To recognize the accomplishments of our members, Omicron Delta Kappa uses a platform known as Merit. This online program allows us to create and publish personalized stories about members’ achievements such as being initiated into the Society, receiving an Omicron Delta Kappa award or scholarship, becoming a circle officer, and more.
When a story or announcement is created, it will be posted to the Omicron Delta Kappa Merit Page and distributed to the member’s hometown newspaper(s). In addition, a customizable online Merit profile will be created for the member to easily share information about the achievement with family and friends on social media.
Many stories include an Omicron Delta Kappa branded badge representing a specific achievement. Consider it a virtual trophy! Members can enhance their online Merit profiles by adding a photo, other activities, achievements, work experience and affiliations. Merit profiles provide a positive, professional online listing of accomplishments for members to share with prospective employers.
Check out Omicron Delta Kappa’s Merit Page to see the latest member accomplishments.
How does it work?
Omicron Delta Kappa knows that you are doing great things every day. We want you to get recognition for your achievements. We use Merit to publish stories about your accomplishments. These achievements will appear on http://odk.meritpages.com and are designed to showcase your success, like making the honor list, participating in a club activity, landing an internship, or studying abroad.
As the Society posts individual achievements for you, or as we announce that you have been initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa, a personalized story and Merit profile is created for you. If your school is a partner with Merit, your ODK achievements will be shared through your existing school Merit profile. Once stories are created, they also sent to your hometown newspaper(s). Announcements about new initiates are made on a monthly basis.
Now that we have created a Merit page for you, you should sign in to your page and add a picture, academic activities, and additional work experience. Having a collection of college achievements will benefit you as you move forward in your academic career and later on when you seek employment. If you have any questions please contact email@example.com.
We are proud to have you as a student and we can’t wait to publicize your success!
Why is Merit important?
Merit creates a professional and powerful online profile that showcases success and achievements. These profiles can be beneficial when applying for an internship, job, scholarship or graduate school. In addition, Merit provides an easy way to share these accomplishments with family and friends through social media.
How do I access my Merit profile?
After you are initiated, you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org providing instructions on how to access and update your Merit profile. If you haven’t received an email, click here and search for your name. Once you locate your page, click on the “Is this you?” link and enter your email address to claim your Merit profile.
What if I never received the email for my Merit profile?
If you were initiated prior to the implementation of Merit (August 2021) or you originally opted out of Merit, email email@example.com with your name, circle of initiation, and ZIP code to request a Merit profile.
What newspapers will receive the stories?
All stories are distributed to the local newspaper(s) associated with the ZIP code in each member’s Omicron Delta Kappa record. The ZIP code is most likely your personal/home address that was provided at the time of your membership application.
Will the stories be published in the newspaper?
Each story is distributed to local newspapers as a press release. Whether or not the story is published by the newspaper is strictly at the discretion of each newspaper, not Omicron Delta Kappa. We provide as much information and details to ensure each story is viewed as newsworthy, but cannot guarantee that the story will be published.
What information does O∆K share with Merit?
When O∆K posts achievements, such as initiation into your circle, we include your name, email address, your college/university, hometown, and ZIP code. Using your email address allows Merit to connect our achievement to your existing profile. Location information is used to share your achievement with relevant local media sources. As you achieve other milestones through your O∆K membership (a scholarship, presenting at the National Leadership Conference, etc.) O∆K will upload another achievement, which is then connected to your Merit profile. We may also include other noteworthy and relevant information, such as your officer position within your circle. O∆K does not share information such as full mailing addresses, phone numbers, or demographic data with Merit.
How can I opt out of Merit?
A member can opt out of Merit at any time. To do so, follow these simple steps or email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.