As we like to say in Omicron Delta Kappa, the circle never ends. The Fontbonne University chapter of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa expanded its circle by 43 new members. The second annual induction ceremony took place in Doerr Chapel on Saturday October 4, 2014. There was a nice reception afterwards, with cider, brownies, caramel apples, and kettle corn served. It was an absolutely beautiful fall morning and perfect day to celebrate. Many families joined the inductees, as well as people that are already FBUODK members. As the vice president of ODK, I thoroughly enjoyed speaking at the ceremony and mingling at the reception.
Personally, I am very proud of how quickly our FBUODK circle has grown. It is amazing to ponder the past year and think about all the accomplishments made in such a short amount of time. I am also proud of every individual that was just inducted. It takes a lot of dedication to school work and organizations in order to be invited into ODK. Every single new member has already achieved so much, and it’s exciting to know that this only the beginning.
If you were on campus today, you would have seen pink all around! An Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) tradition is to host a “Lead by Example” event each semester. This is a campaign that changes each time, and we try to spread awareness about a worthy cause. First we promoted putting an end to texting and driving, and then a ban on the use of the R word.
Today, ODK kicked off the month of October and supported the cause to spread awareness about breast cancer. We had tables set up throughout the day in Ryan dining hall, the library, and the Griffin Grill. At the table, there was a pledge for people to sign, pamphlets with general information and prevention methods, and brochures promoting a charity fundraiser that will take place in Forest Park at the end of the month. Also, there were pink buttons and bracelets that people could walk away with, which showed that they pledged their support.
Many people that stopped by the table were brave enough to share their stories and how breast cancer has affected their family. They mentioned that they appreciate that ODK does things like this. It’s a great feeling to know that ODK can leave an impact with every “Lead by Example” event we host. I look forward to more in the future. We aren’t done making a difference yet!
“Why are you so involved?” This was the question my supervisor asked me at work last week when I told him I wasn’t closing because I had to go play in the volleyball tournament for ODK.
Although my response was, “I ask myself that question every day,” and those that know me think I’m crazy for taking on as much as I do, you’re only in college once. I’m only at Fontbonne once. Not only that, I feel as though life is about making the most out of what you’re given. Fontbonne gives me an incredible amount to make the most of, so here I am.
Omicron Delta Kappa: a national leadership honor society in its second year on campus
Fontbonne Student Ambassadors: a student organization closely tied to the Office of Admission, giving tours to prospective students daily
Griffin Girls: the dance team and spirit squad of Fontbonne University
Enactus: a business entrepreneurial organization, also on a national level, in its second year at Fontbonne
All this, coupled with an (almost) full time job in retail, classes, and other activities makes my life difficult at times, but so fulfilling thanks to Fontbonne. I have one busy schedule that helps me make the most of my wonderful life as a Fontbonne Griffin.
#ODKAllTheWay at Tapping Day
Gotta love that Griffin Girl FBU spirit
Way back in February, I found out about an internship opportunity on the Omicron Delta Kappa website. It said “Are you interested in a career in event planning!?” And since I am interested in such a career and am an ODK member, I thought this would be perfect. The position would entail an intern to arrive at the ODK summer convention in Lexington, Virginia a few days early to help set everything up and run the events throughout the conference that lasts four days. I applied and found out in April that I got the position! This opportunity has been a long time coming, and it finally happened way too quickly.
The three days before everyone else showed up for the convention, I was in Lexington to help prepare, along with two other interns. Starting at early hours and ending late in the evening, I spent most of my time at ODK headquarters. I worked a lot with the registration packets, goodie bags, programs, meal tickets, and name tags. Another one of my responsibilities throughout the week was to be an RA for all the people that would be staying in the resident hall. Therefore, I prepared room assignments and the linens for each room. Also, I tried to become familiar with the campus as much as possible so that I could show people where to go for each event/meeting. Washington and Lee University is a beautiful campus and very historical (it was founded in the 1700s by George Washington and Robert E. Lee). This is also the school where ODK was founded in 1914. This year marks the centennial celebration for ODK’s founding. The little town of Lexington was very nice as well. All the residents were extremely friendly and the green hills and trees everywhere are so pretty.
It was very exciting when everyone else began to show up. I love meeting people from all across the U.S. I was extremely busy throughout the convention, always leaving things early to set up for the next event (and then actually run it). But I get a thrill out of being busy, especially for a setting like this. There were multiple workshops, guest speakers, delicious meals, service projects, and a 5K race. Some of the fun activities during free time were a brewery tour, concert, comedian, ghost tour, and drive-in movie. There was a formal ball to end the convention.
It was very hard to leave Lexington. My time there went by too fast. I had such a great time making so many new friends and professional connections as well. In just one week, I learned so much about ODK and about myself. I am eternally grateful for this experience and can’t wait to share my stories with my Fontbonne ODK circle.
The interns at the Centennial Ball celebration
Washington and Lee University