Valparaiso, Ind. (Nov. 28, 2022) – Valparaiso University’s petition to establish a circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, was approved recently by the organization’s Board of Trustees. Tara S. Singer, O∆K’s president and chief executive officer, will preside at the chartering ceremony scheduled for Dec. 5, 2022.
Sandra B. Thurmond, chair of O∆K’s Board of Trustees, made the following announcement. She said, “Omicron Delta Kappa proudly welcomes Valparaiso University as our newest campus circle. Student, faculty, alumni, and staff leaders may now be recognized for exhibiting O∆K’s positive vision and ideals within their campus and community. In addition, student members will be eligible to participate in the Society’s national opportunities, including scholarships, internships, campus grants, and leadership development programs.”
Eric W. Johnson, Valparaiso’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, commented on the university’s excitement about receiving a charter from Omicron Delta Kappa. He said, “At Valpo, our mission is to prepare graduates who will lead and serve after they leave campus. I am very excited about the establishment of an Omicron Delta Kappa circle at Valparaiso University because I know it will have a significant impact on our students.”
Valparaiso University’s charter group of more than 30 members will include faculty, staff, administrators, and student leaders as founding members of the Omicron Delta Kappa circle.
Omicron Delta Kappa Society, the National Leadership Honor Society, 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 founders established the O∆K Idea—the concept that individuals representing all phases of collegiate life should collaborate with faculty and others to support the campus and community. O∆K’s mission is to honor and develop leaders; encourage collaboration among students, faculty, staff, and alumni; and promote O∆K’s ideals of collaboration, inclusivity, integrity, scholarship, and service on college and university campuses throughout North America. The headquarters are located in Lexington, Virginia.
Dr. Carolyn Whittier, assistant vice president of student life, (219) 464-5411, email@example.com
Dr. Tara S. Singer, president and chief executive officer, Omicron Delta Kappa, (540) 458-5340, firstname.lastname@example.org