CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa was selected as the 2013 recipient of the ODK Presidential Award of Excellence. ODK is currently comprised of 314 chapters nationally (referred to as circles), and the APSU circle was one of only two nationally to be selected for this prestigious honor by the Omicron Delta Kappa Board of Directors. This marks the first time in the circle’s 34-year history that they have received this honor after being named both a Circle of Distinction and Superior Circle for the last seven consecutive years.
“This is a true testament to the outstanding student leaders that comprise the membership of our campus circle,” Gregory R. Singleton, APSU associate vice president/dean of students and faculty secretary for the APSU ODK Circle, said. “To be one of the top two circles in the nation brings honor to both APSU and the over 1,300 members who have been initiated into the local circle since its founding in 1979.”
The Omicron Delta Kappa Society, Inc., the national leadership honor society for college students, recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership and exemplary character. Membership in ODK is a mark of highest distinction and honor.
Founded in 1914 on the campus of Washington and Lee University by 15 students and faculty leaders, ODK has a total of 313,955 members with such notable alumni as Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and George H.W. Bush, Margaret Thatcher, Sheryl Crow, Cornell West, Hillary Clinton and Peyton Manning. In addition, the national organization awards in excess of $40,000 annually in scholarships, grants and awards.