Omicron Delta Kappa Society National Leadership Honor Society

About ODK
Omicron Delta Kappa Society, Inc., (ODK) is a 100-year old National Leadership Honor Society that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership and exemplary character. Membership in ODK is a mark of highest distinction and honor. GVSU celebrated ODK's 25th anniversary on our campus in 2016 and recently hosted the National Convention and Leadership Conference in June 2016. More than 1,000 members have been inducted at GVSU since 1991. New members are selected each semester and honored during an induction ceremony and at the Venderbush Leadership Connection. ODK members assist with the I am Grand Valley events, sponsor a leadership case study competition at Leadership Summit, and support a variety of on campus events. The benefits of membership in ODK extend far beyond noting the accolade on your resume!  Please visit for more information about the national organization. GVSU's ODK Circle has a Orgsync portal, but note that membership is restricted to inducted members at this time.  

Application Process
At GVSU, ODK applicants must have junior standing credit hours, a 3.3 GPA and demonstrate achievement in one or more of the 5 phases of campus life:

  • Scholarship
  • Athletics
  • Social Service/Religious Activities/Campus Government
  • Journalism, Speech and the Mass Media
  • Creative and Performing Arts

In addition to accepting applications from juniors and above, graduate students, GVSU staff, administration, faculty, and alumni are also welcome to apply.  Alumni applicants must have graduated more than five years prior. GVSU's ODK Circle also inducts local, national and international leaders who qualify for honorary membership.

FALL 2016 Application Process- Due 2/27 by 5pm
Applications are available at
Note that there is an online component, paper component, and fee- all components must be submitted prior to the deadline. Please refer to the application for important dates.


ODK Faculty of Distinction Award 
Each year since 2012, ODK members (current students and alumni) are asked to nominate outstanding faculty. Please review the award criteria and nomination information and process here.

2017: TBD
2016: The Faculty of Distinction Award was given to Karen Gipson, Professor of Physics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
2015: The Faculty of Distinction Award was given to Chris Haven, Associate Professor of writing in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. More information
2014: The Faculty of Distinction Award was given to Rita Grant, professor of accounting in the Seidman College of Business.
2013: The Faculty of Distinction Award was given to Barbara Roos, professor of film and video production in the School of Communications.
2012: 20 Faculty received this distinction in the inaugural year of the award to celebrate the 20th anniversary of ODK at GVSU. More information

For questions or more information, please contact ODK Advisors:
Valerie Guzman, Associate Director of Student Life (
Ricardo Benavidez, Presidents Office (

Page last modified February 13, 2017