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National Leadership Honor Society Establishes Chapter at UAlbany
Chartering Ceremony Oct. 26, 1:30 p.m., Campus Center Assembly Hall

Contact: Karl Luntta (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, 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.

“I 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.”

The 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.

“With 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.

The 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.

"ODK 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.

Membership 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.


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