Brockport forming ODK chapter
Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 08:02
The College at Brockport is in the process of bringing a new honor society to its campus. Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) is a national honor society that recognizes college students who demonstrate leadership on campus. More than 300 colleges nationwide have ODK chapters on their campuses.
Kimberly Piatt, Brockport’s coordinator of leadership development, said she first thought of bringing an ODK chapter to campus last year. She said she shared the concept with Moriah Sachs, a junior in the Presidential Leadership Certification Program. Now, Piatt and Sachs are working hand-in-hand to form Brockport’s first ODK.
“With leadership being so important at the college and obviously with the leadership development program growing ...We kind of think of this as a natural transition to bring a chapter of ODK to the campus because it’s really going to recognize all the work that our student leaders are doing,” Piatt said. “It’s a very cohesive way [and] a very clear way of doing that.”
Piatt has taken on an advisory role in the Brockport ODK’s development phase, but also a role that she described as an “instigator.” She is directly involved in communication with faculty, staff and students who have shown an interest in ODK. She said she is engaged with creating a committee out of those interested faculty and staff which will further assist in bringing ODK to Brockport.
“It’s all about recognizing the impact that our student leaders have on the Brockport campus,” Piatt said. “For me, I see ODK as almost a gateway to having such a large impact in a lot of large areas.”
Another aspect Piatt said she likes about ODK is the diversity that comes with it.
“I think it’s going to be great because we’ll get people around the table from all these different places who are leaders in their own right and be able to see what they can do when they all come together and really have a positive impact on the college,” Piatt said. “I think that’s what, to me, bringing the ODK chapter will do — it will help bring together a lot of the leaders on our campus in a really meaningful way.”
The first meeting date of the potential committee members will be determined in the following weeks. Once the committee has formed and met, Piatt and Sachs will begin establishing a group of student leaders who will be representatives of student involvement in ODK.
ODK, also known as “The Circle,” will be open to junior and senior students who are in the top 35 percent of their class. They must demonstrate strong leadership qualities and fill other qualifications that will be later determined by the committee.
“I think it’s really important to build strong leadership skills and connections, and that by bringing this here, more students will get involved with the leadership program here ... and find mentors and form connections to build these skills,” Sachs said. “I think it’s important to bring it here so they can bring those qualities here.”
Currently, Piatt and Sachs are in the process of completing the necessary paperwork and getting the committee founded as soon as possible since starting an honor society is a time consuming process. They said they anticipate ODK will be established at the college and have their first group of student leaders inducted into the Brockport chapter by fall of 2013.
“I will probably be close to graduating by the time it gets established,” Sachs said. “I hope to at least see the first group of students inducted and have this chapter established by the time I graduate. My goal is that I can come back and say that I got this set up and now everybody else can get involved. And I can see this succeed because there are so many other SUNY schools that have started branches of this and successfully seen this through.”