By Caroline Hershey
Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society founded in 1914, may be chartered at Union in the near future. The organization recognizes distinguished students in the college community who have achieved both strong academic records and leadership skills.
Officers of the petition for circle status of the society have recently submitted a request for the school to be recognized, and a site visit has been scheduled.
The current officers for the petition for circle status include Clancy Slack ‘11 as President, Patrick O’Hern ‘11 as Vice President of Philanthropy and Keerti Murari ‘11 as Vice President of Recruitment.
In order to qualify for membership, leadership must be shown in one of five areas: scholarship, athletics, service, journalism or the arts. Nominations are made by faculty, students, and staff who are already ODK members and the list of potential new members must have a GPA in the top 25% of their class.
If the application is approved, the organization’s rising juniors will seek to recruit new talented students who have displayed strong leadership abilities in one or more of these categories next fall.
“The society is basically meant to recognize students at Union College who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the community while maintaining the most rigorous academic standards,” said Slack.
In the future, ODK members hope to have a strong influence on the entire Union campus by sharing their abilities with other students.
“In the future, we hope to have the members of the group give leadership seminars to underclass students, volunteer in the area, and start a conversation with local and regional leaders in industry, politics, and research,” added Slack.