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ODK Student Receives National Honor

February 22, 2010



UAlbany student and ODK member Amy Tighe

UAlbany student and ODK member Amy Tighe. (Photo Mark Schmidt)

Amy Tighe, a junior and Public Policy major at the University at Albany, has been selected to participate in the 2010 Campus Leaders Today, Community Leaders Tomorrow (CLT2) program.

CLT2 helps college students across the country learn the leadership and networking skills necessary for serving their communities through executive positions on boards of non-profit organizations.

Tighe has been active in community outreach since entering UAlbany as a transfer student in the fall of 2008. In 2009, Tighe was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), an honor-based co-ed fraternity on the university’s campus.

"I absolutely love this program and feel it gives me phenomenal opportunities and preparation for a career in the public and/or political sector," said Tighe, a Clifton Park, N.Y. native.

This semester, Tighe began training as a peer outreach educator with Middle Earth, a campus organization that hosts a peer assistance hotline and an outreach program, which work to educate students about every aspect of campus life. "My training as an outreach peer educator has given me the opportunity to get more involved and give back to people at the university," said Tighe.

Omicron Delta Kappa, or ODK, is a national collegiate leadership honor society that recognizes and encourages students with superior scholarship and leadership. ODK sponsors the CLT2 program and was also the first organization that Tighe became involved in once she arrived at Albany.

"Our president of ODK circle was telling us of his experiences at CLT2 and what a phenomenal, unique experience it was," said Tighe. The program complements her interests in sexual education and gay rights, religious tolerance, and a leadership position in a non-profit organization in the future. "It felt like such a program was tailored to someone with these kinds of goals, goals that are very important to me."

Tighe hopes the skills that she gains from the CLT2 program, Middle Earth, and her Public Policy courses will lead to making progressive change towards a more tolerant, accepting society. Tighe believes her acceptance into the leadership program will aid her in serving in a non-profit administrative role or lobbyist position.

"Really, it's still pretty hard for me to believe," said Tighe.

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