Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Circle 1914 to Present

Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, was founded December 3, 1914, at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, by 15 student and faculty leaders. The founders formulated the idea that leadership of exceptional quality and versatility in college should be recognized, that representatives in all phases of college life should cooperate in worthwhile endeavors, and that outstanding students, faculty, and administrators should meet on a basis of mutual interest, understanding, and helpfulness. OΔK® 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 Alpha Circle also has a page

Alpha Circle, 2016-17


President: Katrina (Kiki) Spiezio '17
Vice President: Brooke Donnolly '17
Faculty Secretary: Elizabeth Knapp, Professor of Geology and Associate Provost
Faculty Adviser: Linda Hooks, Professor of Economics

Voting Faculty Members

Marc Conner, Professor of English and Interim Provost - 2015-2018
Kevin Finch, Assistant Professor of Journalism - 2016-2019
Janine (Jan) Hathorn, Professor of Physical Education and Athletics Director - 2015-2018
Linda Hooks, Professor of Economics - 2015-2018
Elizabeth Knapp, Professor of Geology, Associate Provost, and Director of the Johnson Scholars Program - Faculty Coordinator - 2016-2019

Alpha Circle Membership

Class of 2017

Md A. Azmain Amin
Diana Banks
Andrew Blocker
Jeffrey Jake Burnett
Thomas Cain
Matthew Carl
John Crum
Elena Diller
Brooke Donnelly
Elliot Emadian
Samuel Sam Gibson
Kinsey Grant
Batsheva Honig
Conley Hurst
Daniel Johnson
Melina Knabe
Laura Laura Beth Lavette
Harry Lustig
Courtney McCauley
John W. Wilson Miller
Ashley Oakes
Austin Piatt
Noelle Rutland
Kathryn Kate Sarfert
Kristin Sharman
Katrina Spiezio
Zachary Joseph Taylor
Aalekhya Tenali
Anna C. Caroline Todd
Pasquale Paqui Toscano
Caleigh Wells
Harrison Westgarth

Law Class of 2017
Lucas Barta
Alexandra Klein
Leanna Minix
Dean McNair Nichols
Jessica Winn

Other Law Students
Spencer Wiles '18L
Quentin Becker '19L


The Omicron Delta Kappa Society, Inc., The National Leadership Honor Society for college students, recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership, and exemplary character. Membership in ODK is a mark of highest distinction and honor.

The Society recognizes achievement in scholarship; athletics; campus or community service, social, religious activities, and campus government; journalism, speech and the mass media; and the creative and performing arts. Emphasis is placed on the development of the whole person, both as a member of the college community and as a contributor to a better society. Since its founding, Omicron Delta Kappa has initiated over 300,000 members.

The Society recognizes achievement in the following five areas:

  • Scholarship
  • Athletics
  • Campus/Community Service, Social/Religious Activities, and Campus Government
  • Journalism, Speech and the Mass Media
  • Creative and Performing Arts

The ODK "mark of distinction" is well recognized by leaders in both the academic and business worlds.


The Purpose of The Omicron Delta Kappa Society is Threefold:

  • First, to recognize those who have attained a high standard of efficiency in collegiate activities and to inspire others to strive for conspicuous attainments along similar lines;
  • Second, to bring together the most representative students in all phases of collegiate life and thus to create an organization which will help to mould the sentiment of the institution on questions of local and intercollegiate interest;
  • Third, to bring together members of the faculty and student body of the institution on a basis of mutual interest and understanding.


Membership in Omicron Delta Kappa is as much an obligation and responsibility in leadership as it is a mark of highest distinction and honor. Membership is awarded to undergraduate junior and senior students; to graduate students; to faculty, staff, administration and alumni; and to persons qualifying for membership honoris causa. Student membership candidates must rank in the upper 35 percent in scholarship of their school or college and must show leadership in at least one of five areas:

  • Scholarship
  • Athletics
  • Campus/Community Service, Social/Religious Activities, and Campus Government
  • Journalism, Speech and the Mass Media
  • Creative and Performing Arts

Through membership in ODK, you gain potential friendships with nearly 270,000 living women and men whose peers recognize them as scholars and leaders; recognition by those around you who have been selected as the very top men and women at your college or university; recognition by leaders throughout the world; and the opportunity to continue lifetime service to your college with fellow ODK members and alumni.

The Foundation

The Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation, Inc., is a not-for-profit corporation chartered to administer the professional and philanthropic activities of the Omicron Delta Kappa Society. The Foundation awards $1,000 graduate scholarships each year to 13 outstanding ODK seniors who plan to attend accredited graduate or professional schools.

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