ODK Membership Information

DUE:  Wednesday, March 6th by 4:00pm.

IMPORTANT:  All applicants to ODK must attend one of two mandatory meetings for all those applying to ODK.  Mandatory meetings will be held on: 

Juniors and Seniors accepted into ODK will be tapped and inducted on Saturday April 27, 2013 after Moving-Up Day.  Sophomores will be tapped and inducted during Family Weekend 2013.

Membership in Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, is one of the highest distinctions and honors that a St. Lawrence University student leader can obtain.  Its purpose is as follows:
1.    To recognize those who have attained high standards of efficiency in five areas of collegiate activities (Scholarship; Athletics; Social Service, Campus Government, Religion; Journalism, Speech, and the Mass Media; Creative and Performing Arts) and to inspire others to strive for conspicuous attainment along similar lines.
2.    To bring together the most representative students in all phases of collegiate life, and thus to create an organization which will help to mold the sentiment of the institution on questions of local and intercollegiate interest.
3.    To bring together members of the faculty and the student body on a basis of mutual interest and understanding.
Each ODK member is asked to meet the following expectations:

1.    An initiation fee of $100 is due no later than May, 2013 (make checks payable to SLU). $70 goes to the ODK National organization, $30 is for SLU events and programs.

2.    ATTENDANCE at bi-weekly meetings is mandatory.  Two unexcused absences per year are allowed.
3.    Participation, preparation and attendance in circle projects to include Moving-Up Day and Family Weekend activities, one community event per semester, and all other ODK events on campus.
4.    Active participation in the selection of new members.
1.    The National ODK Society has adopted a plan to ensure that membership is as well balanced and representative as possible.  Each candidate should have exhibited high quality leadership in at least one major position and have a sufficient number of activities in other groups to mark him/her with distinction. (See form instructions below.)
2.    If you wish to be considered for membership in ODK, please a completed application below.  This includes one recommendation from a faculty or staff member who knows you well.

3.    The ODK National requires that applicants must be sophomores, juniors or seniors academically in the top 35th percentile of their class.  This includes seniors with a GPA of 3.383 or above, juniors with a GPA of 3.387 or above and sophomores with a GPA of 3.346 or above.  Please be sure that you meet the GPA requirement listed here.

4.    Selected students will be notified by a surprise visit in his/her classroom.  All unexcused new members are expected to participate in Moving Up Day and ODK Tapping ceremonies on Saturday, April 27, 2013.

5.    Finally, if you have any questions regarding the application, please direct them to the following:  Marc Delaney '13, President;  Mary Baucom  '13, Vice President; Joshua S. Drake, Faculty Secretary/Advisor (x5250); or Suzanne Noble, Co-Faculty Advisor (x5550).


1.    Please submit this form only once.  Only complete applications will be considered for membership.
2.    A text box is provided for each piece of information requested. 

3.    Your application must arrive by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 to be considered.  You will receive an e-mail confirmation within 24 hours of receipt of your application.  If you do not receive confirmation, you should contact Suzanne Noble at x5550 as soon as possible.

4.    IMPORTANT:  CURRENT JUNIORS & SENIORS ONLY – Applicants who are current juniors and seniors must also complete the ODK National on-line application.  Please go to the link provided below and type/paste the appropriate information from this form into the ODK National Application.   This is a required part of the process for current juniors and seniors and must be completed by the March 6th deadline.  If you fail to complete this part of the process, you will not be eligible for membership. Please select a “Traditional” badge on the application. http://odk.org/audience/prospective_members/membership_application_form


1.    To assist the applicant in itemizing activities, a chart is provided below to help illustrate what might appear in each section.  The list below does NOT contain all the possibilities, but the entries serve as examples.  Please indicate all  honors and activities on your application. 
2.    Please do not list paid positions unless they are on-campus positions that would be defined as leadership experiences. For example, you would not include your summer job or internship or general campus work-study, but would include positions such as Community Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Mentor, Peer Advisor, etc.
3.    Please do not include activities for which you receive academic credit unless the credit is only associated with the activity but not given for the activity itself.  For example, you would include Commons College as an activity because credit is given for the course, not for living in the theme community.
4.    More specific details on how to complete this section of the application including how to list dates will be covered at the mandatory meetings for all applicants.

Phi Beta Kappa, Top 5% of Class, Dean’s List
Departmental Academic Honors/Societies
Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Mentor
SLU Fellows
Scholarships received at admission from SLU
Varsity and Club Spots
Varsity and Club Captains,  Intramural Directors/Captains
Team Awards
All American Designation
Student Athlete Advisory Council

Social Service, Campus Government, Religious:
Community Assistant
Presidents/Founders of Campus Organizations
Members and Officers of Campus & Greek Organizations
Community Service
Theme Cottage/ Hall Member or Coordinator
First Response team
CSTEP Member or Group Leader
Charting Your Career Path, Emerging Leaders
    Journalism, Speech and the Mass Media:
Forensic Society President
KSLU General Manager or Members
SLU Photo Service Director
Staff Members of University Publications
Laurentian contribution
Editors of University Publications

Creative & Performing Arts:
ACE Officers
Musical Ensembles (vocal or instrumental)
Theatrical Productions (performers, directors, etc.)
Costume Shop
Art Shows