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The Omicron Delta Kappa Society is the national leadership honor society for college students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership, and exemplary character. Membership in ODK is a mark of the highest distinction and honor. The society recognizes achievement in five areas: Scholarship; Athletics; Campus or Community Service, Social, Religious Activities, and Campus Government; Journalism, Speech, and the Mass Media; Creative and Performing Arts Emphasis is placed on the development of the show person, both as a member of the college community and as a contributor to a better society. ODK 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. The Omicron Delta Kappa “mark of distinction” is well recognized by leaders in both the academics and business worlds. History of ODK Omicron Delta Kappa was founded December 3, 1914, at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia. In the tradition of the idealism and leadership of George Washington and Robert E. Lee, the founders stated that leadership of exceptional quality and versatility in college should be recognized, that representatives of all phases of college life should cooperate in worthwhile endeavor, and that outstanding students and faculty members should meet on a basis of common interest, understanding and helpfulness. The motives which guided the founders sprang from the desire to bring together on body for general good of the institution, leaders from all parts of the College or University Community. The success of The ODK Idea, an essential part of which is its joint student-faculty character and a determination to maintain a consistent and high standard of leadership recognition, let to the establishment of chapters, which we call Circles, at other colleges. History of Penn State Altoona Circle History and Significance of Omicron Kappa/ Omicron Delta Kappa The Omicron Kappa Leadership Honor Society was founded by a group of thirteen students, and seven faculty, staff, and administrative members at the Altoona College of The Pennsylvania State University in the fall of 1999. The organization was officially recognized by the Student Government Association on April 12, 2000. The purpose of this local organization was to become a chartered circle of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.

Category Honorary Societies
Keywords honor society, academics, Omicron Delta Kappa, Omicron, Delta, Kappa, honor society, leadership
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TBA - Contact Dr. L. Jay Burlingame, Faculty Secretary

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Dr. L. Jay Burlingame

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Associate Director of Student Affairs, Director, Office of Student Conduct

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