ODK Sigma Circle Elects Officers for 2015-2016

At last Wednesday’s General Body Meeting, ODK members elected new officers for the upcoming academic year.

President: Sarah Niezelski
Vice President: Ian Moritz
Communications Coordinator: Julia Wainger
Philanthropy & Community Service Coordinator: Emily Fraik
Events Coordinator: Christopher Frye
Historian: Grace Toohey
Public Relations Coordinator: Brogan Sheehey
Membership Coordinator: Marco Carralero
Webmaster & Social Media Coordinators: Emily Schweich and Tony Trinh

The new officers replace an outstanding Exec Board that worked hard to uphold the traditions and integrity of the ODK Sigma Circle. Thank you for your service Khalil Pettus, Cara Hamel, Tony Belton, Moriel Daniel, Alex Broseker, Renuka Tripu, Alex Wilson, Praneet Puppala, and Raja Ayyagari.

5 Reasons You Need to go to Calvert Cotillion

Calvert Cotillion is coming up on Thursday, May 7th! Don’t delay. Get your tickets for Calvert Cotillion RIGHT NOW.

If you’re still not convinced that you should go to, then let us help.  First, you should know that Calvert Cotillion is an annual tradition at the University of Maryland that stretches back for decades. The Senior formal was originally a way to tap new members into ODK and celebrate another successful year. It disappeared for a few years in the 70’s and 80’s but returned in the 90’s as an event co-sponsored by ODK and the Senior Class Council.

You don’t have to be a senior to attend if you’re in ODK, though. All members of ODK are invited to attend.

Still not convinced? Here are a few more reasons you should go to Calvert Cotillion:

1. It’s Tradition
Duh! You swam with turtles at Maryland Day. You sang the fight song at football games. You rubbed Testudo’s nose. Now, go celebrate the awesomeness of Maryland at Calvert Cotillion.

See? We told you! Calvert Cotillion's been around a long time. Here's some ODKers cutting a rug in 1938.

See? We told you! Calvert Cotillion’s been around a long time. Here’s some ODKers cutting a rug in 1938.

2. It’s Fun to Say
Calvert Cotillion on its own is a bit of a mouthful. CalvCot is a lot easier to say and it makes you sound like an insider. Plus, it takes up less space in a hashtag: #CalvCot15

Seriously, say CalvCot a bunch of times real fast! Good times.

Seriously, say CalvCot a bunch of times real fast! Good times.

3. The Food
The food at CalvCot (See?! Fun!!) is UM-azing. Don’t know what Crab Salad Tartlette? It’s delicious is what it is! Don’t know how to pronounce “Spanakopita?” Doesn’t matter. It’s great. You’ll love it.

Come for the elegance. Stay for the cupcakes.

Come for the elegance. Stay for the cupcakes.

4. You Get to Dress Up
You never get to dress up to hang out on Route One! This is your chance! Wanna wear a tux for the first time in your life? Go for it! Wanna break out a ball gown and get all fancy? Do it! Are you a t-shirt and bolo tie person? Feel free to rock it! No judgment. Do you.

Get dressed up. Or don't. Just come out and have a good time.

Get dressed up. Or don’t. Just come out and have a good time.

5. Avengers: Age of Ultron
Have you heard Zimri’s “ODK is the Avengers of Leadership at Maryland” analogy? You should – it’s awesome. He’ll have seen the movie by the time CalvCot rolls around and will have found a way to stretch the analogy to include the expanded cinematic universe. You’ll want to hear it.

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Captain America approves this message*
*not actually true

You’re convinced! Now, go get your tickets at ter.ps/CalvCot15.

ODKers Celebrated at Annual University Awards

Omicron Delta Kappa Sigma Circle was proud to, once again, co-host the Annual University Awards with our friends in the Stamp Student Union. Now in its thirty-fourth year, the awards recognize some of the student leaders who have made substantial contributions to our campus community.

We’d like to recognize all of the ODKers who have given back to the University of Maryland and applaud all of the award winners and finalists.

Students post with their awards at the annual university awards banquet

Congratulations and thank you to all those who make this university great!


