Tara Singer, New honor society at Lycoming College recognizes leadership
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Students at Lycoming College will now be able to have their outstanding leadership skills recognized by being inducted into a newly installed honor society at Lycoming College. On April 23, the executive director for Omicron Delta Kappa, Tara Singer, Ph.D., inducted 41 founding members into this prominent fraternal organization. She also presented President Kent C. Trachte with the college’s charter.
“My dad told me about his college experiences with ODK and about the strong lifelong networking connections it gives you around the world,” said Madalyn Confer, a senior mathematics major and secondary education certification candidate from Montoursville, Pa. who was the driving force behind getting the new society on campus. “Students should be recognized for the scholastic achievements and leadership valued by our society, and encouraged to further build and develop their leadership abilities.”
Omicron Delta Kappa is the most prestigious leadership honor society in the country. Their mission is to identify, honor and develop leaders in collegiate and community life and to encourage collaboration among students, faculty, staff and alumni to advance leadership. ODK recognizes students for academic achievement and campus leadership in the five phases of campus life: scholarship; athletics; campus or community service, social or religious activities, and campus government; journalism, speech and the mass media; and the creative and performing arts. Students also must be in the top 30 percent of their graduating class.
“Participation in leadership experiences helps students develop character, the ability to make sound judgements and work collaboratively with others,” said Daniel Miller, vice president for student life and dean of students. “We are honored to have been granted an ODK Circle on our campus. The organization will continue our tradition of leadership excellence on campus.”
The college has been enhancing its overall leadership program by financing new and existing programs to enhance programming, create new environments for leadership training and broaden students’ understanding of leadership principles. New initiatives include piloting a new Outdoor Leadership and Education program and developing a sports leadership program. The college also is continuing to offer a leadership experience program on the Gettysburg National Battlefield every semester.
Founding members include:
Mary Katherine Yarish
Kent C. Trachte, Ph.D., president
Daniel P. Miller, Ed.D., vice president for student life and dean of students
Caroline Payne, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science
Amy Rogers, Ph.D., associate professor of education
Along with Phi Kappa Phi, ODK is the second on campus of the four societies representing the prestigious Honor Society Caucus. The purpose of the societies in the caucus is to promote excellence in academics and integrity of character by celebrating academic work of extraordinary quality, exemplary leadership, and research that advances human knowledge.
Students, faculty and staff inducted into ODK circle on Lycoming College's campus.