New members initiated into Lees-McRae circle of Omicron Delta Kappa

The Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society returned to Lees-McRae after a multi-year hiatus with an initiation ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Omicron Delta Kappa was founded in 1914 at Washington and Lee University and is now present at more than 300 colleges and universities nationwide. The primary goal of the honor society is to identify individuals who demonstrate leadership qualities and assist those individuals in further developing their potential.

The Lees-McRae circle of Omicron Delta Kappa was started in 2017 and initiated new members in 2018 and 2019. Students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members are all eligible to receive membership invitations.

The 2022 initiation and installation ceremony took place in Miller Commons and included the initiation of both campus and online students, as well as faculty and staff. Registrar Lynn Hinshaw, a charter member of Omicron Delta Kappa, presided over the ceremony.

Katie Talbert, the executive director of institutional advancement and alumni relations, was inducted as the circle coordinator for the Lees-McRae circle of the society. She joined Chief Diversity Officer Charles Gibson, who was named the new Omicron Delta Kappa faculty advisor, in welcoming the rest of the initiates into the prestigious society.

Membership in Omicron Delta Kappa provides numerous opportunities for personal and professional development, including access to a network of leaders, internships, post-baccalaureate scholarships, and the annual National Leadership Conference.

New Student Members:

Camryn Belin
Claire Buck
Haile Desmarais (president)
Mary Hodges
Jesper Jonsson
Joseph Lyon
David McCourry
Lucia Ruchti
Taylor Simmons
Samantha Smith
Kelly Turner
Michael Upchurch
Trent Vaters (vice president)

New Faculty/Staff Members:

Charles Gibson (faculty advisor)
Katie Talbert (circle coordinator)
Alyson Gill
Riley Smithey

By Emily WebbNovember 04, 2022