Top Ten Freshmen
Lina Bauer
Angelica Bingei
Andrew Dunn
Elliot Frank
Hope Goodman
Rebecca Goodridge
Samantha Higginbothem
Mihir Khetarpal
Courtney Steininger
Jessica Ting

Sophomore Leader of the Year
Sade Aynide

Col. J. Logan Schutz Omicron Delta Kappa Leader of the Year
Cara Hamel


Col. J. Logan Schutz Legacy Scholarship
Sean Kim

Kirwan Award
Sarahann Yeh

University Health Center Leadership Award
Joaquin Jaramillo

Maryland Images Volunteer of the Year Award
Christina Winkler

OMSE Award for Outstanding Multi-Ethnic Campus Organization
Community Roots

OMSE Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award
Sophia Vega-Ormeno

Student Affairs Outstanding Student Employee Award
William Chavez
Megan Chisolm

Lorde-O’Leary Award
Aubrey DiBello

Outstanding Graduate Student Assembly Member Award
Yehuda Katz

Greek Leader of the Year Award
Christopher Frye

Outstanding Chapter President of the Year Award
Kara Higgins

Vera Cruz-Kochiyama Award
Andrew Mayton

Rebecca Williams Award for Commitment to Social Change
Nyana Quashie

Adele H. Stamp Memorial Award
Ankur Naik

La Raza Unida Award
Odalis Lopez

Emma Powers Student Employee of the Year Award
Caroline Cummings

Department of Dining Services Christopher Carey Customer Service Award
Arthur Vivaldo

Resident Assistant of the Year Awards
Cambridge Community
Adam Hussain

Denton Community
Aiden Galloway

Ellicott Community
Benjamin Borchers

North Hill & Leonardtown Community
Ryan McCollough

South Campus Community Commons
Nicole Fleskes

South Hill Community
Colleen Shipley

Letters and Sciences Outstanding Student Award
Shabnam Ahmed

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Student Athlete of the Year Awards
Amber Melville
Dez Wells

Mary McLeod Bethune Award
Jazmyn White

William L. Thomas Student Government Association Award
Charmaine Wilson-Jones

John B. Slaughter Outstanding Senior Award
Alexandra Maye

James Otis Williams Cultural Leadership Award
Colin Byrd

Meghan Price Scholarship Award for Leadership and Public Service
Christina Luthers

James Kehoe and Ethel Kesler Awards
David Amici
Brandi Rosser

Camille K. Rajpat Memorial Award for Outstanding Member of the University Student Judiciary
Austin Trupp

Pavela Prize for Distinguished Contributions to the University of Maryland Academic Integrity and Student Ethical Development Program
Emily Williams

Outstanding Advisor for a Student Organization
Nacie Grigsby

Graduate Student Distinguished Service Award
Katherine Jameson

Maryland Medallion Society
Raaheela Ahmed
Anthony Belton
Mackenzie Burnett
Fang Cao
Catherine Hamel
Mykell Hatcher-McLarin
Nicholas Henninger
Michael Ikeda
Vishnupriya Krishnan
Abisola Kusimo
Winston Liu
Edmund Molleur
Travis Moxley
Meghan Murphy
Khalil Pettus
Michael Sikorski
Hailey Siller
Sree Sinha
Jazmyn White
Charmaine Wilson-Jones

Wilson H. Elkins Award
Sree Sinha

H.C. Byrd Award
Fang Cao

Sally Sterling Byrd Award
Raaheela Ahmed

ODKleaning Up in the Local Community for a Day of Service


ODK Sigma Circle celebrated its Day of Service on Saturday, April 19th by cleaning up in the local community. ODK partnered with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to help remove non-native invasive plant species from Cherry Hill Community Park. We also worked to help clear the park of trash.

This is the second year ODK has worked to clear invasive plant species from communities around the University of Maryland and is an important way to give back.

In the words of Vice President for ODK Sigma Circle Cara Hamel: “Yay to ODKers ODKaring about our local ODKommunity!”

Maryland Day is Saturday, April 25th! Get Excited!

Guests at Maryland Day hang out by the ODK Fountain

Maryland Day is just around the corner! Everything you love about the University of Maryland will be on display at our annual one-day open house.

Maryland Day is packed with more than 400 educational, family-friendly, and interactive events and exhibits spread out over six “learning neighborhoods.” You can find the full schedule and a map by visiting marylandday.umd.edu.

We hope that you join us on campus April 25th for Maryland Day and stop by what we think is the day’s signature event [we might be a little biased] – Fun at the Fountain! Come to the ODK Fountain to say ‘hi’ to current and former members and go fishing for turtles and prizes.

See you at Maryland Day!

Join us for Calvert Cotillion, May 7th!

Calvert Cotillion is a University of Maryland tradition that dates back to the 1920s.  Until 1955, it was used as a way to recognize new ODK initiates.  The tradition disappeared for a few years but was brought back in the 1990s as an event that not only honors campus leaders but also serves as an opportunity for the senior class to celebrate their time at Maryland.

ODK works with the Senior Council to continue this treasured event and we hope you’ll join us this year! To reserve your tickets for Calvert Cotillion on May 7th, go to ter.ps/CalvCot15.

All seniors and all members of ODK, regardless of class status, are invited to attend.


Congratulations to all our Spring 2015 Inductees!

