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 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. ODK activities vary from semester to semester.  In the past, members have assisted with events for I am Grand Valley, sponsored a leadership case study competition at Leadership Summit, and have 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.  

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

Membership Selection occurs in October/November and February/March of each year and up to 3% of the full-time student body may be initiated.  The current application can be found on LakerLink.

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.


ODK Faculty of Distinction Award 
ODK members (current students and alumni) are asked to nominate outstanding faculty. Review Criteria for the ODK Faculty of Distinction Award

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.
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.

For questions or more information, please contact ODK Advisor:
Valerie Guzman, Director of Student Life (