TAKOMA PARK, Md. (May 16) - Twenty-eight aspiring leaders from the University community officially became members of Omicron Delta Kappa, one of the nation’s most prestigious honors society, at a Charter ceremony held inside Sligo Seven-day Adventist Church, April 14.
President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D. , five alumni, led by Charles McMillan, Ph.D. (’77) , director of the Los Alamos Lab, and 2013 alumnus of the year, and three faculty members, including charter sponsor, Ralph Johnson, Ph.D., dean, student success and faculty development, were among the new inductees.
“I am very excited that it is here,” said Johnson, a 1982 initiate of OΔK . “Washington Adventist University is the only Seventh-day Adventist institution to have a circle. The level of exposure that it gives our campus is enormous!”
Omicron Delta Kappa (OΔK), a diverse national leadership honor society, is the first of its kind to give recognition for leadership. It dates back to 1914, when on December 3, 15 student and faculty leaders met at Washington and Lee University in Virginia seeking to unify students of “all phases of college life,” as well as faculty into one body of leaders. In the shaping of this organization, the founders sought to portray the idealism and leadership of George Washington , America’s first President, and General Robert E. Lee. The idea gained recognition and more and more colleges established their “Circles.” Presently, there are Circles of Omicron Delta Kappa on over 300 institutions of higher learning, a number which now includes colleges is Washington Adventist University.
To be eligible for membership, students must be in the top 35 percent of their class and demonstrate exemplary character and outstanding leadership in at least one of the five areas of campus life.
Each year the OΔK Foundation awards 20 scholarships of at least $1,000 to members planning to attend graduate or professional school. The General Russell E. Dougherty National Leader of the Year Award consists of a $4,000 scholarship and Circle grant to an outstanding member of OΔK.
For more information about the society’s awards, scholarships, membership, and activities, visit their website at www.odk.org.