To all our new Spring 2015 ODK Inductees, congratulations and welcome to the Sigma Circle of ODK!

In a ceremony held on Sunday, April 12th, the Sigma Circle inducted honorary member Michael Schwab, and three university faculty and staff members – Sheryl Ehrman, Paige Smith, and Norman Wereley.

New inductees join ODK Officers and current members on the steps of the Memorial Chapel.

New inductees join ODK Officers and current members on the steps of the Memorial Chapel.

Spring 2015 Undergraduate and Graduate Inductees:

Raaheela Ahmed, Matthew Angelico, Avan Antia, Sumouni Basu, Austin Boroshok, Hannah Breakstone, Tammy Bronstein, Elizabeth Brown, Dina Broydo, Marco Carralero, Nathan Chai, Emily Cheung, Sagar Doshi, Julie Etheridge, Christopher Frye, Brian Guerinot, Ori Gutin, Megan Hadley, Michael Jones, Darpan Kayastha, Amy Liang, Swaitha Maripuri, Annika McGinnis, Ian Moritz, Bilal Naved, Katherine Powers, Linda Powers, Beena Raghavendran, Jason Rubin, Brandon Schatt, Emily Schweich, Ross Seidman, Eileen Ser, Brogan Sheehey, Zachary Siegel, Lenaya Stewart, Leah Sukri, Anthony Trinh, Lauren Trollinger, Sanah Vohra, Christina Winkler, and Iowis Zhu.

A reception was held in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union with remarks from National ODK Executive Director, Tara Singer, and new honorary inductee Michael Schwab.

Congratulations once again to our newest inductees and thank you to all of our current and former members for coming out and supporting the Sigma Circle!

VOICES of Social Change Lecture

ODK Sigma Circle’s Drury Bagwell Leadership Lecture Program is a proud sponsor of VOICES of Social Change. Last Fall, we helped bring Richard Saul Wurman, the founder of TED Talks, to campus and, this Spring, we were one of the sponsors for the Women of NPR lecture that featured Michele Norris and Nina Totenberg.

We are delighted, once again, to bring another powerful voice to the University of Maryland: Judy Shepard. Judy Shepard is an anti-hate crimes activist that has spent the past 17 years advocating and lobbying for the advancement of equal civil rights for gay, lesbian, and transgender communities, hate crimes legislation at the State and Federal level, and raising awareness using programs developed to advance this just cause.

We hope that you will join us in the Atrium of the Stamp Student Union this Wednesday, April 15th at 6:00 p.m. for the next VOICES of Social Change lecture.

Voices Lecture. Judy Shepard

Expect Great Things From ODKers


Our membership continues to inspire.

Malina Howard was the recipient of the NCAA Elite 89 award for having the highest GPA in the Final Four. She can add that to her awards from the Big Ten for Sportsmanship and academic performance! Also (and this isn’t a small feat), she was part of a Women’s Basketball team that had a magnificent run in the NCAA Tournament and captured the Big Ten Championship in their first season of play!

Fang Cao was selected as one of 12 Terps Who Inspire for his accomplishments in scholarship and for starting tutoring programs at a local high school. There’s also his upcoming  trip to London to begin his graduate career at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar!

But, lest you think it’s only current members who inspire, check out the stories of Lenaya Stewart and Beena Raghvendran. They also made the list of Terps Who Inspire. They’re also part of the new class of ODKers (along with Goldwater Scholarship recipient, Iowis Zhu) who will be inducted on Sunday, April 12.

Whether it’s on the court, in the classroom, or in the community, current ODKers and future ODKers alike are doing amazing things at the University of Maryland.

Congratulations to all of our award winners for all of your recognition and honors. And congratulations to all of our new inductees! We’re so proud to count you as members of this circle.

See you Sunday!

ODK Visits the University House

Members of ODK pose with President Wallace Loh at University House reception on March 30th

Members of ODK pose with President Wallace Loh at University House reception on March 30th

Membership in ODK offers some really exceptional benefits. You can meet with and collaborate with other campus leaders, splash in the ODK Fountain on Maryland Day, and, of course, hang out with the president of the university.

On March 30th, President Loh invited members of campus honor societies to a reception at University House. ODK, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi are considered to be among the most prestigious and highly selective honor societies on campus.

ODK Sigma Circle was proud to attend the reception with the University of Maryland chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest academic honor society in the United States, and Phi Kappa Phi, the oldest honor society on our campus. We were more proud of the outstanding representation by our current members and our most recently tapped inductees. It was a treat to catch up with old friends and meet so many new faces.

ODK is well known for the caliber of its membership, but, also for the ODK Fountain. All 4,000 members inducted into the Sigma Circle have their names engraved on the Fountain, including our gracious host for the evening, President Wallace Loh.