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Happy Tapping Day!

by Alumni Posts on February 2, 2015

in Academics,Extracurricular,Organizations, Activities & Events

Another Tapping Day is here! This has become an Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) tradition since the organization was founded at Fontbonne in the fall of 2013. ODK is a national honors leadership society. In order to be eligible to join, a student must be at least junior status, in the top third of his/her class in terms of GPA, and earn enough leadership points. These points are calculated based on various leadership roles held on other campus organizations or teams, scholarships and any other prestigious honors awarded, community service roles, etc. Like I mentioned previously, ODK is a national organization, and is still fairly new to FBU.

There is a process each semester, in which eligible and interested students submit applications to be a part of ODK. And Tapping Day is the day that these students find out that they have been accepted. On this day, current ODK members go around as a surprise to the soon-to-be members’ classrooms. We give a brief speech about what ODK is, and then congratulate the student with their achievement of being eligible to join Omicron Delta Kappa. They also receive a treat (cupcakes, cookies, candy, etc.), an ODK button, and invitation to the initiation ceremony. And, we might embarrass them a little by taking their picture.

Tapping Day is a great time for current and soon-to-be members. It’s exciting to see the Fontbonne ODK circle continue to grow. Also, baby blue ribbon is tied around campus trees, the sidewalks are chalked, and students are wearing blue attire (blue is the officially color of ODK).  Seeing this all around campus is fun. However, it is sad to think that this is my last semester at Fontbonne. Therefore, it is likely to be last semester participating in Tapping Day, even though I am a lifetime ODK member. At least I will leave knowing that the FBU ODK traditions that the founding students started will continue to live on.

Part of the Tapping Day decor you will see around campus Part of the Tapping Day decor you will see around campus

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