Utah’s First ODK Chapter is Nationally Recognized

Published: August 27, 2013 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Southern Utah University’s circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) may only be a year old but already it is causing major waves on the national level. The circle was recently named a Circle of Distinction for its high standards of excellence.

This distinguished award is given to only 75 ODK circles each year that emulate a high quality of leadership, versatility in collegiate activities, and cooperate in worthwhile endeavors, and SUU ODK did just that.   

SUU’s circle of ODK didn’t waste any time their first year and jumped in headfirst. They raised $1,000 for Cedar City Women’s Crisis Center through the Red Rock Relay, hosted a leadership convocation with campus administrators, organized a campus beautification day, and traveled to Irvine, Cali. and participated with Concordia University’s ODK chapter conference.

SUU’s chapter of ODK is also the first circle to be established in the state of Utah.

“This is a distinctive honor, especially considering this was our first year with a circle on our campus,” said Bill Heyborne, faculty secretary of SUU ODK. “It means we have fulfilled all the requirements extended by the national office, and have created distinct programming and service opportunities on our campus that provide experience for our members and extend the name of Omicron Delta Kappa.”

Heyborne went on to say that by having SUU’s circle of ODK being nationally recognized it’s students are more likely to receive scholarships and exposure from the national foundation.

Though the chapter had a busy first year, they aren’t going to put on the brakes. Dillon Rosdahl, student president and a senior studying English said, “The SUU ODK chapter hopes to continue to develop student leaders who serve others and think of ways to give back to the community. We hope to achieve this as we participate in several annual projects, namely: the Red Rock Relay, campus-wide leadership forum, and a campus service day.”

He added, “We’ve completed a lot already, but we know we can always improve and keep making an impact. This award was very humbling for our group.”

Omicron Delta Kappa was the first college honor society of a national scope to give recognition and honor for meritorious leadership and service in extracurricular activities and to encourage development of general campus citizenship.

For more information on Omicron Delta Kappa or to become a member, please contact Jake Johnson at 435-865-8567 or johnsonj@suu.edu. 

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