Western Welcomes the First Circle
Staff Writer/ Grace Flynn
On Oct. 20, fifteen students at Western were inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa’s first circle of the year (OΔK). OΔK has more than 285 active circles at colleges and universities across the United States. OΔK remains committed to developing campus leaders who will become tomorrow’s community leaders.
These students at Western not only had high academic achievement, but also participated in campus leadership in one or more of the five phases of campus life: Scholarship, Athletics, Campus or Community Service, Social or Religious Activities, Student Government, Journalism, Speech and the Mass Media, Creative and Performing Arts.
Membership is open to faculty, staff, alumni and graduate students. So not only were Western students inducted, but also was Gary Pierson, Greg Salsbury, Sara Philips, and Annie Westbury. This makes OΔK unique because it gives students a chance to have a diverse cross-section of the campus community. It strengthens each circle and allows students to learn from people in different stages of life.
Western is just one of the five universities in Colorado to be part of an OΔK circle, and one of the 302 colleges and universities across the United States.
The event took place in the University Center Theater. Students and faculty being inducted were sat in the first two rows. Together they took a pledge to the circle and Western to keep being the great leaders they are. As Salsbury said “To be a leader takes courage.” These students were nominated by Western staff who note their dedication to the university and to their education.
The students inducted into the circle were Alejandro Alejandra, Hannah Braden, Sara Coblentz, Scott Doyle, Isabel Engeman, Bryan Gray, Alma Johnson, Courtney Kauffman, Kelly Limberg, Chelsea Meininger, Chevy Mohr, Hannah Montoya, Peter Noon, Emma Sellen, and Brenda Suarez.
During the ceremony these students accepted a certificate explaining their involvement, and signed a plaque that will hang up on campus. OΔK provides a chance to network with other campus leaders engage in leadership development training and resources, career resources including access to a jobs board, internship opportunities, and mentoring platform, as well as opportunities to explore career options through strategic alliances and partnerships, and an honor that speaks for itself—via the stole students wear at graduation or the three prestigious letters that appear on a resume.
Western students are now able to be recognized for their achievements and have support to further themselves on campus, and in the work field. Western plans on continuing the growth of the circle for years to come.