Morningside College announces new ODK inductees, officers

Aug 05, 2019

The Morningside College circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) recently inducted new members, and officers were elected for the 2019-2020 academic year.

ODK is a national leadership honor society that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership and exemplary character. The ODK circle at Morningside is in charge of the Into the Streets campuswide service day, a faculty appreciation dinner, a dean’s list recognition reception and the honors convocation.

New officers are Kyle Kommes of Le Mars, Iowa, president; Riley Custer of Gilbert, Ariz., secretary and vice president of the faculty appreciation dinner; Jessy Huff of Castle Rock, Colo.; historian and social media chair; Mackenzie Johnson of Spencer, Iowa, treasurer; Tim Sibbel of Manning, Iowa, and Abby Koch of Sioux City, co-vice presidents of Into the Streets; Samantha Anderson of Sioux City and Tessa Renze of Omaha, Neb., co-vice presidents of new member selection/initiation; Alison Wright of Rock Rapids, Iowa, vice president of the dean’s list ceremony; Rachel DeJong of Leota, Minn., and Mari Pizzini of Helena, Mont., co-vice presidents of the honors convocation.

The circle adviser is Leslie Werden, professor of English and department head for humanities. The circle coordinator is Greg Guelcher, professor of history.

The following students were inducted into the honor society:

From Sioux City – Leah Erdmann, Lauren Kipp and Kalynn Manker.

From Iowa – Braxton Hinders of Carlisle, Trey Kluender of Schleswig, Jocelyn Murray of Onawa, Grace Nordquist of Panora, and Anne Weber of Mapleton.

From Nebraska – Kenny Osten of Columbus, Krista Zavadil of Fordyce, Carson Cameron of Herman, Zach Imig of Gretna, Caitlin Makovicka of Ceresco, Haley Potthoff of McCook, Tessa Renze of Omaha, and Sam Stodola of Stanton.

From other states – Lauryn Baehr of Mesa, Ariz.; Kali Hill of Buffalo Gap, S.D.; Jory Opp of Glendive, Mont.; Mari Pizzini of Helena, Mont.; Emily Thompson of Brandon, S.D.; and Julio Torres of Santa Ana, Calif.