Omicron Delta Kappa at Centenary recognized for 70th anniversary

Centenary's Beta Pi Circle at the fall 2018 induction ceremony.

SHREVEPORT, LA — The national headquarters of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Leadership Honor Society has recognized the 70th anniversary of the Beta Pi chapter at Centenary College. The Centenary chapter is one of the oldest ODK chapters in the nation. The Beta Pi Circle at Centenary was installed on February 18, 1949.

ODK, one of the most prestigious honor societies in America, was founded at Washington and Lee University on December 3, 1914. Since that time, the national leadership society has continued to bring together leaders from all parts of the college or university to cooperate in worthwhile endeavors for the good of the campus and community. ODK is the oldest cross-disciplined leadership honorary fraternity that evaluates student service through areas other than academics. There are more than 300 ODK chapters across the United States.

Juniors and seniors with GPAs in the top 35% of their respective classes are eligible to apply for selection into ODK. Members work together to uphold the society’s ideals of scholarship, service, integrity, character, and fellowship. Last fall, Centenary welcomed 12 new members into the Beta Pi circle and inducted new officers:

Haley Parker (president)
Brooke Williams (vice president)
Jason Holler (secretary)

Michaela Brantley, Nilu Dhungel, Grace Dodd, Kayle Dupree, Ole Granrud, Emma Hymel, Abigail Moody, William Morrison, Sarah Philyaw

Dr. Helen Sikes, professor of accounting and finance, is the faculty advisor for Centenary’s ODK chapter. Kaylan Walker, director of community engagement, is the circle coordinator.

“Centenary’s Beta Pi Chapter of ODK is a tradition that continues to encourage leadership across the campus in five student service areas:  student government, athletics, performing arts, academics and all communication forms,” explains Sikes. “ODK does not focus on members in one area of study, but pursues the student who is well-rounded and a leader in three of the five service areas. We are very proud of our continued participation in this national organization.”


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