mary-logoBISMARCK, ND — The board of directors of The National Leadership Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), recently approved University of Mary’s petition for charter. Bruce Forbes, national vice president, will be the installing officer for the chartering ceremony scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 on the University of Mary campus.

Matthew Clifford, ODK’s national president, made the announcement. “We are pleased to welcome the University of Mary into our Society,” said Clifford. “The University of Mary is the first institution in the state of North Dakota which has an ODK circle (chapter), and will be the flagship circle leading the way for more ODK circles in North Dakota. Students will now be recognized for their leadership involvement and be eligible to participate in the society’s national programs including scholarships, campus grants and leadership development programs.”

Members of the University of Mary charter group will include three to five faculty members and administrators, including William Littlefield, Cheryl Kalberer, Molly Berg and Kristen Henderson along with 85 student leaders who will be recognized as founding members of the circle.

“As the facilitator & coordinator for the Harold Schafer Emerging Leaders Academy here at the University of Mary,” stated Littlefield, facilitator and coordinator of the Harold Schafer Emerging Leaders Academy at the University of Mary. “I am honored to be part of the implementation of the very first Omicron Delta Kappa circle here in the state of North Dakota. Omicron Delta Kappa is a special honors society that places great emphasis on leadership through service and collaboration. This mission perfectly mirrors everything that Harold Schafer and the Emerging Leaders Academy represents. Furthermore, it complements what the greater University of Mary community stands for. Being the Omicron Delta Kappa Circle Coordinator, I can attest to the great potential these students possess. Without their determination, teamwork, and professionalism this charter would not be possible. I am excited for what the future holds with this partnership and we can expect great things from these young professionals within this circle.”

Omicron Delta Kappa Society, the National Leadership Honor Society, was founded at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, on December 3, 1914. A group of 15 students and faculty members established the Society to recognize and encourage leadership at the collegiate level. The founders established the ODK Idea—the concept that individuals representing all phases of collegiate life should collaborate with faculty and others to support the campus and community. ODK’s mission is to honor and develop leaders, encourage collaboration among students, faculty and alumni, and promote ODK’s ideals of scholarship, service, integrity, character, and fellowship on college and university campuses throughout North America. The headquarters are located in Lexington, VA.