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ETSU receives charter for national leadership honor society, inducts members

Contributed • Jun 25, 2018 at 9:31 AM

East Tennessee State University’s petition for a charter of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, was recently approved by the organization’s board of directors, and 14 student leaders were inducted as the founding members of the circle.

“We are pleased to welcome East Tennessee State University into our Society,” said Matthew Clifford, ODK national president. “Students will now be recognized for their leadership involvement and eligible to participate in the Society’s national programs, including scholarships, campus grants and leadership development workshops.

“I am excited to offer full institutional support for the return of Omicron Delta Kappa to our campus,” said Dr. Jeff Howard, associate vice president for student engagement and dean of students at ETSU. “ODK will recognize the exemplary service and involvement of students who are engaged with the campus community.”

Howard said ODK will serve as the highest individual honor for leadership and university service awarded to students.

ETSU’s charter group was recently installed by Matthew Hibdon, ODK director of leadership programs.

The inaugural members include Alexya Barnes, Tiffani Carrasco, Ahmed Elgazzar, Courtney Fitzstevens, Margot Ledford, Kaitlin Long, Kelsey Long, Keyana Miller, Morgan Munsey, Darack Nanto, Christopher Santana, Destiny Saunders-Simon, Kyla Scott and Hunter Shipley. Leah Adinolfi, ETSU assistant dean for student engagement, was a staff inductee.

Prior to re-chartering this year, the ODK chapter at ETSU inducted over 765 students and staff from 1980-2008.

ODK was founded at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, on Dec. 3, 1914. A group of 15 students and faculty members established the society to recognize and encourage leadership at the collegiate level.

The organization’s mission is to honor and develop leaders; encourage collaboration among students, faculty and alumni; and promote ODK’s ideals of scholarship, service, integrity, character and fellowship on college and university campuses throughout North America.

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