omicron
Delta Kappa,” said John D. Morgan, executive director of the
Society. “The chartering of this chapter is a recognition
of the outstanding leadership that is exhibited by the students,
faculty and staff at the University at Albany.”
Omicron Delta Kappa Society, Inc., recognizes and encourages
superior scholarship, leadership and exemplary character.
Founded by 15 student and faculty leaders in 1914 at Washington
and Lee University in Virginia, ODK was the first college
honor society of a national scope to give recognition for
meritorious leadership and service in extracurricular activities.
the establishment of an Omicron Delta Kappa chapter at UAlbany,
students, faculty and staff that exhibit extraordinary leadership
in our community each and every day will be appropriately
recognized for their efforts,” said Vice President for Student
Affairs James P. Doellefeld.
University at Albany began its efforts to bring Omicron Delta
Kappa to campus last spring, and the work of 44 faculty, staff,
and students will be recognized with the chartering of the
Society in a ceremony on Oct. 26, 1:30 p.m. in the Campus
Center Assembly Hall, main campus. University President Karen
R. Hitchcock will offer the keynote address to initiates,
their guests, and members of the University community during
the chartering. The Society’s Immediate Past National President
Cheryl Hogle will preside at the afternoon’s proceedings,
and will present UAlbany President Karen R. Hitchcock and
the chapter’s officers with the charter.
brings together students who have excelled academically, as
well as shown their leadership talents on campus and in the
Albany community, and recognizes their outstanding contributions.
I am thrilled that these leaders will not only have the opportunity
to work with faculty and staff who are members of ODK, but
will also be involved in activities that foster and encourage
similar leadership by their peers," said Sue Faerman,
dean of Undergraduate Studies.
in Omicron Delta Kappa includes juniors, seniors and graduate
students, faculty and staff, alumni, and community leaders.
Student initiates must be in the top 35 percent of their class,
and must have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment
to campus and community activities. The Albany chapter will
initiate new members each fall.