Georgia Southern University

Omicron Delta Kappa induction ceremony set for Nov. 11

The Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Leadership Honor Society at Georgia Southern University will induct 84 new members on Sunday, Nov. 11.

The eighth induction ceremony of the Georgia Southern Circle will take place at 2 p.m. in the College of Information Technology Building Auditorium.

The keynote address will be delivered by Brig. Gen. Harry Carter, who is a professor in the School of Business at The Citadel. A member of the Georgia Southern Circle, he served as interim president of the University and is the former vice president of Academic Affairs.

Membership in ODK is the highest leadership honor awarded to undergraduate junior and senior students; graduate students; faculty, staff, administration and alumni; and persons qualifying for membership ‘honoris causa.”

Student membership candidates must rank academically in the upper 35 percent of their respective class, have above a grade point average above 3.0, and show leadership in at least one of five areas: scholarship; athletics; campus or community service, social and religious activities and campus government; journalism, speech and the mass media; and creative and performing arts.

The Georgia Southern Circle received several honors in 2007. The group earned its second Superior Circle Award for outstanding service to the community and outstanding leadership within ODK.

In addition, Ashley Scruggs was one of 14 students in the entire country to receive an ODK Fellowship to attend graduate school. Scruggs and Daphne Tobin were among 40 students selected to attend the ODK ‘Campus Leaders Today, Community Leaders Tomorrow” summer workshop in New York.

The upcoming induction ceremony will include four outstanding leaders who have made significant contributions to the community and to the University. Marie Harvey Knight (B.S. ’95, M.S. ’97), the executive director of AmericasMart Atlanta, will be inducted as a Georgia Southern alumnus.

University faculty and staff members being recognized are Steven Dean Jacobson, counseling psychologist; Thomas M. Kollars Jr., associate professor of epidemiology and director of the Biodefense and Infectious Disease Laboratory; and Sonya Senithia Shepherd, librarian and assistant professor.

Graduate students being inducted include Jennifer Ryan Austin, Lauren Bailey-Kaeser, Danielle Baumgart, LaToya Nicole Brown, Erin Shelton Bullett, Cheryl Cookmeyer Cabrera, Tiffani L. Cuffie, Nalanta Cherie Dawsey, Nnebuihe Nene Emerole, Jocelyn A. Fisher, Elizabeth Oliver Graham, Ashley Sharpe Hawk, Masanori Isaka, Jason Harris Lawrence, Tia Aniska Minnis, LaDawn Fuhr Mohr, John Matthew Stockstill, Kathryn Claire Tice, Kelli Elizabeth Vincent, and Jamie Marie Yawn.

Senior inductees include Adam Daniel Allen, Kelly Boyette, Ashley Nicole Clements, Monique Chantel Copeland, James Lauren Dowling, Elizabeth Needa Immele, Robbyn Nicole Ingram, Sarah Elizabeth McCraken, Padestes Jane Mutts, Kellie Olivia Penix, Laura Ashley Poenicke, Candace Fay Poitevint, Allie Pritchard, Jessica Lynn Smith, Jasmine Stinson, Joseph A. Tripp, Katherine Ruth Tsahakis, Brianna Nicole Van Alstyne, Catherine Morgan Wood, and Chabre Ashley Woods.

Juniors inductees are Jessica Arnee Alford, Melanie Chae Allen, Cortney Elaine Anderton, Emily Rae Blakey, Victoria Trinay Brady, Kia Elon Burch, Ashley Nicole Chadwick, Whitney Nicole Daniel, Tabbatha Gecara Davis, Sarah Margaret Dewsbury, Margaret Lorraine Dowda, Allison Dawn Durrence, Allison Patricia Durrence, Ditoria Quatrel Geddis, Allison June Harper, Cavion Pierre Harris, Amanda Saralynn Hart, Onaedo Ukwuoma Ilozumba, Katherine McGonnell Jasionowski, Clint Joiner, Kala Crystal Jones, Savanna Lee Lambert, Meredith Lynn Lee, Leah Marie Lewis, Kristin
Paige Marzec, Curtis A. Mathis, Allison Kathleen McGee, Mary Elizabeth Morgan, Jacqueline Ruth Nunn, Andree’ Etmonia Omoregbee, Kimberly Anne Marie Queen, Jamie Dee Randolph, Saxony Sha’ron Shields, Eric Lamar Smith, Margaret Chikondi Soko, Michael Glso Sterling, Charlene Faith Voss, Jennifer Marie Williams, Stephanie Alana Williams, and Khadijah Wisdom.

For more information on ODK, contact Barbara Price at 681-5775 or Theresa Beebe Novotny at 681-5415.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University, offers more than 120 degree programs serving nearly 17,000 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. The University, one of Georgia’s largest, is a top choice of Georgia’s HOPE scholars and is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit:

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